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Posted on: September 16, 2020

TEMPORARY MOBILE PUMP-OUT PROGRAM UPDATES, ADDITIONAL SERVICE SLATED FOR UPPER KEYS

Monroe County Vessel Pump-Out Graphic with anchored sailboat in picture

In partnership with the City of Key West, a temporary mobile vessel pump-out service began in August for the Key West and Stock Island anchorage areas providing pump-out services for any vessels that register with the County. To date, more than 80 vessels have registered for the free service, while the County continues to seek a new vendor to provide long-term mobile pump-out services to vessels anchored throughout the Florida Keys. The county is working with On The Hook Marine Services to provide services to anchored vessels in the Upper Keys to tentatively start in October.

Liveaboard boaters in the following anchorages, Wisteria, Fleming, Seaplane Basin, Cow Key Channel, and Boca Chica Basin, who are interested in receiving this free service, can register at www.monroecounty-fl.gov/pumpout or they can fill out a registration form available at the Garrison Bight or Key West Bight marina offices. More information regarding the Upper Keys service will be available within the next week at www.monroecounty-fl.gov/pumpout.

All boaters are reminded that sewage discharge is prohibited within the boundaries of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Participation in the Monroe County Mobile Vessel Pump-out Service assists anchored boaters in complying with the no-discharge regulation and the Monroe County Proof of Pump-out requirement. Several shoreside pump-out stations are also available throughout Monroe County. A list of available facilities can also be found at www.monroecounty-fl.gov/pumpout.

For more information, contact the Monroe County Marine Resources Office at 305-289-2505 or hitchins-celia@monroecounty-fl.gov or in the Key West area, the City of Key West at 305-809-3983 or keywestbightmarina@cityofkeywest-fl.gov.

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