Thank you everyone for replying.
Rakuflames - I appreciate your willingness to be pro active with me in this area.
I just saw Denis this morning, but I didn't say anything to him about this situation.
Last year, someone boarded our vessel while we were on shore.
It turns out that 3 people called in to the police to notify them. (it was nice to know that beach goers and home owners are watchful for us)
Anyway - the police told each person that called, that the person on our boat was just resting from a long swim out.
The reason I know this is because I was told that a 911 call was made and since the police didn't respond, another call was made informing the police that the person was back on shore, and to come out so a report could be made by several witnesses. (the police never showed)
After requesting to hear a copy of the 911 call, I found that several different people called and said someone was trying to break in to our boat.
I asked why the police didn't respond to any of the calls - I was told it was a misunderstanding.
As for the drunk teens - that situation was out of the blue and unprovoked. The harassment continued two more times by the same kids
late at night without lights, over a two month period.
Because the smaller dinghy dock
is a floating dock
, everyone wants to use it - including boats over the limit of 17' (which is clearly posted)
The second boat in my original post turns out to be a local guy, I even located his boat and I have a physical address for the authorities, but I don't feel that any of them are that interested.
This boater docks his over size boat, at the dinghy dock and defies our request not to, and knows that more than likely, he won't get a ticket.
He has been spotted speeding through our area when kayakers, and paddle boarders are present. (and I know from talking to the kayakers, that after he say them, and their request for him to slow down - he throttled up instead)
A report was filed by another boater, but nothing resulted from it as of yet.
It may seen that I am the only one that is complaining, i think it's only because I'm an ex-correctional officer and I have learned not to allow others to bully.
My neighbors are quiet people and some are a little frightened and don't know what to do.
Others want to start using force and dangerous means to get a point across.
In response to one of your posts - I have thought of going to the house of the last attacker and ask if my actions did provoke him.
But he lives in a high end gated community so it may be difficult to get in, or it may stir up more problems.
But on the night of the incident, I did ask nicely (twice, in a 25 min. period) for him to be considerate and either lower the volume of move. Because of the cursing,name calling, and threats, I left my spot light on them till they pulled away - they were within 30' of my boat - the light was necessary.
As for moving - that is an idea that has crossed our mind, however - I'm informed by other travelers (boaters) that this happens everywhere.
The reason we choose to live here is as follows:
Gulfport is a wonderful waterfront community, the people here are really very nice.
The police that I have become friends with, have tied hands and can only do what they are told to by their superiors. But, if available, are more than happy to put themselves in harms way to resolve any problems.
On the other hand, many months ago, I asked an officer to ticket a large 30' boat tied at the dinghy dock, he said - " how do I know it's really 30' - what am I suppose to do, carry a measuring tape with me now" !!
And then there's the officer that let the kids go, knowing they where in violation.
The city allows us to park our car for free, and provides a floating dinghy dock.
More than any other community in this area.
My wife works as a CNA at a local nursing home only 3 miles away and I serve as a Chaplain there as well as other places close by.
My wife and I are here in Gulfport, anchoring
off so we can learn how to "Dial-in" our boat, so we can do it successfully in Guatemala
My wife and I have to opportunity to serve as missionaries there in the area of Rio Dulce.
(yes, I've gone from being a correctional officer to a missionary - Thank you Lord !!)
So Gulfport has become our training ground (as it were) to help us prepare.
(for the record
, we do own a home in Sarasota).
So moving to a new location would hurt us in many ways - staying is a better option.
I hope this helps to understand more of our situation and the choices we made in staying.
I don't mind any of you being critical of us, just as long as you have the facts.
Thank you, and please continue to post helpful suggestions.
Also understand that these are just two situations that I have posted about.
These two are not the only ones that we have problems with - but these two are consistent.