There ought to be a law

Beachgoers not happy about boats spoiling the view.

These guys have been running around down here for a few months now, They were looking for a Port Captain on LinkedIn, and in the job listing it also made it sound like they also did floating movie nights, which admittedly is a pretty cool idea. No one is escaping the sounds of every day life on Miami Beach, you probably can’t hear yourself think over the sound of Bad Bunny on everyone’s Bluetooth speaker, this guy needs to calm down.


I remember this starting years ago with billboards on flatbed trucks. At one time I considered getting a job towing banners along the beach to build up flight hours but went a different way. The way they dive to pick up the banners is pretty spectacular.
The boats seem more intrusive than trucks and planes. In any case, I’m glad to be living where all that is unheard of.

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“Revolutionizing the ways we experience and communicate on the water Eye-catching advertising An interactive canvas to the landscapes of major waterfront cities.”

I would have taken it as a parody in a Kafkaesque play if I didn’t know it to be true. If you believe your own tripe you have my vote for the most blatant demonstration of crass commercialism and a fuck 'em-and-ram-it-down-their-throats mentality. Lucky for you America has lost all sense of proportion.

If you can’t stop people shooting at spy balloons…

I hope the crew wear flack jackets.


When someone chooses to watch broadcast TV it’s understood that they pay for it by having the show interrupted by ads. If someone wants to watch an ad free movie they can do that but they have to pay.

One reason people go to the beach is to enjoy the wildness of the ocean. Seems like floating ads are forcing people to pay for a public good. The phrase “to catch your eye” tells the tale. People who wish to gaze at the horizon may not want their eye “caught”.

Maine passed a law many years ago banning roadside billboards. There’s an effort from time to time to change the law but the efforts never go anywhere.


They should become seamen/women. Then they can gaze at an endless unbroken horizon all day and even get paid for it. :rofl:

PS> Unless they spend their days down in the dungeon, that is. :sweat_smile:

Texas also cleaned up its act with a billboard law long ago and during LBJ’s presidency, his wife led a successful campaign to beautify the sides of highways with Bluebonnets which are still enjoyed today.
My earlier response was sparked by the image of some poor schlub stuck in a windowless cubicle all week taking his family to the beach on the weekend only to have his view of the ocean polluted by floating billboards, his hearing polluted by the sound of clacking Detroits, the air polluted by diesel smoke and clear water soiled by bilge discharge.
In the land of guns, no one should be surprised if the lead flies.

Bridge watchstanders don’t get paid to gaze at the horizon, they get paid to watch it. I’ve stood enough bridge watches to know “gazing” and “watching” are not at all the same thing.

Oh thanks for letting me know. Otherwise I may have forgotten how it was being on the bridge of ships with no screens to look at. (Incl. radar in some cases)

PS> I don’t think enough “watching the horizon” is done by navigators these days.