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NEWSLETTER OF THE FLORIDA CANOEING AND KAYAKING ASSOCIATION, INC.
A NOT FOR PROFIT ORGANIZATION 501 (C)(3)


Editor Larry Willis
Layout Chas Payson


T or those of you not familiar with the Florida
1 Paddling Festival, it was started in the early
eighties as "Rivers Month" with a statewide
meeting for paddling friends to get together for
fellowship and fun. Different clubs hosted the
event as it moved around the state. Since that
time it has been traditionally hosted by F.C.KA.
Butch Horn sums up the purpose of the Festival
in saying "we miss the opportunity to get
together, share ideas, swap 'war stories', and
enjoy the company of like minded people." He
would like to see the '94 Festival to be a paddler's
reunion and I couldn't agree more.
This year's Florida Paddling Festival was held
October 1, 2, 3 at the Lake Yale Baptist Assembly


in Eustis, Fl. While the weather was perfect and
the programs, demonstrations, displays, and
classes excellent, the participation level was too
low. We would like to thank the following people
for their labors: The Molinas for two all-day
clinics on Advanced Quiet Water Paddling
Techniques, Ken Howle from N.O.C. for his
presentation on whitewater boat design and
equipment, Phil Flamand for his Basic Sea
Kayaking clinic, Kerry Barloga for her all day 'by
appointment only" kayak rolling school, and the
many workshops including Canoe & Kayak
Camping, Canoe Safety, Sea Kayak Rescue
Demonstrations, a presentation on the Geological
History of Florida, and the excellent sea kayak


slide show on the Faroe Island by Nigel Foster, a
British sea kayak instructor, designer, author
who has circumnavigated 1500 miles around
Iceland.
FCKA Board members made a point in
talking to people at the Festival to psyche out
their feelings on using the location again. Most
comments were not favorable. Butch Horn spent
the following week checking with people who had
previously been to the Fla Paddling Festival to ask
why they didn't attend the most recent one. A
minor complaint was fear of a re-occurrence of
last year's horrible weather but the biggest
complaint was expense. The consensus of
opinion was to seek a new location and not use


Continued on page 3


Three New Florida Rivers up for Wild and Scenic Designation


A t the June 2 1993 meeting of the Officers
L and Board of Directors of F.C.KA a motion
was made to form a standing committee to push
for legislation to assist in obtaining Wild and
Scenic status for several Florida rivers. The
motion was amended and approved to use the
existing Legislative Committee and as a
Legislative Committee member Liz Carter
volunteered to provide leadership for the "sub-
committee".
The following is a summary of the August
18th. meeting: While other states have used
Assessments as a springboard to achieve Wild &
Scenic designations for dozens of rivers, Florida
still has only one the Loxahatchee which was


designated in 1985. In 1990 and 1991 the
American Rivers provided a part time paid staff
person located at the D.N.R. who assisted in
drafting and lobbying legislation designed to
develop a river conservation program. With
F.C.K.A.'s assistance, a bill was written and
introduced. When it received strong opposition
from the chairman of the Senate Natural
Resources Committee it failed to pass. In 1992
the American Rivers part-time staff person
became gravely ill and subsequently died. In
addition, the state was so mired in budget woes it
became impossible to find legislative support to
introduce a new bill. No bill was introduced in
1993 as well.


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On July 28 liz Carter met with Barbara Cook,
Wilderness Specialist for National Forests in Fla.
Barbara is responsible for identifying and
evaluating potential Wild & Scenic Rivers in the
National Forests as required by Section 5(d) of the
National Wild & Scenic Rivers Act. The three
rivers up for study and Wild & Scenic designation
are the New River in Apalachicola National Forest,
and Alexander Springs and Juniper Springs in
the Ocala National Forest. The designation will
be applied for listing all three rivers in one
document. Ms. Cook has asked for assistance
from our members in helping her and her
supervisors canoe the three streams and
assisting in public awareness.
Continued on page 4





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Officers
&
Directors
Gary Anton
904.222.1055
P.O. Box 11059
Tallahassee, Fl. 32302
President
Butch Horn
407.369.1983
Vice-President
Chuck Hardy
407.965.4237
Treasurer
Blair Littlejohn II
407.683.7424
Secretary
Larry Willis
407.575.4530
Newsletter Editor
WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT
DIRECTORS
Cindy Clark North Fla.
904.562.5366
Larry Willis South Fla.
407.575.4530
Greg Taylor South West
813.381.5707
Jack Kofoed St. Johns
904.383.5386
Vacant Suwanee River

DIRECTORS
Blair "Butch" Littlejohn III
407.687.2750
General Counsel
David Jordan
407.833.2755
Anhinga Society
Butch Farmer
904.576.7711
Apalachee Canoe Club
Frank Schlegel
407.848.6145
Coconut Kayakers
Laverne Young
904.678.3131
Fla. Comp. Paddlers
George Ellis
813.864.2651
Fla Sea Kayak Assn.
Greg Stamer
407.295.5183
Fla Sport Paddling Club
Mike Raiman, C.H.T.
407.496.1122/Mem. Chair
581 N.W. 50th. Ave.
Delray Bch., Fl. 33445
Palm Bch. Pack & Paddle
Lou Glaros
407.352.1711
Peninsula Paddling Club
Noble Enge
904.287.2820
Seminole Canoe/Yacht Club
Fred Ankersen
407.454.0805
Space Coast Paddlers
Joe Riley
904.587.2211
West Florida Canoe Club


