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Re: Free mooring in FL
"In South FL, I think you could easily find places along the Okechobee Waterway "
Frogwatch, I don't think you understand the basic concept of capitalism and property ownership. SOMEone owns EVERYthing and like they wre supposed to teach you in kindergarten, you don't touch anything unless you get permission first. Or have real good reason to think no one else already owns it.
In the case of waterfront property, especially a navigation canal operated by the Army Corps of Engineers for the purposes of commerce, you'd better think twice. The ACE recently put out a policy on using the Okee and if I remember correctly, they said boats in the process of transit/navigation are allowed to tie up for ONE NIGHT in any location. Then you're expected to move on, because that canal belongs to them, not you, and it was dug for the purpose of moving things, not giving you a free berth.
While state and town policies vary, you can't assume you can drop a hook anywhere unless it is "publicly owned" waters with publicly owned bottoms. Yes, there are places where the bottomland itself is privately owned, and while you can pass over it--you still can't drop a hook there.
Didn't they make two movies about this? "Hey Dude, Where's My Boat?!"