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There will be more specifics The Seven Seas Cruising Association - IX - Concerned Cruisers later today. The hearing just got scheduled and we're working on the details of where to meet ahead of the committee meeting. You can also contact [email protected] . There is a lot going on so please only e-mail if you realistically expect to make Tallahassee in time for hearings Tuesday afternoon (which means pre-brief sometime in the morning).
I heard that the bill passed the committee unanimously. What happened in the testimony?

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I understand there are significant restrictions to the proposed setback. However, I'm in the Canaveral area right now and its gong to be hard for statewide elected reps to imagine a restriction. We all know the rivers aren't deep enough across to utilize it all, but not the land lubber from the shore. They will think, let them all come here, if they want to anchor. Educating reps is important.

However, I have to add this. I've seen two sailboats at anchor with no masts. I've seen several others that clearly look derelict. If I was a FL resident, I would want that dealt with too. I would not expect boats in bristol condition, just seaworthy.


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I heard that the bill passed the committee unanimously. What happened in the testimony?
The public hearing did not go well. Reports from SSCA volunteer lobbyists are that meetings with staff and members went much better. A statement will be posted on the SSCA website this evening and I'll get a link up here as soon as I see the statement.

The short version is that the agenda was managed to put 1548 last and there was time only for all the many people who traveled to speak to say if they supported the bill or not. *sigh*

The bill goes to other committees before it goes to the floor. SSCA continues to work against the setbacks.

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I understand there are significant restrictions to the proposed setback.
I think the word you are looking for are exceptions. There are some but simply not adequate for most cruisers, and chip away at both freedom of navigation and the public trust doctrine.

We haven't lost yet and lots of people are still working hard to turn yesterday's setback (pun not intended) around.

Volunteers can still be put to use. If nothing else, please join SSCA and tell 'em I sent you. See Welcome to the Seven Seas Cruising Association .

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...I think the word you are looking for are exceptions. .....
No, I meant restrictions, but wasn't clear. I meant to say that the proposed setbacks cause significant restrictions to anchoring. However, if the uneducated were to take a look at the ICW in many places, it would be hard to visualize a restriction. The landlubber can't tell depth and would think you had plenty of place to go, other than 200 ft in front of peoples houses. Since the vote is statewide, many may view the issue through the lens of the ICW near themselves or the many places they've seen it, which appear to have ample anchorage. Reps from Ocala aren't going to appreciate why not anchoring in one particular narrow stretch matters. Educate, educate.


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See Welcome to the Seven Seas Cruising Association for the latest information. If you care about anchoring rights in Florida or anywhere else consider joining SSCA.
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Maybe it would be a feasible project to survey and identify more anchorages. I have all the published anchorage books for along the ICW but constantly see more unidentified spots where anchoring is possible, even for my 5.5' draft. Why isn't it on the table to actually dredge some obvious anchorages? Might this not kill two birds with one stone, thinning out the compacted fleets that tend to huddle in certain popular spots and actually increasing the choices to drop the hook? I just got back from months of cruising FL and can certainly see the shoreside objections to derelict boats. They really are eyesores. Perhaps some USCG target or underwater demolition practice is in order:-)

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These attempts to restrict anchoring are not about finding solutions.

All of these attacks on boaters are the direct result of one mans money and his political connections. Fred Karlton does not want you or anyone else anchoring behind his house in Miami Beach and he is willing to spend thousands of dollars and political clout to do it.

I attended the committee hearing on SB 1548, more than 14 objections and only two or three supporters. Yet, passed committee.......

It would probably all go away if everyone promised not to anchor in Sunset Lake.......
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These attempts to restrict anchoring are not about finding solutions.

All of these attacks on boaters are the direct result of one mans money and his political connections. Fred Karlton does not want you or anyone else anchoring behind his house in Miami Beach and he is willing to spend thousands of dollars and political clout to do it.

I attended the committee hearing on SB 1548, more than 14 objections and only two or three supporters. Yet, passed committee.......

It would probably all go away if everyone promised not to anchor in Sunset Lake.......
Can you imagine what Florida is going to be like when people like Fred Karlton have run the last remaining native Floridians out of the state? It's going to be just what they want. New York and New Jersey with good weather.

Thank God hurricanes can't be bought off, or these people would be trying to take over the Bahamas next.

I'm just hoping the Cuba situation can be resolved to everyone's satisfaction. Florida can then go completely New Jersey.

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Can you imagine what Florida is going to be like when people like Fred Karlton have run the last remaining native Floridians out of the state? It's going to be just what they want. New York and New Jersey with good weather.

Thank God hurricanes can't be bought off, or these people would be trying to take over the Bahamas next.

I'm just hoping the Cuba situation can be resolved to everyone's satisfaction. Florida can then go completely New Jersey.
You mean there are native Floridians? Don't think I met one this year. I could not believe the traffic jam almost the entire length of Georgia driving back on 95 last week. Mass migration north:-)

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Bahamas, Cuba, Central America welcome cruisers. Have friends who even gave up storing boat in Florida, some up in Ga, others in Green Turtle
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