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Palm Beach Water Yaks Message Board › FWC Listening Session - Powerboater lobbyists trying to force Kayak Registra

FWC Listening Session - Powerboater lobbyists trying to force Kayak Registration for dwindling State Income?

Jeffrey B.
Flower Mound, TX
Post #: 44
From an email from peacepaddler:

"Need all paddlers to attend because at the first two "Listening Sessions" registration and mandatory education were brought up by folks in the audience who are pro-registration and pro-education of all non-motorized vessels and members and lobbyists for the Florida Council of Yacht Clubs. It was not noted in FWC's notes that these folks were not there representing paddlesports but their own interests. Let your voice be heard. If you can't make the meeting, send an e-mail in. There may be a "listening session" in SW Florida in July, waiting for official word."

Listening Sessions for Users of Non-Motorized Watercraft

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Office of Recreation Services and Division of Law Enforcement, Boating and Waterways Section, will be holding three listening sessions designed to learn about issues of concern to paddlers and others who use small non-motorized watercraft. The sessions will be held on the dates, times and locations listed below. The format for these sessions is a short presentation about the role and function of these two FWC programs followed by a facilitated discussion. Some of the issues FWC staff hope to learn more about include users' perspectives on access, navigation, shared use of waterways and safety. Sessions will be designed to explore these topics and any other issues of interest to participants.

June 23rd, 6:30pm - 8pm, FWC South Regional Office,
8535 Northlake Blvd., West Palm Beach, 33412

Following the completion of all the listening sessions, the FWC will provide interested participants with a summary of the themes that emerged from the sessions. Workshops to explore solutions to the common issues of concern to paddlers and other users of non-motorized watercraft will be held following these listening sessions. No solutions have been pre-determined.

For more information: FAQs: Listening Sessions for Users of Non-Motorized Watercraft

Email FWC at to make comments.

See you on the river.
Becky Bragg
Canoe Outpost-Peace River
2816 NW County Rd. 661, Arcadia FL 34266
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