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  • Announcement: All Eastern Florida Cruising News


    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”
  • Dania Marine Flea Market, March 3-6, Hallendale Beach, FL

    As posted in this article from Soundings’ Trade Only Today section, Dania’s Marine Flea Market will be March 3-6 in Hallendale Beach just south of Fort Lauderdale.

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    Florida marine flea market returns in March
    Posted on February 9th, 2016
    The Dania Beach Marine Flea Market will be held March 3-6 at the Mardi Gras Casino in Hallandale Beach, Fla.
    The 26-acre parking lot of the casino at U.S. Route 1 and Pembroke Road will once again become a nautical swap shop.
    Organizers said private individuals and marine-related businesses will sell used marine equipment, coral-encrusted antiques, new and used boats, fishing tackle, diving gear, marine artwork and other boating-related items at low prices.
    “Some shoppers to the Marine Flea Market travel hundreds of miles to find that elusive part for a 1946 vintage outboard motor,” event coordinator Jennifer Dudas said in a statement. “Others are looking for antique fishing tackle. Over the four days, thousands of boating- and fishing-related items are bought and sold through a system of dickering and dealing at a fraction of their retail value.”

    For the full article, CLICK HERE.

  • This week: Miami International Boat Show, February 11 – 15, Miami Marine Stadium and Basin, AICW Statute Mile 1091.5

    The Miami Boat Show’s move from the Miami Beach Convention Center to Miami Marine Stadium and Basin will be an improvement for visitors arriving by land but not for those wishing to come by boat, since anchoring in the Basin during the show has been prohibited, see Miami Boat Show Anchoring Angst.

    Miami International Boat Show Hits the Water
    The waves between South Beach and Virginia Key (near Key Biscayne) were threatening. For five decades, the Miami International Boat Show had been anchored at the venerable Miami Beach Convention Center.
    Then an announced move to a new location some 16 nautical miles south prompted mounting ripples of contention. Both the City of Miami and the National Marine Manufacturers Association, organizer of the boat show, came under attack by Key Biscayne officials over environmental concerns stemming from the expected crowds totaling roughly 100,000 people. The move was prompted by expansion of the convention center, which would have reduced the boat show by 75 percent.
    Now following lengthy debate, along with permit approvals from Miami-Dade County Board of Commissioners, Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Army Corps of Engineers, the 75th Progressive Miami International Boat Show is on — set for Feb. 11 to 15 at the Miami Marine Stadium Park and Basin.

    CLICK HERE for the full article by Michael Candelaria

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Marine Stadium Anchorage

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of the Marine Stadium Anchorage



  • Pirate Fest, Today thru Sunday! 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.

    Big Weekend!!!!

    Pirate Fest!! I have attached a layout of the activities with a schedule of events for all three days.

    Friday night is Friday Fest from 5:30 to 9. Parking is at a minimum.

    Saturday is Farmers Market 8-12. Parking is at a minimum

    Have a great fun filled weekend!!!!

    Anne Maurer
    Fort Pierce City Marina

    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

  • UPDATE on Anchoring Ban in Florida ICW – HB1051

    As reporter Branon Edwards relates in this article in the Broward/Palm Beach New Times, HB1051 is being presented today (1/26) by a group of Florida legislators. Bill is reported on 1/27 as passed with 12 Yea votes. Click Here for related opinion.

    February 3 UPDATE from our friends at AGLCA Forum

    An amended version of the HB1051 (now CS/HB1051) passed a committee last week. SSCA and AGLCA members, along with our other boating partners, spoke against the amended bill which included a safe harbor provision and the ability for law enforcement, government boats and rescue boats to anchor overnight. The prohibition on overnight anchoring remained, which we don’t support. We are working to modify that provision. At present calls and emails should be directed to members of the House State Affairs Committee stating the following:

    “I am (a Florida resident/Florida tourist) and cruise extensively in Florida waters. I oppose the present language in CS/HB1051 because the bill does not give cruising boats the ability to anchor for a reasonable time while in navigation under federal law. We are also concerned that this bill opens the door for communities to pursue similar legislation without adequate justification which would result in unfair, random and unreasonable anchoring restrictions. A better way to address the issues in these areas is to pursue enactment of a comprehensive mooring/anchoring planning and adoption process that would apply to all communities, not just selected ones.”

