Thread: Sign this petition please!
11-21-2008, 10:27 PM #1
Sign this petition please!
Biscayne National Park is a popular boating destination, comprised of more than 172,000 acres of water and presently enjoyed by all types of boats except one. In 2000, personal watercraft (PWC) were banned without any local, site-specific scientific cause.
The National Park Service ban includes the 17 mile stretch of the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) that runs through the park. Therefore, PWC operators must travel around the park, 12 miles out into the Atlantic Ocean rather than travel 2 to 3 miles inshore along the ICW. This presents a potentially unsafe situation that can be fixed very quickly. Join the campaign and get involved today.
Sign the petition to protect boaters from this unnecessary safety risk!
Boaters in South Florida who operate personal watercraft (PWC) need immediate help from the National Park Service. It is imperative that PWC access be restored through the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) where it traverses through Biscayne National Park in Miami, Florida. Today, because of a National Park Service ban on PWC in Biscayne National Park enacted in 2000, PWC operators are forced to circumvent the park some 12 miles out into the open ocean to travel from Key Biscayne to Key Largo. This poses a serious safety hazard and puts boaters at an unnecessary risk.
Meanwhile, all other types of boats-from cabin cruisers to speed boats-are free to navigate along the ICW. Only PWC are forced out into the open ocean because of this National Park Service ban.
It would be safer for PWC operators to travel the 17 miles of the ICW that traverses through Biscayne National Park, just like every other boater. The National Park Service should take immediate action to allow PWC in the Park. It would be tragic and unnecessary if a serious injury or fatality occurred because of the current ban.
We need immediate action to ensure PWC operators are provided a safe passage via the Intracoastal Waterway. PWC are permitted on the ICW in every other area on the Atlantic seaboard, except for this one 17 miles stretch.
This is a matter of common sense and boater safety.
11-22-2008, 09:23 AM #2
- Join Date
- Aug 2006
thanks for the heads up!!
11-22-2008, 06:33 PM #3
11-22-2008, 07:41 PM #4
- Join Date
- Apr 2007
- JUST NORTH OF CUBA-- FL,KEYS
11-22-2008, 10:10 PM #5
- Join Date
- Apr 2006
- panama city beach 'fl
11-22-2008, 10:17 PM #6
11-23-2008, 08:52 AM #7
Done. I am really getting tired of all of these closures all over the US. I know of many more accidents in boats. I am willing to negotiate with all these socialist who decide what and where I can enjoy the freedom to ride. Wait it is slowly not becomming a freedom at all. They could put age restrictions on a ski. I am all about that. Justlike these little race cars these teenagers are building. A 70 mph ski is not for someone who has no consideration for his or anyone elses safety. We are a boat just with jet propulsion. I have the same registration and have to follow the same wildlife and fiseries laws and rules with my ski as I do with my boats. I say this becuse jet boats are allowed in places that jet skis are not. It would be like telling me I can't ride my Harley on a stretch of interstsate because bikes are not allowed. It is a vehicle also.
Sorry to rant but I need to vent on this BS I am seing too often.
11-23-2008, 09:40 PM #8
11-25-2008, 03:23 AM #9
Thanks everyone, yeah you are right about the BS.
I really appreciate the community on Greenhulk for taking the time to respond to these issues. I know many of you come here for info and other..but says something about your character to step up.
Thanks so much for caring about others in places we may not ride, but together we are stronger than one...if you are not an AWA member, please join, it helps on the legislative level when we go to meetings and such, so please support our community.
04-05-2009, 07:47 PM #10
im sure this will be the first of many of these ill sign to protect the pwc owners and riders rights
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