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Residents in a Palm Beach Gardens community are shaken up and frustrated after a boat crashed into multiple docks on Sunday. “It sounded like an explosion,” said Vincent Pellerito. “Like a movie, a boat flying right at our living room.” It was no movie but Pellerito and his wife Cynthia had front row seats to a boat losing control and heading straight for their back yard on Palmwood Road in Palm Beach Gardens. The Pellerito’s surveillance cameras captured the boat smashing into their neighbor’s dock and sliding against the sea wall before also smashing into the Pellerito’s dock. “There could have been a fatality, which is obviously horrible. Somebody could have been killed, hurt, you name it,” said Pellerito. During the video, you can see someone tumble out of the boat just moments before impact. Pellerito said two people were ejected. His dog, Oreo, ran out during the commotion and was just barely missed by flying debris.Palm Beach County Fire Rescue says there were no serious injuries. Pellerito says the boat’s high rate of speed is something he sees entirely too much of in that part of the Intracoastal where the speed limit is 25 miles per hour. “We have boats flying by,” he said. Kaylin Ricciardi added, “No one cares, everyone just flies by.” Ricciardi’s aunt lives next door, where the boat collided with the first dock. She said, “This area needs to be a no wake zone because no one cares at all. You’ll honk, you’ll tell people to slow down, nobody listens. They just fly right by you.” Pellerito said, “This was a warning shot. This calamity of an accident was a warning shot across the bow.” People in the neighborhood are now coming together to get the speed limit lowered. “I would have been looking at a large boat parked in the middle of my family room,” said Pellerito. WPBF 25 News contacted Palm Beach County Fire Rescue, who responded to the crash, to determine if speed was a factor. At the time of this report, we have not received a response. Meanwhile, in regard to changing the speed limit for boats in the area, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission issued this response: “On behalf of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), thank you for your question pertaining to how a boating-restricted area is established within your county. Our Boating and Waterways Section handles requests for boating-restricted areas. These requests are made by cities or counties based upon public safety needs and following the criteria set forth in 327.46, Florida Statutes (F.S.). These requests cannot be considered for the abatement of noise or for the protection of shoreline, shore-based structures, or upland property from vessel wake or shoreline wash pursuant to 327.33(2), F.S. Also, pursuant to 327.60(2)(c) local governments do not have the authority to regulate vessels on the ICW.The first step in the process would be to work with either your city or county officials and have them evaluate if there is a public safety need based on 327.46(1)(b) F.S., or by credible data that proves by substantial competent evidence that an No Wake zone is needed for public safety under 327.46(1)(c) F.S. (see 68D-21.004 Florida Administrative Code, for substantial competent evidence). If so, the city or county will need to submit a formal request to petition the State of Florida to enter rulemaking to change or establish a zone. If the zone is seeking establishment for public safety under 327.46 (1)(c) F.S., the formal request would need to include substantial competent evidence (vessel traffic study data, citation data, etc.). A public hearing by either the city or county should be held to receive input from all user groups utilizing the waterway in question prior to submitting the request. City or county requests may be sent to our Boating and Waterways Section at the address and email below.In the case of a vessel operating negligently, given the water conditions, careless or reckless operation of a vessel may be cited. Please coordinate with our local law enforcement office for instances such as these. They may be reached by calling the Wildlife Alert Hotline at 1-888-404-3922. By calling this number, you can request an increase in officer presence in this area.”

Residents in a Palm Beach Gardens community are shaken up and frustrated after a boat crashed into multiple docks on Sunday.

“It sounded like an explosion,” said Vincent Pellerito. “Like a movie, a boat flying right at our living room.”

It was no movie but Pellerito and his wife Cynthia had front row seats to a boat losing control and heading straight for their back yard on Palmwood Road in Palm Beach Gardens.

The Pellerito’s surveillance cameras captured the boat smashing into their neighbor’s dock and sliding against the sea wall before also smashing into the Pellerito’s dock.

“There could have been a fatality, which is obviously horrible. Somebody could have been killed, hurt, you name it,” said Pellerito.

During the video, you can see someone tumble out of the boat just moments before impact. Pellerito said two people were ejected. His dog, Oreo, ran out during the commotion and was just barely missed by flying debris.

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue says there were no serious injuries. Pellerito says the boat’s high rate of speed is something he sees entirely too much of in that part of the Intracoastal where the speed limit is 25 miles per hour.

“We have boats flying by,” he said.

Kaylin Ricciardi added, “No one cares, everyone just flies by.”

Ricciardi’s aunt lives next door, where the boat collided with the first dock.

She said, “This area needs to be a no wake zone because no one cares at all. You’ll honk, you’ll tell people to slow down, nobody listens. They just fly right by you.”

Pellerito said, “This was a warning shot. This calamity of an accident was a warning shot across the bow.”

People in the neighborhood are now coming together to get the speed limit lowered.

“I would have been looking at a large boat parked in the middle of my family room,” said Pellerito.

WPBF 25 News contacted Palm Beach County Fire Rescue, who responded to the crash, to determine if speed was a factor. At the time of this report, we have not received a response.

Meanwhile, in regard to changing the speed limit for boats in the area, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission issued this response:

On behalf of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), thank you for your question pertaining to how a boating-restricted area is established within your county.

Our Boating and Waterways Section handles requests for boating-restricted areas. These requests are made by cities or counties based upon public safety needs and following the criteria set forth in 327.46, Florida Statutes (F.S.). These requests cannot be considered for the abatement of noise or for the protection of shoreline, shore-based structures, or upland property from vessel wake or shoreline wash pursuant to 327.33(2), F.S. Also, pursuant to 327.60(2)(c) local governments do not have the authority to regulate vessels on the ICW.

The first step in the process would be to work with either your city or county officials and have them evaluate if there is a public safety need based on 327.46(1)(b) F.S., or by credible data that proves by substantial competent evidence that an No Wake zone is needed for public safety under 327.46(1)(c) F.S. (see 68D-21.004 Florida Administrative Code, for substantial competent evidence). If so, the city or county will need to submit a formal request to petition the State of Florida to enter rulemaking to change or establish a zone. If the zone is seeking establishment for public safety under 327.46 (1)(c) F.S., the formal request would need to include substantial competent evidence (vessel traffic study data, citation data, etc.).

A public hearing by either the city or county should be held to receive input from all user groups utilizing the waterway in question prior to submitting the request. City or county requests may be sent to our Boating and Waterways Section at the address and email below.

In the case of a vessel operating negligently, given the water conditions, careless or reckless operation of a vessel may be cited. Please coordinate with our local law enforcement office for instances such as these. They may be reached by calling the Wildlife Alert Hotline at 1-888-404-3922. By calling this number, you can request an increase in officer presence in this area.”