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Old 07-03-2016, 10:49   #1
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FL Anchor Ban Passes House & Senate

Florida House & Senate have now passed the Anchor Limitations Area Bill, time to appeal directly to Governor Scott, who must sign it to become law July 1. Here is letter I just sent him, feel free to plagiarize any part, then send to directly to him at: Email the Governor

You have to understand that this Bill went through our House & Senate like Sh$%# through a goose, there is no doubt that if it becomes law every waterfront community will pressure their rep to enact their own ban. Please write the governor TODAY, even if you don't live or cruise here. Thank you

Dear Governor Scott: I am deeply concerned about the Anchor Limitation Areas Bill that just passed the House & Senate and I urge you to VETO it. As a licensed skipper, sailor, and resident of Jacksonville I have enjoyed the waterways here year round for the past decade. My family and I frequently sail from the St. Johns River, up and down the ICW. At the end of a long day we drop the hook wherever we are, and enjoy a peaceful sunset with dinner, and turn in early for the night. And I don’t mind if there are homes on the shore where we anchor, I’m happy to share the sunset.

The authors of this bill will tell you that there is a problem with access for water skiers in the three areas that will ban overnight anchoring: Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, and Destin. But this is disingenuous, for it is unlawful to water ski at night. This is, sir, a thinly veiled “scenery grab” by the waterfront homeowners in these areas. They seek to improve their view outside their condos. But these are public waterways used by boaters as staging areas as they prepare to cross the Gulf Stream or head for the Keys. They must wait for a proper weather window. Yes, there are marinas, but they are frequently full and unaffordable to many boaters.

Over the years I have met boaters from all over North America and Europe. They are a resourceful lot, and come here to enjoy the ICW as they head for the Keys, Bahamas, or Caribbean. Many store their boats in our boatyards for the summer. They are not boat bums, they spend a lot of money as they travel; and they will spend it only where they are welcome! To preclude boaters from anchoring in these locations tells them to move along—you’re not wanted here. And I have heard it said more than once that if there are restrictions, they will take a left at the St. Marys River and skip our state. These three areas are just the beginning sir, many waterside communities will pressure their representatives to enact their own ban and Florida will become a boat unfriendly state.

Please, don’t punish the thousands of responsible boaters who love cruising here!

You may write or call me at any time to discuss this issue. Thanks for your service, Capt. Robert Beringer
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Rather than sell how lovely boating is, I think a better approach would be to cite laws/rights, federal and state statutes, etc.
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Old 07-03-2016, 12:39   #3
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Rather than sell how lovely boating is, I think a better approach would be to cite laws/rights, federal and state statutes, etc.
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Then please do so, I think his letter is fine. I myself being a doubting Thomas, doubt many are actually read, I think it is how many come in that are more important than actual content, even an "I think your nuts don't do this" is better than nothing
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Rather than either beauty, or laws and rights, I suspect that most politicians will be most easily moved by appeals that involve the economic effects, or the potential to alienate blocks of voters. In that regard, the third paragraph of Capt Robert's letter hits the nail on the head fairly well. I would put that first, and leave out most of the rest. The shorter and more to-the-point the letter is, the more impact it will have.
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As with any law there is away around it.Drop your anchor where ever you want to spend the night.Just have someone fishing all night.There is no ban on anchored boats fishing all night.
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I think a better approach would be to sail (with one's custom) to places more welcoming of cruisers and less slavish to the 1%.
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Re: FL Anchor Ban Passes House & Senate

I sent my letter

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Dear Governor Scott: I am deeply concerned about the Anchor Limitation Areas Bill that just passed the House & Senate and I urge you to VETO it. As a sailor, and resident of LaBelle, I have enjoyed the waterways here year round for the past decade. I plan to sail around the world but locally will spend time in the ICW. At the end of a long day we drop the hook wherever we are, and enjoy a peaceful sunset with dinner, and turn in early for the night. And I don’t mind if there are homes on the shore where we anchor, I’m happy to share the sunset.

The authors of this bill will tell you that there is a problem with access for water skiers in the three areas that will ban overnight anchoring: Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, and Destin. But this is disingenuous, for it is unlawful to water ski at night. This is, sir, a thinly veiled “scenery grab” by the waterfront homeowners in these areas. They seek to improve their view outside their condos. But these are public waterways used by boaters as staging areas as they prepare to cross the Gulf Stream or head for the Keys. They must wait for a proper weather window. Yes, there are marinas, but they are frequently full and unaffordable to many boaters. When I anchor I do my best to not be in the way of other boaters, often using 2 anchors to limit my motion.

Over the years I have met boaters from all over North America and Europe. They are a resourceful lot, and come here to enjoy the ICW as they head for the Keys, Bahamas, or Caribbean. Many store their boats in our boatyards for the summer. They are not boat bums, they spend a lot of money as they travel; and they will spend it only where they are welcome! To preclude boaters from anchoring in these locations tells them to move along—you’re not wanted here. And I have heard it said more than once that if there are restrictions, they will take a left at the St. Marys River and skip our state. These three areas are just the beginning sir, many waterside communities will pressure their representatives to enact their own ban and Florida will become a boat unfriendly state.

Please, don’t punish the thousands of responsible boaters who love cruising here!

