Law enforcement officers for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission were busy over Memorial Day weekend monitoring the White Trash Bash

FWC officers, along with deputies with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, conducted an operational detail for the 2013 bash held on Memorial Day weekend. The detail was designed to protect Florida's boating public through enhanced boating safety patrol, increase voluntary compliance from the boating public through education and enforcement of BUI laws, provide a highly visible law enforcement presence, and increase our multi-agency working relationships.

During the detail, 86 vessels were boarded with 374 users being checked, resulting in issuance of 24 boating safety warnings, five citations for boating safety violations, four resource warnings, and two warnings for alcoholic beverages in a state park. Two BUI arrests were made.

While on patrol in the Tate’s Hell Wildlife Management Area (WMA), Officer Terry Martin heard dogs running in the Apalachicola WMA. Martin responded to the area and located an individual actively running dogs. The individual was cited for allowing dogs to pursue wildlife during the closed season, and driving with a revoked drivers’ license, and warned for not having a valid hunting license.