Vote NO on SB 1126
Please contact your State Senator immediately!

Senator Dean and Representative Goodson have worked hard this session on Senate Bill 1126 and HB 955.

Please OPPOSE any amendments filed to these bills!

Marine Industries strongly opposes the amendments filed by Senator Smith as it would allow local governments to regulate the distance a boat can anchor overnight from a private residence on state sovereign submerged lands.

This is an example of why the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission must continue to pursue the Anchoring and Mooring Pilot program so we can have uniformity on our state waters. Numerous local ordinances, city or county, will only create confusion on our state waters!


Please vote “NO” on the Senator Margolis Amendment to SB 1126

What does it do?
This amendment would grant municipalities in Miami Dafe and Broward County sweeping authority to regulate the overnight anchorages of vessels based on proximity to a private residence.

We are opposed, because the amendment…

  • Undermines the basis for bill’s extension of FWC’s Anchoring and Mooring Pilot Program to January 2017, which would allow the state, local governments, and boating stakeholders to develop long term solutions on state anchorage and public water access issues.
  • Undermines the ongoing efforts of local government participants in the pilot program to explore the appropriateness and consequences of regulating anchorages based on proximity to the shoreline.
  • Short circuits the years of extensive work that has been done to bring diverse stakeholders together on the contentious issue of anchorage regulation in the state.
  • Opens the door for a patchwork of unduly burdensome anchorage restrictions.
  • Is hostile to the cruising boating public, which provides a positive economic impact on the state.


SWFMIA Members – Per request from Missy, our lobbyist, please contact your Senator and ask them to oppose the amendment. Below is a listing of the Senators in the Appropriations Committee that will be taking up the amendment tomorrow. Also below are some talking points that you should use to craft an email to your representative. Thank you for taking the two minutes that is needed to demonstrate the power of our membership in communicating to our legislators. – Hans

