I personally don't know anything about the Bahamian coral conservation (protection) laws and if or how they enforce such laws in Cay Sal. But it is logical to assume that in this day and age it cannot be "nothing", therefore they do have "something" and in consequence, anybody operating there will have to respect the law.
Me too. Now, I don't think anybody operates a permanent dive "resort" close by the Keys reefs (I mean one like that Quicksilver on the Great Barrier Reef) but I am almost certain that if such operation will be planed for the Keys it will come under HUGE regulatory scrutiny (mostly environmental) from both the State and the Feds, no matter if anchored or studded.
Well,... true, if you do a sloppy anchoring job or if you let your anchor drag.
But you do place studs on the seabed with a structure attached to them... I have no clue how Florida State, Federal law or Bahamian law would "interpret" such arrangement. Got to look into it, because if it's considered "building" on that seabed it will be a different ball game, I guess.
I agree. And not only that, but you can build an artificial reef between those studs and around/beneath your HEXS. In few years you will be on the reef! That location WILL be gold for the business.
By the way, these guys http://www.reefdesignlab.com/about/ are pretty good with artificial reefs.
My comment was related to the idea of being RIGHT on top of ANY diving site (lets say in 45'+ water depth) which is easily achieved if floating but impossible ? if studded...Correct me if I'm wrong. My assumption here is that 45' long studs are too long for your HEX?
If planned for Cay Sal, then I don't know anything about how deep the diving sites are down there.