Join Date: Jan 2014
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Re: Florida is at it again
Unfortunately I suspect the "real" agenda of some is being hidden behind the derelict boat issue, because it really is a problem. I think Florida Fish and Wildlife, SSCA, BoatUS, and many of the reasonable legislators are trying to keep the two issues clearly separated, whereas the last proposed Senate Bill was wildly out of perspective and balance. If we are successful in exposing the hidden agenda by passing a sound derelict boat law, I believe few legislators would support the unreasonable anchoring limits proposed in the previous Senate Bill.
As a side note, it is often difficult to find the current owner of a derelict boat (in order to force removal or levy a fine) and the cost of removal is not cheap, particularly if it has sunk. I agree that local governments and their tax payers shouldn't have to pay to remove a derelict boat, and that a fair process of monitoring the status of an anchored boat will cost the tax payers in additional enforcement. The easy attempt at fixing the problem would be to restrict all anchoring, which we boaters and many others find unreasonable, unsafe and unworkable. There are always good,balanced solutions to be found. I encourage all boaters to support the work of SSCA and BoatUS, particularly by donating a few dollars to fund their efforts. Waterway Guide, BoatUS and SSCA can tell you how to donate online.