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  • Fort Pierce City Marina Update, AICW Statute Mile 966.5, November 14, 2014


    The entrance channel leading to Fort Pierce City Marina, a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!, runs to the west, just south of the Fort Pierce high-rise bridge, and well north of unlighted daybeacon #188.

    Just a quick note this week to say that we WILL BE OPEN on Thanksgiving day for fuel and dockage from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm. Also, diesel is now $3.549 and gas is $4.059.
    Anne Maurer
    Fort Pierce City Marina
    772-464-1245
    FPCM@city-ftpierce.com

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Fort Pierce City Marina

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  • Murphy Island Free Dock, St. Johns River, Palatka, FL


    Murphy Island is on the south shore of the St. Johns River, south of Palatka. In addition to the free dock described by Skipper Gorham, there are two recommended anchorages in Murphy Creek (see links below). For more on Murphy Island, go to: http://www.sjrwmd.com/recreationguide/murphycreek/

    Free dock stopover on the St. John’s River at Murphy Island
    We came upon a nice little stopover on our recent river cruise. On the river between Dunns Creek and the railroad bridge at Buffalo Bluff, the St John’s River Water Management District has built a nice little floating dock that allows access to Murphy Island and its picnic area and several miles of nature trails. The dock is right next to marker 22 at 29 degrees 35.756′ N by 081 Degrees 39.292’W. There is very deep water on the approach and about 6 feet along the 40 foot long floating face dock. We found it a nice quiet spot to overnight, and it is also a very quick and easy stop for both human and canine crew to stretch their legs for a bit on the trails.
    Jonathan Gorham

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For the Murphy Creek Eastern Anchorage

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    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For the Murphy Creek-Murphy Island Anchorage

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of the Murphy Creek-Murphy Island Anchorage

  • A Boating Adventure off the St. Johns River, near Palatka, FL


    Maybe it is all the “gunk-holing” we used to do in the Chesapeake or the river-running we did in coastal Georgia, but this is the kind of boating adventure my family loves. And as Skipper Gorham attests, unmarked waterways like Dunns Creek are often very beautiful and just require slow travel and a sharp lookout. Good for you Skipper Gorham! Dunns Creek exits the St. Johns southward between Murphy and Rat Islands, south of Palatka.

    A St. Johns side trip down Dunns Creek to Crescent Lake
    Crescent Lake is the third largest Lake in Florida, and is connected to the St. Johns River by Dunns Creek. It doesn’t get many visits from cruising size craft, probably because Dunns Creek is a bit intimidating, but we recently took an overnight trip to the charming town of Crescent City, and it was worth the trip.

    Dunns Creek joins the St. Johns near marker 16 upstream of Palatka and winds for about 5 miles through beautiful hardwood swamp to the north end of Crescent Lake. Most of the creek is quite deep at 20 to 40 feet, but there are no navaids, and in places the depth rises very sharply to shallow sandbars that you cannot see due to the tannin stained water, which can cause a little anxiety. By favoring the outside of the creek bends and paying attention to the very accurate bathymetry on our Navionics chart chip, we never saw less than 6 feet. There is a broad shallow area at the north end of the lake, but we also never saw less than 6 feet crossing that.

    Once in Crescent Lake, there is a uniform depth of 10-12 feet all the way to Crescent City. At 29 degrees 25.822’N by 081 degrees 30.338′ W, there is a public ramp and landing with about 6 feet of water and a 50 foot face dock. Also here is the restaurant 3 Bananas, which has docking for dinghies and small craft. We had a fine dinner there and were allowed to overnight on their dock. Just offshore within dinghy distance to the docks is Bear Island, which has 7-10 feet of water 360 degrees around the island and good holding in sandy mud for an overnight anchorage.

    The town of Crescent City is very pleasant to walk around, with huge live oaks and a lot of antique stores. Also don’t miss the 600 year old white cypress right behind 3 Bananas – it is one of the largest and oldest trees of its kind in Florida.
    Jonathan Gorham

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    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Dunns Creek Anchorage

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Dunns Creek/St. Johns River Intersection

  • New Lighted Red Marker in St. Augustine Inlet, near AICW Statute Mile 776


    Because of its shifting channel and the required frequent dredging, Green Only markers in the St. Augustine Inlet have sometimes been a source of confusion. This new lighted red marker will be a big improvement. Our thanks to Commissioner Jay Bliss for his Port Meeting report and to Chuck Baier and Susan Landry for the article below by Stuart Korfhage in the St. Augustine Record.

