I really feel for Ed, I'm coming up on 25 years with my wife and couldn't imagine losing her like that. While I agree with him that platform serves no purpose,I would point out in the 22 years I have been around here he is the first to run into it that I know of. It is on both the NOAA paper and rastar charts and is shown on my Lowrance GPS's chart.
If Ed wants to do something he could raise money or pay out of pocket for a USCG approved hazard can to be placed on top of the platform. Looking online the bouy can be purchased for around $500. Or just paint a reflective hazard diamond on a 55 gallon drum fill it with rocks and place it out there on the QT. I don't anyone is going to raise much of a fuss.
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