Ratings Captain Fred’s Airboat Nature Tours Obtrusive Noise Frustrates Lake Hamilton, Florida Residents

Ratings Captain Fred’s Airboat Nature Tours Obtrusive Noise Frustrates Lake Hamilton, Florida Residents

Last week, walked out on my dock to enjoy the peace and beauty of late afternoon.  The white pelicans were on the lake–such a treat to see them. Unfortunately, the airboat was on the lake. The loud droning noise of the airboat carries across the lake and drives out any thought of quiet bird watching. The airboat was on the far side of the lake; I could hardly see it. But the noise blasts across the water, through the bulrushes and into my boathouse with a vengeance.  After 10 minutes, I gave up and went back in the house, closing the door against the noise. I could still hear the airboat, even with the doors and windows closed.

 

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Reviews Captain Fred’s Airboat Nature Tours Problem Loud Lake Wildlife & Residents, Lake Hamilton, Florida

Reviews Captain Fred’s Airboat Nature Tours Problem Loud Lake Wildlife & Residents, Lake Hamilton, Florida.

Noticed this weekend that the ducks and pelicans have “escaped” to the other side of the lake.  “The Invasion of the Commercial Airboats”.  What a racket I thought we had a county wide noise ordinance.

 

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Feedback Captain Fred’s Airboat Nature Tours Noise Disturbs Residents, Lake Hamilton, Florida

Feedback Captain Fred’s Airboat Nature Tours Noise Disturbs Residents, Lake Hamilton, Florida. As a homeowner on beautiful Lake Hamilton in Florida I used to look forward to the Spring , to open the doors and windows and enjoy the great weather. That was until Captain Fred’s Nature Airboat Tours started operation. The obnoxious drone and vibration of the multiple airboats make it impossible to enjoy our property. It is like living on an airport runway. In addition, the constant running of these boats is having a detrimental impact on the overall environment and wildlife of the lake. All for the financial gain of one individual, at the expense of over 300 people who live on or near the lakeshore. Captain Fred’s Nature Airboat Tours has no regard or respect for anyone or anything, only the dollar!! I am amazed that the business was permitted and is allowed to operate on a lake that is primarily residential. It is a real shame and disappointment that the governmental agencies allowed this to happen, against the wishes of the overwhelming majority of residents. Captain Fred’s business is not compatible with the neighborhoods and surrounding area. He needs to get off Lake Hamilton,and move to a more rural lake, where he is not negatively impacting the surroundings!!!

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Reviews Captain Fred’s Airboat Nature Tours Disrupts Peaceful Residential Community

Reviews Captain Fred’s Airboat Nature Tours Disrupts Peaceful Residential Community. The hundreds of residents and wildlife inhabitants around our once peaceful lake environment are devastated by the intrusive noise emanating from a commercial airboat tour called Captain Fred’s Airboat Nature Tours in Lake Hamilton, Florida. Not only does this tour travel the same route on a relatively small lake (other commercial airboats tours tend to be on much larger, rural lakes), the shoreline views are 80% residential. Most of us view our homes as a private sanctuary for relaxation and enjoyment. Since the recent advent of Captain Fred’s Airboat Nature Tours our lakeside community has had to endure a barrage of noise that can emanate through our homes from 8 am to 6 pm on daily basis. It is impossible to escape. None of us can imagine how a business owner would continue to invade a peaceful community and so greatly infringe upon the rights of others; even after being confronted with a signed petition of 380 lake residents, as well as an impending lawsuit. This commercial airboat tour has moved from numerous spots to land here. This type of business is well suited for a rural location that does not subject residents to its relentless noise. In addition, this tour has scared away local fisherman, and migrating and nesting birds. This association and its members are not against commercial or private airboat activities, but we are against any individual or business that does not act like a good steward of the environment, and respect the rights of the surrounding community.

