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The Salty Southeast
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239 461-0775 Legacy Harbour Marina entrance is located on the Okeechobee Waterway East of Marker #49 on the Caloosahatchee River. The Marina is situated two blocks from historic downtown Fort Myers and three blocks from the historic Edison-Ford Winter Estates. The Marina's 131-Slips range in size from 40 feet to 80 feet and can accommodate Transient Boats of 100 feet plus. The large Fairways make our slips easily accessible. Our slips are surrounded by one of the largest 'floating breakwaters' on the Gulf of Mexico. The floating docks are state-of-the-art. Legacy Harbour Marina is a full-featured facility with all the modern conveniences of home including pump-out station, heated pool, fitness center, full electric metered at the slip, cable TV, laundry, air-conditioned showers and wireless Internet connections available. The Boaters' Lounge is available for relaxing after a cruise or for private parties. The view from the lounge is spectacular! Our grounds are beautifully manicured and provide great strolling along the river with benches, Chickee Hut, and excellent access to all of historic Fort Myers. Please take a few moments to browse our website and see for yourself what our  beautiful boating facility can offer you the next time you are cruising in Southwest Florida.
Georgetown, South Carolina
Zimmerman Marine
Port City Marina - Wilmington, NC
  • Captain Jane Finds Healthy Eating in Key West

    Well, my comment on Captain Jane’s story below is, “if they also serve Mount Gay Rum on the rocks, I guess a little healthy eating in Key West won’t kill us!
    Actually, “help yourself” sounds wonderful. Just be sure to bring your own Mount Gay!

    Yup, healthy, green, organic, living sprouts, oranges straight from a local tree, and organic truffles — not the mushrooms, the sweet chocolate morsels and not a french fry or piece of fried mahi in sight.
    Yes, right here within walkable Key West. It’s easy to think that Key West is all bars, loud music and pricey cheap souvenirs. It’s amazing what three blocks inland can do to change your perspective. You’ll still find Key West funky style — where tacky is raised to an art form — but a gentler kind.
    “help yourself” is one such gentler place in Key West. Located at the corner of Margaret and Fleming Streets, it’s a mere three or four blocks from the Key West Bight marinas, and the architecture is — well, it looks like it might have once been a gas station…
    Seven mornings a week it’s a breakfast place serving homemade granola, fruit, house-cultured coconut yogurt, a breakfast egg wrap, french toast, sprouted whole grain bagels…
    At noon, it’s a lunch place that serves salads, wraps, curry, barbecue, and soup. If you are not vegetarian, you can add wild salmon, organic chicken, or seafood to the hot offerings. I can vouch for the wild salmon wrap (maple-soy glazed salmon, sprouts, cucumber, carrot, sesame seeds, mixed greens, avocado wasabi spread) — the half wrap at $6.50 is plenty for lunch and very reasonable for Key West.
    Peek and ye shall find!
    All day — but easiest pulled off not at a busy meal time — “help yourself” is a stealth provisioning stop. Ask the cashier for the bulk and other foods price list and order away! Some items are visible, arrayed on a shelf in the window, but there is much, much more, including organic brown rice, nutritional yeast, spices, legumes and quinoa. On the little shelf at the window, you may see organic udon in boxes, organic agave syrup, organic apple cider vinegar. In the freezer wedged behind the entrance door, is coconut milk ice cream; in the refrigerator cabinet along with brewed iced teas, are cylinders of white goat cheese. Peek and ye shall find! If they have honey in stock — buy it, even if you think you don’t need it. The label says it’s orange blossom honey, packed by Miguel Bode for Bee Heaven Farm in Homestead, Florida. The 2011 vintage is one of the most fragrant honeys we’ve ever tasted.
    And on Mondays, from noon to 4, it’s a green market. A bustling green market. Get there early; bring your provisioning tote bags so you don’t feel like some sort of inferior being saying to the gal tallying up your purchase: “Yes, I need a plastic bag.”
    Our green market haul was impressive — baby bok choy, complete with dirt! A glorious head of what I call butter lettuce, but truth is I have no idea what it is, other than tender, wonderful and a visual work of art! Oh joy, oh rapture! Beets with beautiful greens. Real celery, tall and fat!
    This is also a good place to eat outside, read a newspaper or make a friend.
    And, lots of big recycling bins alongside the store.
    Definitely a Key West hidden gem.
    “help yourself” is at 82 Fleming Street, Key West. Free delivery, too, and they even take credit cards Phone: 305-296-7766.
    Captain Jane
    S/V Lady Jane

  • Dredging of the Salt Ponds in the Lower Chesapeake

    Salt Ponds lies on the western shore of the lower Chesapeake and is the southern-most protected water on the western shore outside Hampton Roads. The entrance is a narrow, perpendicular-to-the shore channel and appears quite daunting on first approach, but once inside the waters are very protected from all directions.

