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  • Announcement: 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!

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    Light Blue Background Denotes Postings Concerned with “AICW Problem Stretches”
  • LNM: Bridge Closure, 1/29, West Venetian Causeway, AICW Statute Mile 1088.5


    Of these four bridge closures, only one, West Venetian Causeway Bridge, affects the Waterway.

    FLORIDA – MIAMI HARBOR – MIAMI RIVER – BRICKELL AVENUE/SOUTH MIAMI AVENUE/EAST AND WEST VENETIAN BRIDGES:
    Bridge Closures.

    The following are the times the bridges will be closed for the Annual Miami Marathon event on January 29, 2017
    The Brickell Avenue Bridge across the Miami River, Miami, Florida will be closed to navigation from 6:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    The S.W. 2nd Avenue Bridge across the Miami River, Miami, Florida will be closed to navigation from 6:15 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.
    The East Venetian Causeway Bridge across Miami Beach Channel, Miami, Florida will be closed to navigation from 6:25 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
    The West Venetian Causeway Bridge across Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Miami, Florida will be closed to navigation from 6:25 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
    LNM 02/17 Chart: 11468

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Bridge Directory Listing For Venetian Causeway Bridge

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

  • Florida’s Anchoring Program Update MTOA

    Our thanks to Mike Bodin of Marine Trawler Owners Association for this updated perspective on Florida’s anchoring restrictions. See Florida Wildlife and Fish Commission Proposed Anchoring Program. See link below to donate to these lobbying efforts.

    Florida’s Anchoring Program Update MTOA Read More

    Many wealthy Florida waterside residents, condominium units and cities complained to their local governments about anchoring boats spoiling their water views. Federal government owns the land under waterways and relinquished control to Florida state. This anti anchoring consortium contacted their state representatives to change the law to prohibit anchoring in front of their waterside property.
    Florida enacted a study called Anchoring and Mooring Pilot Program in 2009. The study is to be completed July 1, 2017. Final recommendations to be submitted by January 1, 2018. The multi-million dollar 244-page report is available for review. “Anchoring and Mooring Pilot Program Final Report of Findings and Recommendations 12/21/2016” in Adobe PDF. During last year’s legislative season the report was accepted as submitted. 2017 is the final year. Florida legislature has stated they will accept the state recommendations for state law. The report has several anti-anchoring provisions that must be changed to better represent the needs of the boating community. One glaring item of concern; If enacted, county governments can easily contact the state for an exemption to control anchoring without any input from the boating community. If granted, the county has state authorization to enact laws preventing anchoring as well as dinghy docking. The unintended consequence of the legislation would be the precedent it would set for other states along the eastern seaboard to follow banning anchoring.
    A large “AHOY MATE” call is now being made to fellow boaters. As a boating community, we can be complacent, stand back and complain when our previously used anchoring areas are no longer available or put on some heavy weather gear and ride the storm out while still keeping the heading. This will ensure anchorage availability for us and future availability for our children. How is this accomplished? As any boater knows you must have the right gear. 1) We need a knowledgeable professional lobbyist. 2) Money is required for this lobbyist: $35k-$50k. 3) How do we get the funds? The boating community unites and individual boaters donate as they can. Today combined funds from members of American Great Loop Cruising Association and Marine Trawler Owners Association, are starting the donations for a pro-anchoring lobbyist. Additional funds are required to continue a pro- anchoring strategy to roll back anti-anchoring language in the proposed bill. Your support is requested. Marine Trawlers Owners Association has set up the following site for your donations: Go to, www.mtoa.net highlight tab “FL Anchoring Rights Fund”
    We need your financial support. The following is a time progression review demonstrating the need for a professional lobbyists and active boaters to win the pro-anchoring debate.
    2017
    Most all bills for the 2017 Session are still in the Bill Drafting Office where they are not visible to the public (until they are filed).
    The Anchoring Bill is expected to be brought to floor early due to last year’s defeat. They don’t think the pro-anchoring community will have the necessary time to collect funds and organize credible support. Anti-anchoring faction has strength through numbers and is bringing momentum from last year to this year’s activity. They are counting on the lack of any pro-anchoring support for 2017 as was last year.
    Next Committee Week starts Monday Jan 23. Committees will begin meeting again then bills will continue to appear through start of session – March 7. Amendments to bills can be filed at any time.
    2016 REVIEW
    Yeas, represent the Anti- Anchoring votes by the committees and legislature:
    1/26/16 House Committee Vote yeas 12 Nays 0
    2/25/16 House Committee Vote yeas 15 Nays 1 Note: Extreme spread
    3/04/16 House Vote yeas 105 Nays 12
    3/0716 Senate Vote yeas 36 Nays 2
    3/09/16 Signed by officers and presented to Governor HJ 980
    3/24/16 Approved by Florida Governor (chapter 2016-96)
    7/01/16 Effective Date for law banning anchoring by county designation.
    Once it was seen there was no opposition from pro- anchoring groups, anti-anchoring legislation emerged and gathered enough momentum to easily pass. Do not underestimate the extent to which that momentum is perceived to still exist in Tallahassee. It was quite evident at the Senate Environment Committee (the Committee that originated the bill we defeated 2 years ago). Notice that this Committee chose to place the topic on its agenda early in the process. The cruising/anchoring interests have been unrepresented for a while and that has been noticed.
    Note: The boating community was complacent. No lobbyists, No backing of the boating community
    2015 REVIEW
    No set back or anchoring restrictions—Active Lobbyists, Active boating community
    2014-2012 REVIEW
    No set back or anchoring restrictions—Active Lobbyists, Active boating community
    It can plainly be observed if boaters are again complacent in 2017, the 2016 results can be expected. We salute such groups as American Great Loop Cruising Association, Seven Seas Cruising Association and Marine Trawler Owners Association for their active and financial support. These great organizations have started the process. Now your financial support is needed to continue.
    Donation site www.mtoa.net highlight tab “FL Anchoring Rights Fund”
    Mike Bodin MTOA Public Advocate
  • Seven Seas Cruising Association Asks Your Support to Defeat Florida’s Anti-Anchoring Legislation

