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  • Report from Biscayne Point Anchorage, AICW Statute Mile 1082

    Biscayne Point Anchorage - Click for Chartview

    Biscayne Point Anchorage lies off the Miami Beach Channel, on the charted finger of deep water north of Biscayne Point and east/southeast of flashing daybeacon #2.

    Nice open anchorage. Stay true to the charts as the southern half is truly much deeper! We were the only boat anchored there. No actual dinghy dock that we could find but we dinghyed down the canals and tied up to a wall and walked into town :)

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Biscayne Point Anchorage

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

  • Update: “St. Augustine Cruisers Net”, VHF Channel 72, 0900 Daily

    Please note the time change and new Facebook address !

    Cruising News:
    Announcing the St Augustine Cruisers Net
    Start Date: Saturday, Oct 20, 2012 at 8:00am everyday on VHF Channel 72.
    Find us on
    The net will cover things such as:
    Welcoming new boats to the harbor/saying goodbye to departing vessels
    Announcements, events, and local happenings
    Questions and requests for assistance and problem solving
    Buy, sell, trade, and giveaway gear
    Weather and tides.
    So when you’re in the port of St Augustine, turn your VHF channel to 72 at 8:00 am each morning.
    Linda R. Allen

    Note the change in time. It’s now (as of January 2014) 0900 daily. Not 0800.

  • Not-so-good Words for Sunny Isles Causeway Bridge, AICW Statute Mile 1078

    Sunny Isles Causeway Bridge - Click for Chartview

    With a closed vertical clearance of 30ft, Sunny Isles Causeway Bridge crosses the AICW at Statute Mile 1078, south of marker #57.

    PUT A SYSTEM IN PLACE!  Too often do I see them open that bridge for boats who are not even close to needing the clearance. Non stop, whole day, every day of life this bridge is open. Considering the amount of construction and money being spent one would think that a wealthy city such as ours can come up with a reasonable system as to when the bridge will open. Get it together.
    Jonathan Bernard

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory Listing For Sunny Isles Causeway Bridge

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

  • Report from Lake Sylvia, AICW Statute Mile 1064.5, Fort Lauderdale, FL

    Lake Sylvia - Click for Chartview

    Lake Sylvia lies to the south, southeast of marker #13, itself just south of huge Bahia Mar Marina.

    Anchored here tonite. Lots of boats. Have not found anywhere to land dingy. Enter close to East shore for good water. 16ft where we dropped the hook. There is no shore access in the basin. Some say you can go up the canals to stores and a park? Good protection all around.
    Sonny Reeves

    Las Olas (1 sm N) has a dinghy landing and allows the use of their fine facilities for a small fee. Laundry especially spacious. Grocery, drugs, ATM and restaurants within easy walking distance.
    Canals heading west off Lake Sylvia lead to ICW and more restaurants on its west side. Watch your dinghy speed when entering ICW from canals — this is a serious, enforced, and ticketed speed and no wake zone.
    Chris and Janet

    We are anchored in Lake Sylvia and checked Las Olas [Fort Lauderdale] City Marina about landing our dinghy there. They said it costs $20 per day and you do not have use of any of the facilities! They also said a city mooring ball was $45 a day and then you could use the facilities. $45 for a mooring ball is $1500 a month which is absurd!!
    You can go west down the canal just north of the 17 street causeway bridge and land the dinghy at Southport bar and grille for $10 which is applied to any purchase at the restaurant. Also Coconut’s restaurant next to the Hall of Fame marina has a dinghy dock that you can use if you eat there.
    Rick Steinberg

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

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Fort Lauderdale City Anchorage

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

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Hall of Fame Marina

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

  • Good Review of Old Port Cove Marina, North Palm Beach, AICW Statute Mile 1014

    Old Port Cove Marina - Click for Chartview

    Old Port Cove is located on the western shore of the northern Lake Worth channel, near unlighted daybeacon #7.

    Hi Larry, Here is our review of Old Port Cove. NPalm Beach. Five Stars
    Easy in and out. No current in basin. The tall buildings cut the wind. Dock hand Kip came to us in a golf cart on the wide, clean slip free decks and fueled us up and guided us to one of the few vacant slips in this 200 slip marina. Many large yachts make this marina a home port inside the gated, guarded community. The finger piers are wide, with pump out near each slip. The deck cleats are large adjustable to accommodate any arrangement of ties. The facilities are first class, clean showers and laundry with 4 dryers/washers in the building with Captain’s lounge, fitness center and restrooms. The manager Mark greeted us in the office located inside the onsite restaurant. Mark had a bottle of wine delivered to our slip. Our fuel and slip were discounted for BoatUS to $1.42 @ Ft for our 40 ft trawler, $20.00 for 50 amp. and $4.35 a gal for diesel. The fare on Sunday was very good and reasonable in price. Wi Fi is free and we watched movies from netflix. Rode bike over to West Marine. We left Monday AM for Marathon. We will be back to stay at this safe, clean marina.
    Sonny Reeves

