ADA Compliance
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Consumer Confidence Report
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Workshop Offers Public Input on Proposed
Harbor Management Plan

Mooring fields for Matanzas Bay and Salt Run part of draft plan

With the assistance of the St. Augustine Port, Waterway, and Beach District, the City of St. Augustine, has been developing a Harbor Management Plan for Matanzas Bay and Salt Run. After months of research and planning, a draft of that plan will be presented to the public at a workshop. The workshop will be held on Wednesday, October 17 from 5:00pm until 7:00pm in The Alcazar Room at City Hall, 75 King Street.

Copies of the plan will be available and city staff will make a brief presentation reviewing the proposed plan and be available to answer questions. Most importantly, the workshop will provide the public the opportunity to provide input on the proposed plan. A copy of the plan may be reviewed by clicking on the link below.

Among the goals of the harbor management plan are to manage where boats may anchor safely,

require live-aboard vessels to properly dispose of waste, address the issue of derelict boats and ultimately encourage responsible boating and increase public accessibility to the water.

One key element of the proposed plan is the establishment of mooring fields in Matanzas Bay and Salt Run. Currently, a boater may drop anchor for an unlimited amount of time in any location as long as the vessel is outside the ship’s channel often resulting in some using the bay for “boat storage.”

The issue has two sides as outlines in an executive summary prepared by city staff for the City Commission. In part, the summary states:

“Some boaters do not believe that mooring fields are a good idea because it ‘regulates’ where they can drop anchor.  They believe that establishment of mooring fields infringes on their rights as boaters. On the flip side, there are some boaters who believe that mooring fields are good because they help promote good boating practices (forced to pump out, dispose of trash properly, etc.).  Advantages of a planned mooring field or managed anchorage over ad hoc anchoring include:

  • Allows for boater registration.
  • Local tourism boost for waterfronts.
  • Can create a ‘quaint’ harbor setting for waterfront restaurants.
  • Environmental protection:  Moorings rely on anchor systems that are embedded into the bottom substrate and do not have heavy ground tackle dragging on the sea bed.
  • Locate away from corals and sea grasses.
  • Moorings help increase boat density.  Creates planned boat storage rather than random storage.
  • Safety (encourages sea-worthiness).
  • Can generate revenue for waterfront projects.

Managed anchorages or mooring fields generally require a lease from the Governor and Cabinet for use of sovereign submerged lands under the mooring field, and an environmental resource permit from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for the disturbance to those lands caused by the moorings.  However, the situation in St. Augustine is different. By special law the city was given ownership of the sovereign submerged lands within its jurisdiction, thus, St. Augustine does not require a sovereign submerged lands lease from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to establish a mooring field.

For further information on the proposed Harbor Management Plan or the workshop, call 904.825.1010.

To read the draft Harbor Management Plan, click here.

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