Public comment sought for St. Augustine anchoring ordinances
Friday, October 28, 2011
Media contact: Katie Purcell, 850-459-6585
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is
requesting public comment on proposed anchoring and mooring
ordinances for the city of St. Augustine.
St. Augustine was chosen as a site for a legislatively directed
anchoring and mooring
pilot program, as were Stuart in partnership with Martin
County; Marathon and Key West partnering with Monroe County; St.
Petersburg; and the city of Sarasota.
The goal of the program is to explore potential options for
regulating the anchoring or mooring of non-live-aboard vessels
outside the boundaries of public mooring fields. Among other
things, this should help promote public access to Florida's waters,
enhance navigational safety and protect the marine environment.
The city and/or county government for each participant site is
responsible for soliciting public input for the
ordinance-development process. The city of St. Augustine has
held public-input meetings to gather suggestions and information on
local problems related to anchoring and mooring in the area.
The FWC's role is to provide consultation and technical
St. Augustine's proposed ordinances have been posted at
MyFWC.com/Boating (click on "Anchoring & Mooring"). Members of
the public are asked to provide comments through Nov. 6. For more
information on the pilot program, call 850-488-5600.