The city will now install and require the use of moorings where free anchorages existed for 300 years. They will now prohibit you from dropping an anchor into "our" mud, requiring you to hook up the "their" mooring. You will not have an option to not use "their" service.(despotism in service of capitalism?).
Actually, all they are restricting you from doing, as far as I can tell, is from anchoring in the midst of, or within 200 feet of, the mooring field... You can't anchor in mooring fields in New England, or Marathon, or anywhere else, either...
So, you'll simply have to anchor a bit further away from the town dock... Hell, isn't that what high-powered SUV dinghies are for? :-)
I don't like this trend any more than the next guy, but let's face it, we largely have fellow boaters to blame for the derelict boat issue that is often used as justification for mooring fields, and those that will still choose to patronize them... Try to look at the bright side, if this might motivate even ONE snowbird to bypass Beaufort and consider jumping out at Charleston or Edisto for what can so often be a beautiful bit of SAILING
outside, perhaps there is some upside to this sort of grubbing... :-)