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Boats in Florida inching up after slumping all decade

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Almost a decade after the number of boaters in Florida took a nosedive, the number of registered vessels is inching its way back up. Florida Today reported Saturday that there were more than 95,000 fewer registered vessels in 2016 than a decade earlier. That’s a 9.3 percent dip. The number of boats in Florida bottomed out in 2013 at almost 897,000 vessels. It has gradually increased over the past three years and that figure now stands at more than 931,000 boats.…

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Florida: Record number of manatees killed in 2016 by boats

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A record number of manatees were killed in 2016 by boat strikes, according to state wildlife data, but overall the number of the beloved sea cows increased in Florida this year. Data posted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission data show that 98 endangered manatees died by watercraft strikes between Jan. 1 and Dec. 2. The previous record was 97 in 2009, according to state records. A count earlier this year found about 6,300 manatees in Florida, which…

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