went to St. Augustine yesterday to see the usage of the mooring fields there.
about 10 in salt run by the lighthouse.
8-10 North of Bridge and 20-25 south of the bridge of Lyons.
Not even half full and that was the most I've seen there.
It's the middle of winter right now, not too many snowbirds choose to spend their winters in St Augustine... Last time I went by there was in December, and the mooring field was surprisingly full, as it usually appears to be during the transient season... Probably not many boats on moorings in Annapolis right now, either, but that doesn't necessarily mean they are under-utilized on an annual basis :-)
The area south of the city limit and the rt312 bridge where the people who got pushed out,there was no less than 25 vessels at anchor.
So,did installing mooring fields in the areas adjacent to the city's downtown, marina,and upland facilities eliminate derelict vessels and encourage using pumpouts?
Or did it just push the anchoring bunch further from view and available facilities thereby making it less likely they will utilize the legal avenues available?
i didn't do a count when I last passed by, but that number sounds perhaps just a bit high, to me...
Nevertheless, you're absolutely correct about those boats that have been 'displaced', mooring fields as a solution to the problem of so-called "derelicts" is always the weakest argument in their favor... 'Out of sight, out of mind' seems to be all that really matters, and it's quite obvious that those boats are not availing themselves of pumpout facilities, etc...
the other anchorage area north of the city I did not view, but it is my understanding it is much utilized and publix supermarket has made a free dinghy dock available to boaters.
publix is a bussiness that recognized the economic gain in the dock investment.
I almost always go into Cammachee Cove whenever I stop in St Augstine, and in my experience, it is extremely rare to see a single boat anchored in proximity to the Vilano Beach Bridge... There is one large multihull that seems to hang out up off the north end of the Cammachee Cove development, but that's about it...
The new floating dock at Vilano Beach was not installed or paid for by Publix, it would be a couple of centuries before they would have seen a profitable return on that particular investment...:-) The Vilano Beach floating dock adjacent to the Inlet Marina fuel dock is a courtesy dock similar to the one in Beaufort, technically overnight stays are not permitted, but apparently not always enforced @ Vilano...