"We were told not to protect or defend ourselves by both the USCG and the FWC. "
This is simply poor advice. You have a "DUTY" to stand your ground in Florida
. I would agree that their actions were harrassment but not threatening or meeting the threshold of you taking action with a firearm such as shooting at them.
Regarding the drunk kids
, well I would have let that go. Choosing your battle is important. They were kids
and yea they were endangering your crew with their actions but after the police were notified that is the extent of it. I would let it go.
Regarding the guys in the boat, I think you made yourself the target by lighting
them with the spotlight. That could be determined to be hostile by them. They have a right to the water
ways as much as you/we do. As long as they are not interfering with your lines and boat, there is little you can do. BUT, after they got aggressive, you need to defend yourself. (not saying they were being polite by being loud at those hours)
I would have brought my shotgun up on deck
and I wouldnt have cared two craps for what the A-holes in the boat were thinking or were saying if they saw it (I would not point it at them but I would defend myself if they boarded or rammed my boat.) IF they called the police due to their own actions of hostility, I doubt the police would respond according to the timeline anyways unless shots were fired.
At the least, you did the right thing. You called the authorities and are on record
for having attempted to have the authorities take care of the issue. This way if you are forced to act in the future, you could prove you attempted non lethal means first.
I would be REAL hesitant to stay in a place with poor security
and passive reaction from police. I would also make sure I had a security
plan and was prepared to use it.
As pointed out, you could always pull in lines and move on. I would... life is too short.
oh and mean people suck... dont let them get you down. Good luck.