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  • All Eastern Florida Cruising News

    PLEASE CAREFULLY READ OUR DISCLAIMER!

    Below, you will discover our COMPLETE listing of Eastern Florida cruising news/postings from fellow cruisers, arranged in chronological order, based on publication date. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO NARROW YOUR SELECTION of EF cruising news to those messages which pertain to a specific geographic sub-region, locate the RED, vertically stacked menu, on the right side of this, and all Cruisers’ Net pages. Click on “Eastern Florida.” A drop down menu will appear, with a blue background, Now, click on “EF Regional Cruising News.” A sub-drop-down menu will now appear, listing 12 Eastern Florida geographic sub-regions. Select your waters of interest, and after clicking on your choice, a list of messages will appear, confined to the sub-region you have picked!

    Yellow Background Denotes Navigation Alert Postings

    Light Blue Background Denotes Postings Concerned with “AICW Problem Stretches”
  • Palm Beach Boat Show, February 28-March1, 2015

    Don’t miss the Palm Beach Marine Flea Market and Boat Sale February 28 – March 1, 2015 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at the South Florida Fairgrounds 9067 Southern Blvd, West Palm Beach, Florida 33411

    Winter Boat Show and Sale Announced For Palm Beach This February – Boats, Boats and More Boats!!!

    Marine Flea Market – International Food Festival – New and Used BOAT Sale
    For discount tickets and more event info emailed to you CLICK HERE

    BOAT SHOW and SALE…Warm up with hot deals. Boat sales are the place to buy! Hundreds of new and used boats are available to buy on site. Often some of the best prices of the year are available as exhibitors offer special show pricing or other incentives. Plus, it’s the perfect time to order a new boat to ensure it arrives ready to launch in the spring.
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  • More Abuse by Florida Wildlife Commission Enforcement Officers

    Skipper Starling’s report comes in response to an earlier posting on the heavy-handed practices of some FWC patrol officers, http://cruisersnet.net/?p=133874. Despite numerous complaints filed by experienced and law abiding boaters, Florida seems unable to control the over-zealous enforcement present in the FWC enforcement division, practices definitely not limited to the Keys.

    Predatory practices by FWCC toward boaters in Key West
    Being shadowed by a boat with no lights while underway to the dock at sunset is unnerving , but when it turns out to be FWCC , it is worse.
    Now pulled over by FWCC, they mention running lights so I mention the sunglasses they still have on. No matter that it is literally moments after sunset. Their intention is to write a citation and generate income for FWCC and at the moment I have become that revenue resource.
    Minor infractions that should warrant a verbal warning are tickets.
    Worse yet , a few weeks later I receive a certified letter from FWCC .
    Inside, a citation for a non operational anchor light , which was issued in my absence from the vessel. It was issued at 6:32 , just after sunset when the ambient light was bright enough to keep the photo cell on my Davis auto anchor light from activating. This anchor light is an industry standard and turns on and off automatically . My vessel was not anchored in State waters but Navy bay bottom and not in navigable waters.
    I have lost any respect for the newly inducted Officers, as they lack the skills necessary to gain the confidence of the Citizens and form relationships that would benefit the FWCC and boating community. Older Veteran Officers do not operate in this manner and know that it creates animosity and results in the boating community not helping FWCC in investigations of serious violations due to bad experiences and distrust.
    FWCC wonders why the boating community doesn’t trust them , and refuses to cooperate . This is one example of their perception of boaters as a income revenue resource.
    Lee Starling

  • Report from Boathouse Marina, St. Johns River, Palatka, FL

    Skipper Sonny Reeves is exploring the St. Johns River and, while we normally excerpt his marina reports as posted on his blog, this one is just too complete to edit, so open the link below and enjoy. Boathouse Marina overlooks the shores of the St. Johns River west-southwest of Palatka City Marina and marker #1. Cruisers docking here are within walking easy distance of the shops and restaurants in downtown Palatka.