    The Concerned Cruisers’ Committee (CCC) of Seven Seas Cruising Association (SSCA) has, for many years, supported the rights of cruisers to navigate, anchor and enjoy the “Seven Seas” both in the U.S. and abroad. We have had recent success in Annapolis and in Georgia, and we are engaged in South Carolina, Washington and California.Read More!

    And this from MTOA Public Advocate, Mike Bodin:

    Mates,
    As you know Florida’s legislative session has started. The Environmental Preservation and Conservation committee heard the first presentation by The Fish and Wildlife Conversation commission (FWC) on the Anchoring and Mooring Pilot Program. [See http://cruisersnet.net/161714] Anti-anchoring representatives were present and offered presentations.

    The window is closing for us to be effective with ongoing legislation. Capitol Access team did a great job representing our anchoring concerns in 2014,and 15. Without professional representation I fear legislation will be made and passed into law prohibiting anchoring by county designation with state approval. This Florida law can be the basis of others to follow along the ICW corridor. Like cancer, a small start than it spreads and very difficult to stop.

    Time is against us to raise monies for a professions lobbyist. MTOA donation survey results are very promising, AGLCA is now surveying their members and results will be available shortly.

    SSCA CCC has lead the boating community in the past. Anti-Anchoring is a pain in every boater’s thoughts. Future state laws to prevent anchoring along the ICW surely can be compared to the spread of cancer. We must unite and knock it out before it gains traction.

    Enclosed is a boaters rights donation form to your GoFunfMe site. Due to the tremendous time limitation now in place we request SSCA blast email the form to your membership. Within a couple of days, we will have a good idea if a lobbyist can be added to our anti-anchoring efforts.

    Thank you for consideration and hopefully participation.

    Mike Bodin
    MTOA Public Advocate

    And from America’s Great Loop Cruisers’ Association:

    Boater’s Rights Interest Survey
    Florida’s 1,000-mile intracoastal waterway has often been called the boaters’ highway. Wealthy waterside residents in conjunction with several counties want to enact anti-anchoring laws. Last year Florida’s governor signed into law temporary nighttime anti-anchoring restrictions in several counties. Boaters must unite to stop the spread of anti-anchoring legislation.

