ROXBURY, NJ – Roxbury was not one of the places on Lake Hopatcong where people could gather to cheer for veterans taking a special cruise last July. That’s likely to change, said Roxbury Mayor Mark Crowley.
The annual “Salute to Veterans” tour, in which the 57-foot refurbished skipperliner “Miss Lotta” takes veterans around the lake, while folks on the shore cheer, should be able to make a stop in Landing this summer, said the mayor.
He said it appears the Landing Channel is deep enough to accommodate the Miss Lotta when it carries about two dozen veterans around the lake for the 2018 event. Crowley said the depth of the channel was recently tested and – unless the lake loses a lot of water before the next Salute to Veterans – it will be deep enough for the boat. He said the vessel needs about 60 inches of water.
Miss Lotta Captain Lee Moreau visited Landing Channel this week and did some depth testing, according to the mayor and “Salute to Veterans” organizer Christine Houtz. “They decided they can make it down the channel,” Crowley said at this week’s meeting of the Roxbury Mayor and Council.
That means people interested in waving, yelling, whistling and otherwise honoring the boatload of former warriors will be able to gather at the little strip of land adjacent to the channel and get loud. “That’s great news,” said the mayor.
Finding a place for the event along the lake’s Roxbury shore was a goal of Houtz, who brought the matter to the attention of the Roxbury Mayor and Council last summer. Landing Channel, a historic part of Lake Hopatcong that was built for 19th Century steamship use, was thought to be too full of sediment to handle the Miss Lotta.
The Miss Lotta is owned by Lake Hopatcong Cruises. Each of the lake border towns - Hopatcong Borough, Jefferson, Roxbury and Mount Arlington - nominate up to 24 veterans for the cruise.