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  • Reeves Reports: Acosta Creek Marina, St. Johns River, Satsuma, FL

    Acosta Creek Marina lies on the east side of the St. Johns River between markers #41 and 42A, south of Seminole Grove, FL. New owners, Bob and Jane Simons have made many improvements and we wish them the very best with all their plans. Skipper Reeves continues his exploration of the St. Johns River.

    Great stop on the river. Good people, nice small laundry. Good people on the docks. Beware of current! and the wakes of idiots that fly by. We enjoyed our short stay . The dog walk and trails are nice but watch for snakes. Nearby creeks are great for bass fishing and exploring. The boatyard services are nice and we saw some quality work being done. Old Florida laid back with some amenities, Pool and Wifi, Ship’s Store. A few miles to shopping center. Will need car!
    Sonny Reeves

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

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  • Reeves Reports: Georgetown Marina and Lodge, Lake George, St. Johns River

    Georgetown Marina and Lodge lies north of marker #72, a short hop north of the St. Johns River’s northerly intersection with Lake George. Our thanks to Skipper Reeves for this report and photos.

    Good stop on the river at North end of Lake George. Great people and fuel prices. Limited supplies. This is a fishing marina set up for fishermen and small boats. Large boats will be in slips out side and open to wakes, weather and boat traffic to the South. A good place to explore Salt Run Spring and to enjoy the fishing. Good laundry service. You can see no where from here and if you do not have a car very little is close. Old Florida style marina with southern hospitality.
    Sonny Reeves

    Georgetown Marina exposed to wakes from speeding fishermen.

    Georgetown Marina is nice people and good fuel prices. Lots of fishing boats.

    Georgetown Marina, You can see nowhere from here and visit Salt Run Spring

     

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  • Florida Fall Boat Shows and Events

    Looking ahead to the Fall, here is a list of shows and events from Boat Show Inc of interest to the southern cruiser.


     

     

     

     

    South Florida Fall Boat Show 2015 Set to Make Wake West Palm Beach FL 9/12/2015
    7th Annual Florida Nautical Flea Market and Seafood Festival West Palm FL 9/12/2015
    Palm Beach Seafood Festival 2015 West Palm Beach FL 9/12/2015
    Tampa Bay Boat Show Tampa FL 9/18/2015
    East Coast Boat Show Port Canaveral FL 10/9/2015
    Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing University Keys Tavernier FL 11/13/2015
    Kids Fishing Clinic Naples FL 11/14/2015
    Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade North Palm Beach FL 12/5/2015
    Christmas Boat Parade on Naples Bay Naples FL 12/12/2015
    Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade Fort Lauderdale FL 12/12/2015

    CLICK HERE for more events and shows from Boat Shows Inc.

  • Unhappy Stay at Telemar Bay Marina, AICW Statute Mile 914

    The moral of these boaters’ experience is GET IT IN WRITING! Telemar Bay Marina guards the Banana River’s easterly banks, just north of the Eau Gallie fixed bridge and Dragon Point.

    My husband and I rented a month to month slip for our boat at Telemar Bay Marina for 3 months during the period of November, December 2014 and January 2015. I had communicated with the manager Karen of Telemar Bay Marina many times by email and phone before we arrived indicating to her what we were looking for during our 3 month stay and she explained their rules and we were told that if we did not stay on the boat more than three days at a time we would not be considered live-aboards and would NOT be charged the additional fees. The Marina was very willing to rent us a slip for month to month and required a deposit.

    We returned to the boat 3 or 4 times and never stayed over the 3 day limit. We always followed all the rules of the Marina even though the staff changed them verbally each time we came to check on our boat and stay overnight. We were never given written rules. We always checked in at the office each time we arrived to stay overnight. We were told that the owner was watching all activities at the marina by camera and from his condo across the street from the Marina. We were fully aware that we were being watched and had no issue with that as we were following all the rules that we were given.

    We checked out with the Marina manager Karen on our departure and was told everything was good and they would mail us our deposit.

    After we left in January 2015 we called numerous times inquiring about our deposit. We were told over and over it would be returned soon, or our deposit refund was in the mail.

