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FWC lifts Santa Fe boating restrictions

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Updated: 8/16/2013 11:35 am
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has deactivated the boating restrictions on the Santa Fe River, after floodwaters fell below 17 feet at the Three Rivers gauge.

A no-wake restriction had been in place since July 12 betweeen River Rise in O’Leno State Park west to the confluence of the Suwannee River.

The 32-mile segment is an idle-speed, no-wake zone as long as the Santa Fe River is at 17 feet, as indicated on the Three Rivers gauge, where flood stage is 19 feet.

An idle-speed, no-wake restriction means a vessel must proceed at a speed no greater than what is required to maintain steerageway and headway in that river zone.

At no time is any vessel required to proceed so slowly that the operator is unable to control it or anything it may be towing.

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