There really should be an effort to find a reasonable approach to management of the Richardson Bay area. I genuinely hope that overly broad "72-hour" anchoring rule
(which dramatically erodes the right to travel in navigable waters) is finally officially struck down. Having personally visited Richardson Bay (and anchored longer than 72 hours in the course of travel..) I can personally state that it is my very strong belief that simply enforcing legitimate laws that appropriately balance state interests with the interests of protecting the rights of individuals would solve the vast majority of the problems in Richardson Bay...
A handful of laws already legitimately on the books
would address almost all if not all valid "marine debris" issues without engaging in an outright persecution of people that simply have a "different" lifestyle. Whether it be local sailors that want to live on their boat
in various places or cruisers that want to visit the area, the concept
of make harsh laws that are selectively enforced is a true tragedy. Literally all that needs to be done is enforcement of vessel registration/documentation requirements, USCG making sure that vessels having minimum USCG required safety equipment
, ensuring lawful marine holding tank
usage with pump-out/appropriate compost/liquids disposal/offshore discharge, and enforcing drug laws (which ideally could be handled in a manner that helps provide solutions as opposed to simply criminalizing addiction...).