|David (standing center) and Sarah (bending down) Trigg|
The Coast Guard maintains a major route of travel into the Flamingo Marina and along the park boundary, but what of all those 4x4’s, pvc pipes and wandings? Delineating Pole/Troll zones and grass flats from the deeper water channels, all are used by skiffs, canoes and shallow draft sailboats.
The effort is to make clear to the visitor the most reasonable path to access remote areas while protecting the sea grass and the more fragile areas of the bay. The very shallow areas can then be accessed by less intrusive means such as paddle, push pole or trolling motor. The marked channels also play a vital role for visitors traveling at night and for law enforcement and rescue personnel to quickly get “on scene” should an emergency occur. Though the science is not complete, regarding the amount of protection provided by defined routes, the system does make it more likely that a visitor can get to their destination and return safely, without disruption of protected areas, and according to their float plan.
The Flamingo Maintenance Division has been handling the maintenance and repairs on the skiff and keeps the team supplied with reflectors and reflective tape, hand tools, battery powered drivers and drills. Sledgehammers, scaffolding and posts and flags round out their contribution to the project. “They keep us on the water and ready to go” says David and Sarah Trigg, project VIP’s.
|The Trigg's house boat|