FWC to begin education efforts on new Palm Beach Co. boating safety zone
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Media contact: Gabriella B. Ferraro, 772-215-9459
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC) has installed signs marking a new boating safety
zone on the Intracoastal Waterway in Palm Beach County. With the
signs now in place, officers will begin the education phase of the
enforcement plan for the new zone.
As depicted in the map, the new zone begins 300
feet north of the Donald Ross Road Bridge and continues south of
the Parker Bridge, where the Intracoastal Waterway enters Lake
Worth Lagoon. The zone requires that boats operate at slow speed,
minimum wake, which means that boats are fully off plane,
completely settled in the water and making little or no wake.
"When we analyzed boating accident data for this
area, it became clear that slowing down boats through this stretch
of the Intracoastal Waterway will protect the public better," said
Capt. David Schaeffer of the FWC's Division of Law Enforcement. "We
were also a bit surprised to learn that traveling through here at
slow speed, minimum wake takes no longer than the current mix of
idle speed zones broken up with short, 25-mph zones.
The FWC urges boaters using this section of the
Intracoastal Waterway to pay extra attention to the new signs
marking the zone.
"It is imperative that boat operators understand
what slow speed, minimum wake means and comply with the
restriction. A boat that is fully off plane, completely settled in
the water and traveling at a speed that produces little or no wake
is traveling at slow speed, minimum wake," Schaeffer said. "The FWC
and our law enforcement partners will be working hard to ensure
compliance with the zones on this stretch of the Intracoastal
The second phase of the project, marking the
remainder of the new and updated boating safety zones on the
Intracoastal Waterway in Palm Beach County, will begin in August.
For more information, visit MyFWC.com/Boating to access state
boating safety regulations and maps.