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Mooring Buoy Program Enhanced with Grant

BROWARD COUNTY, FL The Environmental Planning and Community Resilience Division has expanded its Mooring Buoy Program with the installation of ten mooring buoys offshore of Deerfield Beach and Hillsboro Beach. The installation of these buoys will help protect Broward's prized reefs by providing a way for boaters to secure their vessels at a fixed location over the natural coral reef and allow fishers and divers to enjoy our reefs without harmful effects from potential anchor damage.


The program is funded by a $20,105 competitive grant from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Florida Boating Improvement Program which provides funding for improvements to boating related projects in the State of Florida. Broward County was chosen as a grant recipient to support the installation of these ten mooring buoys.


With this investment, the County is able to expand the benefits of the mooring buoy program by also maintaining a fixed number of buoys and relocating existing buoys. These improvements will help ensure that some of our County’s most popular recreational boating destinations for fishing, snorkeling, and diving will have the same accessibility and added protection as the remaining reefs in the area. The County is pleased to partner with our local cities and state agencies in ongoing investments that provide the dual benefit of improved reef protections and recreational enjoyment of our valuable resources. 


LOCATION:  Approximately 0.5 miles offshore of Deerfield Beach and Hillsboro Beach. Site names and center coordinates:
  • Opal Towers = N 26° 17.574 W 80° 04.122
  • Hillsboro Ledge = N 26° 18.253 W 80° 04.079
  • Separated Rocks = N 26° 18.868 W 80° 03.987              


DATE: December 4, 2018


Natural Resources Specialist Senior

Environmental Planning and Community Resilience Division

PHONE: 954-519-1218