Monroe County Office of Marine Resources has replaced 42
channel markers and 14 regulatory and informational markers throughout the
public waters of the Florida Keys. This
project was funded in part through a $93,705 grant awarded to Monroe County by
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Florida Boating
Improvement Program (FBIP).
Replacement of these waterway markers improves boater safety
by increasing marker visibility, better understanding of waterway regulations
by boaters, promotion of boating access and protection of shallow-water
resources such as seagrass and coral.
The Monroe County Office of Marine Resources maintains 29
boating regulatory zones and 38 channel marker chains throughout the Florida
Keys. The received FBIP funding significantly augments Monroe County’s Boating
Improvement Fund, which generated from recreational vessel registrations and is
used to maintain waterway marking infrastructure and other important boating
and waterways services.