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  • Announcement: All Florida Keys Cruising News

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  • Good News re Florida Anchoring

    Our thanks to Kim Russo for sharing this good news via AGLCA‘s Forum. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that in the future this law will stand up to the pressure on legislators from wealthy landowners to restrict anchoring.

    Great news! I was just notified by our lobbyist that HB 7043 was approved by the Governor. It is law. As of now, no local municipality or county in the state of Florida may ban, restrict, or otherwise regulate an anchorage in Florida coastal waters. READ MORE!

    Loopers’ interest in this issue and financial contributions helped prevent the enactment of any setbacks that could have resulted in the elimination of any existing anchorages state wide.

    Congratulations to all Loopers, members of MTOA, SSCA, and others who supported this effort, stuck with it, and made your voices heard! You have made a difference to the boating community. Special thanks goes out to Jerry Paul of Capitol Access for his diligent efforts on our behalf. His guidance and hard work made all the difference.

    Kim Russo
    Director
    America’s Great Loop Cruisers’ Association
    krusso@greatloop.org

  • FOCUS ON Key Lime Sailing Club, Key Largo, FL


    Key Lime Sailing Club in Key Largo, 305-451-3438, www.keylimesailingclub.com

    How many places do you know where a sailboat is provided with your room or cottage with so many wonderful and engaging activities to enjoy?
    Well, read on and start planning a visit to the REAL Florida Keys…Key Lime Sailing Club is a unique slice of KEYS ENJOYMENT…give it a try and let us hear about your experience.

    Key Lime Sailing Club, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, always has very special offers for their visitors! Key Lime Sailing Club is on the Inside Route side of Key Largo.

    Welcome to our unique little hideaway. Secluded, serene, and perfectly located, our self-contained cottages have everything you need for a relaxing waterfront vacation.

    CLICK FOR PHOTOS AND MORE!

    Facilities                                                                                                                                                   [Click photos for full size]

    Clear Kayak

    * Cottages with Free designated 22′ Sailboats
    * Shared Kayaks
    * Paddleboards
    * Canoes
    * Paddle boats
    * Sunfish
    * Hobie Wave
    * Fishing and snorkeling gear

    Sailboat rentals:

    36 C&C on port tack with 6 volunteers onboard

    * 36′ C& C
    * 33′ Morgan Islander
    * 22′ Catalinas as Bareboat or Captained charters
    * Captained Sunset Sails on a 47′ all electric Lagoon Catamaran
    * Captained Day Sailing with snorkeling or kayaking trips on a 47′ all electric Lagoon Catamaran  

    We have been stretching out and have added a marina in February 2017:
    South Dade Marina and Eco Adventures to the Key Lime Sailing Club & Cottages Family.

    From the marina we will be running:

    33 Morgan Islander arriving in canal

    * Kayak rentals and tours
    * Sailboat rentals
    * Captained sunset sails 6 pac on 34 Gemini Catamaran
    * Captained 8 hr daysails 6 pac on 34 Gemini Catamaran
    with one or 2 activities available
    * Kayaking Everglades
    * Mangrove snorkeling
    * Beach barbeque
    * 10 to 11 hr 32 mile round trip ocean Sail to Snorkel Turtle Reef

    Last year we also added Morning Star Sailing Charters
    Morning Star runs a 50′ Ericson that has been doing snorkel

    47 Lagoon layout

    6 pac sailing charters in Key Largo for 30 years.
    This year we upgraded Morning Star activities to include:
    * Sailboat rentals
    * Sailing lessons
    * Bareboat and Captain charters

    So we now have 3 locations with a shared activities and boats:

    1. Key Lime Sailing Club & Cottages: Bayside Key Largo 
    2. Morning Star Charters: Ocean Side Key Largo and south Dade marina 
    3. South Dade Marina & Eco Adventures: Florida Everglades / Manatee Bay / Florida City 
    *  American Sailing Academy an ASA School : Located at South Dade Marina and Key Lime Sailing Club 
    *  68′ Formosa Liveaboard, cruising with Paul from around the Bahamas to South America
               One week stays available starting in Jan 2018

    Thank You

    Paul Keever
    President, CEO, CFO, Office Manager,
    Book keeper, Advertising Manager, Sailing Instructor, Concierge, Psychologists, Ordained Minister,
    ECO Tour guide, Maintenance Man, Gardener, House keeper and to my kids, Father,
    Mr. Mom, Doctor Dad, Want-a-be Dentist, Seamstress, Maid, Cook, ATM.

