Posted Friday, November 6, 2009
It's been a long time in coming, but the much debated and anticipated Dinner Key Mooring Field is a reality, and on Nov. 1st, 2009 opened for business.
The City's new 225 vessel mooring facility lies just offshore from Dinner Key Marina, in Coconut Grove. The facility features moorings constructed of high quality steel helix anchors coupled with Helmken "StormSoft" upline/buoy systems designed to safely accommodate vessels up to 40'.
In addition to safe and affordable mooring, the DKMF also offers a variety of services and amenities that boaters will be able to enjoy, including restrooms, showers, laundry facilities, dinghy dock, customer shuttle vessel service (launch), vehicle & bicycle parking, trash pickup, recycling, a free pumpout vessel and use of the Harbormaster's Office & Lounge.
As part of the Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserve, the City pursued the opportunity to provide transient and liveaboard customers with access to a managed mooring field which protects seagrass beds and other aquatic vegetation. In addition, the CIty recently purchased a Pump Out vessel which will aid the disposal of vessel waste and improve bay water quality.
The project was able to be completed thanks to a generous grant from the Florida Inland Navigation District.
This video explains the most important facts about the mooring field:
Here's a video detailing a brief history of the Dinner Key Mooring Field project: