Florida county creating water access plan

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – Brevard County is taking the first step toward growing its public water access.

It’s sending out a survey to boat owners to determine how they spend their time on the water, asking them to identify where they launch their boats, what destinations they visit and what travel routes they take, according to an article yesterday in Florida Today.

The survey results will be used by an advisory committee, which will be established later this week, to create a water access master plan, including the construction of public marinas and boat ramps, Liz Alward, administrative assistant for the Boating and Waterways section of the Department of Natural Resources, told the newspaper.

The new committee will create and deliver proposals regarding regulations, ordinances, anchorings and a funding plan for the county’s waterways to the Marine Advisory Council, which will then communicate them to the county commission, the newspaper reported.

Serving on the committee will be a wide range of regulators and waterfront users, including representatives from the Coast Guard, the Department of Environmental Protection, Save the Manatees, commercial boaters, working waterfront companies, rowers clubs and city governments.

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