Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law a bill aimed to address the continuing vessel anchoring challenges facing some Florida counties while balancing the needs of responsible vessel operators. Boat Owners Association of the U.S. supports the legislation that protects active cruisers in Florida,giving them critical access to important shoreside services and amenities while also addressing continued challenges with at-risk vessels that anchor on a long-term basis.
Rep. Wyman Duggan, R-Jacksonville, and Sen. Tina Polski, D-Palm Beach, both sponsored and gave passage to this bill.
Florida S.B. 1946 allows counties to establish anchorage limitation areas adjacent to urban areas that have a combination of significant boat traffic, narrow waterways and residential docking facilities. Counties are permitted to set up anchorages that give active cruisers or any vessel operator access to high-demand harborage for a reasonable amount of time – up to 45 consecutive days in a six month period. This legislation hopes to reduce the challenges Florida has experienced with derelict and abandoned vessels in the water.