FWC to install new manatee zone markers in Broward Co.
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Media contact: Carli Segelson, 561-882-5703
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will begin to install waterway markers in updated manatee zones in Broward County this week. Work is expected to continue through August.
An immediate effect of the work will be an extended, year-round slow-speed, minimum-wake zone, in the Intracoastal Waterway 1,800 feet south of N.E. 14th Street. Also, as a result of the new manatee protection rule adopted by the FWC, boaters will have to slow down for manatees throughout the week, not just on weekends, from Nov. 15 through March 31, on portions of the Intracoastal Waterway in the northern part of the county.
“It’s important to slow down vessel traffic in areas where manatees frequent to adequately protect the safety of the manatees,” said Capt. Denise Warrick of the FWC’s Division of Law Enforcement. “With the zones more clearly marked, the public is more likely to follow the regulations.”
In addition to the signs for new zones, the work will address existing signs that have been damaged by storms, have deteriorated from age or are in disrepair due to vandalism. Unpermitted, illegal or incorrect signs, which cause operator confusion, will be removed.
“There are several areas around the county where enforcement has been difficult because the signs are missing or damaged,” Warrick said. “After an education period for the zones that are being changed, officers will issue citations.”
Boaters should be aware of the construction activities, as they may need to use caution around certain areas while work is under way.
For more information, visit MyFWC.com/Boating to access state manatee-protection and boating safety regulations and maps.