    Dredging started today January 16, 2011 on the channel for The Salt Ponds and Long Creek in Hampton, VA. The channel is now passable at all tides for vessels with 5′6″ draft or less. Yet when the dredging is completed by mid February the controlling depth will be 8′ at MLW.
    Nonnie Minga
    The dredge JENNI LEA will be conducting dredging operations in Salt Ponds Channel from 12 January until 12 February, 2011. The dredge and assisting vessels DANNY JOE and MISS LEANNE will monitor VHF-FM Channels 13, 16 and 78. A floating and submerged pipeline will traverse the channel and deposit dredge material on the south side of the inlet. Mariners are cautioned to stay clear of dredge, booster, floating (pontoon) and submerged pipelines, barges, derricks and operating wires associated with dredging and marine construction operations. Operators of vessels of all types should be aware that dredges and floating pipelines are held in place by cables, attached to anchors some distance away from the equipment. Buoys are attached to the anchors so that the anchors may be moved as the dredge advances and the location of the submerged pipelines are marked by buoys on each side of the channel. Mariners are cautioned to strictly comply with the Inland Rules of the Road when approaching, passing and leaving the area of operations, and remain a safe distance away from the dredge, booster, buoys, cables, pipeline, barges, derricks, wires and related equipment. Owners and lessees of fishnets, crabpots and other structures that may be in the vicinity and that may hinder the free navigation of attending vessels and equipment must be remove these from the area where tugs, tenderboats and other attendant equipment will be navigating. Dredging projects are usually conducted twenty-four (24) hours a day seven (7) days a week, all fishnets, crabpots and structures in the general area must be removed prior to commencement of any work. A NO WAKE transit is requested by all transiting vessels. Chart : 12222.

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Salt Ponds

  • More Groundings on the AICW’s Run Through The Cumberland Dividings (Statute Mile 704)

    Almost a year ago, Cruisers’ Net designated the Georgia section of the Waterway known as the “Cumberland Dividings,” as an “AICW Problem Stretch.” It is so gratifying to have our advice not only confirmed but heeded by an alert skipper. And thank you, Capt. Shires, for your warning about being glued to the magenta line, either electronic or paper!

    January 15, 2011 about mid-tide rising we came through Cumberland Dividings with a 4ft draft, two power boats in front of us had gone aground (with 4.5′ and 3.5′ draft) and a sailboat in front of us (5′ draft went middle of the red and green and lost water, also could not cross over to the green side as he encountered a shoal in the middle. He had to backtrack out and follow us through. We followed the advice on this site and hugged the eastern shore very close to the green markers and the bank and had no problem (we did go right over the charted but non-existant “island” mentioned here). We did not observe the Red marker “1A”, nor did the sailboat coming behind us see it. We saw no additional floating markers anywhere. Anyone following the chart plotter and trying to avoid hitting the invisible island will end up with no water! Thanks for the great advice!
    Capt Ed Shires
    aboard IIDolphins

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Section” Listing For the Cumberland Dividings

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To An “Alert Position” in the AICW/Cumberland Dividings

  • Fort Lauderdale Municipal Marina at the Las Olas Bridge – Captain Jane Reports (Statute Mile 1064)

    The Las Olas Marina is one of several maintained by the city of Fort Lauderdale. All the others are found along new River, hard by the downtown section of Fort Lauderdale. The Las Olas facility also has the twin advantages of being directly on the AICW, and within walking distance of the beach.

    I don’t normally supply a photograph of laundry machines for a story on a Florida marina, and if you’re not a cruiser and are reading this by accident, you might be thinking — is this what cruising is about? Well, yes, and no. It’s what makes boaters comfortable so that they can fully enjoy their cruising. To me, as a boater, this photograph speaks volumes. It says “respite”, it says “you can get your chores done and it will be a clean experience!” It says: Here’s a marina that cares about its boat-living customers.

