For those of you heading to and from Florida, here's an update as of today, March 31, 2016, with the new current and upcoming prohibitions.
The bill now goes to Gov. Rick Scott for his signature. Starting yesterday, he has seven days to sign or veto it. If he signs the measure, it will take effect July 1.
The Florida House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly, 105-12, on Friday to adopt a bill that would restrict anchoring at five locations in Broward and Miami-Dade counties from a half hour after sunset until a half hour before sunrise.
The amendment, proposed by Rep. Matt Caldwell, Republican from Lee County, would have added Crab Island in Choctawhatchee Bay in Okaloosa County to the list.
Florida legislature is reviewing the proposed anchoring restriction bill and BoatUS is calling for all boater, local and transient, to voice their concerns.
In St. Augustine, a liveaboard sailor named Michael “Wolfy” MacDougall has sued the city and state in federal court, saying the state’s Anchoring and Mooring Pilot Program violates his federally protected rights of navigation.