March 2, 2013
I am the Trustee for our family trust which owns Maile [sic] Lake. As of 2012 I have been working with law enforcement to stop anchoring in our lake. As it stands now, all vessels anchoring in the lake will be trespassing and will be at risk of violation. We did not want to take this step but because of EPA and various other Governing bodies with their own regulations we had no choice. Thank you for understanding.
R G Williams
Something in Florida called the public trust doctrine holds that all waters within the state that are navigable, whether public or private, are to be kept available to all for the purposes of navigation. And, anchoring is considered a normal part of navigation. Of course the local sheriff won’t know this and will instead do whatever the locals want and chase you out, but I believe somebody could take this to court and win.
Maule Lake is actually a private lake. Anchorage is not allowed in the lake. The owners are actively removing derelict vessels in the lake as well as noticing floating vessels of trespass. DO NOT ANCHOR IN THE LAKE.
i just spent 4 nights anchored in maule lake in may, 2 nights on the way down to the keys and 2 on the way back. i live in ft laud and have to raise and lower my mast because i live past fixed bridges and maule lake is a calm place to do so. i saw law enforcement 1 time and they went right by me. there are about 8 sailboats anchored with nobody living on them and 1 power boat with someone living on it. the marina looks condemed. if maule lake is private then tell whoever owns it to show you their tax bill. it is a navigable waterway with greynolds park on one side, a public county park.
Skipper Dave C
It’s always fun to see people who don’t know anything about admiralty law and property law, who think when they purchase land, they have purchased the adjoining navigable waterway. It’s one thing to request the state to move derelict boats from an area. Anybody can do that, whether they own any land around the area or not. That’s not a problem, and should be done.
But, I hope they get some better legal advice, before they have the wrong person arrested for anchoring their boat there as allowed by U.S. laws and regulations. Although, this one would be a great example to other like minded condo developers, and so it might be a good thing if they did.
We anchored in Maule lake in November 2012, for 3 or 4 days. No one bothered us and we had 3 other cruising boats anchored nearby. There is also 8 or 10 boats permanently anchored the area.
During our stay, the Coast Guard entered the lake with a small, abandoned sailboat in tow. they towed it to the center of the lake and dropped its anchor and left. There was also a law enforcement boat that cruised through the lake, but did not check any boats.
We anchored in Maule Lake twice, 4 days in all and never had an issue. Most recently was last August. I am not sure the post regarding it being a private lake is entirely accurate. Maybe something has changed recently but we had no issues whatsoever when we anchored there for a total of 4 nights and there are people living on their boats anchored there so a little more investigation is probably in order before declaring Maule Lake a no anchoring location.
We’ve anchored in Maule Lake, on occasion, for over 20 years. Most recently, two months ago. We’ll use it again in the future.
Skipper Jim Fitzgerald
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