Gov. Scott faces deadline on anchoring bill

Posted at 5:40 AM, Mar 24, 2016

Gov. Rick Scott faces a Thursday deadline to take action on a bill that would prevent boaters from anchoring overnight in some South Florida waterways.

The House and Senate overwhelmingly approved the measure (HB 1051), sponsored by House State Affairs Chairman Matt Caldwell, R-North Fort Myers.

The bill would prevent overnight anchoring in part of the Middle River in Broward County, Sunset Lake in Miami-Dade County and three parts of Biscayne Bay in Miami-Dade.

Supporters have said waterfront property owners have problems with people anchoring off their backyards for long periods of time.

But opponents point, at least in part, to already-limited mooring space in South Florida.

In all, Scott has a Thursday deadline for taking action on 34 bills Thursday. He can sign, veto or allow the bills to become law without his signature.

Among the other bills due for action are a measure (HB 819) that could lead to changes in the way dental services are provided to children in the Medicaid program and a measure (HB 93) that would require law-enforcement agencies to set policies if they use body cameras.

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