Monday, October 31, 2011

St. Augustine Proposes 10-Day Anchoring Limit

As part of Florida’s recreational boat mooring and anchoring pilot program, the City of St. Augustine has submitted a proposed anchoring ordinance to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission that limits anchoring within city limits to 10 consecutive days. If the ordinance is passed, once this time limit is reached a vessel would have to move to an approved mooring field, marina or outside city boundaries for at least one full day before being allowed to return to the area.
BoatUS urges local and traveling boaters to speak up about how this anchoring restriction might affect them. Current mooring fees for visiting (non-resident) boaters in St. Augustine are $20 daily and $120 weekly. Written comments can be filed online before Sunday, 6 Nov., at www.myfwc.com/boating/anchoring-mooring/public-comment.
St. Augustine is one of five cities in the state’s mooring and anchoring pilot project, which allows municipalities to develop ordinances that limit nearby anchoring. For more background information on anchoring laws in Florida, see the new BoatUS information sheet.

Monday, October 24, 2011

USPS Webinar: Emergency Locator Beacons

USPS Webinar: Emergency Locator Beacons
Global Search and Rescue - EPIRBs, PLBs and Related Locator Devises
Description:
Join us for a webinar presentation by Denny Emory of Emory / Yachting Services and co-founder of OceanMedix.com LLC. The webinar can be attended from the comfort of your living room!
An Emergency Locator Beacon has become a standard piece of emergency equipment carried by the prudent mariner on a properly outfitted vessel. This presentation will explain the Search and Rescue process worldwide and explore the spectrum of emergency locator beacons currently available - what they are; how the function; registration requirements; testing; batteries; mounting; and, deployment.
Denny Emory is co-founder of OceanMedix.com, a licensed yacht captain and formerly certified Wilderness - EMT. He has voyaged more than 100,000 nautical miles on both sail and power vessels, visiting 42 countries on five continents. Using personal experiences and reports of actual events, Denny brings life to this important topic.
Date/Time: November 15, 2011 @ 5:00 PM Pacific / 8:00 PM Eastern Time
*The webinar will be recorded and available to watch if you were not able to attend the live session, or if you just want to watch again.
Duration: Approximately 1 hour, plus additional time to answer questions.
Cost: Register before October 30: $16; Register after October 30: $20
What’s included:
  • Unique link to attend the webinar session on November 15
  • Informative handout to go with the subjects
  • Credit to your USPS University Certificate for attending the entire session
Instructions:
  1. Click “Register Now” below to register to attend.
  2. After submitting the registration form, you will be forwarded to PayPal to pay the registration fee. *A PayPal account is NOT required to make a payment, just a major credit card.
  3. You will receive a confirmation email from us and from PayPal.
  4. A few weeks prior to the live webinar broadcast, you will receive another email with your unique link to attend the webinar, along with the electronic materials that go along with the topics, and instructions on how to attend.