    Dear Capt. & Mrs. Reeves,
    The entire crew of Old Port Cove Marina would like to take this opportunity to say “Thank you!” for the review you posted here. We are all thrilled that you enjoyed your stay with us as well as our facilities and we look forward to your return.
    Have a great time in Marathon.
    Happy Cruising! See you soon.
    Sue Morgan, Marketing Director

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Old Port Cove Marina

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Old Port Cove Marina

  • Sunrise over Titusville, FL, AICW Statute Mile 879

    Titusville Waterfront - Click for Chartview

    451 Marina Rd., Titusville, FL 32796, Phone: 321-383-5600, Fax: 321-383-5602, Contact: Joe Stone General Manager, Hours: 8:00 am - 1:00 am, Groceries within walking distance  , Restaurants nearby  , 5 minutes from Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge  , 10 minutes from Canaveral National Seashore  , 20 minutes from Kennedy Space Center  , 1 hour from Orlando Attractions , The Titusville mooring field lies south of the Titusville harbor entrance channel leading to Titusville City Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    Captain Reeves’ homeport is Jekyll Harbor Marina, Jekyll Island, GA and he is currently enroute to sunny Marathon, FL. Lucky he!

    Here we are in The Office anchored just south of bridge at Titusville. Sunrise over Cape Canaveral space center.
    Stay Warm.
    Sonny Reeves

    The photo is so beautiful and a great reminder why I love living in Titusville, Florida:-) I have always said, “Titusville is the best secret in the state of Florida”:-)
    Thank you for sharing this beautiful photo:-)
    Jeanie Huppert

  • Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) Enforcement Officers Continue to Aggravate and Endanger Cruisers

    These three comments, originally posted on Cruisers’ Forum,, relate more of the heavy-handed tactics inflicted upon legitimate cruisers by Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) enforcement officers, similar to the recent problems in Boot Key Harbor in Marathon (see

    Florida Law Enforcement ie; FWC

    1/15/14 – While waiting on south side of Hallandale Beach Blvd. bridge on ICW in Broward County, Fl. I observed FWC officers holding posistion on north side of bridge in the channel for a good 15-20 minutes as I waited for an opening. They proceeded south and passed me port to port south of the draw. As I was navigating to go through the draw they approached my 32′ sailboat as if to tie up to me and ignored the shiny registration sticker posted on the bow as required and asked me if I had current registration. I said yes but you can see me on the other side of this bridge! Well they got their attitude on and said we dictate how this is gonna go! I said I am a vessel of limited manueverability and need to proceed! One of the three smarted off Are you moving? I replied yes and he said well keep moving! So they followed me through the draw and once on the north side they came alongside, tying thier boat to mine and proceeded to show me who is the boss. When I had to go into the cabin to retrieve my paperwork one of officers stepped on my binoculars coming aboard my boat like he was affraid I was getting a weapon to use to defend me and my vessel from their harrasment! So while seeing my vessel out of control with these yahoos alongside I had to back down to stay in the channel. Well they didn’t like that either! When they had enough goading me (was really angry and let em know it for putting me and my vessel in jeopardy) they finally untied their boat from mine but not before my boat touched bottom! I cursed those SOB’s like any proper sailor would and backed off the bottom into the channel an “steamed” on my way north bound. I called the Broward County main office and registered a complaint and actually recieved a call back from a Lt. supervisor who took my report. Now I know there are far more worse horror stories of abuse by these misguided souls but I am ex Coast Guard and tug captain now disabled and on a oxygen breathing tank… and really? WTF? What a state Florida (or this country even) has become since was a kid in “the hammocks” on the Matanzas River Peace be with us all.

    Unfortunately, this is just one more reason why, once I get the boat I’m buying out of Florida, we won’t ever be going back. Way too many horror stories about the FWC.

    Hey, I had an FWC officer caution me about me Tartan 33 throwing an excessive wake. Keep in mind, my aging T-33 has an original engine, so we never turn over 2500. When I asked if he was joking, I got “the stare”. Dropped her to 2300 rpm.

    I have a deep respect for all LEOs. But some seem to have suffered greatly from the closing of so many donut shops.

    IMPORANT update as of 1/17/14
    Frequent SSECN contributors, Captains Susan Landry and Chuck Baier, owners of Beach House Publications, publishers of “The Great Book of Anchorages,” ( have chimed in with a strong note sent to Mike Troelstrup, FWC Inspector General. Both Chuck and Susan’s original message and Mr. Troelstrup’s reply appear below:

    Mr. Troelstrup, I have to wonder if you or anyone at the FWC has an idea as to how negative the actions of some FWC Officers are being viewed by the public. With the advent of the internet, missteps and abuse by your Officers quickly spread through out the country at lightning speed. I would suggest you give a close look at these two reports found on Claiborne Young’s website Cruiser’s Net. These reports are now also found on several other boating websites. The reports can be viewed here, and here,
    Cruiser’s Net is a very popular website visited by virtually millions of boaters each year. The common response to these kinds of reports are that Florida appears to be a boater unfriendly state and that many boaters will take their boats and the dollars they might have spent elsewhere. I can’t imagine that any state that so depends on tourism would want to perpetuate this kind of image. Perhaps someone could look int these practices and consider additional training for your on the water Officers. Sincerely,
    Chuck Baier

