I don't know the particulars of the issues in Florida
. A negative to the mooring balls in the BVI is that it gets pretty cost prohibitive for cruisers. Moorings are $30/night which hits $900ish/month. That's much more then I pay for my slip with power and water
. Many moorings have been placed where many of us used to anchor
for free!! In deep water
moorings do allow more boats to be more densely packed than if they were anchored. Many charterers in the BVI don't have good anchoring
skills so it is easier for them just grab a mooring. Moorings do protect coral
and turtle grass. Overnight moorings can be installed by whomever received the permit
to do so. Most are installed and maintained by one company and they do a good job. Unfortunately others are maintained to the whim of the installer and appear to only get attention after they fail...
Coincidentally today I was forwarded an email
from the owner of a charter
company on Tortola. Amongst some other changes the BVI is enforcing, is a $1000 fine for anchoring
could be damaged. If the charter
guest doesn't pay the fine the boat will be confiscated. I'm all for protecting coral. Two very large company's guests have already been hit with fines. As is typical, fines/policies are randomly enforced without notice down here.
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