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FWC improves boating safety in Monroe County

News Release

Friday, January 04, 2013

Media contact: Carli Segelson, 561-625-5122, or Bobby Dube, 305-684-8703

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will begin work Monday Jan. 7 to install waterway markers (signs) for a new boating safety zone at Jewfish Creek in Monroe County.

The new zone requires that boats operate at “slow speed, minimum wake,” meaning that boats are fully off plane, completely settled in the water and making little or no wake.

“We want to slow down vessel traffic in areas where public safety is a concern,” said Capt. David Dipre of FWC’s Division of Law Enforcement. “Clearly marked zones improve operator compliance.

“After completion of the project and an education period, officers will begin watching for speed violations within these zones,” Dipre said.

The FWC worked with stakeholders before voting in February to amend Florida Administrative Code Rule 68D-24.144, reducing vessel speed limits in the Intracoastal Waterway surrounding Jewfish Creek Bridge (U.S. 1) in Key Largo.

Boaters should use caution around construction crews installing the new markers.

For more information, visit and click “Boating” to access state “Boating Regulations,” maps of “Boating Restricted Areas” or “Manatee Protection Speed Zones.”

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