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Manatee season reignites conflict between Crystal River businesses and USFWS

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife service wants to turn guidelines into law at King’s Bay, an area near Tampa that manatees gravitate toward due to its warm water in the winter. These  guidelines have, for the last several years, warned boat drivers to slow down in manatee zones and keep humans as far away from the sea cows as possible. But as Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Katiana Krawchenko reports, Crystal River city officials are not happy about federal regulations in their local town.

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There will be an open house at the Three Sisters Springs this weekend which will allow people to walk on the 1300-foot boardwalk and look at the manatees coming into King’s Bay. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service expects to complete a final rule in December.

News Sources:  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Spokesman Chuck underwood, Crystal River Mayor Jim Farley

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