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Media Alert: Boaters Urged to Attend Anchoring Meetings Sept 3 and 4 Regarding the Future of Anchoring in Florida

BoatUS is urging Sunshine State cruising boaters to speak up at Anchoring meetings September 3 and 4. Photo courtesy of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)
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WHAT: The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is conducting two public workshops on possible changes to Florida’s anchoring laws. If you are a boater or sailor and having a full range of anchoring and mooring options is an important part of your cruising in Florida, consider attending one of these meetings. Active, responsible cruising boaters need to let the state know what works and what doesn’t when it comes to anchoring in Florida.

Option 1: Attend a meeting:

WHEN: Wednesday, September 3, 2014, 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
WHERE: Indian River County Administration Complex
1801 27th Street, Building A
Vero Beach, FL 32960 (phone: 772-567-8000)

WHEN: Thursday, September 4, 2014, 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
WHERE: Manatee County Commission Chambers
1112 Manatee Avenue West
Bradenton, FL 34205 (phone: 941-748-4501)

Option 2: Send your comment:

Boat Owners Association of The United States understands that FWC will be accepting written comments following these meetings. Visit for background, updates and a web form to submit comments.

WHY: In 2009, the Florida Legislature enacted legislation that stopped local governments from placing inconsistent and often onerous anchoring restrictions on anchoring. During the 2014 Florida legislative session Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) saw attempts to repeal part of this prohibition. While these changes were defeated, there will likely be new legislation introduced next year. The Florida Wildlife Commission is holding these two workshops to hear from the public about possibly granting some authority to counties and municipalities to regulate anchoring on state waters.

A discussion draft of possible changes is here:
To learn more about the overall issue from FWC’s perspective here:
Additional information on anchoring in Florida:

WHO: Boat Owners Association of The United States fights against unfair federal taxes, fees and regulations that single out boat owners and works with state agencies to promote boating laws that make sense.