I think most of you are missing the real point. This is an obvious & clear legal
extortion of $$$$$ for 'revenue purposes'.
This situation in Volusia County has nothing to do with 'potties'. Most Florida
municipal jurisdictions are reportedly constantly receiving non-conformance citations to EPA regs. on their sewage plants and sewerage systems, etc.
Ask yourself, How is putting a 10¢ tie wrap going to prevent ANYTHING? All one has to do is cut the tie wrap, dump secretly, reinstall another 10¢ tie wrap, etc.???? A 10¢ tie-wrap, etc. stops NOTHING, but somehow by their very twisted lawyer-logic not having one applied can lead to heavy fines????? If the officials of Volusia County were HONEST and had INTEGRITY they could simply fire the waterway THUGS, install convenient and economical municipal owned and operated PUMP OUTS (and/or pump-out boats) stationed at their borders, could even be an unmanned self-service station --- but could make it CONVENIENT AND DESIRABLE that all transient boats coming into Volusia stop and pump. Would be a hell of a lot cheaper than the salaries of the 15-20 uniformed waterway-thugs, the extreme cost of their high powered 'pursuit boats' (always run at wide open throttle, even in 'manatee zones', etc. ) AND there would be no boater turds choking the waterways (which there are not) .... because its easy and convenient for boaters to do so.
As an aside, If this illogical and quite US unconstitutional Florida
Law was valid, then the logical progression should be that all males in FLORIDA (residents and non-residents alike) should be required to have tie-wraps on their penis' to prevent the commission of rape, etc. ... same logic as the Florida boat potty Law apparently created and enacted by those with 'less mental prowess than mildew'.
Nope, especially now in these times of 'economic depression', you can bet your arse that ALL this, and all the escalating country-wide aggressive enforcement of most (and inane) laws, is nothing more that an increased potential revenue source for these cash-strapped municipalities .... nothing more, nothing less.
I & my wife also had 'almost' the exact same thing happen in Volusia County ... the Deputy did briefly brandish his weapon when boarding, attempted (and succeeded) to intimidate the living hell out of us .... as all the while he kept 'playing' with his holstered weapon. Im a hunter/shooter and I will tell you that my sphincter was tingling through-out the whole episode; but, I also know that most 'cop-stops' nowadays are nothing but 'fishing expeditions' to make a lucrative 'bust'. Law abiding Citizens must clearly understand that they are become a prey-species for cash-strapped governments. Doesnt make any difference what the US Constitution states ... the reality is that cash-strapped 'governments' now have neither morals nor integrity anymore and citizens are definitely become a 'prey species'. Sorry to burst your pollyanna-mind bubble if you thought differently.
BTW Marathon/Boot Key FL in Monroe County ... has 'mandatory pump out boats' ... convenient, friendly, etc. and there are NO TURDS in Boot key Harbor. Boaters flock to Marathon/Boot Key and the surrounding area gets the increased economic reward. Nobody stops (nor should stop) in Volusia County unless they want to subject themselves to a possible fatal conflict with a deputy waterway-thug looking to make a $$$ bust.
Simply STAY OUT OF VOLUSIA COUNTY FLORIDA
.... they only want your 'fine' money
. In Volusia County, Florida transient boaters are simply the 'prey species' du jur.
Universally, citizens are now simply a 'prey species' for (broke) governments .... and the LEOs and other mercenary 'hired-guns' that they have employed are ever increasingly becoming NOTHING MORE than LEGAL
THUGS - or they get fired.
FOLLOW THE MONEY
. ITS ALL ABOUT $$$$$$ and NOT ABOUT 'POTTIES'.
Please pass the information of this 'incident' and its potentially dire warnings along to ANYONE you know who is traveling or will travel along the AICW. The best remedy and ultimate self-protection here for all is to STAY OUT OF VOLUSIA COUNTY FLORIDA ...... so maybe the testosterone laden 'deputy water-thugs' turn on themselves and their 'greed-opportunistic' employers. Someone IS eventually going to get shot by a deputy water-thug in Volusia County ... dont let it be YOU.