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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Rumbling with the FWC in Vero Beach...

It's been an extremely busy couple of weeks - in particular, the anchoring issue in Florida is heating up. Cruisers are not happy with the proposals being considered - NO overnight anchoring in Florida within 300 feet of a residence being the major one.
The meetings in Florida were quite well attended for what is essentially the off season for cruisers: at least 80 in Vero Beach, and 120 in Bradenton, the majority being cruisers. There were over 30 individual presentations in Vero Beach, and a number of superb points were made.
At this point, several very concerned cruisers and boaters are discussing options and how we can fight back against those who would deny us our rights in Florida. Rather than continue on here, let me direct you to my SAIL Magazine article on the Vero Beach meeting, which includes video of the meeting.
If you'd like to follow up on this, please comment here and/or on SAIL's page. If you'd like to get involved in this fight for our rights, let me know please. And please, SHARE the link below with fellow boaters, even those nowhere near Florida, because if we don't stop this here, it will become the standard for rules in other states.
Trust me on this - if we fail to act here and now, we will surely lose our rights to anchor out in Florida, perhaps before the end of this year.  That's right - BEFORE the end of 2014.
Here's the link: http://www.sailmagazine.com/cruising-news/reporting-live-anchoring-meetings-florida