Congratulations on your new status, and the back 40 cafe, Brian.
Maritime attorney Ted Guy advises cruising sailors who live aboard their boats to adopt the term “fulltime cruisers” when referring to their lifestyle, thus shifting the responsibility to municipalities to prove the vessel is a residence under Florida
Statute 327.60 (2)
Nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit local governmental authorities from the enactment or enforcement of regulations
which prohibit or restrict the mooring
of floating structures or live-aboard vessels within their jurisdictions or of any vessels within the marked boundaries of mooring
fields permitted as provided in s. 327.40. However, local governmental authorities are prohibited from regulating the anchoring
outside of such mooring fields of vessels other than live-aboard vessels as defined in s. 327.02*.
*327.02 ➥ Section 327.02, Florida Statutes 2007
(13) “Houseboat” means any vessel which is used primarily as a residence for a minimum of 21 days during any 30-day period, in a county of this state, and this residential use of the vessel is to the preclusion of the use of the vessel as a means of transportation.
(17) “Live-aboard vessel” means:
(a) Any vessel used solely as a residence; or
(b) Any vessel represented as a place of business, a professional or other commercial
enterprise, or a legal
A commercial fishing
boat is expressly excluded from the term “live-aboard vessel.”