    View of Las Olas Marina from southern group of slips facing north and the bridge

    I’m not sure why we never tried the Las Olas City Marina, but after recently reading veteran cruising writer Tom Neale’s glowing review of the city’s facilities at Las Olas, we decided to give it a try. Well, well, well. This is very different from what we’re used to. At first, as we spied the marina tucked under — literally — the Las Olas draw bridge, I thought, Tom, what were you thinking? But I was wrong and I now get it. This is yet another Florida city marina that shows what good government can and does do while keeping affordable and good facilities available to the transient boating public.
    As I just mentioned, this marina oddly occupies both sides of the Las Olas bridge. Yes, that Las Olas, the last and huge opening bridge you encounter southbound that brings you into the heart of Fort Lauderdale. So, before you arrive, find out which side of the bridge your slip will be, North or South. The marina staff is very courteous — they offered us a slip on either side clearly explaining the advantages of each. The North side of the bridge brings you closer to the cruisers lounge and facilities and the South side gets you (a) past the opening bridge and (b) a little further from the bridge noise. One thing to note at the moment is that the pump outs on the South side are broken and there are no immediate plans to replace it.
    So what’s it like living under a busy draw bridge? The bridge noise is definitely noticeable — the first night I felt like I was in a Woody Allen movie describing my childhood living under the Elevated train in Brooklyn. After a while, it became white noise. But, a bright side is that being under the bridge, you are in the no-wake zone — so there is surprisingly less wake here than from the apparently more-protected marinas we have stayed in here. Also, odds are a mega yacht will occupy the ICW T-head and lucky you will be protected even more from ICW traffic.
    As for “amenities”, the cruisers lounge, laundry, heads and showers are first rate municipal facilities. They are far better than most facilities we have been offered on the ICW and certainly better than facilities we have used in neighboring private marinas in Fort Lauderdale, perhaps these facilities are designed for cruiser-customers and are not what I have experienced as barely sufficient for their purpose after-thoughts constructed for the crew of or day workers servicing a mega yacht. Euphemistically called “Comfort Stations” in Las Olas-speak, these really are.
    In sum, Las Olas is an impressive facility and well located. It gets special Captain Jane Gold Kudos for its copious and accessible recycling bins (plastics 1 and 2, cans, bottles and paper!) Thank you, Las Olas for your commitment to recycling and for helping cruisers do their part to reduce our impact on the environment! This is yet another example of a Florida city marina that is in many ways superior to its privately-owned pricey counterparts.
    Captain Jane
    S/V Lady Jane

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For the Fort Lauderdale Municipal Marina at the Las Olas Bridge

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of the Fort Lauderdale Municipal Marina at the Las Olas Bridge

  • Old Bahia Honda Bridge – Big Spanish Channel: Hazard to Navigation/Update, 1/6/11

    The Old Bahia Honda Bridge is a fixed bridge with a vertical clearance of 29 ft at statute mile 1205 just south of Seven Mile Bridge.

    It is reported that the Old Bahia Honda Bridge is rapidly deteriorating and many parts are hanging dangerously below the bridge. The
    channel at the east end of the bridge is the only clear safe passage. Mariners are advised to stay alert and transit the area with caution.
    Ref: LNM 31-08 through 52-09, 01 through 51-10 and BNM 128-08-KW and 141-08-KW Chart: 11442, 11448

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at the Bahia Honda Bridge

  • Good Times at Fort Myers Yacht Basin (Okeechobee Waterway – Caloosahatchee River)

    Located at Mile Marker 135 on the Okeechobee Waterway, 15 miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico, Fort Myers Yacht Basin is a well designed and protected marina. It is owned and operated by the City ofFort Myers City Yacht Basin is, quite simply, one of the best city owned and run marinas in the Southeaster USA. It’s a great place to begin or end your trip on the Okeechobee Waterway, not to mention your exploration of the Western Florida coastline. And, lest we forget, these good folks are a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!!

