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Slow down boats along the Anclote River

Re: State rejection of slow-speed zone on Anclote River

Slow down boats along the Anclote

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 the 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 of 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

Re: Ex-Rep. Long rips fire unions | story, Sept. 12

Long's comments insulting, petty

Janet Long states that she "knows" her comments (concerning firefighters) sound mean spirited, yet she made them anyway! I am outraged that anyone could make such insulting and petty-minded comments about these true heroes.

Ms. Long should be grateful that firefighters have "too much time on their hands," as this means that lives are not in danger at that time.

I for one do not want this woman serving on the Pinellas County Commission. She should apologize immediately to all firefighters past and present for her misjudged and ill-timed comments.

N. Murphy, Dunedin

Re: Council gives chamber $50,000 for relocation story, Sept. 5

Taxpayers should not fund chamber

What complete hypocrisy for the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce to ask the government/taxpayers to help pay for their move. Are they not a member of the larger national organization that lobbies on behalf of businesses for the government to cut spending and get out of their way? Why not tap their "private" sources for all their business needs?

Brenda Harris Nixon, Clearwater

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Slow down boats along the Anclote River 09/15/12 [Last modified: Saturday, September 15, 2012 1:57pm]
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