The President's Letter


The Association is concluding 1993 with many accomplishments and we are on our way to
another productive year in 1994. The 1993 Paddling Festival held on October 1, 2, and 3, provided a
great opportunity for paddlers from all over the state to enjoy the great weather, numerous seminars,
and workshops, and the opportunity to try out and purchase the vast array of equipment exhibited
by the many manufacturers and distributors who participated in the Festival. Out many thanks to
the volunteers who made the Festival a success. The Association also gave the first River Guardian
Awards to Dagger Canoes and Kayaks, and to Florida Insurance Commissioner Tom Gallagher, for
their dedicated efforts on behalf of our riverine systems. The Presidents Award was given to the West
Florida Canoe Club for having adopted the most rivers (14) under the Association's Adopt-A-River
program. Committees have been established and plans are underway for the 1994 festival which will
be held on September 30, October 1, and 2, 1994. We will announce the location early next year.
Any suggestions on how to improve the Festival should be sent to Butch Horn, the chair of the 1994
Paddling Festival.

The Association will maintain another year of continuity as each of the officers was reelected for
another term in 1994. Butch Horn will serve as Vice-President for 1994. Additionally, we have a
number of energetic new Board members including Phil Flamand of Aquaterra, Jack Kofoed of
Jacksonville, and Larry Willis of Southern Exposure Sea Kayaks. Larry has agreed to be the
newsletter editor for the coming year. As this issue demonstrates, the quarterly newsletters will be
interesting and informative.

The Association also has a new logo and membership brochure, thanks to the efforts of our
membership chairman, Mike Raiman. We significantly increased our membership at the Paddling
Festival and we strongly encourage each member to recruit new members for the Association. Cindy
Clark also revamped the Adopt-A-River reporting form to make it more user friendly. The Association
will provide laminated reporting forms to each river adopter. This should make it much easier to
report on the conditions of the waterways you have adopted. We are also pleased to announce -d-hi
38 rivers or segments have been adopted. Affiliated clubs should follow the lead of the West Florida
Canoe Club and target rivers for adoption. This is one way you can return something to the
waterways we all take for granted. Contact Cindy Clark if you want to adopt a river of if you want a
laminated reporting form.

We had a very successful year and, with your continued support and involvement, we can
continue to grow and expand our programs. For 1994 we are planning a river trail signage program,
and hope to hire a lobbyist to help us pass the Florida Wild and Scenic Rivers bill. We will continue
to stay in touch through the newsletter. Please stay in touch with us by volunteering for the
Association's committees and recruiting more members.

See you on the river!

Gary Anton, President


FCKA Receives

Donations

David Mason, A.C.A. Dixie Division
Commodore, has informed us that the Conser-
vation Committee has voted to donate $50.00 to
F.C.K.A. to assist with our river conservation
efforts. There are also grant funds available from
A.C.A. for rivers conservation/preservation
projects. Contact Butch Horn at 407.369.1983


Okeeheelee Nature Center will be sponsoring
a series of outdoor instruction programs and will
donate 1/2 the proceeds to a conservation
organization of the instructor's choice. iz Carter
& Butch Horn will do two programs, "Basic
Canoeing for Florida Waters and Canoe Camping
in the South", for them in the spring. The
proceeds will benefit F.C.KA. See the Leisure
Times magazine of the Palm Beach County
Department of Parks & Recreation for dates and
details.


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Fisheating Creek

Win
Lose
or Draw

A win situation will occur if we are able to
purchase the creek through the land
selection committee of the Water Management
District
A draw situation occurs if Lykes retains
ownership and we win a court battle for access.
The recent court ruling stating the creek is not
navigable is being appealed at the Federal level
and the Florida Attorney General is also pursuing
a court reversal.
A lose situation is self explanatory WE LOSE
THE RIGHT TO USE A 50 MILE LONG
STRETCH OF WATER THAT HAS BEEN USED
FOR OVER 100 YEARS because Judge Elizabeth
Kovachevich (who has probably never paddled a
canoe) ruled to overturn a U.S. Corps of
Engineers decision that the creek was navigable.
In the meantime you can do your part by
boycotting ALL LYKES products. i.e., Florida Gold
Citrus, Lykes meats, First Florida Bank, People
Gas Co. (Tampa), Lykes Timber Mulch & Fence
posts, Lykes Steamship Line and Shore
Management. Don't set around folks and wait for
everyone else to do your boycotting for
you.....GET OFF YOUR *&%%/oO/AA$#'s and show
some support. As usual too many people
complain and normally the ones who complain
the loudest are the least likely to contribute to the
hard work involved in any worthwhile project.




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Paddling Festival Seeks New Location

Continued from page 1


Lake Yale again. At this point we will not use Lake
Yale and we are open to location suggestions.
The emphasis this year will be on a low fee to
participate in the events and a nice place for
participants' lodging/camping requirements. To
keep costs down we will probably ask par-
ticipants to be responsible for their lodging,
camping and meals. We are looking into a place
in St Augustine with access to the I.C.W. and the


Atlantic to accommodate both canoeists and sea
kayakers. Dates are set for September 30,
October 1, 2. As the new location is not yet
written in stone, if you have any suggestions for a
location in the area between Orlando and the
Suwannee please give Butch Horn, Festival
Chairman 1994, a call @ 407.369.1983. We also
need volunteers for the many aspects of the
Festival.


