Uniform Waterway Markers
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission,
in conjunction with the Department of Environmental
Protection (DEP), Division of Law Enforcement, regulates
the placement of signs (markers) within Florida's
waterways and shores. Markers are placed within
these areas to provide valuable information to boaters
and other users of the waterways, such as noting
restricted areas and prohibited activities. The
markers confirm to law enforcement officers and
agencies that patrol these waterways that boating
restricted areas are lawfully established and marked.
The placement of markers is sometimes required as
a provision of permits issued by the U.S. Army Corps
of Engineers (USCOE), DEP, or other agencies for
construction activities proposed within these waterways
(marinas, docks, seawalls, piers, etc.). Common
signage includes “Manatee Zone” and
navigational channel delineation.
The Florida Uniform Waterway Marker Rule provides
for uniformity in the design and construction
of the markers. It regulates the size, shape,
language format, material used, color, height
above mean high water, number, letter or message
of the marker along with the type of structure
which will be used for support of the marker.
All existing markers currently not in compliance
with the existing requirements had to be made
compliant or be removed by December 31, 2003.
Coastal Systems International, Inc. engineering
and permitting teams work together to provide
the regulatory agencies with a complete application
package for the installation of required markers.
Services provided include review of the regulatory
codes as they apply to our client’s project,
provision of a plan illustrating the location
of the required markers and the design of the