    From January 23, 2015:

    http://ontheofficewautoteacher.blogspot.com/

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Boathouse Marina

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Boathouse Marina

  • Still More Praise for Huckins Boat Yard, Ortega River, Jacksonville FL

    Huckins Boat Yard is located on the northern shores of the Ortega River off the St. Johns River, just upstream of the Roosevelt Boulevard Bridge with a 45ft vertical clearance. Skipper Reeves joins other skippers in praising Huckins Boat Yard. See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=128570

    FYI,
    I can’t say enough about how nice the experience at Huckins was for us.
    Sonny Reeves

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    The old bottom paint

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    New paint, on time and estimate

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    LIGHTEN UP is one of the well kept Huckins boats

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Huckins Boat Yard

  • Submerged Channel Daybeacon off the AICW at Statute Mile 1082

    This submerged daybeacon is on the south side of a narrow, multi-marker channel into Jockey Club Marina in North Miami. The entrance channel departs the Waterway westward at ICW marker #16.

    FLORIDA – AICW –WEST PALM BEACH TO MIAMI – JOCKEY CLUB MARINA: Private Aid/Hazard to Navigation
    Private aid Jockey Club Marina Daybeacon 7 (LLNR 47940) is reported submerged and poses a hazard to navigation. Mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. Chart 11467 LNM: 03/15

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Jockey Club Marina Channel

  • Shallow Water Reported East of Lake Park, FL, AICW Statute Mile 1017, 1/14/2015

    This charted spoil area is on the eastern side of a narrow Waterway channel abreast of Lake Park at the southern end of Lake Worth. As with all narrrow channels in the Waterway, care must be taken to stay in the channel!

    FLORIDA – AICW – PALM SHORES TO WEST PALM BEACH – LAKE WORTH NORTH: Hazard to Navigation/Shallow Area
    The USCG received a report of a shallow area of approximately 4ft in position 26-47.652’N/080-02.701’W located in the Spoil Area east of the Intracoastal Waterway just north of the Florida AIA Bridge in West Palm Beach, Fl. Mariners are advised to use caution while transiting the area. Chart 11472 LNM: 02/15

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Lake Park

  • Seeking a Captained Charter in North Florida

    If you are a charter boat or know someone who does captained charters, let us hear from you. We have to assume that Ms Olsen is referring to the St. Johns River as “north central Florida.”

    We are looking for a 3 or 4 nite trip in the waterways of north central Florida.
    There would be 2 coupels who would like to entertain the idea of a captain with sleeping quarters for us and stops and picturesque towns for food and exploration.
    Can you give us some ideas of how to arrange such a trip?
    Thank you
    Pam Olsen

  • Lost Pet FOUND! , Pelican Harbor Marina, Miami, FL, AICW Statute Mile 1084.5

    Good news for all who were concerned about “Eli”, family pet of AGLCA members Sandra Kay and Garrett Nelson. Pelican Harbor Marina is located on the north side SR934 bridge on the west side of the Waterway in Biscayne Bay.

    January 14:

    “Eli” FOUND and RETURNED this morning in good health by Miami “kind-hearted” Samaritan.
    Sandra Kay and Garrett Nelson

    Earlier today:

    I’ve read that Miami is to be avoided because people here do not welcome traveling boaters. It is with deep gratitude this community came together yesterday to try to help us find our standard poodle “Eli”.

    We arrived in Miami yesterday. After tying-up of the boat “Eli” went missing at Pelican Harbor Marina, 1275 NE 79th Street, Miami, Florida.

    There were people in and around the marina and adjacent government offices, coming and going. No one saw him anywhere. We believe “Eli” was taken because there was no sound, and he was totally absence of the marina and
    adjacent island areas within 2-3 minutes. With us living aboard the boat for almost two years we believe “Eli” would not have jump or fallen into the water. However, a empathic diver at the marina searched around and under the bulkheads and docks. We walked the shore line; it’s mostly a public open area where predators would not occupy and none have ever been seen. A resident motored Nelson in a small boat around to check with and talk to boaters “moored” in the adjacent basin. No one saw “Eli” and he is not a dog people wouldn’t have noticed.