    Mr. Baier,
    I am very appreciative of your email. I was unaware of this website and now have it bookmarked. I will also pass this on to my Director of Investigations, Amy Schmidt.
    In response to Boot Key, we are aware of all the concerns and are monitoring this closely. It is my understanding that the regional office is trying to resolve these concerns which I fully support as the first step. We will follow-up on the status of this situation.
    Thank you again for the information and always feel free to contact me with questions or concerns.
    Mike Troelstrup
    FWC Inspector General
    620 S. Meridian St
    Tallahassee, Fl

    This addendum just received this morning, 1/18/14, from Captain Chuck Baier:

    There is a contact for reporting abuse or complaints against an FWC Officer The email contact is Mike Troelstrup, Inspector General at . I would urge anyone that considers an interaction from any FWC Officer less than professional, to report the incident.

    And, fellow nautical author, Captain Wally Moran, has sent this e-mail to the FWC Inspector General, and copies the SSECN:

    Dear Sir:
    I have just read a letter to you from Chuck Baier that was published in the Salty Southeast Cruisers Net, plus your reply to same ( I have also read there, and elsewhere, of the problems in Marathon.
    I want you to realize that I, and other boating journalists, are watching this situation closely. If situations such as this are not dealt with properly and the bully tactics of your officers are not restrained, you can expect to start seeing articles both online and in print about the behaviour of your officers.
    As the son of a lifetime LEO, I regret having to even say these things to you. It should never be necessary.
    W. Moran

    And, reaction from the cruising community:

    Having made two cruises to Florida, I will probably not return. I cannot see why so many go there, when Florida seems to be doing everything it can to be hostile to cruisers.
    Norman Mason
    Norfolk, VA

    It seems that we, the cruising community, are seen as non conformists whose attitudes about freedom and autonomy are dangerous to the post 9/11 security folk. Well, too bad. We are who and what we are, and we will not put up with a police state on the water.
    Rick Cass

    I have had to meetings with the above. one at fort jefferson which was very nice, and another in pelican bay in charlotte harbour which reminded me of the gestapo
    nick chavasse. sv war depart.

    Claiborne, There is a contact for reporting abuse or complaints against an FWC Officer The email contact is Mike Troelstrup, Inspector General at . I would urge anyone that considers an interaction from any FWC Officer less than professional, to report the incident.
    Chuck Baier

    As an interesting contrast; on our last cruise through Florida in April, we were boarded at 04:00 (while underway) by the USCG for a random safety inspection. The inspection team was thorough, polite and efficient. They treated all aboard with respect, went through the boat and the paperwork, and handled the boarding and disembark process like the pros they were. Role models for the FFWC team.
    John Martis

    If the FWC and indeed any other Government authority concerned about the health, safety and enjoyment of it’s citizens and visitors what we would be reading in these instances, is “welcome to our wonderful waterways” and then links to various sites which explain things to do and where help is available. That is what I believed we paid taxes for, if these agencies are doing the opposite then they should be re worked or disbanded.
    It appears to me that Government has now been given blanket authority to dictate our actions according to their wishes, in other word, Government by Government not by the people. If I am wrong I would like to see the proof.
    Dennis McMurtry

    Have read about the FWC harassment of boaters in Florida. I do not think that writing the agency head will make any difference in the behavior of the officers.
    So, I wrote the Governor. As a life-long Florida resident, maybe my words will hold some impact. There is an election coming up.
    Will let you know if I get a response that address the concern, or whether only a canned response it given.

    Here is the content of  Glen’s letter to Governor Scott:

    Governor Scott,
    I am a native Floridian who is becoming increasingly embarrassed about the way the State of Florida treats my friends who come to Florida to visit.
    We have cruised on our boat through over 20 states and Canada. We have been welcomed in every place we have visited by government agencies and people who live along the water or who choose to travel on the water. Contacts with these people have created lasting friendships and an easy acceptance into the close-knit community of boaters.
    Florida’s image has suffered in recent years over the way local law enforcement has interacted in often negative ways with cruising boaters over enforcement of anchoring ordinances. For years, these ordinances were in violation of state law. A Florida resident boater felt it necessary to violate a local ordinance, subject himself to arrest, and spend months going through the court process to have the state courts tell the local governments what the state agencies should have, and could have easily, done themselves – the local anchoring ordinances were not legal. This long process has given Florida a negative image for years.
    Now, an agency of the State of Florida is harassing people who choose to visit the state by boat. These cruising boaters often come to Florida for months, spending their money in Florida communities as they travel our coasts. They support a large marine industry, important to the economy of Florida. To harass these visitors through the improper actions of a state law enforcement agency will negatively affect Florida’s tourism and economy.
    The officers of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission have been harassing cruising boaters in many areas of the state. Those on the water want to be good citizens, following appropriate procedures and treating the waterways in responsible manner. After all, this is their home and they want to protect it and travel in ways respectful to others. They expect to encounter law enforcement offers along the water who have the responsibility of enforcing local and state laws. They don’t expect to be treated with disrespect and actually be endangered in their navigation by these agents of the state.
    The internet has improved communications greatly. Below are links to some statements by cruising boaters describing the harassment they have experienced. This is only one site of many who have been reporting about the improper actions of Florida law enforcement.
    Governor Scott, you have pledged to improve the economy of the State of Florida. The actions of the FWC are having a negative effect.
    Glen Moore