Developers Lobby for White Ibis Erradication


The staff of the Fla. Game & Fresh Water Fish
Commission proposed the White Ibis for
addition to the Endangered/Threatened list in the
spring of 1993. There were nine species being
given consideration but the White Ibis did not
have the distinction of being on that list. There
has been a 50% decline in breeding populations
across the state since the late 1970's and a 90%
decline in breeding population in the Everglades
since the 1930's. According to Don Wood of the
F.G. & F.W.F.C. the White Ibis was voted to be
put on the list of "species of special concern"
rather than the "endangered/threatened" list As
the White Ibis is primarily a wetland dependent
species it's listing should not have created any
additional rules or restrictions on development of
wetlands.
At least you wouldn't think it would make a
difference. It didn't take long for three groups to
file law suits to surface to strike the White Ibis
from the "species of special concern". Before you
read further, close your eyes and take a guess
who filed the suits. According to counsel for the
F.G. & F.W.F.C. the first group to file a suit is
comprised of: The Association of Florida
Community Developers, Associated Industries of
Florida, and the most surprising Florida
Chamber of Commerce. The second group is


comprised of Mariner
Group, Inc. and Mariner
Properties, Inc. The third
group is The Florida
Home Builders Associ-
ation. As you might have
suspected it is normally
the special interest groups
comprised of developers
(should be a four letter
word) and industry.
There will be a hearing in


early November so we will soon see who has the
power. If you have the opportunity to contact
your favorite legislator then put the pressure on.
Contact the above people filing the suits and let
them know your feelings. Above all contact your
local Chamber of Commerce and let them know.
While the F.G. & F.W.F.C. has already voted to
place the White Ibis on the "species of special
concern" you can still direct any comments to the
following F.G. & .F.W.F. Commissioners:

Mr. J. Ben Rowe Chairman, P.O. Box 806,
Gainesville, Fl. 32602

Dr. Quinton Hedgepath, Vice-Chairman,
2375 S.W. 27 Ave, Miami, Fl. 33145

Mr. Joe Martin Hilliard, Rt 2, Box 175,
Clewiston, Fl. 33440

Ms. Julie K. Morris, New College, 5700 N.
Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Fl. 34243

Mrs. Gilbert W. Humphrey, Woodfield Spring
Plantation, Miccosukee, Fl. 32309

Taken inpartfim Dr. Herb Kale 1, Omithologist
FloridaAudubon Society. Thanks to the Florida
Audubon Legislative Newsletter, March, 1993


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(813) 530-7555


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Scenic and Wild Rivers GOV. Chiles Supports Florida Greenways


Continued from page 1
The Draft Environmental Impact Statement
and Scenic Rivers Study Report on the
Sopchoppy River has been completed and initially
generated a great deal of negative feelings in the
surrounding committee. Liz responded to the
8/3/93 Draft as "an interested person". F.C.KA.
may want to respond as an organization. If you
have any feelings on this or would like to help Ms.
Cook on the study for the three rivers above
please feel free to contact Liz Carter at
407.369.1983.

Liz has been in contact with Steve Martin (not
of comedy fame), an Environmental Specialist
with the Bureau of Natural and Cultural
Resources, Division of Recreation & Parks. He
has been helpful in writing legislation for rivers
protection in 1990 and 1991 and helped with
1992 Recommendations for Establishing a Wild &
Scenic River System in Florida a report prepared
for the Governor and Cabinet by the DNR

Liz has written to American Rivers and asked
for scholarshipp" funds to assist her in attending
the "Future of American Rivers" conference to be
held in Washington, D.C. in November.
Remember folks...these are OUR rivers so we
should all pitch in and do our share to keep them
OURS. If you can give Liz a hand with anything
be sure to call her at the number listed above.


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JiFaIC d .-ui .v-r(l-wrv order e-taubhmhjmn
the Fla (.Ereena\- cfonus-iEn and dun mted
it t'.' .rc, the -reatlion .,I- a tatewide
network ,Ir L-rri that %kll benefit Florda-;
-uciten, wildlile vind enmi-inmeln[. F C F-l IL a
.pl-n-.Er L' ipp[Xrter .)I the prooLranl and Liz
Cin--iter FC IC( Crn-meptidinuSu-ietLin hals
been ..ppE.Hle-id tro _e ojn the Ri. (3net-imnu%
(_c nlum-.'-i.n [heit lir-. mleetnn i a:' held in
3l.di-as.;-rr kla I 7 nataoii.d nreenima\'-
Ikade-riip rl ilntidItble -a'as held il June In
,dii1u l I0i[ Wi th thdie tf -nd commniIjIon
rns-i--tu The- rlu tidtablt '.k ds -;pno-j) b%Of'l
hir Njinj.-nal ParkSer ie The Conn..ernEaon
F' kd End Il N-0) Fnend- Ef Flr nd-,ia
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To direct all otivbies vciwed "r o meet tOe
commission's charges ond rcouoislbilttes
Icmiding the podudcq" F4 the p to The
Goverar.n-


G eenals Identification

To idenfy. classify and map
listing and potential greenways
tha t ogeter will make up Florda's
statewide nertwrk.



