CLEAR LAKE, Iowa (AP) — Some northern Iowa residents are seeking state approval to keep a popular dock at a state park amid revised rules that limit dock lengths.

The future of the Sunset Bay dock northeast of Clear Lake State Park remains uncertain due to its 496-foot (151-meter) length, the Globe Gazette reported . The Iowa Department of Natural Resources capped commercial dock lengths at 300 feet (91 meters) from the water's edge under revised regulations in 2008.

Resident Jake Kopriva submitted a dock permit application to the department last month to keep the dock at its current length. Kopriva owns Lake Time Boat Club and formed a partnership with Alex Yohn, who runs a concrete and excavating service in town.

Kopriva believes keeping the current dock length will encourage economic activity and help manage current boat slip shortages.

"At the DNR meeting I mentioned that there's not a lot of young, excited business people wanting to stay in Clear Lake, and we need to try to grow that in this area," Yohn said.

Kopriva said his application requests to keep the dock at its current length. But, he said he is willing to negotiate to save space.

"First and foremost is we're trying to keep the dock as long as it's been in the past . we'll take what we can get, but we're going for the full length," Kopriva said.

Randy Schnoebelen, a district supervisor with the department, told the newspaper that his agency is reviewing Kopriva's application and hopes to respond by the end of the month.


Information from: Globe Gazette,