Posted by admin | Posted on 06-20-2009
Is anyone else aware of the “new law” described below by Captain George below.?If so, please share what you know by sending e-mail to me at CruisingWriter@CruisersNet.net.
Subject: Power Line Anchoring Law
Cruising News: We anchored in Newfound Harbor off Little Torch Key (Near marker #8) In the morning a local sailor in a catboat told us that a new Florida law forbids anchoring within one mile of power lines and carries a $300 fine. We wonder if other readers are aware of such a law?
Here is the definitive to the question of a “new powerline anchoring law,” provided by Captian Lee Oldershaw, of the Sailing Association of Marco Island:
Subject: Newfound Harbor Anchoring restrictions
Cruising News: Newfound Harbor is the only area in the state where the FWC regulates anchoring of tall masted vessels because of the mutual danger to powerlines and vessels there.
68D-24.144 Monroe County Boating Restricted Areas.
(1) For the purpose of regulating the anchoring of vessels in and adjacent to the Newfound Harbor Channel (also known as Pine Channel) within Monroe County, the following boating restricted area is established:
Newfound Harbor Channel (Pine Channel) – Anchoring of all sailboats and other vessels with masts is prohibited in Newfound Harbor Channel (Pine Channel), shoreline to shoreline, between Big Pine Key and Little Torch Key, from the centerline of U.S. Highway 1 south to a line drawn from the southernmost point on Little Torch Key to the southernmost point on Big Pine Key (a distance approximately 6,000 feet south of the centerline of U.S. Highway 1). If the overhead power lines are removed, the zone established in this paragraph shall no longer be in force or effect.