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FWC to improve boating safety in Volusia, manatee protection in Flagler

News Release

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Media contact: Joy Hill, 352-258-3426

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will begin work this month to install waterway markers for a new boating safety zone at Highbridge Road in Volusia County.

The zone requires that boats operate at “slow speed, minimum wake,” meaning that boats are fully off-plane, completely settled in the water and making little or no wake.

“We want to slow down vessel traffic in areas where public safety is a concern,” said Capt. Chris Roszkowiak of FWC’s Division of Law Enforcement. “Clearly marked zones keep everyone informed to increase safety.

 “Officers will begin by educating boaters on the new zones,” Roszkowiak said.

Work beginning this month also includes installing waterway markers for new seasonal manatee protection zones in Flagler County. Those zones are in effect from May 1 through Sept. 7 each year.

Crews will also be conducting needed maintenance and repairs to the markers in Flagler County at the State Road 100 Bridge in Flagler Beach.

The FWC worked with stakeholders in 2011 before voting in February 2012 to amend Florida Administrative Code Rule 68D-24.164, reducing vessel speed limits in the Intracoastal Waterway surrounding Highbridge Road Bridge in Ormond Beach. The manatee protection zones were approved by the FWC at its May 2012 meeting in Crystal River.

Boaters should use caution around construction crews installing the new markers. The construction is anticipated to conclude mid-March.

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