The City of St. Augustine took another step forward this past week in its to preparation to install mooring fields within the city boundaries by receiving the city’s first ever pump-out boat that will service city waters.
PumpOut USA, the contractor who built the 1,000 gallon pump-out boat delivered it to the City this past Monday. Training on the new boat began immediately for Marina staff.
The City was fortunate to receive a $69,000 Florida of Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to help pay for the boat. The cost to the City was only $23,000.
The 22’ boat holds approximately 1,000 gallons of waste which, based upon an average of a full 40 gallons on a boat, the pump-out boat can service between 25-30 boats before being emptied at the Marina. At the Marina, the effluent is pumped directly into the city main sewer lines which is then pumped directly to the Wastewater Treatment Plant located at the end of Riberia St. where it’s treated according to all state and federal regulations.
The boat will be docked at the St. Augustine Marina just south of the Bridge of Lions.
Jim Piggott, Director of General Services, stated the city has completed its initial sweep of unattended and unused moorings in all areas of city waters including Salt Run, Matanzas Bay and the Hospital Creek area. Approximately 25 moorings were removed. Piggott stated that all private moorings currently being used within the city limits should be removed by the owners prior to July 1.
During the installation of the moorings city staff will continue to work with identified boat owners to minimize the distance and the amount of time boaters will be displaced during the construction phase.
A key provision to the Harbor Management Plan has always been to offer waterfront residents, those most affected, and city and county residents the option of reserving certain sites before they are opened to the general public. During the first two weeks of June, waterfront residents in the city may reserve specific mooring sites. Then, on June 14, any city or St. Johns County resident may make reserve their mooring. On June 28 the process is open to the general public. Forms of residency and property ownership are required to secure reservations.
To review previous stories about the plan, click here.
For more information on the program, call the Department of General Services during normal business hours at 825.1010 or the St. Augustine Marina at 825.1026 or email the Marina at email@example.com.