    If you are a Florida resident, please look at the member list below, if you live in one of the member’s area, you should send a separate note to them stating you are a constituent.

    Here is link to the committee website:


    Yachts anchored in Fort Lauderdale’s Middle River basin, which would be illegal if proposed legislation passes. Branon Edwards

    A battle is heating up between rich owners of waterfront property and boaters who, instead of docking, use anchors to keep their boats cheaply (free!) in the Intracoastal Waterway. The rich have argued that these anchored boats ruin their view — especially vessels that have been abandoned and become decrepit. Many boaters, however, contend that they are responsible and have rights to use the waterway.

    As they say, “the squeaky wheel gets the grease.” In this case, the squeaky wheel appears to be wealthy property owners along Florida’s Intracoastal Waterway, and the grease is a nasty bit of proposed legislation known in the House as HB1051 and in the Senate as SB1260. Both bills in Tallahassee aim to make it illegal to anchor overnight in parts of the Intracoastal Waterway despite the waterway having been used for this purpose since its inception.

    CLICK HERE for the full article by Branon Edwards

  • Palm Beach Marine Flea Market & Boat Sale, February 13-14, 2016

    Just love Florida’s winter boat shows!

    Palm Beach, Florida – Under The Sun Promotions Inc. is delighted to announce that the Marine Flea Market & Boat Sale is returning for its 7th year, taking place at the South Florida Fairgrounds in West Palm Beach, Florida from February 13th – 14, 2016.

    The Marine Flea Market & Boat Sale will run from 9am – 5pm on Saturday and Sunday, giving visitors two full days to enjoy discounts on nautical and marine related merchandise and services.

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  • Dredging Underway, Intersection of AICW and St. Marys River, Statute Mile 714

    Dredge equipment and barge traffic between Kings Bay and the ocean disposal site will impact Waterway traffic through Fernandina Harbor.

    Maintenance Dredging Entrance Channel CUT-1N through Range E.

    Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company will conduct dredge operations in the Kings Bay Entrance Channel on approximately January 20, 2016. The project consists of excavating material from the entrance channel and disposing at Fernandina Ocean Disposal Area, Nearshore Disposal Area and pumping material to North Fernandina Beach. Dredges TERRAPIN ISLAND and LIBERTY ISLAND along with Survey Vessel DIAMOND GIRL, Tugs COASTAL DAWN and SUMMER STAR, Derrick MB1800, Anchor Barge KAZ1, Booster REGGIE and Survey/Launch Vessel DIAMOND GIRL. The Derrick Mobro1800 with assistance from the Tug COASTAL DAWN, Tug SUMMER STAR, and Anchor Barge KAZ1 will be placing submerged pipeline, floating line, and a cube assembly from the pump off location(see coordinates below) to the Fort Clinch Fishing Pier. The Booster REGGIE will be spudded down and connected to the submerged line approximately 1600ft from shore. All pipelines will be placed outside of the navigation channel. During daylight hours, a small launch vessel may be conducting survey operations perpendicular to the channel. Mariners are advised to pass the vessels stern and provide a slow bell. All unused pipe and equipment will be staged in the St. Mary’s River, east of Little Tiger Island, outside the navigation channel. Starting approximately 01 February dredges TERRAPIN ISLAND and LIBERTY ISLAND will excavate material from Kings Bay Entrance Channel at STA 250+00 to 48+242 at Naval Station Kings Bay, between St Marys River DBN 12 (LLNR 6820) and Kings Bay Light 62 (LLNR 7040) and bottom disposing at the Fernandina Ocean Disposal Area, Nearshore Disposal Area and pumping on the Fernandina Beach (see coordinates below). The vessels will monitor VHF Channels 13 & 16, 24 hours per day, 7 days a week until approximately March 31, 2016. GLDD POC (Site Manager) Matt Ferrell 630-248-4078 or Katherine Mason (Project Manager) 630-207-7437. Mariners are urged to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area.
    Fernandina Ocean Disposal Coordinates:
    30° 33’00.8698N 81° 19’07.1136W
    30° 33’00.8679N 81° 16’51.5106W
    30° 31’00.8622N 81° 16’51.5017W
    30° 31’00.8635N 81° 19’07.1041W
    Nearshore Disposal Coordinates:
    30° 37’28.0878N 81° 25’08.3800W
    30° 37’27.7553N 81° 24’11.1557W
    30° 36’18.0790N 81° 24’11.7025W
    30° 36’18.8022N 81° 25’08.9125W
    Pump off Location:
    30° 42’31.3985N 81° 25’20.3995W
    Booster Reggie:
    30° 41’23.5274N 81° 27’57.0155W
    Chart 11503 LNM 4/16