    Selected proceedings at yesterday’s Oct 14 2014 Port meeting: USCG Chief Bosun Mike Tomasi reported our USCG has finally been able to allocate a Large LIGHTED RED channel marker #6 for the StAugustine Inlet channel. Until last Thursday, mariners entering our inlet at night had no red lighted markers, only green ones. Thus a few unintentional landings on Porpoise point over the years….
    Jay Bliss

    New illuminated marker should make for safer boating in St. Augustine Inlet
    Posted: November 5, 2014 – 10:54pm
    By STUART KORFHAGE
    stuart.korfhage@staugustine.com
    Master mariners might still use the stars to chart their course, but boaters slipping through the St. Augustine Inlet at night now have an even better aid.
    Last month, at the urging of the St. Augustine Port, Waterway and Beach District, the U.S. Coast Guard added a lighted red buoy (No. 6) to keep boaters from accidentally running aground at Porpoise Point.
    There are already reflective red markers and lighted green markers that show boaters the safest way to enter the Inlet. But without the illuminated red marker, night trips by those unfamiliar with the area have led to costly failures to navigate the Inlet.
    “The Inlet is not a good inlet to go in and out of without local knowledge, and it’s more challenging at night,” said Sam Adukiewicz, harbormaster at the St. Augustine Municipal Marina. “The new marker will definitely make it better.”
    Commissioner Jay Bliss of the St. Augustine Port, Waterway and Beach District said one of the dangers of the old setup was that captains would sometimes line up between the green markers of the Inlet and illuminated marker No. 60.
    The problem with red No. 60 is that it’s actually in the Intracoastal Waterway, not the Inlet. And lining up with the Inlet greens and the ICW No. 60 will put a boat right into the sand.
    “You see green on the left, and on the right side you don’t see squat at night,” Bliss said of entering the Inlet before the new marker. “A lot of people have wound up landing at Porpoise Point, and it’s been a pretty tricky maneuver.”

    For more of the article, see: http://staugustine.com/news/local-news/2014-11-05/new-illuminated-marker-should-make-safer-boating-st-augustine-inlet#.VFvT_vnF9Ko

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  • Sweet News from Fernandina, FL, AICW Statute Mile 716


    My family has been vacationing in Fernandina for more than 50 years and it gets better every year, as Skipper Dammeyer confirms with his discovery of a great bakery. And a berth at Fernandina Harbor Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, puts you right in the heart of the wonderful things to do and see in this special port.

    Larry,
    Just made a great find. The favorite bakery of passing cruisers up Center Street closed a couple of years ago, but a new one just opened 4th of July in Fernandina. Nana Teresa’s Bake Shop had lots of treats and sweets. Open from 10-7, and located at the corner of 5th and Ash, one block South of Center street, around the corner from the court house. The crew at Timoti’s Fish Shop sent us over there for desert. Cruisers with a sweet tooth stopping at Fernandina will find it worth the walk from the marina.
    Best,
    Rick Dammeyer
    Promise
    Catalina 445

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Fernandina Harbor Marina

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  • Price Increase at Old Port Cove Marina, North Palm Beach, AICW Statute Mile 1014


    Skipper Bessent’s information is correct as confirmed today by phone. The slip rate is $2.00 per foot per night for all vessel lengths, plus electric. Their former 25% BoatUS discount is reduced to 15%.

    We are planning to stay at Old Port Cove tonight and possibly for the next few days. FYI, they have had a price increase and are now charging $2.00/foot and offering a 15% BoatUS discount.
    Robin Bessent

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Old Port Cove Marina

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  • Main Street Bridge, Single-Leaf Operation, Daytona, FL, AICW Statute Mile 830


    With 22ft closed vertical clearance, Main Street Bascule Bridge crosses the Waterway at Statute Mile 830, south-southeast of unlighted daybeacon #32. Completion date of these emergency repairs is unknown as of Week 42/14.

