Gulfport Gets Mooring Field

 After eight years, Gulfport received the state’s blessing to create a mooring field in Boca Ciega Bay.

 Governor Rick Scott and the state attorney general approved a submerged land lease for Gulfport’s mooring field, which would include 25 mooring balls (with an area large enough to hold 50 moorings) intended for sailboats only.

 City Manager Jim O’Reilly told the Gabber that city council will discuss the mooring field at the May 9 workshop. In conjunction with the permits, the city will also have a pumpout boat to service the moored vessels. Harbormaster Denis Frain said the marina staff would inspect boats upon arrival and put dye in the blackwater tanks to insure no vessel discharges waste in Boca Ciega Bay.

 The mooring field will also give Gulfport jurisdiction inside the field borders and in a peripheral safety area, or fairways. These areas will be off limits to any vessels not participating in the mooring field.