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Posted by Claiborne Young

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GOOD NEWS – The Margolis and Gonzalez Amendments Both FAIL

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 04-23-2014

Most of the time, in the world of Florida anchorage regulations, all things move at a proverbial snail’s pace, but there are exceptions, and this is one of those times. If you came to this article, as many of you have, expecting to read about an amendment introduced in the Florida State Senate, which would have pretty much allowed communities in Dade and Broward counties (Fort Lauderdale to Miami) to institute any sort of anchorage regulations they desired; well, that news is now obsolete.
We will post more details later, but as of 6:25 pm, on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, we have learned, courtesy of Captain Dave Skolnick of Seven Seas Cruising Association, that the “Margolis Amendment” was defeated in committee this morning. At least from the Florida State Senate, the dreaded specter of local Florida anchorage regulations will not rear its ugly head.
First, do be advised that the Florida Senate Appropriations Committee DID vote this morning to extend the Florida Pilot Mooring Field Program for three more years. Now, that bill will go to the full Florida Senate for a vote. Some will think this extension a good thing, while other members of the cruising community will have a decidedly different point of view.
As mentioned above, we have more details on the way to us, but, for the moment, here is an e-mail forwarded to us courtesy of Dave Skolnick, from Captain Phillip Johnson, Chairperson of SSCA’s Concerned Cruisers Committee.

The Mangolis amendment to SB 1126 failed.
The bill SB1126 passed!
A special thanks to all those who made their position known to their respective representative.
Philip Johnson

Despite a new effort mounted today, 4/23, in the Florida House of Representatives to resurrect this highly objectionable amendment. Here is late word from Captain Johnson:

Another good day for cruisers in Florida!
The hostile Gonzalez amendment failed. The Bill HR 955 was passed by the Florida House [today, April23].
It was a close vote 50 to 67.
Phil & Monica Johnson + Katherine Lucia

Original April 22 Alert:

URGENT MEDIA ALERT:
Anti-Boating Legislation Debated in Florida House Tomorrow:
BoatUS Asks Boaters to Speak Up Now
TALLAHASSEE, Fl., April 22, 2014 – A last-minute amendment snuck in under the radar to be attached to a piece of pending Fish and Wildlife legislation in the Florida House of Representatives and Senate could throw out a statewide effort to develop consistent and rational anchoring options for cruising boaters and severely impact anchoring in some of the most important areas along Florida’s coasts, says Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS). The national boating advocacy group, with over 100,000 members in the Sunshine state, is urging boaters and the boating industry to speak up now against the “Margolis/Gonzalez Amendment” which would establish a dangerous precedent for the rest of the state and completely ignore an ongoing Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission anchoring pilot program.
Florida Senator Gwen Margolis (Miami Beach) and Representative Eduardo “Eddy” Gonzalez (Miami Springs) introduced companion amendments to House Bill 955 and Senate Bill 1126 (the Florida Fish and Wildlife Bills) that would allow Miami-Dade and Broward Counties to restrict anchoring. The Florida House of Representatives is voting on the Florida Fish and Wildlife Bill tomorrow, Wednesday, April 23, and will consider adding the Margolis/Gonzalez Amendment that would allow Miami-Dade and Broward Counties to restrict anchoring.
“We need all boaters in Florida to contact their state representatives immediately without delay and ask them to pass a ‘clean bill’ without the amendment in order to stop this anti-boater initiative,” said BoatUS President Margaret Podlich. “The proposed Margolis/Gonzalez Amendment directly counters the state’s on-going pilot anchoring program, and leaves boaters to the whims of any special interest who decides they don’t want boats anchoring in their community.”
Added Podlich, “Recreational boating in Florida has a $10.35 billion economic impact. For a number of years BoatUS and our members in Florida have worked tirelessly to prohibit localities from enacting a patchwork of laws and ordinances that restrict the anchoring of non-live-aboard vessels outside permitted mooring fields. We want to ensure that the active, responsible, cruising boaters continue to have an array of options, including anchoring out, using moorings and tying up at docks. We do not want to go back to the old, and broken, system of confusing local laws which make legitimate cruisers unwelcome in local waters.”
BoatUS says boaters can go to:
http://www.capwiz.com/boatus/issues/alert/?alertid=63195171&type=ST
to easily email their legislators
or
http://www.capwiz.com/boatus/callalert/index.tt?alertid=63195271&type=ST
to call them!

