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Florida lawmakers wade into anchoring and boat-speed issues

Boaters would be prohibited from anchoring overnight in newly designated recreational zones in two South Florida counties where homeowners have clashed with people on live-aboard vessels, under a Senate bill that nearly got scuttled Wednesday.

The idea drew questions from a number of senators as potentially creating an unconstitutional "local law" that would fail to be applied uniformly across the state, according to a report by the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

Meanwhile, a separate measure (SB 1312) was approved in another Senate committee to direct the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission to set rules limiting motor boating in navigable waters near some of the state's natural springs.

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