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I currently live in Daytona beach and was curious in the mooring laws and lives boards in the river? Is there a website that I can look at to figure out what's legal and what's not for where I can liveaboard and where I cant?
 

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No there isn't. It is not illegal to live aboard anywhere that I know of. Just keep your boat in decent shape, and don't anchor near big expensive homes for very long. I'm sure the LEO's will be kind enough to let you know when it's time to move along.

Sorry for being vague, but you're in Florida.

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There's tons of info on this site about anchoring rights (and up to date ICW navigation info) in Florida and other states. RTB is correct about the Daytona area, but the Florida Pilot Mooring Field Program has allowed some other FL communities to write their own local mooring/anchoring/liveaboard regulations.

Boat/US did a lot of lobbying to fix some of the more restrictive language with respect to liveaboards from the Florida Pilot Mooring Field Program law. Here's a good summary of the issues:

http://www.boatus.com/Assets/www.boatus.com/gov/pdf/2013 BoatU.S. Florida Anchoring Information.pdf

Here's a recap of another (failed) attempt to limit anchoring in southern FL counties. The folks with the expensive waterfront homes a powerful constituency, so this will come up again and again along our coasts.

Anti-Boating Legislation Defeated in Florida House: BoatUS Urges Caution in Anchoring Fight : BoatUS Press Room
 

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Last I heard, FL passed a law making it legal for waterfront homeowners to hunt anchored boats. I think the daily bag limit is 12.

I'm not a FL guy, but it seems to be heading in the wrong direction down there, so just be mindful of the longer term, whatever you do.
 

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Stand Your Water.. no wait.. there are a whole bunch of "Personal Defense " threads to help you fend them off. No problem.
 

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The FWC survey videos do (may?) not appear if you're using MSIE11 as the browser. I'm guessing that's because I have elevated security settings and there are cross-site links or some other vulnerability involved with them.
 

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In Maryland, you can install a mooring ball just about anywhere you wish, no permit required. Never checked into any other states about this, but I did check Florida's DFW site to see if they had a special permit for installing a private mooring ball. I couldn't find anything on this at all on the site.

I suspect that Florida, like some other greedy states, will likely prohibit the installation of a private mooring ball, whether or not you live aboard. Just a guess, though. Hey, Florida has some pretty high priced mooring fields in the keys that they keep filled with live aboards. But they really frown on anchoring in the same area for more than a couple weeks.

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Gary is absolutely right about Maryland. Other than blocking channels or private property, there are really no rules about placing or maintaining mooring balls. In New England, by comparison, you need to register your ball and have it inspected at some interval. I guess in Maryland they assume you still need to access private property to dinghy out, so it limits the placement of permanent moorings. Likewise, I don't think that they have anything in place to restrict liveaboards provided they are not creating some kind of nuisance.

In Maryland, you can install a mooring ball just about anywhere you wish, no permit required. Never checked into any other states about this, but I did check Florida's DFW site to see if they had a special permit for installing a private mooring ball. I couldn't find anything on this at all on the site.

I suspect that Florida, like some other greedy states, will likely prohibit the installation of a private mooring ball, whether or not you live aboard. Just a guess, though. Hey, Florida has some pretty high priced mooring fields in the keys that they keep filled with live aboards. But they really frown on anchoring in the same area for more than a couple weeks.

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I guess in Maryland they assume you still need to access private property to dinghy out, so it limits the placement of permanent moorings. Likewise, I don't think that they have anything in place to restrict liveaboards provided they are not creating some kind of nuisance.
The Laws of Living Aboard And how they affect your state's lakes | Houseboat Magazine

Note item 28

http://www.baltimoremarinecenters.com/Portals/0/AnnualContractLP.pdf

...I'm sure there are other marinas with similar restrictions.
 

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have fun living next to a meth lab. yes, a livaboard boat in daytona was recently busted for having a meth lab. nice neighborhood
 

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have fun living next to a meth lab. yes, a livaboard boat in daytona was recently busted for having a meth lab. nice neighborhood
As I recall it was in the Ormond Beach portion of the ICW..right in front of the areas most exclusive homes.. No wonder homeowners down there are restricting anchoring in front of their homes...
 

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have fun living next to a meth lab. yes, a livaboard boat in daytona was recently busted for having a meth lab. nice neighborhood
One of the things that most are surprised to find out, is that most really large stash houses, are located in very nice neighborhoods. And, for the obvious reason. Rich people don't like those who they see who they think don't look like they should be driving in a car in their neighborhood, and will call the police in a second, and the police will respond quickly when rich people call, but conversely, rich don't ask a lot of questions about the people who they look at as being financially able to by a house in their neighborhood (being able to buy the house is all the bona fides they need on them).


It's hard for a criminal to hit a stash house if he can't case it without getting jacked up (we used to have the same problem, they would sic the police on us, when we were doing site surveillance, but they never called us about the stash houses).

But, every single time we found a stash house with multi hundred or multi thousand kilos in it, it was in a really nice gated luxury community.
 
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