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FWC Commissioners approve new rule creating Weeki Wachee Springs Protection Zone           

At its July meeting, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved a final
rule establishing a Springs Protection Zone restricting beaching, mooring, anchoring and grounding
of vessels on the spring run of the Weeki Wachee River extending from the spring boil within Weeki
Wachee State Park to the Rogers Park Boat Ramp. 

Following the direction provided at the May Commission meeting, FWC Boating and Waterways
staff coordinated with Hernando County officials, the Southwest Florida Water Management District
and Department of Environmental Protection to review whether Weeki Wachee Spring met the
for the creation of the Springs Protection Zone and held three public meetings, two for the Weeki
Wachee Springs Protection Zone in particular, and sought public comment through June 30 for
interested parties before approval. The FWC, DEP, Southwest Florida Water Management District,
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Coast Guard evaluated the evidence presented. 

This Springs Protection Zone does not limit public access to the spring or spring run. Vessel
operators will be prohibited from anchoring, mooring, beaching or grounding a vessel within the
5.61-mile protected zone. With limited exceptions, most tubes and rafts would not be considered
vessels under Florida law.
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