To Whom It May Concern,
Recently my husband and I joined your organization. We have an affiliation
with the Citizens for Florida Waterways organization in Brevard County
and know many of the members over there. As residents of Punta Gorda,
we live on the water and love to boat and are concerned about the recent
FWC regulations. We thought you would find it interesting that we were
published in this month's (October) issue of Powerboat Magazine on Page
16 under Just the Facts. Our article was printed as follows:
The Save the Manatee Club teamed with other environmental groups and sued
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for not protecting
the manatees. The Commission caved in to the lawsuit and is about to enact
very strict boating regulations on Florida waterways. Make no mistake,
these regulations do not necessarily protect the manatee, but they do
satisfy the lawsuit - for now.
In Charlotte County new restrictive regulations in the name of manatee
protection will be implemented in the Turtle Bay, Peace River, and areas
of the Lemon Bay.
In Turtle Bay there will be two idle speed zones and an overall 25 MPH
speed limit. This regulation will be implemented regardless of the fact
that no manatee has ever been killed in Turtle Bay from a watercraft accident.
The new regulations are unfair, unjustified, and without merit. Boaters
are losing their rights in the name of manatee protection, but more restrictions
do not equal better protection for manatees. One has to ask; "What
is the hidden agenda?" and "What's next?" Fellow boaters,
please get involved now - the next regulation may impact you!
John Matullo [and Gail Frazier]
The editor noted the following:
"According to a story in the July 25 Daytona Beach News Journal:
"Calling the interpretation of a manatee protection settlement they
signed last year illegal, federal officials have asked a federal judge
to allow them to abandon their deal with the environmentalist and follow
their own time line in coming up with manatee protection measures."
Apparently, the game is still far from over. - Ed."
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