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Update on PWC Access to Biscayne National Park

September 03, 2008 6:00 AM

BLUERIBBON COALITION ACTION ALERT!

Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,

Update on PWC Access to Biscayne National Park - New Petition Needs Your Signature

Before I ask for your help, here is a quick reminder on why Personal Watercraft (PWC) access is important to Florida's Biscayne National Park.  First, the park is a popular boating destination, comprised of more than 172,000 acres of water and presently enjoyed by all types of boats, except PWCs.  In 2000, PWCs 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 BOAT Biscayne Coalition's campaign and get involved today.

The BlueRibbon Coalition, as a part of the BOAT Biscayne Coalition, continues to work hard to restore PWC access along the Intracoastal Waterway in Biscayne National Park.  We've been meeting with local, state, and federal officials about this issue, and recently received support from the National Marina Manufacturers Association and the Marine Industries Association of South Florida.

Here is how you can help.  If you haven't already done so, please visit www.boatbiscayne.com  today and sign the new petition to restore access in the ICW and protect boaters from this unnecessary safety risk!  Also, we encourage all of you to call your elected officials about this issue to ask them to correct this inequity.  You can find out who your elected leaders are and how to contact them at http://archive.sharetrails.org/rapid_response/.

For additional updates, visit the BlueRibbon Coalition website at www.sharetrails.org and click on the PWC button.

Jack Welch
Special Projects Consultant
BlueRibbon Coalition
303-324-7185

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