The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will be holding two public workshops to present a framework for possible legislation authorizing counties and municipalities to regulate anchoring on state waters. The Anchoring and Mooring Pilot Program was authorized in 2009 to address conflicts between state oversight of its waters and local governments’ duty to respond to the needs of its citizens. The program was extended during the 2014 legislative session and will now sunset July 1, 2017.
The goals of the pilot program are to encourage the establishment of additional public mooring fields and to develop and test policies and regulatory regimes that:
a. Promote the establishment and use of public mooring fields.
b. Promote public access to the waters of this state.
c. Enhance navigational safety.
d. Protect maritime infrastructure.
e. Protect the marine environment.
f. Deter improperly stored, abandoned or derelict vessels.
The public workshops will be held in Indian River and Manatee Counties in early September during the evening hours. Issues expected to be discussed include anchoring mechanisms, buffers, setbacks, notifications, duration, nuisances, permits, and enforcement.
DATE: 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: 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
To access meeting agendas and discussion documents, please visit the FWC website at: http://myfwc.com/boating/anchoring-mooring/