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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!

    Yellow Background Denotes Navigation Alert Postings

    Light Blue Background Denotes Postings Concerned with “AICW Problem Stretches”
  • This Weekend: 7th Annual Martin County Nautical Flea Market and Boat Sale, May 30-31, Stuart, FL

    If you are a bargain hunter, here is your chance to go shopping, shopping, shopping! Memorial Park is on the St. Lucie River near Okeechobee Waterway Statute Mile 5 in Stuart. The nearest marina is Sunset Bay Marina on the South Fork of the St. Lucie River.

    This Weekend Martin County Nautical Flea Market and Boat Sale
    http://www.FLNauticalFleaMarket.com
    Stuart, Florida…The 7th Annual Martin County Nautical Flea Market and Boat Sale will be held May 30-31, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Memorial Park, 300 SE Ocean Blvd, Stuart Florida 34994. There is no better place to hold this once a year fishing and boat event than in the sailfish capital of the world!

    Beautiful Memorial Park is the perfect venue with its close proximity to upscale downtown and its shady, winding paths, making it a perfect location to spend a leisurely day of shopping and relaxing in the park. Memorial Park hosts some of the largest events on the area making it a well known venue attracting local and out of town attendees.

    One of the highlights of this year’s two day event is a boat area where new and used boats will be on display and for sale.

    Bargain hunters looking for great deals can visit vendors exhibiting and selling their nautical and marine related merchandise and services during the two day festival. The nautical flea market will have a great selection of rods, reels, lures and lines, boating apparel, nautical clothing and jewelry, taxidermy, diving equipment, and much more. Come by for some super discounts on liquidation, closeouts, new, and used boating and fishing supplies.

    Applications are still being accepted for vendors and sponsorships.

    Visit the Martin County Nautical Flea Market website http://www.FLNauticalFleaMarket.com for more information, discount tickets, vendor applications, special hotel rates and specific driving directions. Contact Under the Sun Promotions, Inc. at 954-205-7813, FAX: 561-395-5389

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Sunset Bay Marina

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

  • Destroyed Daybeacon in Melbourne Channel, near AICW Statute Mile 919

    This destroyed daybeacon is on the south side of a channel into Melbourne Harbor Marina. The channel exits the Waterway west, just south of the Melbourne Bridge at Mile 918.

    FLORIDA – AICW – PALM SHORES TO WEST PALM BEACH – MELBOURNE CHANNEL: Hazard to Navigation
    Melbourne Channel Daybeacon 6 (LLNR 43235) is reported destroyed and leaning, The aid poses a hazard to navigation. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution. Chart 11472 LNM: 21/15

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

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

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

  • Early Morning, Fernandina Beach Mooring Field, AICW Statute Mile 716

    Here’s an article with which we can easily identify and a nice tribute to our friends at America’s Great Loop Cruisers’ Association.  Published by Joe Weston in the Columbia Daily Tribune, Columbia, Missouri. Fernandina is home to Fernandina Harbor Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    Early morning on the Intracoastal Waterway

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    Fernandina Mooring Field

    By JOE WESTON
    Sunday, May 24, 2015 at 12:00 am
    Columbia native Sally Tull Logan and her husband, Clay Logan, are in the midst of an ambitious boat journey called the Great Loop. The Loop involves circumnavigating the eastern half of North America by water, with most of the passage being on the Intracoastal Waterway, or ICW.

    Loopers, as they are called, live on their boats for the entire journey, which might be in the 3,000- to 5,000-mile range, depending on side trips. I was fortunate to join them in the Florida Keys last year and on the ICW from Jacksonville, Fla., to Charleston, S.C., this year.

    Being on the water affords opportunities for many spectacular sunrises and sunsets, as well as treacherous storms. This scene was more subdued but still beautiful, as sailboats in the lifting fog reflected the sunrise at Fernandina Beach, Fla. The only motion was a solo bird hunting for unsuspecting breakfast at dawn.

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Fernandina Beach Mooring Field

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

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

  • Grand Opening at Fort Pierce City Marina, June 13, 2015, 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.

