Miami-Dade County gets improved boating signs
Monday, January 09, 2012
Media contact: Jorge Pino, 561-723-1417
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has
finished work to remove, repair and install waterway markers
(signs) in state-adopted manatee protection and boating safety
zones in Miami-Dade County. The work began in October and wrapped
up in December.
"There are several areas around the county where enforcement had
been difficult because the signs were missing or damaged," said
Capt. Mark Hodges, of the FWC's Division of Law Enforcement. "After
an education period, officers will issue citations for speed
violations within the zones."
The FWC replaced signs that had been damaged by storms,
deteriorated from age or were in disrepair due to vandalism. The
work also included the removal of unpermitted and illegal signs,
which cause operator confusion in the state-adopted zones. In
addition, signs that displayed incorrect regulatory information
were either removed or replaced, and some markers were relocated to
accurately post zones for manatee protection and boating
"It's important to slow down vessel traffic in areas that
manatees frequent and that are congested with boats to adequately
protect the safety of the boating public and manatees," Hodges
said. "With the zones more clearly marked, the public is more
likely to follow the regulations."
information, visit MyFWC.com/Boating to access state manatee
protection and boating safety regulations and maps.