Judge postpones Marco anchoring ordinance case

A judge Friday postponed the trial of a Marco Island boater that has attracted statewide interest.

In January, island resident Dave Dumas, 64, intentionally broke a city ordinance that restricted boat anchoring contending the ordinance violated state law. The city of Marco has argued it has the right to limit anchoring in its waterways under home-rule provisions.

Collier County Judge Rob Crown granted the delay at the request of attorneys for both sides. He set a pretrial conference for April 18.

Attorney Donald Day, who is representing Dumas in the matter, received discovery in the case from prosecutors Friday morning. Day said he intends to file a motion to dismiss the case.

Statewide boating advocates, city governments and lobbying groups have been monitoring the situation.

"The gears of justice are grinding slowly," Dumas said. "It appears that all of the people involved are taking this relatively seriously. I think it must be that they’re considering the ramifications of what happens here."

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