My first mate just reminded me of several locations we visited that we were much more welcoming.
Joe - I did say "Annapolis is one of the most welcoming places."
I've enjoyed all the places you listed and agree that they are welcoming. We all have our own experiences and I have had pleasant but not necessarily great experiences at the places you list, just as your first visit to Annapolis was not what residents here would have liked. Still, I would return to all the places on your list. I hope you will return to Annapolis. If you do, you can count on me (as long as I'm in town) for transportation to grocery, laundry, and chandlery.
what with the 75' ordinance
And here we differ. Don't I deserve the ability to get in and out of my slip to go sailing? There are 50 boats along my fairway. One inconsiderate person anchoring too close can block us all in. It's happened before. Why should I have to get in my dink and push a boat aside so a neighbor can go fishing? Some people are just rude. Why should I have to go pull a boat off a friends bow that is grinding away his Awlgrip because that boat's owner can't anchor effectively?
I despise regulation. My hope is that we can address the issue at hand without new regulation. The 75' rule however is just good sense.
ever expanding moorings effectively limiting anchoring
I can't remember the last time Annapolis added moorings. We do have a number, and most are heavily used. I suspect the lack of use of the existing five Back Creek moorings will be reflected in the decision following tonight's hearing.
You point is well-taken about working waterfronts, but I disagree that City policies drove the change. Even Rock Hall, St Michaels, and Oxford are having trouble maintaining commercial waterman. For decades, waterman had a huge discount to stay on City Dock. We'd love to see them back but they simply can't make the numbers work. BTDT.
Regardless, I posted this thread to get people -- sailors and boaters -- out tonight to be heard. I'll be there. Who else is coming?