It seems that out of state boaters are a BIG target for Florida state revenue, or local exclusion – “don’t anchor in my front yard.” Thousands of “tourists” spend the winter months in Florida, arriving by auto and RV. The stores, owners of rental property, restaurants, etc. are overjoyed to have the revenue that the “snowbirds” bring into the State. Boaters also bring revenue, although in fewer dollars, since there are fewer boaters. But boaters seem to be targeted, since they are easier to identify and track. This is anti-interstate commerce, which is controlled by the federal government. What is wrong with the Floridians? The waters are public waters. The politicians are too sensitive to local quacks who want to control everything.
Jim Ebmeyer

My wife and I keep our boat in a wet slip at a marina in Florida all year, as we have for the past four years. We spend 5 – 6 months per year cruising Florida waters. Sometimes we stay at marinas and sometimes we anchor but we anchor about 75% of the time. This past season, 2013-2014 we spent approximately $10,000.00 while in Florida waters fishing, dining out, buying groceries, buying fuel, buying clothing, paying for repairs, paying for slip rentals and a good deal more. If our anchoring rights as guaranteed by the US Constitution and the State of Florida Constitution are infringed upon in any way we would be forced to spend our time and money in a more boater friendly environment. Since the marine industry is the second largest revenue producer in the state of Florida, the legislature should do everything possible to attract and maintain this enormous revenue base. Restricting anchoring would NOT attract or maintain this revenue base.
Louis F. Spagna, PMP, CQA

Wow, Florida seems to be intent on making the state a home for the wealthy and to trample on the rights of American citizens. Evidently, ocean view and access is for those who donate big bucks to elected officials.
Those of us who use the waterways and anchorages in Florida while spending significant dollars are of no value to the State. Regulations making it difficult to spend money in Florida make it easier to sail to the Bahamas or Mexico or other places than to leisurely sail through Florida.
Jerry Villines

Rep. Gonzalez, Most cruisers who travel to or through Florida waters on their way to the Bahamas are respectful of all water oriented people and places. This includes water front homes , public places and state and federal parks and lands. When it becomes to much trouble to “head south” through Florida waters many cruisers will bypass these waters and head straight for the islands. Thank you for you time.
Richard and Sue Schneider

I have no doubt that this legislation was created in reaction to some influential handful of connected citizens who don’t want somebody anchoring in front of their view. Strange, if I could afford waterfront property I would relish the prospect of seeing boats anchored there. In any case, the average citizen is completely unaware of this initiative, and if they knew would probably oppose it. Unfortunately, being transients, those that anchor out have no political clout or leverage. Local marine businesses are not always supportive of anchored boats, with marinas often actively behind some of these anti-anchoring laws. The harsh reality is that well-connected locals and businessmen will continue to push this type of not-in-my-backyard type of legislation. Luckily, these places will be in the vast minority, and there are always other, more friendly waters to visit where I will go to anchor and support local business.
John Kettlewell

Your article covered every thing that was important. We have a problem in st. augustine that has passed city counsel w/ prepaid mooring, if things make no reasonable understanding they pass it, no vote required as a tourist town, city counsel hold all the cards. thank you for writing the article, respectfully
Saul Rosenberg

Marina Dock Age Publication Names Southport Marina As The “Marina of the Year” in 2013, AICW Statute Mile 309

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 04-23-2014

Southport MarinaEven though this publication is written primarily for marina owners and managers, it is a source of much information related to the boating industry. Well worth your time to read.

Southport Marina - Click for Chartview

Southport Marina – Click for Chartview

The April 2014 has an excellent article about 2013 Marina of the Year, SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Southport Marina in Southport, NC.

For the publication, go to:

http://marinadockage.com/index.html

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Eye Opening Video of the Debate in the Florida Senate Concerning the “Margolis Amendment”

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 04-23-2014

By now, just about everyone who has visited the Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net within the last 24 hours knows that an effort was mounted in the Florida State Senate yesterday by Senator Margolis from Miami, that would have allowed Broward and Dade counties to pretty much institute any local anchorage regulations they wished. That amendment was withdrawn, BUT there is a new effort TODAY (4/23/14) to attach the same amendment to a Florida House bill. For more on this, please see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=139367.

