Chief harbor patrol officer with Morro Bay's Harbor Patrol
, Eric Endersby
, used the same description: no-man's land.
"There's not a lot of enforcement back there," he
said."I don't want to call it a slum, but it's a little bit of a lawless land, and it attracts a little bit of a lawless element."Endersby
couldn't estimate many people are living on their boats in Windy Cove - other officials put the number at about 10 - but described the place as a "last refuge" for boat owners.Endersby, who's been with the Harbor Patrol for eight years, said at least half of the boats have been there longer than him.
Some people just like no rent, he
said, some boats are abandoned, and some people live there because they have no other place to go.
"Some of [the boats] are maintained; some of them, it's a miracle they're still there.I don't know what keeps them afloat," he
They all know they're illegal," Endersby