"No Beaching, No Landing, No Launching, No Tying Up," say the signs that went up in April.
But so far, the signs don't seem to be working. The dozen or so live-aboard boaters anchored in the cove at North Beach Park are not only coming ashore on their dinghies, they're using the signs as tie-up posts.
"It's almost like a joke," said Marybeth Cullinan, whose nearby townhouse overlooks the cove north of Sheridan Street and east of the Intracoastal.
County parks officials want to prohibit boaters from anchoring there overnight and have permission from the state to do so. But a ban won't be in place until sometime next year to give staffers time to research the issue and bring it to county commissioners for approval, said planner John Fiore, who handles marine issues for the county.
"We want to make sure we're doing it right and doing it legal," Fiore said.
For months, Hollywood residents have complained about boaters who use the waterway as their own personal septic tank by dumping human waste into the water.
But no one can order them to leave because state law lets boaters drop anchor pretty much anywhere they want as long as they stay out of the navigational channel.
"The people in Hollywood are legally anchored and living on their boats," Fiore said. "We've made it illegal for them to beach their boats and come ashore, but they're still doing it."
Broward parks officials recently put up more signs warning that boaters caught coming ashore at North Beach Park can be arrested. But no one is enforcing it, Fiore said.
County officials are working with Hollywood to figure out the best way to handle the problem, he said.
"Does the city seize [the dinghy] or the county? We're not sure," Fiore said.
Every now and then a boat sinks, only adding to the ugly factor, say nearby residents forced to look at the mess. It can take months to get the vessel declared derelict and hauled off by salvage crews.
"It's an eyesore," neighbor Larry Drulard said of the cluttered waterway. "We have broken-down boats in our front yard and nobody's doing anything about it. It's unbelievable."
Earlier this year, Broward County paid $18,000 to remove two submerged sailboats.
Now they're working on getting another sunken boat declared derelict so it, too, can be hauled off. But just because a boat is ugly doesn't mean it's derelict.
"I've seen some amazing floating wrecks out there," Fiore said. "But they're floating and can move under their own power and they're legal."
In four years, county officials hope to turn the cove into a mooring field with 22 slips, where boaters would pay up to $40 a day to stay overnight in the waterway.
But for now, they're anchoring for free and staying as long as they please.
"That cove used to be an area where people would come and tie up their boats on weekends," Cullinan said. "You'd see fathers teaching their kids how to ride jet skis. They don't do that anymore because of all those boats tied up there. They never leave."