Massachusetts Field Director, Jeff Moody, has been working with Mass Wildlife and several legislators on clarifying a section of the Mass laws that has been
misinterpreted by Police and others and used to ban seaplane operations on waterways near Boston.
In brief, there is a law that states Seaplane and other activities are banned from areas serviced by a public boat launch. The law is meant to address the use of the boat launch itself, not the body of water. He has met with the board of Mass Wildlife and they will be sending a clarification to all parties and notify local PD's how the law should be applied.
Update September 9th, 2015
The Board of Directors and Director of Mass Wildlife have agreed to address the ambiguity in Mass Laws regarding seaplane operations on waterways serviced by Mass
Wildlife boat launch areas. As currently written, the existing law has been interpreted by some local law enforcement organizations to ban seaplane operations from all waterways serviced by a
State Boat launch under Mass Wildlife jurisdiction. The laws intent is solely to ban seaplanes, along with many other non boating vehicles from using the launch areas to prevent "mixed use
accidents". The ban also applies to RV's. amphibious vehicles and many other non boating applications.
Clarifications of the laws true intent will be published and noted on all Mass Wildlife sites.