Program Intevadon:
To develop a state agency
framework that supports com-
munity gateway initiatives and
furthers interagency greenway
activities.



Community Actian:
To explore ways to stimulate
community-based greenways
initiatives.



PatnemsAwarme &

To identify and increase the
involvement of existing and
Continued on next page(bth
pubc anid ptate).g

Continued on next page


Refreshing Drink Allocates $500 Million to Greening of America


TC A While this organization is
.IS T A pronounced like the drink
we all know and love, it stands for Intermodal
Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991. No
other government program has more potential to
help greenways and trails than the Surface


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813-596-3220


SCQ


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Transportation Program mandated by ISTEA.
Under STP, an average of $500 million annually
in local, state, and federal spending is to be
directed to "transportation enhancements" such
as Rail-trail projects (RT), Greenway trails and
side paths (GT), and On-street bicycle/pedestrian
projects (BP). Last
SNovember Rails-to Trails


1 La0 Oaur. 34644
Largo, Fl. 34644


Conservancy surveyed all
50 states plus D.C. and
Puerto Rico. As of
February 46 had
responded. Data sup-
plied by Bob Patten at
Rails-to Trails (Suite 300,
1400 16th St. N.W.,
Washington, D.C. 20036)
indicates eighteen states
have obligated $76 million


in ISIEA and matching funds for non-motorized
transportation projects. Florida has a total of 6
BP projects with $380,00 committed and 4 RT
projects with $2,257,00 committed. It would be
nice to see more funds designated towards GTs.
Help is Available
The Trust for Public Lands has established a
Clearinghouse to help conservation groups
acquire funds for local projects. It might be an
excellent way to obtain money to put up access
signs for Canoe/Kayak trails. Information about
the opportunities for natural and cultural
resource protection through the enhancement of
ISIEA can be obtained by contacting Don Giecek,
The Trust for Public Land, 2100 Centerville Rd,
Suite A, Tallahassee, Fl. 32308. The telephone
number is 904.422.1404.

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Quaily Sea Kayaks By:
BETSIE BAY FEATHERCRAFT NECKY NORTH SHORE
Greenland Paddles By BETSIE BAY & CRICKET


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Greenway Plans in Florida

Continued from page 4

,q The Cross Florida Greenway which is a
100 mile recreation and conservation
area being created from the abandoned
Cross Florida Barge Canal.


Loxahatchee Greenways Network based
in Palm Beach and Martin County
designed to link a number of natural
sites in the two-county project. The
project's Natural Resources and
Geographic Information System (GIS)
Task Force has almost completed 14
natural and cultural resources maps
outlining land use, vegetative cover,
wetlands, environ-mentally sensitive
areas, critical wildlife areas, proposed
acquisitions, water resources.
recreational resources, future land use,
greenway plans and connection to other
greenways. South Florida Water
Management District has been a big
help toward developing a GIS format
that will help locate greenway
connections.


Apalachee Greenways Network focuses
on a six-county area surrounding
Tallahassee. The projects steering
committee, representing 1000 Friends of
Florida, Red Hills Conservation Asso-
ciation, and the Apalachee Land Conser-
vancy has met a number of times to
discuss the initial information gathering
process.
10000 Friends of Florida sponsored
a workshop in Tallahassee in May to
help identify regional environmental,
recreational, and cultural features as the
first step in their assessment process.


Suncoast Greenways Network is
focusing its attention on creating river-
based wildlife corridors and recreation
greenways for west central Florida. The
study will focus on portions of the
Hillsborough, Alafia, Little Manatee, and
Peace Rivers in Polk and Hillsborough
counties. 1000 Friends helped establish
the Hillsborough River Greenways Task
Force as a forum for public and private
interests to discuss how to conserve the
rivers' natural resources.


Thrillcraft Banned

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has banned
all personal watercraft, "thrillcraft", if you
will, from the waters of the Great White Heron
National Wildlife Refuge and the Key West
National Wildlife Refuge. This area covers 690
square miles that can no longer be used for
seaplane landings, waterskiing, airboats and jet
skis (better known as "Crotch Rockets"). These
modes of recreation were the cause of nesting
birds chased from their nests, bonefishermen
buzzed and schools of tarpon chased. Due to the
unsafe manner in which some jet skis have been
operated in the past, deaths and injuries have
occurred plus the damage and noise pollution to
the environment. If you have been hassled by jet
skis then try to note their Fla. registration
numbers. Call and write the Florida Marine
Patrol (salt water infractions), Florida Fresh Water
Fish & Game Commission (fresh water
infractions), your legislators, and the Governor to
express your concern. These noise makers have
run amok unchecked for too long. We can either
regulate them in a more orderly manner or
remove them from our waters if we join together
in making our complaints heard.

Taken in part from the Issac Walton League
News, May 1993


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Garbage Clogs

Earth's Arteries
T he following is the average time it takes for
the litter we so often see scattered along our
roadway and waterways to decompose. It is
frightening! When you see that piece of styrofoam
or other trash please take time to dispose of it
properly, you may set a good example for a by-
stander.


Styrofoam
Aluminum
Plastic bags
Plastic coated cartons
Plastic containers
Cigarette butts
Leather shoes
Vibram soles
Wool socks
Orange peels
Paper containers


Never
80-100 years
10-20 years
5 years
50-80 years
10-12 years
25-10 years
50-80 years
6-21 months
Up to 6 months
2-5 months


Alabama Paddling

Trip Planned
D december 26, 1993: Double Bridges Creek
(near Geneva, Al.)

