Florida regulators propose manatee rules for county

BRADENTON, Fla. – Florida regulators have proposed a set of manatee protection rules for Manatee County that are almost the same as protections written into the county’s ordinance by Manatee leaders, but ratchet up the sea cow safeguards in specific areas, according to a story in today’s Bradenton Herald.

The new rules may also make it easier for Florida officers to patrol local waters, the story said.

The proposal would write into state law much of the shoreline and shallow-water protections already enacted, but would strip the recreational status from Warner's Bayou and shorten the Braden boating channel, adding slow-speed zones in those areas, according to the Herald.

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