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TREASURE ISLAND — Members of Treasure Island’s city commission discussed a proposed no-wake zone in Blind Pass during a workshop following their Thursday meeting.

Currently, the nearly 1-mile stretch of Treasure Island waterway is a no wake/ minimum wake zone only on weekends and holidays. Boats must slow down as they pass through. At its narrowest point, the canal is about 300 feet.

Some residents have expressed concerns for paddleboarders and kayakers who enjoy the water, as well as marine life. In the past, commissioners were divided on the issue, with concerns over the potential costs of making the zone permanent.

City manager Garry Brumback said 31 people sent emails in support of the change, while eight sent emails in favor of the current rules.

District 3 Commissioner Saleene Partridge said she heard from one resident who was concerned a change could drive tubers and water ski traffic to a narrower area of water in Partridge’s district.

Joe and Linda Borgia attended the meeting Thursday. They live on the St. Pete Beach side of Blind Pass, and Linda Borgia said her family has lived in Pinellas County for more than 50 years. They argued boats have more engines now, making it more dangerous for fast speeds in the canal. She also said jet ski rental shops in the area contribute to traffic.

Linda Borgia referenced multiple accident investigations. Last year, she said, a boat ran aground on a Treasure Island jetty when trying to enter the pass. She said in June, two jet skis crashed on the rocks, after one of the operators fell off. In 2014, a boat crashed in Sunset Park, she said.

“Before we have a serious injury or death out there, we need to be proactive,” Joe Borgia said.

St. Pete Beach Mayor Alan Johnson spoke during the public comment portion and said he was in support of a no-wake zone. St. Pete Beach controls the side of Blind Pass nearest to Coquina Way. The mayor said he believes the St. Pete Beach side of the channel is considered a no-wake zone and plans to research what the current rules are. He said he believed that either way, the rules should remain consistent on both halves of Blind Pass.

“It’s totally unenforceable,” he said.

Commissioners requested more information. As long as they get it in time, the commissioners will discuss the no-wake zone Sept. 15 at their next regular meeting.

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