    FLORIDA – ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY – TOLOMATO RIVER TO PALM SHORES – MAIN STREET BRIDGE: Bridge
    Discrepancy.

    Volusia County, the bridge owner, of the Main Street Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 829.7, Daytona, Florida has advised the Coast Guard that the bridge has malfunctioned and they are currently on single-leaf operations. A manual double-leaf opening is available by contacting the bridge tender. No estimated time of repair has been provided. Chart 11485 LNM: 42/14

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Main Street Bridge

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    29 13.357 North/081 01.137

  • News from St. Augustine, AICW Statute Mile 776


    This very welcome information on the navigation aids in the St. Augustine Inlet and on area events is sent to us by our good friend and supporter, Port Commissioner Jay Bliss. During his tenure, Capt. Bliss has provided valuable and timely information on the St. Augustine area. Thank you Jay!

    Greetings Port Observers,
    Selected proceedings at yesterday’s Oct 14 2014 Port meeting: USCG Chief Bosun Mike Tomasi reported our USCG has finally been able to allocate a Large LIGHTED RED channel marker #6 for the St Augustine Inlet channel. Until last Thursday, mariners entering our inlet at night had no red lighted markers, only green ones. Thus a few unintentional landings on Porpoise point over the years….
    Your Port board approved $6500 for the annual Regatta of Lights, which the St Augustine Yacht Club organizes and hosts. This year it will be Saturday December 13th. This evening event provides a spectator draw that closes down the Bridge of Lions and packs the bay front with residents and visitors enjoying the boating parade of lighted craft celebrating Christmas holidays.
    Always you’ll find on the Port website a full set of the minutes of any past meeting!
    My commission with the Port expires 13 November 2014. It’s been a pleasure to serve. Two very able individuals, Tom Rivers (who has been on the board before) and Conch House Dockmaster Mark Helman will fill board seats 1 and 5.
    YOU get to decide the one contested seat 3 on your ballot. I’d urge you to vote for Herb Rippe. He brings balanced judgement and an even disposition as Chairman, an objective viewpoint, and is dedicated to the task.
    Our community is favored with a distinguished group of contenders for City Commission seats. We can salute them all, challengers and incumbents alike, for their contributions. That said, this voter prizes the organizational and leadership skills, the integrity, and the data-based objectivity that Nancy Shaver has already brought to our community. She offers her service as candidate for City Commissioner and Mayor. She has our vote.
    Respectfully,
    Jay Bliss
    St. Augustine Port Commisioner

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  • 9/25 UPDATE: FEC RR Bridge Opening on Restricted Schedule, St. Johns River, Jacksonville, FL


    Our thanks to Michael Lieberum and Chuck Baier and Susan Landry for sending these updates on this 9/16 report by Francesca Amiker of the New4Jax team. This Florida East Coast RR bridge has been the poster child for all that can go wrong with lift bridges. Local Jacksonville boaters and businesses are not happy!! With a closed vertical clearance of ONLY 5ft, the Florida East Coast Railway Bridge crosses the St. Johns immediately west of the Acosta Bridge in downtown Jacksonville. Until someone designs a high-rise, 65ft clearance bridge for railways, we must live with mechanical breakdowns. For more on this issue in south Florida and “All Aboard Florida” railways, see: http://cruisersnet.net/?p=136159

    9/25/2014 Latest from 7th District Bridge Management:

    Well Good Morning Larry,
    It is going to be awhile longer, they are trying to continue the repairs while operating the bridge and it is going slowly.
    Mike
    Michael Lieberum
    Seventh Coast Guard District
    Bridge Branch
    Bridge Management Specialist

    UPDATE: 9/19/2014

    Larry, The bridge is now opening on a limited schedule for the next week to 10 days. They have not said what the limited schedule is. Of course there is no assurance it won’t break down again.
    Chuck Baier

    Railway bridge over St. Johns River stuck in down position
    Marine businesses say they’re losing thousands because of malfunction

    Author: Francesca Amiker, Reporter, famiker@wjxt.com

    The railroad bridge near the Acosta Bridge has been down since last Wednesday.
    A spokesperson for FEC Railway said the issue is a mechanical problem with a gear on the track that is preventing the bridge from being raised. The spokesperson said crews are working on the problem and should be finished by Friday. Rail service has not been affected, but marine services have.

