Council Urged To Display Bye-Laws Relating To Use Of Jet Skis At Fenit

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Cllr Cathal Foley.

KERRY County Council said it is open to arranging a public awareness campaign in relation to the use of jet skis and other leisure craft in Fenit and other parts of the county.

The issue was raised in a motion by Sinn Féin Cllr Cathal Foley at the meeting of Tralee Municipal District of Kerry County Council on Monday.

Cllr Foley asked the council to review and clearly publicise regulations regarding jet ski and other leisure craft usage at Fenit. His motion was supported by party colleague Cllr Deirdre Ferris.

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Cllr Foley said while most people using the jet skis and boats were responsible, there were incidents where the jet skis came too close to swimmers in the water.

He said Fenit is a huge attraction now and will grow once the greenway opens, so we can expect to see even more swimmers and leisure power craft in the water. He said the bylaws should be displayed in such a way that signage will be seen by users of these craft.

In reply, Kerry County Council management said to date this year they had received queries about the issue from a number of areas in the county.

The Council adopted Bye-Laws on the use of Jet-Skis and other small power craft in 2007. They said the use of such craft in the county has recently increased, particularly since the start of the COVID restrictions and a public awareness campaign on the issue can be arranged.

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