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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 fourth draft of that plan was recently presented to the public at the fourth of a series of working group meetings.
The first working group meeting was held in January 2008.
Copies of the draft plan are available on the city website. City staff made a brief presentation covering issues raised at the third meeting and answered questions. Most importantly, the meeting provided the public the opportunity to offer input on the draft plan. A copy of the plan may be reviewed by clicking here: Draft Harbor Management Plan. A copy of the map of the potential locations, click here: Mooring Field Potential Locations.
Among the plan’s goals are a management system determining where boats may anchor safely, requiring that live-aboard vessels properly dispose of waste, addressing the issue of derelict boats, and ultimately encouraging responsible boating and increased 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 mooring field issue has two sides as outlined 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:
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 lease from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to establish a mooring field.
For further information on the meeting or on the Draft Harbor Management Plan itself, please call 904.825.1010