It may be my imagination but the community of people living suspended between Key West and Stock Island may be increasing.
It is quite a community of liveaboards, some of the homes neatly cared for and others not so much, just like on land.
There are times when one wants to take the scenic route, the only such route on my commute, instead of fighting traffic and pedestrians and traffic lights on the Boulevard (North Roosevelt Boulevard) which is when I drive by the boats. So it's inevitable that from time to time I shall stop and look out across the water.
Living on a boat as a form of cheap accommodation doesn't work for me. For all the years I did live on a boat I was either in motion or if stationary for a period I kept my boat ready to move.
Anchoring a boat as a form of free storage ends up making the thing an eyesore but boats are private property and it takes massive efforts by the State to assume ownership and remove these derelicts.
And even if they do the question then remains how to handle piles of indestructible fiberglass when disposing of piles of boat. Who pays for all this is the bog problem and even so Monroe County foes get rid of patently abandoned boats in county waters. The supply though, appears to be inexhaustible.
Even defining abandoned isn't easy. You need somewhere to live in a county this expensive.
From a distance the boats afloat are picturesque and what I suppose, you expect to see when you come to visit Key West. This would be a strange little island with no boats dotted around it.