One of the most spectacular streams in south
Alabama, this section is one of the most beautiful
5 miles of paddling to be found anywhere. There
are caves, rapids, fossils, waterfalls, something
for everyone! For experienced paddlers only. If
interested call Liz Carter at 407.369.1983
through December 22 Call 205.677.5851 after
December 23.

December 27-29: Streams in the Eglin
Reservation: A Canoeing and Kayaking Guide to
the Streams of Florida, Vol. 1, must be revised by
the end of 1994. Liz would like to include these
unique streams in the revised book. If you can
paddle during this week please let her know at
the above numbers.


From GCA Eddy Line....March 1992


Binoculars Go Solo
A after Linda Leeds did her talk on canoe
camping for the festival she was packing up
her "demonstration box" and noticed a pair of
Nikon Travelite binoculars bearing serial number
052214 II appeared to be missing. Some of us
clean, sort, and reorganize our gear as soon as we


return from a trip but others just throw the bags
in a lump and reorganize at first convenience. If
you are a late reorganizer who attended her demo
on canoe camping and there is any chance you
could have picked up her binoculars by mistake
she certainly would like to have them back.
Please call her at 407.683.2851.


A.CA. PADDLE F.R.E.M
Freedom from Restriction and
Environmental Endangerment
A cording to Jeffrey Yeager, ACA Executive
tor, the A.CA in Springfield, Va. has
announced a new program aimed at aiding local
paddlers with issues ranging from river access to
urban encroachment and pollution. Dagger
Canoe and Austin Travel, headquartered in
Plainview, New York, have agreed to provide seed
money to get the program off the ground and into
the water. David Jenkins has been appointed to
the newly created ACA post of Coordinator for
Conservation and Public Policy. Jenkins has an
impressive background in the legislative and legal
arenas with a strong grasp of grass roots
organizations.
The Paddle F.RE.E. Program is structured to
allow local paddlers and their organizations
access to a variety of resources including legal
counsel, media contacts, and eventually grants or
loans to assist in funding their local paddle
battles.
One of the initial goals of the program is to
establish a broad pool of local expertise and legal
assistance. If you can offer help in any of these
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What is the coastal information

exchange bulletin board system

(cle-bbs)

The Florida Coastal Management Program, in cooperation with the Florida Department of
Environmental Protection and the Gulf of Mexico Program, has developed the CIE-BBS to assist in the
statewide exchange of coastal information. It allows users to access current information, exchange
messages, and search various databases free of charge. The information categories include:
bibliographical references to research projects, reports, and newsletters: legislative issues, model
ordinances; ongoing management activities, actions and contacts; grants and other funding sources;
pertinent handbooks and manuals; a directory of key managers and expert speakers; and special
events and activities.


WHO ARE THE USERS?
The target users of the CIE-BBS are coastal
resource manager and individuals interested in
the protection, conservation, and management of
the Florida coast. Contributing participants
include the Regional Planning Councils, Water
Management Districts, Florida Department of
Community Affairs, Florida Department of Health
and Rehabilitative Services, Florida Department
of Environmental Services, Florida Department of
State, National Park Service, National Oceanic
and Atmospheric Administration, Universities,
municipal governments and other environmental
groups. Success of the CIE-BBS relies upon the
active and continued participation of these
players. The Florida Coastal Management
Program seeks to regionally integrate the state
within the next two years.


HOW DO I ACCESS THE
CIE-BBS?
A computer, modem, telephone line and
communications software are required to access
the CIE-BBS. Dial the Gulfline at 1-800-235-
4662 and type "FL" at the main menu.



HOW CAN I LEARN MORE
ABOUT THE CIE-BBS?
A series of training sessions and instructional
literature on the use and capabilities of the
system are available. Technical assistance is
available from the GULFLINE System's Operator
Kay McGovern at (601)688-7671. For further
information regarding regional training contact
Joy Dorst at (904)922-5438.


+---------------------------------------------------------------
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I Dedicated to the Free Exchange of Environmental Information. I
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**** T O L L F R E E N A T I O N W I D E ****
+-----------------------------------------------------------------+
SYour SYSOP is: Kay Mcgovern
IVoice: (601) 688-7671
SVoice: (601) 688-2522 (All Data Lines 1200 9600)
SData: (800) 235-4662 5 Lines Toll Free in United States
I (601) 688-2677 5 Lines

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Reprinted from an onscreen readout from the GULFLINE BBS


Management

Program


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The GULF OF MEXICO PROGRAM operates the GULFLINE Bulletin Board
System which houses the Florida Coastal Information Exchange Bulletin
Board System and provides access to environmental information about
the Gulf of Mexico including people, organizations, environmental
databases, and reference documents.

The FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION., Office of Environmental
Education, operates the Florida Resources in Enviromental Education for
Teachers (FREE) database. The database includes listings of materials,
speakers, teacher training opportunities, conferences, student
conservation groups, and grant information (select the "FUND"
database).

The ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY operates the Nonpoint
Source Bulletin Board System, including the Educational Materials
database which lists information on education materials, outreach
activities, public involvement and education projects, and
communication techniques relating to water quality and resources. this
database is being expanded to include the Federal Coastal Nonpoint
Source Pollution Control Program.

