If there is no difference, then who cares if a municipality legislates a nearby anchoring area into a mooring field? Is it a bad thing to a: fit more boats into a given area; b: if maintained, the ground tackle is probably better secured than a lot of the hack-job anchoring; c: have some modicum of control over derelicts; d:ensure pumpouts. There are other considerations, I offer these examples.
Because, it's opening the door. And, I don't see it stopping after that. I don't want to have to anchor in a mooring field, lined up like cars in a parking lot. That's not what makes me happy.
How do you make changes that are too big to be successfully made at once? Incrementally. Look at the history of gambling in my state.
1) First, it was only on boats that left the territorial United States. How could anyone argue with that? We don't want legalized land gambling and anyone who says we do is lying.
2) Then, it was boats that went three miles off shore, but not past 12 miles (for safety you see). Really, what does that hurt? It's not like we want to leave them tied up to the dock while we gamble.
3)Then, it was boats, that never left the dock when the weather was bad.(because, at this point, what does it hurt? That's all we want, no more.)
4) You know, there is really no reason to leave the docks at al. What's the difference? They are still boats. It's not like they are on land.
5) Then, it's silly to have real boats. What would it hurt to just have barges and pretend they are boats. Hurricanes? No, a hurricane won't destroy them, that's just stupid to even say.
6) Oh, my God. A hurricane just destroyed all of the barges. We need to put the casinos on land now, or you can kiss all those jobs and taxes good bye.
So now, we have land based gambling, something that wouldn't have come within a gnat's ass of passing if it had been presented as the ultimate goal in the first place. See how that works? I'm not saying I care that we have casinos, I'm saying it was dishonest the way they were put here.
Seeing stuff like that makes me a little cynical about people's motives, and baby steps, I guess.
And, no, I don't believe any of this has one damn thing to do with derelict boats. The worst thing about the job I held for most of my life, was learning just how large a segment of the population can lie, as easily as they breathe.