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Public comment sought for Stuart/Martin Co. anchoring ordinance

News Release

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Media contact: Katie Purcell, 850-459-6585

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is requesting public comment on a proposed anchoring and mooring ordinance for the city of Stuart in cooperation with Martin County.

Stuart/Martin and Monroe County, Sarasota, St. Augustine and St. Petersburg were chosen as sites for a legislatively directed anchoring and mooring pilot program.

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 local government for each participant site is responsible for soliciting public input for its ordinance-development process. Stuart/Martin 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. Stuart/Martin’s ordinance has been posted at (click on “Anchoring & Mooring”), and members of the public are asked to provide comments through Nov. 5. More information on the pilot program is also available on this site, or people can call 850-488-5600.

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