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Just a bit of context, gentlemen, so that you understand what I mean by water gestapo.
Almost all my experience with the Coast Guard is ok, no complaint.
But when a Ft. Lauderdale City cop (!!!) rousted me of of the sack at 2 am, with siren and bullhorn anf flashing lights, shouting at me that I was illegally anchored, (about a halfmile off the beach, just north of the Port Everglades inlet) and threatened me with immediate arrest when I told him , he has no jurisdiction out here, and broadly hinted your boat mmight just disappear inthe process, well, I have no respect for jerks such as this. I had just as bad an experience down in Biscayne Bay, one day with a
Miami city cop.
Respect for law enforcement ? yep, of course. None for the crooked cops, though. I have read of a woman getting arrested, fingerprinted and booked, for violating a local anti anchoring statute in Riviera Beach, I have heard of other outrageous behaviour on the water by some of these people.
Just keep in mind that the typical bully thrives on bullying. And the more you sessir, officer him the more outrageous he gets.