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Old 27-03-2016, 18:39   #196
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Re: Florida Anchor Ban Still Unsigned by governor

I really think this bill is like throwing the baby with the bath water. An average non derelict boat at anchor is not only picturesque but often is the very reason people are drawn to the water's edge. So the real issue should not be anchoring per se but the derelicts and noisy party boats in general. By pushing them away into another harbor/anchorage the problem is not solved but merely kicked down the road. Perhaps better LE efforts and legislation enabling easier condemnation/removal of such derelicts with stiff penalties and fines to the registered owners (including jail time for non-compliance/non-payment) would be a more surgical approach.

As to the $$ needed for the enforcement perhaps it can be allocated from highway budgets as these waterways are truly highways on the water. And just as many highways which are rarely used are still built and maintained, so that we can have a comprehensive highway system, so should these waterways be receiving their share of transportation funds and attention.

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