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High water prompts temporary closures in three south Florida WMAs

News Release

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Media contact: Carol Lyn Parrish, 850-556-2269

Due to recent rainfall, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has temporarily closed several activities and roads in Everglades and Francis S. Taylor, Holey Land and Rotenberger Wildlife Management Areas (WMA).

The closures apply to vehicles, airboats, all-terrain vehicles and other public access and will remain in effect until further notice to ensure public safety and resources conservation.

Access is permitted from the L-35B levee north to the east-west airboat trail, as well as the portion of Conservation Area 3A South that is east of the Miami Canal between Interstate 75 and the L-67A levee. Pedestrian access (via Tamiami Trail/U.S. 41 only) is still open to the L-28, L67A, L67C and L29 levees.

Also, taking of game as defined in section 68A-1.004, FAC is prohibited. This does not apply to persons permitted to participate in the Python ChallengeTM, migratory bird hunts, frogging, or people operating boats within the established canal systems. Access for these activities is limited to vessels only and participants must maintain a minimum distance of 100 yards from any tree island to minimize disturbance to wildlife.

If you have additional questions, contact the FWC’s South Regional Office at 561-625-5122.



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