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Pinellas County to get new manatee protection signs

News Release

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Media contact: Robert Klepper; 850-617-9666,

After completing the appropriate review process and receiving approval from the agency’s Commissioners, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will soon begin work to repair, clean and install waterway markers for existing boating safety and newly-established manatee protection zones in Pinellas County. The work will begin in mid-May and should be completed by the end of the summer.

The FWC will be installing new markers and repairing existing markers to post the manatee protection zones established by Chapter 68C-22.016, Florida Administrative Code. This will improve manatee protection in the area, and will clearly mark the boundaries for boaters.

Boaters are urged to use caution, particularly in narrow waterways, while the sign construction is underway.

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