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  • 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.

  • 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

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  • 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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  • 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

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  • 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!
    Capt J

  • “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

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  • Mooring Failure, Titusville Mooring Field, AICW mile 878.3

    Happily, Bo Taylor’s experience ended without injury or damage, but it will certainly add fuel to the rented mooring versus personal anchoring tackle, which has been an ongoing debate since municipal mooring fields began to be installed along the Waterway. See The Titusville mooring field lies south of the Titusville harbor entrance channel leading to Titusville City Marina.

    One hour ago, as we were returning to our boat, Sunburst, my daughter said “our boat’s moving”. I said no way, I can see the mooring ball beside it. In the distance, when I saw our boat move past another boat I almost fell out of the dinghy. We caught up and boarded. Five hundred feet adrift without damage to our boat or others that Sunburst had passed. Mooring ball had come loose. Beware!
    Bo Taylor s/v Sunburst

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Anchorage Directory Listing For The Titusville Mooring Field

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  • Containers Drifting Offshore Confirmed, East of West Palm Beach

    As first reported in this from [LINK NO LONGER VALID:[ WPBF 25 News these containers are now confirmed to be adrift east of West Palm Beach and will require a sharp lookout for vessels sailing offshore. Our thanks to Jeff Graham for this submission.

    Coast Guard responds to container barge accident
    At least 25 containers believed to have fallen off barge
    RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. —Coast Guard crews responded to reports of multiple containers falling off a barge Sunday off the coast between Port Canaveral, Florida, and West Palm Beach, Florida.
    The U.S. flagged 136-foot Capt. Latham, was headed to Puerto Rico as it tugged a 340-foot barge, Columbia Elizabeth. The crew noticed several cargo containers hanging over the port side of the barge and believed more had fallen into the water while in transit.
    The Capt. Latham terminated their course toward Puerto Rico and diverted to the Port of Palm Beach for further investigation.
    A Coast Guard MH-65 helicopter crew from Air Station Miami and a crew from the Coast Guard Cutter Margaret Norvell responded to the report to assess the barge.
    At approximately 3:00 p.m., the vessel moored safely in the Port of Palm Beach. It was then determined that up to 25 containers were unaccounted for, with an undetermined amount falling overboard. Several of the containers were confirmed to be carrying batteries.
    One of the containers washed ashore in Port Canaveral.
    The Coast Guard is investigating the incident and plans to launch an HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft to begin searching at sunrise.

    And this from WESH 2 News:

    BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. —Thousands of coffee containers are washing up on beaches in Central Florida and South Florida, officials tell WESH 2 News.
    Thousands of bright yellow cans of coffee are washing ashore in Brevard County, many people rushing to pick them up. The cans may have fallen off a passing cargo barge, WESH 2 News has learned.
    Along the coast of Indialantic, bright cans of coffee that likely were on their way to Puerto Rico, are finding their way ashore.
    Early in the day, the first beach visitors were stunned to find cans of coffee and bricks of coffee thickly strewn on the sand.
    The United States Coast Guard reports that the containers were from the barge Columbia Elizabeth, which reported losing multiple containers between Cape Canaveral and Palm Beach, Florida, on Sunday.
    Marine prevention teams from Coast Guard Sector Miami and Marine Safety Detachment Lake Worth were dispatched to the Port of Palm Beach, where the barge is currently being unloaded.

  • Update on Shoaling South of Fernandina Beach, AICW Statute Miles 717 – 720

    Reports of shoaling south of Fernandina Beach have been coming in for several years and prompted a USCG Hazard Warning in May of last year ( Our thanks to geologist, Bill Aley, for sending these surveys to assist in guiding you through the shoals. See for further advice.

    And, thanks to Robert Sherer, we have the lat/lon locations of the turns indicated in the survey below with WP1 being the first heading south:

    Note corrections to WP 2 and 4 below, thanks to Mike. Note also that our chart centers on WP 4.

    Hi Larry,
    This posting is what prompted me to email Taylor Engineering asking for more detail, namely the waypoints for the route turns. I wanted his numbers rather than trying to interpolate from the chart. He was gracious enough to provide them. Perhaps we can nail this section of the ICW so it will never again cause agitation for boaters!