    After more than 3 months and many phone calls, we were told that they were keeping our deposit because we were LIVE-ABOARDS. The reason they determined we were live-aboards was because THEY gave us a bathroom key when we first arrived. This was not the case because when we left after setting up the boat at the marina and then we returned we checked in at the office and they took the bathroom keys back. When I contacted the marina before we arrived I was told we could use the bathroom during business hours. Later that changed and we were told we should use the head on our boat, and that the bathrooms were for live-aboards or transients only. I guess this is why we witnessed several people urinating off the docks. They seem to change the rules to suit their needs, and in this case a reason to keep our deposit. The Marina will no longer answer our phone calls (caller ID).

    Since leaving I have read other bad reviews about Telemar Bay, so we are not the only people that the Marina treated this way. We will be headed South again next year and we will avoid Telemar Bay Marina. There are plenty of other marinas in the area. My advice is to avoid this dishonest business.

    We did try resolving this issue with the Marina about not returning our $460 deposit in many different ways including the Better Business Bureau and the Marina would not respond. This is one of the reasons they have a D+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. We are also working with Boat US regarding this matter and plan on taking this issue to small claims court. At this point it is on principle and protecting other boaters from being taken advantage of. We plan on continuing our warnings to others and in many different ways and until our deposit is returned. Thank you.
    Vivian

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

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  • Shorebirds and Fireworks Don’t Mix!

    Have a heart! Let them live!

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    Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission
    Personal fireworks don’t mix with nesting shorebirds

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    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) asks the public to help protect beach-nesting shorebirds across the state this holiday weekend by giving them space and keeping personal fireworks off the beach.

    Shorebirds are nesting on beaches along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of Florida, with many still watching over flightless chicks during the busy Independence Day weekend. The snowy plover, least tern, black skimmer, American oystercatcher and Wilson’s plover are several of the state’s beach-nesting shorebird species that face conservation challenges and need people’s help to survive.

    “Fireworks launched too close or toward a nesting colony can cause adult shorebirds to flush off their nests and chicks to scatter, leaving the chicks vulnerable to predators, the elements and the potential of getting accidentally stepped on by beach-goers,” said Nancy Douglass, who works on shorebird conservation for the FWC. “Leaving personal fireworks at home and giving the birds space are ways that residents can still enjoy the beach while helping to keep shorebirds and their chicks safe.”

    Ways to protect beach-nesting shorebirds this holiday weekend and beyond:

    Leave personal fireworks, including sparklers, at home and attend an official fireworks display instead.
    Keep your distance, whether on the beach or paddling watercraft along the shore. If birds become agitated or leave their nests, you are too close. A general rule is to stay at least 300 feet from a nest. Birds calling out loudly or divebombing are giving signals for you to back off.
    Never intentionally force birds to fly or run. They use up energy they need for nesting, and eggs or chicks may be left vulnerable to the sun’s heat or predators. Teach children not to chase shorebirds and kindly ask fellow beach-goers to do the same.
    Respect posted shorebird nesting areas. Avoid posted sites and use designated walkways when possible.
    It is best not to take pets to the beach, but if you do, keep them on a leash and avoid shorebird nesting areas.
    Keep the beach clean and do not feed wildlife. Food scraps attract predators such as raccoons and crows, which can prey on shorebird chicks. Litter on beaches can entangle birds and other wildlife.
    Spread the word. If you see people disturbing nesting birds, gently let them know how their actions may hurt the birds’ chances for survival. If they continue to disturb nesting shorebirds, report their activities to the FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922), #FWC or *FWC on a cell phone, or by texting Tip@MyFWC.com.
    For more ways to share the beach with nesting shorebirds, go to MyFWC.com/Shorebirds and download the “Share the Beach with Beach-Nesting Birds” brochure. Additional information can also be found at the Florida Shorebird Alliance website: www.flshorebirdalliance.org.

  • New Construction at Venetian Causeway Bridge, AICW Statute Mile 1088.5

    Venetian Causeway Bridge-crosses the ICW at Statute Mile 1088.5. The new construction will be on the north side of the existing bridge.

