Miami-Dade to get improved boating signs
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Media contact: Jorge Pino, 561-723-1417
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will
begin work to remove, repair and install waterway markers in
state-adopted manatee protection and boating safety zones in
Miami-Dade County. The work begins this month and should be
completed by the end of the year.
"There are several areas around the county where officers are
issuing warnings only, because the signs are missing or damaged,"
said Capt. Mark Hodges, of the FWC's Division of Law Enforcement.
"After completion of the project and an education period, officers
will begin issuing citations for speed violations within these
The FWC is replacing signs that have been damaged by storms,
have deteriorated from age or are in disrepair due to vandalism.
The work also includes the removal of unpermitted and illegal
signs, which cause operator confusion and make the state-adopted
zones unenforceable. In addition, signs that display incorrect
regulatory information will be either removed or replaced, and some
markers will be relocated to accurately post the state-adopted
manatee protection and boating safety regulatory zones.
Boaters are urged to use caution, particularly in narrow
waterways, while the sign construction is under way.
"It's important to slow down vessel traffic in congested areas
and where manatees frequent in order to adequately protect the
safety of the boating public and manatees," Hodges said. "The
construction will create more clearly marked zones, which improves
For more information, visit MyFWC.com/Boating to access
state manatee protection and boating safety regulations and