    Mailing Address

    CSK at Sunset

    Key Lime Sailing Club (KLSC)
    101425 Overseas HWY #922
    Key Largo FL 33037

    KLSC Reservations # 305 451 3438
    Fax 305 453 5455 Office
    KLSC Water Front Sunset Tiki Hut
    GPS mark N. 25.05.5869 W. 080.26.7145

    Hope to sea ya sailing /) this way one day ⛵️

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Key Lime Sailing Club

  • More on Missing Sailors, Vicinity of Marathon, Florida Keys

    If anyone has knowledge of Paul Murray’s location, please contact his Dad at the number below or through our Contact number 336-446-9381.

    paulmurray

    Paul Murray

    We are looking for Paul Murray -aboard Sailboat Double Feature (Boot Key Harbor west of Boot Key bridge)
    READ MORE!

    He went to Stock Island (Key West) to help a friend (Donnie) move his boat to Marathon. They ran aground, got in the dinghy and safely made it to shore on June 16. Folks at Robbie’s Full Service Marina at Stock Island tell me that Donnie has gone to New York but no one knows where Paul is. He isn’t answering phone (likely destroyed in boat mishap), isn’t responding to texts or FB messages and hasn’t accessed his bank accounts in last 2 weeks! We have contacted his friends and family but no one has had any contact.
    If anyone has any ideas I can check out or knows anything, please let me know ASAP. I am Paul’s dad.
    Bill Murray and can be reached at 248.974.8218

    4/3/2016 Larry,
    Attached is a corrected version of the Monroe County’s press release about my son’s disappearance:
    Family, detectives looking for information about missing man
    Sheriff’s detectives are hoping to help locate a Marathon man whose family and friends say they have not seen nor heard from him since June 16th.
    48 year old Paul Thomas Murray, who lives on a boat in Boot Key Harbor in Marathon, told family members he was going to help a friend move a sailboat from Robbie’s Marina on Stock Island to Boot Key Harbor on June 16th. A short time after that, the sailboat he was supposed to help move, called the “Hornet” was located, grounded on some rocks a short distance away from Robbie’s Marina. No one was on board.
    A friend of Murray spoke with Murray’s father. He said the owner of the boat, Donny Vanaria, and Murray were going to move the boat together on the 16th. A man whose nickname is “Red” reportedly told Murray’s father that he woke up at 4 a.m. on the 17th and the boat was aground; he said neither Murray nor  Vanaria were on board, but Vanaria returned by dinghy and asked Red if he would take care of his dog because he had to leave town.
    Since that time, there have been no reports from anyone who has seen or heard from Murray and his family says there has been no activity on his credit/debit card or cell phone.
    Anyone who knows anything about Murray that might help find him, or find out what happened to him, should contact Major Crimes Detective Dawn Agusto at 305-289-2410.

    7/15/2016
    There has not been any progress in the investigation. The MCSO Major Crimes Unit is trying to investigate but there is a lack of information at this point.
    We think that Paul left Boot Key Harbor on 6-16 to help a man deliver a boat (S/V Hornet)from Stock island to Marathon. They left that evening and the next morning the boat was crashed on the rocks outside Robbie’s Full Service Marine. (it is still there on its side full of water – I will forward a pic). While the owner made it to shore and then left town immediately, Paul was not seen again.
    The sheriff’s office is looking for persons who have specific information about Paul arriving at Stock Island and boarding the boat. Right now, no one has come forward to help us figure out what actually happened.
    Thanks for your interest and help.
    Bill Murray

    6/17/2017

    Keys Police Searching for Two Men Who Vanished 1 Year Ago

  • LNM: Destroyed Approach Light, Back Route, Key West, FL, 6/15/2017


    This destroyed approach light is west of Fleming Key on the east side of Man of War Harbor just north of Key West.

    FLORIDA – KEY WEST HARBOR AND APPROACHES – GARRISON BIGHT CHANNEL: Hazard to Navigation
    Garrison Bight Channel Approach Light 2 (LLNR 14985) is destroyed. The remains of the steel pile may pose a hazard to navigation. Wreckage is marked with a TRLB WR2, displaying a Fl Q R light. Mariners are advised to exercise caution while transiting the area. Chart 11411 LNM 24/17

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

  • LNM: Destroyed Channel Light, Largo Sound, Key Largo, FL, 6/8/2017


    This destroyed channel light is on the west side of the shallow, narrow channel into Largo Sound.