    FLORIDA – MIAMI – BISCAYNE BAY – VENETIAN CAUSEWAY: Foundation for New Bridge.
    Ebsary Foundation will begin installing drilled shaft foundation for the new bridge working adjacent to the Western Approach to the Venetian Causeway Bridge (Lat: 25°47’22” N, Long: 80°11’2″ W) from July 13 through December 31, 2015. Barges and Tug Boat used: 48’ x 120’ deck barge (Name: MOBRO 204) with a 165 Ton crane mounted on it, a 40’ x 140’ deck barge (Name: BLAKE BEYEL) with a drilling rig aboard, and a 25’ x 14’ tug boat (Name: COTTONMOUTH). The barges and tug boat will be located inside the construction area and will monitor VHF Channel 16. Operations will be Monday through Saturday from 7:00am to 7:00pm. Recreational and commercial boaters are asked to use extra precaution when navigating through this section of the waterway. For further information contact Brent Huffman, 305-325-0530 ext. 113. Chart 11466 LNM 26/15

  • Family Seeking House with Deep Water Slip

    Skippers Thomas and Kelly are looking to rent a house with a deep water slip. If you have suggestions, please respond to this posting. Thanks!

    We want to move our Boat + Family to the East Coast of FL– we are looking for a way to find Condos or Houses for rent with a 50′ Dock on a canal for a 6′ DRAFT Sailboat… Any Suggestions?
    Thanks…
    Thomas & Kelly

  • Good Visit to Camachee Cove Yacht Harbor, AICW Statute Mile 775.5

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

    Stayed three nights. Very protected marina. Staff was very helpful. One of two courtesy cars were always available for short trips into town or the nearby Publix. Clean restrooms and showers. BoatUS discount was a plus. Saw a sea turtle swimming around my boat one day and a manatee getting a drink of water.
    Captain Vic Wilreker

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

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  • Still Another Recommendation for Burkey Marine Group, West Palm Beach, FL

    These are not the first words of praise we have received for Burkey Marine and will not be the last.

    Great day until our diesel engines ingested and something the boat overheated. A local dealer came out and couldn’t repair the boat for two days. Then we called a group called Big Diesel aka Burkey Marine on a Saturday after 7pm. These guys came out, fixed the blockage in our systems and we were on our way! My wife and I will always keep the number; you should too as they travel where ever the boat is! You may have to pay for airfare but Burkey Marine is our number one diesel service center for our boat. Sincerely Captain Tim Jensen
    FYI Burkey Marine Group 772-215-7663

  • Port Canaveral Locks on Restricted Schedule, off AICW Statute Mile 894

    Ocean Club at Port Canaveral lies on the “Canaveral Barge Canal” east of the single 600X90ft lock. From the Atlantic, the long canal crosses Cape Canaveral and Merritt Island, then intersects the Waterway at statute mile 894. Our thanks to Harbor Master Humphrey for this update.

    The locks at Port Canaveral Florida are closed indefinitely Monday through Friday from 7:00 AM -5:00 PM. Open on demand weekends from 6:00 AM – 9:30 PM and M-F open 6:00 AM – 7:00 AM and 5:00 PM-9:30PM only

    Clayton Humphrey
    Harbor Master
    Ocean Club – Port Canaveral

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  • Rowing Challenge, July 4th, St. Augustine, AICW Statute Mile 778

    Another great 4th of July event and the St. Augustine North Mooring Field would be the perfect vantage point to watch from your boat. We wish both teams the best of luck! If you are passing through, WATCH YOUR WAKE!

    SAMHF

     

     

    San Agustín Rowing Challenge
    When: Saturday July 4, 2015
    Time: 11:00AM to 1:00PM
    Where: For Best Viewing
    St Augustine Bay Front North of the Bridge of Lions to the Castillo de San Marcos
    On Saturday, July 4th at 11:00 AM, the inaugural San Agustín Rowing Challenge is presented by the St. Augustine Maritime Heritage Foundation on the downtown waterfront. It’s the Men’s “Sons of Neptune” versus the Women’s “San Agustín Sirens” rowing crews. They’ll each take a turn rowing the San Agustín Chalupa competing against the tides and the clock.  Watching a “Chalupa” a utility wooden workboat rowed along the waterfront was an activity familiar to the towns’ folks who lived here during St. Augustine’s 16th century Spanish Colonial period. On July 4th spectators are going to see it in live action. For information Phone 904-599-3800 info@staugmaritimeheritage.org http://staugmaritimeheritage.org

