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Redington Shores cove to remain free of wake limitations

REDINGTON SHORES — The circular body of water that sits off the Intracoastal Waterway here, known as "the cove," will remain status quo in regard to boating speed.

Several water ski enthusiasts filled Town Hall recently and got their wish when town officials unanimously decided to not enact a no-wake zone for the small bay off Del Bello Park just south of 180th Street E.

"It's one of the reasons we live here," said resident Matt Betancourt after the decision. "We want to teach our kids how to water ski in a safe place."

At the urging of some residents back in July, manatee protection was among the issues that prompted the town to consider the change. But after reviewing a Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission study that was conducted in 2016 and implemented in 2017, Commissioner Michael Robinson reported "there's no compelling evidence" that would suggest the area be designated for protection. He recommended that no change occur.