Originally Posted by Kettlewell
Not really so different that different rules are needed. Having different regulations
makes cruising very difficult as you can't possibly put signs everywhere saying no anchoring here, register after 90 days there, stay 200 feet off here, etc. It would be like deciding that it is better to drive on the left in Key West
because of local desires, while Marathon prefers the right, and Islamorada likes the left. Cruisers won't know what laws pertain where. It is why we have a uniform rules of the road etc. All of this is just a money
grab in Marathon. The city has a shortfall of around $150,000 in their budget
for the marina and moorings and they are trying to force everyone onto moorings and to pay more at the dinghy dock
, which is now $22 per day. Same issues in St. Pete, Sarasota
, St. Augustine, and Martin County--they just want to force people to pay up. St. Augustine needs the revenue for improvements to the city marina. Follow the money
and you will understand where these regs. originate. The other excuses are a smokescreen.
Agreed 100% that these mooring
fields are a huge downfall & cost. With the no buffer zone and the raise in rates, it's in my opinion, a way to make an opportunity to put in more moorings in Marathon. With them already being in the red it will only get worse, cost wise, with more moorings. But that is a problem with society nowadays, more laws, more rules and too many governments believing that we as humans are stupid or need to be governed like a day camp. Or at the very least penny us to death with one fee or tax added here or there.
The biggest complaint that we as cruisers seem to hear about the need for the Pilot Program is, derelict boats, unsightly boats, etc... But if derelict boats are the reason for doing a Pilot Program, why don't they just enforce the laws that are already in place? Seem like too simple of a solution, if that's their true concern. Only 50 boats max. would fit into their new only designated anchorage area in BKH. At peak of season this year, it would have thrown about 100 boats out of the Harbor and put them in more harms way anchored outside the island. I don't know the size of areas in other anchorages/moorings in Florida
. But I do know Marathon has a heavy volume of users with a full mooring
field (250+ moorings) and 150+ boats anchored in BKH, Sisters Creek and Whiskey Creek. And with the mention of Sisters & Whiskey Creeks, those are the best anchoring solutions for year round boaters to hide from hurricanes if a threat does come their way.
Personal opinion: people in houses can sit there saying boats ruin their view of the landscape. Where as myself I could also say their houses are blocking our views of the natural land. But that is just as crazy as a dog chasing its own tail.
P.S. city council is holding a meeting at City Marina in regards to the rate increases and looking at other options next Thursday @ 5pm. We'll see what comes out of that.