Bob and Lynn,
The real problem is it's not about boat slips it's about water
view residential. If a 4000 sq ft home on the Chesapeake in Cape Charles can sell for $1 million dollars then in FL that is at least 2 - 3 Million for one home lot.
Boat slips are the tail on the dog. Most of the people that are in the game don't have a boat or don't care as they own a piece of the action.
Around here three marina's are for sale one is almost in the tank and another is hanging on. It's the real estate not the marina. Sure it's nice to have a few sailboats in the marina for pictures and the view but it's about the land with a view. New England
faces the same problem but worse big time.
are worth more money as condos than as boat slips and water front property is hell bent to go higher and higher.
The method to stop this madness is not so simple. It is local governements controlling the zoning NOT any one else. Sorry I was a zoning administartor for a while and this is a local matter. You have to fight each battle one locality at a time.
For a real estate developer you blow some smoke up a few skirts and they always bite. The millions will jade the locals faster than a deer in your headlights. It just works.
Greed is a stonger emotion than propriety, fairness, or moral virtue all combined. This is a very old game started in the 1500's and the players are keen on the prize.
There are enough people that really think it is OK to screw a bunch of locall morons to make a buck. The tale they tell makes it a sure thing. They don;t need to complete the project
to make a lot of money either. Seriously, if I show you a way to make 6 to 10 times your money in a short period all legal
(really legal) how many would bite.
I like Cape Charles, VA as an example as it's one developer surrounding the whole town taking over with lots of rich out of town folks coming in with big money. These guys are actually honest, and they build nice stuff and they have built a nice marina that is reasonable and world class ou of nothing. But it's impact reach many miles beyond the town and real estate prices are screwed up bad. Most of the locals don';t have much income
because there are no jobs that really pay well. The Chesapeake Bridge Tunnel has a toll of $13 each way and for folks spending the big money it means nothing. It is a great barrier to folks who have trouble making a living.
This problem takes real grass roots local action. Anything else is a joke. Local people have controls to stop this but they have to do it for themselves for the right reasons with the right tools they already have. But when too many people see gold they won't kill the golden goose that will make them rich.
I'm not a negative person here I really would like to see it solved
but I think this proposal is a direct 180 of what it really takes. Just as the fools rush in to get rich and in the end get suckered themselves this is the same thing in reverse.
I still stand. Boaters have no rights! It really is about the money!
National Boaters Rights Federation seems like a punch line to a joke to me. I am very unimpressed. Save your money. Go someplace and help someone that really needs it. Don't pretend a small donation makes qa difference. Otherwise send me $100 I'll make you feel better (but I'll keep the money).
I am very sad for the far away corners of the world still as we all would like to see them some day.