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 Monday, May 25, 2015
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The Franklin News-Post
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Fax: 540-483-8013

Cliff jumping remains ‘off limits’ for SML Boaters
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Courtesy Photo: This sign reminds boaters that the bluffs along the south shore of the Blackwater River arm of Smith Mountain Lake are on private property and are not a “climb and jump site.”

The sheer bluffs along the south shore of the Blackwater River near marker B28 remain posted with "No Trespassing" signs to discourage the longstanding use of the bluffs as a "climb and jump" site for boaters.

"We remain concerned about safety issues with respect to the height and jaggedness of those bluffs, and hope that people will respect the 'No Trespassing' posting, thus avoiding injury as well as any run-ins with the enforcing authorities," said Optima Properties Inc. of Raleigh, N.C., owners of the developing subdivision along this shoreline.

Violation of the trespassing ordinance is a misdemeanor. Trespassing citations can result in a mandatory court appearance as well as a significant fine.

"We will be patrolling the lake by boat as we did last summer," said Capt. Harry Clingenpeel with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, "and we encourage boaters to pay attention to the postings. They are there for a reason -- public safety -- and we will enforce the trespassing prohibition as necessary."

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