    The staff and other people at the marina comb the entire area, docks, and adjacent off-island roads. No one saw “Eli” after we arrived in a slip for the night. He had been walked and was waiting to go back onboard the boat.

    The police, animal control, local news channels, and the national organization of animal recovery by micro-chip Unique ID PR13637107, were all notified. We walk this and adjacent areas again early this morning, calling and hoping to find him.

    We are devastated, at a loss for what else can be done, and waiting here today, hoping that someone will find (or has found) “Eli” and will telephone our number on his tags. There are several resident boaters who have talked with us and said that if “Eli” is found, after we leave tomorrow, they bring (drive) him to us where ever we are in our travel.

    We’ll let you know if and when any information is received. We know your heart and prayers are with us and our pet, and that we are all hoping for his return in good health.
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    MV Destinées
    Sandra, Nelson, & “Eli Red”
    Nelson R. Garrett, Sr. nrgarrettsr@earthlink.net 757-592-0057
    Sandra J. Kay accdesignbl1@earthlink.net 757-251-8445

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Pelican Harbor Marina

  • Dania Beach Marina Recommended, AICW Statute Mile 1069

    Access to Dania Beach Marina from the ICW is restricted by a fixed bridge with 18ft vertical clearance, but the marina is well protected and located on the beach. The entrance channel is on the east side of the Waterway just north of the Dania Beach Boulevard Bascule Bridge. Skipper Mahler’s comments are from the AGLCA Forum.

    Try dania beach municipal marina. It Is 2 miles south of port everglades inlet. Brand new marina, concrete floating docks. $750 per month annual I think $900 monthly. The price is by the slip not by the foot, slips can
    handle up to 50×17.
    Edward Mahler

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Dania Beach Marina

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Dania Beach Marina

  • Good Words for Lake Park Harbor Marina, AICW Statute Mile 1017

    Lake Park Harbor Marina is on the west side of the Waterway, one mile north of Lake Worth Inlet. These comments from Skipper Pattison are from the AGLCA Forum.

    Unless you can find a private home with available dock space, rates for most places in SE Florida are pretty silly. The farther north you go, the better the rates. We’ve used Lake Park City Marina for several years and find it to be a good place to keep a boat. Their amenities are not great but the rates are better than most and they have great floating docks. Here is the link to their website: http://www.lakeparkmarina.com/
    Dockmaster Ken is knowledgeable and a great help for anything you might need. Tell him we said hi if you go there.
    Jim Pattison
    m/v Samba & Island Bound

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Lake Park Harbor Marina

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Lake Park Harbor Marina

  • Three RR Bridges in Florida Draw 3000 Comments

    As described in Jim Flannery’s article below in Soundings Trade Only Today, the USCG got more than they bargained for when they requested comments on three railway bridges, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=145271

    Florida boaters flood Coast Guard with comments on bridge openings
    Posted on January 7th, 2015
    Written by Jim Flannery

    The Coast Guard gathered around 3,000 comments in hearings in November about the navigation needs of mariners at three railroad drawbridges that run over the New River in Fort Lauderdale, the Loxahatchee River in Jupiter and the St. Lucie River in Stuart, according to Barry Dragon, chief of bridge administration for the Seventh Coast Guard District.

    Half to two-thirds of those comments registered concern with the All Aboard Florida high-speed passenger service proposed for the 128.5-mile Florida East Coast Railroad corridor from Miami to Cocoa and a new 40-mile east-west rail corridor on state-owned right-of-way from Cocoa to Orlando. But Dragon said that wasn’t the hearings’ purpose. The purpose was to gather information on how mariners use those waterways and what their “reasonable navigation needs” at the bridges are — today.