    30 39.815N
    81 28.6086W
    30 39.8595N
    81 29.07316W
    30 39.5961N
    81 29.1871W
    30 39.263N
    81 29.049W

    At the request of the Florida Inland Navigation District (FIND), I’d like to share the attached figure with you. The figure illustrates an area of shoaling in the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway within Nassau County, FL that is a potential navigation hazard.

    The PDF file depicts some very recent mapping that shows naturally deep water to the west and south of the currently marked channel in this area. Taylor Engineering is currently working with the FIND, US Army Corps of Engineers, and US Coast Guard to relocate the federal channel and corresponding red channel marker #18 and green channel marker #1 to direct navigation traffic towards the deeper waters.
    Bill Aley, P.G.
    Professional Geologist
    Taylor Engineering, Inc.
    10151 Deerwood Park Blvd.
    Bldg. 300, Suite 300
    Jacksonville, FL 32256
    Phone (904) 731-7040
    Direct (904) 256 -1313
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  • Still More on Crackdown on Dinghy Landings Access, Miami Beach, FL

    Our thanks to Mike Ahart of Waterway Guide for posting this information. Collins Canal runs northeast from Biscayne Bay near AICW Statute Mile 1088. This article was first posted in August of this year. Let us hear from you if you have experienced this enforcement./p>

    Miami Beach cracks down on dinghy access
    Date Reported: Aug 6, 2015
    Reported By: Mike Ahart, News Editor
    Source: WG Staff
    Miami Beach’s anchorages have a lot to offer to cruisers, including good holding, protection, and a beautiful view of Tow-Awaythe Miami skyline. Another benefit is the Collins Canal, which allows boaters dinghy access to the beach, stores, and restaurants – well, maybe not so much anymore.

    The City of Miami Beach passed an amendment to an ordinance which now makes it unlawful to tie a dinghy to the canal wall to visit the city. Signs were installed all along the public sections of seawall on May 15, 2015, according to Nannette Rodriguez of the Miami Beach City office. SeaTow has been removing “many boats,” according to a SeaTow representative, who also said that the city is strictly enforcing the 20-minute limit for the dinghy dock at the end of 17th Street.

    We had heard rumors of towing dinghies. I hadn’t seen any news so I called Seatow and the Miami marine patrol. Seatow said they are towing dinghies on orders from the police. There are signs posting this policy on the Collins canal and some sea walls.
    I spoke with the police and the policy is a result of the derelict boats. They are aware that it “may cause ” an inconvenience to the transient population. He reported some of the difficulties they have dealt with,most recently a 16 month old drowned after falling overboard. He said you can tie at the police dock for short periods. The sign says 20 minutes but also said they have some latitude with that number. He also said the dock at the old Publix can be utilized. That dock is problematic at low tide.
    The officer also said the whole situation is a moving target and recommended speaking with the marine patrol when we get there.
    Jim O’Shea

    December 8, 2015
    Well we finally made it to South Beach after being pinned down in West Pam Beach and Ft Lauderdale. I haven’t spoken to the police yet but after talking to a local liveaboard it seems that everything I posted earlier is still true.
    That is, there is some leniency at the police dock and the only “legal place “tot tie your dinghy is at the old Publix on the Collins Canal. It may sound inconvenient but it isn’t as bad as it may sound. The problem is people tying too close too the dock so you can disembark.. This isn’t that unusual so we can adapt. I went a bit further down the wall and walked the small ledge back to the dock. The water is quite high from all the rainfall so I can’t attest to low tide conditions.
    Another thing would be to have one dinghy take multiple boats in and then pick them up, If they have large loads they could come back and get their dinghy and get the mate and packages from a convenient spot.
    All in all it is not worth crossing South Beach off the itinerary.
    Jim O’Shea

    Click Here for the full article.

  • Good Stay at Seven Seas Marina and Boatyard, AICW Statute Mile 835

    Seven Seas Marina & Boatyard lies east-northeast of AICW marker #56, and just north of the Port Orange high-rise bridge. And Skipper Charleston is correct, their transient dockage rate is $1.10 for the first night and $1.20 per foot for succeeding nights.