    I’ve been in marinas from the Great Lakes to Venezuela including 3 years at Ft. Myers Yacht Basin. In short, it’s Comfortable, Clean, and Convenient and well staffed with Mgr. Leif and his experienced, extremely helpful crew.
    Downtown Ft. Myers has gone through a total renewal and is a fun place to be. This marina just may be one of the shining diamonds of this wonderful city.
    Jim, M/V Blue Tang
    cruising the Bahamas

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Western Florida Marina Directory Listing For Fort Myers Yacht Basin

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Fort Myers Yacht Basin

  • Rodriguez Key Anchorage (Hawk Channel – Key Largo)

    Captain Jane’s observations on this anchorage mirror my own experiences. It’s fine if you must anchor near to Hawk Channel, as long as the weather does not get to agitated. Give me a well sheltered Florida Key Anchorage on the inside route very time, but, with the draft of Captain Jane’s vessel, that would be an iffy proposition at best.

    Anchored on north side of Rodriguez Key

    Sometimes you don’t want to stop and savor the swells of Hawk Channel and just want to get to Marathon — especially if your vessel draws 5 feet or more. With Pennekamp State Park now off limits to boats drawing more than 4 1/2 feet, according to the ranger who answered the phone the two times we have asked, that leaves safe harbors few and far between for many cruising boats.
    Rodriguez Key anchorage took good care of us during a small craft advisory one December night. Yes, we rocked enthusiastically when the front came in but we didn’t drag. We chose a spot in the charted anchorage on the island’s north side, close enough to be in her lee. Another vessel was quite a distance north of the island. She was there in the morning in apparently the same position as at sunset.
    We experienced excellent holding in 8 1/2 feet of water– winds were gusting at 20. North swells made it not my favorite experience but tolerable. I’ve experienced far less comfortable southern swells at Indian Key and similar conditions at Pumpkin Key. We set two anchors, a Fortress and a plow.
    It might have been more comfortable on the south side of the island, where another sailboat anchored that night, but I’m not sure as the swells in Hawk Channel are difficult to hide from. The NOAA predictions had been so wrong that day, it was difficult to know which side to choose.
    We met some experienced skippers who use this anchorage every crossing. It certainly makes possible a two-day trip between Dinner Key and Marathon which can be useful in a period of frequent cold fronts when three-day weather windows can be hard to find.
    In short, Rodriguez Key is a swell anchorage (pun intended) with excellent holding. The charted shoal on the eastern point appears to be marked by small floats. In a blow, set two anchors and bring plenty of ginger snaps.
    Captain Jane
    S/V Lady Jane

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Florida Keys Anchorage Directory Listing For Rodriguez Key Anchorage

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Rodriguez Key Anchorage

  • Captain Jane Reports on Vero Beach Municipal Marina (Statute Mile 952)

    Vero Beach MarinaWow, what an active social life and great community spirit at this SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! If you are cruising through VERO, please stop off here if time permits, and let them know how much you appreciate their support of the cruising community, by way of their support for the SSECN!

    View of the Bridge just south of the entrance channel to Vero Beach City Marina

    Here is your 2010/2011 season update on Vero Beach City Marina. This AICW Cruisers Mecca is hopping. While you can sometimes get a mooring ball for yourself, boats are doubled and tripled up on
    mooring balls as I type this, a vessel spent the night at the fuel dock and one boat is heading to a mooring after two at the dock because a previous reservation bumped her. If you want a slip ($1.50 a foot), we recommend you reserve at least several days in advance.

    The social life on shore has changed just a bit, so here’s a summary of how it appears to be for the moment.

