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CCA TALKING POINTS  ON EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK

PROPOSED DRAFT GENERAL MANAGEMENT PLAN

  • CCA Florida has reviewed the Proposed Draft General Management Plan Alternatives (GMP) issued by Everglades National Park and finds thePreferred Alternative Unacceptable! The Preferred Alternative denies reasonable access to anglers and boaters!
  • The Park’s Preferred Alternative will turn ONE THIRD of its waters in Florida Bay into large Pole and Troll Zones (PTZs).The scale of these PTZs is unprecedented! The PTZs are too large and, contrary to statements within the planning document, they lack reasonable access. The PTZs in the Preferred Alternative are de facto exclusionary zones. CCA is concerned that the Park has ignored several years of comments from boaters and anglers in developing its Preferred Alternative.
  • The proposed PTZs in Florida Bay are significantly influenced by tidal flow, winds and seasonal variations in water levels. These conditions as well as safety and weather concerns require access corridors. The distances proposed to access the PTZs are too great to be poled or for the use of electric trolling motors. Access corridors and idle speed access zones are necessary. The Park should establish access corridors in its proposed PTZs similar to those in use in the Pole and Troll Zones of the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. These corridors should be marked with buoys.
  • CCA supports the protection of the Park's marine resources and knows that the vast majority of the anglers/boaters in the Park are good stewards of the resource. Anglers and boaters will favorably respond to better marking and educational programs. Informational markers are necessary
  • The Snake Bight PTZ should be modified to allow access through Snake Bight Channel, Christian Point and the natural deep water tidal runoffs along the Snake Bight channel.
  • CCA recommends the Park incrementally establish new and accessible PTZs, starting with the areas around Flamingo and progressing outward as funds become available to properly mark access corridors and PTZs.
  • The proposed shoreline zones will enhance the experience of anglers, but the historically used channels in those areas should be maintained for access and boating safety reasons. These lesser channels/corridors should be marked by buoys or indicated as “local knowledge required”.
  • The implementation of a PTZ along the western portion of Gopher creek is not warranted and is a no boating zone. The Cross Bays/Hurdles Creek area should not be restricted as they provide historic access and passage during rough weather.
  • South Florida and the Florida Keys will be significantly and irreparably economically harmed by the restrictions in the Preferred Alternative.
  • CCA requests now as it has in the past, that the Park establish Working Group of experienced anglers to work with Park planners to identify access corridors.
  • CCA requests the Park produce the promised study of the Snake Bight PTZ before the final GMP is issued.
  • CCA believes that additional marking is needed on the Parks access points to educate boaters on proper navigation, prevailing water levels, resource protection and areas requiring local knowledge.

 

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 Governor Rick Scott Appoints Three to Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

On March 8th Governor Rick Scott announced the newest appointees to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). CCA Florida would like to congratulate the FWC appointees. The FWC is made up of 7 Commissioners appointed by the Governor to manage Florida's fish and wildlife. Commissioners are appointed for a five year term by the Governor and are confirmed by the Florida Senate.   

It gives CCA Florida great pleasure to welcome back Commissioner Ken Wright, Commissioner Ron Bergeron and Commissioner Dick Corbett to the FWC Commission. Their commitment to the conservation of fish and wildlife in Florida is evidenced by the hard work they have done in the past and we know they will continue that strong leadership as we move forward with these tested and trusted Commissioners.

We are excited to begin working with new Commissioner Bo Rivard who Governor Scott appointed last Friday. Bo Rivard is an outdoor minded sportsman who we trust will continue the tradition of protecting Florida’s unique fishery for the enjoyment of our State’s recreational anglers as well as the many visitors who come to enjoy Florida’s vast outdoor activities.

With these most recent appointments the FWC is now made up as follows:

Chairman: Ken Wright
    Commissioner:
    Ron Bergeron
    Dick Corbett
    Brian Yablonski
    Chuck Roberts
    Liesa Priddy
    Bo Rivard

CCA Florida is pleased to continue working with old friends and begin new relationships in the fight to conserve, promote, and enhance our coastal resources for the benefit and enjoyment of the general public. We applaud Governor Scott, our new Commissioner and our reappointed Commissioners.

       

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
MARCH 8, 2013

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Governor Rick Scott Appoints Three to Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the appointment of Adrien “Bo” Rivard and the reappointments of Ronald M. Bergeron and Richard A. Corbett to the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Rivard, 41, of Panama City, has been a partner with Harrison Rivard Duncan & Buzzett since 2002 and is the past-president of the Bay County Chamber of Commerce. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and a law degree from Samford University. He succeeds Kathy Barco and is appointed for a term beginning March 8, 2013, and ending August 1, 2017.

Bergeron, 69, of Weston, is owner and president of Bergeron Family of Companies. He is a member of the Broward County Airboat Association and the Everglades Coordinating Council. He is reappointed for a term beginning March 8, 2013, and ending August 1, 2017.

Corbett, 74, of Tampa, is owner and president of Concorde Companies. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s degree from Harvard University. He is reappointed for a term beginning March 8, 2013, and ending January 6, 2018.

The appointments are subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.

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