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Florida anchorage regulations to be discussed

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is debating the best way to regulate boats that anchor outside of permitted mooring fields. Currently, local ordinances for anchoring are unenforceable outside of mooring field boundaries.

The FWC is collecting letters of interest until Nov. 13 from local governments that have an interest in establishing mooring ordinances. Of those governments, the FWC will choose five locations throughout the state to participate in a pilot program. The five sites will be selected prior to July 1, 2011.

Under the pilot program, the FWC will work with the selected local governments, who can establish and enforce FWC-approved mooring ordinances outside of a mooring field. The program does not include ordinances for live-aboard vessels.

The FWC will submit a report on the pilot program to the governor and legislature by Jan. 1, 2014.

For information on the mooring program, visit, or send inquiries to