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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

  • Top Ten BBQs, including Captain’s BBQ on the AICW! Statute Mile 800

    Palm Coast is between St. Augustine and Daytona Beach and Captain’s BBQ is at Bing’s Landing on the east side of Mile 800. Sounds delicious!!

    CNN) — There’s more than one bone of contention in the great finger-lickin’ barbecue debate. Pork or beef? Vinegar- or tomato-based sauce? No sauce — or maybe something mustard-based?
    Travel site TripAdvisor has waded into hotly contested territory with a list of the best BBQ restaurants in the United States.

    6. Captain's BBQ, Palm Coast, Florida – Located along the Intracoastal Waterway, this Palm Coast, Florida, eatery -- which is accessibly by boat -- pairs mouthwatering meats with al fresco dining.

    6. Captain’s BBQ, Palm Coast, Florida – Located along the Intracoastal Waterway, this Palm Coast, Florida, eatery — which is accessibly by boat — pairs mouthwatering meats with al fresco dining.

    CLICK HERE for the rest of the list from WGNO TV.

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Captains BBQ

  • Fish ‘N Fest at Fernandina Harbor Marina, June 11-14, AICW Statute Mile 716

    Fernandina Harbor Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, puts you right in the heart of the many wonderful things to do and see in this special port.


    SPRING 2015 FISH ‘N FEST INFO & REGISTRATION
    Fernandina Beach, FL
    June 11 – 14, 2015

    WE HAVE REACHED CAPACITY FOR CHARTER BOATS!
    All the charter boat slots are filled.

    However, if you will be bringing your own boat (or fishing with a buddy), you can still get registered for the event. Send an email to:
    Cefus@NutsAndBoltsFishing.com and reference Fish ‘N Fest in the subject line. Let me know how many in your group, and that you’ll be bringing your own boat to fish from. I’ll send you the registration info via email.

    Capt. Cefus McRae from the television show Nuts and Bolts of Fishing will be here filming for upcoming shows.

    Contact: Joe Springer, CMM
    Phone: (904) 310-3300

    ABOUT NUTS & BOLTS OF FISHING
    The Nuts & Bolts of Fishing is your one-stop resource for fishing and boating including – Destination information, Charter Guides & Outfitters, Fishing & Boating Tips, Delicious Recipes, and Fishing Tackle & Accessories. We strive to stock hard-to-find gear, and only sell products that we’ve tested and used ourselves.

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

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

  • National Marina Day and Boat Show, Fernandina Harbor Marina, AICW Statute Mile 716

    A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Fernandina Harbor Marina is a very special place being in the very heart of one of the nicest communities on the east coast – it’s one of our favorite harbors! If you haven’t visited Fernandina, National Marina Day and FHM Boat Show is the perfect time to stop by.

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    Fernandina Harbor Marina to Celebrate “Welcome to the Water “ on National Marina Day, June 13, 2015
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    Fernandina Beach, Florida, May 17, 2015As part of a nationwide observance, Fernandina Harbor Marina is celebrating Welcome to the Water on National Marina Day on June 13, 2015.

    “Welcome to the Water on National Marina Day is a celebration of boating,” said Certified Marina Manager Joe Springer. “As families search for fun outdoor activities that everyone can enjoy, we want to encourage them to give boating a try. We hope you will visit Fernandina Harbor Marina, learn about boating, our communities’ marina and enjoy the events we have planned. “
    Fernandina Harbor Marina’s Welcome to the Water on National Marina Day activities include:

    * 5th Annual BOAT SHOW with boats being displayed by Ocean Outboard Marine, Ole Town Marina and Redmond Yachts
    * Nuts and Bolt Fishing Show will be filming episodes for their television show
    * Amelia Island Sunrise Rotary Club will have food and drinks available
    * Marina Tours
    * Tow vehicles on display
    * Many, Many other marine related business invited to attend

    “Now, more than ever, Americans need outdoor, safe, family-friendly way to spend their leisure time. Welcome to the Water on National Marina Day introduces boating as just such an activity and reminds our existing customers and our community that Fernandina Harbor Marina is a local, environmentally-friendly, beautiful gateway to on-the-water fun”

    Welcome to the Water on National Marina Day is produced by the Association of Marina Industries, and Discover Boating. For more information visit www.nationalmarinaday.org or www.fhmarina.com.

