And for you folks in Broward, look out, here comes the $MC again! This of the $MC website today!
Ask Commissioners To Reject
Boat Facility Siting Plan!
Send A Quick Online Letter To Help Manatees By September 26th
After more than 15 years of waiting, Broward County finally has a final draft boat facility siting plan (BFSP) that is going before the Board of Commissioners on September 26. This purpose of this plan is to provide protection for manatees by directing development to areas of the county's shoreline where there would be the least amount of conflict with boating activity. Unfortunately, the marina siting outcomes in this plan are based on what the marine industry representatives want, not what manatees need.
For more information on the extreme weaknesses of this BFSP, read Save the Manatee Club's formal comment letter (pdf)
Subject: Reject Boat Facility Siting Plan
I am asking you to reject the boat facility siting plan for Broward County as it will not adequately protect manatees that use the county waterways.
South Broward waterways are the worst place in the county to build an additional 5,000 boat slips! The data show that the Dania Cutoff Canal and the New River are highly used by manatees, especially in winter months when they are using the two power plants as warm water refuges.
In addition, slip pooling is a really bad idea because deciding where to locate a boating facility should be based on scientific data and the specific features of the actual site. Proximity to warm water refuges, high watercraft-related manatee mortality, and high manatee use make an area a terrible place for a marina!
Finally, a Manatee Protection Plan should be more than just a Boat Facility Siting Plan. The county needs to develop elements of the MPP that address habitat protection, law enforcement, and education/public awareness, at the very least.
I wish you folks, in Broward Co., the best of luck down there
Hell, we are going to need some luck, I'm getting ready to put in a second lift for the Seadoo jet boat! And I wonder if I should or should not apply for a permit!
My neighbor down the street, is good buddies with someone in the county permitting office, I think I'll buy 12 pack of beer and go see my neighbor.