Originally Posted by mangomuffins
New plans for a mooring field...i mean a "recreational boating
plan". in bradenton beach.
Thanks for the link!!!
This whole can o' worms reeks and people are finding themselves at the mercy of a run away gov't (re: watercop thread).
So far, our local gig seems to be listening to input but they say it is inevitable... (huh??).
This anchorage is small and shallow but protected from every direction except the SE and has been used forever by "the people" for free.
It has long been a dumping ground for derelict and almost sinking boats by local semi homeless... the area I shall assume you are refering to is just south of the Brandenton Beach Pier? It would be a great place to put in a mooring field.. The east side of south side of the
Anna Maria Brdige is also an anchoring place as is the SW side of Jewfish Key.. north side of the Manatee across from the Desoto monunment.. by the green st bridge.. tierra cia bay..
I am sorry you feel that way... we, as boaters, have brought this upon ourselves.. I lived over in Cortez at Cortez Cove Marina for a bit... I saw daily that anchorage... it was, and unless something has changed, basically an eyesore. There are plenty of places one can anchor
for free in the area.. granted they are almost inacessable to get to from land.. but hey... thems the apples... I would have glady paid for a mooring when I was there. in fact if there is a mooring field.. I might consider Brandenton again.. Do you know if one has to live aboard to get on the mooring balls or is it just for liveaboards like Marathon is? Insurance
I looked at Bradenton Beach Marina.. to expensive and too noisy not to mention NO real privacy from the bridge, noise
Will never go back to Cortez Cove as long as that Bell girl owns it.. or Arno runs it.. if indeed he still does...
Of course at this point I am projecting out at least 3 yrs.. want to go down to Norfolk and live for a bit.. or rather VA Bch.. then perhaps Wilmington for a bit.. work my way south slowly. I am in no hurry to head
home as much as I miss it...
I am not a big fan of government
..in this case we need it...
Some of you just do not understand and have that entitlement mentality.. I can do as I please, anchor where I please and not maintain my boat and just walk away and leave it anchored for extended periods as I please with no one watching over it... that might have been a true thing to do 50 yrs ago... or even 30 yrs ago.. it is not now... we have more boaters than ever in florida... the boat companies just keep cranking them out..
then we have the problem of that mentality that is.. ohhhhh I can just buy a cheap
boat and live on it for free and not spend any money
.. usualy that set are the ones who either have some sort of 'problem' preventing them from working, or live in a fixed income
of some sort... or we have that group that is low income
to begin with and have this 'dream' of living on a boat and sailing the world mentality.. while, in truth, that is not such a bad idea.. that crowd comes to the table with little boating or boating cost knowledge. When the realities hit them like a sledgehammer that el cheapo needs a complete refit
costing many times more than what they paid for the boat reality hits.. they anchor the boat somewhere and walk away.. and guess who pays to deal with that abadoned boat.. the taxpayers...
There there is that element of society that buys an expensive house on the water
and just assumes, although thier deed clearly only gives them riparian rights, that the water
in front of thier nice house belongs to them.. this who idea of 'view' is universal even on land...
In Boulder Colorado they went thru this whole nonsense of thier view of the mtns not be obstructed so now.. no bldg can be taller than 2 stories in that town... same in florida... what, again, spoils it for a lot of us is that guy who parks his old ratty boat with docklines a mess on board, half deflated fenders, booze bottles everywhere (I am describing the 40 footer across my dock in fact).. bimini
torn.. and not repaired and they leave the boat there day after day.. If I owned that house I would have a fit too..
non boaters see the bilge pump
spitting water, and not knowing what it is.. immed. assume its the head
.. lol.... and there ya go.. billy bob gotrocks is at the local city council wanting an anti anchoring ordinance.. again another has spoiled it for the rest of us..
Tell ya what.. why don't we as boaters.. and cruisers.. work to police our own.. find a quiet anchorage for those boats that the owners don't want or cannot afford to maintain.. My boat is 44 yrs old.. I try hard to keep her lines coiled properly on the docks.. scrub the decks..
Let me give you an example of a non boater.. last summer this woman and her husband bought this boat nex to mine.. neither owned a boat before.. I had just scrubbed my decks the day before they bought it.. a week later I was sent some pretty nifty stuff to clean with.. I decided to try it on the decks.. so I wash the deck
yet again.. there was NO difference in the appearance of the deck
after or before.. yet this woman told me, "oh I am so glad you decided to wash you boat.. it looks so much better... " huh?
no change.. it was all in her perception..
and so on...
So who will be running that mooring field the City of Bradenton Beach.
Pump out? boat or over at bb marina?