NAPLES, Fla. - Reviewing safety on Southwest Florida waterways and speed is the main focus. Homeowners say some stretches on the water are dangerous, and they want something done.
Dozens of residents were at City Hall Friday morning to give their input on the regulation of boat speeds.
Naples city officials are trying to determine what the right policy is when it comes to it's waterways. Right now, city regulations are being enforced under state law and codes that are posted on the waterways.
"You always have to operate your vessel in a reasonable and prudent manner and you can never operate in a reckless manner" said Roger Reinke, Assistant City Manager of Naples.
He says a judge recently ruled that the city's previous ordinance can no longer be enforced. Residents in the Moorings Bay area are concerned because it had idle speed zones and they want that to stay the same.
"They come thru too fast" said Greg Salmini, who lives on Moorings Bay.
Although he doesn't think safety's an issue, the boaters speed will eventually take money from his pocket. "What they do is they make a wake and eventually it destroys the seawalls, and then the seawall gets destroyed, we have to pay to replace it and it's very expensive."
IN Naples Bay, one boater we talked to says regardless of regulations it should be about common sense.
"I think boaters should understand that they are responsible for their wake so if they go by going 30mph and they swamp some boat and somebody gets hurt its their liability rather theres a law or not" said Joe Maher.
Reinke tells WINK News city officials are planning to discuss this issue with the city council sometime next month.
If you would like to give feedback on this issue you can fill out a survey at http://www.naplesgov.com/.