Today, I got a bit of an education. Turns out that you cannot be a live-aboard in the Florida Keys is your boat is docked at a private residence. According to the four sources I contacted there this morning at Marathon, live-aboards must have their boat moored at a registered and licensed marina. Granted, you can anchor out, but there seems to be some restrictions on that as well. I'm still digging into that aspect.
My prime reason for being tied up to a pier while in the Florida Keys is to be able to move my music equipment on and off the boat safely. Moving expensive, electronic, musical equipment on an inflatable dinghy is out of the question. (Too many crazies on jetskis and go fast boats that love to hit you with a monster wake.)
I'm still hoping to find a marina that has a Tiki Bar that is willing to do some horse trading, slip rent, water and electricity for a couple nights entertainment in the bar. Failing this, I'll probably store the equipment in a climate controlled storage locker and live on the hook. That will allow me to offload the gear one time, then work out of the storage locker.
What really irks me is the slip rent in the keys. Most ranged $13.50 to $15 per foot, plus another $2.50 per foot for water and electric. Hell, I can rent a house for less per month and live in air conditioned comfort with no hassles.