Public hearing for boating speeds on the Blackwater

Published on May 12, 2014 with No Comments

Tuesday the Milton City Council will hold a public hearing on boating safety, which will primarily deal with boating speeds along the Blackwater River.

Currently there is one no wake zone and that is located in Quinn Bayou which involves the city’s two public boat ramps at Carpenters Park.

But Tuesday’s public hearing will focus on three zones involving the boat launch at Russell Harber Landing, the Blackwater River along the Milton Riverwalk, and the third being the waters near the CSX train tressel crossing the river.

The council will hold its public hearing on signage for these three spots that would involve a slow speed minimum wake.

According to the city’s plan for these zones they would be marked with hinged water way markers and would be implemented by the city council for special events.

Some of these events would be for events like Riverfest on the July 4th weekend, during  Bands on the Blackwater concerts, or other functions where there would be heavier than normal boat traffic.

The public meeting will get underway just after the meeting convenes at 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 13.


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