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Support HB-833, The Fix to Georgia's Harmful Anchoring Law
Shortly after HB-201 was signed into law last year, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources issued a rule that restricts overnight anchoring within 1,000 feet of any structure, such as public and private docks, wharves, bridges, piers and pilings, except in areas near marinas.

This 1,000-foot offset  eliminates anchorages all over the state and will affect numerous boaters, many of whom travel Georgia waters along the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW), which brings in millions of dollars to Georgia businesses and communities.
There are no reasonable safety or waterway-management reasons for taking state waters from the boating public.

Thankfully, Representative Ron Stephens (GA-164) has introduced HB-833, which would establish the “no anchoring” zones around structures, such-as private docks, to a more reasonable 150 feet.  HB-833 would still offer private land owners privacy, but without needlessly restricting access to our public waters and endangering the economic well-being of many of Georgia’s small businesses and communities along the ICW. 

Georgia’s waterways are a public resource held in public trust. Private landowners with waterfront property own their property – not the waterway. Georgia’s current anchoring rule is unwarranted and unfair, and it results in a locking up of public resources in private ownership.

Please ask your state representative to consider co-sponsoring HB-833 and vote “YES” when this important bill comes to the floor for a vote.
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