The INDIAN RIVER LAGOON National Estuary Program and the Volusia
County Department of Environmental Management operate the
Lagoon-Net electronic Bulletin Board System. It contains regional
environmental information and provides access to other online
databases.


The FLORIDA ENVIRONMENTAL NETWORK Bulletin Board service is
sponsored by Florida Defenders of the Environment. The system provides
information and news of interest to and about Florida in 28 different
environmental categories for use by professionals, citizens, educators
and local governments.


The FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION operates
the Quasi-BBS, the GWIS BBS, and the Mercury BBS, all of which relate to
S. water quality issues. A fourth DER
I- rules BBS concentrates on
Chapter 17, Florida
Administrative Code.


Gulf of Mexico Program
Coastal Information Exchange
Bulletin Board System
Modem 1-800-235-4662
Telephone 601-688-7671


Florida Department of Education
Office of Environmental Education
Florida Resources in
Environmental Education (FREE)
1-800-542-FREE



Environmental Protection Agency
Nonpoint Source Bulletin Board
Modem 301-589-0205
Telephone 202-260-3665




Indian River Lagoon National
Estuary Program
Lagoon-Net
Modem 1-800-645-7908
Telephone 904-822-5751



Florida Environmental Network
Modem 904-466-3151
Telephone 904-466-4215



Florida Department of
Environmental Protection
QUASI-BBS
Modem 904-922-7043
Telephone 904-488-2796
GWIS-BBS
Modem 904-487-3592
Telephone 904-488-3601
THE MERCURY-BBS
Modem 904-487-0461
Telephone 904-487-0505
DER RULES BBS
Modem 904-922-7108
Telephone 904-488-9730


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Government Threatens

Mandatory PFD Usage


Two boating safety bills currently working
their way through Congress have provisions
that could contribute much less to paddlers'
safety than they contribute to corporate profits
and government bureaucracy.
The National PFD Manufacturers and the
National Association of State Boating Law
Administrators are pushing for a federal law
requiring all children 12 years of age and under
to wear their PFDs. With hundreds of children
drowning in bath tubs and swimming pools each
year, the bill's supporters are defensive about the
fact that the National Transportation Safety
Board's detailed study of 52% of all boating
fatalities occurring in 1991 found that a PFD
might have prevented 7 of the fatalities of children
under 12 and thus suggests that no more than
14 fatalities might have been prevented had every
child in the nation worn their PFD at all times
while boating.
Both House Bills would mandate the wearing
of PFDs by children 12 years old and under for all
states and would exempt children from wearing
their PFD when they are in the vessel's cabin.
One of the bills (HR 3168) would apply only to
boats under 26 feet in length while the second bill
(HR2812) would apply to all recreational vessels
regardless of length.
Despite the fact that the American Red Cross
National Boating Survey found that 91% of all
boat operators and 95.9% of canoeists and
kayakers report that they always require children
under age 10 to wear a PFD, some states are
passing their own child PFD wearing laws and
are launching major PFD educational campaigns.
In Florida, where a law enacted last year
requires children under six years of age to wear
their PFD, boating officials paid an advertising
firm $70,000 to promote compliance with the law
through fliers, public service announcements,
and a teaching manual that will make PFD
education available to every kindergarten and
first grade class in the state. Florida boating
officials insist that the fact their state has not
experienced a single boating fatality of a child
under 6 years of age since their earliest accessible
records (1989) does not mean that their new child
PFD wearing law was not necessary. 'We are
trying to establish good, safe boating habits and
we want to accustom children to wearing PFDs so
they can continue to wear them when they're
older," said Captain Moses Jordan of the Florida
Marine Patrol.
Some boating industry insiders claim that the
child PFD laws are merely the first step in getting
laws that will require the wearing of PFDs by all


recreational boaters at all
times and bring millions
in profits to PFD man-
ufacturers. "Who can
argue against protecting
innocent children?" said
one.


Although boaters are
currently required to
cany a P.F.D. for each person on board, P.F.D.
laws promise substantial profits for P.F.D.
manufacturers. When the U.S. Coast Guard
paved the way for P.F.D. wearing laws by
removing their official approval from the non-
wearable Type IV P.F.D. (seat cushion), the
agency stated that the change "may have a one-
time financial benefit as high as $72 million to
P.F.D. manufacturers and retailers" and that the
costs would "primarily impact individual
recreational boaters." The benefit to P.F.D.
manufacturers and retailers will be more than
$72 million and no longer a one-time financial
benefit" if the Coast Guard's elimination of the
type IV P.F.D. is followed with P.F.D. wearing
regulations. Child P.F.D. wearing laws for
example, mandate that the P.F.D. be "sized" to
the child. Since a growing child is expected to
require a minimum of three P.F.D.s of different
sizes by the age of twelve. P.F.D. wearing laws
ensure the sale of at least three P.F.D.s instead of
a single seat cushion.
Advocates of PFD wearing laws admit that
neither the U.S. Coast Guard not the states
presently have the ability to enforce the proposed
regulations across the large and diverse boating
population. However, by phasing in the child
regulations first and then expanding the law to
include all adult canoeists and kayakers and later
expanding it still further to include other
categories of boats, it is possible to phase in
wearing PFD wearing regulations in a way that
reduces the united resistance of the boating
public and give boating officials sufficient time to
increase their enforcement capability.
In the short run, proponents claim that the
intelligent deployment of officers and the use of
the "Boat Block" and "SWAMP' tactics that have
been used to enforce B.W.I. (Boating While
Intoxicated) laws can maximize the impact of
today's under-staffed boating law enforcement
agencies and bring effective PFD enforcement to
even the presently uncontrolled backwaters,
ponds, creeks and rivers frequented by canoeists
and kayakers.
In addition to the PFD wearing requirements,
one of the House bills (HR 3168) limits the


