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.