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FWC to repair, replace boating signs in Citrus County

News Release

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Media contact: Moreau, 850-488-5600

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 zones."

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 to access state manatee protection and boating safety regulations and maps.

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