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Authorities Urge Boaters to Slow Down on New Year's Eve

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    Authorities Urge Boaters to Slow Down on New Year's Eve
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    People fish on Biscayne Bay in Key Biscayne, Fla. as rain falls over downtown Miami, Friday, June 22, 2012. An area of low pressure and heavy thunderstorms in the southern Gulf of Mexico is a threat to become a tropical depression this weekend. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    The Coast Guard is urging boaters to slow down after New Year's Eve fireworks in popular Miami-Dade County waters.

    The Coast Guard has established a "regulated navigation area" from 11 p.m. Dec. 31 through 1 a.m. Jan. 1 in Biscayne Bay waters. Speeds will be restricted to 15 knots or less.

    Key Biscayne Police Chief Charles Press tells The Miami Herald that authorities will be prepared to arrest drunken or reckless boaters. The Coast Guard and state wildlife authorities also will patrolling South Florida's waters.

    There have been eight boating fatalities in the county this year, including four victims who died July 4.

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