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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