NO WAKE ZONE on the Palatlakaha River to save lives
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The Palatlakaha River connects Lake Hiawatha and Lake Palatlakaha. When the water passage was set up there were NO HOUSES along this 1/4 mile stretch. In the last year houses in Waterside Pointe have been added on the shoreline of Palatlakaha River. There is also a canal that comes out just beyond the houses where additional watercraft must blindly turn into the river. Currently there is no restriction on boat speed through this river until you get close to the bridge over 50.
Recently there have been 2 accidents with 2 different docks in this part of the river due to boaters not slowing down. Concerned citizens were told that there have not been enough accidents to warrant a restriction in speed. We as residents on the river do not want to see someone get hurt, maimed, or killed in our backyard. After the most recent accident that involved 2 young girls on a jet ski losing control after they lost control due to speeding boat wakes. The FWC officers that responded at the scene said this area was too narrow and should be a speed restricted area. One of the girls had to be transported to the hospital by ambulance, the boat they hit was damaged beyond repair and the dock was damaged, but it could have been much worse! Over the weekends you can sit in our yards and watch numerous watercraft recklessly race down the river.
We also have the Danish Olympic Rowers that use this river that have almost been flipped over while practicing. I have young children that play in the back yard and as much as I love to see the boats go by I do NOT want to see one land in my backyard or on my child! Please sign this petition to place a NO WAKE ZONE on this stretch of the Palatlakaha River! Slowing down for this small stretch that could possibly save someone’s life is not going to ruin your day of boating!
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