    CLICK HERE FOR AGLCA’s SURVEY ON BOATERS’ RIGHTS

    CLICK HERE for more information on Seven Seas Cruising Association

     

  • Destroyed AICW Light 18, Statute Mile 1065, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, 1/11/2017


    This destroyed Waterway Light 18 is on the north side of the channel where the Waterway intersects New River in Ft. Lauderdale.

    FLORIDA – AICW – WEST PALM BEACH TO MIAMI – STRANAHAN RIVER: Hazard to Navigation
    Stranahan River Light 18 (LLNR 47365) is destroyed and the steel pile is leaning outside the channel. A temporary lighted buoy (TRLB) WR18, displaying Fl Q R characteristics is marking the wreckage. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11467 LNM 02/17

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Light 18

  • Destroyed Daybeacon 194, south of Ft. Pierce, FL, AICW Statute Mile 970, 1/11/2017


    This destroyed daybeacon is on the west side of the Waterway’s narrow channel south of Ft. Pierce.

    FLORIDA – AICW – PALM SHORES TO WEST PALM BEACH – INDIAN RIVER (SOUTH SECTION): Hazard to Navigation
    Indian River (South Section) Daybeacon 194 (LLNR 45280) is destroyed. A temporary unlighted Buoy has been placed on its assigned position. The missing wood pile remains a potential hazard to navigation. Mariners are advised to exercise caution while transiting the area. Chart 11472 LNM 02/17

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Daybeacon 194

  • Florida Fish and Wildlife Management Area System is 75 Years Old

    FWC celebrates 75 years of wildlife management area conservation success Read More


    In 2017, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is commemorating the 75th anniversary of the wildlife management area system, one of the state’s greatest natural treasures. The FWC oversees this statewide network of remote and scenic lands, managing them for conservation and recreation. To celebrate the milestone and help people discover the opportunities these public lands offer, the FWC is hosting free events throughout the year.

    “Florida has one of the largest systems of public lands in the country at nearly 6 million acres, and these lands are the best of the best of what wild Florida has to offer,” said FWC Chairman Brian Yablonski. “These natural communities span a variety of habitats from longleaf pine uplands and pine flatwoods to the hardwood hammocks and sawgrass savannas of the Everglades. Not only are these areas beautiful, they are managed to provide habitat for many species of wildlife and access for people to enjoy hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing and more.”

    Florida’s first WMA, Fred C. Babcock/Cecil M. Webb Wildlife Management Area, was established in late 1941 in Charlotte and Lee counties. By the 1960s, there were 28 WMAs. Today, the FWC is the lead manager or landowner of over 1.4 million acres, and works in partnership with other governmental or private landowners on another 4.5 million acres. These healthy habitats are essential to Florida wildlife – both common and imperiled species. The FWC uses its scientific expertise and a comprehensive ecological approach to manage a variety of wildlife while balancing public access to these wild lands.

    WMAs provide many recreational opportunities including paddling, fishing, hiking, biking, horseback riding, photography, wildlife viewing, and target shooting at areas with a public shooting range. They also offer a wide range of hunting opportunities including special hunts for families and people with disabilities. Throughout 2017, the FWC will host a variety of events to celebrate Florida’s WMAs. Events include a statewide geocaching challenge, volunteer work days, a photo contest, guided hikes, fun opportunities to explore WMAs, and citizen science bioblitzes where members of the public help document wildlife species at WMAs.

    To learn more about upcoming events or to find a WMA near you, visit MyFWC.com/WMA75. Share your visits to Florida WMAs on social media by using #WMAzing.

  • 2017 Florida Boat Show Schedule

    This 2017 Florida Boat Show Schedule comes from SSECN partner Marina Life Magazine.

