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FWC seeks public input on St. Johns River boating safety zones

News Release

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Media contact: Katie Purcell, 850-459-6585

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will hold a public workshop in Deland to discuss possible changes to boating safety zones in the St. Johns River in Lake, Seminole and Volusia counties.

The changes are proposed to make small adjustments to the boating safety zone boundaries at the State Road 40 (Astor) Bridge, S.R. 44 (Whitehair) Bridge and Interstate 4 (Lake Monroe) Bridge. Other proposed changes include updating rule maps and other minor technical changes to the rule language and geographic descriptions.

The workshop will be on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 6:30 p.m. at the Deland City Commission Chambers, 120 S. Florida St., Deland.

The changes pertain to the Rule 68D-24.018 in the Florida Administrative Code. To obtain copies of the meeting agenda prior to the workshop, visit and look up “Workshops” under the heading “Waterway Management.” Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.

Anyone requiring special accommodations to participate in the workshop should advise the FWC at least five days before the meeting by contacting the FWC’s Office of Human Resources at 850-488-6411. If you are hearing- or speech-impaired, contact the FWC using the Florida Relay Service at 800-955-8771 (TDD) or 800-955-8770 (voice).

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