    For the full story, go to:

    http://www.news4jax.com/news/railway-bridge-over-st-johns-river-stuck-in-down-position/28095212

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    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory Listing For FEC RR Bridge

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  • Petition Concerning Florida Anchoring Rights

    Our good friend Wally Moran is circulating a petition concerning anchoring rights in Florida. The petition will be sent to Governor Rick Scott and the Legislative Assembly of Florida. If you are hesitant to sign petitions, you may choose to withhold your name.

    Other states, even other countries, are watching what Florida is doing. If these laws pass, they could have an impact on your cruising grounds. Please sign, and share, and protect all of our rights to the water.

    http://www.thepetitionsite.com/323/655/890/stop-floridas-attempts-to-limit-access-to-public-waterways/#

  • Offshore Channel Marker Light Sinking, Government Cut, Miami, FL, 9/17/2014


    This sinking light marks the entrance to the channel into Government Cut in Miami. It is located 2.5 nautical miles offshore and sits northeast of the first channel marker.

    SEACOAST FLORIDA – JUPITER INLET TO FOWEY ROCKS: Hazard to Navigation
    MIAMI LIGHTED BUOY M (LLNR 895/10455) is riding low in the water and sinking. Aid will eventually become extinguished and sink. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution while transiting through the area. Chart 11466 LNM 37/14

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Government Cut Channel

  • Seventh District False Flare Cases are Costly Events

    As detailed in this article by Adam Linhardt in KeysNews.com, this is a real No-Brainer, and surely no SSECN reader would ever be guilty of abusing the use of emergency flares. However, it is a good topic of conversation to have in public places where some of the less-informed might overhear!

    False flare cases plague Coast Guard
    BY ADAM LINHARDT Citizen Staff
    alinhardt@keysnews.com

    Misuse of emergency marine flares is giving the Coast Guard headaches and costing taxpayers a ton of money, the agency said last week.
    Since June, the Coast Guard Seventh District headquartered in Miami, of which Sector Key West is included, reported more than 60 flare sightings. Watchstanders then launched air and boat crews in every instance at a total cost of more than $5 million, according to the Coast Guard.
    Each search typically costs between $60,000 and $90,000 when fuel and manpower needs are totaled, according to data released by the Coast Guard.
    “Shooting a flare in a nondistress situation is no different than dialing 911 and hanging up,” said Capt. Todd Coggeshall, chief of response management for the Coast Guard Seventh District.

    To read more, go to:

    http://keysnews.com/node/57961

  • Report from Anchoring Regulations Forum in Vero Beach, FL

    This report is from the first of two public forums scheduled for September, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=143945.
    Our thanks for Skipper Waln for this excellent report.

    Florida Anchoring Meeting, Vero Beach (And the Beat Goes On)
    Tonight I attended the FWC hosted Vero Beach meeting on regulatory Concepts for anchoring in Florida. The meeting was well run by Maj Moore of the FWC who was supported by Capt Klein and a staff of non-uniformed personnel. Seven regulatory Concepts were presented with repeated requests throughout the meeting for the attendees to put their thoughts in the comments sections of the questionnaires provided. A similar meeting is scheduled for Bradenton tomorrow evening. A regulated open mike session allowed time for cruisers, other boaters, home owners, members of the boating industry and locality representatives to speak.

    The core purpose of the meeting was to provide the FWC access to a broader thought base when developing regulatory alternatives to respond to legislative attempts to return to locally controlled anchoring. While the FWC Anchoring Pilot Program was extended for three years in the last session, there is no reason to believe it won’t come up again this next session.

    The elephant in the room issue is a regulatory concept allowing anchoring keep out zones in the vicinity of waterfront residences. The initial language proposes expansive keep out zones which would largely eliminate anchoring in Florida’s most populous and/or geographically constrained waterfront regions — a boon to marina owners and mooring field operators — and quite possibly unconstitutional if not simply illegal.