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Reviews Captain Fred’s Airboat Nature Tours Problems Disrespects Wildlife Lake Hamilton, Florida

Reviews Captain Fred’s Airboat Nature Tours Problems Disrespects Wildlife Lake Hamilton, Florida. I happened to be home on Monday, February 17, 2014 and was admiring the migratory ducks and white pelicans on Lake Hamilton.  Captain Fred’s Airboat Nature Tours usually travels along the north shore of the lake, but I watched in horror as he bee-lined directly across the lake and drove straight through the flock of birds.  This “business” has no business falsely portraying themselves as a “nature tour.”  They are deliberately attacking wildlife for the alleged thrill value.  Please observe wildlife from afar with binoculars, not driving an airboat through their habitat.

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Reviews Captain Fred’s Airboat Nature Tours Complaints Disrespects Residents Lake Hamilton, Florida

Reviews Captain Fred’s Airboat Nature Tours Complaints Disrespects Residents Lake Hamilton, Florida. I remember in one of the meetings with the owner of Captain Fred’s Airboat Nature Tours, he got very aggressive and angry.  He made a comment that went something like this: If we continue to object to his airboat tours, he will change the direction of his tours so they will come closer to our homes.  I find this statement and his threats appalling.  We as homeowners have a vested interest in our properties and have chosen what we thought would be a quiet and peaceful place to live and raise our families.  Now just because some business owner has found a way to secure a lease, every homeowner has to pay by hearing the excessive noise volume that come from these airboats.  It is to the point that we have to listen to this noise 8 hours a day.  I also believe he has more airboats lined up.  I am seeing new boats that were not there before.

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Reviews Captain Fred’s Airboat Nature Tours Complaints: Too Loud Lake Hamilton, Florida

Reviews Captain Fred’s Airboat Nature Tours Complaints: Too Loud Lake Hamilton, Florida. We moved from a busy, noisy area to Polk County to live in a less hurried, more tranquil environment.  We were happy to find what we wanted on the shores of Lake Hamilton in Florida.  The lake is beautiful and quiet with an abundance of birds and wildlife.  THAT IS THE WAY IT USED TO BE!!!  Now that Captain Fred’s Airboat Nature Tours is operating a commercial business on the lake, which is 80% residential, the entire environment has changed.  Extremely loud roar of the airplane type engines, with starting and stopping, and a devastating impact on the lake’s birds and wildlife.  It is a real shame that a business like this is allowed to operate and have such a negative effect on the community that has over 300 residents.

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Reviews Captain Fred’s Airboat Nature Tours Problems: Bad Weather Lake Hamilton, Florida

Reviews Captain Fred’s Airboat Nature Tours Problems: Bad Weather Lake Hamilton, Florida. The weather is so cold, windy and overcast – gloomy – I thought no one would want to take an airboat tour today on Lake Hamilton.  But Captain Fred’s Airboat Nature Tours was in action today.  I guess he won’t refund the tourists’ money if the weather is bad.

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Reviews Captain Fred’s Airboat Nature Tours Complaints Disturbs the Peace Lake Hamilton, Florida

Reviews Captain Fred’s Airboat Nature Tours Complaints Disturbs the Peace Lake Hamilton, Florida. It’s a holiday weekend, so Captain Fred’s Airboat Nature Tours are grinding away continuously.  Noise carries over water very well, so there is no letup.  I even bought a Dohm “white noise” machine to block the incessant moaning and groaning of the airboats, but it isn’t helping very much.  I think I’ll go the local movie theatre today.

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Reviews Captain Fred’s Airboat Nature Tours Complaints: No Respect for Wildlife Lake Hamilton, Florida

Reviews Captain Fred’s Airboat Nature Tours Complaints: No Respect for Wildlife Lake Hamilton, Florida. It’s a beautiful day on Lake Hamilton.  My beach was full of several different water fowl including coots, water turkeys and great blue heron.  Captain Fred’s Airboat Nature Tours just went by on his “Nature” Tour, and every single bird flew away.  His business is a disruption and threat to nature.

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