    1. Weekly Cruisers Breakfast hosted by Vero Beach’s CLOD (Cruisers Living on Dirt) continues on Wednesday mornings at 8 at 2002 restaurant (the Publix stop on the free Vero Beach GoLine shuttle bus.)
    2. Thursday Night Is Happy Hour, bring your own beverage and bring an appetizer to share at the picnic area near the main dinghy dock. I think this begins at 4:30 PM; there are signs in the cruisers lounge. If you are a musician, bring an instrument. It was hopping this past Thursday.
    3. Free GoLine Shuttle Bus seems to have more routes than ever. Note that the stop at Publix has changed — it no longer stops right in front of this reprovisioning gift to cruisers, but it’s only a short walk across the parking lot. Ask the driver to point to the new return spot just across from where you get out. The GoLine bus stop sign is still in front of the Publix, but don’t let that fool you — or so we were told.
    4. Free Wifi now at Vero Beach Municipal Marina — but it’s a little peripatetic at the moment. Yachtspots is gone and the city marina is in the process of upgrading and installing high speed wifi. The staff may ask you to limit your heavy internet use to the hours of 7 PM to 7 AM until the full upgrades are in. When they are up and running, the high speed signal should reach all the way to the most Northern moorings. Ask for the pass code and current status at the office. For now, easy on the Skype and hold back on Netflix streaming during office hours. 😉
    5. Farmer’s Market on Saturdays. The 10 AM GoLine Shuttle will take you there and pick you up an hour later. Or you can walk. It’s a pleasant 20 minute stroll there and a little less pleasant on the way back if while shopping you forgot you will be walking back.
    6. Recycling is gone, temporarily, we hope! Most cruisers want recycling and value marinas who offer it. From what I have learned, recycling is expensive and the marinas need our help to make it work. Most of us do it right, but it only takes a few to muck it up and it seems some transients have created a problem at Vero which the marina is earnestly trying to resolve. The staff is trying to come up with a way to train cruisers into behaving so that recycling can resume. It seems that some transients, particularly in the summer, have been dumping garbage in the recycling containers and the recycling company did not have the time or person power to sort through the garbage. The marina staff, out of personal commitment to recycling, then set up their own bins and tried marking them really clearly — but then they experienced personally why the recycling company gave up. So, please urge your fellow boaters to behave. Marina staff asked me to ask folks also to please, please, please honor the recycling of oil rules; they collect $1 for disposal and it truly costs them more in labor and fees to provide this important environmental service. Please don’t mix anti-freeze in with the oil or other contaminants as it slaps the marina with a huge bill later in the process. Also, please don’t skirt the rules and dump used oil by the trash or outside the trash bins. Those who tuck in their oil-related trash between the bins and the doorrs create opportunity for costly and time-consuming cleanup when the trash area doors are opened and everything topples over.
    Captain Jane
    S/V Lady Jane

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Vero Beach Municipal Marina

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Vero Beach Municipal Marina

  • Captain Jane Plans A Return to Titusville City Marina (Statute Mile 879)

    451 Marina Rd., Titusville, FL 32796, Phone: 321-383-5600, Fax: 321-383-5602, Contact: Joe Stone General Manager, Hours: 8:00 am - 1:00 am, Groceries within walking distance  , Restaurants nearby  , 5 minutes from Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge  , 10 minutes from Canaveral National Seashore  , 20 minutes from Kennedy Space Center  , 1 hour from Orlando Attractions , I’ve said it before, but I’ll keep saying it. For the past thirty years I’ve been researching the Eastern Florida coastline. Titusville City Marina has shown itself, time and time again, to be one of the best small to medium sized facilties I’ve ever reviewed. And, that’s not just because they are a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    What Titusville the city may lack in accessibility and immediately-apparent charm, it more than makes up for in wonder, whether your

    View from Titusville Municipal Marina's A Dock

    idea of wonder is astronauts and space stations or wood storks and roseate spoonbills — or if you are like us, both. Frankly, we found our three days a little short and plan to stop in again in the Spring.
    At the moment, one of these wonders is Titusville Municipal Marina’s generous Stay Three Nights Pay for Two Offer, now extended through March 31, 2011. This discount coupled with Titusville’s already generous 25% Boat US Discount, makes this one of the best deals on the waterway.
    Obviously, cruising is not about staying somewhere you don’t want to be — so use this discount to find out why those in the know come to Titusville on purpose, not just because the more apparently charming Cocoa Village was out of cruising range on a leg South.
    A cold snap and the zingy discount coincided with our journey this year, so we had ample time to venture further than the walkable small and pleasant historic district and Dixie Crossroad’s Rock Shrimp.
    I confess that for the past ten years, in the back of my mind has been, “Gee, I wonder whether the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge is as good as they say for birdwatching.” And “Gee, I wonder if the Kennedy Space Center is actually worth the hefty ticket price and car rental…” The answer to both Gee-I-Wonders is a resounding: Don’t miss this! I’ll tell you more about these national treasures, and how to get there, in a separate posting.
    It just so happens that Titusville also features one of the better municipal marinas on the ICW — clean well-maintained docks, professional and courteous staff, a good entrance channel, wide fairways, free wifi and well-maintained laundry and showers. Even its rack rate is a good value.
    Special kudos to Titusville Municipal Marina for its commitment to recycling. Several well-tended big recycling bins outside the marina office offer recycling for plastics, metal and aluminum cans. Thank you, Titusville Municipal Marina for your commitment to the environment and for helping us boaters dispose of our waste responsibly.
    Captain Jane
    S/V Lady Jane