amount that states can spend on public access
points to 25% of the federal grant. This will
ensure that the bulk of the money is available for
the enforcement and educational activities that
are the "meat and potatoes" of many states
boating offices. Penalties that range from
Florida's $35 fine for each PFD violation to fines
that could reach $5000 for violating federal PFD
regulations on joint state /federal waterways
(generally coastal waters and navigable streams)
will provide governments with additional
revenues.
One of the bills (HR3168) will allow the states
to enact PFD laws that are more strict than the
federal government's. A number of state boating
law administrators have stated that they intend
to use this federal provision to seek state
legislation that requires adults to wear their PFDs
at all times when in a canoe or kayak
At the time of this writing, 'The Recreational
Boating Safety Improvement Act of 1993" (HR
3168) and the "Recreational Boating Safety Act of
1993 (HR 2812) are in the Coast Guard and
Navigation Subcommittee. These bills may have
been combined into a single bill and assigned a
new number by the time you read this. Florida
Congressional representation is tremendous on
these bills. Representatives Earl Hutto, (Fl), Tillie
K Fowler (F), Alcee L. Hastings (Fl), Lincoln Diaz-
Balart (Fl) and Gene Taylor (Ms) are all members
of both the Subcommittee and the full committee.
They are in an excellent position to influence
these bills. Congressional Representatives Peter
Deutsch (Fl), Bennie G. Thompson (Ms), and
Jack Kingston (Ga) are on the full committee.
They could also play important roles in modifying
either bill before the bills reach the full House of
representatives.

This legislation is being 'fast tracked". If you
want to comment and make it count, make it
today.

submitted by Brian Ewert

FCKA welcomes all members' opinions for
publication within this foum


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LegS iSatiou


News


Issues and Scorecard


Regular session convenes
1994. Last day to file Con
February 21, 1994

House Natural Resource

Democrats: Chair-Rudd
Egglleton, Arnold, Brennan, Ch
Davis Goode, Hafner, Harris
Mitchell, Rayson, Rush, D. Saun

Republicans: Albright, Coi
Buddy Johnson, Jones, Kin
Thomas Warner.

Staff Director: Mike Hansen
Secretary: Cindy Alison
tele. 904.488.7384

As of September 30, 199
interest to Florida Canoeing
Association have been prefiled in


FLORIDA LEGISLATORS
AND THE ENVIRONMENT -
THE GOOD, BAD & UGLY

The 1993 Legislative session will be
remembered as one in which the legislature
has taken catastrophic steps backward. At a
time when leading scientists throughout the
world are calling for environmental protection
many bills that would have protected Florida's air,
soil, water, forests, and natural habitats failed in
committee while environmentally destructive bills
favoring influential corporate interests and
utilities had no problems with passage. The
Florida League of Conservation Voters scorecard
encompasses environmental, conservation and
growth management legislation. While the 'vote
score methodology and the sponsorship score
methodology' is rather complex it will suffice to
say the scorecard is rated with each bill and
amendment analyzed and assigned values from 1
to 3 points (positive-for; negative-against) based
upon the impact on the environment, i.e.
(1=low/medium impact, 2=significant impact,
3=high impact). For information on obtaining
documentation contained in the report from the
League of Conservation Voters contact Florida
Canoeing and Kayaking Association, Editor, P.O.
Box 4530, Tequesta, Fl. 33469-9530. The
following scorecard provides the voting records on
issues that reflect our state's dire environmental
straits which are:


Ginny Brown-Waite
Howard C. Forman
Curt Kiser
House:
Jack N. Tobin
Mark R Ogles
Mary Brennan


Buddy Dyer/
Mark Foley (tie)
Roberto Cassa
Alberto Gutman
House:
Hary C. Good
Ben J. Harris
Dean Saunder


,-. ." 1. Over 50/0 of Florida's wetlands have been
destroyed.
2. Over 100 million pounds of toxic waste is
SFebruary 8, released annually into Florida's environment
nmittee bills is 3. Florida's groundwater is increasingly
contaminated.
4. 93 industrial and municipal injection wells
Committee: send wastewater underground.
5. High levels of mercury has been found in lakes,
Vice Chair- streams, and ecosystems.
estnut, Crady, 6. Drinking water sources are increasingly
Kelly, Long, threatened.
ders. 7. Biodiversity and natural habitats are rapidly
diminishing.
uoch, Hawkes, 8. An increasing number of plants and animals
g, Manrique, are threatened with extinction.
9. Growth management regulations are being
weakened.
10. 550,000,000 (Yes, 550 million!!) tons of
radioactive gypsum piles threaten our air and
water.
11. 489,548 acres of shellfish are prohibited from
)3, no bills of harvesting.
and Kayaking
the House. GOOD: BA
senate: Senate:


UGLY:
Senate:
William Meyers, M.D.
George Kirkpatrick
Charles Williams
House:
George A Crady
F. Allen Boyd
Ken Pruitt


Point total running from good to bad on the above legislators exhibits a
high of 27+ to a low of 49-.

