Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Pier Deadline Likely 2 Be Extended

From the GREAT Richard Moore at the Lakeland-Times. If you have piers, it's time to brush up on your property rights.

Pier registration deadline likely to be extended - The Lakeland Times - Minocqua, WI:

"Yes, the bad news is, the deadline has passed; the good news is, you will likely get an extension.

Unfortunately, that's not taxes we're talking about, but the deadline for the registration of older piers in Wisconsin, which was April 1.

Under current law, older piers are considered exempt from regulation so long as their platform is less than 200 square feet (or 300 square feet, but can be no more than 10 feet wide), was placed prior to Feb 6, 2004, and was registered with the state Department of Natural Resources by April 1, 2011.

Now, with that deadline passed and with perhaps thousands of such piers still not registered, the chairmen of the Assembly and Senate Natural Resources Committees have introduced companion legislation to extend the registration deadline for those exempt - or 'grandfathered' - piers, and they also say they are going to work to modify the regulations themselves.

Sen. Neal Kedzie (R-Elkhorn) and Rep. Jeff Mursau (R-Crivitz) both say they believe significant changes are necessary to address confusion and complications with the law."

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