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Titusville City Marina

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Titusville City Marina

  • Another Volusia County Boarding Incident (near St. M. 846.5)

    Those of you who have been following the Cruisers’ Net, know there was an uproar in November of 2010, involving a boarding of a pleasure craft in Volusia County by sheriff’s deputies. Claims were made that the one of the law enforcement officers in question approached the captain below decks with a drawn weapon. That story is linked below, and we will not further comment on it here.
    The incident described below is certainly less disturbing than the above referred happening, but it is troublesome nevertheless. All we can do is suggest that all cruisers proceed through Volusia County waters, ready for a boarding anytime, even when your vessel is about to pass under a bridge

    I was boarded by the Volusia County deputies on 10/27 as we were staged with several other boats waiting to go under the New Smyrna bascule bridge. We were dealing with wind and some current, and the deputies boarded us just as the bridge was about to open, so that I had to turn the helm over to my wife who took the boat under the bridge, while I escorted the officers below. I was surprised that they were not considerate enough to wait until we cleared the bridge before they approaced us, and that certainly added to the tenseness of the situation.
    I showed the officer my diverter valve which was correctly valved to the holding tank, but cannot be secured because of extremely poor access. The officer agreed that it would be almost impossible to secure the valve with a lock or wire tie, but said that was not his problem. I explained that I had records of having pumped out the previous day and 4 times in the previous four weeks. He issued me a $250 citation.
    The officer stated ” I spend three months in the spring and three months if the fall doing nothing but stopping boats going north or south”. I concluded that Volusia County is operating a “toilet trap” that is just like a speed trap, and that their primary interest is to raise revenue rather than to insure the cleanliness of the waters. It seems that this law has given them the perfect tool to generate funds for their raises and toys, while getting to spend their days boating, rather than doing the unpleasant work of serious crime prevention.
    My take on the requirement for permission to board is that a boat is just like ones home on land. Boarding the deck is not an invasion of privacy, and if all crew members are on deck, it is not unreasonable to require all to stay on deck until the officer is escourted below.
    However, a crew member below could be sleeping, undressed, showering, or adding to the holding tank contents. That person must be allowed to prepare for visitors and then grant permission for entry. If an officer violates this, he is guilty of invasion of privacy and should be subject to disciplinary action or worse.
    A written policy should be published for dealing with this, so that all can understand their rights and limitations.
    I was able to petition the judge with my pump out records and photos of my diverter valve compartment showing the access problem and the fine was lowered from $250 to $100. I am installing a lock on the compartment door to hopefully achieve compliance with the securing requirement. I must say that this requirement does little to prevent overboard discharge, since the captain and unlock and operate the valve at will (but then logic has never been a requirement for government regulations).
    William Lackey
    SV Jezabel

    And, comments from fellow cruisers on the above incident:

    As some folks are FINALLY beginning to realize….

    I hate to sound unsympathetic here because I am not.
    The premises and policies behind these laws are often flawed and contain a considerable animus toward toward boaters, especially those who do not vote in Florida and who have a long history of abusing Florida’s welcome both with public nuisance, sewage discharge and attempted tax evasion.
    In many cases these local laws are the current cruising community reaping what decades of abuse by the prior community has sewn. These laws (if they should be changed) will not be changed soon. They are constitutional (not talking about anchoring here), they are tested, and they are proportional to the offense. I doubt if they are money raisers given what it costs to police and adjudicate them.
    Before we cruise, we spend as much time on the relevant laws of the jurisdictions we are going to transit as we do the charts [well almost].
    I would ask, had one been stopped by a highway trooper for improperly towing a dangerous load*, would difficulty in attaching legally required safety chains have been a sufficient defense. I think not.
    We have a responsibility to fully honor the spirit, intent, and letter of the laws of those whose commons we share. If we, as a class, continue to seek special dispensation, we may well get it, but it won’t be the kind we were hoping for.
    *having been seriously sickened by sewage during a pump out incident, I certainly consider it dangerous

    Click Here To View the Article About An Earlier Volusia County Boarding

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