You may write me at any time to discuss this issue. Thanks for your service, Jon Held, Jon Held's sailboat Steelin Time

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I sent mine as well. As a new resident and a waterfront view home owner my approach was a little different. I pointed out that we moved to Florida to enjoy sailing along the coast, stopping where we like and taking in the beaches. That when we stopped we often tried local restaurants, made repairs or waited out weather.

I said I was very sad that our new home was moving in this restricted direction and was obviously being driven by a narrow well monied group. I also pointed out that I was now eligible to vote and urged him to veto the bill.

Sadly, I agree they are not read other than For or Against. but it is my first Florida vote.
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Scott's an idiot (put nicely). I doubt any argument about how much money we spend supporting Floridian businesses in the state is going to sway him.
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Well if you have ever been stuck in the massive boat, party-thons that go on just pass the bridge in Destin you could understand how locals might want this ban. Maybe suggest the law actually address the real problem rather than blanket "all anchoring". Real straight language focused on the problem. Compromise people, the locals have rights too.
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Dear Governor Scott
Please veto the recently passed Anchor Limitations Area Bill passed by the Florida Legislature. This legislation threatens not only the Florida economy generally but the economic wellbeing of many small towns and marinas throughout the state. In addition, the inability to safely anchor in the proposed waterways (and likely many more to be added) will create a significant safety hazard to many traveling boaters who will be forced to make longer voyages, often during inclement weather and darkness.
For hundreds of years mariners have been able to explore and voyage throughout North America while the development of land along our waterways is a relatively new development. I urge you to think carefully of the impact of the Anchor Limitations Area Bill and its implications, including the message this legislation sends to the tourist and marine industry. Clearly there are conflicts that have developed in recent years with increased land development and traditional utilization of our natural water resources. Reasonable people with thoughtful leadership can find amendable resolution of these issues – crushing one natural resource users rights for the benefit of another is clearly unreasonable. Please send the proposed legislation back to the legislative leadership for refinement that will be acceptable to land owners and mariners whose predecessor’s have thoughtfully plied and anchored in these waters for hundreds of years. Under your leadership we can all live and visit in Florida peacefully and safely.
Thank you for your consideration,

Captain Ronald R Hall
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PS – we bought our trawler in Florida in 2013, paying over $20,000 in local taxes and fees and will be traveling in Florida again in 2016. Please don’t discourage boaters like us from coming to and visiting your beautiful state.
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Just tell Rick Scott that there is millions of dollars in anchorages that he can steal if he appeals the bill, that might get his attention
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Then please do so, I think his letter is fine. I myself being a doubting Thomas, doubt many are actually read, I think it is how many come in that are more important than actual content, even an "I think your nuts don't do this" is better than nothing

Polite letters/emails are good. Catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.

The best way to get a politician's attention is a media campaign in your favor. A campaign that requires him to respond publicly or face possible embarrassment/loss of votes.

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Florida House & Senate have now passed the Anchor Limitations Area Bill, time to appeal directly to Governor Scott, who must sign it to become law July 1. Here is letter I just sent him, feel free to plagiarize any part, then send to directly to him at: Email the Governor

You have to understand that this Bill went through our House & Senate like Sh$%# through a goose, there is no doubt that if it becomes law every waterfront community will pressure their rep to enact their own ban. Please write the governor TODAY, even if you don't live or cruise here. Thank you

Dear Governor Scott: I am deeply concerned about the Anchor Limitation Areas Bill that just passed the House & Senate and I urge you to VETO it. As a licensed skipper, sailor, and resident of Jacksonville I have enjoyed the waterways here year round for the past decade. My family and I frequently sail from the St. Johns River, up and down the ICW. At the end of a long day we drop the hook wherever we are, and enjoy a peaceful sunset with dinner, and turn in early for the night. And I don’t mind if there are homes on the shore where we anchor, I’m happy to share the sunset.

The authors of this bill will tell you that there is a problem with access for water skiers in the three areas that will ban overnight anchoring: Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, and Destin. But this is disingenuous, for it is unlawful to water ski at night. This is, sir, a thinly veiled “scenery grab” by the waterfront homeowners in these areas. They seek to improve their view outside their condos. But these are public waterways used by boaters as staging areas as they prepare to cross the Gulf Stream or head for the Keys. They must wait for a proper weather window. Yes, there are marinas, but they are frequently full and unaffordable to many boaters.

Over the years I have met boaters from all over North America and Europe. They are a resourceful lot, and come here to enjoy the ICW as they head for the Keys, Bahamas, or Caribbean. Many store their boats in our boatyards for the summer. They are not boat bums, they spend a lot of money as they travel; and they will spend it only where they are welcome! To preclude boaters from anchoring in these locations tells them to move along—you’re not wanted here. And I have heard it said more than once that if there are restrictions, they will take a left at the St. Marys River and skip our state. These three areas are just the beginning sir, many waterside communities will pressure their representatives to enact their own ban and Florida will become a boat unfriendly state.

Please, don’t punish the thousands of responsible boaters who love cruising here!

You may write or call me at any time to discuss this issue. Thanks for your service, Capt. Robert Beringer
Thanks for the info and the Governor's email. I have added my two cents to his mailbox.
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Well, might be smart to consider dynamic positioning installed instead of anchoring. Could stay closer to someones private beach than ever before without breaking a law
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