I am writing to register my opposition to Senator Deanís recently introduced bill www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2015/1548
In particular, I object to any type of anchoring
setoffs for the following reasons:
They are a clear violation of our rights to use the waters of the state freely, as defined in the Public Trust Doctrine
They create numerous dangerous scenarios for boaters facing weather
or other issues by denying them a place to safely anchor
They do not solve any of the problems cited by the State of Florida
and/or the FWC, in particular, derelict boats
There are already laws on the books
to deal with the purported issues being raised
This bill serves only to placate waterfront homeowners who wish to remove boats from their view. This is a completely dishonest use of your legislative power.
The 200 foot setoff will eliminate virtually every anchorage in SW Florida
, and most of those elsewhere in the state
You may not be aware of the following facts:
Over 12000 boats come into Florida every fall/winter. These boaters generate considerable revenue for Florida businesses. The average boaterís budget
is in excess of $1500 per month. Thatís $18 million per month as a minimum. This does not count capital expenditures in Florida for such things as repairs
or necessary upgrades on the boat, expenditures which are vital to the financial health
of small marine
oriented business in Florida.
Boaters are not one or two week vacationers on tiny budgets. Snowbird boaters will often stay as long as six months, making their financial contribution to the state of Florida much more important.
The vast majority of boaters are responsible individuals who obey the laws and who work to improve our sport so that all may benefit.
This past winter, there were waiting lists for a mooring
ball of as many as 30 boats in Marathonís Boot Key Harbor. The same situation existed in Miami
, with Dinner Key having almost no available slips or mooring
balls from mid-December. Fort Lauderdale
of course has only ten or so mooring balls and again, almost no available slips.
Just where do boaters go if there is no available dockage/moorage and there are no anchorages
available? Has anyone even thought of that? Have you?
As a boater, should you pass this legislation, I will be forced to go elsewhere - which is of course what those backing this Bill wish to see happen. I will of course take my money
As a voter, I assure you, your vote in favor of this Bill will lose mine, and we ARE watching what you do through our various boating
organizations. There will be repercussions.
I repeat, please do not support this Bill. The negative consequences of doing so for all concerned, with the exception of a very few waterfront homeowners, is far too great.
Lastly, I wish to hear from you your intentions regarding this Bill so that I may inform other boaters of what you intend to do. Please contact me via this email
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