    Contact: Joe Springer, CMM
    Phone: (904) 310-3300

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

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

  • Testing June 23rd at Cape Canaveral, east of AICW Statute Mile 890

    This testing is within the charted Restricted Zone around Cape Canaveral and begins tomorrow at 10:00 AM.

    ATLANTIC OCEAN – FLORIDA – CAPE CANAVERAL: EASTERN RANGE OP XD0249
    DELTA-IV Blast Danger Area, Eastern Range Op # D0249, within the following coordinates: The Blast Danger Area is activated in conjunction with Rocket Motor Testing and is a hazard within the listed coordinates.
    28-32.47N 80-33.84W
    28-32.47N 80-33.12W
    28-31.27N 80-33.12W
    28-31.27N 80-33.43W
    Date/Time/Duration of Test: 23 Jun 15 / 1000Z – 2359Z
    LNM: 19/15

  • Possible Tender Solution to “All Aboard Florida” Railway Bridge Closures

    Remember the many discussions among boaters last year concerning the proposed All Aboard Florida high speed trains? See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=143201. The addition of a full-time tender may be a solution, as reported in this article by Michael Turnbell in The Sun Sentinal.

    For the first time in years, boaters have a full-time tender to communicate with at the New River railroad bridge in downtown Fort Lauderdale.
    It’s part of a six-month test by the U.S. Coast Guard that, if successful, could ease boater concerns about All Aboard Florida, which plans to run 32 trains a day on the Florida East Coast Railway tracks.

    The marine industry insists All Aboard Florida’s trains will keep the bridge down too long, choking access for boats and damaging a key industry in an area known as the yachting capital of the world.
    A draft study by the Federal Railroad Administration found the new trains will have a negligible effect on boating. All Aboard Florida vowed to coordinate schedules with other trains, publish timetables and invest in new equipment to cut average crossing times from 18-20 minutes to 10-12 minutes.
    The test will determine if having a tender present will improve the speed of the bridge’s opening and closing. It also will see if improved communication will allay boater concerns over when the bridge will be closed and for how long.
    The Coast Guard said in a posted notice its new test “will promote equal usage of waterways and railroad for all parties involved.”
    The New River bridge, built in the 1970s, is currently kept open for boats and only closes when a freight train passes — up to 14 times a day. But when the new high-speed passenger service starts in late 2016, the bridge would be required to close 16 additional times a day.
    That is a problem for boaters because at high tide, the closed bridge sits about four feet above the water, making it hard for even a kayak to pass underneath.
    Under the test, which will run through October 16, the bridge will be closed for not more than 60 minutes in any two-hour period.
    “We’re excited to see how it works,” said Phil Purcell, executive director of the Marine Industries Association of South Florida. “It’s been unpredictable so this should add more reliability for people who use the river.”

    While the bridge is still controlled by operators in Jacksonville, Purcell said the new tender will be able to tell them to slow trains if a boat needs more time to make it through. Towboat operators hauling large yachts can be warned ahead of time when the bridge will be down. And the tender can tell dispatchers to more quickly raise the bridge once a train passes.
    “Sometimes the bridge is currently shut when there is no train, or after the train passes, the bridge isn’t raised right away,” Purcell said.

    Click Here for the full article.

  • Question re Possible New Shands Bridge over the St. Johns River

    The fixed Shands Bridge, lying southeast of Green Cove Springs and marker #20, sets the vertical clearance limit for the upper St. Johns River with its height of 45 feet. Sailcraft that cannot clear this span must forego exploration of what is to our collective minds, the most beautiful section of this lovely stream. Many a sailor has shaken a fist and employed colorful language while coming about at the Shands Bridge! Perhaps even Skipper Bosque? Our thanks to Skipper McDonald for the official response.

    Any updates on the construction of a new Shands Bridge? Are they building one with a 65′ clearance?
    Raul Bosque

    Approved, but not funded. Where have we heard this before?!?

