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Airboat curfew in Alachua County ruled unconstitutional by county judge

Published: Dec. 24, 2019 at 12:03 AM EST
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A decade-long fight over an airboat curfew in Alachua County has taken a sudden turn; County Judge Kristine Van Vorst has declared it unconstitutional.

After county commissioners failed to approve a curfew in 2009, voters approved one the next year with 56% support.

It wasn't enforced until this year when the commission approved $20,000 for a water patrol unit.

One of the first tickets they wrote was to William Schaus of Putnam County, who contested it.

On Friday, the judge ruled the curfew dealt with no "compelling risk to safety" and it conflicts with the state's prerogative to regulate noise.

The court's final order in the case of Alachua County v. William Schaus can be found above.