Re: Many cruisers with documented vessels can not enter FL legally.
Do you mean to say that all those large foreign-flagged mega-yachts based in SE FL that are owned and used by the property owners there will have to get FL state registration numbers?
.... and will they also have to run the 'traditional' potty-thug gauntlet in places like Volusia County, etc.?
.... or wont they have to tow 'divers flags' from their persons when sitting or swimming in the surf?
.... will these state licensed + foreign flagged vessels now be able to use an anchor?
... or maybe instead of visiting or passing through Florida, the state will simply allow you a modest 'differential' discount if you just 'send them the money' that you 'would have' spent there?
Wait for perfect weather window at Cumberland Island, GA, run close along to the FL coast until Ft. Pierce or Lake Worth, then make hard turn to port ... to avoid the total F'ing confiscatory and predatory NONSENSE that's been increasingly happening for the past few years in FLORIDA.
The Bahamas have a steep entry free ... but its upfront; nowadays in Florida it seems every other day there is just one more 'money trap' set up to to 'sucker' a convenient prey species. .... potty police and hardly a 'operating' pump-out, sojourners fees, licensure windfalls for the state, anchoring exclusions, over-crowded mooring fields ... but do not think of anchoring if the mooring field is full, No wake zones ... so the FL boats and 'water cops' have better targets? Having your 'papers checked' right in middle of bascule bridge opening ... and on and on and on.
Do yourself a favor, stay out of Florida ... 'they' do not want you there.