    May 11, 2015
    Larry
    This is a recent reply I received about the FDOT plans to replace the Shands Bridge on the St Johns river in Green Cove Springs. Unfortunately, for those of us with a mast height in excess of 45′ we will remain restricted from traversing the river.
    Perry McDonald

    The Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) current plan is to replace the existing Shands Bridge with a new bridge that will have 65 feet of vertical clearance. However, the project is not funded in FDOT’s Five Year Work Program and will likely not be replaced for ten or more years. Replacing the bridge is a high priority to FDOT and the replacement could be advanced if funding were to become available.
    Thank you for your interest in the First Coast Expressway project. If you have any questions or comments, please call or email.
    James M. Knight, P.E.
    Urban Planning and Modal Administrator

    Florida Department of Transportation District 2
    2198 Edison Avenue
    Jacksonville, FL 32204

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

  • A Conclusion to Florida Anchoring Rights Issue?

    The anchoring rights issues raised in Florida Senate Bill 1548 have thankfully been laid to rest, for now at least, as reported below by Kim Russo, Director of America’s Great Loop Cruising Association. See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=147397 for background information on SB 1548.
    A belated Bravo to all individuals and organizations that facilitated the non-passage of any bill with anchoring restrictions. Keep your collective fingers crossed for a future non-passage!

    The Florida Legislature adjourned today without making anchoring restrictions law in Florida! So anchorages in Florida, for now, remain open to overnight cruisers. Following is a release from Phil Johnson, the Chair of Seven Seas Cruising Association’s Concerned Cruisers’ Committee:

    Release: 28 April 2015, Tallahassee Florida
    The 2015 Florida Regular Legislative Session has come to a close. It occurred 3 days earlier than scheduled by way of the House adjourning. We are elated to report that the freedom to anchor in Coastal Florida waters remains intact. Not one bill was adopted that includes any bans on anchoring.

    We applaud the way that the cruising and boating family came together this session, became organized, developed a clear strategy and then implemented it in a methodical, controlled way. We are proud of our association with
    the Lobbing firm Capitol Access and Lobbyist Jerry Paul, Robert Shave, and Jamie Miller. We are also appreciative of our team mates at Boat US and especially Bonnie Basham.

    Special thanks to the crew that worked so hard on this by attending the hearings and working the rigging from off-shore via their keyboards. At the risk of leaving someone out, We especially applaud the efforts of Judy Mkam, Kim Russo, Jim Neff, Mike Bodin, Phil Werndli, Jackie Werndli, G.W. “Casey” Jones, Bob Burns, Sue Ross, Kingsley Ross, Sally Marcinek, Becky DeVillier, Eric Eiscle, Brian Davidson, Brian Schaefer, Glenn and Eddie Tuttle, Scott Berg, Ken Chumley, Jay Campbell, Dave Skolnick, Wally Moran, Mike Ahart, Mark Doyle. These, and so many others in the extended online community, are true Salt Water Heroes.

    Remember, of course, that this annual process begins again tomorrow. There is an ongoing need to work through some of the problems raised by proponents of anchoring legislation. We will need to formulate a position on this and come to a reasonably amicable resolution so that this issue does not continue to a recurring threat. We are confident that we can do this in a way that does not eliminate the freedom to anchor throughout Florida’s coast. There will be a host of workshops held this summer and we will want our boating community to actively participate through their
    visible attendance. Also, we will need to continue building our political strength and this will require that we provide some support for our growing list of legislative champions. If you have not donated to the Fund Me drive, now is the time to help us pay the bills for this effort.
    http://www.Gofundme.com/Right2Anchor

    It is safe to celebrate. To all those captains and sailors at anchor in Florida today (or contemplating it), raise a glass to toast Maritime Freedom!
    Kim Russo
    Director
    America’s Great Loop Cruisers’ Association

    Larry, In my opinion, the declaration that we have won regarding the Florida anchoring restriction Bill is a bit premature. The Bill was not passed because the Florida Legislature decided to close down early and go home. This Bill and many others are just sitting and waiting for the Legislature to reconvene. Once they return, the Bill could very well come up for immediate vote or the compromise House Bill could be adopted. So we shouldn’t crack the champagne corks just yet. The Bill was not defeated, it has simply not been voted on…YET?
    Chuck Baier and Susan Landry
    The Great Book Of Anchorages
    Navigation Notices
    Our Blogs
    Trawler Beach House
    Voyages of Sea Trek

  • Destroyed Private Daybeacon, AICW Statute Mile 985

    This destroyed daybeacon is on the south side of the Ernest Lyons/ Highway A1A Bridge and marks the north side of the entrance channel into Hutchinson Island Marriott Marina on the east side of the Waterway.