    Here is the Governor’s response to Glen’s letter:
    The response from the Governor’s Office is below. Not an answer, only an acknowledgement of receipt.
    Glen Moore
    Governor Rick Scott
    11:34 AM (50 minutes ago) to me, Sunburst
    Thank you for contacting Governor Rick Scott regarding your concerns  regarding the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The Governor appreciates your concerns and asked that I respond on his behalf.
    Governor Scott wants to know how people feel about the many critical issues we face. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is the agency with the primary responsibility of managing fish and wildlife
    resources for their long-term well-being.
    To ensure they are aware of your concerns, I forwarded a copy of your email to the Commission for their review. If you wish to contact them directly, contact information is provided below.
    Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
    620 South Meridian Street
    Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1600
    (850) 488-4676
    Thank you again for taking the time to contact Governor Scott.
    Kelly Pacchioli
    Office of Citizen Services
    Executive Office of the Governor

  • Web Cams Up and Running in Flagler County, FL, AICW Between St. Augustine and Daytona Beach

    Flagler County, south of St. Augustine, and north of Daytona Beach, now boasts eight live webcams along the Waterway as it flows flows through this county. These sites also include current weather conditions.
    To view these sites go to:

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

  • Recommended Anchor Spot North of St. Johns River, AICW Statute Mile 739.5

    Sisters Creek Anchorage - Click for Chartview

    Captain Reeves’ recommended anchorage lies on the east side of Sisters Creek just north of the Waterway’s intersection with the St. Johns River and north of the Sisters Creek Bridge on Heckscher Blvd.
    There are two parks on the west bank of Sisters Creek, one is the Joe Carlucci Sisters Creek Park and Boat Ramp on the south side of the bridge and the second park, on the north side of the bridge, is the Jim King Park and Boat Ramp, the newest, and still under development, Jacksonville City Park.
    Nice place to anchor for the night. 30 23 719 N 081 27 406 W
    if you are going South on ICW go to port 100 yards past marker G85 10-11 ft of water at low tide. Open to North. Look for flagpole at park across the way and stay out of channel, 100 yards off eastern shore for a good spot. Park is said to have water and pumpout?
    Public park is just across the ICW with a place to dock, Daytime only! and walk your pets. We did not explore past a short walk. Bridge is just to the south. Holding is good. Current is fast. We had no problems. Note FWC was ticketing the boats that were not obeying the no wake/minimum wake zone.
    This morning we discovered that a free face dock is also at this park. Just opposite of the G85 marker is a creek with a dock and walkway, childrens play area and restrooms. The free dock is posted for 72 hours and has water, but no electricity. This is a Jacksonville City Park. We did not see any shopping.
    Sonny Reeves

    Pic of this AM sunrise attached:

    Sunrise over Sisters Creek

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

  • Another Entry in the “Best Margarita in St. Augustine Study”

    Back on 12/16/13, we published a really “fun” article about how members of the St. Augustine Cruisers’ Net Facebook group (, were searching for the best margarita in St. Augustine (see At that time, it look as if Hurricane Patty’s restaurant, at River’s Edge Marina (69 Lewis Blvd, 904-827-1822) was the winner. However, in the never ending, “arduous” task of finding the best of these Mexican concoctions in historic St. Augustine, we have another entry. Looks MARVELLOUS.
    I’m going to be in St. Augustine next week, and will do my very best to give a personal report. Again, such onerous duty!!!

    Annnnd… We may have a winner, but disqualified for a technicality. You need a car to visit Rachel’s excellent suggestion. The research must go on. — at La Cocina Mexican Restaurant [290 Us Highway 1 S Ste D, 904-794-1610).
    Dan N Jaye

  • Good Words for Soverel Marina, Palm Beach Gardens, FL AICW Statute Mile 1013

    Soverel Marina - Click for Chartview

    Just north of the PGA Bridge, Soverel Marina is located at 2401 PGA Blvd, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410, 561-691-9554. Soverel Marina shares the same address on Soverel Harbor, but should not be confused with, PGA Marina,

    Look at Soverel Marina in Palm Beach Gardens. Very protected, gated, easy walking to restaurants, shops, Enterprise. I have a friend who has a 50′ vacant slip there.
    -Mike ‘One September’

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

  • Good Words for Boathouse Marina, St. Johns River, Palatka, FL

    Boathouse Marina - Click for Chartview

    Boathouse Marina overlooks the shores of the St. Johns River west-southwest of Palatka City Marina and marker #1. Cruisers docking here are within walking easy distance of the shops and restaurants in downtown Palatka

    Hi everybody. We, “Carol Anne”, have been at The Boathouse marina for about 2 weeks and are planning on spending a couple of months here just relaxing. This place is very nice (heated pool) and quiet. While it is a $5 cab ride
    from Publix, there is a Walgreens and fish market nearby. This place used to have more Looper boats in the past and I know of only 1 more coming in. The docks are in great shape and there are still some slips available.
    Bob & Loretta McKane. “Carol Anne”

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

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

  • Kudos to J.T. at Halden Marine Service! Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood/Miami, FL

    It is this kind of service that turns a bad time unto a positive experience! Halden Marine Service is located at 1019 N 32nd Avenue, Hollywood, FL 33021, Phone: (954) 964-8136.

