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@FTLCityNews Fort Lauderdale City Commission rejects beach fishing ordinance @Lunkerdog @WatersOutdoors
After heartfelt public comments from numerous anglers at a conference meeting Tuesday afternoon, the Fort Lauderdale City Commission agreed to not move forward on a proposed ordinance that would have restricted fishing from the city's beaches.
Currently, fishing is allowed anytime from Oakland Park Boulevard to Northeast 23rd Street, from 4 p.m. to 9 a.m. weekdays from NE 23rd to NE 18th Street and from 6 p.m. to 9 a.m. for almost all of the beach south of 18th Street.
The ordinance would have prohibited beach fishing from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. along the entire beach in Fort Lauderdale.
It was sponsored by commissioner Dean Trantalis, in response to complaints from some of his constituents that allowing fishing was unsafe for swimmers and beach goers and that fishing equipment was injuring sea turtles and birds.
But angler after angler said that they don't fish near swimmers, never hook turtles and there have been no documented incidents of anglers hooking people. They also said they enjoy spending quality time with their families and friends and spoke of their love of the ocean and its marine life and their commitment to conserving those resources.
Based on that testimony, Mayor Jack Seiler, who said, "This seems to me a solution in search of a problem," Trantalis and commissioners Romney Rogers, Bruce Roberts and Robert McKinzie said there was no need to move forward with the ordinance.
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