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Ride the Ducks seeks to expand, but neighbors say it’s too noisy

SEATTLE – Ride the Ducks are a tourist favorite, a party on wheels and on water and a great way to see the Emerald City.

Brian Tracy, owner of Ride the Ducks, said “70 percent of the people that ride on the ducks are local people with out-of-town guests. They bring their guests and show them Seattle. We’re really ambassadors for the city.”

Tracey’s ducks plunge into Lake Union using a public ramp on the west side of the lake. Tracey recently purchased a plot of land on the east side of Lake Union and has applied for a permit to build his own ramp, but the property is right next to row of floating homes.

Melanie Markle has lived in this house boat community for more than two decades. She is upset that Ride the Ducks, which she says is noisy, will motor past her home all day, every day.

“I was horrified,” Markle said. “To me this is life and death. That may sound like an overstatement, but to me this is life or death. I won’t be able to leave. I’ll be stuck in the pollution. I’ll be worried about my health all the time.”

Tracey’s permit application needs to be approved by the Department of Transportation and the Department of Planning and until that decision is made, Markle and dozens of her neighbors will fight the move.

“We don’t need these huge amphibious, WWII vehicles to come in and ruin our lives,” Markle said.

“We really care about the community,” Tracey said. “We’re dependent on everybody here and thank God most people in this community support us and love us.”DUCKS

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9 comments

  • Bill

    If you dont like it move you old bag if it is going to take your life u should move but get real u need to think before u talk go ride the ducks hope he buys your house to then their wont be no more shit and u will be able to live longer ……..

  • Brian

    Life or death….really lady?? You live on the water in Seattle, it's not quiet anyhow. And I'm sure Brian Tracey isn't interested in being a crappy neighbor. He'll respect noise levels if they are a true issue. Bad PR can kill a company faster than anything.

    • Yours Truly

      I know. This lady is over-exaggerating and way off her rocker. Honestly, if she doesn't like it… it's kind of "tough sh** for her!" Let the Ride the Ducks legend live on!!

  • Dale

    You live on the east side of Lake Union? Right near the I-5 corridor? With all the pollution that spews from those passing vehicles? And you're worried about the Ride the Ducks vehicles? Seriously?

  • J Seatac

    The noise – and the company and it's employees – are the problem. I only rode the Ducks once – while approaching the legally mandated 'quiet' zone on Broad Street (a residential area – condos) where they are required to turn off the music and stop announcements the driver made a point of saying that he had to be quiet but that the passengers were free to be as loud and obnoxious as they could be, encouraging his passengers to hoot and holler and quack to piss off the residents that had gotten the ordinance passed.

  • azzam

    I feel that all the floating homes are an environmental disaster all themselves. Disturbing salmon habitat, dumping waste into the water, using our city services without paying their full share of taxes. Lets end the live aboards already, this is a City, no Hooverville.

  • cornerstone

    Ride the Ducks should just die. This woman is a whiner for sure, but the attraction itself is one of the most annoying things I've encountered in this city.

    • Yours Truly

      It's not that bad cornerstone. Just get over it. It's a fun, tourist attraction to Seattle. Just shut up and put up with it! Let the Ride the Ducks legend live on, and screw the haters!!!