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post #10 of Old 03-03-2011
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It's best to recognize the unique problems in Florida and not to compare the anchoring opportunities to places like New England. Florida's climate encourages people who are not boaters to use unsound vessels as low income housing and this results in derelicts and debris. Being aware of this problem would allow a more constructive plan for resolution than simply ranting against the state. We have successfully anchored while cruising in Florida since 1972 without any question from any authority, but we are very interested in maintaining our rights. The enforcement of marine sanitation regulations and anchor light use should be welcomed by cruisers as a means to eliminate those that are abusing our opportunity. I would even favor a required liability insurance for anchored vessels that would prevent the anchoring of unsound rafts of debris. Fortunately, at this time, we have those same rights as those in New Zealand who anchor out. Take care and joy, Aythya crew
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