Committee Members

Name District Phone/Assistant Capitol Office
Abruzzo, Joseph (D) 25 (850) 487-5025
Kimberly Diaz (Wellington), Shreya Kuntawala (Wellington), Philip J. Massa (Wellington)
220 Senate Office Building
Altman, Thad (R) 16 (850) 487-5016
Nancy Bernier (Melbourne), Selene Bruns (Melbourne), Rick Kendust (Melbourne)
314 Senate Office Building
Bean, Aaron (R) 4 (850) 487-5004
Dee Alexander (Jacksonville), James Kotas (Jacksonville), Meghan Tarsitano (Jacksonville)
302 Senate Office Building
Benacquisto, Lizbeth (R) 30 (850) 487-5030
Dane Bennett (Ft. Myers), Tamara Holliday (Ft. Myers), Matthew Hunter (Ft. Myers)
330 Senate Office Building
Bradley, Rob (R) 7 (850) 487-5007
Steven Richardson (Orange Park), Rhett Roberts (Orange Park), Tonya Shays (Starke), Tom Griffin (Tallahassee)
208 Senate Office Building
Brandes, Jeff (R) 22 (850) 487-5022
Robert Combs (St. Petersburg), Caitlin Murray (St. Petersburg), Chris Spencer (St. Petersburg)
318 Senate Office Building
Braynon, Oscar (D) 36 (850) 487-5036
Oneca Lowery (Miami Gardens), Jennifer Rojo Suarez (Miami Gardens), Katia Saint Fleur (Miami Gardens)
213 Senate Office Building
Bullard, Dwight (D) 39 (850) 487-5039
Venusmia Fernandez-Lovely (Cutler Bay), Tyrell Hall (Cutler Bay), Aaron McKinney (Cutler Bay), Sean Nixon (Cutler Bay)
218 Senate Office Building
Clemens, Jeff (D) 27 (850) 487-5027
Evelyn DuPlecy (Lake Worth), Chauncey Graham (Lake Worth), Beth Hartnett-Murphy (Lake Worth)
226 Senate Office Building
Dean, Charles S. “Charlie” (R) 5 (850) 487-5005
Janet Oehmig (Inverness), Judy Wells (Inverness), Nicholas Abrahams (Ocala), Chase Daniels (Ocala)
311 Senate Office Building
Detert, Nancy (R) 28 (850) 487-5028
Charlie Anderson (Venice), Rita Faulkner (Venice), GeeDee Kerr (Venice)
416 Senate Office Building
Diaz de la Portilla, Miguel (R) 40 (850) 487-5040
Anabel Castillo (Miami), Julio Guillen (Miami), Patricia Gosney (Tallahassee)
312 Senate Office Building
Evers, Greg (R) 2 (850) 487-5002
Ann McGraw (Pensacola), Angela Miller (Pensacola), Dave Murzin (Pensacola), Shannon Hardy (Milton)
308 Senate Office Building
Flores, Anitere (R) 37 (850) 487-5037
Maria Chamorro (Miami), Patricia Flor (Miami), Lissette Vasquez (Miami)
413 Senate Office Building
Gaetz (D), Don (R) 1 (850) 487-5001
Emily Badraun (Destin), Allison Hess (Destin), Melissa Ullery (Destin), Eric Edwards (Tallahassee)
212 Senate Office Building
Galvano, Bill (R) 26 (850) 487-5026
Victoria Brill (Bradenton), Whitney Deem (Bradenton), Kathy Galea (Bradenton), Allie Mattice (Bradenton)
326 Senate Office Building
Garcia, Rene (R) 38 (850) 487-5038
Chastity Acosta (Hialeah), Lily Oliveros (Hialeah)
310 Senate Office Building
Gardiner, Andy (R) 13 (850) 487-5013
Gina Herron (Orlando), Kathy Johnson (Orlando), Stacy Vancamp-Garcia (Orlando), Michael “Tony” Cortese (Tallahassee)
420 Senate Office Building
Gibson, Audrey (D) 9 (850) 487-5009
Farisha Hamid (Jacksonville), Teresa Williams-Elam (Jacksonville), Brandy Wright (Jacksonville)
205 Senate Office Building
Grimsley, Denise (R) 21 (850) 487-5021
Larry Ford (Sebring), Marty Mielke (Sebring), Andrea Jahna (Lake Wales), Hilary Webb (Lake Wales)
306 Senate Office Building
Hays, Alan (R) 11 (850) 487-5011
Nanci Cornwell (Umatilla), Jessica Crawford (Umatilla), Anne-Marie Norman (The Villages), Renee Hodges (Clermont)
320 Senate Office Building
Hukill, Dorothy L. (R) 8 (850) 487-5008
Elizabeth Fetterhoff (Port Orange), Lindsey Swindle (Port Orange), Connie Mullis (Ocala)
210 Senate Office Building
Joyner, Arthenia (D) 19 (850) 487-5019
Randi Rosete (Tampa), Rosalie Smith (Tampa), Kassandra Timothe (Tampa)
202 Senate Office Building
Latvala, Jack (R) 20 (850) 487-5020
Tracy Caddell (Clearwater), Courtney Vandenberg (Clearwater), Brenda Johnson
408 Senate Office Building
Lee (T), Tom (R) 24 (850) 487-5024
Audie Canney (Brandon), Brooke Renney (Brandon), Douglas Roberts (Brandon)
418 Senate Office Building
Legg, John (R) 17 (850) 487-5017
Spencer Pylant (Lutz), Rich Reidy (Lutz), Becky Zizzo (Lutz)
316 Senate Office Building
Margolis, Gwen (D) 35 (850) 487-5035
Zoraida Druckman (Miami), Terri Jo Kennedy (Tallahassee)
414 Senate Office Building
Montford, Bill (D) 3 (850) 487-5003
Marilyn Barnes (Tallahassee), Melissa Durham (Tallahassee), Taylor Gilbert (Tallahassee), Marcia Mathis (Tallahassee)
214 Senate Office Building
Negron, Joe (R) 32 (850) 487-5032
Holly Demers (Palm City), Carrie Lira (Palm City), Audra Robitaille (Palm City)
412 Senate Office Building
Richter, Garrett (R) 23 (850) 487-5023
Rebecca “Becky” Kokkinos (Naples), Sandra Mummert (Naples), Michael Nachef (Lehigh Acres)
404 Senate Office Building
Ring, Jeremy (D) 29 (850) 487-5029
John Piskadlo (Margate), Sheldon Plotnick (Margate), Joel Ramos (Margate)
405 Senate Office Building
Sachs, Maria Lorts (D) 34 (850) 487-5034
Matthew Damsky (Delray Beach), Joshua Freeman (Delray Beach), Laura Jimenez (Delray Beach)
216 Senate Office Building
Simmons, David (R) 10 (850) 487-5010
Valerie Clarke (Altamonte Springs), Diane Suddes (Altamonte Springs), Jean Van Smith (Altamonte Springs)
406 Senate Office Building
Simpson, Wilton (R) 18 (850) 487-5018
Patty Harrison (New Port Richey), Judy Parker (New Port Richey), Rachel Perrin Rogers (Tallahassee), Patrick Weightman (Tallahassee)
322 Senate Office Building
Smith (C), Christopher L. (D) 31 (850) 487-5031
Diane Randolph (Fort Lauderdale), Sharonda Wright-Placide (Fort Lauderdale)
200 Senate Office Building
Sobel, Eleanor (D) 33 (850) 487-5033
Timothy Mason (Hollywood), Yale Olenick (Hollywood), Jeremy Shir (Hollywood)
410 Senate Office Building
Soto, Darren (D) 14 (850) 487-5014
Christine Biron (Kissimmee)
220 Senate Office Building
Stargel, Kelli (R) 15 (850) 487-5015
Rachel Barnes (Lakeland), Chris Dowdy (Lakeland), Samantha Hartman (Lakeland)
324 Senate Office Building
Thompson, Geraldine F. (D) 12 (850) 487-5012
Roosevelt Holmes (Orlando), Patrecia Ming (Orlando), Dan Rogers (Orlando)
224 Senate Office Building
Thrasher, John (R) 6 (850) 487-5006
Darla Kubacki (St. Augustine), J.J. Whitson (St. Augustine), Kelly Williams (St. Augustine)
400 Senate Office Building
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