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Gosar claims victory over Fish and Wildlife proposal

In what is being hailed a victory for Lake Havasu, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced that it will withdraw its draft recreational boating compatibility determination for the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge.

U.S Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., released the following statement:

"Today, the people of Lake Havasu City and its stakeholders scored a monumental victory in the fight against bureaucratic overreach. Standing together, as a unified community, we were able to block a terrible proposal put forth by the Fish and Wildlife Service that aimed to close significant areas on Lake Havasu to tubing, water-skiing, fishing and wakeboarding. Ultimately, the Service could not hide from the thousands of voices demanding that the will of the people be heard.

"This victory should put all overreaching federal agencies on notice: The American people are done with big government overreach. We refuse to tolerate lawless, unelected bureaucrats imposing their own political agenda on our communities. I am incredibly proud of the countless individuals and organizations who stood with me in opposing the CD including Lake Havasu City Mayor Mark Nexsen, the Arizona Game and Fish Department, the Lake Havasu Area Chamber of Commerce, U.S. Senator John McCain, the entire Bliss family including Nick, Jenni and my pal, Ryder."

Gosar noted that according to the Service's own estimates, nearly 3 million visitors vacation at Lake Havasu each year and a typical holiday weekend draws nearly 50,000 boaters to the area. According to a 2008 Lake Havasu City Tourism Survey, nearly 75 percent of tourists are interested in water skiing, wakeboarding or boating while visiting Lake Havasu. The survey also revealed tourists spend more than $200 million and support nearly 4,000 full-time equivalent jobs.

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