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Back in the Coast Guard days, I always remembered the statement that "You are responsible for your wake and any damage caused by your wake".

I remember in Yankeetown, Fl, they had no wake zones for Manatee areas......I was running a 41 foot Coast Guard boat, I slowed for the no wake zone, once I cleared the no wake zone, I brought it up to 20 kts and shorty after that we hit something. It was a Manatee out of the Manatee zone. Poor guy didn't survive. The local paper wrote up a nice article about me being a Manatee Killer. They said something like. "The Coast Guard runs down and kills a protected Manatee"!!! After the investigation, I was cleared of any wrong doing. Typical media trying to juice up a good story.

The signs in Florida were obviously Govt signs. I think the safest attitude to take is slow down when you see a sign.
 
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