    2nd time we have stayed here, same as the first. Cooperative staff. We have a 21 ft beam CAT so we were placed on the fuel dock which is fixed and with a good NE wind, we are rocking a bit. Their fenders are keeping us off the dock adequately. PUBLIX is about a mile, restaurant on site was OK. Nothing is fancy but everything is OK. I will stay here again.
    Price was $1.20 per foot, not the 0.90 listed here.
    Bill Charleston

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

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  • The Bad, then the Good from Hollywood Municipal Marina, AICW Statute Mile 1071.5

    Thank you Skipper Clueless for sending what amounts to a retraction to your earlier report. SSECN is glad to hear of the needed improvements to be made. Hollywood Municipal Marina lies south of AICW marker #40, on the southern shores of North Lake.

    I’ll start by saying, this is beyond “you get what you pay for!” Spend the money, and go somewhere else! When we made the reservation, we were told that they had 50 amp electric. NOT! We pulled in late (at dusk), and there was know one to answer the radio. I had called ahead, and was given our slip assignment. Once in the slip, we discovered that they only had 30 amp. We found the “security” guard that checked us in, and asked about moving to where they had 50 amp service. He laughed and said: “don’t know what to tell ya, except you won’t use much fuel to run your generator!” Since it was dark at this point, we had no choice than to stay in the slip, and run the generator for power. This place is ridiculous! They also would not take cash! LEGAL TENDER!! Had to use a credit card!! Also, had to fill out 3 pages of legal mumbo jumbo! They insisted on a copy of our insurance! All this, and NO POWER! Ugh! Never again.
    Still Clueless

    Happy Ending!

    I would like to add (or subtract) from my previous post:
    Since writing this review, I was contacted by the NEW dock master who explained and addressed each and everyone of my issues. Has also provided a full refund for the stay. This marina is in dire need of several upgrades, and he has assured me that everything addressed will be in the works (if not already) for updating and change. They will immediately start taking cash! I promised, I would return once I have heard of the changes. They are a very inexpensive marina, and in a wonderful location. If you want to give them a try, just ASK about power prior to booking 🙂
    Still Clueless

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

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  • Old Port Cove Marina Beckons, North Palm Beach, AICW Statute Mile 1014

    Old Port CoveA SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Old Port Cove is located on the western shore of the northern Lake Worth channel, near unlighted daybeacon #7.

    Thanks to our tropical weather, boating and beaching opportunities never end here in the Palm Beaches. Take advantage of these handy links and enjoy all that our local waters have to offer whether on or off your boat.

    da840ea7-a934-4070-98cb-32e1982797bcDive Palm Beach! What is an Artificial Reef? Palm Beach County has sunk 54 ships, about 105,000 tons of lime rock and about 77,000 tons of concrete to build about 100 reefs. Deep-water reefs several miles offshore are for certified divers, while snorkelers can see all kinds of sea life at underwater sheltered parks recently built at Phil Foster Park and Peanut Island. Artificial Reef Map


    9b886f44-5562-47aa-8e3a-d43508b4ebd0How did Peanut Island get it’s name? Learn more below and explore all things “Peanut.” Download the PDF at our link.

    The park is a favorite destination for boaters and provides numerous recreational opportunities for visitors. Fishing and snorkeling are popular activities in the beautiful clear waters that surround the island.



    Woman's Foot With Sun-shaped Sun Cream In The Tropical Beach Conceptual Image Of VacationAre your Kids or Grandkids visiting? Beaches and State Parks are a great way to spend the day if you’re not taking the boat out. Check the handy links including web cams.


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  • Good Words for Melbourne Harbor Marina, AICW Statute Mile 919

    The Melbourne Harbor Marina entrance channel cuts west, abeam of unlighted daybeacon #6, south of the Melbourne twin, high-rise bridges.

    This is a good marina, close to the great restaurants and good shops of downtown Melbourne.
    Jane and Michael Tigar

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

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  • Praise for Harbortown Marina, Fort Pierce, FL, AICW Statute Mile 965

    Harbortown Marina sits on the northern banks of Taylor Creek, which cuts into the Waterway’s western flank, south of unlighted daybeacon #184, just north of the Ft. Pierce Inlet.

    This marina is reasonably priced, clean and well managed. The staff is very friendly and always willing to help. The best part is they care. You can tell by how clean everything is. And if something is broken, they fix it!

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

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