    FLORIDA – MIAMI TO MARATHON AND FLORIDA BAY – LARGO SOUND CHANNEL: Hazard to Navigation
    Largo Sound Channel Light 19 (LLNR 11855) is reported destroyed. The steel pile may pose a hazard to navigation. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11451 23/17

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Key Largo

  • LNM: Largo Sound Channel Light 2 Destroyed, Key Largo, FL, 6/8/2017


    This destroyed light is east of the entrance channel to Largo Sound which lies east of Key Largo.

    FLORIDA – MIAMI TO MARATHON AND FLORIDA BAY – Largo Sound Channel: Hazard to Navigation
    Largo Sound Channel Light 2 (LLNR 11770) is destroyed. The remains of the steel pile wreckage is protruding 3-4ft above the water. Wreckage has been marked with a TRLB WR2, displaying Fl Q R characteristics. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11451 LNM 23/17

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Key Largo

  • Safe Boating Week in Florida, May 20-26, 2017

    In conjunction with National Safe Boating Week, Gov. Rick Scott has issued a proclamation declaring May 20-26, Safe Boating Week in Florida.


    FWC: Safe boating saves lives

    In conjunction with National Safe Boating Week, Gov. Rick Scott has issued a proclamation declaring May 20-26, Safe Boating Week in Florida. Although Florida’s boating season never really ends, the traditional start is marked by National Safe Boating Week – a time for boaters to focus on simple and effective steps that make boating safer. Leading the nation with nearly 1 million registered vessels across the state, Florida is the boating capital of the world and is world-renowned as a prime boating spot for residents and visitors. Each year, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officers respond to far too many tragic and preventable boating accidents, so they want all boaters to remember to boat safely.

    “Boating year-round is just one of the things that makes Florida special,” said Maj. Rob Rowe, leader of the FWC’s Boating and Waterways Section. “And even more people will be out on the water for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend. The holiday and National Safe Boating Week, May 20-26, present an opportunity to emphasize the importance of remaining safe while boating.

    “Our officers are committed to keeping people as safe as possible, but we need the public’s help,” Rowe said. “We want to reach as many boaters as we can, to help them understand that most boating accidents are preventable.”

    Boaters can enjoy their time on the water even more by taking a few safety precautions such as wearing a life jacket, using an engine cut-off switch lanyard, designating a sober boat operator, paying attention and keeping a proper lookout, having an emergency locator beacon, filing a float plan and taking a boating safety class.

    The FWC’s 2016 Boating Accident Statistical Report indicates there were 714 reportable boating accidents in Florida last year, resulting in 67 fatalities. This represents a 3 percent decrease in the number of accidents, but a 22 percent increase in fatalities as compared to 2015. The leading cause attributed to boating accidents in 2016 was the operator’s inattention or lack of a proper lookout (29 percent). Falls overboard have been the leading type of fatal accident since 2003, with drowning as the leading cause of death.

    Many of these accidents could have been prevented if the boat operators had paid attention to everything going on around their vessel, maintained a proper lookout and if everyone on board had been wearing a life jacket. Sixty percent of boating-related deaths last year were attributed to drowning, which life jackets are designed to prevent.

    “A lot of people say they don’t wear life jackets because they are uncomfortable,” said Rowe. “However, with the inflatable models that are belt packs or suspenders, you hardly know you have one on. FWC officers wear inflatable life jackets all the time while on the water.”

    For National Safe Boating Week, the FWC is releasing compelling life jacket testimonials from three north Florida families whose lives have been changed by wearing – or not wearing – a life jacket when things went wrong on the water. These dramatic accounts provide vital information and a call to action for every boater to enjoy Florida’s beautiful waters safely while wearing a life jacket.

    An engine cut-off switch lanyard is a safety device that is attached from the boat operator to the ignition. If it is disconnected, the engine will shut down, potentially preventing a boater who has fallen overboard from being injured by the moving propeller of a runaway boat.

    Boating education is critical. In 2016, 70 percent of boat operators involved in fatal accidents had no formal boater education. Florida’s current boating safety education law applies to boaters born on or after Jan. 1, 1988, and who operate a vessel of 10 hp or greater.

    “We live in a great boating state,” said Rowe. “And we believe that safety truly is the key to enjoyment.”

    FWC officers patrol our waterways in an effort to keep all boaters safe by checking that they have the required equipment and are operating safely. Ensure your encounters with FWC officers are positive ones by planning ahead and paying attention while on the water.

