Anchoring & Mooring

2016 Anchoring and Mooring Pilot Program Survey

In 2009, the Florida Legislature enacted a temporary pilot program to explore potential options for regulating the anchoring of non-live-aboard vessels outside the marked boundaries of public mooring fields. After public input, the City of St. Augustine, the City of St. Petersburg, the City of Sarasota, the City of Stuart in conjunction with Martin County, and the cities of Key West and Marathon in conjunction with Monroe County were granted temporary authority to regulate mooring in their jurisdictional waters through local ordinance.  The pilot program and its temporary ordinances will expire on July 1, 2017.

This is your opportunity to provide valuable input on the Anchoring and Mooring Pilot Program.  The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is seeking help from cruising boaters, local boaters, and residents in evaluating the pilot program and a variety of concepts related to specific restrictions on anchoring of vessels which may be considered in the future. 

The survey External Website should take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete and will be available from October 1-9, 2016.  We encourage you to share this information with neighbors, local boaters, fellow cruisers, and boating clubs.

Your participation will be greatly appreciated; thank you for your time and efforts.

 


 

Anchoring and Mooring Pilot Program

The pilot program is intended to explore potential options for regulating the anchoring or mooring of non-live-aboard vessels outside the marked boundaries of public mooring fields. The goals of the pilot program are to encourage the establishment of additional public mooring fields and to promote the establishment and use of public mooring fields; promote public access to the waters of this state; enhance navigational safety; protect maritime infrastructure; protect the marine environment; and deter improperly stored, abandoned or derelict vessels.

The Anchoring and Mooring Pilot Program began in 2009 when the Legislature directed the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to select five participating local governments and to use those local governments to test a variety of boat anchoring ordinances.  The program was extended by the Legislature and sunsets July 1, 2017.  The Division of Law Enforcement, Boating and Waterways Section of the FWC has managed this program.

Required to be submitted by January 1, 2014, to the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, this report describes a history and overview of the program, details of the individual local ordinances, results of data collection and a public perception survey, and FWC's findings and recommendations to the Legislature, as required by s. 327.4105, F.S.

Anchoring and Mooring Pilot Program Report of Findings and Recommendations Adobe PDF

Selected Participants

City of St. Augustine
City of Stuart/Martin County
City of St. Petersburg
City of Sarasota
Monroe County/Marathon/Key West

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