Florida is a beautiful state with wonderful people. But like all places, the two percent who are a**holes ruin it for the 98% who are terrific. Florida has enacted and enforced some tough laws for that two percent, and this affects everyone, including the 98% - and not always in a good way.
Though not a native, I have lived here for many years and have seen it grow from 3 million to almost 20 million inhabitants. That's just too many people but Florida is a victim of its own charms, including great weather
, fabulous beaches, incredible inland and coastal waterways, no income
tax and a laissez-faire attitude toward business and life.
Florida has always been for people who take life easy and who are not obsessed with rules, regulations
and structure. Unfortunately, with almost 20 million people here now, infrastructure has arrived with a vengeance.
Florida is simply overbuilt and over populated along the edges. Too many people in one place causes conflict and that's what is at the root of the anti boater mentality. The cities and counties are at a loss as to what to do about derelict and abandoned and sunk boats. One pontificator on this site says that there are laws on the books
that allow the local governments to do something about this. Show me these laws...cite the specific regs and enforcement mechanisms that allow the n'er-do-well boaters to be driven off while at the same time precluding the local towns from being in conflict with other federal regulations
You can't get there from here. And that is much of the problem.
As for out of state boaters here in Florida, I have always welcomed them and have always lent them a hand any way I could. Boaters are a special, warm, helpful breed no matter where they are and Florida has a very good record
of welcoming boaters from everywhere, as long as they pretty much follow the law and get their cruising sticker if that is what they are supposed to do.
Does Florida have some obnoxious waterway cops? You bet we do. Remember the two percent making life miserable for the 98%. Police have their two percent, too.
One last point. As for the guy who took 68 rounds from the Polk County deputies in Lakeland, from all indications he was one of the worst of the two percent. Even his own friends and family
were happy to see him exit, according to all news reports. If he had committed those atrocities against your wife or daughter what would you want done to him?
Florida can be a primal state.
I love it here.