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MEDIA ALERT: Boaters Must Speak Up Today: Legislation to Severely Restrict Anchoring on Deck Tomorrow in FL Legislature

WHEN: Tomorrow, on Wednesday, February 24 the Florida Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Tourism, Transportation and Economic Development in Tallahassee will consider legislation, Senate Bill 1260, that would severely restrict anchoring in specific areas of Sunshine State waters. Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) urges local boaters and residents who oppose unreasonable anchoring restrictions to email their State Senator immediately and ask them to oppose Senate Bill 1260.

HOW: This can be done simply by going to the BoatUS Action Alert page here: To contact by phone, go here:

WHY: Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), along with a wide collection of user groups, has worked hard to prohibit local Florida governments from enacting a patchwork of laws restricting the anchoring of vessels outside permitted mooring fields. BoatUS wants to ensure that active, responsible, cruising boaters continue to have an array of anchoring options, including anchoring out, using moorings and tying up at docks. The nation’s largest recreational boat owners group does not want to return to the broken and confusing system of local laws that make legitimate cruisers unwelcome in some local waters. Senate Bill 1260 directly circumvents the statewide effort to develop consistent and rational anchoring options for cruising boaters.

BACKGROUND: For additional information on anchoring in Florida, go to the BoatUS Florida Anchoring Information at:



Speak up now - Don't let local FL governments unreasonably restrict anchoring for responsible boaters

About Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS):

BoatUS remains actively engaged with state lawmakers to ensure that active, responsible boaters will continue to enjoy the Sunshine State. BoatUS is the nation’s leading advocate for recreational boaters providing its over half million members with government representation, fighting against unfair federal taxes, fees and regulations that single out boat owners, and keeps boaters safe. BoatUS is also non-partisan. Additional information on Florida anchoring is at: