Re: Informal, unscientific survey
From your description, I think your harbormaster is doing his job correctly.
I've never been stopped and I think that's probably true of most sailboaters.
The only people I know who have been stopped are operating small powerboats, too fast, throwing wakes and too close to other boats.
I haven't experienced a bad harbormaster anywhere so I cannot imagine not going some place because of a story like that.... If we avoid a harbor it's because it lacks what we need that particular night (fuel, water, groceries, or enough room to anchor/moor/tie up). That said, we did leave an anchorage on the 4th of July one year after a big clorox bottle mega yacht unloaded a pile of jet ski's and the charter/owner put their kids on them and let them play water world.
If your harbormaster is not ticketing the real bad actors that are causing damage with wakes, or danger to swimmers...stuff like that..that's one thing...but writing tickets should not be a measure of quality, the public safety and fair access for all...that's the goal.