    As is usual in cases like this, the public comment was all over the map. About 75% of the comments were on topic, the rest were either meandering or sales pitches or diatribes of some sort. Some comments were more appropriate to a legislative comment environment. Of the on topic comments, about half were polite rants [actually this was a very polite crowd, considering the potential downside of both legislation and the FWC keep out concept] the other half contained a few useful ideas and raised issues that will likely require a court challenge to ever see settled. Several people spoke in favor of uniformity in application — but several worried one size may not fit all considering Florida’s geographic variety.

    About 100 people attended. Roughly a third spoke. A couple of people on both sides of the issue behaved badly, but they failed to ignite audience passion or participation.

    I agree with Major Moore. It is better to have this dialog now and concepts in hand when the legislative juggernaut starts up again than it is to respond to proposed legislation with “duh.”

    All seven concepts can be found at. http://myfwc.com/media/2847550/anchoring-public-meeting.pdf

    Chris Waln

  • Vessel Insurance in Florida

    One of our readers is looking for recommendations for an insurer for a 40ft trimaran while in Florida. While SSECN is happy to pass along this request for advice, we cannot serve as a broker or even a kiosk for various insurers. Please offer Skipper Laletin your suggestions via a personal phone call to the number listed below or by email at chrislaletin@mac.com. Thanks!

    I recently relocated my 40 foot trimaran from the Chesapeake to Florida for this winter. Enough freezing snow last year and I don’t want my baby freezing again. Progressive Insurance will not renew my policy in Florida since i’m over 35 feet. Boat US wants 10% of my policy value as a premium. Any suggestions on an insurance company that will insure a 40 foot trimaran. I have never made a claim and never used my Boat US towing. JAZ is presently stored on the hard in Saint Augustine. I can be contacted directly by text or voice call at 808 seven seven two 2133.
    Chris Laletin

  • Sailor Requests Advice on Off-Shore Leg off Florida East Coast

    If you have experience sailing south against the Gulf Stream from Lake Worth Inlet to Boot Key Harbor in Marathon and can answer Skipper Yeager’s concerns about this c.175 mile trip, please let us hear from you!

    Hello All,
    I’m going to move my 38 ft sailboat from Lake Park, FL to Marathon, FL for the winter, I’m concerned that the Gulf Stream is going to make a very long passage from Lake Worth Inlet to Marathon. Should I cut the trip into several stops, and if so what are the better ports, marinas to use? Or should I just go for it and do it in one long stretch? When I moved my boat from Sarasota I stopped in Marathon and then the passage from Marathon to Lake Worth Inlet in one stretch. But I was going with the Gulf Stream. Any advice or suggestions would be appreciated!
    Thanking you in advance for your time and help.
    Vaughan Yeager

  • Aqua Marina has a New Owner and a New Name, AICW Statute Mile 831


    Aqua Marina is now Daytona Marina and Boatworks. The entrance channel runs west-southwest from the Waterway south of marker #39A and the southerly entrance cut for Halifax Harbor Marina. The Office Manager is Linda Grant and their new website is http://www.thedaytonamarina.com/
    SSECN wishes the new management the very best!

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Daytona Marina and Boatworks

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  • Good Words for Ortega Landing Marina, Ortega River, Jacksonville, FL


    Only a mile or so upstream from downtown Jacksonville, Ortega Landing is the first facility on your starboard as you enter the Ortega River from the St. Johns. These words of praise come from our friends on the AGLCA Forum.

    Our boat is currently in Jacksonville at the Marina at Ortega Landing while we take care of personal business back home in Atlanta. In my humble opinion, it is impossible to beat Ortega Landing as a great place to stay in
    Jacksonville. The marina itself is superb and superior to many Yacht Clubs in both amenities and their social calendar. The Wi-Fi on the docks is fed by fiber optic and is just about as fast as my home Wi-Fi. It is hands down
    the fastest Wi-Fi I have ever experienced in a marina. Our insurance (Boat US) recognizes this marina as a hurricane hole which saves us a bunch of money on insurance.
    Dave Fuller

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Ortega Landing Marina

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  • Good Words for Cocoa Village Marina, Cocoa, FL, AICW Statute Mile 897


    Cocoa Village Marina occupies the mainland side of the Waterway, just north of the Cocoa bridge and only a few quick steps from the downtown Cocoa business district!

