I can pretty much answer Captain Trometer’s questions below. Anchorage east of so-called Coconut Island just inside Capri Pass is no longer a real possibility for cruising size craft.
Some years ago, the state of Florida, in what a friend of mine calls its “infant wisdom” cut down all the Australian Pines which held this island’s sands in place. Consequently, the isle has pretty much eroded into the surrounding waters. The last time I saw Coconut Island, it was nothing more than a small sand bar.
Subject*: Coconut Island, Marco Island, FL
Cruising News*: Has anyone recently anchored on the East side of Coconut Island? What are the depths going in and at anchor?
March 31, 2011 Just went past the former anchorage in Capri Pass. Forget about it…too much wind, wave, and no cover from what the Gulf may have in mind for your evening on the hook. Factory Bay anchorage worked well in a 20 + knot blow.
Captain Ron Rice