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Starting January 1, boaters in the Everglades National Park will be required to have a valid Boater Permit.  This can be obtained only after taking an online course and passing an assessment with a score of 80 or higher.  The Permit must be presented as a paper copy or saved as an image accessible on an electronic device if requested by a law enforcement officer.  The cost is $50.  You can save yourself some money by taking the course and assessment prior to January 1.  Here's a link to the course:  http://provalenslearning.com/national-park-service/everglades-boater-education-course

 

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5 minutes ago, Big Dave said:

Starting January 1, boaters in the Everglades National Park will be required to have a valid Boater Permit.  This can be obtained only after taking an online course and passing an assessment with a score of 80 or higher.  The Permit must be presented as a paper copy or saved as an image accessible on an electronic device if requested by a law enforcement officer.  The cost is $50.  You can save yourself some money by taking the course and assessment prior to January 1.  Here's a link to the course:  http://provalenslearning.com/national-park-service/everglades-boater-education-course

 

most excellent information....I will sign up today....

Is this only for the captain or anyone on the vessel?

 

dc

 

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An earthenware vessel of excrement.  (The part about $50)

The course is actually well done and a reasonable request by the park service to ensure protection of ENP.  A few years ago, I screwed up big time and ran aground on the west end of First Natl Bank in an area I thought I knew.  I had Stoots with me and ended up being able to walk the boat off (long trip).  I think that's about the most embarrassed I've been while fishing.

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10 hours ago, Wanaflatsfish said:

most excellent information....I will sign up today....

Is this only for the captain or anyone on the vessel?

 

dc

 

Dino, it's per boat.

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11 hours ago, Big Dave said:

Dino, it's per boat.

Dave,

 

Thank you.....owe you a cold one for the saved $50.....passed with flying colors :)

I B Legal and ready to terrorize the reds......if I can ever find one :)

 

dc

 

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11 hours ago, Sunstone said:

Thanks for posting but what a waste of time.  I learned nothing I didn't already know.   

Sunstone...I feel it's not for those of us who have fished the glades for many years and respect the water....it's for the weekend ya-hoo who comes down and has no idea what the flats are all about and tears up the grass flats on his first hole shot out of the marina.

I feel it has some basic information to help the boaters be more eco-friendly....it's  a compromise....it was either a boating course...or the park was treating to close off major areas unless they see education working.....still could happen...but, hopefully not in my fishing lifetime.

DC

 

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2 hours ago, Donh said:

D..... does that mean we will never run aground again?😄

dh

Really???  You have to ask those types of questions :) Of course we will never run aground again....we have the FMT chip....running the back is no longer white knuckle exciting on the negative lows  :(

 

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Thanks for posting Big Dave.

I got mine issued on Dec. 30th.  Fished down south of Chok on the 31st.  Still caught lots of small snook with nothing picture worthy.  Was hoping it would help that.......xD

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Its still on the house, just signed up. I guess the shut-down has it's benefits, now if they would close the USPS and the IRS we'd be in there.

Sorry for any USPS employees, the mail-man and I have a tumultuous relationship.

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Thanks, Dave. This was the buzz with all my Choko neighbors the past week I was down there (fishing was excellent Dec26-31!). The course is still free as of this morning.

Can anyone find the NPS link that states the new permit requirement, etc? 

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55 minutes ago, conocean said:

Thanks, Dave. This was the buzz with all my Choko neighbors the past week I was down there (fishing was excellent Dec26-31!). The course is still free as of this morning.

Can anyone find the NPS link that states the new permit requirement, etc? 

I was looking as well. Figure it’s been a little over 3 years since the final study was released so probably another 3 to 17 years to execute anything regarding the findings😁

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11 hours ago, conocean said:

Thanks, Dave. This was the buzz with all my Choko neighbors the past week I was down there (fishing was excellent Dec26-31!). The course is still free as of this morning.

Can anyone find the NPS link that states the new permit requirement, etc? 

 

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“Deferred maintenance throughout the park”... love it. 

Keeping in-line with Dept. Of the Interior’s maintenance plan I’m gonna “defer” my annual April 15th contribution to the Internal Revenue Service until deemed the moneys are being being spent appropriately.:D

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Have the launch fees at Flamingo been eliminated with the implementation of this boater permit? There's a reminder at the end of the boater permit assessment that says the annual $50 cost for the permit will be offset for many boaters with the elimination of the Flamingo launch fees. 

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The way I read it there’s gonna be an increased fee for entrance to the ENP, boat or not, and that’s it. I’ll let you know when the gate guards return since my annual passes expired in December. 

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