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Public comment sought for St. Augustine anchoring ordinances

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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 assistance. 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.



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