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Boats rest upon Matanzas Bay at sunrise along St. Augustine’s waterfront.
St. Augustine’s visitors and residents alike enjoy the picturesque view of sailboats at anchor in the Matanzas Bay with the backdrop of the city’s skyline. Without a doubt it adds to the character of a city that is not only the Nation’s Oldest City, but also the Nation’s Oldest Port City.
The city’s charming ambiance not only attracts visitors with cars, but an increasing number of visitors in boats. Among those visitors are many who choose to leave their vessels in the city’s waterways as live-aboard vessels either on a part time or some as full time residents, a scenario that has created a need for the city to develop a plan to manage its harbor.
With this increased use have come new challenges including abandoned and derelict boats, lack of proper sewage disposal from boats, and encroachment on private property as some boaters tie up dinghies in unauthorized locations.
In recent months, city staff has researched and studied the challenges of a continuingly crowded and unregulated harbor and has embarked on the creation of a comprehensive harbor management plan. In addition, staff received valuable assistance from University of Florida’s Center for Governmental Responsibility, a center for environmental and social policy research, and Florida Sea Grant, part of the National Sea Grant College Program which works to enhance the practical use and conservation of coastal and marine resources.
The harbor management plan, which would include waterways from the Usina Bridge at Vilano Beach south to State Road 312 bridge, will include designated no anchor areas, other areas where transit boaters may anchor for a limited amount of time, and the creation of mooring fields, designated places with permanent buoys for tying up a vessel. The plan’s primary goal is to provide a safer and cleaner harbor that will, in the end, be accessible by a greater number of boaters.
In an effort to inform the community and receive its input on the creation of a harbor management plan, staff hosted a public workshop on August 30 that was well attended by a wide range of stakeholders. Since a keystone of the plan will be the creation of mooring fields, the workshop included a detailed presentation on that element which may be viewed by clicking the link below.
Additional comments and input are welcome and may be offered by calling the City of St. Augustine at 904.825.1015.
August 20 Workshop PowerPoint presentation