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Bay County - Crooked Creek Boating Safety Zone

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on July 29, 2014, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) received a complete application from Bay County requesting review and approval of a draft ordinance pursuant to Section 327.46, Florida Statutes (F.S.), establishing a boating restricted area within Crooked Creek pursuant to Section 327.46(1)(c), F.S.

The request is to (1) establish Slow Speed Minimum Wake waterway vessel speed regulation within the unregulated 63’ “gap” located between the SR 388 Bridge and the Crooked Creek Public Boat Ramp and (2) establish Slow Speed Minimum Wake waterway vessel speed regulation within the waterway adjacent to the Crooked Creek Public Boat Ramp.

Bay County has the authority to regulate the waterway within 300’ of the (1) Crooked Creek Public Boat Ramp at Idle Speed No Wake pursuant to Section 327.46 (1)(b)1.a., F.S., and (2) SR 388 Bridge at Slow Speed Minimum Wake pursuant to Section 327.46 (1)(b)2.b., F.S. As provided in Rule 68D-21.004 (3)(d), Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.), and after consultation with FWC, Bay County proposes to regulate the waterway within the vicinity of the Crooked Creek Public Boat Ramp at Slow Speed Minimum Wake to compliment the regulations at SR 388 Bridge. This will reduce confusion of vessel operators of the vessel speed as well as the number of markers needed to post the regulation.

However, there exists a 63’ “gap” between the 300’ SR 388 Bridge and the 300’ Crooked Creek Public Boat Ramp vessel speed regulations. Pursuant to Section 327.46(1)(c), F.S. After consultation with FWC, Bay County is requesting that this gap be included in the boating safety zones and not remain unregulated. Bay County feels that creating a continuous Slow Speed Minimum Wake boating safety zone between the SR 388 and the Crooked Creek Public Boat Ramp will provide a more uniform safety area for the boating public accessing and using the public boat ramp and navigating under the bridge.

As required by Rule 68D-21.001(3), F.A.C., Bay County will publish, as provided by Sections 50.011-.031, F.S., once a week for two (2) consecutive weeks, a notice of the public hearing on the ordinance in a newspaper of general circulation in the area(s) affected by the ordinance.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION: Pursuant to Rule 68D-21.002, F.A.C., comments regarding the request will be accepted no more than 21 calendar days from the date of publication/distribution of this public notice.

COMMENT DUE DATE: September 12, 2014 (5:00 PM EST)

A COPY OF THE APPLICATION CAN BE OBTAINED BY EMAIL (IN PDF FORMAT) OR BY US MAIL. Please submit your request directly to waterway.management@myfwc.com

 

St. Johns River Boating Restricted Areas - 68D-24.018, FAC

The purpose and effect of this rule amendment is to address needed changes to the boating restricted areas created by this rule. Additionally, the purpose is to address rule changes governing vessel speeds on the St. Johns River in Lake, Seminole and Volusia counties, where necessary, to manage this waterway and promote its use for safe boating. Staff has identified several needed changes, to include, but not limited to: repealing regulations in the tributaries of South Moon and Jungle Den Canals; making minor changes to the footprints of the State Road 40 (Astor) Bridge, State Road 44 (Whitehair) Bridge and Lake Monroe boating restricted areas; clarifying and modifying the geographic descriptions for seven zone boundaries; updating the rule maps, and removing the authority for Lake, Seminole and Volusia counties to mark the state-adopted year-round boating restricted areas.

The rule amendment modifies seven zones in the Florida Intracoastal Waterway on the St. Johns River in a manner which maintains the existing footprint of each zone as currently marked. The amendment modifies the locations used to describe zone boundaries, increases the regulated vessel speed in the year-round zones from “Idle Speed No Wake” to “Slow Speed Minimum Wake,” repeals duplicative regulations in two tributaries, updates rule maps, removes the authority for Lake, Seminole and Volusia counties to mark the state-adopted year-round boating restricted areas and includes language to exclude water bodies such as canals and boat basins.

THE PERSON TO BE CONTACTED REGARDING THE PROPOSED RULE IS: Major Richard Moore, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Division of Law Enforcement, Boating and Waterways Section, 620 South Meridian Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1600 (waterway.management@myfwc.com)

 


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