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Old 07-05-2012, 12:27   #1
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Florida Keys: Going #2 in a hole in the sand, legal?

I know this is a bizarre question but I had to ask!

I am headed down to the Florida Keys on my Montgomery 17 on Thursday and I plan to spend about 3 weeks down there cruising around and exploring the deserted islands and such. I have a porta potti aboard but I want to try to use it as little as possible.

I wonder if it is legal or not to dig a hole in the ground and bury your "troubles"?

I am a backpacker and I know in state parks around the US it is legal to do so, I wonder if the same applies for the Keys? I would think so.....

Figured I would ask here before I call the Coast Guard and check.

Thanks for helping me with my "troubles"!
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Old 07-05-2012, 12:45   #2
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Re: Florida Keys: Going #2 in a hole in the sand, legal?

I don't think the Coast Guard is going to help you. You would need to talk perhaps to the Parks Division. Unless you are being an exhibitionist about it, I doubt you need to worry. Simply claim desperation.

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Re: Florida Keys: Going #2 in a hole in the sand, legal?

Yeah.... what he said...
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Old 07-05-2012, 13:55   #4
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Re: Florida Keys: Going #2 in a hole in the sand, legal?

If there is not a toilet around, I guess what else can you do. Probably something on the bill of rights or declaration of independence has to cover this. I third the idea of claiming desperation and begging for forgiveness from the Coast Guard / Park Authority!
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Old 07-05-2012, 14:01   #5
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Re: Florida Keys: Going #2 in a hole in the sand, legal?

Ok, that's what I was thinking but I wasn't sure if I was totally out of place.

Thanks!
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Old 07-05-2012, 14:15   #6
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Re: Florida Keys: Going #2 in a hole in the sand, legal?

Do what you gotta do, but I doubt it's the reccomended vacation plan. And I can't see anyone giving you the ok.
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Old 07-05-2012, 14:41   #7
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Re: Florida Keys: Going #2 in a hole in the sand, legal?

You could always get a lat/long of the "site" and post it on a geo-caching site described as "very rich" !

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Re: Florida Keys: Going #2 in a hole in the sand, legal?

wait till night time so no one can see you. Trust me,,,the no-seeums will have a good feast on your backside and underside,,bring bug spray
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Re: Florida Keys: Going #2 in a hole in the sand, legal?

bury it deep, above the waterline.
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Old 07-05-2012, 15:21   #10
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Not many deserted islands in the FL keys. They are coral in composition so digging a hole can be a bit of a problem. Otherwise, I doubt the FWC cares if you "dispose" of it well enough. We have been using septic systems there for years until they put in our new sewer system in the last 2-3 years. Have fun!
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Re: Florida Keys: Going #2 in a hole in the sand, legal?

Trust me,
Theres at leasy one person in jail there at any one time for "going" out doors. they will throw the book at you and not to read while you poop!
Invest in a 20 buck pota-potty
Even if your only a 17 if CG or grouper troopers see a boat without head your looking at $250.00 ticket.
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Re: Florida Keys: Going #2 in a hole in the sand, legal?

The no discharge zone applies to boats with a head. If your boat doesnt have a head, drop the "troubles" in a bucket and through overboard.
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Re: Florida Keys: Going #2 in a hole in the sand, legal?

You might want to make a trip to the Marquesas and Dry Tortugas. A friend and I went there late February of this year in a home made 15' catboat. It is really a great place to visit. Dont forget the snorkle gear.
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Re: Florida Keys: Going #2 in a hole in the sand, legal?

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Ok, that's what I was thinking but I wasn't sure if I was totally out of place.

Thanks!

Out of place or not depends entirely on where you dig the hole and your aim.
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