SchockT: I don't know the specifics of your situation, so I can't say what is happening here. I do know that, in general, people don't choose to live in substandard conditions. They do so when they don't see they have any other better choices. Instead of simply chasing them off, why not try and address the real causes?
... Unless all we care about is our own backyard.
Chef is absolutely correct. The gentrification of water vistas is a serious problem, and one that should be resisted. And all too often the laws are written by those of us with wealth and power to benefit us. The "scum" usually lack both wealth and power.
Don: As I said, if it bothers you so much, why not go help these people clean up their boats? Dinghy over. Offer to take their trash. Clearly you have some free time on your hands, and also clearly it is you who is bothered by the situation.
In this particular case the liveaboards are only part of the problem, it is also people anchoring their boats in the Cove as a cheap place to store them. Some of those ARE eyesores, and every windstorm it seems one of them drags or breaks loose and ends up on the beach or bashing on someone's dock. Those boats then become the taxpayers/homeowners problem as SOMEBODY has to pay to repair the damage they cause and haul the wrecks off the beach, not to mention the environmental impact.
The liveaboards are another part of the problem. One guy has an old powerboat, and he appears to also own a couple of the other boats anchored in the area. The suspicion is that he is buying old boats and flipping them. That particular guy has also caused at least one large oil slick in the Cove when he pumped the bilge off his boat.
Another boat, the one with the family living on it, appears to be running a business taking people on boat rides on their "pirate ship". It's not actually a bad looking old wood boat. One summer afternoon the public dock was very busy so they tried to land on our docks to offload their passengers. When it was explained to them that they could not dock because it is private they got very belligerent and unloaded a stream of profanities at us.
These are not poverty stricken people just trying to get by. They are people who have made a lifestyle choice.
Certainly there is an element of nimby-ism involved. The Cove is a beautiful area, and people pay millions of dollars for homes there, but it is also one of the most popular recreational areas in the region, used by thousands of residents and tourists.
These people have decided to lay claim to a patch of this little area to make it their home,and in one case a used boat business, and in doing so they are having a negative impact on the environment, the water quality, and other people's enjoyment of the waters, as well as preventing visiting boats from being able to visit because they have permanently occupied the limited anchoring space. They are also posing a hazard to navigation because none of them display anchor lights, (or lights of any kind) at night.
It seems to me THEY are the ones being selfish, not the residents of the area.
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