    To report people who are operating boats dangerously, call 888-404-FWCC (3922) or text Tip@MyFWC.com. More information can be found by visiting MyFWC.com/Boating. You can even search there for the Florida Public Boat Ramp Finder to help you find a great place to launch your boat.

  • Florida Keys Reef Photos

    Our thanks to longtime cruiser, Tony Pozun, for sharing his photos of our Florida Keys reefs.

    I’ve been diving Florida keys for 45 yrs,.. we need to take better care of our reefs for our kids. Some pics:
    Tony Pozun CLICK FOR PHOTOS

  • FL Anchoring Legislation Summary

    Our thanks to Kim Russo of AGLCA for posting this summary on Forum.

    Here’s a very helpful summary prepared by our lobbyist, Jerry Paul, out-lining the action to date on the current bill and what it includes. [exoand title=”Read More!“]

    HB 7043 – “Vessels”

    2017 Florida Legislative Session

    _______________________________________________

    Pursuant to Florida Statutes adopted in 2009, Florida’s FWC (Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission) conducted an Anchoring & Mooring Pilot Program which concluded in 2017. The 2009 law also required the FWC to issue a report and required the Florida Legislature to act on recommendations from the pilot program. It is this mandate that HB 7043 addresses. The bill incorporates many of the findings and recommendations from the pilot program. As of May 1, 2017, the bill has been adopted by the Florida House of Representative and the Florida Senate. The bill has been “enrolled” and sent to the Florida Governor for consideration.

    Summary of the bill:

    Prohibits local governments (cities and counties) from adopting new laws that ban or restrict anchoring and mooring outside the boundaries of existing mooring fields.This regulatory authority is reserved to the State so that local governments cannot create a confusing patchwork that varies by location.

    Provides more flexibility for removal of derelict vessels. For example, a vessel is at risk of becoming derelict if the vessel does not have effective means of propulsion for safe navigation within 72 hours after the owner or operator of the vessel receives notice of such from a law enforcement officer and cannot provide proof of purchase of parts necessary for repair.

    The bill does not create any new anchoring restricted areas.The bill does not include the drastic anchoring “set-backs” had been proposed by some local governments and anti-anchoring activists.The bill does, however, include the following setbacks:

    Prohibits a vessel or floating structure from anchoring or mooring within 150 feet of a marina, boat ramp, boatyard, or other vessel launching or loading facility, within 300 feet of a superyacht repair facility.
    Prohibits anchoring within 100 feet outward from the marked boundary of a public mooring field. A local government may establish a distance less than this (but not more) upon notification to FWC.
    Provides exceptions to these restrictions in situations such as when weather requires temporary anchoring for safety.

    Note: As stated above, the bill does not create any new anchoring restricted areas. Remember, however, that a bill was adopted during the 2016 legislative session that established anchoring restricted areas in the following locations: (a) The section of Middle River lying between Northeast 21st Court and the Intracoastal Waterway in Broward County; (b) Sunset Lake in Miami-Dade County; (c) The sections of Biscayne Bay in Miami-Dade County lying between: 1. Rivo Alto Island and Di Lido Island, 2. San Marino Island and San Marco Island, and 3. San Marco Island and Biscayne Island.

    Prohibits a vessel or floating structure from anchoring, mooring, tying, or otherwise affixing to an unpermitted or unauthorized object that is on or affixed to the bottom of waters of the state.

    Allows local governments to adopt the Monroe County/Florida Keys standard program for requiring proof of pump-outs within 10-14 days in certain locations such as no-discharge zones and mooring fields.

    Kim Russo
    Director
    America’s Great Loop Cruisers’ Association
    krusso@greatloop.org
    843.879.5030

    Wally Moran adds his thoughts on this legislation via his blog, LiveBloggin’ the ICW

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  • Florida Keys Deal from Key Lime Sailing Club, Key Largo, FL

    Key Lime Sailing Club in Key Largo, 305-451-3438, www.keylimesailingclub.com

    Our good friends at Key Lime Sailing Club, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, have some very special offers for their SPRING visitors! Key Lime Sailing Club is on the Inside Route side of Key Largo.

