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URGENT: FL Cruisers & Boat Owners Need To Weigh-In On FWC Anchoring Program
Public stakeholder survey will be open until October 7th.

Posted Wednesday, September 25, 2013

 
URGENT: FL Cruisers & Boat Owners Need To Weigh-In On FWC Anchoring Program
Boot Key Harbor in Marathon, FL is one of the five mooring fields participating in the FWC pilot anchoring program.


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In an effort to gauge the success of the Florida Anchoring and Mooring Pilot Program, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is conducting a two-week survey seeking out comment.

HOW: If you cruise in Florida, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) urges you to make your views known by taking the short survey at:

http://ffwcc.checkboxonline.com/Anchoring-and-Mooring-Pilot-Program.aspx

The deadline to receive comments is October 7.

WHY: BoatUS believes it is important that active, cruising boaters help the state know what works and what doesn't when it comes to anchoring in Florida. Boaters' responses to the survey will help shape the future of the state's anchoring policy.

BACKGROUND: In 2009, Florida enacted legislation that prevented local governments from restricting the anchoring of cruising boats. As part of that legislation, the Commission created a Pilot Program that allowed five local governments to develop local anchoring regulations outside their permitted mooring field, but only after consultation with the boating community and receiving FWC Commission approval. The five municipalities are: City of St. Augustine, City of Stuart/Martin County, City of St. Petersburg, City of Sarasota and Monroe County/Marathon/Key West. Under current law, these pilot ordinances will all expire on July 1, 2014, unless the Florida Legislature extends the program.

For more information on anchoring laws in Florida and the Pilot Program go to:
http://www.boatus.com/Assets/www.boatus.com/gov/pdf/2013%20BoatU.S.%20Florida%20Anchoring%20Information.pdf.

Information from Florida Wildlife Commission on the Pilot Program:
http://myfwc.com/boating/anchoring-mooring.

 
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