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    • Jupiter Town Meeting Tonight on AICW Speed Zone, Jupiter, FL Statute Mile 1005

      This notice is shared with us by Brad Pickle, Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association.

      From: Janet Zimmerman
      Date: May 16, 2017 at 1:58:31 PM EDT
      To: Undisclosed recipients:;
      Subject: Town Meeting tonight 5/16/17: Jupiter speed zone change request.pdf

      An item on tonight’s Town of Jupiter Town Council meeting agenda is a resolution of support for adding additional slow speed zone to the ICW in North Palm Beach County. Please see the attached agenda item and the link below for the overall agenda.

      https://www.jupiter.fl.us/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_05162017-643

      Boating groups may have an interest in sharing their comments with the Town of Jupiter at tonight’s meeting.
      http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/local/boating-battle-will-jupiter-wake-zone-extended/1UxKFzHd01fUQXXMWJ0vrM/

      RESOLUTION NO. 44-17
      A RESOLUTION OF THE TOWN COUNCIL OF THE TOWN OF JUPITER, FLORIDA,
      EXPRESSING SUPPORT FOR THE EXTENSION OF THE “MINIMUM SPEED/NO
      WAKE ZONE” IN THE INDIAN RIVER LAGOON INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY
      NORTH FROM THE C.R. 707 BRIDGE TO THE NORTHERN BOUNDARY OF CORAL
      COVE PARK FOR A DISTANCE OF 0.8 MILE; PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE;
      AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.
      WHEREAS, the Indian River Lagoon between the C.R. 707 Bridge (South Beach
      Road) and the northern boundary of Coral Cove Park is a popular location for boating,
      kayaking, paddle-boarding, snorkeling and general recreational swimming; and
      WHEREAS, current Intracoastal Waterway regulations allow powerboats to travel
      at speeds up to 25 miles per hour in the navigable channel and at “slow speed —
      minimum wake” outside of the channel in this area; and
      WHEREAS, powerboat acceleration and deceleration, along with the wake
      generated by boats traveling at such speeds creates a variety of issues harmful to the
      public health, safety and welfare, including physical danger and injury to snorkelers and
      swimmers, dangerous bridge navigation by multiple competing boats of varying sizes,
      accelerated degradation and erosion of adjacent and near-by shorelines, loss of
      mangrove islands, harm to special status species (e.g. West Indian Manatee, and
      Johnson Seagrass),and damage to infrastructure and personal property such as docks
      and other boats; and
      WHEREAS, an extension of the “minimum speed/no wake zone” (which currently
      terminates at the C.R 707 Bridge) north to the northern boundary of Coral Cove Park
      would impose a boating restriction in this area requiring boats in the navigable channel
      to travel at slow speed and produce minimum wake, and would further require boats
      outside of the navigable channel to travel at idle speed and produce no wake; and
      WHEREAS, the imposition of such boating restrictions in this area would
      increase boater safety especially related to bridge navigation; would, on average, only
      increase travel time through this area by a matter of minutes; and would reduce,
      minimize, and even eliminate the above referenced dangers to the public health, safety
      and welfare by current powerboat acceleration and deceleration, along with the wake
      generated by boats traveling at the higher speeds that are currently permitted; and
      WHEREAS, the Town Council has been made aware of a current local effort to
      extend the “minimum speed/no-wake zone” (which currently terminates at the C.R: 707
      Bridge) north to the northern boundary of Coral Cove Park: for the reasons articulated
      above; and
      WHEREAS, the Town Council desires to express its support for this effort as an
      important means of protecting the public health, safety and welfare.
      NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE TOWN COUNCIL OF THE TOWN
      OF JUPITER, PALM BEACH COUNTY, FLORIDA, AS FOLLOWS:
      Section 1: The above recitals are true and correct, and are incorporated into this
      Resolution and are hereby specifically made a part hereof.
      Section 2: The Town Council of the Town of Jupiter hereby expresses its support for
      the local effort to extend the “minimum speed/wake zone” (which currently terminates at
      the C.R. 707 Bridge) north in the Indian River Lagoon from the C.R. 707 Bridge (South
      Beach Road) to the northern boundary of Coral Cove Park, thereby requiring boats in
      the navigable channel of the Intracoastal Waterway in this area to travel at slow speed
      and produce minimum wake, and thereby further requiring boats outside of the
      navigable channel in this area to travel at idle speed and produce no wake.
      Section 3: The Town Manager is directed to do all things necessary to effectuate the
      intent of the Town Council as expressed herein.
      Section 4: The Town Clerk is directed to provide a copy of this Resolution to the Florida
      Fish and Wildlife Commission, Palm Beach County, the Village of Tequesta and Jupiter
      Inlet Colony, and the Marine Industry Association of Palm Beach County.
      Section 5: This Resolution shall take effect immediately upon its execution.

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