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For Immediate Release:
September 04, 2019
Media Contact:
Mia DeVane
mia.devane@miamidade.gov
305-378-6677

Commissioner Levine Cava brings boating safety zones to canals in Palmetto Bay and Pinecrest


Miami-Dade – In an effort to address unsafe boating behaviors in canals throughout Palmetto Bay and Pinecrest, the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners on September 4 approved legislation establishing safety zones and speed restrictions on the C100 canals east of US1.

The ordinance, sponsored by Commissioner Levine Cava, requires that boats of all types slow down around navigational hazards that the Miami-Dade Marine Patrol recommended. New minimum-wake zones will be created in areas near bridges and overhead water pipes, as well as near sharp bends along the shore lines.

Commissioner Levine Cava introduced the ordinance in response to the growing frustration of Pinecrest and Palmetto Bay residents who often experience dangerous behavior on the canals that are essentially their backyards. The Commissioner noted that the canals in these particular communities have become “a magnet for reckless behavior and safety hazard for residents and boaters.”

“We need to balance the opportunity for people to access the water for recreation with the right that our residents have for the peaceful enjoyment of their property,” said Commissioner Cava.

By encouraging safe boating on the canals, the ordinance will allow greater recreational opportunities on the canals for more residents – not just motorboaters, but kayakers and paddle boarders can now safely enjoy the canals too.