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Re: 2020 Overnight Anchoring Restrictions in Georgia

Here is a nice video put together by Kim Russo of AGLCA and The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA): https://youtu.be/emTn649Qe10

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As you've heard, last year's House Bill 201 became law on 1/1/2020 and now Georgia has the distinction of having the nation's most restrictive anchoring laws, stripping away the right to freely navigate on the waters the state holds in public trust. This impacts not only Georgia boaters but every boater, both domestic and international, who plans to navigate through Georgia waters.

HB201 was a complex and flawed hodge podge of regulations, but was sold in the House and the Senate at an absurdly high level of simplification, leaving out key components that were objectionable to boaters, and focusing instead on water quality and revitalization of a local shellfish industry.

So as we look to HB833 to remedy the wrongs of HB201, we must be able now to sell those points to our legislators under the gold dome of Atlanta. A core group of boating rights advocates have started a Georgia Anchoring Advocacy Fund to engage the services of a lobbyist to do exactly this. So far we have received support from:

America’s Great Loop Cruisers’ Association (AGLCA),
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This is every boater's fight. What is happening in Georgia can happen in your cruising waters. No amount is too small. Please consider supporting the fund at: http://www.greatloop.org/georgia

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Re: 2020 Overnight Anchoring Restrictions in Georgia

News of the Georgia Anchoring Laws continue to spread outside the US. Noonsite, known by many in the international cruising community and sister site to worldcruising.com, who organize the ARC Rallies has now issued a warning to cruisers to be wary of the new laws which are now a criminal offense. https://www.noonsite.com/news/usa-georgia-new-regulations-for-overnight-anchoring-and-waste-disposal/

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How quickly did this move through the legislature down there? It seems the post-law reaction is greater than the pre. None of it will likely matter, however. Cetainly not until the legislature turns over and the community isn't asking the same folks who voted it in to vote it back out. I think it will need to be modified in the courts.


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How quickly did this move through the legislature down there? It seems the post-law reaction is greater than the pre. None of it will likely matter, however. Cetainly not until the legislature turns over and the community isn't asking the same folks who voted it in to vote it back out. I think it will need to be modified in the courts.
HB*201*2019-2020 Regular Session

It sailed right through
Mar/29/2019 - Senate Vote #342 Yea(45) Nay(0) NV(4) Exc(7)
Mar/04/2019 - House Vote #120 Yea(162) Nay(1) NV(8) Exc(9)

The boating community did not have visibility until after passage. Many came to speak at the GA DNR Public Meeting on Jun 17, 2019 which you can see here:

Speakers
Doug Haymans - GA DNR CRD Director 00:00
Kim Russo - AGLCA, SSCA and Coalition (MTOA, DeFever Cruisers) 29:22
Wally Moran - Marine Journalist, ICW Rally Leader 33:25
Jack White - Sailor, Looper, Pilot, Former GA State Representative 36:45
Ed Tillett - Editor in Chief, General Manager Waterway Guide 42:49
David Kennedy - Government Affairs, BoatUS 45:51
Charlie Waller - Owner Isle of Hope Marina and GAMBA President 49:26
Neil Davies - Part time Georgia resident 51:52
Amy Thurman - Georgia Association of Marine Business 57:35
Edwin Longwater - Georgia resident, Captain, Naturalist 59:18
Lee Gatts - National Marine Manufacturers Association 1:03:00
Fred Anderson - DeFever Cruisers 1:06:26
Fred Meyling - Cruiser 1:10:45
Tim McNair - Retired Law Enforcement, Full Time Cruiser 1:13:40
Brand Wyrick - Georgia Resident, Part Time Cruiser 1:18:20
Steve White - Resident, Retired Military 1:21:58
Charles MacMillan - Non Boater, Georgia Conservancy 1:24:18
Joe Green - Georgia Resident, Retied Educator, Sailor 1:26:11
Jerry Morris - Georgia Resident Boater 1:29:57
Walter Clayton - 1:31:51
Dana Rutland - TowBoatUS 1:32:26
David Bosworth - Georgia Resident 1:35:11
Bubba Strickland - Owner Operator Hogan's Marina 1:38:04
Mark Mueller - 1:42:51 / recording ends as battery is depleted

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Mar/29/2019 - Senate Vote #342 Yea(45) Nay(0) NV(4) Exc(7)
Mar/04/2019 - House Vote #120 Yea(162) Nay(1) NV(8) Exc(9)
Bi-partisan support with hardly a vote against. This fight's been lost. Courts.

I was more interested in when the Bill was first introduced and what organization was behind it, but it's moot now.


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Bi-partisan support with hardly a vote against. This fight's been lost. Courts.

I was more interested in when the Bill was first introduced and what organization was behind it, but it's moot now.
Georgia DNR Coastal Resources Division was the main driver, from what I understand. This my require court action.

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Re: 2020 Overnight Anchoring Restrictions in Georgia

IMPORTANT UPDATE ON GA ANCHORING ISSUE
Thanks to all who have supported our effort to establish the Georgia Anchoring Advocacy fund to retain Scott Draper, a professional lobbyist. We have reached 63% of our funding goal in a matter of days with your help. In less than a week Scott has come up to speed with the issues we have identified in HB201, Georgia’s anchoring law that took effect January 1st, 2020. He was able to broker a conference call with GA DNR Commissioner Mark Williams, his team and our anchoring coalition which we just conducted today, Feb 25, 2020.

Over the course of almost two hours, we had open dialogue on the problems DNR was trying to address with HB201 as well as some of the issues the cruising community had with its incarnation as law. All parties felt the call was productive and there is agreement in principle to refine Rep. Ron Stephens’ HB833 to best achieve our mutual objectives and to push the legislation through the current session in the next few weeks. HB833, if it passes, is expected to replace most parts of HB201.

We are not out of the woods yet, but Georgia policymakers appear to now be responsive to changing some of the most questionable facets of the laws passed last year, including restrictions for where vessels may anchor, the identity of cruising and transient vessels. Commissioner Williams is not willing to rescind the Administrative Order signed on December 30, 2019 that prevents boats from anchoring within 1,000 feet of structures throughout the coastal region of the state, until a legislative fix, HB833, is passed by the General Assembly.

We are optimistic about today's progress and look forward to working with Commissioner Williams, with his support, on HB833. Your support is needed now more than ever to assist in the funding of lobbying efforts that have helped us achieve some degree of success in having Georgia DNR and lawmakers hear our collective voice. Our fight continues in the legislature in the days ahead.

Please join nearly 100 other boaters from across the country and around the world who have supported this effort. Contribute at www.greatloop.org/Georgia

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Here is a nice piece in Cruising World by Ed Tillet, of Waterway Guide:

https://www.cruisingworld.com/story/...ing-situation/

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Re: 2020 Overnight Anchoring Restrictions in Georgia

Did I read right that the rules don't apply to fishing boats?
If so; that is arbitrary, discriminatory and negates many of the reasons for the setback.
Also, if true then it would appear fishing boats can anchor in sensitive areas where others cannot. Why wouldn't all boats be restricted from anchoring in these areas.
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