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So , I do not post on this site too often , bit thought this should be out there .

So years ago , we had to take a test , to determine if we were competent enough to run in the park .

And for years , if you launched from Mingo , you had to have an annual pass .

So now , there is no visitor center, no FWC presence period , in the North end , of the Park .

Well … there is a new Sheriff in town , and be is on a mission .

Last weekend , we were his 33 stop , of the day , and besides all the usual stuff , they check , the PARK PASS and the BOATERS SAFETY COURSE certificate’s were front and foremost .

I have not seen the LEO , in the park , in years , but he is back , and has an agenda.

FYI … Get current, get legit , pay the government, for your right to be there , or face the wrath , of the newbie .

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Actually... not the FWC at all... Inside Everglades National Park - the only enforcement you'll ever see are their rangers.. FWC officers -- everywhere else.... More to say - but not on a public forum...

 

I'll tell anyone though - the FWC is head and shoulders better than what we had with the old marine patrol, all those years ago... My hat's off to them (this from a retired cop....).

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Just curious.

I know this has been covered before.

So I stay in EC .

My boat is in EC .

I launch from my own ramp , on my property, and still have to carry a ENP Park Pass .

So do all the 150 boats, launching from OR or Rod n Gun have to have that same pass ?

Not complaining,  but , if you are a regular, there, 85% of the people launching there, are clueless, and 85% do not have either of the recommended documents.

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"And" every boater that launches from the Keys and runs west into the Park is required to have a park pass and the  Boater Safety Course if they navigate within the Park.

Choko and Everglades City are unique because although you can launch outside the Park there, you most surly have to travel through the Park to get anywhere unless you are a canoe or kayak.

I have always been an Annual Park pass holder. I renew it like my fishing license. I also took the boater safety course for the Park when it was first introduced, thought I would get it while it was free you know because most of the time it ends up costing.

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14 hours ago, lemaymiami said:

Actually... not the FWC at all... Inside Everglades National Park - the only enforcement you'll ever see are their rangers.. FWC officers -- everywhere else.... More to say - but not on a public forum...

 

I'll tell anyone though - the FWC is head and shoulders better than what we had with the old marine patrol, all those years ago... My hat's off to them (this from a retired cop....).

Hello Brother! 44 years on the job here! Yes that makes me a loon! 

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Everglades City and Chokoloskee are right on the northern border of the Park... run south you're in the Park - run north toward Naples and you're not in the Park, with a few exceptions...  Some years ago when the Park was shut down by the folks in Washington - I began working out of the 10K area since we were locked out of Flamingo... Funny thing... one political party in power thinks it's good idea to lock us out of national parks when there's a "government shutdown" the other major party simply leaves the gates open and allows all of us to use OUR park... I'll let y'all figure out which is which... The one that shuts down the Park even paid rangers to patrol the water side to keep us out... at the time.  Won't speak further since there might be kids reading this... 

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I fish out of Key Largo.  I’m right off of Blackwater Sound.  The park begins in our bay. If my son or I fish a weekend you’re pretty much guaranteed to get stopped. They will definitely ask for your park pass and they always ask my son for his boaters safety card. During the week the park patrol is out of sight unless I run towards the dump keys. All good though they are just doing a job.  Pays to have your paperwork.  They know me by now so a lot of times they just wave.  My son is starting to get recognized but he is legit so no worries on our end.  

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The visitors center and rangers station, in Everglades City is gone , so there has been no presence, for a long time .

So long I had completely forgotten about those documents.

It will be nice to hopefully see some of the overflow, get weeded out , as it has gotten quite busy up in this neck of the woods .

 

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On 6/9/2024 at 5:07 PM, fishingfool485 said:

I fish out of Key Largo.  I’m right off of Blackwater Sound.  The park begins in our bay. 

Same here, once you cross the ICW you are in the park. I will be down on Saturday for week and just got my annual pass, needed clarification if it covered the boat and everyone in it, it does, just like a vehicle.

  I had the safe boater certification for the park for years now so we are good to go! 

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