    My wife and I waited for arrival in Key Biscayne to unpickle our Spectra Watermaker in preparation for cruising in the Bahamas. When powered up, we discovered the pump head needed replacement. This was Christmas week, and our weather window for making the Gulf Stream crossing was fast approaching and not expected to last very long. I called J.T., who not only ordered the part I needed express, but then delivered them at no cost to me on December 27th from his Hollywood, FL shop to No Name Harbor on Key Biscayne. I replaced the pump myself. Despite this, J.T. only charged me his cost for the parts, and provided me lots of advice. GREAT SERVICE and great, trustworthy guy. Highly recommend him. George on SV Tara.

    We do not know of anyone who can beat JT in service. The Spectra watermaker is great and his service is first class! He always answers his emails and phone. I’m sure some of my questions makes him shake his head but there has never been a time when we weren’t 100% satisfied!! Go Halden Marine Service!
    Dick and Anne Anderson

  • FWC (Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission) Proposes Three Year Extension of the Pilot Mooring Field Program

    Just before Christmas, we received a telephone call from a fellow cruiser, reporting that the FWC (Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission) was going to propose a three year extension of the Florida Pilot Mooring Field Program. There was not time to verify this data before the Holiday, but then, over Christmas, Captain Michael Connelly forwarded the “Florida Keysnoter” ( story below (see red text), which confirms the FWC’s action.
    The entire issue of Florida anchoring rights and Florida mooring fields has become a fast moving, and much discussed issue here on the SSECN. First, we presented a very frank discussion about the desirability of having mooring fields at all (see, and then comes the bombshell that ALL Florida anchoring and mooring field regulations are being challenged in US Federal court (see! Now, here comes the FWC proposing a three year extension of the Pilot Program.
    It’s becoming a full time job just to keep up with this dynamic situation. The Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net promises to do all in our power to keep the cruising community fully informed on all the latest developments in the struggle for Florida anchoring rights. HOWEVER, we need the help of fellow cruisers, like yourself and Captain Connelly. WHENEVER YOU GET WIND OF ANY LATE BREAKING DEVELOPMENTS, PLEASE SHOOT THAT INFO TO THE SSECN AT THE EARLIEST POSSIBLE MOMENT!

    New managed anchoring areas in the Florida Keys could have a short life span.
    A statewide pilot program that allowed creation of the new areas expires in July unless the Florida Legislature acts this spring.
    In October 2012, Monroe County commissioners gave final approval to the managed anchoring zones, or narrow no-anchoring buffer zones around existing mooring fields, in Marathon’s Boot Key Harbor, and in Lower Keys waters of Boca Chica Basin, Key West Harbor and Cow Key Channel.
    Over the past year, the areas went into effect as boundaries were marked by signs, and informational brochures were distributed to boaters and local marinas. A system of providing free but mandatory sewage pumpouts once a month was instituted.
    “Things are in place and going well,” Rich Jones, Monroe County’s senior administrator of Marine Resources, said this week.
    “We have not had a lot of feedback” from boaters using the areas, Jones said, “other than everybody likes the free pumpouts.”
    Information on how many boats are using the managed areas was not available at press time.
    The Legislature passed the 2009 law allowing the pilot program in five specific areas, including the Keys. The legislation specifies that the special rules will sunset on July 1 unless extended.
    It took time for local jurisdictions to craft their plans and rules, then have them approved by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Monroe County’s pilot program also needed the endorsement of city officials in Marathon and Key West.
    A slate of requests from the FWC board to state legislators for this spring’s session is expected to include a recommendation that the pilot anchoring program be extended until 2017.
    The Keys zones primarily were created to eliminate the illegal dumping of sewage from anchored boats, and identify boats at risk of sinking and becoming derelict.
    “Florida Keys waters have historically been used for living aboard and storage of vessels at anchor,” says the county’s managed-area information. “The water-related Keys lifestyle is a traditional part of the Keys culture. However, in recent years irresponsible boating practices, associated with proliferation of unmanaged anchorages, have created environmental impacts that have become a growing public concern.”
    As it stands, the Monroe County anchorages would remain if the Florida Legislature extends the pilot program. However, Monroe County commissioners could end the local program on their own by changing the local law creating them.

    As of 1/6/14, the “Keynoter” has published a follow-up story on this issue at:

    It’s WELL WORTH READING. PLEASE follow the link above!

