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Tarpon & Pasco team up to ask for minimum wake zone on Anclote River
Tarpon & Pasco team up to ask for minimum wake zone on Anclote River

Tarpon Springs, Florida -- City leaders in Tarpon Springs plan to team with Pasco County to ask the state to set up a "slow speed minimum wake zone" for a section of the Anclote River.

At Tuesday's City Commission meeting, Tarpon City Police detailed an ordinance being worked on for the mouth of the Anclote River--where it meets the Gulf of Mexico.

If approved, the zone would affect the river between Marker 32  in the city limits to the Pasco County line near Marker 19.  Pasco County would extend the zone to 300 yards west of Marker 17.

During the presentation to City Commissioners, police cited several accidents on the Anclote River where speed was a factor--including a deadly collision on August 10, 2010.  Michael Billiris, a longtime charter boat captain from Tarpon Springs, was killed when his boat collided with another at Anclote River Park.

In May of this year, police used a radar device attached to a piling to check the speeds of boats traveling on the Anclote River. Over 68 hours, the device tracked the speeds of 593 vessels. 379 were clocked at speeds of more than 25mph. Police hope to erect a Slow Speed Minimum Wake Zone sign on that same piling.

Police say the zone would also protect manatees.

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