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Fishing under gandy bridge?

Is it legal to paddle up to a piling hop up on on and fish, it seems so much easier, than fighting anchor current, thank you

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  • Westwall01Westwall01 Posts: 5,452 Admiral
    Is it legal to paddle up to a piling hop up on on and fish, it seems so much easier, than fighting anchor current, thank you

    Long story short.......No!
  • gaudzilla34gaudzilla34 Posts: 15 Greenhorn
    Is it legal to paddle up to a piling hop up on on and fish, it seems so much easier, than fighting anchor current, thank you

    There's nothing that says you can't. It's a DOT regulation, so yes you can. If pinellas or tpd ask you to leave I would, but there's nothing they can technically site you for. Skyway is a different story it's posted with Coast Gaurd numbers.
  • surfmansurfman WC FLPosts: 6,007 Admiral
    It might be considered trespassing. You are not allowed to tie up so I would think you are not allowed to climb either.
    Tight Lines, Steve
    My posts are my opinion only.

    Be thankful we're not getting all the government we're paying for.  Will Rogers
  • gaudzilla34gaudzilla34 Posts: 15 Greenhorn
    surfman wrote: »
    It might be considered trespassing. You are not allowed to tie up so I would think you are not allowed to climb either.

    I'm not trying to argue are start a bug debate, but Gandy you can tie up it's not posted therefor there's not a violation. Skyway it's posted, there's no city, county ordinance that's posted, there no state law that states it's unlawful to tie off or stand on a bridge. The skyway is posted as federal. Again if asked to get off I would get off.

    If someone could call DOT and see what they would say I would be interested, again not trying to be a know it all, just looking at it from an LEO enforcement angle. Is there a posted sign that you can site someone on? I don't see any, to write a ticket as a LEO you will have to have a posted law , ie. county ordinance 123xyz...
  • Mako_OneMako_One Posts: 216 Officer
    Just because it's posted does not mean that it's OK. We have asked plenty of people while on patrol to get off teh bridge pilings or to untie from the bridge pilings. Plenty of Bridegs down in Miami that do not have a sign posted. After 9/11 everything changed.
  • surfmansurfman WC FLPosts: 6,007 Admiral
    It has never been legal to tie off to a bridge piling.

    I cannot find any such law but it is almost impossible to find some of these laws, it does state specifically that you cannot tie off to markers but that is different. I have done it many times and have had the FWC officer tell me it is not allowed. I have never been arrested or ticketed for it I just untied and anchored up. Just saying that if you tie up to the bridge the FWC officer will tell you to get off of it.
    Tight Lines, Steve
    My posts are my opinion only.

    Be thankful we're not getting all the government we're paying for.  Will Rogers
  • troutscouttroutscout Posts: 5 Greenhorn
    The FWC will always say "ignorance is no excuse" don't do it.
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