Curfew for Airboats
They can be heard from a mile away. Airboats take riders to places that other's boaters cannot go, but some lakeside dwellers say airboats are the reason they can't sleep at night.
A proposed "airboat curfew" is headed to the November ballot.
After failing to have a super-majority of commissioners approve the curfew last year, the political action committee, "Quiet Lakes of Alachua"
drew up a petition.
The group's 12,000 signatures were more than enough to get an ordinance on the November ballot-one that would ban airboats on every water body in the county from 7 PM to 7 AM.
"Waterways belong to everybody-everybody has the right to go out on the waters, anytime they want; but they don't have the right to wake me up," said Whitey Markle, co-chair of Quiet Lakes.
"This will be just another ordinance, and it's going to cost all the taxpayers money for the county to enforce it" said Jerry Wetherington, President of the United Sportsmen & Airboaters Alliance.
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