     

    CLICK HERE FOR THE LIST
    2017 Boat Show Schedule: 
    Stuart Boat Show
    Stuart, FL: January 13-15, 2017
    Miami Int’l Boat Show / Yachts Miami Beach
    Miami, FL: February 16-20, 2017
    TrawlerFest Stuart
    Stuart, FL: Feb. 28 – Mar. 4, 2017
    Palm Beach International Boat Show
    Palm Beach, FL: March 23 – 26, 2017
    Suncoast Boat Show
    Sarasota, FL: April 2017

    And this list of shows from news-press.com

    Upcoming boat shows

    Charlotte County Boat Show
    WHEN: Jan 12-15
    10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    WHERE: Charlotte County Fairgrounds
    COST: Free
    INFO: Goboatingflorida.com

    Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show
    WHEN: Feb. 16-20 10 am – 6 pm every day
    WHERE: Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin, 3501 Rickenbacker Causeway
    Miami
    GETTING THERE:
    Water Taxi: Water taxi pick-up and drop-off locations include American Airlines Arena, the Hyatt in downtown Miami, the W Hotel (formerly Viceroy) in downtown Miami on Brickell, and Bayfront Park (Strictly Sail location)
    Shuttle Buses: There are four departure locations throughout downtown including Marlins Park, American Airlines Arena, the Hyatt in downtown Miami, and Bayfront Park (Strictly Sail location). An expanded shuttle service will also run between the Miami Boat Show and the Yachts Miami Beach show on Collins Avenue.
    Parking: Abundant parking options with an estimated 10,000 parking spaces will again be available for show attendees in downtown Miami with easy access to water taxis and shuttle buses. Downtown lots include Marlins Park and American Airlines Arena. Reserve parking ahead of time at MiamiBoatShow.com.
    COST:
    Premier Day $40
    Adult (age 16+) $25
    Two-day pass (Friday–Monday, February 17–20) $45
    Five-day pass $100
    15 & younger FREE
    INFO: www.miamiboatshow.com/

    Yachts Miami Beach
    Formerly known as the Yacht and Brokerage Show
    WHEN:
    FEB 16 – 20, 2O17
    Thur-Sun 10am – 6pm
    Mon. 10am – 5pm
    WHERE: On the Indian Creek Waterway at Collins Avenue (S.R. A1A)
    From 41st to 54th Streets
    COST General Admission: $20
    INFO: 954-764-7642 www.showmanagement.com/miami_boat_show_2017/event/

    Bonita Bay Boat Show
    WHEN:Feb 24,-26
    Fri-Sat 10 a.m.-6 a.m., Sun 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., boat show party Saturday from 4-6 p.m.
    WHERE: Bonita Bay Marina
    COST: Free
    INFO: 495-3222

    Bonita Springs Boat Show
    WHEN: Dates: March 2nd – 5th, 2017
    10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    WHERE: Bonita Springs Dog Track, 10601 Bonita Beach Rd SE, Bonita Springs
    COST: $8
    INFO: Goboatingflorida.com

    Palm Beach International Boat Show
    WHEN: March 23 – 26, 2017
    Thurs. Mar 23, 12 Noon – 7pm
    Fri. Mar 24, 10am – 7pm
    Sat. Mar 25, 10am – 7pm
    Sun. Mar 26, 10am – 6pm
    WHERE: Evernia St./Flagler Dr. (waterfront) and North Clematis St./Flagler Dr. (waterfront)
    COST: Adults: $22
    Children, ages 6-15: $12
    Children under 6 Free
    INFO: www.showmanagement.com/palm-beach-international-boat-show-2017/event/

    Suncoast Boat Show of Downtown Sarasota

    WHEN: Fri. Apr 15, 10am – 7pm
    Sat. Apr 16, 10am – 7pm
    Sun. Apr 17, 10am – 5pm.
    WHERE: at Marina Jack’s Marina Plaza, Sarasota
    COST: Show Admission: Adults: $13 at Box Office
    Kids under 15 are free
    INFO: http://www.showmanagement.com/suncoast_boat_show/event/ /

    Fort Myers Boat Show
    WHEN: Nov. 15-19 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    WHERE: Downtown Centennial Park and the Yacht Basin
    COST: $10
    INFO: Goboatingflorida.com

  • Miami International Boat Show Expanding In-Water Display, Miami Marine Stadium and Basin, AICW Statute Mile 1091.5


    This article and video comes from our friends at Soundings’ Trade Only Today. The Progressive Miami International Boat Show is set for Feb. 16-20 on Key Biscayne, the second year at its new location.

