but Florida, ...have a real problem with what by almost any definition are junk boats that are a real danger to navigation. There is also a problem with some folks who live on boats and abuse shore facilities.
Those problems are caused by locals - but it's we, the travelling boaters who are being made to suffer for it. The laws were in place to deal with it. The FWC's regulations (reg 21 if I recall correctly) permit them to remove any boat that could be a problem within five days. The pilot program is their way of permitting municipalities and the rich landowndowners who control most municipal councils to get control over the water. You see, they believe they own the view to the horizon.
As for the drunks and druggies - that' a social problem, not a boating problem - and the sooner Florida deals with it appropriately, the better off all concerned will be. But that won't happen - see 'rich landowners' above...