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Boaters, Marine and Tourism Interests Urged to Attend City of St. Petersburg Meeting Oct. 19

New Mooring Field and Possible Anchoring Restrictions on Agenda

Photo Caption: As part of a pilot project, the City of St. Petersburg will be allowed to develop an ordinance limiting nearby anchoring. Boaters have a chance to voice their comments on Oct. 19.
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. October 13, 2011 – The possibility of anchoring regulations in St. Petersburg waters will be discussed by city officials on October 19. The city is seeking input from area boaters. Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) is urging boaters, cruisers and sailors, as well as those who benefit from visiting boater spending, to attend this meeting to have their voices heard.

 
The City of St. Petersburg is participating as one of five cities in the state’s mooring and anchoring pilot project. As part of this pilot project, the city may develop an ordinance to limit nearby anchoring.
 
“In the coming months the city will be honing its approach to mooring and anchoring, and as a result, it will be crucial for boaters to weigh in,” said BoatUS Executive Vice President Margaret Podlich. “This will be one of the few opportunities to provide input, so we need cruisers, local waterway users and those interested in boater spending to attend this meeting to ensure that a reasonable approach is taken and St. Petersburg remains a boating-friendly area.”
 
The meeting will be held Wednesday, Oct 19, from 6:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Karen A. Steidinger Auditorium at the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, 100 Eighth Avenue SE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. Attendees are asked to RSVP by calling 727-893-7329.
 
For more background information on anchoring laws in Florida, see the “BoatUS Anchoring Information” sheet.
 
To get more information from the Florida Wildlife Commission on the pilot mooring program, go to www.myfwc.com/boating/anchoring-mooring.
 
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