Boat owners stage shutdown protest on Las Vegas Strip
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Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- If you can't take your boat to water, take it to the Las Vegas Strip.
That's just what dozens of dry-docked boat owners did Sunday to protest the government shutdown of Lake Mead.
Boat owner Curtis Strong said, "Overall it just seems like the real exercise of political power here is to prove their important, but who pays the price we do."
This is the busiest time of year on Lake Mead. For these boat owners, they'd normally be boating right now. That's where they'd rather be than out on the Strip protesting.
The goal, Stuart Litjens said, was not to cause traffic delays but to send a message to Congress and to get a reaction. Stuart Litjens said his boat business is hurting and so are thousands of government workers at Lake Mead.
Litjens said, "It's operated by the National Park Service; it's not a national park, but it is shut down and that has a huge impact on us and as a family."
Action News went along as the boat owners displayed signs and drove up and down the Las Vegas Strip from Tropicana Avenue to Sahara Avenue.
"I know driving my boat up and down the Strip is not going to get everything taken care of but maybe just spreading the word of what we're dealing with is more important," said boat owner Dan Lee.
These passionate power-boaters know their message might fall on deaf ears, but the chance to make some waves, out of the water, was well worth it.
Litjens said, "Next time we get this convoy, I hope it's going to the lake."