“This area is a part of Erie MetroParks’ system,” Bowman-Moore wrote in a letter the Register obtained through a public records request. “As such, motorized boats are not allowed.”
Park commissioner Kurt Landefeld elaborated on the district’s problem at a recent Erie County commissioners meeting.
"Swans are getting chased away, and the boats are scaring off other wildlife” Landefeld said. “It’s been a noise nuisance,” Landefeld said.
Erie County commissioner Bill Monaghan, who lives near where the boats launch off of River Avenue, said the noise “sounds like a freight train coming through.”
The Register made multiple attempts to contact Muscioni, but he never returned a call. A representative, however, answered the phone Friday morning and offered a reply.
“As long as we are on the water, it’s legal,” a woman who answered the company’s phone said. “We’re not up on the land. We’re on the marsh. We’re just going through water.” By next spring, Landefeld said park officials will place a “no wake” sign throughout the marshland. “That problem will be solved,” Landefeld said. Airboats are typically powered by aircraft engines for use in swampy areas.