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March 2, 2012
Public Meeting on two proposed anchoring ordinances

On March 13th, the FWC Division of Law Enforcement will be holding a public meeting to answer questions from the agencies and organizations specified in FS 327.4105 and the general public related to the participants' proposed anchoring ordinances.

DATE AND TIME:

Tuesday, March 13, 2012
8:00 a.m. - 12 noon - St. Petersburg Ordinance
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. - Stuart/Martin Ordinance

PLACE:

Florida Public Safety Institute
FPSI Conference Center
75 College Drive
Havana, Florida 32333

The Stuart/Martin proposed ordinance is available for viewing at:

http://www.martin.fl.us/web_docs/eng/web/coastal/Anchoring_Mooring/xx_Draft_Ordinance.pdf

The St. Petersburg proposed ordinance will be available after their City Council approves it at their meeting on March 1, 2012. Visit the website at: http://www.stpete.org/marina/fwc_pilot_program.asp

For additional information contact the FWC at 850-488-5600

November 24, 2011
City of St. Petersburg holding second meeting on new anchoring ordinances

A second meeting is being held to discuss proposed anchoring ordinances in the City of St. Petersburg. Click here to see a draft proposal from the City.
When Tuesday, January 24th, 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Where: Karen A. Steidinger Auditorium
Fish and Wildlife Research Institute
100 Eighth Avenue SE
St. Petersburg, FL 33701


November 17, 2011
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission approves local anchoring regulations in St. Augustine with important changes

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has given its approval to the City of St. Augustine's proposed anchoring regulations provided the City change a 10 day limit on anchoring to 30 days out of any 45 day period.

Click here to see the FWC press release.

Click here to see a draft of the proposed St. Augustine ordinance.


October 27 , 2011
City of Sarasota holding meeting on new anchoring ordinances

On November 3, the possibility of anchoring regulations for recreational boats will be discussed at a meeting hosted by city officials. Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatU.S.) says that the agenda will center on proposals to limit the number of days a boat can remain on anchor as well as to determine a "set back" limit on how many feet an anchored boat must stay from private or public land. BoatU.S. is urging boaters, cruisers and sailors, as well as those who benefit from visiting boater spending, to attend this public meeting to have their voices heard.

The meeting will be held Thursday, November 3rd, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., in the Commission Chambers at 1565 Front Street in Sarasota.

Go to the BoatU.S. Pressroom to see a full press release on the meeting.


October 18 , 2011
City of St. Petersburg holding meeting on new anchoring ordinances

As part of its participation in the state's mooring and anchoring program, the City of St. Petersburg is holding two public meetings to get input on anchoring ordinances. We strongly encourage all area cruisers to participate in these meetings to ensure a reasonable approach is taken for responsible boat owners.

When: Wednesday, October 19th, 6:45pm to 9:00pm
Where: Karen A. Steidinger Auditorium
Fish and Wildlife Research Institute
100 Eighth Avenue SE
St. Petersburg, FL 33701


September 28, 2011
Stuart/Martin County holding meeting on new anchoring ordinances

As part of their participation in the state's mooring and anchoring program, the City of Stuart and Martin County are holding two public meetings to get input on anchoring ordinances.

We strongly encourage all area cruisers to participate in these meetings to ensure a reasonable approach is taken for responsible boat owners.

When: Tuesday, October 4th, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Where: The Lyric's Flagler Center
201 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart


When: Tuesday, October 4th, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Where: Blake Library
2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart


June 1, 2011
Monroe County to hold meetings on new anchoring mordancies

Monroe County is hosting three stakeholder workshops around the Keys to hear public input and ideas for a new anchoring ordinance. We strongly encourage all area cruisers to participate in these meetings to ensure a reasonable approach is taken and that the Keys remain a boating-friendly area for responsible boat owners.