    I view FWC’s latest announcement as a positive move. The state of Florida is continuing to hold municipalities accountable until a formal process for establishing anchorages and mooring fields is put in place. By doing this FWC (the state of Florida) prevents the Wild West of anchoring rules which are dreamed up by any town, county or city who wishes to displace or control boaters. If ultimately there is a permanent Florida state statute which has similar checks and balances in place as the current temporary statute, I believe the boating public at large will be equally well served.
    Philip Johnson

    Anyone who thinks the FWC has nothing better to do than harass local live a boards, has no idea of what’s going on. Every thing they are trying to enforce only promotes the conservation of our beautiful community. Follow the rules when you are in our backyard and you will find the harassment non existent.
    Today alone between noon and two o’clock FWC resecued a lost diver, responded to a reported square grouper, and investigated a migrant insertion vessel off of boot key.
    Joe Bauman

    I’m sorry to say, but I know of some experienced cruisers that are staying away from these communities with managed mooring fields and anti-anchoring regulations. The derelicts have not gone away, just moved elsewhere. So the only people impacted by these laws are the responsible transient boaters like myself who prefer to use our thousands of dollars of anchoring gear for something other than bow jewelry. And, these communities that think they will now reap the rewards of forcing boaters to pick up pay moorings are paying for all this with their taxes as the fees do not cover the costs of building, running, and maintaining the fields.
    John Kettlewell

  • Water Can Be Costly At Melbourne Harbor Marine (Statute Mile 919)

     Now, here is an INTERESTING post from Captain Bill which recently appeared on the Cruisers’ Forum (, about the cost of filling one’s fresh water tank, IF you are anchored off, and come in to fuel and take on water at Melbourne Harbor Marina. This facility’s entrance channel cuts west, abeam of AICW marker #6, south of the Melbourne twin, high-rise bridges.
    Bill’s criticism of the cost of fresh water at Melbourne Harbor Marine fostered quite a discussion on the Cruisers’ Forum (see Some thought the marina’s charges were justifed, others took a different point of view. The Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net takes no editorial position on this question of cost, but we do think this is information that needs to be known in the cruising community!

    I had an interesting first today. I went into the Melbourne Harbor Marina in Melbourne Florida for a pumpout, some water, and to dump some trash. I visit Melbourne every year for the month of December visiting relatives before continuing on to the Bahamas. In the past I have used the MHM because I have found it to be a friendly and easy place to and get a pumpout and water. In the past what I have done get two pumpout and two water fills during December while anchored out. Melbourne does not have a lot of marina options for Catamarans. Melbourne Harbor Marina cannot accommodate a Catamaran at all. When I’m ready to leave I have always filled my fuel tanks at MHM before heading south and that visit was well over $$300. In the past the pumpout was $10 and water and trash was free. The first time I was in this year the pumpout was still $10 and water and trash was $5. This was perfectly reasonable in my opinion. Water and trash service are not free to the marina and a reasonable charge is not a problem. Today when I went in there The pumpout was still $10 but he asked how much water I needed and I said 80 gallons. Which he said would be $20. I asked him why it was up from $5 only 10 days ago. He said it is what it is. When I pointed out I paid less than this for RO water in the bahamas he went off on a rant about “anchor outs” wanting all these services for free. I asked for absolutely nothing for free. In the Bahamas it costs quite a bit to make RO water from sea water so $.25 a gallon is reasonable. This guy pays .00433 cents a gallon for city water so 80 gallons cost him 32 cents. Five dollars for 32 cents worth of water is a pretty good profit in my opinion even if one includes the capital cost of running a pipe to the end of the dock. He pays a flat rate for a trash dumpster. A bag of trash does not change what he pays so anything he charges is money in his pocket. The city requires that he have the dumpster even if it’s not used.
    Before I retired there was an old business rule about never being rude or nasty to a small customer because you never knew when they might become a big customer or how many big customers he had as friends. Today I was a small customer. The guy I dealt with identified himself as the owner. Needless to say I’ll find some where else to fill my tanks. Maybe $300-$400 worth of diesel is not worth his time, so be it. I don’t know why business owners act like this, do they think cruisers don’t talk to other cruisers? This was the first time I had ever been treated so rudely by a Marina. I might not have been so offended if he did not go off on me for not buying a service he didn’t offer (dockage for my Cat).
    Captain Bill

    Suggest y’all stop at Telemar Bay Marina just North of the Eau Galle bridge and Dragon Point. Very friendly! Plenty of room for cats even 42v footers.
    Russ Davignon

    Telemar Marina guards the Banana River’s easterly banks, just north of the Eau Gallie fixed bridge and Dragon Point.

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  • Late Fall, 2013 Report on St. Augustine Inlet Conditions

    This welcome report comes to us from a member of the St. Augustine Cruisers’ Net’s Facebook page/group ( Just remember, conditions on this seaward cut can change FAST, so take Captain Gundlach’s advice with an eye to changes that may have occurred since his passage.

