Because of what I do for a living, a lot of people want to talk to me about various fishing and boating management schemes. Often, they get themselves a little worked up as they get into their spiel. That’s not a huge surprise. People are emotional about the things they care about. Sometimes their ideas are sound; sometimes, they’re pretty far out there. But I always listen — not just because it’s important to them, but also because sometimes right in the middle of a rant might be a really good useful nugget.
Naturally, some ideas come up more than others. One of the ones I hear on a fairly regular basis is that maybe there should be no-motor zones in parts of Charlotte Harbor, specifically the shallow flats on both the east and west walls. If you spend any time in those areas, you know that there are more than a few prop scars marring the grass. Some of them, made by larger vessels, are more like ditches than prop scars. You don’t have to spend very long out there to watch boats traveling on plane through very shallow water, and it’s not at all uncommon to hear one suddenly grind to a halt as it runs onto a sandbar.
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