During the 2021 Legislative Session, the Florida Legislature created a new law permitting counties to establish specified anchoring limitation areas within their jurisdictions. Vessels would be prohibited from anchoring within such areas for more than 45 consecutive days in any six-month period. These new provisions are in section 327.4108, Florida Statutes.
In order to ensure that the public receives advance notice of these proposed anchoring limitation areas, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) was directed to publish a notice on our website and to send a notification to all persons who wish to be notified through the Commission’s Boating and Waterways Section email distribution list for ordinances.
If you are interested in receiving notification when a county is considering creation of such an anchoring limitation area, please sign up for the FWC’s email distribution list for ordinances at the following link: https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/FLFFWCC/subscriber/new
Under the “Boating” category, select “Ordinances.”
Wisteria Island, also known as Christmas Tree Island, is a federally owned, uninhabited island in the lower Florida Keys 645 yards (590 m) northwest of the northwestern corner of the main island and city of Key West, Florida, Monroe County, United States. It is located 280 yards (260 m) north-northeast of Sunset Key (Tank Island), its closest neighbor.
Wisteria Island’s area is 106,346 square meters (10.6346 ha) (26 acres). The nickname Christmas Tree Island comes from the large number of Australian pine (casuarina) trees that grow there. Large numbers of liveaboard boats are moored near the island.
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