Brunelle’s Marina in South Hadley prohibits launching jet skis, other watercraft from its shores

By EMILY THURLOW

Staff Writer

Published: 07-02-2023 12:22 PM

SOUTH HADLEY — Jet skis and similar watercraft are no longer allowed to be launched or retrieved from the ramps at Brunelle’s Marina.

In a press release, the company stated that the action, which is effective immediately, was driven by concerns over “safety, liability, and contractual obligations” between Brunelle’s Marina and Freedom Boat Club.

“The decision to restrict the launching of these watercraft is a careful consideration and prioritizing of the well-being of our customers and the community,” the company wrote in a statement. “Brunelle’s Marina acknowledges the potential risks associated with high-speed recreational watercraft, and our commitment to ensuring a safe and enjoyable environment for all visitors is paramount.”

The South Hadley company, which is one of three marinas in the Valley along the Connecticut River, announced its decision to restrict certain kinds of watercraft on a Facebook post last week.

The social media post generated a lot of conversation as more than 160 people commented, some of which were called “racist” by other Facebook users. In response, the company limited who could comment on the post and removed some comments.

In a statement to the Gazette, the company stated that the views expressed by others through comments through their social media platforms “do not reflect the stance of Brunelle’s Marina.” The company further noted that they “unequivocally stand against all forms of hatred and discrimination” and consider the South Hadley business to be a “diverse and inclusive” establishment that welcomes “all walks of life.”

Emily Thurlow can be reached at ethurlow@gazettenet.com.]]>

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