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FWC's Anclote River speeds still endanger boaters

Rules on Anclote complex, unsafe

I have a boat at the Anclote Harbors Marina, about halfway down the river. The authorized speed up to Marker 29 is minimum wake, then you can go wide open. Some boats have been clocked at over 60 mph in that narrow river. I travel the river at least a dozen times a month in my duties with the Coast Guard Auxiliary and can attest to the heights of courtesy but also to the depths of stupidity and inconsiderateness — occasioned mostly by the wide-open speed allowed on the western half of the river.

Some boats put out large wakes even at slow speeds but almost all boats put out wakes the faster they go. These wakes travel for large distances to include going up into the channels along the river. I invite you to stand in a boat at Anclote ramp and load your family or gear on board. You better have one hand ready to grab something because I can guarantee you'll experience a wake. I have had my boat damaged by these wakes and I have seen people fall because of them. Do we need another death or serious injury to make the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission wake up?

The state commission approval of only the minimum wake restrictions within 500 feet from the swimming area at Anclote River Park is totally ludicrous. It doesn't address the problem, but exacerbates it. A boater coming from Tarpon Springs gets to Marker 29, then speeds up only to have to slow down 200 yards later, then speed back up 500 feet later. This isn't going to happen, especially if the driver has had a few beers and holds little regard for other people.

Even if they did slow, that wake is still going to cause problems in the Anclote ramp area. Nothing has been resolved.

Make it simple. Make it safe. The minimum wake zone should be from Marker 15 all the way into Tarpon Springs. I know the marinas and the commercial enterprises at that end don't want it because time is money and people are impatient. Somewhere there has to be someone who will wake up and do what everyone has long known needs to be done.

Tom Loughlin, New Port Richey

Company hired to demolish U.S. 19 eyesore

Strip mall should be cleaned up

It's nice to see the mobile home park at U.S. 19 and Grand Boulevard being cleaned up by the city of Port Richey. Now Pasco County needs to do something about a real eyesore, the strip mall just south of the southeast corner of U.S. 19 and Flora Avenue, a bit north of the Pasco-Pinellas county line.

The old Publix supermarket there was gutted years ago and all the windows and doors crudely ripped out. It literally looks like a bombed-out ruin. Most of the rest of the mall is vacant and deteriorating badly.

The property owner should be cited and told to either clean up the mess or demolish it.

Pete Wilford, Holiday

Never vote for tax — even for 1 cent

Rule No. 1 is never vote to raise your own taxes. We screwed that up, so abide by rule No. 2 — if you can vote to lower your own taxes, do so.

That is, vote not to renew the Penny for Pasco.

Government will always find a way to spend as much of your money as it can and it can always get by on less. Would not renewing this tax hamper government? Maybe, but maybe not.

Ernest Lane, Trinity

Crews Lake Park event successful

A very successful inaugural Crews Lake Park Appreciation Day was held Sept. 8 with the support of so many wonderful people including Lottie Kelley of Covanta Energy and David Jay, Crews Lake park ranger, who helped organize the event. Commissioner Ann Hildebrand was honored for her dedication to the community, parks and the Central Pasco and Gulf Railroad.

Thank you to the many sponsors and to the nearly 1,000 good people who attended despite a little bit of rain. We hope to see you out at the park again in the near future.

Bill Baker, Hudson

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FWC's Anclote River speeds still endanger boaters 09/11/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 4:56pm]
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