I would not assume boat us will not help in some way. they have a good legal staff and might help with some legal advice. maybe more. they are generally helpful when they can be. can't hurt to ask.
They might be able to steer you towards some federal law that takes precident.
Public opinion will be "so what? You freeloaders need to get a life" Good luck with that! The ONLY reason the Marco Island mess got straightened out was the REAL courts were involved, not the court of public opinion. The local 'court of public opinion' was to chase the boat bums away. That's how the mess started in the first place.