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Flagler County Approves Manatee Protection Plan With Speed Zones on Intracoastal

| May 28, 2016

The county has been under mandate to develop a plan since 2006, when state and federal authorities halted issuing permits for boating slips on the Intracoastal Waterway, where seven manatees have been killed by boats since 2006.

Boat-Dock Permits Revoked, Flagler Re-Ignites Urgency to Finish Manatee Protection Plan

| August 17, 2015

Federal officials have revoked all boat-dock permits for non-residential homes in Flagler because a manatee protection plan and an additional speed zone are not in place.

Manatees No Longer Endangered? Not So Fast.

| August 15, 2014

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering downlisting manatees from endangered to threatened, reducing their protective status. Save the Manatee Club’s Katie Tripp argues the proposal rests on too scanty data.

First Manatee Count in 3 Years Shows Healthier Number Despite 2013’s Record Deaths

| February 7, 2014

Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reported a preliminary count of 4,831 manatees in Florida during a statewide aerial survey conducted on Jan. 24 and Jan. 27. That’s the third-highest number of manatees recorded since such surveys began in 1991. No surveys were conducted in 2013 and 2012 because of unusually warm weather.

Record 769 Manatee Deaths So Far This Year Represent 15% of Endangered Population

| October 31, 2013

With two months to go in the year, 769 manatee deaths have bee recorded in Florida waters, breaking the previous record of 766 set in 2010. Deaths are blamed mostly on a red tide bloom that started in southwest Florida in September 2012 and that only recently dissipated. Four manatees have died in Flagler so far this year.

Best Way to Keep Florida’s Manatees Wild: Do Not Disturb

| June 7, 2012

Manatees are experts at finding food and fresh water – they don’t need our assistance. Quite the contrary, they will do far better if we can give them a wide berth and keep our distance, writes Katie Tripp.

Public Mostly Rejects State Proposal for 2.7 Miles of Manatee Speed Zones in Flagler Waters

| February 29, 2012

Three-quarters of the people who addressed a Florida Fish and Wildlife delegation on the proposed speed zones on the Intracoastal Waterway rejected the argument that manatees are endangered, or that further regulation is needed.

429 Manatee Deaths in 2011 Second-Highest On Record, But None Recorded in Flagler

| January 4, 2012

A cold-related die-off of manatees in early 2011 set the stage for a third straight year with high numbers of deaths for manatees, following a record 766 deaths in 2010 and 429 in 2009.

In a Victory for Flagler Boaters, FWC Rejects Its Staff’s Proposed Manatee Speed Zones

| June 8, 2011

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission asked its staff to draw up a new compromise favoring Flagler County’s position on manatee speed zones on the Intracoastal, a significant defeat for manatee advocates.

Flagler Whacks Proposed Speed Zones on Intracoastal as Manatee Advocates Protest

| May 17, 2011

Tuesday’s public hearing was the latest step in months of wrangles between Flagler County and the Fish and Wildlife Commission over manatee-protecting speed zones on about a third of Flagler’s 18 miles of Intracoastal.

Revving Up Speed Zones, State Tells Flagler: Manatees More Endangered Than Boaters

| September 14, 2010

A local committee had recommended mostly hand-off, unregulated speeds on the Intracoastal. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission staff rejected the approach.

Flagler Manatee Committee Report Concludes: Against Speed Zones. Just “Education.”

| July 15, 2010

No surprise: a local committee stacked with boating advocates is recommending against most manatee-protecting speed-zone recommendations on the Intracoastal by a state conservation agency.

Flagler Has 30 Days Left to respond to 5 Proposed Manatee-Protection Speed Zones

| June 23, 2010

Flagler’s committee is at the half-way point of responding the state’s proposed speed zones in the Intracoastal.

Hanging With Manatees

| June 3, 2010

It’s not just seeing manatees upclose alone that moves you. It’s seeing their injuries, and their utter helplessness.

How a Boating Guru Turned Manatee Advocate

| May 4, 2010

Ed Caroe applied for a manatee-protection rules committee as a boating advocate. At the last minute, he switched to manatee advocate. Here’s how.

10 Named to Flagler’s Manatee Rules Panel

| May 3, 2010

A county-appointed rules committee has 60 days to recommend whether manatee speed zones are needed in Flagler’s waterways.

Florida Law on How New Manatee Protection Rules May Be Adopted

| May 3, 2010

Complete language of Florida Statute § 379.2431(2)(f) which sets out the steps the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission and county governments must follow when adopting rules regulating “speed and operation of motorboats for purposes of manatee protection.”

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