Courtesy of the Seven Seas Cruising Association’s “Concerned Cruisers Committee” we can present to you a video of the debate which took place in the Florida State Senate Appropriations Committee yesterday. THIS IS VERY REVEALING, particularly when Senator Margolis states that “we certainly don’t want to hear from the public,” or words to that effect.

To make this work, without having to watch the entire 8 hours worth of video, you must follow this procedure.

First, go to:

https://www.flsenate.gov/media/VideoPlayer?EventID=2443575804_2014041245

When the page opens, there will be a video window on the left side of the page. Click the play arrow. Let the video begin, and then hover your pointer near the bottom of the video window. A slide will appear. You will need to keep sliding this slider button to the right, until you reach the 462.30 minute mark. The debate concerning the “Margolis Amendment” is shown between time reference 462.30 and 469.5.

It’s not often that members of the cruising community can actually see their “enemy” in regards to Florida anchoring rights, but this is an exception. We urge all cruisers to take advantage of this opportunity. And, oh yes, PLEASE let us know what you think, by using the “Comment” function below!

Claiborne,
I believe it is also important to recognize Davis Childs (NMMA rep.) and Bonnie Basham (Boat US rep.) both were there and both had cards in to speak if necessary.
R, Phil

I agree totally with Captain Phil’s comment above. Both NMMA and Boat/US have been invaluable and responded at light speed to this “out of the blue” situation! So, THANKS Bonnie Basham and Davis Childs!

Missing Marker Reported at AICW/Mason Inlet Intersection, Statute Mile 280

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 04-23-2014

AICW/Mason Inlet – Click for Chartview

Carolina Yacht CareSouthport MarinaA Local Notice to Mariners from August of 2013 that reported shoaling in the vicinity of ICW Marker #121 resulted in the posting of a Navigation Alert for this intersection, http://cruisersnet.net/?p=120325. Hank Pomeranz of Carolina Yacht Care and Southport Marina, TWO SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSORs! has received numerous reports that G121 is missing. Dredging was just completed on April 20 and it is possible that the marker was removed to enable the dredge to work that shoaling. See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=138060 for more on this weather/navigation reporting service offered by these two excellent facilities.

From cruiser emails resulting from the Navigation brief provided in Southport: We’ve had several boats pass through this area from 4/17/14 through 4/21/14. All report G121 missing. Dredging operations were recently completed and the buoy hasn’t been on station since.
This area is causing fits. They recently dredged it and we’ve had reports of boats successfully transiting on the Magenta Line (as recently as yesterday). Calling Towboat US today to try to improve our understanding of it.
Since this AM I spoke with TowboatUS and confirmed 12′ in the ICW.
Hank Pomeranz

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Great Photos Of Jacksonville Landing Dock – Downtown Jacksonville, FL on the St. Johns River

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 04-23-2014

Here are several revealing photos of the free docks (no power or water connections), provided to us by our dear friends, and SSECN strategic partners, Susan Landry and Chuck Baier. As many of you already know, Chuck and Susan are the owners owners of Beach House Publications, publishers of “The Great Book of Anchorages,” (http://www.tgboa.com)! THANKS CHUCK AND SUSAN!
One word of warning – I know from personal experience that it can get surprisingly right at the Jacksonville Lnading dock, so keep an eye on the weather and wind!

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AICW Shoaling Reported at AICW/Mason Inlet Intersection, Statute Mile 280, August 5, 2013

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 04-23-2014

AICW/Mason Inlet – Click for Chartview

The AICW shoaling reported below, in this article cherry picked from the Local Notice to Mariners, seems to lie along the path of the Waterway where it passes west of ultra-shallow Mason Inlet, hard by marker #131 and north of Wrightsville Beach, NC.
We deeply suspect only a part of the AICW channel is really 3.4 feet deep at MLW, or we would have hear FAR more about these shallows before now. HAS ANYONE ENCOUNTERED shallow depths while cruising the Waterway in this region. If (or if not) so, PLEASE share your observations with the cruising community by either making use of the “Comment” function below, or sending e-mail to EditorialDirector@CruisersNet.net. Many thanks in advance!

NC – NEUSE RIVER TO MYRTLE GROVE SOUND – NEW RIVER TO CAPE FEAR RIVER – SHOALING
Shoaling to a depth of 3.4 feet MLW has been reported in the vicinity of New River- Cape Fear River Buoy 121 (LLNR 39597).