    Linda R Allen
    Media Director/Board of Directors
    SAINT AUGUSTINE MARITIME HERITAGE FOUNDATION, INC
    EMAIL staugtumbleweed@hotmail.com
    904-794-1531 904 501 8597

    SAMHF SONS OF NEPTUNE ROWING TEAM

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  • Operation Dry Water, Florida Wildlife Commission, June 26-28, 2015

    A noble effort, but because vessel motion on the waterways is not nearly as restrictive as vehicle motion on highways, impaired boat operation is nearly impossible to enforce until after an incident. But give FWC credit for trying!


    FWC law enforcement officers to help stop boating under the influence during Operation Dry Water
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    As the summer recreational boating season gets into full swing, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is ramping up its efforts as part of a national campaign to stop boating under the influence.

    The annual three-day campaign, Operation Dry Water, focuses on deterring boaters from boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

    June 26-28, law enforcement agencies nationwide will be out looking for boaters operating under the influence and removing them from the water. The purpose of increased messaging about the dangers of boating under the influence and officers identifying impaired operators is to drastically reduce the number of accidents and deaths due to impaired boating.

    “We want everyone to have an opportunity to safely enjoy Florida’s waterways. It is our job as law enforcement to identify and remove impaired boaters from the water so that everyone else can continue to have an enjoyable boating season and not become a victim of boating under the influence. Protecting the public is a critical mission,” said Col. Curtis Brown, director of FWC’s Division of Law Enforcement. “Our agency is participating in Operation Dry Water, and joining thousands of law enforcement officers nationwide, to decrease the number of accidents, injuries and deaths that come as a result of boaters who choose to boat impaired.”

    In Florida it is illegal to operate a vessel with a blood alcohol content level of .08 or higher, just as it is for operating a vehicle. The FWC wants to remind boaters to stay safe this summer by staying sober on the water. Alcohol use is one of the leading contributing factors in recreational boater deaths. During the national weekend of heightened awareness and high-visibility enforcement, boaters can expect to see increased messaging about this dangerous and preventable crime.

  • Reeves’ Reports: Boat Tree Marina, St. Johns River, Sanford, FL

    Skipper Reeves continues his exploration of the St. Johns, visiting some of the off the beaten path locations. Boat Tree Marina lies just north of the St. Johns’ entry into Lake Monroe. This facility features a well sheltered harbor.

    We visited Boat Tree and stayed for a couple of months. Would have stayed longer but the docks are dangerous, in need of replacement. See for pictures web site attached. The people are wonderful. Kristy is awesome ! Taking care of us and all. The marina is about 2 miles from nearest food store and 4 miles to shopping center. Ships store has some supplies. The bicycle trails are not there or they stop just when you need them to stay out of traffic. The restaurant/bar was closed. The showers are clean and the laundry is clean. The pool is nice. There is a cafe with good food & prices for breakfast and lunch on site along with a Hair Salon, Sherry the owner is most gracious allowing us to use her wifi at the cafe otherwise we never saw the free wifi. The leash your pets rule is not enforced and a small dog was bitten by a boater’s big dogs running loose. For pics and more see http://ontheofficewautoteacher.blogspot.com/2015_06_01_archive.html

    Sunset @ Boat Tree Marina looking East from the Cafe. We enjoyed our stay at Boat Tree. Kristy made us feel welcome and helped us with any question we had. Kristy took care of us! We would have stayed except we had issues with the dock and safety.

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  • Temporary Aids, Lake Monroe, St. Johns River, Sanford, FL

    These temporary markers are in a small bay just east of the Sanford waterfront leading to the Sanford Boat works and Marina.

