Here is the letter that we posted to several Fl. legislators.
Its not much, but if many of us modify it and send it to various members it will have an impact. The email
addresses can be found at the fl. legislature web site.
Thank you for taking the time to read our opinion on recent bill HB 1051 to be presented to the Legislature
We, (my wife and I) are not only Florida residents, but boaters also. We travel on our 51' sailboat for much of the year and enjoy anchoring in many locations, both in and out of Florida.
HB 1051 seems to us to be a mis-guided attempt to eliminate the problem of derelict and unsightly boats that take up permanent residence in some areas.
I say mis-guided as HB 1051 is deleterious to those of us who maintain our boats as "Yachts" and take great pride in their appearance and our decorum. (It references
not anchoring in "Recreational Boating
Zones" after sunset and before sunrise, just when most recreational boating
is NOT active!)
As we travel, we spend considerable monies with the local shops, and , for the most parts
make friends where we visit.
I am aware of a very few un-happy home owners in the Miami
and Ft. Lauderdale areas who, after buying
a home on the waterfront, decide that they do not want to see boats in their neighborhood.
These are the same type people who buy homes near the airport
, then complain about the planes flying over!
There are already laws in place, both local and state, to deal with the ugly and derelict boats, but they require the police to actually enforce them.
Bills such as HB1052 have created a considerable negative opinion of Florida within the cruising community and we now have many friends who skip past Florida and head
to the Bahamas
and the Caribbean
All to satisfy a very few "locals" with the funds to influence the introduction
of a bill to serve their needs.
We urge you to vote against HB 1051 when it comes up.
Very truly yours,
Robert & Maria Mitchell
Vero Beach and Sarasota