Muddying the Waters
Though the issue seemed to be resolved last November, now it's on the agenda at the state level; which for some people, is muddying the waters.
56-percent of voters in Alachua county approved the airboat curfew, which applies to all water bodies in the county, from 7-pm to 7-am.
However, Senator Steve Oelrich is not in favor of airboat curfews, and has introduced some new legislation.
"We can get more airboaters to quiet down through mufflers and propeller technologies that are out there, to reduce the noise of the airboat, in return for that, what we would do is give them statewide access to the waterways," said Oelrich.
Jerry Wetherington, President of the United Sportsmen and Airboaters Alliance feels the legislation is something that needs to be done, especially for commercial froggers and gator hunters in the state.
However, Whitey Markle, co-chair of Quiet Lakes, the driving force behind getting the curfew established, says Oelrich's bill muffels the people's vote.
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