As a method of addressing boating impacts associated with unmanaged anchorages in the Florida Keys, Monroe County is working on an initiative to develop and manage a system of public mooring fields. The intent is to eliminate abandoned and derelict vessels, ensure compliance with the Clean Vessel Act, minimize benthic damage, and provide a safe, secure harbor for transient and long-term recreational vessels.
Boca Chica Basin
Monroe County commissioned Coastal Systems to study the feasibility of using the Boca Chica Basin as the site of a public managed mooring field. This report presents the results of that study including bathymetry and marine resource surveys, conceptual design of the mooring field, assessment of a shoreside support facility, and environmental regulatory agency discussions on impacts and mitigation.