    Great place to dock and enjoy the Historic Cocoa Village area, there plenty to do including shopping, dinning and relaxing in the park!
    Alex Jackson

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Cocoa Village Marina

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  • Comments on the Report from the FWC Meeting in Tallahassee, July 22-23, 2014

    These discussions and future meetings are extremely important to cruisers who prefer anchoring to docking. Please note that the mention of derelicts, a major cause of the new regulations and a real issue for coastal communities, is not found in this report. The newly established mooring field program and other anchoring restrictions, intended to solve the derelict problem, have not worked in most cases and have, in fact, severely limited the rights of legitimate boaters.

    For an interesting Public Opinion Survey taken by the FWC, go to page 157 of a 220 page report at http://myfwc.com/media/2704721/FindingsRecommendations.pdf

    NOTE: For comments from a landowner/boat owner, see Michael Bodin’s remarks below. His contribution is lengthy, but well worth reading.

    FWC holds public meeting to discuss the future of anchoring regulations in Florida
    In response to increasing concerns between local governments and boaters related to anchoring in state waters within local jurisdictions, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) conducted a public meeting in Tallahassee on July 21-22, 2014, to discuss anchoring issues and potential ways forward to resolve the conflicts.
    Attended by interested persons representing the boating industry, resident and visiting boaters and local and state governments, the two-day meeting focused on complex issues.
    “Protecting the rights of people to use the waters kept in public trust by the state is very important,” said Lt. Colonel Jack Daugherty. “We all want to keep Florida a boater-friendly state and maintain that great part of the Florida lifestyle and economy. On the other hand, local governments have the duty to respond to the needs of their citizens. We are committed to a robust dialogue and to seeking balance between boating interests and local governments in an effort to identify points of consensus and to help resolve some of these issues.”
    This year, Florida’s Legislature extended the Anchoring and Mooring Pilot Program, which was authorized in 2009 to look for solutions to these problems, for three additional years in order to allow for more time to test various anchoring strategies and to engage stakeholders in exploring possible legislative solutions. During the public meeting, a framework for potential future anchoring legislation was discussed along with several draft regulatory provisions based on components of the pilot program, each aimed at solving or minimizing specific anchoring challenges.

    FWC staff will draft language based on comments from this meeting, distribute that language to interested parties and hold at least two additional public meetings to further refine a possible legislative proposal. Meeting notices and reference documents will be posted by mid-August on FWC’s Anchoring and Mooring web page, found at http://myfwc.com/boating/anchoring-mooring

    ********

    Those promoting anti-anchoring laws often use the argument that it is about eliminating derelict boats, but the reality is very different. For example, many of the laws exempt local boats that are stored–the vast majority of so-called “derelicts.” In some cases the laws have been pushed by local influential home owners who don’t want people anchored near their property, and in other cases they are pushed by marina and mooring field owners who want to force people to pay for using public waterways. The arguments about safety and derelicts are a smokescreen. Note that boats have broken loose from so-called safe moorings in places like St. Augustine, and yet users must sign an agreement that absolves the city of all liability.
    John Kettlewell

    I’m still not buying the party line from the real estate people that this is about derelict boats. The problem is that waterfront property owners pay a lot for that property, and believe with all their little black hearts, that those high prices mean they should control everything they see from that high priced property. The bigger problem is that people who can afford to buy high priced property, can also afford to buy high priced politicians, through high priced campaign contributions. Another problem is that it doesn’t matter how many times they get these laws or regulations brought up unsuccessfully, or lose, they can get as many bites at the apple as they can afford. And, for a lot of these people, that is a lot of bites.
    In a way we’re lucky that they didn’t just decide that they wanted boats banned, because the same legislators that are carrying the water for them on anchoring restrictions, would be more than available to do it for banning boats, too.
    R. Holiman

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