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Madeira Beach passes rules for liveaboard boats

The regulations apply to those who anchor inoperable boats within city limits.
Several boats are pictured anchored in Boca Ciega Bay, north of the Tom Stuart Causeway. Neighboring residents say liveaboards are a problem. [MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Times]
Published Oct. 10

MADEIRA BEACH — Liveaboard boaters are not welcome here, at least for more than 72 hours each month.

The City Commission on Tuesday unanimously approved a new ordinance that would force people who live on inoperable boats and anchor them within the city limits to move or face potentially stiff fines.

The new regulation is the result of continuing complaints from waterfront residents who said many liveaboard boaters, particularly those anchored near the Sea Towers condominiums, discharge sewage and trash into the waters of the Intracoastal Waterway.

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The new rules require liveaboard boaters to obtain a $5 permit to anchor in city waters and show proof they have used the city’s free pump-out service. No liveaboard boats can remain unoccupied for more than eight hours.

However, the new ordinance does not apply to anchored boats that are navigable, as defined by state law, and are anchored in the Intracoastal Waterway, or are docked at private facilities.

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