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July 28, 2009
NEW BoatUS Anchoring Information for Florida Cruisers!

For several years, certain local cities and counties in Florida have been restricting the length of time that boats are allowed to anchor. Legislative changes were made recently to Florida law which should increase the boater's ability to anchor within Florida. Some changes take effect July 1, 2009 and others on October 1, 2009.

Unfortunately, many local law enforcement personnel appear to be unaware of the changes. Boaters continue to be told by some officials that they are subject to anchoring limits.

BoatU.S. has researched and written a fact sheet about the anchoring portions of the law, with citations. If you or a friend are cruising in Florida and intend to put down a hook, we strongly advise you to read this sheet and carry it with you on the boat. Click here for the Anchoring Information Sheet.

For specific questions about boating issues or BoatUS Government Affairs, please e-mail the department at
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