Mooring field, anchoring restrictions cause stir

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The possibility of anchoring regulations in St. Petersburg, Fla., waters will be discussed Oct. 19 by city officials. The city is seeking input from area boaters. BoatUS is urging boaters, cruisers and sailors, as well as those who benefit from visiting boater spending, to attend this meeting to have their voices heard.

St. Petersburg is participating as one of five cities in the state’s mooring and anchoring pilot project. As part of this pilot project, the city can develop an ordinance to limit nearby anchoring.

“In the coming months the city will be honing its approach to mooring and anchoring, and as a result, it will be crucial for boaters to weigh in,” BoatUS executive vice president Margaret Podlich said in a statement. “This will be one of the few opportunities to provide input, so we need cruisers, local waterway users and those interested in boater spending to attend this meeting to ensure that a reasonable approach is taken and St. Petersburg remains a boating-friendly area.”

The meeting will be held from 6:45-9 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Karen A. Steidinger Auditorium at the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, 100 Eighth Avenue SE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.

Attendees are asked to RSVP by calling (727) 893-7329.

For information on anchoring laws in Florida, see the “2011 BoatUS Anchoring Information” sheet at www.BoatUS.com/gov/florida.

For information from the Florida Wildlife Commission on the pilot mooring program, go to www.myfwc.com/boating/anchoring-mooring.