    “The hardest part was getting mariners to tell me what their needs are, not what they think about All Aboard Florida,” Dragon said.

    Click here for the full article.

     

  • Destroyed Light, Matanzas River, AICW Statute Mile 782, 1/7/2015

    This destroyed light is on the east side of the Waterway south of St. Augustine.

    FLORIDA – AICW – TOLOMATO RIVER AND PALM SHORES – MATANZAS RIVER: Hazard to Navigation
    Matanzas River Light 24 (LLNR 39255) is destroyed. The remains of the pile may not be visible at high tide and is a hazard to navigation. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area.
    Chart 11485 LNM: 01/15

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Statute Mile 782

  • Palatka City Dock Launch Ramps Reopened, St. Johns River

    Our thanks to our good friend, David Burnham, for sending in this item from the Palatka Daily News. This reopening is certainly good news for all our trailering compadres. The new launch ramps are part of a waterfront development project begun earlier this year.See link below. The ramps are a feature of Riverfront Park just southwest of the Hwy 17 Bridge.

    Palatka, FL has reopened the City Dock Launch Ramps in time for the Christmas Holidays. Although the new restroom facilities have yet to be built, the four new launch ramps with floating docks next to the Palatka City Dock are now available for use. The new landscaping and picnic areas look attractive and are similar to the overall waterfront improvement proposal.

    Palatka ready to break ground on waterfront improvement …

    The new signs say that mooring for more than 48 hours at the dock requires prior approval by the City if you call (386)329-0100. The older signs still say that the Dock facilities close at 9PM and reopen at 5AM which implies that overnight docking is not permitted. So it is a good idea to call ahead as usage policies may be flexible as construction and improvements continue.
    David Burnham

    Palatka City Dock picnic area

    Palatka City Dock picnic area

    Palatka City Docks

    Palatka City Docks

    Palatka City Dock Pumpout

    Palatka City Dock Pumpout

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Palatka City Dock

  • Fuel Price Drop at Fort Pierce City Marina, AICW Statute Mile 966.5

    This drop in fuel prices is good news for boaters! The entrance channel leading to Fort Pierce City Marina, a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!, runs to the west, just south of the Fort Pierce high-rise bridge, and well north of unlighted daybeacon #188.

    Diesel is 3.109 tax included
    Gasoline is 3.619 tax included

    Anne Maurer
    Fort Pierce City Marina
    772-464-1245
    FPCM@city-ftpierce.com

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Fort Pierce City Marina

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Fort Pierce City Marina

  • Good Words for Crandon Park Marina and Key Biscayne, Statute Mile 1094

    Located on the eastern shore of Biscayne Bay, Crandon Park Marina at 4000 Crandon Boulevard, Key Biscayne, FL, is a Miami-Dade County facility associated with Crandon Park Beach. The location looks very inviting and they do take transients on a space-available, no advance reservations, basis.

    We live on Key Biscayne. Just a tip. There is good provisioning in Key Biscayne on Crandon Blvd in the village. Take the bus, every 20-30 minutes southbound right at the marina. Every third bus goes down Harbor Drive and is less convenient. There is grocery, restaurants and every sort of shopping just 5 miles away. Best beaches in Crandon Park and Bill Baggs State Park. I believe moorings are only for sailboats. Enjoy.
    Gregory Han

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Crandon Park Marina

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Crandon Park Marina

  • Advocacy for Anchoring Rights in Florida

    Seven Seas Cruising Association has long been a strong advocate for boaters’ rights. Below are invitations to a Webinar and to Membership in the Association. Please remember that the struggle for anchoring rights is not exclusive to Florida; restrictions in one state will eventually affect other states.

    Hi Larry,
    Seven Seas Cruising Association has been very involved in protecting anchoring rights for all boaters, especially those in Florida. I thought your readers might be interested in the information below.

