I have a few fears about this entire situation. None of them have to do with Mr. Karlton. They all have to do with boaters who might come in. Here's some things to think about.
- Mr. Karlton is not stupid. He has shown that he knows the ordinances of Miami
Beach quite well. Multiple cruisers have told me that the music
stops at 10 or 11 at night - probably coinciding with a local regulation. The light shining on the water
is probably not covered by an ordinance. He knows that.
- To the best of my knowledge, Mr. Karlton has not brought his personal boat out and obstructed other boats although he's threatened to do this. Bringing his boat out and causing damage to others would take this away from Miami Beach regulations
and move it much more into Federal regulations
with the Coast Guard, etc. If he ever moved his boat out to cause interference
, I'd hope that the boaters anchored there would have a good plan about how to deal with it (calling local law enforcement, Coast Guard, video taping the obstruction) along with the relevant laws about it.
- The Sunset Lake anchorage does not really border the ICW
- it's quite a bit away. It isn't a bad overnight anchorage while passing through but there are certainly much better anchorages
for visiting Miami Beach that are close to there.
I worry that there's a feeling that we need to somehow teach this guy a lesson. What exactly will that prove? I fear that Mr. Karlton is going to end up meeting a boater who's had too much to drink, carries weapons, and gets royally pissed off enough to cause an incident. While operating completely under the law, Mr. Karlton would love this type of thing (assuming he isn't shot) because it would give him help in his personal battle against people dropping their anchor
in his view. The results of this might damage the ability to anchor
in the other, nicer anchorages
in the area.
There are probably much more creative ways to get a message across without causing an incident. Mr. Karlton is a real estate developer and probably has a wake of properties in his portfolio. Someone once told me he owns a few restaurants although I haven't found evidence of this. Staying totally within the law and in fact using the law would be a much more effective way at getting Mr. Karlton to stop his annoying behaviors. For example, leaving public protests at his properties, calling with hundreds of reservations at his restaurants, finding some legal
small claims suit annoyance - these types of things will be much more effective in using the law on our side much like he's using the law on his to cause the annoyance. If his actions based on a couple of boaters anchoring
outside his backyard a couple of times a month started causing issues and cost in his real life business, he'd stop.
Before organizing a huge "anchor-in", I'd hope someone familiar with the Miami Beach ordinances would make sure they understood all the issues that might be faced. It's also quite possible that Mr. Karlton won't be at his residence on that one July 4th day.
I guess what I'm saying is that instead of confronting Mr. Karlton directly, it might be much more effective and safer if the things that really mattered to Mr. Karlton (his business?) were brought into the equation to raise the stakes for him a little. It's all just too easy for him to shine a bright light at a boat right now.