This afternoon we were making for*an overnight slip where we usually watch the fireworks from on the 4th of July. We were heading North from an anchorage on a barrier island and were almost into Biloxi Mississippi when the ever darkening sky became ominous. We watched a huge water spout develop to our east and then the wind became faster and the temp much cooler. *NOAA warnings were to seek shelter immediatley. We had already contacted our Harbour Master on 16 and were about 1/4 mile from the slip when it started to hit. We quickly ducked into an unused pier outside of one of the largest casino's here and got three lines on as the wind began to howl. About a minute later a security guard arrived with instructions for us to leave. Are you kidding? I asked. We have arrangements right up the channel- I told him. "Call and check if you will".Not happening. Two other supervisors showed up as the worst began and insisted
we untie and leave the dock. *
We had no choice but to leave. The bimini zipper tore loose as I was attempting to pull a 180. The wind caught us and we spent almost 30 minutes in this mess in the middle of the channel. Looking back I think I should have not left. These guys were only doing their job- but I endangered our crew and vessel by leaving. Do these guys have a right to insist we leave in a situation like this?