    We came in two months ago, in fairly stiff NE breeze and seas, with an ESE swell. It was difficult to find the second red – and we turned around to start over and have a closer look – but of no issue, other than the green water over our bow on the reverse out, once we’d found the second red.
    I came through again a week ago, and the third red had been shifted right (north). Finding the second buoy was again a challenge, but once we had it, it was easy.
    TowBoatUS advice, which I verified was the same on the second instance, was to favor the reds on the way in until the turn (into the ICW), and we never had any issues with depth (ours 7′, second one 6′).
    Overnight was pretty calm, and what there was came from westerly components, which had been the case all day. From that I deduce that it should be pretty calm, despite the calls for high winds offshore.
    Current offshore (40 miles) buoy shows NNW 19G23 with waves same direction 5.9/5seconds. However, early (4AM or so) wind was either calm or under 5N, and now 5-10NNW, near inshore. I’ll be checking with TBUS for a final assessment, but I’m expecting the exit to be benign.
    I’ll post again when I arrive as to what I found, but I trust that the coastal waters are relatively calm, which will make our ride a glorious broad reach.
    Skip Gundlach

    And, a later report from Captain Gundlach, as of December, 2013

    Yes, it was fine. No problems. We had interesting rollers from the north, but no event or difficulty even for smaller boats would be my assessment.
    There’s a slight dogleg to the right on the way out but it’s clearly marked. Favor north if you’re nervous; it’s a bit deeper than the greens at not less than 13 (greens) at low tide.
    The only conditions I’d be nervous about, if you’re rigid about staying between the buoys, would be the sea state.
    So, for my money, avoid rage conditions, favor red, and do it in broad daylight; you’ll be fine.
    Skip Gundlach

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  • 7-Eleven Opens Near Fort Pierce City Marina, AICW Statute Mile 966.5

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     Fort Pierce City Marina 1 Avenue A, Ft. Pierce, FL 34950 Toll Free (800) 619-1780 (772) 464-1245 Facsimile (772) 464-2589The 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.
    In case you aren’t familiar with them, 7-Eleven is a national chain of convenience stores that attempt to provide most of life’s necessities – like ice cream! – and a wide variety of goods. Having a 7-Eleven within walking distance of the City Marina is a real plus for Ft. Pierce. For more information, go to

    7/11 Food Store is now open! One block from the Marina! The 7/11 is open 24 hours, so when you get that craving for an ice cream, or late night sandwich you now have somewhere to go without having to jump in your car or call a taxi.
    Anne Maurer
    Fort Pierce City Marina

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  • More Good Words for Cooley’s Landing, New River, Fort Lauderdale, FL

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    Cooley’s Landing is one of three City of Fort Lauderdale owned and managed dockage facilities. Cooley’s Landing is the most upstream (on New River) of these three facilities. A host of restaurants and shopping are within easy walking distance as Captain Fran attests!

    Spent a week at Cooley’s Landing part of the Fort Lauderdale City Dock system and found that the friendly service and careful advice provided by Matt just added to our overall enjoyment. Our slip was near the 7th Ave bridge, which provides a steady passage of beautiful yachts for those days when you just want to watch the water.
    The laundry is newer and works well and the showers are clean and neat. Can’t ask for more and we expected much less at their value added price.
    A short walk on the very pleasant SW Riverwalk brings you to the shopping district on Las Olas.

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  • Florida Pilot Mooring Fields Program Being Challenged in US Federal Court

    Port of Call, St. Augustine This story is potentially one of the most important ever published on the Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net in regards to anchoring on Floridian waters. It has the potential to change EVERYTHING! That may not happen, but there is some reason to believe it might.
    This news begins with a challenge in US Federal court to St. Augustine, Florida’s anchoring and mooring policies, as set forth under the Florida Pilot Mooring Field Program. However, this entire matter actually goes far deeper than a challenge to the Mooring Fields Program. In fact, it is a challenge to the rights of any state, county or local government to regulate anchorage on “navigable waters” in any way, shape or form. As I understand Captain MacDougall’s argument, only the US Federal government has this authority, and this right is guaranteed by Federal law and at least hinted at in the US Constitution!
    Going back to the 1990’s, and the old, now long defunct, “Coalition of Concerned Boaters,” many have said, including attorneys within this old group, that the real key was to challenge ALL Florida state and local anchorage regulations in Federal court. The problem was that no-one has had both the will and/or financial resources to undertake such a challenge, AT LEAST UNTIL NOW!
    All that has changed, with the Federal suit brought against the city of St. Augustine by Captain Michael “Wolfy” MacDougall. By following the link below to a well written story in the “St. Augustine Record,” you can find out much, much more about this still unfolding drama.
    And, before giving you this link, let me just note that one of the SSECN’s newest SPONSORS, Port of Call, St. Augustine ( is also heavily involved in trying to have all Florida anchoring regulations negated via Federal authority. You can read more from Port of Call St. Augustine concerning this issue at:

    And, to peruse the HIGHLY RECOMMENDED article in the “St. Augustine Record,” please follow this link:

    As we’ve said above, this is VERY INTERESTING news, no matter which side of the Florida anchoring rights debate you occupy. We would like to hear what YOU, the members of the cruising community, think about this US Federal court case. Please make use of the “Comment on This Posting/Marina/Anchorage/Bridge” link below, or send e-mail directly to

