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Fla. Woman Arrested On Charge She Rode Manatee
NBC Miami ^ | Saturday, Nov 24, 2012

Posted on 11/24/2012 4:12:03 PM PST by nickcarraway

Ana Gloria Garcia Gutierrez, 53, was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant Saturday on the charge of violating Florida’s Manatee Sanctuary Act

A St. Petersburg woman has been charged with violating Florida law by riding a manatee, authorities said.

Ana Gloria Garcia Gutierrez, 53, was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant Saturday on the charge of violating Florida’s Manatee Sanctuary Act. Pinellas County sheriff's deputies say she was photographed riding the manatee at Fort De Soto Park in September.

On Oct. 2, Sheriff Bob Gualtieri held a press conference asking for the public's help in identifying the woman. Gutierrez called deputies and allegedly admitted touching the endangered sea mammal. She told them she was new to the area and didn't know it was illegal to touch a manatee. The manatee was not hurt.

That same month, authorities told Gutierrez that charges would be forwarded to prosecutors, officials said. Officials at the time said the crime may not have been an arrestable offense, because a deputy was not present when it occurred.

Still, the case was referred to the Pasco-Pinellas State Attorney's Office, which conducted a review and issued the misdemeanor arrest warrant, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

The manatee law states it is unlawful “for any person at any time, by any means, or in any manner intentionally or negligently to annoy, molest, harass, or disturb or attempt to molest, harass, or disturb any Manatee."

The maximum penalty is a $500 fine and six months in jail. Gutierrez was released on $1,500 bail


TOPICS: Outdoors; Pets/Animals; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: florida; manatee; nannystate
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1 posted on 11/24/2012 4:12:17 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Oh, the Hugh womanatee!


2 posted on 11/24/2012 4:13:16 PM PST by rfp1234 (Arguing with a liberal is like playing chess with a pigeon.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

3 posted on 11/24/2012 4:13:23 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

GUILTY!


4 posted on 11/24/2012 4:15:13 PM PST by jessduntno ("Socialism only works...in Heaven where they don't need it and hell where they have it." - RR)
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To: nickcarraway

Manatees wear bathing suits?


5 posted on 11/24/2012 4:16:33 PM PST by corkoman (Release the Palin!)
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To: nickcarraway

She violated a manatee? Oh, the horror!


6 posted on 11/24/2012 4:16:44 PM PST by carriage_hill (America - a great idea while it lasted.)
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To: nickcarraway

That is just made for jokes


7 posted on 11/24/2012 4:16:53 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: nickcarraway

old news, this happened a few months ago.

I think she got off fairly lightly after apologizing and admitting to stupidity.


8 posted on 11/24/2012 4:17:52 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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She didn’t hurt the manatee.


9 posted on 11/24/2012 4:18:59 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Oh for pete’s sake. I am so tired of the guardians of the earth!

So what? Probably the most excitement that manatee has had all year.

If the manatee cannot survive, well baby...that’s evolution.


10 posted on 11/24/2012 4:19:20 PM PST by Chickensoup (Leftist Totalitarian Fascism coming to a country like yours.)
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To: nickcarraway
Shannon Bream should have reported;
11 posted on 11/24/2012 4:19:25 PM PST by jessduntno ("Socialism only works...in Heaven where they don't need it and hell where they have it." - RR)
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To: nickcarraway

Every time I hear the phrase, “Riding the Manatee” I think of that sex-crazed love poodle, Algore.


12 posted on 11/24/2012 4:20:11 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Criminal defense lawyers won't have the Twinkie to kick around anymore.)
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To: nickcarraway

F’ her, and the manatee she rode in on!


13 posted on 11/24/2012 4:23:03 PM PST by Ken H
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Amazing, the lengths those Pinellas County treehugging a__holes will go when they are bored.


14 posted on 11/24/2012 4:28:51 PM PST by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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15 posted on 11/24/2012 4:31:31 PM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: nickcarraway
Florida’s Manatee Sanctuary Act.

Hahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!

16 posted on 11/24/2012 4:39:30 PM PST by MV=PY (The Magic Question: Who's paying for it)
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Hey, what else can we expect all these public payrollers to do, the sheriff and the good deputies and the public prosecutor and the judge and ...and....

after all, they’ve successfully eliminated all crime in Florida for us, haven’t they?


17 posted on 11/24/2012 4:45:22 PM PST by faithhopecharity
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To: jessduntno
GUILTY!

For humans, yes.

But let's hear from the aggrieved party (the manatee).

18 posted on 11/24/2012 4:45:26 PM PST by RoosterRedux (He will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats)
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To: nickcarraway

There’s a limerick in this somewhere


19 posted on 11/24/2012 4:47:18 PM PST by Mercat
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To: jessduntno
That's a nice semi-exposed camel toe...but that isn't Shannon Bream.

But the heck with the fine print...she looks like a nice person.;-)

20 posted on 11/24/2012 4:48:08 PM PST by RoosterRedux (He will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats)
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