Paraphrased and taken in part from a reportfrom the Forida League of Conservation Voters.


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12. Last but certainly not the least.......citizens
are being deprived of their rights to participate
in decisions that affect the above atrocities to
OUR environment

The voting record is as follows with the F.LC.V.
Laurel awards going to:
1. Senator Curt Kiser for his highest sponsorship
score in the Senate.
2. Senator Ginny Brown-Waite for her work on
the Solid Waste bill, the incinerator
moratorium, and legislation to ban hazardous
waste injection.
3. Senator James Hargrett for his work to pass
the incinerator moratorium.
4. Representative Mary Brennan for her highest
sponsorship score in the House and her work
on the Solid Waste bill.
5. Representative Mark Ogles for his outstanding
leadership on the incinerator moratorium.
6. Representative Everett Kell for his efforts to
restore the Oklawaha River.


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"UNCLE SAM NEEDS YOU?' WELL, I SUPPOSE SO BUT
"UNCLE UZ NEEDS YOU, TOO."



A Canoeing and Kayaking Guide to the Streams of Florida, Vol. 1, must be revised by the end of 1994 and Liz now lives in
P South Florida! If you paddle the rivers and streams included in this book and you see changes, errors, things that need
to be added, Please let her know. You may call her (collect) at 407.369.1983 or write to her at: Liz Carter, 145 Executive
Circle, Boynton Bch., Fl. 33436. She will also welcome paddling companions during the week after Christmas,
1993, during the week after Easter (April 1 through 8, 1994) and during the summer of 1994. Due
acknowledgment will be given those who help out.

Ed. Sounds like a golden opportunity to have your name etched in the annals of literary history folks so
get out paddle those streams and give 'nlde Liz" a cll.


Organize A Paddling Festival

Its Easy Only 15 or 20 Steps
-_-.It starts like this:


I. Select a date & site:


B. Publicity


A Date = September 30, October 1 & 2, 1994
B. Site to be selected by December 31, 1993
1) On site evaluation by members of the executive
board.
2) Presentation of the site for full board approval.
3) Site negotiations, contract reviews and signed.



II Components of the Festival:

A. Program

1) Clinics
2) Workshops
3) Demonstrations/Displays
a. Commercial
b. Non-commercial
4) Trips & events (e.g. races, games, etc.)
5) Speakers for General Meeting
6)Awards
7) Auction & Raffle
8) Saturday night dinner (Friday night dinner
also?)
9) Video room


1) Notification to paddling club newsletter editors:
a: Get on their "calendars"...remind them now
and every month. Write an article for them.
b: Send them a flyer with all info on it no later
than June, another in August for the
September newsletter.
c: Get up-to-date mailing list (labels if possible)
for each club by end of June for our July
mass mailing.
d: Have a board member attend the meeting of
every affiliated club (and Tri-State and GCA if
possible) to talk about the Festival and
encourage attendance.

2) Notification to national publications (e.g.
Canoe, Paddler, American Rivers,
AN.O.RAK, Sea Kayaker, North Atlantic
Coastal Kayakers, Backpacker, Outside, etc.)

3) Send news releases to all newspapers in
Florida and to all of the related newsletters
(e.g. Common Ground, River Voices, Florida
Environments, Florida Audubon,etc

4) Prepare roster and flyers and get them out to
all of the canoeing/kayaking businesses and
liveries in Florida and surrounding states.
These need to be ready by the end of May so
that our members can distribute them as they
go on vacation and as they travel around the
state.
5) Try to get articles in the larger newspapers.


C. Mechanics Of Running The Festival

1) Registration
2) Obtaining items for auction, rafle and
doorprizes
3) Preparing printed materials such as schedules,
maps, information about nearby facilities and
attractions.
4) ACA insurance
5) First Aid
6) Putting up signs
7) Designating couriers to direct participants to
their sites and to check on non-registered
people on-site.
8) Designate or be Sergeant-at-arms
9) HERE'S THE FUN ONE.......YOU GUESSED
IT CLEAN-UP *



Well, the list is complete and we've done part
of the job by picking the time of year for the
Festival! We will soon pick the site as well and
now that you see how much work is involved and
needs to be done we take pleasure in inviting any
members or clubs willing to assume any of the
above mentioned jobs. If you are willing to help
out please call any F.C.K.A. officer or director
who's number is listed on the front of this
newsletter and they'll be more than happy to put
you in touch with the correct committee person.






FLORIDA CANOEING & KAYAKING ASSOCIATION, INC.



MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION


NAME (S) :

ADDRESS:


DATE :


CITY:


PHONE (H):


PHONE (W):


TYPE OF MEMBER: J INDIVIDUAL $16 L FAMILY $20 J COMMERCIAL $50 J FLA. CLUB $35
1 SPONSOR $100 J NEW MEMBER J RENEWAL


Please Return Completed Form and Check To: FLORIDA CANOEING & KAYAKING ASSOCIATION, INC.
P. O. BOX 20892
WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA 33416


FLORIDA CANOEING & KAYAKING ASSOCIATION, INC.
P. O. BOX 20892
WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA 33416
ADDRESS CORRECTION REQUESTED


NONPROFIT ORG.
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