After more than five years of preparation and public hearings, the mooring fields in Matanzas Bay and Salt Run are now a reality.
Over the summer last year (2010), the city installed 165 moorings in St. Augustine harbor and Salt Run and took applications for reservations in the three defined areas: San Marco Field located north of the Bridge of Lions, the Menéndez Field which is south of the bridge and the Salt Run Field.
In order to ease the transition from open anchorage to mooring fields, 30 moorings south of the marina were made available in August for boats displaced by the construction. The construction was finished in late October and the moorings were fully opened for business in November.
The opening was just in time for the southward migration of boaters. During the first three months of operation the new moorings were host to over 700 boats visiting St. Augustine with a the response from visiting boaters very positive.
With boaters, much information is ‘word of mouth’ and it’s gotten much talk throughout the boating community what a positive experience the mooring have made to the Matanzas Harbor.
The northward migration of boaters begins in mid-March and continues through early June, so the Marina expects a busy season.
At this time there are 25 long-term boating residents at the mooring fields; 11 in Menéndez; four in the San Marco Field and ten in Salt Run.
All reservations are made at the Marina office by calling 904.825.1026 or emailing at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To view the Marina Web site, click here. At the site boaters can request a helpful brochure and be placed on the Marina email newsletter.
Click here for a map of the mooring fields.