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Re: Unlawful boating tickets, government extortion!!!

Hmmm,

Call me simple; but, when you get a citation you take care of it...period. What ever it takes. If I found myself in this situation I would probably do two things. First I would have a complimentary vessel safety check by the USCG auxillary and if they made no comment about the anchor light I would ask them point blank if it was suitable. Then affix the sticker to the boat indicating that it passed and then go take care of the ticket one way or the other and move on.

It would be a good learning experience for the son and might avert other issues and would give a good rebuttal to any other possible tickets.

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I agree and that could work. Really you never know what you get with a local judge. It could still boil down to his word ( LEO) against yours. They could say that you changed the light after the ticket.

But, the OP could also take that CG inspection and show it to the officer or prosecutor before the hearing and use it to plea the whole thing down to $50. Especially since he sold the boat and essentially has complied. Speak humbly and say , as you said, that you just need to resolve it in the best possible way. That has worked well for me with tickets.

However, reading the OP, with that level of effort by the police and that level of fines, personally I think they will take a hard line and a lawyer is needed.

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Re: Unlawful boating tickets, government extortion!!!

OP received over 30 tickets for a non-compliant anchor light. No matter how great my skepticism of LEAs (especially in Florida), I strongly suspect the problem is his anchor light. It's either non-compliant (<2 nm) or it goes dead before sunrise.

We'll see if his ploy works. White privilege has its limits.
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Re: Unlawful boating tickets, government extortion!!!

It's not like he accumulated 30 anchor light tickets from 30 departments all over Florida. All of the tickets are from one guy. At least that was my impression.

Many years ago, I had an old car that was semi broke down, in my girlfriends neighborhood. I made it a block from her parents house, clutch went out and I left it for a week. I then got a phone call from the state police saying : "move your car". The police didn't threaten me. They told me. I thanked him for the call. I moved the car and all was good.

That's another way the police deal with these sort of things

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OP received over 30 tickets for a non-compliant anchor light. No matter how great my skepticism of LEAs (especially in Florida), I strongly suspect the problem is his anchor light. It's either non-compliant (<2 nm) or it goes dead before sunrise.

We'll see if his ploy works. White privilege has its limits.
Now I need a program to keep track of the players in this saga. In order to know which of them is enjoying white privilege, I first need to know which of them, the cop, the landowners, or the OP is white? Somehow I missed that vital bit of information as I read through this thread. So, in order that I can try to follow along, would someone who knows post the skin color of all involved so I can tell whose side I'm supposed to be cheering for?

I don't know anything about the cop or landowners in question but it seems pretty clear that the OP should have at least attempted to address this issue much sooner. If it's an inadequate anchor light that's at fault, he should have realized that you can buy a LOT of anchor lights for what he's now contemplating paying a lawyer. Probably a good thing that he's now sold the boat because if something this simple can snowball on him to this degree, he was sure to have other problems when he actually attempted to get underway.
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So, in order that I can try to follow along, would someone who knows post the skin color of all involved so I can tell whose side I'm supposed to be cheering for?
Notwithstanding the funniness of this line... I have been ordered by my MSM's (more senior moderators... Picture a Dragon) to shove this thread into Politics if it digresses to politics.
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[QUOTE=MarkofSeaLife;2051580732... I have been ordered by my MSM's (more senior moderators... Picture a Dragon) to shove this thread into Politics if it digresses to politics.

What takes you 1 minute to post takes me 2 seconds to delete Do a cost:benifit analysis at your leisure.

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