Missing, Damaged or Found Markers

Man repairing signThis program has been set up exclusively for receiving reports of missing or damaged waterway markers (signs or buoys).

Please direct requests for marker permits or marker information to FWC’s Boating and Waterways section at 850-488-5600 or by email at Waterway.Management@MyFWC.com.

If you want information on manatee protection zones or obtaining educational manatee signs please contact the FWC's Imperiled Species Management section at 850-922-4330 or or by email at ImperiledSpecies@MyFWC.com.

Program Summary

The FWC operates the Marker On-Call Response Program to coordinate the timely examination, evaluation and appropriate repair of marker assets that represent a potential hazard to navigation. This type of response system provides an efficient notification process for directing personnel to evaluate issues and take appropriate action. In some cases, this may involve passing on reports of non-FWC-related waterway problems to another responsible entity such as the United States Coast Guard.


866-405-BUOY (2869)

Or Submit a Report through the FWC Reporter App

(Available for iOS devices)


 Using the FWC Reporter App:

  • Open the FWC Reporter App
  • Click “Submit a Report”
  • Click “6. Something else/non-animal or plant”
  • Click “5. Regulatory Signs (i.e. speed zones, manatee, orange/white buoys)
  • Include as much information as possible; Photos are encouraged
    • If you are at the site, click “Yes” and your GPS location is captured
    • If you are not at the site, click “No” and provide a description of the location (GPS coordinates, waterbody name, nearby landmarks, county, nearest city or town, crossroads, etc.)
  • Click “Send Report”

Information to have when calling/emailing:Sign in water

  • Location of missing, damaged or found marker (GPS coordinates, waterbody name, nearby landmarks, county, nearest city or town, crossroads, etc.)
  • Brief description of the problem
  • Your name and contact information

When a damaged sign or buoy is reported by telephone to 866-405-BUOY or by email:

  1. FWC will assess the problem. 
  2. FWC will identify/mark it, if it presents a potential hazard to navigation.
  3. FWC will notify the owner.
  4. FWC will work to fix the problem if the marker is managed by FWC.

For more information about this program, please contact:

FWC, Boating and Waterways Section
Division of Law Enforcement
620 South Meridian Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1600

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