BoatUS urges Florida boaters to attend anchoring meeting

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BoatUS is urging boaters, cruisers and sailors, as well as those who benefit from visiting boater spending, to attend a public meeting Thursday hosted by city officials in Sarasota, Fla., where the possibility of anchoring regulations for recreational boats will be discussed.

BoatUS said the agenda will center on proposals to limit the number of days a boat can remain on anchor as well as to determine a “set back” limit on the number of feet an anchored boat must be from private or public land.

Sarasota is one of five cities in Florida’s mooring and anchoring pilot project, which gives the municipality the ability to limit anchoring.

“The challenge is to come up with a solution that works for all parties,” BoatUS executive vice president Margaret Podlich said. “There is no concrete written proposal to comment on at this time. However, the proposed $18 to $25 daily fee at the Sarasota mooring field for visiting boaters, in combination with limits on the number of nights you can anchor outside of the mooring field, as well the minimum distances from upland property, mean that it is vitally important for boaters to be at this meeting. We don’t expect another chance for boaters to be heard before the anchoring plan is drafted by the city.”

The meeting will be held from 5- 7:30 p.m. in the commission chambers at 1565 Front St. Information is available by contacting project manager Tony Russo at 941-465-2200, Ext. 6367 or anthony.russo@sarasotagov.com.

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