Community Guide to Creating a Managed Anchorage and Mooring Field. Conservation Clinic University of Florida College of Law Boating and Waterway Management Program Florida Sea Grant.
University of Florida College of Law
Boating and Waterway Management Program
Florida Sea Grant
A well planned and executed Managed Anchorage and Mooring field (MAMF) can be beneficial to residents, boaters and the local government by encouraging tourism and providing for the efficient use of waterfront resources to enhance public access to the marine environment.
The Conservation Clinic and Florida Sea Grant have worked with communities to address harbor management around Florida.
Vero Beach – municipal
Fort Myers Beach – concessioned
Sarasota City Island – not for profit
Example St. Johns River Water Management District Depth Data: St. Augustine Harbor
Boater Characteristics Data: St. Augustine Harbor
Consider Data: St. Augustine HarborShoreline Resident Needs and Expectations
Services Data: St. Augustine Harborand Amenities
Potential Recreational Boater
Needs and Wants
Harbor Maps that:
Benefits Data: St. Augustine Harbor
Improve & enhance public health, safety,and welfare.
Improve public land management.
Improve & enhance public navigation.
Improve & enhance water quality.
Reduced or degraded water quality.
Reduced or degraded natural habitat and function.
Harm to endangered species or their habitats.
Adverse cumulative impacts.Aquatic Preserves and the Public InterestImportant Factors to Consider
The State regulates the MAMF through the Submerged Lands Lease (and the DEP Permit)
These are obtained through a joint application process
The Lease incorporates The DEP Permit, and all local government governance documents
The authorizing ordinance
The Harbor Management Plan
Key lease & permit provisions encountered in MAMF’s surveyed
Nearly all moorings must be made available to public on a first-come first- serve basis (90% Sarasota & FMB)
Commercial activities generally prohibited
Use of revenue may be restricted
Manatee education plan must be put in effect
To address concerns over access to marine waters, and the decline in “working waterfronts” the legislature enacted Chapter 2005-955, Florida Statutes
Especially relevant aspects of the law:
Requires DEP to develop a general permit for mooring fields 50,000 sq. feet or less
General permit is a simplified permit process
50,000 sq. ft. is a little less than 1 acre (43,560 sq.ft)
The Legislature also requires coastal counties to include “regulatory incentives & criteria” that encourage preservation of recreational and commercial working waterfronts in their future land use element
The express purpose of this is to “provide access to navigable waters of the state for the public.”
Which is something a managed anchorage and mooring field will help to accomplish
The successful establishment of a mooring field requires the completion of three concurrent processes once the baseline data is gathered.
see Thomas Ankersen, Christopher H. Pearce, An Annotated Model Municipal Harbor Management Ordinance (Aug. 2001).
A MAMF may consider restricting & varying length of stay within the mooring field
The State generally discourage live-aboards but they are allowed in some instances (e.g. Ft. Myers Beach)
Pursuant to the FMB Lease a Live-Aboard is:
“A vessel docked at the facility and inhabited by a person for any 5 consecutive days or a total of 10 within a 30 day period.”
If allowed, “live-aboard status cannot exceed 6 months within any 12 month period”
There can be significant benefits to at least some live-boards
Ex.: Vero Beach fees support facilities including fueling facility, pump-out facility and restrooms.
Ex: vary between $6.50 and $10.00 per day.
Proof of Insurance (M, S, FMB)
Town of Ft. Myers Beach
City of Sarasota