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Old 10-01-2009, 20:04   #1
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Pelican Press | Analysis: Mooring field wins city's OK


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Old 10-01-2009, 20:14   #2
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Stuff like this makes world cruising look better and better. The world is a big place, and there's plenty of destinations to sail to where you don't need to be persecuted like this. The criminalization of the liveaboard lifestyle continues in Florida. Whatever happened to freedom?

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Old 10-01-2009, 20:34   #3
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Nice... Another great example of the biggest and greediest idiots that have no idea of a subject that they are voting on!! I can't wait until some other greedy idiot finds a rare worm residing on one of the councils property and the Federal arm grabs their land and makes it into a "reserve." I want them to also experience abuse of power and law befall on them some day..

One can only hope! Anyway, enough rant, I just makes me want to avoid floriduh more and more every time I read their out of control laws in that state! It's a shame too as I always heard it was a gorgeous state..
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What a crock of SH*T

I don't even live there, but I do get pissed when I see the local and fedrl gov's trying to find more and more ways to get money outta people. Another form of taxation without representation, eh? I've always wanted to cruise flo-rida for a few months, but I been readin more and more stories like this. Hopefully it doesn't spread throughought the states, but I know it's inevitable.

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An interesting and informative opinion:
Mooring Field and Marina Jack - A Saga

Part 1:
Save Our Sarasota™: Mooring Field and Marina Jack - A Saga

Part 2: Save Our Sarasota™: Mooring Field and Marina Jack - A Saga

BoatUS ~ Mooring field math: Mooring field math | Boat/US Magazine | Find Articles at BNET
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Old 11-01-2009, 03:53   #6
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Here's a link to a copy of the draft Florida legislation: I didn't find anything related to Sarasota's plan to limit anchoring to three days, but there are other troubling provisions.

A couple of excerpts...

(2) – Provides a 500' buffer zone around public mooring facilities within which the anchoring
of unattended vessels is prohibited; provides a definition of “public mooring facility” that
includes mooring fields, marinas and other facilities that provide moorings, slips, or dockage
services to the general public on a first come-first served basis. The term does not include
private clubs, dockominiums, or other facilities not open to the public.
Section 10. Creates a new § 327.61 – SUBSTANTIVE PROVISIONS IN THIS
(1) Permits a county or municipality to pass an ordinance to prohibit vessels from overnight
anchoring within its jurisdiction for more than 30 consecutive nights or for more than a total
of 120 nights in a year; provides exceptions for anchoring that is merely incidental to other
activities. Provides that the time limits would not apply in incidents of force majeure (an
event such as war, labor strike, or extreme weather that cannot be reasonably anticipated or
controlled) or when exigent circumstances are such that requiring the vessel to relocate would
place it or the people on it in danger.
(2) Violation of such an ordinance would be an infraction.
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The situation here in Florida is that current State Law prohibits any regulation of vessels outside of a mooring field by any municipality, so there is a municipal stampede to install them in order to allow them to regulate boaters.

Frankly, in some cases, they do have a point. In some areas of the State, the 'unofficial' mooring sites which have popped up are filled with abandoned vessels and boats that aren't movable (no engines) some of which are used as live aboards. The new proposals are attempting to manage mooring areas and prevent them from becoming floating trailer parks.

Having said that, there are other areas in which the boats in mooring areas are pristine and locals are just attempting to get rid of them using the above paragraph as one of the reasons. I've been fighting perceptions and proposed regulations locally as local politicians are blaming boaters for the declining health of the lagoon. This is a red herring, and a completely non factual point of view. The State commissioned a recent study and it was found that massive real estate development the last few years is the reason for the decline in water quality and that boaters/ live aboards are innocent. A fact which constantly escapes the local "get rid of boaters" movement.

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