    FLORIDA – AICW – PALM SHORES TO WEST PALM BEACH – INDIAN RIVER PLANTATION MARINA CHANNEL: Pirvate Aid/Hazard to Navigation
    Private Aid Ind River Plantation Marina Channel Daybecon 1 (LLNR 45820) is destroyed and poses a hazard to navigation. The remains of the pile are 1ft above the waterline. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11472 LNM:18/15

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Statute Mile 985

  • Dredging Underway in Ponce de Leon Inlet, near AICW Statute Mile 840-843

    Ponce de Leon Inlet (the “Ponce”, as it is known to all the locals) intersects the Waterway at Statute Mile 839.5, with a second southerly intersection near St. M. 843. This dredging project is in the Inlet itself, not the Waterway. For a posting on shoaling in the Inlet, go to http://cruisersnet.net/?p=137567

    FLORIDA – TOLOMATO RIVER TO PALM SHORES – PONCE DE LEON INLET: ACOE Dredge Operations
    The ACOE Jacksonville District has commenced dredge operations in Ponce De Leon Inlet on May 5, 2015. Operations will run from 6:00am to 6:00pm with Dredge MURDEN. The approximate completion date is 11 July 2015. Beginning July,operations will be conducted 7 days per week, 24 hours per day. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 & 16. Mariners are advised to transit the area with caution and reduce speed in the vicinity of the dredge. For further information contact USCG Sector Jacksonville Waterways Management Division at (904) 564-7500.
    Chart 11485 LNM: 18/15

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Ponce de Leon Inlet

  • Report from Open Anchorage, AICW Statute Mile 970

    Open Anchorage, located four statute miles south of Fort Pierce, is not your typical cove style anchorage, so we are grateful for this report from Skipper Hundley.

    Great holding. Comfortable night anchored south of marker #9 with winds from north/northwest.
    Kris Hundley

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

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

  • Lake Avenue Bridge back to On-Demand Openings, Lake Worth, Eastern Florida AICW Statute Mile 1029

    Lake Avenue Bridge - Click for Chartview

    Lake Worth/Lake Avenue Bridge crosses the Waterway at Statue Mile 1029, south of marker #33 and has a closed vertical clearance of 35ft. Our thanks to Skipper Johnson for this update!

    As of May 1, 2015, Lake Worth Bridge is back to On Demand.
    Ted Johnson

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory Listing For Lake Avenue Bridge

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

    Click Here For An Earlier Notice Concerning the Lantana Bridge.

  • 7th Annual Martin County Nautical Flea Market and Boat Sale, May 30-31, Stuart, FL

    If you are a bargain hunter, here is your chance to go shopping, shopping, shopping! Memorial Park is on the St. Lucie River near Okeechobee Waterway Statute Mile 5 in Stuart. The nearest marina is Sunset Bay Marina on the South Fork of the St. Lucie River.


    7th Annual Martin County Nautical Flea Market and Boat Sale

    Stuart, Florida…The 7th Annual Martin County Nautical Flea Market and Boat Sale will be held May 30-31, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Stuarts Memorial Park 300 SE Ocean Blvd, Stuart Florida 34994.
    The beautiful Memorial Park is the perfect venue for the 7th Annual Martin County Nautical Flea Market and Boat Sale, with it close proximity to upscale downtown and its expanse of grass makes it the perfect location. Memorial park hosts some of the largest events on the area.
    One of the highlight of this year’s this two day event is a boat show and sale. New and used boats will be on display and for sale.
    Bargain hunters looking for deals can visit vendor’s exhibiting and selling their nautical and marine related merchandise and services during the two day festival. The nautical flea market will have antique collectibles and maps, marine artifacts, rods, reels, lures and lines, boating apparel, taxidermy, diving equipment, and much more. Come by for some super discounts on liquidation, closeouts, new, and used boating and fishing supplies.
    Visit the Martin County Nautical Flea Market website http://www.FLNauticalFleaMarket.com for more information, discount tickets, vendor applications, special hotel rates and specific driving directions contact Under the Sun Promotions, Inc. at 954-205-7813, FAX: 561-395-5389
    What better place to hold this once a year fishing and boat event then in the sailfish capital of the world STUART, FLORIDA

