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Everglades National Park signals compromise on boating

A final plan for managing Florida Bay waters will change from the National Park Services preferred alternative now being publicly reviewed, Everglades National Park's superintendent said last week.

"We will take the good ideas and incorporate them into the plan," Superintendent Dan Kimball told a large crowd at a Key Largo comment session. "We are listening and learning."

As proposed, an updated management plan would declare about a third of the park's Florida Bay water — more than 131,000 shallow acres — as pole-and-troll zones where combustion motors could not be used. Navigation would be limited to push poles or electric trolling motors.

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