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Date of Issue: February 25, 2009

City seeks mooring committee members

The city of Bradenton Beach is seeking a couple of sailors to help steer its mooring field committee.

The city also is seeking environmentalists and dedicated citizens to serve on the advisory committee, which was authorized in a recently adopted temporary mooring field ordinance.

The steering committee is needed to help write a master recreational boating plan that will focus on the establishment and operation of a mooring field south of the Historic Bridge Street Pier.

The city hosted an informational meeting on the drafting of the plan Feb. 18 at city hall.

“We’re very close to sitting down and writing this,” Lisa Marie Phillips said of the plan. Phillips is the city’s project and program director and has led recent meetings on the mooring field project along with consultant Dianne Rosensweig of Scheda Ecological Associates.

Phillips encouraged boaters, waterfront residents and others with an interest in the mooring field to get involved and to apply to serve on the steering committee, which the city commission is expected to appoint in early March.

The committee will work with Phillips, Rosensweig and others on a variety of issues related to the mooring field — from the qualifications sought in a harbor master to the type of mooring balls in the field.

Other issues to be determined with the help of the committee include the cost of anchoring in the field, the number of mooring spots, the scope of amenities to be offered and rules for disposing of trash and waste and removal of derelict vessels.

Phillips said the ballpark estimate for anchorage in the Bradenton Beach mooring field would be $300-$325 a month.

Rosensweig said at the most, the city could place 40 boats in the field, but that estimate probably was overly optimistic.

Mayor Michael Pierce said he wants to make sure the committee addresses the needs of vacationing boaters.