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Speed limit, better signage needed in Jug Creek

May 27, 2014
Pine Island Eagle

To the editor:

The recent fatal boating accident where Little Bokeelia Bay, otherwise known as Burgess Bay, runs into Jug Creek points out the need for "Blind Curve" signs there similar to the ones on a nearby curve of Jug Creek. But the signs are not enough. Too many people ignore them or simply power around the corners at full speed. I'm a fisherman out on my flats boat almost every day. We live on Jug Creek and have seen many near misses when boats slide sideways as they round those corners too fast.

There should be a no-wake zone or at least a speed limit on all of Jug Creek. The Calusa Blueway kayak trail includes much of Jug Creek, and many locals and visitors ply their kayaks on the creek daily. Also, especially from April 1 through the fall, we have many manatees in Jug Creek and the canals that empty into Jug Creek. Kayaks and manatees do not mix well with high-speed boaters in narrow, confined areas like parts of Jug Creek where you can't stay out of the way or get out of the way fast enough.

How many more people need to be killed before we put a speed limit and better signs on Jug Creek?

Harry Piper

Bokeelia

 
 

 

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