Sarasota Begins Charging Boaters for Mooring Near Downtownposted: 11/19/2012
The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported that the new requirement is part of the city’s $1 million plan to keep boaters from dumping sewage into the water. The plan is also designed to get rid of derelict boats.
About a decade ago, city officials started talking about revamping the mooring field. They said that during storms, many boats break free from their anchors and end up on shore, or in people’s yards.
The city-owned Marina Jack offers boat owners wireless Internet service, laundry facilities and sewage pumpout services.
The project hasn’t been without controversy. But by Oct. 31, 23 of the city’s 35 available spots were already filled.