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New boating safety zones on ICW

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will begin installing signs this week marking new boating safety zones on the Intracoastal Waterway in Palm Beach County.

The new zones are 300 feet north and south of the following bridges: Southern Boulevard, Lake Worth Road, Woolbright Road, George Bush Boulevard, Spanish River Boulevard and Palmetto Park Road.

The new zones require that boats operate at either "slow speed, minimum wake" or "idle speed, no wake." Slow speed, minimum wake requires that boats are fully off plane, completely settled in the water and making little or no wake. Idle speed, no wake requires that boats operate at the slowest possible speed to maintain forward movement and control of the vessel. The work will begin this week, and completion is expected by the end of June.

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