I've seen three mooring fields on the east coast
of FL. on my way south and north this season. Two seem to be doing ok, that's St. Augustine and Fernandina Beach.
The St. Augustine one is very well run, you don't even have to go in to pay. There are strong currents in St. Augustine so many of the transients avail themselves of the moorings. I have not gone ashore in St. Augustine for a few years, having seen the sights there many times. I used to anchor
and then move on the next day. I now don't stop at St. Augustine at all. There are other anchorages nearby.
The Fernandina mooring field seems to be doing good too. Again there are strong currents here. Two nights ago they were turning transients down as the field was full. It is not a very large field and there is a lot of room to anchor
if you wish.
The mooring field at Titusville seems to be a bust. A very large field in an area where anchoring is straight forward. No tides, no current
, good holding. Most of the cruisers just anchor outside of the field now. There were only a few boats on the moorings.
Just my observations. The only way the fields have affected me is that I no longer stop in St. Augustine. No loss to them as I seldom went ashore anyway.
I forgot to mention the mooring field in Vero Beach. But it is not a new one. It was in operation in 1990 on my first trip south. Very well run and a great meeting place for cruisers. It does so well that most times there are two or three boats on a mooring.The harbour is unique in that there is no place to anchor. The mooring field takes up the whole basin. Under $15 a night, good showers, marginal free wifi, nice staff.