Originally Posted by letsgetsailing3
I eliminated the irrelevant stuff that had nothing to do with rationing from my response. This isn't about who has the most relevant "Florida cred", it's about who has the more sensible argument.
So your position is that Florida
should make it more difficult to anchor in the state. Got it. That could also be accomplished simply through a more thorough registration
and tax process. Unless this is just about some homeowner who doesn't want boats anchored in front of his property.
I suspect most Florida citizens don't really care, which is why the legislature is always trying to sneak in some very specific rules on a short time frame without a lot of citizen input, and vote on it in a legislative session.
Those who DO care should be providing some inputs to their legislature. I generally believe that the less regulation, the better. I definitely don't think you should give the government
more authority than they need in order to solve any specific problem.
And that's where we are. What is the specific problem they're trying to solve? If it's derelict boats, I think we're giving more authority than needed, and maybe not enough specific resources.
The specific problem is too many boats anchoring
in popular places at popular times.
Boot Key harbor is a great example of this. At the height of the season there is a waiting list for balls that can approach 40 boats. Sisters Creek will sometimes have ten boats anchored along with the usual small tourist fishing
boats drifting and the tourist kayaks trying to avoid them, not to mention the heavier than normal traffic using Sisters Creek to get in or out of the harbor while one or sometimes two boats anchor off the public beach to use the bathrooms, fresh water
showers, and fill their water jugs.
Using the West entrance is even worse. Boats anchored as close as 30-40 feet from each other and normally once a week CH68 will have traffic about one dragging anchor and playing bumper cars with the other boat. Once you get past the bridge to no where you start hitting the traffic from the high end marinas clogging up the channel while slowly entering or exiting their slips. Past Sunset Grill
you can sometimes count fifty boats anchored South of the Seven Mile Bridge adding their dinghy
traffic to the already over burdened channel, normally at a full plane.
Unfortunately Marathon is one of the better places. Key West
is a zoo with no really protected anchorage and more traffic. But both of these places pale compared to Biscayne Bay and the ICW which is even more crowded along with the additional problem of not everyone speaking the same language.
Best guess is over 400 boats are anchored or on a ball in or close to Boot Key Harbor in the season, and maybe fifty in the summer. So how would you suggest resources should be allocated to deal with maximum demand and not take a big economic hit in the off season.
Restricting anchoring seems like the best solution to me.