12-31-2014, 03:02 PM #1
Manatee zones under causeways in Brevard county, FL
I recently rode from SR192 to SR528 on the Indian River and at the 192/528 causeway approaches, there is (IMO) confusing signage about the speeds allowed.
Northbound there are signs stating slow - manatee zone to causeway.
Apparently, the sign only applies to the East of the the concrete pole and not the IntraCoastal Waterway (ICW)
Southbound there is no restriction.
According to the FWC's maps, there are no restrictions.
I emailed FWC and they confirmed the maps are correct - no restrictions.
Threw this one in for fun....somebody had a bad day.
12-31-2014, 04:50 PM #2
This is a little old, but I'm curious if it applies to what you're dealing with: http://www.fws.gov/northflorida/Rele...ty-brevard.htm I didn't read the entire article, but this quote caught my eye: "In those areas where the federal and state zones are not identical, the more restrictive zone takes precedence."
So, and without having done anymore research on the matter, it may seem like the reply given by the FWC may have been "half" the answer.
12-31-2014, 05:26 PM #3
I believe the problem is that the ICW channel is very narrow approaching the causeways as can be seen on page 4 of the map below and the sign doesn't include an exemption for the ICW (as most others do...see the damaged sign picture above for an example).
The simple fix is to update the signs to include the ICW exemption.
12-31-2014, 05:44 PM #4
Wow - I can certainly understand being confused. But why keep it simple when you can write tickets and citations, lol... It can be somewhat unfair to boaters and PWC alike, when you have to deal with either conflicting rules or in the least "grey matter" when it comes to multiple agencies/municipalities on one body of water. I hope my linked helped as opposed to confounding you any further in the slightest.
Happy New Year,
01-02-2015, 09:58 AM #5
Any advice is always welcome. I hope the local FWC know the rules as well as I do now....I'll be keeping the email from the FWC Lieutenant handy when I ride.
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