Roanoke Times

Post date: Oct 25, 2014 3:41:42 PM

-- Sunday 19 October 2014 --

Appalachian Power's regulation of lakefront property draws ire at Smith Mountain Lake

Posted: Friday, October 17, 2014 8:57 am

By Zach Crizer | | 981-3234

Like most owners of lakefront property, Bill Nissen wanted a dock on his land, for access to the waters of Smith Mountain Lake. He owns a plot on the North Shore, off Scruggs Road in Franklin County, and a few months ago he decided to build himself that dock. ...

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Bill Nissen stands with his wife, Lora, and son Sam, 10, in front of their dock that was under construction on the shore of Smith Mountain Lake before the project was halted by legal action by Appalachian Power. The company is seeking to use the authority of its Federal Energy Regulatory Commission-approved Shoreline Management Plan to stop the Nissens’ dock-building plans.