Proposed manatee protection plan slas...

Proposed manatee protection plan slashes number of new Broward ...

There are 24 comments on the South Florida Sun-Sentinel story from May 11, 2007, titled Proposed manatee protection plan slashes number of new Broward .... In it, South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that:

A proposed Broward County manatee protection plan would allow 4,242 new boat slips along the county's waterways, a sharp decrease from a previous draft that was rejected by the state as insufficient to defend ...

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Capt Tom

Merritt Island, FL

#22 May 13, 2007
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I don't care about the manatees because there is nothing I can do to save them. I just don't want usualthe usual bunch of idiots running wild along our waterways at high speeds.
Speaking of which the slow speed is for the boater - not the manatee. Like the manatee can get out of the way or something.
Yes, the manatee can "get out of the way" IF it detects an oncoming vessel. Manatees while normally slow can move at 21 feet/sec or 14+ MPH for short distances and can continually travel at 4-5 MPH for extended periods.

A vessel travelling at 4 MPH cannot be heard by the manatee until it is ~ 12' or 2 seconds away. A vessel on plane can be heard ~ 560' or 16 seconds away. This is based on empirical test data collected in Dr. Edmund Gerstein's research in Brevard County waters.

Gerstein has developed an inexpensive manatee alerting device that can be installed on vessels.

Manatees and boats can go exist. We need only to apply some existing technology.

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#23 May 13, 2007
Man and manatees cannot coexist as long as we build docks in manatee habitat, dump mercury in manatee habitat, dump fecal matter in manatee habitat, or cruise boats in manatee habitat.
With 4500 new docks and 4500 new boats boats in the water which way is the propeller coming from? At which speed? I wonder what a boat motor sounds like bouncing off the concrete walls underwater in new river?
Its unfortunate that you will get your docks.

Rochester, NY

#24 Aug 12, 2007
the people wrote:
shoot the useless things-who really cares
how about taking that attitude towards you and the rest of mankind

Rochester, NY

#25 Aug 12, 2007
I fell in love with manatees on my first trip to florida. If we don't protect them - who will protect us?

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