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Waterway Markers

FWC is responsible for properly marking the boating restricted areas and manatee protection zones implemented under its authority. Boating and Waterways staff continuously monitor FWC maintained waterway markers for repairs. Staff reviews locations of waterway markers and plan for changes to increase effectiveness of public awareness and vessel operator compliance. As rules are amended staff plan for adjustments to waterway markers posting the zones.

For municipalities, counties, or other governmental entities to place any safety, regulatory, informational, and/or navigation marker in, on, or over the waters or shores of the state, must make application for a permit to the Boating and Waterways Section within the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (Ch. 327.40. Florida Statutes). Download the Florida Uniform Waterway Marker (FUWM) Permit application checklist and the Marker Data Form.

In some cases, markings for safety or navigation purposes require permits from other state or federal agencies. It would be suggested that you contact our office at, 850-488-5600 or email for guidance in these instances.

Statutory Authority

FWC Manatee Protection Zones, Boating Safety Zones, and USFWS designated manatee protection areas.

Reporting Damaged/Missing Waterway Markers

Posting Manatee Protection Zones

Waterway Marker Guidelines

USCG PATN Application

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