  • Submerged Obstacle, Crandon Park Marina Channel, AICW 1094

    Crandon Park Marina is on the southeast shore of Bear Cut off the eastern side of Biscayne Bay. Our thanks to Mark Costello for this warning.

    Hello SSECN,
    I would like to report a submerged hazard for anyone visiting Crandon Park Marina in Miami near ICW STM 1095. While exiting the marina, centered in the marked Channel according to the chart plotter and visually using the day marks. We struck a submerged object with our keel. This was low tide, in 14 feet of water. We draw just under 5 feet. We struck where day mark #1 should have been off to starboard and it is possible that what we hit was the post of the missing beacon. Whatever is down there didn’t budge but rather knocked our boat aside as we impacted. Just a heads up! Maybe someone with local knowledge could add more info, in the mean time I would suggest favoring the red beacon #2 when entering the channel.
    Mark Costello

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

  • More 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. Our thanks to Skipper Silvio for this good report.

    This is a wonderful little marina. The super nice staff stayed past closing to help us get settled on the dock. We never saw less than 8 ft in the entrance channel or in the marina. The bathrooms and laundry were clean and well kept. And there is in fact a Dunkin Donuts two blocks away…..

    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

  • Destroyed Daybeacon, AICW Statute Mile 864, 1/21/2016

    Our thanks to David Burnham for this warning. The destroyed daybeacon is on the east side of the Waterway north of the Haulover Canal between Indian River and Mosquito Lagoon.

    Got a new one that I didn’t see marked as an alert on Cruisers Net…Green daymark #27 north of Crossover Canal on the AICW is down toward the North and the top of the piling is barely visible at the surface of the water.
    David Burnham

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Mile 864

  • Headed for Bahamas from Camachee Cove Yacht Harbor, AICW Statute Mile 775.5

    A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Camachee Cove Yacht Harbor is located just off the Waterway’s western shoreline, south of unlighted daybeacon #7 and north of the Vilano Beach Bridge.

    Chuck and Stu on s/v Long Gone, a Hunter 420 Passage, in Camachee Cove Yacht Harbor, waiting on a new rudder. Home Port is Deltaville, VA. Heading to Bahamas via Ft. Lauderdale-Bimini. Would like to meet other cruisers! Have a rental car.
    Chuck and Stuart Taylor

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Camachee Cove Yacht Harbor

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Camachee Cove Yacht Harbor

  • Stray Buoy in Main Channel, Miami, FL, near AICW Statute Mile 1082, 1/13/2016

    The main channel into Miami connects with the Waterway at Statute Mile 1082. This stray buoy is just east of the coastline.

