JENSEN BEACH, FL -- A proposed "marina without a dock" otherwise known as a mooring, is being planned for a 44 acre area south of the Jensen Beach Causeway and west of the Intracoastal Waterway in the Indian River Lagoon.
The Moorings would accommodate 61 vessels ranging from 20 to 60 feet in length.A mooring is an area on the water where multiple mooring buoys are installed. A mooring buoy is used to float a chain or cable that’s connected to an anchor secured to the sea floor.
The Moorings would accommodate 61 vessels ranging from 20 to 60 feet in length and help the county reduce or eliminate the environmental impact to seagrass beds, said Project Manager Tim Blankenship.
Residents at the meeting expressed concerns that boaters would anchor at the unregulated north side of the Jensen Beach Causeway.
But legislation allowing counties to control all anchoring is likely to pass by 2011, at the time the moorings would be completed, said Martin County coastal engineer Kathy Fitzpatrick.
The $1.83 million needed to finance the project would likely come from state grants.
The cost to use the moorings would be between $200 ando $300 monthly, according to Blankenship.
“This has definite economic benefits, definite environmental benefits and definite navigation benefits,” Fitzpatrick said.
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