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Sunset Bay Marina

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

  • Update on Florida’s Anchoring Restrictions Bill

    This Florida senate bill restricting anchoring has been much in the news for several weeks, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=147527 and http://cruisersnet.net/?p=147397. This update is from Kim Russo on AGLCA’s Forum

    Below is an update provided this morning from the team working on defeating the proposed anchoring restrictions in Florida. Thanks to all the Loopers and our Sponsors who have taken steps to help with this issue. We’ve made
    a lot of progress!

    1. There are 8 days left in the regular session.

    2. On the House side, there is currently no remaining bill that includes the anchoring ban. The bill that most logically could have been a vehicle for such a provision passed 119-0 this morning on the House floor (i.e. vote by the full House). This was after the anchoring ban amendment was defeated in its last committee hearing. Therefore, when it was brought up for a vote of the full House (on the floor) it contained no anchoring ban provisions. Unlike last year, no anchoring ban amendment was filed on the floor although our team was poised, ready to respond rapidly … as were the House members who have become champions for the boating and cruising
    community. That bill is now going to the Senate for a vote.

    3. On the Senate side, the bill containing the anchoring ban made it through the 2nd of its 3 required committees 2 weeks ago. With 8 days left, the bill is not currently scheduled for a 3rd committee hearing.
    Currently, that 3rdcommittee is not scheduled to meet again, although that could change.

    4. We are working continuously to monitor and track every bill and every potential amendment to a bill that could create the anchoring ban. We are in constant communication with a full host of House and Senate members who are with us.

    5. At this stage, broad messaging from the boating community to legislators is not an effective strategy. If, however, any threatening bill or amendment emerges, we will again engage promptly with messaging that is tailored, timed and targeted.

    6. The boating and cruising community has done a great job throughout this session. It has strengthened its voice and its effectiveness. It has broadened and diversified its sources of messaging. For example, recently
    there was effective proactive messaging from the veterans boating community and the Boy Scouts/Sea Scouts boating community that was influential in conjunction with the balance of the boating and cruising community family.

    7. We still have 8 days. Readiness is the key.

    Kim Russo
    Director
    America’s Great Loop Cruisers’ Association

  • Praise for Fernandina, FL, AICW Statute Mile 716

    My family has been vacationing in Fernandina for more than 50 years and it gets better every year, as Skipper Pink obviously confirms! And a berth at Fernandina Harbor Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, puts you right in the heart of the wonderful things to do and see in this special port.

    We never go there without eating at LuLu’s, nuff said.
    The palace bar, where the ship captains of yesteryear drank, don’t let the bar (front room) fool you, the opening behind the bar that looks like a kitchen opening leads to other rooms and entertainments. 2-3 years ago now I think when we were there last.
    Roy Pink

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

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

  • Fort Pierce Inlet Returns to Normal, off AICW Statute Mile 966

    Our thanks to Captains Baier and Landry for posting this good news on AGLCA’s Forum. See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=147751 for the background story.

    Yay, The Fort Pierce inlet is finally clear of the barge wreckage and back to normal. From cbs12.com…
    Fort Pierce Inlet re-opens
    Story by Thomas Forester CBS12
    FORT PIERCE (CBS12) — The Coast Guard in Miami has confirmed that the Fort Pierce Inlet is now open for all boats. The contractor hired by the Army Corp of Engineers completed recovery of the sunken barge in the inlet
    around 6:30 Monday evening.
    That salvage barge has returned to the Port of Fort Pierce. Today they will start to offload the scrap from the sunken barge and then get ready to return back to New Jersey to their home port.
    It’s been almost two months since restrictions were put in place at the Inlet, after a barge sunk and took the life of one Mariner. Two different contractors used have cost taxpayers $1.2-million.

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