Comments sought on Florida anchoring ordinance


As part of Florida's recreational boat mooring and anchoring pilot program, the city of St. Augustine submitted a proposed anchoring ordinance to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission that limits anchoring within city limits to 10 consecutive days.

If the ordinance passes, once the time limit is reached a vessel would have to move to an approved mooring field or marina or outside city boundaries for at least one full day before it would be allowed to return to the area, according to BoatUS.

BoatUS is urging local and traveling boaters to speak up about how this anchoring restriction might affect them. Current mooring fees for visiting (non-resident) boaters in St. Augustine are $20 daily and $120 weekly.

Click here to file written comments online before Sunday.

“The state is now asking for feedback from boaters on this draft local ordinance for St. Augustine,” BoatUS executive vice president Margaret Podlich said in a statement. “However, since it’s a pilot program, it’s really important for anyone who wants to anchor in Florida to give the city feedback.”

St. Augustine is one of five cities in the state’s mooring and anchoring pilot project, which allows municipalities to develop ordinances that limit nearby anchoring.


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