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Boat anchored off Marco to challenge ordinance

Marco Island marine police cited Marco boater Dave Dumas around 7:30 a.m. Thursday for violating a city ordinance restricting boat anchoring. Dumas intentionally violated the ordinance because he said it conflicts with state statutes on navigation. He plans to fight the citation in court.

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Marco Island marine police cited Marco boater Dave Dumas around 7:30 a.m. Thursday for violating a city ordinance restricting boat anchoring. Dumas intentionally violated the ordinance because he said it conflicts with state statutes on navigation. He plans to fight the citation in court.

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  • Marco Island marine police cited Marco boater Dave Dumas around 7:30 a.m. Thursday for violating a city ordinance restricting boat anchoring. Dumas intentionally violated the ordinance because he said it conflicts with state statutes on navigation. He plans to fight the citation in court.
  • Marco Island marine police cited Marco boater Dave Dumas around 7:30 a.m. Thursday for violating a city ordinance restricting boat anchoring. Dumas intentionally violated the ordinance because he said it conflicts with state statutes on navigation. He plans to fight the citation in court.
  • Dave Dumas and Lee Oldershaw, both of Marco, anchor the boat Kinship in Smokehouse Bay on Marco Island in January 2007 purposely violating a city ordinance restricting anchoring, which was determined to be unconstitutional leading to a statewide defense of boaters' rights. Marco spent about two and a half years attempting to defend the ordinance and held a series of closed-door meetings--- the transcripts of which are now raising questions about whether officials followed open government and public records laws.
  • The Marco Island Police Department issues a verbal warning to a boat intentionally violating a city anchoring ordinance at noon Wednesday. The boaters, who have been in Smokehouse Bay near the Esplanade since 2 p.m. Tuesday, later received a written warning. The boaters claim the city ordinance goes against state law.

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