Wow - What a read. Most responses fall into one of three categories. Fight - with risk of escalation, flee to a new anchorage or embarrass law enforcement and local government
by trying to leverage the media.
As an observation -
Fight - Escalation is the key. How far is one willing to escalate. Inebriated protagonists tend to have low decision making skills and escalation favors them to a bad conclusion for everyone. It could just be fisticuffs but might just end up stupidly violent - intelligent people escalate when the other options are not possible.
Flee - A good option but one that requires being ok with feeling like a "loser." After all OP is not in the wrong here based on his side of the story. Many feel outrage and want the OP to "win" and change things for himself and the boating
community. "Don't run! Stay and fight!"
Pursuing local government
and LE - This is really the crux of the issue. OP has made many good faith overtures to local authorities. Local authorities are all pursuing their own agendas and stopping "random" incidences of "wake-rage" is not on the radar
. Why this is can be anyone's guess but likely it is tied to where the votes are coming from and it is not likely to be the local live-aboard community. Getting media involved is a good path to take as it is non-violent but local authorities may not react in the way one would expect. They may give lip service
to improving the situation but actually spending money
for resources to patrol or diverting land based police resources that may be better utilized stopping domestic violence or gas station robberies may not be politically expedient.
So you have a community that has patted themselves on the back as a place to attract transient boaters to increase tourism revenues that really isn't interested in providing a peaceful experience. This thread has made that clear.
Next step - do some recordings about this and other failings, put it in context of the community trying to increase boating
tourism and get it to the media. Be prepared for backlash. Be prepared for opposition politicians saying, "who cares. there are bigger fish
to fry on-shore."
I have read OPs reasons for wanting to stay put. Whether he is being honest with himself about reasons for not launching to Guatemala
are somewhat irrelevant. Here is the bottom line - Whether we like it or not we are all part of communities. Whether we stay in that community or not is based on whether we share enough values with that community to accept some "bad" things with the good things.
So short if running for local office and changing the community focus from the inside the choice is pretty much accept periodic random acts of drunken stupidity (as is witnessed on thousands of easily accessible inland waters around the USA) or move on.
I personally would probably accept the waking and loud music
if everything else about the community is up my alley. I remember being young and stupid and in the big scheme of my life this stuff doesn't bug me. Also, while not a cosmic believer in karma, I find these guys sort themselves out in the end.
Remember after boating drunk this guy obviously ends up driving drunk. His time will come...