Coast Guard and partners to increase enforcement of manatee and no-wake zones

7th Coast Guard District NewsMIAMI — In light of increasing concerns conveyed by local property owners and marine environmental conservationists, a joint-agency task force comprised of Coast Guard, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), Miami-Dade Police and City of Miami Police Marine Patrol units will substantially increase law enforcement operations in manatee and no-wake zones throughout the Miami area.

The increased patrols will start Aug. 13 with a focus on the Miami River (near Bayside and Bayfront Park) and Black Point Channel.

Task force officials have a zero tolerance policy regarding failure to obey posted speed zone requirements.

All boaters are reminded to be familiar with slow-speed and wildlife protection areas. For maps and regulations regarding manatee zones, visit the FWC website: http://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/managed/manatee/protection-zones/.

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