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Florida anchoring restrictions survey

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The FWC has developed an online survey for future use in drafting anchoring restrictions for local municipalities. Their goal is to allow cities and local governments the ability to restrict your rights to anchor in certain places. Most notably, in areas that have waterfront homeowners who think they have a right to govern the water behind their homes.

Boaters need to make sure that any restrictions on anchoring are done on a state-wide basis.

The survey and it’s “concepts” are designed to restrict your ability to choose where and for how long you can anchor. Please respond to the survey, even if you don’t live in Florida.

My suggestion is that you mark question #7 as “None - Authority to regulate should remain with the state”

Also, my suggestion is to “strongly disagree” with the “concepts” so that they come up with a state-wide solution to the problems they present.

Derelict boats and stored in-water boats are a problem in Florida, but we need a state-wide solution. Not local governments choosing when and where you can anchor.

Can't link, but you can find it here:
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In the end, everyone should be able to park their car on the street, but that doesn't mean you can live there with no wheels
well, there's a jackwagon down my street that has turned his house into a powerboat repair shop, and is parking his crappy 'flip' boats on the street for storage. So I guess you could say, you can park your BOAT on the street...
The problem is that they are not trying to solve that problem, (derelicts). They are just using that tactic to eliminate anchoring behind wealthy waterfront homeowners property.

(snip) They are intent on eliminating anchoring in certain locations. They conveniently have derelicts and abandoned boats to use as their excuse.:mad:
I always am the bad guy, but I see these discussions and I wonder why transients/boaters/pass-thru people should believe their opinions and views should trump those who have a stake/are permanent residents? Y'all are TOURISTS, ffs
The idea that someone from another state has less rights in a state than a person who happens to live there is bull ****.
You are deceived if you don't believe that the local and state governments do not give precedence to taxpaying local residents. As well they should. Most of the money to run things comes from them. This isn't about 'rights' and I never used that word.
Two hundred plus years of admiralty law. That's what's different.
'Admiralty Law' keeps being bandied around, but you might be surprised at what you find if you actually learn the law...

FTA: "The right to navigate, moor or anchor a vessel has never been recognized as a "fundamental right."
I read the entire thing, but I don't think you did. Again, FTA:
"This publication was supported by the National Sea Grant College Program of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) under NOAA Grant No. NA06 OAR-4170014. The views expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of these organizations."

And I'd certainly appreciate it if you don't put words in my mouth. I have never expressed a 'side,' as you phrase it, nor have I put forward any assertions regarding 'agendas,' nor have I made any 'complaints.' What exactly is it that I'm 'losing?'

I believe you are confusing me with someone else you've been arguing with.

Here is what I do believe:
--admiralty law is not a cover for recreational craft, and from what I've read, that is quite apparent
--people who live full-time, own land, permanent residents, are going to trump cruisers.
--I am never convinced that there is any difference between random anchoring and random RV parking, and if you want to reference admiralty law, I refer you to the assertion above

I don't care either way, honestly. I figure people who live somewhere have a right to dictate what happens where they live, land or sea. It's funny, though - I gather that as one goes north, there are more and more restrictions on anchoring not unlike what is now contemplated in Florida, but there is only complaint about Florida for some reason.
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I'm not sure why some people have a difficult time separating parking an RV or some other vehicle on State Owned or private property. And the difference of the navigable waters of the United States. They are two different things.
The navigable waters of the US are "owned" just as Federal lands are, and certainly there are lots of rules about random parking on Federal lands - go to any National Park and see how randomly you can park your RV.
So what you are saying is that if I purchase property next to the interstate I should have the right to dictate the speed limit............?
Each state dictates the speed limit of the interstate within it. I have observed that firsthand.

Those of you who stomp and snort about your loss of "freedoms" are now learning the lessons that Europe has learned probably hundreds of years ago. As people become more numerous, so must the legislation. Humans are as$holes by nature, and decency and morality are not universal, so we must have laws. Quit breeding if you want "freedom."
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