By Bonnie Basham, Lobbyist for Standing Watch:

FFWCC Manatee Rule Decisions

 

The following decisions were made by the FFWCC regarding the proposals put forth by the FFWCC staff.

 

Those proposals which are going forward will be published by the FFWCC and formal rule hearings will be held in the affected areas. We expect those hearings to take place between June and August.

 

Charlotte County ---Lemon Bay

     Proposal as proposed by staff was accepted by FFWCC. In addition, access points along the area are to be studied by staff.

 

Charlotte County --- Turtle Bay

     Proposal as proposed by staff was accepted.

 

Charlotte County --- Peace River

      Change 500 foot buffer to 1000 foot buffer

      Hunter Creek to be slow in the southern area of the creek

      Speed zone to be year round and not seasonal

      Shell Creek to remain as proposed by staff

      Staff to review an additional 25 mph channel at the opening of the area (to the left of the current channel)

      Slow speed zone moved upstream in Harbor Heights area?????

 

Sarasota County --- Warm Mineral Springs

       Proposal as proposed by staff was accepted

 

Sarasota County --- Pansy Bayou

       Proposal was accepted but ski area was shortened in the dog-leg area near the mouth of the bayou

 

Hillsborough County ----  Terra Ceia

       Proposal was accepted as proposed by staff

 

Hillsborough County ---Alafia River

      Proposal was accepted as proposed by staff EXCEPT: FFWCC officers will be clocking speeds in the unregulated area to determine average speeds of those using the area...side channels may be made slow.

 

Citrus County --- Homossassa   No Entry, Safe Haven

      Proposal of staff was accepted....staff directed to look at accommodating fishermen who use the rock pile at the mouth of the newly proposed no entry zone.

 

 

Martin County --- Loxahatchee

    This will drop from the recommendations as the FFWCC voted to take no action in this area

 

Martin County --- Crossroads

     This will drop from the recommendations as the FFWCC voted to take no action in this area

 

Indian River County ---Vero Beach Power Plant

      Staff proposal accepted by FFWCC

 

Indian River County --- Jungle Trail Narrows

        Staff proposal was accepted except that the 30 mph channel will now be year round with slow outside the channel year round

 

Volusia County --- Dunlawton Bridge

       This will drop from the recommendations as the FFWCC voted to take no action

      

Volusia County ---- DeLeon Springs No Entry Safe Haven

       This will drop from the recommendations as the FFWCC voted to take no action

 

Sky Lakes Dade County

        Leave current zones in place without changes

 

Blue Lagoon Dade County

        Leave current zones in place without changes

 

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