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Anna Maria approves ordinance to ban watercrafts from Bayfront Park

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ANNA MARIA, FL (WWSB) - Boats and other watercraft such as jet skis are now banned from exceeding idle speed in an area of Tampa Bay adjacent to Bayfront Park in Anna Maria.  It's an ordinance city commissioners recently approved.  For Cydmarie and her family, they visit the park many times each month. They tell us they are happy about the new ordinance especially for safety reasons.

"I feel like it's good; a lot of families come here, a lot of children come here, and sometimes the jet skis just fly by when it's around," said Cydmarie.

This ordinance also prohibits watercrafts from launching or anchoring their vessel at Bayfront Park.  Someone who is not happy with this ordinance is Russell Cascardo.  He owns a few homes in the area and he also owns a boat and a jet ski. 

"I'm not too happy about it. I think the beaches should be enjoyed by everybody," said Cascardo.  "I believe all boaters and watercraft personnel have to take courses. I think they're very responsible. I think the beaches should be shared by everybody."

Currently, jet skiers and boaters are being educated on the ordinance.  Violators of this watercraft ban ordinance at Bayfront Park could face a fine of up to $500.

No one from the city was available to come on camera to comment.  Anna Maria's mayor says this ordinance will not be enforced until the state gives the OK on it.