Well, if they would just dig a nice 6' deep canal from Pensacola to Jacksonville, we could just skip visiting most of Florida's waters. No way to get from Texas to the Chesapeake without dealing with whatever Florida comes up with in this bill. (I think the amendment is the only problem)
Maybe Florida doesn't realize that the waterways are like a highway. Even if Florida isn't the destination, some of us must pass through their waters to get where we are going.
Actually, you don't ... If stopping in Florida has become so onerous to some, no reason you just can't sail right on by... Heading N to the Chesapeake, hitching a ride on the Stream sounds like a hell of a lot more fun than motoring up the Ditch, anyway... :-)
Understand, I don't like any of these moves towards restricting anchoring in FL, or elsewhere, any more than the next guy... And, if people choose to boycott the state as a form of protest or personal preference, I completely get that... But even if this legislation goes thru in its present form, it's really not gonna make all THAT
much immediate or widespread difference in a transient sailor's ability - especially with a bit of planning - to get from Point A to Point B along Florida's East coast, without too much drama, or expense...
The anchorage south of Venetian Causeway behind Miami Beach, for example, is one of my favorites, anywhere...
Awesome setting, highly entertaining people and girl watching, amazing convenience to provisioning and the shoreside attractions of Miami Beach, free city wifi, and the relative security afforded by the proximity of a Marine Patrol substation... Pull in there, hang out for as long as you like, and when a good weather window presents itself, head on out of Government Cut... You'll be in the Stream in 30 minutes, and with any luck, off the Georgia coast in 36 hours or less...
To keep a boat in the water in Florida is insanely expensive, as is a night on the ICW.
Uhhh, you do realize you're not actually REQUIRED
to stop in marinas along the ICW, right?
Take a trip up north, spend a summer cruising New England, that'll cure you of whining about transient dockage rates pretty quickly...