Anchoring & Mooring

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Anchoring Public Workshops

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), Division of Law Enforcement announces two public workshops to which all interested parties are invited.
DATE AND TIME: September 3, 2014, 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
PLACE: Indian River County Administration Complex, 1801 27th Street, Building A, Vero Beach, FL 32960,
(772) 567-8000
DATE AND TIME: September 4, 2014, 5:30p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
PLACE: Manatee County Commission Chambers, 1112 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton, FL 34205, (941) 748-4501
GENERAL SUBJECT MATTER TO BE CONSIDERED: The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission will be holding two public workshops presenting a frame work for possible legislation granting limited authority to counties and municipalities to regulate anchoring on state waters in certain circumstances. Those in attendance will have the opportunity to provide feedback on the proposed frame work in verbal or written form immediately following the presentation. Pursuant to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations to participate in this meeting is asked to advise the respective location at least five (5) calendar days before the meeting by contacting: ADA Coordinator, see numbers listed above. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the agency by calling the numbers listed above.


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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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