It's pretty simple really. For pages with multiple panel bar sections, we provide links at the top of the page that allow the user to jump to a particular section. In order to ensure the user still sees the actual section they jumped to, we put this anchor in the first-level template as opposed to somewhere in the actual content of the section. We also have a go to top link in the first-level template that allows the user to jump back to the top of the page. With the solutions offered so far in this post, everything works as desired except that now, when the div is floated, the links at the top of the page do not work. Apparently, anchor tags are not wanting to jump to an anchor that is in a floated element.
While the application is in an intranet setting, I could whip together an example and send that.