Property owners? They aren't the only ones that pay for infrastructure and services.
I have to admit that there are cases where "bums" are living in derelict vessels. We've got that right here in Bradenton Beach. I used to moor off of Wysteria Is. in Key West
where living on a boat has become the only affordable housing for many of the working class. At the time there were several unsavory, even violent and dangerous n'er do wells living on such boats. These individuals do give "liveaboards" a bad name, but this is about the individuals not the boats.
I'm not sure where the above photo
was taken, but there probably are folks living on those boats. Would we feel better if the vessels were shiny and new [or at least floating
] but the "liveaboards" were still "bums"?
This is a class issue.
Gentrification is what drives these measures. Whether the regulating body is State, Municipal or Federal is irrelevant. Everyone has to be somewhere. If this type of living accommodation keeps someone from "living under the bridge" then I say great. Everyone deserves shelter from the elements. Bad behavior is another matter and there are already PLENTY of laws to control that issue. I don't care if the guy anchored next to me is in a crappy looking boat [though it should at least float
... there are regs regarding hazards to navigation
already], I just expect reasonable behavior which includes having the respect to make sure his boat doesn't drag down on mine in a blow and if it does to help correct the situation.
The powers that be are planning a mooring
field here soon. Most in the anchorage are honest hard working people. Boat life allows them some relief from the ever escalating cost of living and to enjoy some things which they might not if they had to pay the $1000+/mo. rent here on the island.
Forcing them to pay for a mooring is just a way to urge them to "move on".
NO gov,t. should be able to say you can't anchor here or there (unless it's a safety
issue). It's all public water. Bad behavior is another issue.
restrictions in Florida? ... It's all about the gentry.