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Boaters get a July 4 reminder: Slow down, or else

The Coast Guard will be enforcing a 15-knot speed limit in parts of Biscayne Bay on July 4.
The Coast Guard will be enforcing a 15-knot speed limit in parts of Biscayne Bay on July 4.

This Fourth of July, don’t expect to be speeding around Biscayne Bay.

The Coast Guard will be enforcing a 15-knot speed limit from 7 p.m. until 11:59 p.m. July 4 across the downtown Miami and Key Biscayne areas. The expanded slow speed will be in effect from Turkey Point to the Julia Tuttle Causeway and from Elliot Key to the shoreline.

Officials said the slower speed was necessary, given that boat speed has contributed to several collisions in recent years. In 2014, four people were killed in a boating collision near Dinner Key as they returned to shore after watching fireworks.

To enforce the speed limit, there will be more law enforcement in the area.

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