Santa Barbara’s seas will soon be a little less wild due to a law which will regulate anchorages and moorings for the first time in local history; the proposed law was unanimously approved on Tuesday by the city’s Ordinance Committee and is expected to receive final approval by the Santa Barbara City Council in April. According to harbor staff, 81 boats have sunk or wrecked on the beach since 1981, costing taxpayers $250,000 in cleanup costs. The ordinance would establish a permitted moorage area for 45 boats, with an annual permit fee of $250 per boat; a free seasonal anchorage; and a free year-round anchorage further east. Only operable boats would be granted permits.

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