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Date of Issue: June 09, 2005

Dock moratorium to be lifted

A two-year U.S. Army Corps of Engineers moratorium on construction of new docks in Manatee County will be lifted in the near future, said Manatee County Natural Resources Administrator Doug Means.

The moratorium was imposed by the Corps based upon a recommendation from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that there was inadequate protection for the Florida manatee on the county’s waterways.

Means said the USFWS has "indicated verbally" it will lift the moratorium as soon as speed-limit signs and buoys to protect the manatee are installed on county waterways. Certain areas along the Braden River, however, will continue to have the moratorium in place.

Signs for Anna Maria Island waterways and the adjacent waters should be installed by the end of the summer, he said.

Once the moratorium is lifted, single-family property owners with pending USACE dock applications "should be able to obtain their permits," provided they meet all other local, state and federal permit requirements, Means added.