Mooring fields are implemented to regulate boat anchoring in a designated open waterway, while providing steps to ensure public safety, environmental protection, and orderly use of waterways.
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The City of Cape Coral is anticipated to adopt a mooring field ordinance in June, 2018. This ordinance will pertain to boat anchoring in the Bimini Basin. Currently, under Florida law, and with no existing mooring field within the Bimini Basin, there is no legal way to regulate existing boat anchoring within the basin. An established mooring field will allow the City to regulate boat anchoring within the mooring field once adopted and permitted through various agencies.
This may include the sizes of boats, ensuring that navigable runways are maintained for boaters passing through, as well as allow criteria to be established related to the boats anchored, such as pollution and pump-out requirements, noise limits, and vessel abandonment.
Mooring Field Details
Other communities with mooring fields in Florida include, among a few, Fort Myers Beach, Sarasota, Coconut Grove, Fort Lauderdale, Stuart, and Vero Beach.
Goals of Mooring Fields
Mooring fields are established for a variety of reasons, including public safety, protection of the environment, enhance tourism, and to generate funding for marina or water basin management and maintenance.
The City of Cape Coral is committed to engaging stakeholders in developing a mooring field ordinance. Please consider attending a workshop, complete a survey, or send a message with your input.