County Defends Home Rule
"We have people that will spend whatever it costs to get their boat certified," said Jerry Wetherington, an air boater in support of a state decal that would allow certified air boats to be operated on all state waterways anytime-day or night.
Airboat bills are going through the House and Senate and if approved, would override Alachua county's airboat curfew.
"The overarching concept of home rule- that's important," said county commissioner Lee Pinkoson.
"There are certain times when we ought to be able to determine how things are done in our county," he said.
Senator Steve Oelrich, the man behind SB958, says the county's "home rule" argument is an overstatement- especially in the case of Orange Lake.
"The Marion county people who equally have half of the lake on their side- they didn't get a chance to vote, nobody in Marion County could vote, even though their land is up against Orange Lake, they were disenfranchised during this, and that brings up my point about one county can literally take away the rights and privileges of another county if they have a common border," he said.
Oelrich says on Wednesday, there will be a committee hearing on SB 958.
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