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Old 16-05-2011, 13:44   #31
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Re: Anchoring in Florida

St. Augustine holds a hearing on anchoring on May 26, 4 p.m., City Hall. It's probable that boater rights are at risk here, so anyone in the area may want to be on hand.
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Old 16-05-2011, 14:19   #32
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I appreciate your passion and enthusiam, but you may be a rival for Don Quixote here. Free and non-hassle anchoring is alive and well in Florida. Fernandina, St. Johns River, Pine Island, Tolomato River, St. Augustine (outside mooring field), Palm Coast north and middle canals, Daytona, Mosquito Lagoon, Indian River, St. Lucie River, Lake Worth, Pelican Harbor, Middle River, Lake Sylvia, Miami, Key Biscayne, Biscayne Bay, Elliott Key, Bayside Key Largo, Rodriguez Key, Tavernier, Lower Matecumbe Bight,.....and more (I'm weary of listing) up the gulf coast.

It seems as though Barbara Cook and a few of us could soon be rich just by cruising.

Maybe a flotilla could be gathered and the suits would be class action??

Wild dreams and all..........
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(2) Nothing contained in the provisions of this section shall be construed to prohibit local governmental authorities from the enactment or enforcement of regulations which prohibit or restrict the mooring or anchoring of floating structures or live-aboard vessels within their jurisdictions or of any vessels within the marked boundaries of mooring fields permitted as provided in s. 327.40. However, local governmental authorities are prohibited from regulating the anchoring outside of such mooring fields of non-live-aboard vessels in navigation.
Right, if you're outside a mooring field and your vessel is navigable (It can move on it's own/wind power as designed) You are not under their jurisdiction. This is in the statute to protect fishing/work boats, but it includes sail and power pleasure craft, even if you do live on it. But you have to fight it in court. I wonder if you can sue for malicious prosecution if you're the fourth case the court threw out this year?
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Maybe we need to begin a campaign to get the state legislature to pass a law that imposes some penalty on local governments that willfully ignore and/or violate the state laws? That's the real problem. There is no penalty when a city or county decides to ignore this state law, and passes their own more restrictive laws. You can take them to court, and you will win, but it's going to cost you time and money.

Same thing applied to firearms laws in Florida for the past 20 years--the state set laws specifically pre-empting the authority of local governments, but lots of local governments just ignored the state law. Finally, this year, the various gun organizations got the state legislature to pass a law that provides for penalties and suddenly there are lots of local laws (that were always unenforceable anyway) getting repealed. Of course, boat owners don't have quite the lobbying organization in place that the gun groups do.
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