A new free service has been added here in the Keys for liveaboards, particularly those who don’t reside in marinas. Pumpout Florida Keys is now offering free pump outs of holding tanks for all recreational boats in unincorporated waters of the Keys. The service is similar to what the county was providing before, but they were charging for pump outs. As a result, many vessels, especially those on the hook or on mooring balls, were just dumping their waste over the side, illegally, rather than pay the money. Now, through grants, and taxes, the county, in an effort to get said vessels into compliance is offering free, once a week, pump outs.
It’s a no brainer here. To sign up is easy. You can do so on the website or get an application. They find your vessel, slap on a sticker and give you an orange flag to signal when you need a pump out, and the rest is easy. You don’t even need to be on the vessel, just have the plumbing set for pump out.
The marina I am in will be doing it as their pump out system doesn’t work half the time and they charge way too much for the service. Putting in a little porta potti on the Fritter is a high priority item now and with the free pump out it will save me many a nightly walk up the plank to the community bath room.
Nobody has an excuse now for dumping their sewage over the side. It’s free to get pumped out. Easy to sign up for the service. And all you have to do is fill the tank. If you are on a vessel down here, go to the site and see if you qualify, then sign on and whiz away to your heart, or bladder’s content.
From cold weather to moving to Hawaii to pumping out shit. Say what you will about the Fritter, at least it’s diverse!