    VIDEO: Miami show set to expand in-water display
    Posted on January 5th, 2017
    Written by Reagan Haynes

    The National Marine Manufacturers Association is anticipating a 40 percent increase in the size of the on-water display at the Progressive Miami International Boat Show, set for Feb. 16-20 on Key Biscayne — the second year at the show’s new location. CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL REPORT

    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

  • LNM: New River FEC 12-Day Bridge Closure, Fort Lauderdale, off the AICW


    There are a number of boatyards and marinas that would be affected by this closure, including the popular Cooley’s Landing Municipal Docks. With a 4ft closed vertical clearance, the FEC bridge crosses the New River 1.7 miles west of AICW statute mile 1065.

    Proposal to close New River bridge for 12 days draws boater concerns

    CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL ARTICLE from Sun Sentinel of West Palm Beach

    FLORIDA – ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY – WEST PALM BEACH TO MIAMI – NEW RIVER – FEC RAILROAD BRIDGE:
    Bridge Repairs/Closures.
    Read More

    The Coast Guard will allow the FEC Railroad Bridge across the New River, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to not open to navigation from 12:01 a.m., Saturday, February 11 through 12:01 a.m., Thursday, February 23, 2017 to facilitate repairs. Chart 11467 LNM 01/17

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of New River FEC Bridge

  • Report from Bel Marra Anchorage, AICW Statute Mile 1042


    This lake-like body of water makes for a great anchor down spot, in a region where there are few anchorages available. Lies on the Waterway’s westerly flank, north of the charted position of Bel Marra and Boca Raton. Our thanks to Austin Harrell for this report.

    Anchored 12-23-2016 Wind E / ENE /ESE 10-15 mph Upon backing down on 35 lb CQR with 5/1 scope 3/8 chain anchor held until up to approximately 2,000 rpm. Then it would slowly drag. I added 10 lb cadenary weight same drag rate once rode was taut. We came to the conclusion that since the wind shouldn’t shift we would stay. Conclusion: anchorage is fine with a chain rode or weighted rode under light to moderate conditions. I wouldn’t stay here in anything over 15 mph winds or stay with forecast shifting winds. Otherwise it’s a fine fair weather anchorage.
    Austin Harrell, Baba 30 Twilight

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Anchorage Directory Listing For The Bel Marra Anchorage

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Bel Marra Anchorage

  • Numerous Closures on FEC RR Bridge Underway, St. Johns River, Jacksonville, FL, 12/22/2016


    This cantankerous aging railway bridge in the heart of downtown Jacksonville requires constant upkeep and has plagued boaters with its numerous maintenance lockdowns and its closed vertical clearance of 5ft (!!) severely restricting river activities on the popular St. Johns.

    Florida East Coast Railway requested a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the Florida East Coast Railway Bridge, St. Johns River, mile 24.9, Jacksonville, FL. The bridge is a single leaf bascule railway bridge with a five foot vertical clearance in the closed position. The bridge currently operates under 33 CFR 117.325. The deviation period is from 7:00 a.m. on January 11, 2017 to 6:00 p.m. on February 10, 2017. During this period the Bridge is allowed to remain closed to navigation from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., and from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday January 11th , from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Thursday January the 12th, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Friday January 13th , from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., and from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Wednesday January the 18th and Thursday January 19th , and from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday January the 20th, 2017. Additionally, the bridge will be allowed to remain closed to navigation from 7:00 a.m. Monday January 30, 2017 through 6:00 p.m. on Friday February 10th, 2017.
    The Coast Guard coordinated this closure period with the bridge owner and the waterway users. The bridge will not be able to open for emergencies; the small boat span can be used as an alternate route for vessels unable to pass through the bridge in closed positions. The Coast Guard will also inform the users of the waterways through our Local and Broadcast Notices to Mariners of the change in operating schedule for the bridge so that vessel operators can arrange their transits to minimize any impact caused by the temporary deviation. Chart 11419 LNM 51/16

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at FEC RR Bridge

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory Listing For FEC RR Bridge

  • No Wake Zone, east of Main Street Bridge, St. Johns River, Jacksonville, FL


    As stated below, this Slow/No Wake Zone is east of the Main Street Bridge in downtown Jacksonville. No date for completion is given.

