Lakeshore Guys and COVID-19: Three Points to Know
2. We observe all CDC guidelines, including social distancing. That’s not too hard for us, mostly because we’re outside all day.
3. Shoreline erosion stops for nothing – not for Coronavirus, not for a temporarily rough economy, and certainly not for the work of a landscaper who claims to be able to end your erosion cheaply.
Believe it or not, now is a better-than-average time to end the erosion on your shoreline. We say that for a few reasons:
- You may have more shoreline to protect and preserve if you get it armored up now. Because the winter of 2019-2020 was relatively mild, your shoreline may be much less eroded now than if you do nothing about the erosion this year and then we have another harsh winter. It is illegal to reclaim lost shoreline: once it’s gone, it’s gone. You’re paying property taxes on shoreline you had, not on shoreline you have anymore. So if the money factor is on your mind, you’ll want to take property taxes into account.
- Though we’re always busy, we’re somewhat less backlogged now than we were last spring (after the record-setting winter and high-water levels here in Minnesota, which chewed up countless shorelines). Because of that, you can enjoy your new, erosion-resistant shoreline that much sooner.
- You’ll have more time to enjoy your new shoreline. You may be at home for more of the spring and summer than usual, and possibly with more of your family than usual. We all wish that happened under better circumstances, but the temporary stay-at-home directive does give you the opportunity to spend more time with those you love, perhaps at your lakefront home or cabin. Also, what better place to recover from these hard months than on a recovered, restored shoreline?