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Old 29-07-2017, 04:30   #121
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I take a picture of my chartplotter when I dump offshore.
So exactly what is it about proof of pump outs? How often are pump outs required, just when full? Jeeze
I don't understand your objection.

If I move a boat from Ft Lauderdale FL to Norfolk VA and get stopped by USCG in or near Thimble Shoal channel, Y-valve to holding tank but not yet locked, a picture of our plotter offshore can turn a citation into a reminder to take care of securing the valve.

For that matter, for someone cruising the Florida Keys who is going outside anyway, why not snap a picture of the plotter when offshore and dumping the holding tank--legally--underway instead of diverting and delaying to a pump-out facility? Again, if stopped by FL FWC you can show that you have been offshore.

Neither is proof you aren't pumping overboard inshore, but then neither is a pump-out receipt.
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823.11 Derelict vessels;

This act makes perfect senses and should be enforced. But the term is being too broadly applied to vessels that do not fit this criteria.
Rich Florida waterfront landowner definition of derelict vessel: Any vessel in their view.
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Re: Anchoring restrictions introduced in Florida bill

The bill became law on June 23.

1. The "proof of pump-out" provision simply allows a local government to adopt a program (using the Monroe County/FL Keys model) whereby vessels anchored in certain defined areas (such as no-discharge zones and mooring fields) for more than 14 days are required to show that they have had a pump-out. Program only allowed where the local government provides for mobile pump-out and only after the program is approved (with public review and input) by FWC. This program has been fairly successful and well received by the cruising community in the Keys. It was supported by the cruising associations who engaged on this bill during the session, namely MTOA, SSCA, AGLCA.

2. Jurisdiction for all other anchoring-related laws is now pre-empted to the state level (i.e. Local governments have no authority to create a patchwork of separate laws on the waters of the State, which belong to everyone). This was the single highest priority for the cruising associations.

3. The bill ensures that state law (and local law) includes no setbacks defined by distance to residential waterfront property. The residential setback no-anchoring provision is what the waterfront property owners/anti-anchoring crowd has wanted for many years. Preventing such a provision (and pre-empting it to the state) was a top priority of the cruising associations.

4. The only setbacks are as follows:
a. 150' from a marina or boat launch (negotiated by cruising associations as a reasonable compromise)
b. 100 feet from a mooring field although a local government may enact a SHORTER distance like Boot Key Harbor which is 50'. (negotiated by cruising associations as a reasonable compromise)
c. 300' from a Megayacht repair facility (essentially Rybovich in West Palm).

5. As to the "anchoring restriction areas" mentioned previously, they resulted from a bill that was adopted during the 2016 legislative session (when the cruising associations were not actively engaged or represented during the legislative session). The bill established anchoring restricted areas in the following locations: (a) The section of Middle River lying between Northeast 21st Court and the Intracoastal Waterway in Broward County; (b) Sunset Lake in Miami-Dade County; (c) The sections of Biscayne Bay in Miami-Dade County lying between: 1. Rivo Alto Island and Di Lido Island, 2. San Marino Island and San Marco Island, and 3. San Marco Island and Biscayne Island.
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.... The bill established anchoring restricted areas in the following locations: ...(b) Sunset Lake in Miami-Dade County;...
And, this tells the whole story, to everyone and anyone who has been keeping up with this issue from the beginning.

We can always hope that since he got what he wanted, the funding behind this will dry up.
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Re: Anchoring restrictions introduced in Florida bill

Bingo, well said.
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