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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on April 17, 2024, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (Commission) received a completed application for approval of Okeechobee County, Ordinance No. 2023-0004. The Commission has reviewed the submission pursuant to section 327.46(1)(c), F.S. and Rule 68D-21.002, F.A.C., and finds competent, substantial evidence that the ordinance is necessary to protect public safety.  

Find the Okeechobee County Ordinance No. 2023-0004, as approved by the Commission.

A brief description of the ordinance as approved: Two Slow Speed Minimum Wake boating-restricted areas are created within Taylor Creek and Lake Okeechobee Rim Canal to close the gap between previously established boating safety zones less than 500ft apart presenting a hazard to navigation per 327.46(1)(c)2c F.S.

As required by Rule 68D-21.001(3), F.A.C., Okeechobee County has published as provided by Sections 50.011-.031, F.S., once a week for two consecutive weeks, notice of the ordinance in a newspaper of general circulation in the area affected by the ordinance.

Election of Rights: The Commission’s action on the application is subject to review pursuant to chapter 120, F.S.  Any persons whose substantial interests have or may be affected by the Commission’s action on this application may seek an administrative hearing with the Commission within 21 days of posting of this notice.

Find the Petition for Administrative Hearing form for this purpose.  

This form must be received by the Commission no later than 21 days from this posting and may be mailed or submitted by email to the address listed below: 

Mail: Legal Office
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
620 South Meridian Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1600

THIS NOTICE IS POSTED AS OF: Tuesday, May 28, 2024 (5 p.m. Eastern Time)

DUE DATE: Tuesday, June 18, 2024 (5 p.m. Eastern Time) (21 days from posting date)

A COPY OF THE APPLICATION CAN BE OBTAINED BY EMAIL (IN PDF FORMAT) OR BY US MAIL. Please submit your request directly to BoatingPublicComments@MyFWC.com or contact the Boating and Waterways Section at 850-488-5600.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on May 8, 2024, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (Commission) received a completed application for approval of St. Johns County, Ordinance No. 2024-20. The Commission has reviewed the submission pursuant to section 327.46(1)(c), F.S. and Rule 68D-21.002, F.A.C., and finds competent, substantial evidence that the ordinance is necessary to protect public safety. 

Find the St. Johns County Ordinance No. 2024-20, as approved by the Commission.

A brief description of the ordinance as approved: a slow speed, minimum wake boating restricted area on Pablo Creek at the double-blind curve and at the gap between the existing boating restricted area and the double-blind curve is necessary to protect public safety 327.46(1)(c) F.S.

As required by Rule 68D-21.001(3), F.A.C., St. Johns County has published as provided by Sections 50.011-.031, F.S., once a week for two consecutive weeks, notice of the ordinance in a newspaper of general circulation in the area affected by the ordinance.

Election of Rights: The Commission’s action on the application is subject to review pursuant to chapter 120, F.S.  Any persons whose substantial interests have or may be affected by the Commission’s action on this application may seek an administrative hearing with the Commission within 21 days of posting of this notice. A Petition for Administrative Hearing form may be accessed at the link below for this purpose. 

Find the Petition for Administrative Hearing form for this purpose.

This form must be received by the Commission no later than 21 days from this posting and may be mailed or submitted by email to the address listed below:

Mail: Legal Office
        Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
        620 South Meridian Street
        Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1600

Email: efile@myfwc.com

THIS NOTICE IS POSTED AS OF: Friday, May 31, 2024, 5 p.m. Eastern Time

DUE DATE: Friday, June 21, 2024, 5 p.m. Eastern Time (21 days from posting date)

A COPY OF THE APPLICATION CAN BE OBTAINED BY EMAIL (IN PDF FORMAT) OR BY US MAIL.  Please submit your request directly to BoatingPublicComments@myfwc.com or contact the Boating and Waterways Section at 850-488-5600.

Current Public Comment Opportunities

Working Group Meeting Set for May 21, 2024

The FWC is hosting its second in-person working group meeting to provide information and allow working group members to share viewpoints about a potential Silver Glen Springs Spring Protection Zone.

When: Tuesday, May 21 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Where: Astor Area Community Center
24648 Ann St.
Astor, FL 32102

NOTES
  • The working group does not serve in an advisory role or have decision-making authority. The purpose of this meeting is for the FWC and working group members to interact. Comments and questions for nonworking group members will be limited. Members of the public who attend this in-person meeting will have the opportunity to submit written comments. Written comments also may be submitted to BoatingPublicComments@myfwc.com
  • Public participation is held without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, or family status.
  • Pursuant to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations to participate in this workshop/meeting is asked to advise the agency at least 5 days before the workshop/meeting by contacting: the ADA Coordinator, at (850)488-6411. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the agency using the Florida Relay Service, 1(800)955-8771 (TDD) or 1(800)955-8770 (Voice).
  • For more information, contact: Major Bill Holcomb, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Division of Law Enforcement, Boating and Waterways Section, 620 South Meridian Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399-1600, William.Holcomb@myfwc.com.

First in-person working group meeting was held March 27.

Previous Opportunities to Provide Feedback

The FWC actively seeks public input on a variety of topics related to boating and waterways and provides public notices of proposed and approved local boating restricted areas. Please check back to this webpage for updates.

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