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FWC hosts Florida Boating Advisory Council meeting

News Release

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Media contact: Capt. Carol Keyser, 850-488-5600

The Florida Boating Advisory Council held its semi-annual meeting in Tallahassee April 9. The 18-member council is made up of representatives from various boating interests and advises the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and Department of Community Affairs on boating-related issues.

At the meeting, which was open to the public, the council covered a variety of topics that affect boating in Florida. There was discussion on vessel carrying capacities on Florida waterways, commercial passenger-for-hire requirements, improvements for public access for recreational boating, vessel insurance and derelict vessels. FWC Col. Jim Brown, the new chairman, requested further discussion on the issues.

The council considers issues affecting the boating community. Most members are appointed by the governor. The Florida House of Representatives and Florida Senate each have a representative, as do the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, U.S. Power Squadrons, Inland Navigation Districts, Department of Environmental Protection and the FWC.

New members of the council include Sen. Dennis Jones, Col. Jim Brown, Joe Lewis, Joann Mogle, Jon Netts, Rep. Jimmy Patronis and April Price.

FWC Facts:
Personal watercraft may not be operated from 1/2 hour after sunset to 1/2 hour before sunrise, even if navigation lights are used.

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