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Press Contact: D. Scott Croft, 703-461-2864, SCroft@BoatUS.com

Boaters: Take the Florida Anchoring Survey by Oct. 9 Deadline

Share Your Experiences with Pilot Anchorages to Make Your Voice Heard

Photo Caption: BoatUS urges boaters to complete a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission survey on anchoring to ensure their voices are heard on this important issue. (credit: NOAA)
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla., October 3, 2016 – In 2009, the Florida Legislature halted local governments from placing inconsistent and often onerous restrictions on recreational boat anchoring. It also authorized five municipalities, under a pilot program developed with local stakeholders, to test policies that promote public access, enhance navigational safety, protect maritime infrastructure and the environment, and deter improperly stored, abandoned, or derelict vessels.

Now, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is asking boaters about their experiences with those pilot anchorages in a 2016 FWC Florida Anchoring Survey at https://goo.gl/kQDkgc. BoatUS urges both residents who own boats as well as those who visit the state by boat to complete the survey by the October 9, 2016, deadline.

“With the expiration of the pilot program on July 1, 2017, we expect the Florida legislature will look at this survey data when they take up topic again next year,” said BoatUS Government Affairs Senior Program Manager David Kennedy. “We don’t want to return to the broken and confusing system of local laws that make legitimate cruisers unwelcome in some local waters.”

Additional information and updates on the pilot anchoring program can be found at http://myfwc.com/boating/anchoring-mooring. 

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Celebrating 50 years in 2016, BoatUS is the nation’s largest organization of recreational boaters with over a half million members. We are the boat owners’ voice on Capitol Hill and fight for their rights. We help ensure a roadside trailer breakdown doesn’t end a boating or fishing trip before it begins, and on the water, TowBoatUS brings boaters safely back to the launch ramp or dock when their boat won’t, day or night. The BoatUS Marine Insurance Program gives boat owners the specialized coverage and superior service they need, and we help keep boaters safe and our waters clean with assistance from the nonprofit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water. Visit BoatUS.com.