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New signs warn Anclote boaters

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PASCO COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -

The traffic never slowed down at the Anclote River Park boat ramp this Labor day.

But deputies from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office marine unit were there to make sure boaters slowed down in the water. Newly installed signs warn boaters of an idle speed-no wake zone.

"The signs are now in place, they're very visible it is an enforceable zone now," said Detective Mike LaRoche Pasco Sheriff's Office.

The signs are posted right where the Anclote River turns to meet the Gulf of Mexico, in front of the popular boat ramp.

Visible from the ramp, a cross still marks the site of a fatal accident that killed popular boat Captain Mike Biliris in 2010.

Since then, county officials worked for three years to get all the state permits in order for the signs. They finally went up last month.

In the first month since the idle speed-no wake signs went up officers have written nearly 100 warnings to boaters.

The rules also apply to jet-skiers.

Detective LaRoche said he thinks the message is getting around, "We have noticed that people are noticing them and slowly their speed is coming down. I think it's made a tremendous difference.

At a boat ramp that'll stay busy long past Labor day, the signs are a permanent reminder to slow down and stay safe.

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