Boaters urged to attend anchoring meetings next week in Florida

by BoatUS 
Anchoring in Florida
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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:

FWC will be accepting written comments following these meetings. To be notified when this option is available, go here

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, click here

Additional information on anchoring in Florida can be found here

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