In this poor, economic climate, I can't believe that Florida could be so stupid as to do anything that would endanger their one of their biggest revenue generators: Tourism.
You'd think that they would welcome cruisers with open arms.
I get what Capt. Force is saying though, there has to be limits on derelict scows and the pumping of oily bilges and CHT into the local waters, but this really sounds more like rich, waterfront landowners buying out the local politicians.
Hell, even if cruisers end up dodging some of the local taxes by anchoring out, they still spend money in terms of food, fuel, parts, maybe some labor and whatever else they do in town. That still brings money into the local economic matrix.
S/V Old Shoes
1973 Pearson 30 #255