    The U.S. Coast Guard received a report of a Private aid that drifted into the Miami Main Channel. The Buoy is in approximate position 25-45.653N/080-07.711W sitting approximately 5ft above the water and appears to be anchored/obstructed on the bottom. Mariners are advised toexercise extreme caution while transiting the area as the buoy poses a hazard to navigation. Chart 11468 LNM 2/16

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Miami Main Channel

  • Miami Boat Show Anchoring Angst, AICW Statute Mile 1091.5


    The Marina Stadium Anchorage is a large cove indenting the northwestern banks of Virgina Key, lying opposite the city of Miami on the eastern flank of Biscayne Bay. This popular anchorage has been a source of conflict between boaters and local law enforcement – see Claiborne’s comments in a report and photos by Mark and Diana Doyle of On the Water ChartGuides.
    Skipper Bell is probably not alone in wanting to attend the Miami Boat Show, Feb 11-16, by water, so if you have suggestions for attending by boat, let us hear from you.

    The 2016 Miami Boat Show has added a new venue, the Miami Marine Stadium. This area, a favorite for cruising boats attending the show is now a prohibited anchorage – and there are no facilities to attend the show via dinghy or paid shuttle.
    The easy accommodation for boaters attending the show who are potential repeat customers continues the Miami hostility toward boaters, reducing anchorages, prohibiting dinghy landings and denying ferry and shuttle operators the dock space and permission necessary to continue their trade.
    I’ll miss the Miami Boat Show this year, first time in many years, and delay shopping for my next boat a while longer. Too bad …
    Stuart Bell

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Marine Stadium Anchorage

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of the Marine Stadium Anchorage

  • Good News: No Mooring Failure! St. Augustine, AICW Statute Mile 778

    Our thanks to Skipper Sherri for submitting this story from Action News WJAX-TV on a sailboat that broke its mooring in St. Augustine. Waterway traffic has not been affected, and as you will read in recent comments below, the vessel’s pendant failed, NOT the mooring! Concern was in light of a recent mooring failure in Titusville, see

    ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. — Two people on-board a vessel were not injured when a sailboat crashed into the Bridge of Lions Wednesday morning in St. Augustine. The boat broke loose from its mooring and was pinned under the bridge.
    Sea Tow is removing the boat.
    The two people onboard the vessel at the time were not hurt, said the St. Augustine Police Department.
    Police said there is no damage to the bridge and all lanes are open to traffic.
    See video and more

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Bridge Directory Listing For Bridge of Lions

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Bridge of Lions

  • Hurricane Harbor Anchorage? Key Biscayne, AICW Statute Mile 1096

    Peter Conway is inquiring about Hurricane Harbor on the southwestern shore of Key Biscayne. There is no charted channel into what appears to be a well-sheltered anchorage. If you have local knowledge of this harbor, let us hear from you.

    What happened to the anchorage at Hurricane Harbor? Is it not still a permitted anchorage?
    Peter Conway

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

  • Nautical Flea Market, January 9-10, Stuart, FL

    8th Annual Martin County Nautical Flea Market Jan 9-10, 2016
    Nautical Flea Market – Marine and Wildlife Art Festival and Craft Show – Used Boat Showcase – Music – Festival Food – Beer

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    One Admission Price for all the Events. Admission $7.00 Children 12 and Under FREE
    For $2.00 OFF admission coupon CLICK HERE

    Stuart, Florida…Don’t miss the 8th Annual Martin County Nautical Flea Market January 9-10, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Memorial Park , 300 SE Ocean Blvd, Stuart Florida 33494

  • More Good Words for Burkey Marine Group, West Palm Beach, FL

    We hear so many good things about this group; they must be doing many things right! These are not the first words of praise we have received for Burkey Marine and will not be the last.

    We had a great experience over the phone being walked through our problem by Big Diesel Greg Burkey. All was well and the trip was salvaged! Some people care and yes we recommend the Greg Burkey Marine Group. Several phone calls later at no charge and we were fixed!

  • “Who Is Sylvia?” – Lake Sylvia, that is. Fort Lauderdale, AICW Statute Mile 1064.5

    With apologies to Shakespeare, Fred Braman wants to know the history of the lake’s name. Since very little is mentioned in Wikipedia, we’re hoping someone of you might have answer. For a recent report from Lake Sylvia, see

    Do you know the history of the name “Lake Sylvia,” in Ft Lauderdale? Who was Sylvia?
    Fred Braman

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Lake Sylvia

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