    FLORIDA – ST JOHNS RIVER: Temporary Aids Established.
    The following aids have been temporarily established to facilitate local PATON [Private Aids to Navigation] construction.
    -Mothers Arm TRLB 2, Fl Q R in position 28-48-59.873N 081-14-33.773W
    -Mothers Arm TRUB 4 in position 28-49-00.574N 081-14-22.831W
    -Woodruff Creek Cutoff TRUB 5 in position 28-48-55.856N 081-14-07.355W

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Sanford Boat Works and Marina

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  • Restrictions on Anchoring Events in the Keys Considered

    Although the party style anchoring reported here is not the anchoring done by cruisers, the issue of restriction is very much a part of Florida’s focus on the control of anchoring throughout the state. See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=148212 for background on recent Florida legislation on anchoring.

    Restrictions on boating events mulled
    Sanctuary said races, parties taking toll

    BY KEVIN WADLOW
    kwadlow@keynoter.com
    June 10, 2015

    When too many boaters drop anchor for an on-the-water Florida Keys party, the marine environment may suffer.
    On Tuesday in Marathon, advisers to the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary will discuss “challenges and issues” created by “marine events and concentrated uses such as party areas, raft-ups, and boat races.”
    Members of the Sanctuary Advisory Council requested a session on large boating events, sanctuary spokeswoman Rachel Pawlitz said.
    Sanctuary managers have not taken a position on any new regulation, Pawlitz said.
    “We understand these types of recreational events are popular, but the sanctuary has to consider effects on marine resources, and try to find the right balance,” she said.
    Last November, more than 100 boats in Key West for the annual powerboat races traveled the 14 miles to Boca Grande, an island within the Key West National Wildlife Refuge. Boats anchored on nearby flats and ran aground on the uninhabited island’s sandy beach.
    In January, Monroe County Commissioners blocked a recommendation to spend $10,000 in Tourist Development Council funding to promote a new boating raft-up in Key Largo during this year’s Columbus Day holiday in October.
    Boat races were among scheduled activities in Key Largo, although organizers with the Florida Powerboat Club said the races were being scaled back in favor of a “cruising rendezvous.”
    Nancy Finley, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manager of the Florida Keys Wildlife Refuge Complex, said Friday that organized and promoted events in wildlife refuge waters “do need a permit and a compatibility determination.”
    Finley will speak at Tuesday’s sanctuary council meeting at the Hyatt Place Marathon resort, along with representatives of the U.S. Coast Guard, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.
    The Boca Grande situation “has been resolved, from my point of view,” Finley said. “They need a permit. At this point, no one has asked for one.”
    “Any event that is expected to draw large interest and focus on one section of the refuge, whether there is money involved or if it’s a non-profit, is going to need a compatibility determination.”
    Boca Grande, she noted, has seen significant erosion of its sandy beach that is a critical turtle-nesting area. The island also houses a very rare colony of the protected Miami Blue butterfly.
    Some Lower Matecumbe Key residents have complained about noise from boat gatherings off a neighborhood. FWC officers have said that without seeing illegal activity or environmental damage occurring, there was little they could do.
    Any recommendations from the Sanctuary Advisory Council would undergo review by federal and state staff.

  • Another Good Visit to Ortega Yacht Club Marina, St. Johns River, Jacksonville, Fl

    Located on the Ortega River just above the Roosevelt Blvd. Bridge and just below the intersection of the Ortega and St. Johns Rivers, Ortega Yacht Club Marina is especially convenient to the Riverside section of Jacksonville. Our thanks to Skipper Herl for this report.

    Ortega Yacht Club, Florida
    Ortega Yacht Club is a bit out of the way if you plan to stay on the ICW. It is 20-25 mile from Sisters Creek on the ICW so if you go, you have to do it on purpose. If you have some time and want to get away from the ICW for a few days the Ortega would be a great place to do just that. Ortega is not affiliated with any FCYC Yacht Clubs.
    Paul the dock master is great, tryes to help you in any way he can. One day we needed to get to a Wall Mart, Paul carried us to Wall Mart in his truck so we could replace a TV that stopped working.
    We stayed over a week. Completed some chores, did laundry, (and that needed to be accomplished) and were able to get away from the boat for a while to do some shopping. The shopping is within walking distance. Belks, West Marine, Publics, CVS, restraunts and lots more. I was able to stop into a hearing aid place (not my brand) to get my aids checked and cleaned. They were actually exited to help us as well as interested in our trip. Another hint is to buy a real comfortable back pack for the grocery runs.
    Phil Herl


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  • Good Visit to Boathouse Marina, St. Johns River, Palatka, FL

    Boathouse Marina overlooks the shores of the St. Johns River west-southwest of Palatka City Marina and marker #1. As Skipper Herl points out, cruisers docking here are within walking easy distance of the shops and restaurants in downtown Palatka.

