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FWC to hold public hearings on proposed manatee zones for western Pinellas

News Release

Monday, January 26, 2015

Media contact: Carli Segelson, 772-215-9459; Gary Morse, 863-648-3852

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is seeking public input on proposed manatee protection zones in western Pinellas County. The FWC will hold two public hearings this week to gather additional public comment.

The hearings are Tuesday, Jan. 27, and Wednesday, Jan. 28, at 6 p.m. at different locations. On Tuesday, the meeting will be held at the Treasure Island City Hall Auditorium, 120 108th Ave. The meeting Wednesday will be at the Clearwater Community Sailing Association, 1001 Gulf Blvd.

Written comments will also be accepted and can be submitted via email to or sent by regular mail to the FWC Imperiled Species Management Section at 620 S. Meridian St., Tallahassee, FL 32399.

Staff will evaluate all public input and any new ideas or suggested changes before bringing a recommended final rule back to the FWC Commission for action later in 2015.

For more information about the proposed manatee protection zones, visit and click on “Rulemaking.”

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