The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is responsible for ensuring that Florida’s residents and visitors are able to safely enjoy the state’s beautiful natural resources, including its waterways. In addition to patrols on the water, FWC staff performs outreach and planning to promote safe and environmentally responsible boating practices.
In order to continually improve, the FWC coordinates with other state agencies through the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA). At its annual conference in Mobile, Ala., representatives from NASBLA presented the FWC with two prestigious awards.
The “Innovations” award, sponsored by Boat Ed, recognizes innovative initiatives that advance boating safety. It was presented to the FWC for its Statewide At-Risk Vessel Application.
“Abandoned and derelict boats are a serious problem in Florida,” said Phil Horning, administrator of the FWC’s program. “They are eyesores in our beautiful waterways and pose safety, navigational and environmental hazards.”
Removing these derelict vessels is costly and time-consuming, so the FWC launched the program to work proactively and communicate with boat owners whose boats are at risk of becoming derelict.
Also, Capt. Richard Moore, the FWC’s state boating law administrator, received the “William B. Garner National Boating Safety Leadership” award. This recognizes individuals with exceptional vision, persistence and willingness to go beyond the status quo, and whose actions have impacted recreational boating safety at the national level.[MORE...]
FWC approves ordinance for anchoring/mooring pilot program in Monroe Co.
Meeting Wednesday, Sept. 5, in Tampa, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved, with one contingency, Monroe County’s proposed ordinance for the anchoring and mooring pilot program coordinated by the FWC.
The ordinance is in response to the Florida Statute allowing a specific number of local governments to adopt regulations on anchoring and mooring vessels in their jurisdiction. This pilot program provides an opportunity for the FWC and the Florida Legislature to evaluate the subject more fully.
“The goal of the anchoring and mooring pilot program is to explore potential options for regulating the anchoring or mooring of non-live-aboard vessels outside the boundaries of public mooring fields,” said Maj. Jack Daugherty, leader of the FWC’s Boating and Waterways Section. “The FWC’s role is to provide consultation and technical assistance on the issues.” [MORE...]