Boaters will soon see “no wake” warning signs in the Victory Gardens area of Cow Bayou, adding to the signs recently approved for the Waterwood Estates division.

County commissioners Monday gave the go-ahead after requests from several residents.

Four signs will be placed on the east side of the bayou south of the Texas 87 bridge: two for each semi-circle entrance from the main waterway.

A “no wake” violation carries a fine of $500.

Commissioners’ legal advisor Doug Manning told the court it cost one Victory Gardens resident $26,000 to repair a bulkhead damaged by erosion caused by high-speeding boats.

The area is a gold mine for high-speed joyriders, said County Judge Carl Thibodeaux.

Manning added, “There are a lot of narrow canals with low visibility. Coming around a corner, you have no place to go if you’re on a collision course with another boat.”

Manning recently toured the area with several residents, he said.

“The people don’t do this [to be mean],” said resident Mike Lawson.

“It’s a matter of educating them in how to keep them from doing it, and I don’t have the answer to that.”

Commissioner John Dubose added, “It’s hard to get people to use common sense. Those personal watercrafts make me nervous just like a motorcyclist on the highway. They’re not watching you; they’re going to zig-zag and turn on a dime and go where they want.”

Also Monday, Sheriff Mike White told commissioners he wanted a new S.W.A.T. van to replace an old ambulance now in use.

Commissioners approved a bid of a little more than $50,000 from Supreme Specialty Vehicles of Cleburne. All or part of the funds will come from a Homeland Security grant, White said.