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gulfwater 06-02-2009 04:19 PM

liveaboard in florida?
 
I have a dockage lot near tampa. I own the land and it has a dock and can be supplied with water and power but unbuildable. It is very nice and can take sailboats. I am wondering if I can use as a liveaboard? does anyone know of any florida regs that would limit me from doing this. I mean can someone stay on their own dock in their backyard?

Ray

amarinesurveyor 06-02-2009 04:44 PM

Check with the zoning department for the town or county. That will determine if it is legal or not. If you're lucky you might be able to find the zoning maps on line.
Brian

gulfwater 06-02-2009 05:13 PM

I am trying to do as much as I can before going in. It is a residential area. It is like a normal lot.

CaptainForce 06-03-2009 07:20 AM

I would think difficulties would less likely arise if you are including a pumpout hook-up with the slip. Your proposed private slip rental is a common practice in Broward County, but sewage hook-ups are required. Certainly "amarinesurveyor's" advice above is best.

Cruisingdad 06-03-2009 10:21 AM

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Originally Posted by gulfwater (Post 491756)
I have a dockage lot near tampa. I own the land and it has a dock and can be supplied with water and power but unbuildable. It is very nice and can take sailboats. I am wondering if I can use as a liveaboard? does anyone know of any florida regs that would limit me from doing this. I mean can someone stay on their own dock in their backyard?

Ray

We knew a lot of people that did that... although they eventually were going to build on their lot.

- CD

gulfwater 06-03-2009 11:39 AM

Thanks all,

Captainforce I don't know if because of building setbacks etc if I can put a pumpout on dock. There is a marina just around the corner to pump out. as a boat is self contained I would think there is very little enviromental impact. Cruisingdad do you konw of anyone in the Tampa Bay area or pasco county that has lived on their boats? The lot is unbuildable except for the dock but is treated like a normal residential lot. There is an old paper saying that building of the docks is approved but also boat building uses so there might be a limited commercial value.

Ray

Cruisingdad 06-03-2009 11:52 AM

Ray,

Axs you may know from my posts, we LA'd in SW Florida, mostly the Cape Coral, FT. Myers Beach area. I have heard that with the recent downturn in the economy, the cape is full of LA's behind houses.

The issue, as mentioned, will be getting pumped out... but you can work around that. They make portable pump out units. We used that for about 6 months. It is no fun... but better on the environment than dumping in a "creek".


Florida is the world's worst at having the code police driving around. They started off in marked cars in the Cape, then started running around in unmarked cars to try to catch anyone that might break a code. It was rediculous. I do not know how bad it is up there, but you might ask around the marinas to find out.

We have had many friends move up there and LA. I believe one couple got into the city marina?? We lost track with them.

I guess you could try it. What is the worst that could happen?? THey kick you out? It would probably take a neighbor turning you in if it is even against the law. If that happens, start looking further south for a marina to live on and get on the waiting list of some of the cheaper ones. You can take I75 north into Tampa. I do not know how bad it is now, but it was getting more and more crowded when we left there.

Let us know how it turns out.

- CD

PS I am not advocating or suggesting that you do any of this. This is my opinion only and you take it at your own risk. Just want to make sure that is clear.

gulfwater 06-03-2009 12:29 PM

Thanks cruisingdad,

I actually own the lot so I guess its how I can use it. I will tell the neighbors that cruisingdad said it was ok...and you don't want to get him mad hes from Texas. I just want to get this sorted out for myself. Don't know if anyone is interested in Alaska but I lived there for awhile and if people are interested in going up maybe I can help them with info.

Ray

codmander 06-09-2009 03:58 PM

your land your dock your boat whats the problem?


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