    Seven Seas Cruising Association (SSCA) has been representing both their members and boaters everywhere at recent Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) hearings about anchoring rights, laws, and regulations in Florida. After several years of even-handed work with landowners and boaters the approach of FWC in the latest hearings is of some concern.

    The “devil is in the details” of course. FWC seems to be under a great deal of pressure to allow local regulation of anchoring in Florida. In particular, stand-off distances from mooring fields, from marine infrastructure (ramps, marinas, and other publicly accessible facilities), and private waterfront property were discussed. In addition, time limits on anchoring were proposed.

    Phil Johnson is chair of SSCA’s Concerned Cruisers Committee. He was named SSCA’s 2014 Member of the Year for his efforts on lobbying on behalf of Cruisers’ Rights. As Chair of the Concerned Cruisers’ Committee, Phil’s tireless advocacy of cruisers’ rights from New England to Florida and beyond has been of great benefit to all boaters. SSCA salutes his thoughtful, professional and successful approach, whether the issue is anchoring rights, over-aggressive marine policing, or mooring field management.

    Whether you reside in Florida, pass through Florida on your boat or are just concerned about boaters rights in general, you’ll be interested in the upcoming Seven Seas U webinar, “A Florida Anchoring Update” presented by Phil Johnson on January 6. Phil will update you on the very latest attempts for local Florida communities to restrict your ability to drop the hook in a safe anchorage. Everyone needs to be informed and involved to ensure our anchoring rights are preserved.

    The webinar will help you understand why this issue is important to all boaters and will let you know just what the Florida FWC plans. You’ll also hear the results of the August-September Anchoring Survey and their implications.
    The webinar is free to SSCA members and just $10 for non-members. Go to www.SevenSeasU.com for more informaiton and to register.

    If you are a Florida resident please let your legislators know how you feel about freedom to anchor. If you are a cruiser, sail or power, your membership in SSCA supports defense of your anchoring rights (among many other things) in Florida and elsewhere. Go to www.ssca.org to find out more.

    Thank you,
    Barbara Theisen
    Editor
    Seven Seas Cruising Association

  • New Docks Open at Fort Pierce City Marina, AICW Statute Mile 966.5

    The entrance channel leading to Fort Pierce City Marina, a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!, runs to the west, just south of the Fort Pierce high-rise bridge, and well north of unlighted daybeacon #188.

    Subj: The First Set of New Docks Are Now Open!
    12/17/2014 09:43 AM
    1600 Linear Feet of new dockage is now available!!!!!

     

     

     

     

     

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    Anne Maurer
    Fort Pierce City Marina
    772-464-1245
    FPCM@city-ftpierce.com

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Fort Pierce City Marina

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Fort Pierce City Marina

  • Hazardous Red Marker in Manatee Pocket, near AICW Statute Mile 988, Stuart, FL, 12/6/2014

    Markers in Manatee Pocket are not plotted on most charts, but Marker #16 is on the eastern boundary of the larger Manatee Pocket Anchorage. See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=107612  for information on the Manatee Anchorage markers and boundaries. Manatee Pocket exits southwest off the St. Lucie River, near Mile 988 of the AICW.

    Cruising News
    We are anchored in the Pocket and #16 Red marker has been recently hit and is leant right over towards the head of the Pocket. It is around one foot above the water at high tide and so low that any strangers coming in especially in the evening could easily miss seeing it.
    Sue Ward

    12/17/2014 And here is the Week 50/14 Local Notice:

    FLORIDA – AICW – ST LUCIE INLET TO FORT MYERS AND LAKE OKEECHOBEE: Private Aid/Hazard to Navigation
    Private aid Manatee Pocket Channel Daybeacon 16 (LLNR 50678.5) is destroyed and partially submerged. Mariners are advised to use caution while transiting the area. Chart 11428 LNM: 50/14

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Manatee Pocket

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Manatee Pocket

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Manatee Pocket

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