How Can You Help?
Obey all posted waterway signs and adhere to the FWC manatee and boating safety zone maps (http://myfwc.com/media/4320866/charlottempz-bramaps.pdf
). Be aware and stay prepared on the water, slow down and watch closely for manatees. Avoid traveling though seagrass or other shallow areas where manatees may be feeding or resting. Help keep manatee habitat safe by cleaning up your trash and participating in local clean up events. Remember to use the counties monofilament fishing line bins which are placed at all county boat ramps.
The Charlotte County Manatee Protection Plan only applies to the creation of a boat facility with five (5) or more slips, or the expansion of an existing boat facility with a total of five (5) or more slips. Facilities with four (4) or less slips with transitory or repetitive uses will be reviewed and addressed by the state and federal agencies outside the purview of this plan, as needed. Residential single family docks with four (4) or less slips are exempt from the boat facility citing strategy component of the MPP, however they must still conform to all applicable federal, state and local regulations in place at the time of the permit application.
Charlotte County Parks and Natural Resources Division
ATTN: MPP REVIEW
514 East Grace Street, Punta Gorda Fl 33950