Does anyone know of a single
source for consolidated
rules & regs for the Keys? It's pretty convoluted searching the EPA sites, FL DEP, etc to determine what the rules are and where the boundaries begin. Coast Pilot 5 just copies the EPA law verbatim.
For example, certain areas are no discharge zones - only cooling
water is permitted. Other areas allow gray water
discharge. Coastal boundary on the Atlantic side is 3nm, on the Gulf side it's 9nm (according to the FL website).
Another example: the FL DEP website says that Y-valves must be locked, and suggests using a non-removable cable tie for that purpose. On the Southwest FL Cruisers Net board there are reports that the local water
cops want a wire & padlock arrangement else you get a $250 fine. Which is correct?
Then there are the "special" rules for the Dry Tortugas
National Park and its surrounds....
So is there a single
/ easy source for all of this? We're headed down for the first time on the boat. Don't want to break the rules and know that ignorance is not a defensible position....