I will post this and you can rant all you want I DO!
evacuation order had ben given by the sherrifs office for live aboard boaters in Boot Key Harbor.
I went to the City of Marathon Marina docks to get water
so I could leave for a safe harbor with my wife driving out and a friend and I sailing our sail boat a 38 foot Catalina
. When I got to the dock
died panic worked on my blood pressure (still recovering from heart surgery). I set out to make emergency repairs
and it took me aproximatly two hours to find the parts
and return. When I got back the City Marina had locked my boat with a cable and demanded dock
rental or they would seize my boat. During this Wilma emergency they said you should have told us you were leaving the boat we did not know who left the boat. That is far from the truth as my boat is regerstered with the marina so they had all that information on record
. The name is on the boat. Also when I was leaving for the parts
no one was around which is often the case. I did see the harbor master Richard Tanner or any one else,as I left onto the highway I did see Tanner with another female Marina staff member
pulling into the marina area in his truck.In an emergency I really see this as an act of Gouging not the act of a caring community dock master. The only thing they care about is how much money
can we squeze the boaters for this run down junk pile they call the City of Marathon Marina. The docks were empty except for one boat. I was engaged in an evacuation by order and in emergency mode trying to save my vessel from damage and the life of myself and friends. This was wrong.
Later the same day.
BURDINES MARINA is no friend to boaters cruisers in this case. The mandatory Evacuation Order had been given and we were trying to get out.We had engine
problems and were trying to get to a safe harbor in Miami
or Ft Lauderdale,yes I know they got the bad end of it. We had engine problems and put into the dock at BURDINES at midnight or later that was not clear exactly but around that time. We made repairs
and left at six sharp but had to return after the engine began to die again and we blew out the main in thirty five knot
winds(Broken Batton tore sail) We were still in an emergency evacuation mode (Wilma was force 5)and headed back to the ancorage to secure the boat the best we could. The Coast Guard came up in a high speed and said BURDINES said we left with out paying for fuel
and dockage. We were forced to return and BURDINES charged us $69.00 for the emergency use of the end of the pier no electric
and no FUEL
GOUGING AT ITS BEST. BURDINES IS A SOUR NOTE thanks for your help in an emergency BURDINES I hope you sleep well I have not since that happened. AND MY DOCTOR SAID LOWER YOUR STRESS AS MUCH AS POSSIBUL YA RIGHT.
For the people here or any place that know me ,I am very outspoken. Some would use other words to describe me but mom might wash thier mouth out. No matter I tell it like it is I don't hold punches and I don't back down. Wilma spared my boat but this whole thing was an insult to all boaters. Use to be people would jump in and help you fix the problem even offer to sail with you if it would help out. This makes me sick for the first time I feel like quitting I never thought that would leave my lips. Around the Keys people like to look you in the face and say we are on your side but the truth is the City of Marathon and local marinas
do not want you here you are cruising scum and not welcome.
The last draw was being told that you can not have the mooring
you just tied up to all of them are reserved and I am tired of you JUMPING OUR DOCKS AND MOORINGS QUOTE FROM RICHARD TANNER DOCK MASTER . My quote to him was well, mom would not be happy. I have filed with the Attourney General of Florida
on both matters.