FWC approves new rules to help keep boaters safe
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Media contact: Capt. Richard Moore, 850-488-5600
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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC) approved changes to two boating rules at
Thursday's meeting in Lake Mary.
First, the FWC approved the adoption of a new rule
that creates the standards by which it will review and approve
local government ordinances related to boating-restricted areas.
The rule also ensures that the public has an adequate opportunity
to weigh in before the ordinances take effect.
The FWC also approved amendments to another rule
pertaining to waterway markers. The revised rule clarifies the
information that needs to be submitted to obtain permits, and it
spells out any exemptions to permitting.
Last year, the Florida Legislature passed a law
requiring the FWC to establish the criteria and procedures for
reviewing applications from local governments for
boating-restricted areas and to provide for appropriate public
notice and participation in the review and approval process. This
latest Commission action is aimed at completing that mandate.
At Thursday's meeting, five members of the public
spoke, including representatives from the Florida Airboaters
Association, Everglades Coordinating Council, Florida Council of
Yacht Clubs, Florida Sportsmen's Conservation Association and Boat
U.S. All supported accepting the rules, and many thanked FWC staff
for spending time to inform the public about this issue.
Please visit MyFWC.com/Boating for more