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Unread Yesterday, 02:39 PM   #1
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Default Anchoring to bridges question...

Does the state of Florida care if you tie to or anchor to a bridge piling (Obviously not in the channel)? I've read mixed responses from google searching, thought I'd ask here.

We attempted to fish the I-10 bridge in Escambia Bay last weekend for sheepshead and it was a chore to get the boat situated with the wind blowing. Planning to try the 3 Mile bridge this weekend if the weather allows.
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I was told to more from under the Baars bridge by FWC. I was not in the channel but tied to the fender between it and the shore on the north side. he said it was against the law.
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I've been told it is illegal. However, I've done it MANY times at the I-10 and Garcon Pt. bridges, with no hassle. You can always drop anchor as an option.
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Unread Today, 09:34 AM   #4
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This time of year the Destin bridge has boats tied to every other piling. People tie off and get up on the base of the piling. I've been checked by FWC while doing it and never had it come up. If it's a bridge people fish off be respectful of there space. Some do cast back under the bridge unaware of a boats presence.
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I've never been stopped, but according to this document it is illegal to anchor under a bridge.

(Last paragraph under "Homeland Security Restrictions".)

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