    Key Lime Sailing Club : $144 NT Florida Keys Deal

    CLICK FOR FULL INFORMATION

    Key Lime Sailing Club
    101425 Overseas Hwy. #922
    Key Largo , FL 33037
    Tel:305-451-3438
    Email: Keylargocottages@Keylimesailingclub.com

  • A Plea for Overhead Clearance at Boot Key Harbor, Marathon, FL


    Boot Key Harbor and its mooring field is actually bordered on its southern shore by Vaca Key in Marathon. The 65ft vertical clearance cable Peter describes is in the west side of the bascule bridge entering the harbor channel.

    Boot Key Harbor, what a great anchorage. However, I can’t bring my boat past the bridge because of the wires. These really need to come down and be rerouted and buried under water. Why hasn’t this been done already ?? It is just a matter of time before this will need to be done and the longer it is delayed, the greater the cost will increase. Disappointing. I sail a 55 foot Beneteau with a 78 foot mast.
    Peter Scherer

    Click Here To View the Florida Keys Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Boot Key Harbor

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Boot Key Mooring Field

  • 32 Derelicts to be Removed from Marquesas Keys, West of Key West

    Derelict and abandoned vessels are a huge factor in the increasingly restrictive anchoring regulations in Florida. See Derelict Boats Accumulating along Central Florida Coast and Funds Available for Derelict Vessel Removal in Florida. The Marquesas Keys are a group of islands about 17 miles west of Key West.

    Monroe County to remove 32 derelict boats from Marquesas Keys
    $61,200 project begins Sunday, continues through April 1
    By Peter Burke – Local10.com Managing Editor
    Posted: 4:10 PM, March 09, 2017

    CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL REPORT from NBC News 10 Monroe County

  • Florida Anchoring Update March, 05, 2017

    See also Florida Wildlife and Fish Commission Proposed Anchoring Program and Lobbyists’ Report: Florida Legislation Sessions.

    Florida Anchoring Update March, 05, 2017

    Capitol Access is contacting other Lobbyists that have an interest with the navigable waterways, to understand each of their positions relative to ours. So far, the groups are synchronized in their positions fairly well … they are not promoting any issues or amendments that are averse to ours. This process of collaboration among all similar (and dissimilar) groups must take place continually, on a day-to-day basis, throughout the session.
    Read More!

    Currently, Capitol Access is tracking House and Senate bills to identify any amendments that might get filed … they are ready to take a position on them as the bills get scheduled for hearings throughout the committee process. We are well-positioned with this. Capitol Access will keep us updated as amendments may be filed and as the bills get scheduled for hearings.

    Survey: A lobbyist for Rybovich Superyacht Marina in Palm Beach County (http://www.rybovich.com/directions) has mentioned interest in anchoring restrictions at or near their entrance channel to ensure adequate ingress/egress/turn-around for the large vessels that they service. We not familiar with that channel. Presumably there are areas in this proximity where cruisers commonly anchor. If an amendment is filed to create a no-anchoring zone, we need local knowledge to assess the scope/breadth of the language relative to the
    facts on the water.

    Please advise if any boater can offer information relating to anchoring on the ICW between West Palm Beach and North Palm Beach. Respond to Mike Bodin mbmtoa@gmail.com

  • Lobbyists’ Report: Florida Legislation Sessions

    See also Florida Wildlife and Fish Commission Proposed Anchoring Program and Florida Anchoring Update March, 05, 2017.

    Capitol Access, Jerry Paul, Esq. Lobbyists at Florida’s State Capitol; News Release

    Today marks Day 1 of the annual 60-Day Legislative Session. Although the House and Senate Committees have been meeting fairly continuously since December, the actual session, including consideration of bills on the full chamber floors, begins today. The Senate convenes at 9:30 a.m. and the House convenes at 10 a.m. Read More!

    The opening day will largely be consumed with ceremonial events. Thereafter the pace will pick up quickly. This should be an interesting session. There are many newly-elected legislators following the recent elections and the conclusion of term limits for many past members. Of course many officials are already looking to their next election so some policy positions tend to be colored by that. (Remember, all of Florida’s Cabinet members – Governor, Attorney General, Commissioner of Agriculture, Chief Financial Officer – are up for election in just 20 months). But, there are also many serious matters on which the chambers will ultimately come together to resolve, not the least of which is the State Budget which will exceed $82 Billion. Although the State is expected to have a small surplus, the funds are largely already obligated so it is expected that it will ultimately be a tight budget year, particularly in the context of pending requests filed by members totaling more than $100 Million.

