Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Expanded swim zone at Sunset Beach would put limits on boaters

TREASURE ISLAND — Boaters are just one vote away from being banned from anchoring close to shore along most of Sunset Beach.

"Residents in this area complain of the increased noise from boats as well as the increased risk to the safety of swimmers and others by the close proximity of boaters to the heavily utilized beach in this area of Sunset Beach," said City Manager Reid Silverboard in his report to the City Commission.

The commission unanimously voted Tuesday in favor of an expanded swim zone that, with one exception, would bar boats from coming any closer than about 300 feet to the shoreline.

The exception is a 200-foot-wide area near Caddy's on the Waterfront restaurant and bar where boats would be allowed to approach as close as 125 feet from shore.

The water there is about 3 feet deep and would allow most boaters to anchor and wade ashore.

This area extends from Third Avenue S to Caddy's northern beach side parking lot.

Not included in the swim zone is the southern tip of Sunset Beach, despite the pleas of several residents.

An attorney representing the Lands End Community Association condominium owners asked the commission to extend the swim zone, but the commission refused.

"It's an idle speed no wake zone there now," Commissioner Alan Bildz said. "I don't think they are going to have a lot of boats down there,"

The no-boating zone extends more than a mile from the north side of 77th Avenue to the south end of Weckesser Park, continuing from that point to the north side of a parking lot at 100th Avenue.

The new rules do not affect non-motorized vehicles such as surfboards, sailboards, skimboards, canoes and kayaks.

The rules also allow sail-powered vessels under 20 feet to ingress and egress the beach perpendicular to the shoreline so that residents who own small watercraft can still access the gulf.

The ordinance, which must still pass in final reading in September, allows the city manager to adjust the westward points of the swim zone.

Expanded swim zone at Sunset Beach would put limits on boaters 08/23/08 [Last modified: Monday, August 25, 2008 3:17pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Pasco eyes favoring local vendors for county business

    Local Government

    DADE CITY — Pasco commissioners want to give a leg up to local businesses bidding on county government contracts.

    "It's an economic driver. We owe it to the folks to keep money here, keep jobs here,'' said Pasco Commissioner Mike Wells Jr. about a proposed local preference purchasing ordinance.
  2. Insurance regulators fret over a spike in auto glass claims


    TALLAHASSEE — Three months ago, state regulators weren't tracking a surge in broken auto glass claims, particularly in Tampa Bay.

    The issue has their attention now.

    The Office of Insurance Regulation is taking on assignment of benefits abuse in the 2018 legislative session. Pictured is Florida Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier. | [Times file photo]
  3. Rick Baker lowers expectations before St. Pete mayoral primary


    ST. PETERSBURG — Rick Baker officially lowered expectations in the mayoral race on Tuesday, saying his “battle for the future of the city” against Mayor Rick Kriseman might last until November.

    Baker has consistently led in local polls and fundraising totals this summer. But at a fundraiders …

    Rick Baker addresses supporters on Beach Drive Tuesday
  4. Music producer Kevin Erondu, 31, who grew up in Dade City, rose to prominence after creating the beat to "Swag Surfin'," a 2009 club hit that still inspires viral videos today. [Courtesy of Kevin Erondu]
  5. Drawing nears for Powerball jackpot that's climbed to $700 million


    DES MOINES, Iowa — The estimated jackpot for Wednesday night's Powerball lottery game has climbed to $700 million, making it the second-largest in U.S. history.

    The estimated jackpot for the Powerball lottery drawing on Aug. 23, 2017, has climbed to $700 million, making it the second-largest in U.S. history. [Associated Press]