Georgia Legislature Approves Measure Addressing Unnecessary Anchoring Restrictions

The Georgia State Legislature passed HB-833, which fixes several issues that unnecessarily restricted boaters’ access to anchor in all of Georgia’s tidal waters. The legislation now heads to Governor Kemp who is expected to sign the bill into law.

“This is a tremendous victory for the recreational boating community and a true testament to the impact that local boaters can make at the state level when advocating for this wonderful pastime,” said Lee Gatts, NMMA Southeast policy and engagement manager.

HB-833 allows responsible and reasonable docking regulations that put the recreational boating community’s needs at the forefront. The bill amends a mandatory 1,000-foot anchoring setback distance from all waterfront structures to now allowing docking for vessels in the following manner:

  • 150 feet from a structure (including a private dock, pier, bridge, or wharf);
  • 300 feet from a marina; and
  • 500 feet from a shellfish bed.