    Today also marks the deadline for filing bills. The House and Senate bills on anchoring have both been officially filed. They are essentially identical and still reflect the provisions that we previously circulated. These bills will now move through the committee process including 3 committee hearings in the House and 3 committee hearings in the Senate. Then the bills will be heard on each of the full chamber floors and, if passed, would then go to the desk of the Governor for his consideration. The lead on these bills is Representative Holly Raschein (RFlorida
    Keys) who has invited me to attend a Stakeholder Meeting on Thursday during which all represented interests will sit together and go through provisions of the bill(s) to discuss any opposition. I will also be meeting with Senator Lauren Book who is the Senate Sponsor. We will provide a debrief to you thereafter.

    Submitted by Mike Bodin
    MTOA Public Advocate

  • MTOA Anchoring Florida Legislative Update 2/24/2017

    Our thanks to Mike Bodin of Marine Trawler Owners Association for this updated perspective on Florida’s anchoring restrictions. See Florida Wildlife and Fish Commission Proposed Anchoring Program and Anchoring Rights Lobbying Volunteers Needed

    Anchoring Florida Legislative Update 2/24/2017 READ MORE


    Presentation of the Proposed Committee Bill (“PCB NRPL 17-01 – Vessels”) was positive. The Chair of the committee and its members have been accessible to us and responsive to our positions. Our lobbyists, Capitol Access have been in constant contact with committee members prior to the drafting of the bill and continuing.

    So far, the team effort lead by MTOA along with AGLCA, SSCA, DeFever and many others has worked well to help shape the initial draft of the Bill that has been filed in the House as a Committee Bill by the House Natural Resources & Public Lands Subcommittee The Bill itself is consistent with the input from our team, which collectively considered all provisions recommended by the FWC (Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission). All positions
    of our cruisers groups are reflected in the bill as it is currently drafted. Good job to all and appreciate your thoughtful, timely response.

    On Wednesday, the Committee meet to hear the bill publicly and vote on whether the Committee itself would move forward as its official sponsor. Our lobbyists, Capitol Access, attended and represented us including Jerry Paul, our lead lobbyist, who provided comments to the committee stating our general agreement with the provisions and thanking the committee for excluding provisions that would have created no-anchoring set-backs from residential
    property; excluding provisions that would carve out specific no-anchoring zones; and including provisions ensuring that anchoring regulations remain in the jurisdiction of the State rather than allowing local jurisdictions to create a confusing patchwork of anti-anchoring ordinances.

    Mr. Paul also mentioned our intent to seek a reduction of the 300-foot buffer around mooring fields which is a provision in the current version of the bill. The committee voted unanimously to proceed forward with the bill.
    Next, it will receive referrals to multiple committees that will hold hearings and consider amendments that may be filed. Chair of the originating committee has agreed to meet with us and continue working with us. We will be vigilant in all committees to review and represent ourselves as to any amendments that may be adverse to our interests. There may be a need for cruisers to attend such hearings in Tallahassee.

    Also, we are anxiously awaiting the filing of a bill on the Senate side. The process there will repeat that of the House as described above. The committee hearing process will continue until a final bill on the House and Senate reach their respective chamber floors for final votes which will occur sometime prior to the end of the official 60-day Legislative Session which begins on March 7.

    We will continue to keep you updated. For now, you can be proud of the success you are having as a team that took the time to step up and speak out. However, we have future challenges ahead, and your presence at Florida’s Capitol may be requested for one (1) day. If you can attend you are requested to bring a burgee attached to a wooden rod aprox.3/8” Día X 24” Long. This will give committee members an additional visual demonstration of the boating
    community’s support for unnecessary new anchoring regulations.
    Mike Bodin
    MTOA Public Advocate
    mbmtoa@gmail.com

  • 12 Ways the Florida Keys Are Unlike Anywhere Else on Earth by Lauren Mack

    Think you will enjoy this wonderful article by Lauren Mack in The Daily Meal. Descriptions of the chain of Keys, as well as recommended eateries, are offered.

    12 Ways the Florida Keys Are Unlike Anywhere Else on Earth
    Feb 21, 2017 | 2:31 pm
    By Lauren Mack
    The Florida Keys are connected by the 110-mile Overseas Highway.
    When the Florida Keys, a 120-mile chain of islands off the Sunshine State’s southernmost tip, decided to stage a ceremonial “secession” from the U.S. in 1982, the Conch Republic was born; you can even get your passport stamped with a novelty Conch Republic stamp. Since then, the world has taken note that the Florida Keys are unlike anywhere else on Earth.
    CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL ARTICLE

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