    FLORIDA – ST JOHNS RIVER – TERMINAL CHANNEL: Slow/No Wake Zone, Precaution Area.
    Superior Construction will be conducting demolition and construction operations on the wharf structures located approximately 1,500 feet east of the Main Street Bridge on the north side of the St. Johns River, near downtown Jacksonville’s old shipyards. Read MoreThe Captain of the Port Jacksonville requests all mariners transiting the river east of the Main Street Bridge and adjacent to the north bank docks of the old shipyards, to proceed with caution and transit at a minimum safe speed to reduce wake.
    The work is scheduled to commence on or around January 6, 2017 and will continue over the course of several months. The demolition and construction work will normally take place on weekdays during daylight hours. The operations will involve several commercial vessels, including the use of crane and material barges to remove concrete debris and drive piles. There will be a continuous transit of loaded barges from the work site to the north bank shipyard docks near the mouth of Hogan Creek. Additionally, work vessels will be moored along the project site at night. If
    additional information is required, the Project Superintendent can be reached via landline at 904-292-4240. Jobsite operators will be monitoring marine VHF Channel 16. Chart 11491 LNM 51/16

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

  • Another Grounding at Matanzas Inlet/AICW Intersection, Problem Stretch, Statute Mile 793


    The Matanzas Inlet/Waterway intersection has been the cause of several recent groundings. See a Nav Alert from November. Our thanks to Charles Solomon for sharing his unfortunate experience.

    26′ Searay Sundancer thrown aground at marker 81C on Friday night 12-16-16 just before sunset. Operating at 6-8 knots. We were manuvering to West side of ICW after sighting green floating / temp marker 81C northbound and caught by a stiff current. This area is a dogleg channel deep to the west shoreline (per SeaTow). Boat rolled over almost 45 degrees on the starboard side . Backed off the engine and she righted but we were hard aground sideways to the current. Had to wait about 2 hours for the tide and powered off. Brand new engine overheated and we took a tow to St. Augustine.
    Charles Solomon

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For the AICW/Matanzas River Intersection

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To This AICW Problem Stretch

  • Two Boats Destroyed by Fire on Waterway in Hillsboro Beach, FL


    Hillsboro Beach is a barrier island on the east side of the Waterway between Deerfield Beach and Pompano Beach.

    BROWARD NEWS
    Burning boat drifts into another boat, sets it afire
    by Anne Geggis

    No one was hurt, but a lot of boat went up in smoke Saturday afternoon when a burning, unmanned craft drifted into a docked boat suspended above the Intracoastal Waterway in Hillsboro Beach.
    CLICK HERE FOR FULL STORY AND VIDEO

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

  • Harbortown Marina Opens New Restaurant, east of AICW Statute Mile 894


    Guest Coupon Available On Our Web Site

    A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Harbortown Marina lies off the southern shores of the Canaveral Barge Canal between Sykes Creek and the Banana River.

    The Wait is Over
    The management at Harbortown Marina is pleased to announce that the marina restaurant will soon be re-opening as Island Dockside Grill at Harbortown Marina! The new restaurant will open after a period of renovation – Stay tuned for email updates on the exact opening date. Read More!

    With a popular location already open in Merritt Island, Island Waterfront Bar and Grill owners Sue Ponte and Phil Johnson will be bringing their passion for a first rate restaurant experience here to our marina. The new Island Dockside Grill at Harbortown Marina will provide a casual atmosphere, delightful menu, top-notch service, and of course, lovely views of the marina.
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    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Harbortown Marina

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

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