HSailor: I didn't know that at all. I went looking after reading your post and found the definition. I shoulda waited as Gord researched it and found more stuff than I did anyway. Thanks gentlemen.
One thing I also noticed is that on the Dinner Key dock
the rates are for dockage, liveaboard dockage, and commercial dockage. The mooring field is just overnight and monthly. I read that as no liveaboards on moorings under the very narrow FL definition. I guess my only question is whether a "full-time cruiser", renting
a monthly mooring indefinitely would have to pump out every 3 days without fail? Maybe the pumpout provision is just poorly written.
I guess I don't really care personally beyond the loss of my right to drop the hook whenever, wherever. Under Fl law if you really are cruising, localities can't regulate anchoring beyond or outside the mooring field. And I have little sympathy for the physical view of the property owner I may be in sight of. First, when I am king, no one will be allowed to buy waterfront property. I deem it belonging to all of us. Second, ownership
of the land extends to the high tide mark, not as far as one can see.
All that said, if you can rent a mooring for $275 a month indefinitely at Dinner Key, live on your boat that really is an operational vessel, have showers, a parking spot, dinghy
dock, trash disposal, water
, free pumpout ... hell, Dick's Bar is still there isn't it?, that's a heckava good deal! One of Gord's links refers to the City of Marathon possibly or apparently wising up to the fact that the liveaboards in Boot Key harbor actually are part of the community's economy.
It's moot for me now. I plan to keep moving. In deference to my advancing age, however, a windlass
is on my refit