Anchoring & Mooring

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.

At the request of FWC and following the submission of the 2014 report, the Florida Legislature extended the pilot program an additional three years, to July 1, 2017 in order to collect more data. The Florida Legislature further required FWC to submit additional findings and recommendations by January 1, 2017. This report serves that purpose.

Anchoring and Mooring Pilot Program Final Report of Findings and Recommendations 12/21/2016 Adobe PDF

Past Anchoring and Mooring Pilot Program Report of Findings and Recommendations 12/31/2013 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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Archived Information



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