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FWC says use caution in aftermath of Hurricane Matthew

News Release

Monday, October 10, 2016

Media contact: Greg Workman,

In the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) wants to remind boaters and others to continue using caution.

“We have some damaged navigation markers and aids to navigation, derelict vessels, and other debris in some waterways – some of which may be submerged and not visible,” said Maj. Jay Russel, FWC regional commander. “These create hazards and require extra caution when boating.”

Additionally, some areas are still experiencing high water and flooding and may not be accessible. There is currently a regulated idle-speed and no-wake zone from South Moon Canal to the S.R. 40 Bridge along the St. Johns River. Boaters should stay aware of high water areas and the risk of flooding, and understand that the water bottoms may have dramatically changed as a result of Hurricane Matthew.

“When boating, you may not be able to access all areas as you usually would. Please use caution, be observant and maintain safe speeds,” said Russel.

Visit for information on office and land closures. Report damage to navigation markers to the FWC at 888-404-3922. Cell phone users may call *FWC or #FWC.

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