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Old 03-02-2021, 07:43 AM
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I grew up on a lake in PA. I've been spending my winters in Florida for the last few years and I've been wanting to know how and when the manatee zones got started. When I arrived in Fort Lauderdale the first time, looking at the charts it seemed super cool that you could dock your boat in the canal behind your house and be several miles inland. To be miles from the beach and have ocean access seemed like the ultimate thing! Then I went for a ride on a friend's boat and was shocked to find out that it would take him 1.5 hours to get to port everglades inlet from his house because almost the entire trip would be a slow no wake manatee zone.

eing from PA this seems totally ridiculous. What is the point of having ocean access from your backyard if you have to go at no wake speed for well over an hour ? I see freshly killed deer dead from car accidents on the side of the road several times a week. If they made all of the roads around where I live 5 mph so that deer wouldn't get killed it would be impossible to live here. It seems strange to me to goto all of the expense of building all of those canals to have ocean access far inland just to imo make it nearly useless because of manatee zones.

I get that people don't like seeing dead manatees. But people don't like seeing dead deer either and we just accept the fact that many of them are going to get killed by cars. There are plenty of them. What or why are the manatees deemed so important that south florida has so many areas that are slow zones because of them ?

So what is the history of the manatee zones ? Were the canals built first and the manatee zones came later ? Or was there a time when you could travel by boat 20 mph or so where it was safe to do so to get to the inlets ? Did the manatee zones come many years after the canals were built ? Who made the decision to start manatee zones ? Who has the authority ?

If I had a house on a canal with ocean access that access would be a huge portion of the value of the house. So if I could get to the inlet in under say under 20 minutes without manatee zones but then with them it takes me over an hour I'd feel as though I'd have cause for a lawsuit. Were there controversies and lawsuits when manatee zones were made ? Again I don't know the history so for all I know the canals were built knowing that they would have manatee zones. So can someone share some of the history of these things ?
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Old 03-02-2021, 08:22 AM
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Old 03-02-2021, 08:34 AM
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Manatee zones were invented by Jimmy Buffett and 14 year old girls in Nebraska who have never seen one but think they look cute.
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Keep in mind that once they are established, the waterfront homeowner's fight like hell to keep them in place. It's not all tree huggers and hippies that like no-wake zones.
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Manatees are listed as vulnerable with a decreasing population. Deer are like rodents of the woods.

I have no idea on the history of the zones. I love having 300-400 feet of Manatee zone in front of my pier so the jet skiers stay away.
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This should answer most of your questions.

https://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/w...tection-zones/

1978 is when the Manatee Sanctuary Act was passed.
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Originally Posted by ByrdmanFL View Post
Keep in mind that once they are established, the waterfront homeowner's fight like hell to keep them in place. It's not all tree huggers and hippies that like no-wake zones.
This is my understanding of the history of the speed zones, with the Manatee as a third party beneficiary. There are legitimate speed-safety/liability issues, of course, but the vast majority is homeowners that do not want wakes hitting their seawalls, noise, waterskiing, etc. In fact, waterskiing has nearly died out, as a sport, as a result. There is a waterfront home a few blocks up from the Buccaneer near the PB Inlet with an old man that has lived there for eons, resisting the trend of selling out. He recanted the history in this area for me last time I spoke to him.

Similarly, in my neighborhood, the speed limit used to be 35, which is quite reasonable, but homeowners didn't like cars driving by at such speeds, so the limit was reduced to 25. This is actually a little too slow, but nevertheless, if you drive by someone walking or in their front yard at 25, you can be assured of a nasty look, at least. People have actually called on the trash truck guys who, apparently have trackers in the trucks. The complaints alleged speeds of 60 mph, which is laughable for such a vehicle that was only recorded going 23.

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Everyone wants to live in a no wake zone but no one wants to travel through one to get home.
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https://www.facebook.com/manateehunting/

They're a little gristly, the old ones taste like azz. You need the younger calves unless you tenderize them with your propeller first.

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interesting comments - don't the manatees move? So why doesn't the zones move?
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More people, more boaters, more dead manatees=more manatee slow zones
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A lot of politics involved, state and federal.
While they shut down the boaters manatees were dyeing from the cold because they stayed too long at northern Fl. power plant warn water outtakes.
They were also being crushed when getting between large ships and docks.
When it all started it was claimed there were only 600 left!
It took years for the "reported" numbers to increase!
Manatee Hugging is now a Religion!
When they passed the Fishing License Law for Florida 40% was slated for Law Enforcement. That gave plenty of money to enforce the zones.
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Originally Posted by doctor_ake View Post
Manatees are listed as vulnerable with a decreasing population. Deer are like rodents of the woods.
Manatees are ugly fat blobs. They look disgusting to me. Huge moving garbage bags. I just don't get why they are so important. Deer on the other hand are nice too look at and taste great too. Yet nobody is making me drive my car ridiculously slow because of them getting killed all the time. Where would the manatee's live if they were not in man made canals ?
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I'm sure you are as ugly to them as well. Deer are over populated in many areas, so it doesn't matter if you hit a few.
They live in rivers, springs, and all along the coast. The fact is most of those canals should never have been made in the first place. We are the intruders, not them.
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Manatee appear to be overpopulated in a lot of places. There are really only a few places, mostly power plants, they can spend the winter and they quickly eat all of the grass available to ever increasing herds. Now they are blaming everything but manatee for the decline of sea grasses in the Caloosahatchee river. This causes them to venture farther from the warm water at the power plant and die from cold stress. Not surprising that the deadliest place for manatee is near the power plant.
It is like putting a salt lick in the median of I-95 and wondering why so many deer get hit.
I suppose the real answer is to stop the plants from pumping hot water in the river. Then the manatee would migrate south like they did 100 years ago.
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Originally Posted by 787337 View Post
Everyone wants to live in a no wake zone but no one wants to travel through one to get home.
I love this comment the most. It’s really no different on land. If you live in a gated community (like I USED to) you have to sign into an agreement for the PD or SO to enforce traffic laws inside the gates since they are privately owned roads. Commandos will complain about speeding and have the LEOs come in. Then they complain when LEO stop them and their friends mixed in with the “real speeders”.

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