    I’d like to remark on this article, since I was quoted in it and now having read it and the comments accompanying it, can add the following:
    Had the Pilot Program’s actual intent been as stated, a lot more cruisers such as myself would have supported it. However, its clear intention was to move boaters from areas where they have historically anchored if such activity bothered wealthy homeowners.
    Another of its unspoken goals was to generate income where none was before, by ‘monetizing’ the act of anchoring. Unfortunately, and this can be born out by the experiences of the largest mooring field in Florida, Marathon, anchoring fields do not pay – they cost the municipality. That has been a long established fact. Marathon has sunk hundreds of thousands of dollars into its mooring field, all taxpayer – not boater – funded.
    But the main goal for most municipalities was to get rid of their derelicts – people with drug and substance abuse problems, mental issues, or simply poverty. Such lovely folks you are – instead of choosing to help these folks, who truly need it, you just shoo them on to the next jurisdiction. Proud of yourselves I trust?
    However, you’ve also lumped myself and thousands of other cruisers in with your social welfare problem, by laying the same rules on us. The fact is, even the FWC noted that the real problem with derelicts was as I’ve just noted – poverty, substance abuse, etc.
    I’m so sorry that so many people in Florida cannot see the difference.
    Wally Moran

    I sailed in the Navy then the Merchant Marine for over 30 yrs. I learn 2 to sail a sailboat! Now that so much attention has come to our sport and lifestyle because of a small percentage of nasty kooks, I am at a loss as to how I’m supposed to perceive myself! Thanks Capt Wally, we will be seeing you around!Merry Christmas!
    Captain Jerry Robbins

    I agree with all above and would like to add that the Fwcs list of goals for their pilot program includes “Promote Public access to waters of the state” so how does limiting anchoring in some areas do this, it seems contradictory. I am sorry but derelict boats will always be a problem in our society. Just because someone abandons or wrecks a car on the side of the road or throw trash we do not prohibit cars from driving on the road do we. Our waterways need the Fwc to start looking at the real dangers to the Waterways of this state, pollution from agriculture including golf courses. We need to regulate runoff from land based sources. I have already spent close to 1000 dollars retrofitting my small sailboat for a legal holding tank system while I sit in my townhome in Broward County and watch all the chemicals sprayed on the golf course behind me end up draining into a canal that goes out to sea. Wake up Fwc and start doing something about this.
    Dave C

    Thank you Captain Wolfey. I will be sending a donation for your court costs and encourage others to do so. There are laws to deal with derelict vessels and the money is there. Its just a matter of priorities. I feel its really scary when the people who are supposed to be enforcing laws are involved this deeply in creating the legislation,ie.. FWC especially when theyre breaking higher laws. Who are the real criminals?
    Steve Roth

    Compliments of the Season to you also Claiborne.
    All these regulations we cruising people have to put up with are mainly on behalf of marinas trying to fill their slips in a poor economy – and towns trying to get income to augment their budgets. The net result is a far lower number of cruising boats on the water than was the case some 6 years ago.
    Many owners are trying to sell their boats – though only if prepared to accept low offers. Others have decided best not to cruise and save the money for whatever else might be coming down the pike. And still others are sick and tired of being boarded by all kinds of agencies trying to find a reason to give us a ticket. The irony is that many marinas today are finding it hard to make a living let alone a profit. They should be REDUCING their prices not increasing .
    Glad you have added charts etc for the St Johns River. You might recall that I am the person who first built Green Cove Springs Marina – which I sold out my ownership some 20 odd years ago under precisely similar conditions – that is a Recession which always badly hits anything to do with boats. We also had to deal with Environmental Agencies which at times was a nightmare.
    Now that too is much worse – very difficult for a marina to expand or even make improvements – always some official from some agency holding up approval etc.
    Oh well – we are possibly a dying breed – at least until the American economy improves.
    Best wishes to you

    If you would like to donate $100 or more to this legal fight and get full credit of $100 toward a Vacation in the Tropical Florida Keys, that includes a cottage and a 22′ sailboat send a check to Key Lime sailing club & Cottages 101425 Overseas HWY #922 Key Largo Florida 33037 and in the memo put Anchoring Rights Fight. I will forward the funds raised and credit each Person back $100 to a future stay at Key Lime Sailing club & Cottages. Note: Credit is Limited to $100 but Please send more if you can. Lets keep our waters Free for us to “Roam about”.
    Paul, Key Lime Sailing Club

    It is a shame that the promoters of this anti-anchoring law ignore the actual words written into the law that say it must promote access to the waters of the state. Outlawing people from anchoring in places they have always anchored does not promote access. And, as Wally points out, the derelicts have not disappeared–just been forced elsewhere, which in some cases I suspect is ashore in the same community but now sleeping on park benches and in shelters. And too it is interesting how certain well-connected political interests have benefited from the injection of public tax dollars to create mooring facilities that then create private profits. The cost of installing a Florida mooring field is many times what it costs in other parts of the country, and then the revenues almost never cover the long-term costs. The taxpayer pays again. Meanwhile, cruisers head elsewhere.
    John Kettlewell

  • Watch for Crab Pot Buoys South of St. Augustine, AICW Statute Mile 778

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    While Captain Lee doesn’t specify a particular stretch of the Waterway, his admonition to keep a sharp lookout for crab pot buoys is a good one to heed, as all you cruisers from the Chesapeake will verify! From St. Augustine Cruisers Net,
    Just a reminder to anyone cruising south of St Augustine on the ICW. The locals have been putting crab pots out in the channel. Be careful you don’t foul a prop.
    Stan Lee

    Call FWC and have them removed. Pots in the marked channel are illegal state wide.
    Dave Bell

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