Please select your home edition
Edition
Cyclops Marine 2020 - LEADERBOARD

Boaters: What's your vision of the future for the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary?

by Scott Croft 26 Oct 2019 16:05 UTC
Boaters and anglers have a chance to comment on the future of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. © Bob Krist / Florida Keys News Bureau

For the first time since its creation in 1990, the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary is giving recreational boaters and anglers the unique opportunity to help shape its future by commenting on the draft Restoration Blueprint.

The plan could expand the sanctuary's boundary, update regulations, modify and establish new marine zones, and revise its nonregulatory management plan.

So what do boaters want?

Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) urges recreational boaters to speak up now to have their voices heard at upcoming public meetings held in the Sunshine State through December 10. Boaters unable to attend a meeting may also send comments online, or mail to Sarah Fangman, Sanctuary Superintendent, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, 33 East Quay Road, Key West, FL 33040. Comments will be accepted through January 31, 2020.

"Recreational boaters and anglers want the continued ability to recreate on these pristine waters," said BoatUS Manager of Government Affairs David Kennedy, "However, boater/ anglers are just one of many different constituent groups on the restoration plan. It's important we speak up on what we want the future to look like. Habitat threat from hurricanes, disease, rising ocean temperatures, pollution and human interactions will all be addressed."

Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Restoration Blueprint proposal public meetings will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Coral Gables, Fort Myers and Marathon and will accept oral and written comment. Coral Gables and Fort Myers meetings also will provide information and answers to written questions.

October 28, Coral Gables: University of Miami Newman Alumni Center, 6200 San Amaro Drive
November 4, Fort Myers: Holiday Inn Airport at Town Center, 9931 Interstate Commerce Drive
November 6, Marathon: Marathon Middle High School, 350 Sombrero Beach Road

Additionally, on December 10 a NOAA Sanctuary Council Advisory Meeting will be held from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Islander Resort, 82100 Overseas Highway, Islamorada. RSVP is required, and the public may provide oral or written comment. Boaters may also view the Sanctuary Advisory Council's live-streamed meetings on its YouTube channel.

Related Articles

Boat buyers and sellers: Don't get scammed
How to spot the email warning signs The boating season is drawing to a close, but the cold weather buying season will heat up soon. On snowy nights, potential boat buyers will hunch over computers and cellphones looking at boats for sale, dreaming of sugarplums and their first boat Posted today at 1:30 pm
The best boat winterizing checklist
And everything else you ever wanted to know about putting away a recreational boat for the season Boaters in much of the U.S. and Canada acknowledge the need to winterize their boat's engines each autumn. But what else can go wrong? Posted on 17 Sep
Labor day boating safety tips
An increase in number of boaters on the water this three-day Labor Day holiday period For the nation's 12 million boat owners, Labor Day weekend is the last blast, with many enjoying the end-of-summer boating ritual with family and friends aboard, according to Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS). Posted on 2 Sep
Gulf boaters prepare for Marco and Laura
Tropical Storm Marco, expected to run along the Louisiana coast tomorrow A one-two punch with two tropical storms bearing down on the Gulf Coast this week is getting the attention of recreational boaters, leading some to wisely haul out their vessels to a safe location and make storm preparations. Posted on 25 Aug
Lifecycle Solutions for Fiberglass Boats
Rhode Island Marine Trade Industry Association aims to grow boat recycling across the U.S. With the move to phase 2 of the Rhode Island Fiberglass Vessel Recycling (RIFVR) Pilot Program to address the disposal issue of recreational boats, project managers have released “Facing the Legacy: Lifecycle Solutions for Fiberglass Boats.” Posted on 12 Aug
East Coast Boaters need to prepare for Isaias
Free hurricane planning videos, guides from BoatUS Hurricane Isaias is forecast to run up the East Coast, likely bringing heavy rains, high winds and storm surge from South Florida to potentially as far north as New England through next week. Posted on 31 Jul
As weather wreaks havoc, check insurance policy
Boaters need to look at the biggest boat insurance risk According to NOAA, the 12-month-period ending in April 2019 was the wettest in U.S. records dating back to 1895. As extreme weather events become more common, few are more affected than recreational boaters who store their vessels on the water at a marina Posted on 8 Jul
TowBoatUS Beaufort, N.C., removes tons of debris
Partnership with N.C. Coastal Reserve, Town of Beaufort, N.C. The Town of Beaufort and the adjacent Rachel Carson Reserve knew they had a problem with abandoned vessels. For years, a pristine set of barrier islands had become an illegal dumping ground for old boats, tires and other debris. Posted on 7 Jul
BoatUS says FCC's message to boaters: 'Tough Luck'
Controversial order threatens reliability of hundreds of millions of GPS units BoatUS, says an April 22 decision by the Federal Communications Commission to give mobile satellite services operator Ligado Networks, a private equity company, the green light to build and operate a land-based industrial 5G wireless network Posted on 26 Jun
Buying a boat?
Here's what they don't have to tell you Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) has helped hundreds of thousands of boat owners make good boat-buying decisions. Posted on 24 Jun
OLAS 2020 - FooterVaikobi 2019AUG - Footer 3Grapefruit Graphics 2019 - Footer