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Public hearing on Sarasota Co. manatee rule planned

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Media contact: Scott Calleson, 850-922-4330

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will hold a public hearing on proposed changes to the manatee protection rule for Sarasota County. The hearing will be March 2 at 6 p.m. in the North County Administration Center's Board Chambers, 1660 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota.

FWC staff began looking at data and information on the existing rule in 2008. At the request of the FWC, the Sarasota County Commission appointed a Local Rule Review Committee in May 2009. That committee met eight times between May and July 2009 before submitting its report to the FWC. At the December 2009 FWC meeting, FWC Commissioners accepted staff recommendations and directed staff to move forward with proposed rule changes.

The public hearing in Sarasota will be the first of two to be held. The second (and final) public hearing will be conducted by the FWC, most likely at its April Commission meeting in the Tallahassee area. The FWC will accept written public comments on the proposed rule through the date of the final public hearing. Mail comments to Scott Calleson, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Imperiled Species Management Section, 620 South Meridian St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-1600.

For more information on the proposed rule, go to and click on " Manatee Rulemaking."

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