Poo Journal Wanted!
By Marie Zellmer
May 17, 2016
Another ordinance says if live-aboards have dogs that poop on the dock or run around "at large" then the vessel can be kicked out of all city harbors. Although it doesn't say for how long and doesn't provide any warning system about the dogs, or take into account that there will have to be proof as to whose dog pooped, or that we have highly paid animal protection officers responsible for those kinds of things, with a fee system in place.
Also, all live-aboard boats must be operated from a helm that the vessel was originally designed to have... no matter how much remodeling and alterations it has gone through over the years. I have owned a twenty foot, forty year old vessel that went from power boat to hand troller, to half sunk derelict, to remodeled houseboat, and there is no way to put the "originally designed" helm back in. It goes on... there's even more.
How about the new part that says only registered owners can live on them, so no one in a house can use them as extra bedrooms for visitors, or have someone watch their vessel while they leave town, or even allow a rent-to-own your own boat situation. I understand the need to make sure moorage is paid and I have seen the situations where renters on boats fail and the boats get impounded, but there are ordinances in place and an owner can have their boat worth thousands of dollars impounded after just one month of not paying a few hundred bucks in moorage. Isn't that punishment enough?
It gets even better... the harbormaster has told people the only kind of model and make of toilet that will be "acceptable" to them, as well as the right to enter people's homes to be sure that they are complying, along with the monthly poo journal inspection - all which will be enforced starting the first of June.
Yes, this June in two weeks. Not enough time to even see if some small boats that people live on can even fit a toilet in where none existed, or even afford the sudden estimated $800 price tag on the system the harbormaster has chosen. Plus they get to come into my home and invade my privacy, over poo.
There are a lot more changes about to be made and no one knows except those live aboards who received letters saying they had plenty of time to make the changes to ordinces that won't be enacted till the 26th of this month, and a call telling them time is up on the first of next month... talk about confusing.
There is no nice way for me to say this... I'm tired of being bullied by glorified pool boys who want to see what is going on in the cabana. I pay my moorage and live-aboard fees, I comply to all the written and unwritten rules that the harbomasters come up with, even the stupid minimum size engine, and I help my neighbors and friends pass those same stupid unwritten rules. But I draw the line at inspections and poo journals.
Please come to this week's city council meeting and find out what's going on!
Received May 15, 2016 - Published May 17, 2016
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