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Re: Mooring in Florida
There has been quite a bit of controversy about anchoring in florida waters in the previous years. The state statutes have recently been redefined and punctuated by the state legislature per State statute 327 and associated statutes.
Those in favor of "free" anchoring and upholding the hundreds of year old maritime tradition of unhindered anchoring are often at odds with those apposed to it .
It is my opinion that those apposed often have ulterior motives or conflicting interests in regulating and limiting anchoring.
It is also my opinion that those same folks that oppose anchoring use the lack of knowledge of the non-boating public and the sensationalizing of the exceptions and extremes of some anchoring incidents to further their positions and poison the minds of the uneducated masses to sway public opinion.
Now for the "reality" of anchoring in Florida.
If your vessel is well founded and relatively visually approachable, you will draw alot less special attention from the waterborn authorities claiming to be interested in your safety.
This and a bit of courtesy and planning will go along way to avoiding unwanted attention.
Also , if you are approached by the fine young people funded by our tax dollars, you would do well to conduct yourself in a courtious manor and abide by all maritime rules and regulations. A smile and pleasant demeanor go a long way towards avoiding further interest in you and your vessel .
Remember, "they" also have internet access and talk amongst themselves about "us" and although you may think two days travel afloat is a long way, to the land based ever reaching authorities it is a 45 minute drive down the coast, still possibly in the same jurisdiction.
Finally, it would be wise not to declare yourself a full time liveaboard as when you do, then you are subject to a slightly more restrictive set of guidelines and restrictions in regard to your "right " to anchor for what some would charactorize as an "extended" period of time as florida statutes allow local authorities to regulate the anchoring of liveaboard vessels.
Sail safe, have fun or what's the point.