FWC to repair, replace boating signs in Citrus County
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC) will soon begin work to remove, repair, clean and
install waterway markers in Citrus County.
The work on markers affects state-adopted manatee
protection and boating safety zones throughout the county. The
contractor expects to begin work any day now and intends to finish
the project by the end of May.
"We want to slow down boat traffic in areas where
vessel congestion occurs and manatees congregate, to protect the
safety of the boating public and manatees," said Capt. John Burton
of the FWC's Division of Law Enforcement. "The new waterway
markers should help improve boaters' understanding of the
The FWC is replacing signs damaged during storms,
deteriorated from age or in disrepair due to vandalism. The
work also includes the removal of unpermitted or illegal signs,
which add to operator confusion and may at times make the state
zones unenforceable. In addition, workers will replace signs
that need updated language and relocate some markers in and around
the state-adopted manatee protection and boating safety zones.
"Completion of the project will enhance our
enforcement and education efforts within the manatee protection and
boating safety zones," Burton said.
Visit MyFWC.com/Boating to access state manatee
protection and boating safety regulations and maps.