SFWMD wants anglers kept off structure

OKEECHOBEE — Due to a lack of respect for the property of others, water managers are asking the sheriff’s office to help keep anglers off the water control structure at Nubbin Slough.

Nubbin Slough, Okeechobee County, Florida

Nubbin Slough, Okeechobee County, Florida

A report by Deputy Frank Baum, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO), documented how anglers are littering the structure with the rotting carcasses of armored catfish and gar.

Human excrement has also been found on the structure, he added.

The deputy responded Wednesday, June 29, to Nubbin Slough where he met with an official from the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD). That official reportedly told Deputy Baum that the SFWMD has had an ongoing issue with anglers at the structure, which is also known as the S-191A pump station.

“SFWMD no longer wishes for fishermen to fish on top of the structure, or down the hand rails,” stated the deputy’s report.

Deputy Baum went on to note that No Trespassing signs are attached to those hand rails that stretch down the sides of the water control structure.

It should also be noted hikers who like to trek along the top of the Herbert Hoover Dike have expressed concern about the number of fish carcasses littering the walkway across the structure.

The SFWMD official asked for available OCSO patrol units to assist in keeping anglers off the structure.

“This information will be forwarded to other shifts,” stated Deputy Baum.

Eric Kopp is a staff writer for the Okeechobee News

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