NOTE: As of April 23, 2014, G121 has been reported missing. See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=139474

We grounded there with a 5,5ft draft. While our rudder was free, our keel was stuck and our depth sounder showed 5 ft. We could however not move. We were towed by Seatow and fell onto our side and was towed for about 60 feet on our side before stabilizing. Our rudder was bent and our boat twisted, which resulted in serious damage. As we understood from both Seatow and Boatus, the barges create pockets with walls over an extended area. Be very careful and pass within 20 feet of the docks [red side].
Sonia

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Report from Maximo Marina, near Western Florida ICW Statute Mile 115

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 04-22-2014

Maximo Marina - Click for Chartview

Maximo Marina – Click for Chartview

Maximo Marina is on the charted canal cutting into Boca Ciega Bay’s southeastern shores, east-northeast of unlighted daybeacon #14.

The Maximo Marina on the east end of Boca Ciega Bay at Gulfport, Florida is accessed by a long channel that has just recently been remarked by new unlit daymark pilings which prevents deep draft boats from running aground as they enter Boca Ciega Bay when leaving Maximo Marina and turn north to go to the Gulfport City Marina. These unlit daymarks are not on any charts or chart plotters and the western most pair of the 3 sets of unlit daymarkers, green#7 and red #8, extend into Boca Ciega Bay as far as the pair of markers, #14 and #15, just to the south or them that mark another channel coming from Tampa Bay. Green #15 is a lighted marker, red #14 is unlit.
The real confusion comes from the fact that the daymarks on the channel to the Maximo Marina, the northern channel, have the even numbered red daymarks on the right (as they should), and the southern channel coming from Tampa Bay, has the red marked pilings on the left as you approach the southerly channel from the west. The two unlit red daymarks that mark the two channels are less than two tenths of a nautical mile apart and look identical from a distance.
Until chart plotters are updated, cruise carefully after dark on the west end of Boca Ciega Bay.
David Burnham

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HIGH WATER Warning for South Georgia and North Florida ICW

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 04-22-2014

Take Heed! all our tall masted friends! Check carefully those height boards on all the fixed bridges. Thank you Chuck and Susan for sending this notice from Cruisers Forum.

Many rivers and sounds in south Georgia and north Florida are at or near flood stage so bridge clearance may be a problem for tall masts for the next several days.

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Chuck Baier and Susan Landry

West Palm Beach Bridges Undergo Schedule Changes, AICW Statute Miles 1021-1025

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 04-22-2014

West Palm Beach Bridges – Click for Chartview

Three of the Waterway bridges in West Palm Beach will be undergoing changes in their schedules for six months beginning May 10, 2014. For the new opening schedules and the reasons for the changes, please see the following links:

http://cruisersnet.net/?p=139424

Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory Listing For Flagler Memorial Bridge

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Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory Listing For Royal Park Bridge

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Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory Listing For Southern Boulevard Bridge

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Don’t Miss “Oriental Nautical Wheelers” in Oriental, NC (Statute Mile 181)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 04-22-2014

Nautical Wheelers - New Bern NCIMG_7778rzedOver the weekend of April 19-20, 2014 I had the good fortune to attend the Oriental, NC Boat Show, and hold three seminars. During the show, I made the acquaintance of Bill and Camilla Wheeler and their unique business, “Oriental Nautical Wheelers.” I am very pleased to say that this firm is our newest SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!
Oriental Nautical Wheelers is located in a historical Oriental homeplace, right on (411) Broad Street (252-249-0359), in downtown Oriental. It is within easy walking distance of SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Oriental Marina and Condos, and Oriental Harbor Marina, plus the town’s two free docks. From Whittaker Creek, you will need to have auto transportation available for a visit.
How to describe Oriental Nautical Wheelers? I could say that this unique establishment contains everything “coastal” from clothing, to shoes, to home furnishings and accessories, to Adirondack chairs. However, that would overlook the wine section, the voluminous selection of all types of gifts and personal items, not to mention the “revolutionary Keira Watering Cans.”
The selection and range of merchandise is staggering, in a very good way, you understand! EVERY cruiser visiting Oriental will want to be SURE to include a stroll to “Oriental Nautical Wheelers.” Don’t believe me? Well, then just follow the photo gallery link below!

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Click Here To Visit Oriental Nautical Wheelers Photo Gallery