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Sept. 15 meeting to address boating regulations
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SOCIAL CIRCLE — The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division (WRD) will hold a public hearing to receive input on a proposed amendment to the Georgia Boat Safety Act.  The purpose of the proposed amendment is to provide the legal authority for certified peace officers to enforce exclusive use areas upon state waters permitted and properly marked under the marine event requirements and to meet public objectives for use of these renewable natural resources.  Those interested are encouraged to bring this hearing to the attention of others who also may wish to participate.  
Proposed changes will establish a criminal violation for unauthorized persons who fail to obey markers or signs designating waters closed for exclusive use per permitted marine event.
Members of the general public will have an opportunity to provide input at the following WRD-sponsored public hearing: 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 15, at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center (1000 Indian Springs Drive) in Forsyth.
Any participant at the hearing may present data, make a statement or comment or offer a viewpoint or argument, either orally or in writing. Statements should be concise to permit everyone an opportunity to speak. Participants are required to register upon arrival and notify the registering official of their intent to give a statement.  Those unable to attend the hearings may submit statements electronically through the WRD Web site at or by mail prior to close of business Wednesday, Oct. 9.  Written statements should be mailed to:
Georgia Department of Natural Resources/Wildlife Resources Division/    Law Enforcement Section/Attn: Colonel Terry West/2070 U.S. Highway 278, S.E./Social Circle, Georgia 30025
The Board of Natural Resources will consider the proposed changes and any comments received during the public hearing process on Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 9 a.m. at the DNR Boardroom at 2 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, SE, Suite 1252, Atlanta, Georgia.
For more information on the scheduled public hearing or to view the proposed regulation changes, visit For additional information, contact WRD's Law Enforcement office at 770-918-6400.
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