Last week, I asked you to tell me what you think of enacting no-motor zones, commonly called pole-and-trolls, in parts of Charlotte Harbor. I thought I might be stirring up a hornet’s nest, but every comment I’ve gotten by email or heard from a reader has been in favor of the idea — some of them very much so, to the point of volunteering time and effort toward making it happen.
Pole-and-trolls are already in place in other parts of Florida, and they’ve gotten mixed reviews from boaters and anglers. The ones that are the least welcome are the ones that are the most extensive. Vast sections of Florida Bay that lie within Everglades National Park were proposed as pole-and-troll zones earlier this year. The measure, which would prohibit combustion engines in about a third of the park’s waterways, has met with staunch resistance from CCA Florida, the Florida Guides Association and a host of concerned individuals. It may yet come to pass; we won’t find out until next year.
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