The Miami Beach Police Marine Patrol works with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), and Miami-Dade County Marine Patrol and Division of Environmental Resources Management to inspect boats, address violations and derelict vessels.
Anchor Limitation Areas (ALAs) are defined by State Statute 327.4108 and can only be established by Counties. The ALAs could be a tool to help address boats moving to areas near residential properties, however Biscayne Bay is a State waterbody with public access for boating activities. On July 19, 2022, the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners directed the County Mayor to conduct a one-year study and make recommendations regarding the establishment of additional ALAs in Miami-Dade County (Attachment B).
City staff has met with County staff, our County Commissioner, State Senator, and our lobbyists regarding pursing stronger and additional ALAs, which can help alleviate some of the concerns of residents with respect to concerns about boats moving from the proposed mooring field to other areas. The County is in a preliminary phase and has not identified locations at this time.
While residents from Palm, Hibiscus, Star, and Sunset Islands have expressed concerns about vessels moving near their homes, there are additional areas of the city that may be impacted as well and should be considered within an ALA.