Monroe County is now one of five jurisdictions in the state's mooring and anchoring pilot project. As part of this project, the County will be allowed to develop an ordinance that will regulate anchoring. Please attend one of the following meetings, and be prepared to summarize your own ideas regarding anchoring needs in the Keys:

Tuesday, June 7, 6 pm
Murray E. Nelson Center, 102050 Overseas Highway, Key Largo, FL 33037

Wednesday June 8, 6 pm
Marathon Government Center, 2798 Overseas Highway, Marathon, FL 33050

Thursday, June 9, 6 pm
Harvey Government Center, 1200 Truman Avenue, Key West, FL 33040

For more background information on anchoring laws in Florida see the new BoatU.S. information sheet
For more background from Monroe County visit: Monroe County Anchoring Presentation

May 13, 2011
DATE AND TIME CHANGE for City of St. Augustine
Anchoring Meeting

Late yesterday, the City of St. Augustine notified BoatU.S. that the date and time for their workshop about new anchoring regulations has been rescheduled. Please share the word that attending this meeting remains very important, and now, the details are:

When: Thursday, May 26th, 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Where: The Alcazar Room in City Hall
75 King Street, St. Augustine, FL 32084

(There has been a string of incorrect information available on this meeting, including the 5/12 press release from the City which says the meeting is May 26 at 5 pm. At 10 am this morning, we spoke with the Director of General Services who confirms that the meeting is from 4-5 pm on May 26. Because of the continued evolution of this meeting, we recommend you call ahead (904) 825-1010 to confirm the latest meeting information.)

Background:

At this workshop, the City of St. Augustine wants to receive public input and ideas for an anchoring ordinance, which they can develop as one of five cities participating in Florida's mooring and anchoring pilot program. We strongly encourage all area cruisers to participate in this meeting to ensure a reasonable approach is taken and that St. Augustine remains a boating-friendly area.

Click here to read the latest press release sent out by the City.


May 12, 2011
St. Augustine Meeting on local anchoring regulations

If anchoring is part of your boating, heads-up!

On Thursday, May 19, 2011, the City of St. Augustine is holding a meeting to receive public input and ideas for an anchoring ordinance. We strongly encourage all area cruisers to participate in this meeting to ensure a reasonable approach is taken and that St. Augustine remains a boating-friendly area.

The City of St. Augustine is participating as one of five cities in the state's mooring and anchoring pilot project. As part of this project, the City will be allowed to develop an ordinance to limit nearby anchoring.

When: Thursday, May 19th, 5:00 – 6:30 pm
Where: The Alcazar Room in City Hall
75 King Street, St. Augustine, FL 32084

Click here for more background information on anchoring laws in Florida see the new BoatU.S. information sheet.

Click here to read the press release sent out by the City.

(Please note that the City's release incorrectly states the meeting is about the Harbor Management Plan. We have confirmed that the sole topic for this public meeting is a draft anchoring ordinance.)

This could be the only opportunity to provide input on this new local regulation.


March 30, 2011
Changes coming to Florida Anchoring Regulations

The Florida Wildlife Commission is moving forward with its pilot mooring field program. For an update on this issue please click here


August 26, 2010
Proposed Changes to Mooring and Anchoring in Biscayne Nationa Park

The National Park Service (NPS) is proposing changes to anchoring and mooring in Biscayne National Park. If this is an area that you or your friends enjoy, we encourage you to learn more about their plan and let the NPS know your thoughts before the deadline of September 3.

NPS wants to "reduce damage to park resources, enhance visitor opportunities, increase safety of navigation in the park, and improve the effectiveness of park operations." Their preferred plan "would exercise greater control of visitor access to and use of certain areas of the park, and expand access and visitor opportunities in others."

The proposal includes:

  • Installing more moorings at various places in the park. (But there is little information on how many will be added, how they will be maintained, or how they will be paid for.)
  • Restrictions on anchoring. Boats can use only NPS moorings in some areas, with no anchoring allowed at Stiltsville, Fowey Rocks, Brewster and Star Reefs, Sands Cuts Shoals, Elliott Key: Anchorage, Harbor and vicinity, and East of Keys.
  • No rafting allowed while on a NPS mooring.
  • A reduction or elimination of beaching of boats.
  • More markers for channels, park boundary's, Featherbeds, and hazardous areas.
  • Additional educational signs and information for visitors.


To see the complete NPS Mooring Buoy and Marker Plan Environmental Assessment: Click Here

Ready to comment?

NPS needs to hear your thoughts about their plan. We encourage you to also provide specific information about how your family uses the park, as well as any questions that you have about the proposal.

Please be aware that your entire comment will become public record, and can be made public to others. (This includes your address, phone, etc.) You can ask that personal information not be released (prominently at the beginning of your comment), but NPS won't guarantee they will do so.

Click Here to submit your comments

Write directly in the "comments" box, instead of attaching a word document.

Mail your comments with a postmark on or before 9/3/10 to:

Biscayne National Park
Attn: Mooring Buoy and Marker EA Comments
9700 SW 328 Street
Homestead, FL 33033


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