This whole debate has devolved into an effort to compare very different things to one another. Real estate is fixed, boats are mobile. Property owners during normal economic times enjoy a return on their investments. People who's homes are boats enjoy no such return but are still assessed taxes
. The way both people and things are discussed here is irrelevant to whether boaters priveleges are being wrongly sidelined by people with totally different obligations, priveleges and benefits determined by where and how they live.
Also, if you are an American you are entitled to the same rights, priveleges and protections under the law. Regardless of social, political and economic standing. Regardless of ethnicity, race
and sex. Where and how you live are of no consequence.
There is one community comprised of all citizens called the United States of America. It is pure folly to suggest an American citizen is any less a member
of every other community, whether located in a State, County, city or town. A persons liabilities and priveleges may change, requiring certain licensing and fees
are paid in order to access or benefit services - but these cannot be a prerequisite of membership
in the community any more than licensing and payment of fees
would be prerequisites of American citizenship. The exception might be if one is foreign born applying for American citizenship and is paying administrative fees.
The point is, landbound people are discussing boaters as if they are not members of the community, entitled to equal protections against abusive treatment by individuals or government
- unless they pay for it. It is one thing to establish local policies that treat everyone equally, bestowing equal obligations, priveleges and rights to everyone. But, to implement policy in knee jerk fashion to complaints from a relatively small group that deprives others a way of life is abusive. And to assert payment of some type is necessary before one is considered a member
of the community conflicts with the principle of citizenship and what it means to be an American.