Good to hear it's better now... but between the lines I understand that they still aren't friendly ;-)
I know what you mean about the skipper's attitude and we see that happening everywhere we go... but I can assure you that this wasn't the problem in south FL before. It's just that they acted like they were at war with the visiting yachts and being a friendly skipper
was just suspicious in their eyes.
Our last entry in FL was last year by plane in Ft Lauderdale International airport
and we were met with smiles on the faces of the immigration officials and we were stunned! The whole atmosphere in that room with all the boots had changed to one of happiness and feeling welcome as tourists.
The year before that we were at the same airport
and were met with faces that only showed they were bored and didn't really want the job they had. Everything went slow, the people in the lines were tired of waiting standing and all the faces were sad.
Before that it was 2003 at Miami
International airport so a big gap but they were outright hostile; so much so, that my parents who traveled with us, were shaken by the experience and they aren't luxury spoiled because they survived the Nazis and hunger during the war in Holland
. But after a couple of days in the FL sun they were okay again... until a guy in a small and fast Key West
patrol boat (coast guard??) aimed his tripod mounted 50 caliber machine gun at us while speeding by. We were very happy to leave that area, too many guns
and angry faces ;-) I know that it probably just is the wrong place for honest sailors to go but we were still naive then.
Added to that was the often hostile attitude of the people living in houses along the shores of south FL. You find that in all the threads about anchoring
rights etc. I remember we were anchored off Key Biscayne and the only two places we were allowed to land with the dinghy
were the public marina (far far away from the shops) and a piece of land owned by a church. Everywhere else we were met by red angry shouting faces and/or guns
. That piece of land owned by the church was right next to a school
with a fenced yard where the children
played. We had to walk along that fence (on the other side of it) and that was enough for people to call the police. One was brave enough to approach us and ask if we were there to kidnap children
. He was kind enough to tell the police it was "false alarm" and they even waved to us every time we passed after that. These people live in constant fear and/or jealousy
. Probably the price
they pay for having so much money
and their urge to show it.
well, enough ranting for today! ;-)