    Boathouse Marina, Palatka
    Was a very pleasant run from Lake George to Boathouse, 3.5 hr @ approx. 9 knot. We arrived in the pm and were docked and tied by just after noon. This was really different for us, we normally don’t get in until 3:00 or 4:00 pm.
    The marina facilities are very clean but rustic. We were able to catch up on our laundry. Boathouse is also within walking distance to good eats and to just see the town. Very nice walk.
    We do have friends on the area so we were able to commandeer a car. Publics, WinDixie and a Walmart are within a short drive. We were able to just relax, even took the dingy out for evening cruises on the river. We were also able to visit Ravine Gardens, spent several very pleasant hours there.
    Phil Herl
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  • Report from Amelia Island Yacht Basin, AICW Statute Mile 720.5

    The entrance channel leading to Amelia Island Yacht Basin, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, cuts into the AICW’s eastern flank, immediately north of the Kingsley Creek Railway Bridge, and just south of Waterway marker #13. Skipper Herl’s report relates a visit before dredging was completed, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=139385

    Amelia Island Yacht Basin
    The crew there is great and the restaurant “The Galley Pub” was very good. Just stopped in to get a snack but ended up with a huge juicy hamburger and all the fixins. Yum-yum.
    They are in the process of dredging [now completed] the canal and basin to improve the depth but did not know what the time line would be for completion.

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Amelia Island Yacht Basin

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  • New Owners at Acosta Creek Marina, St. Johns River, Satsuma, FL

    Acosta Creek Marina lies on the east side of the St. Johns River between markers #41 and 42A, south of Seminole Grove, FL. Congratulations to the Simons and we wish them the very best with all their plans.

    Recently, Bob and Jane Simons acquired Acosta Creek Marina (formerly Acosta Creek Harbor) in Satsuma Fl. from previous owners James and Cathy Towles. Eager to bring more business into the marina, Jane & Bob have been working hard planning big improvements and repairing facilities that already exist. For those not familiar with the area, Acosta Creek Marina sits approximately an hour and a half south of Jacksonville, two hours north of Orlando, fifty minutes southeast of St Augustine and an hour east of Gainesville all by car. Those of you traveling by water the Acosta Creek Marina is located within close proximity to channel marker 42.
    The new owners of Acosta Creek Marina have very big plans for their new purchase including expanding many of the marina’s services, as well adding to the goods carried by the ship’s store and improving the grounds about Acosta Creek Marina. Their ultimate goal is to make Acosta Creek Marina not just a stop over or place to store your vessel but a destination on this scenic part of the St. Johns River. They currently offer very affordable dockage at only $7.00 a foot per month with electric on a metered basis and have removed the previous length requirement in order to bring in new customers. Transient dockage is $1.00 a foot daily plus $6.50 for electric. Although Acosta Creek Marina is located in a rural setting, the new owners can arrange transportation for you into town to purchase supplies or check out many of the excellent restaurants in the area. One of their personal favorite dining establishments is Hawg Wash BBQ, with authentic excellent smoked barbecue. The marina is equipped with a 25 ton travel lift and a boat yard where you can do-it-yourself or have one of the many skilled contractors work on your vessel for you. The marina features fixed wood piers with finger slips, showers, a laundry facility and a ship’s store that Jane is working hard to improve.

    Other amenities on site encompass a full gambit of recreational activities, with cabins, RV spots, picnic tables, and the soon to be installed horseshoe pits and grills. Some of the best bass fishing in the world is located within in a couple minutes of Acosta Creek Marina and the beautiful crystal clear freshwater springs are located only a short beautiful cruise away.

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

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  • Report from Georgetown Marina and Lodge, Lake George, St. Johns River

    Georgetown Marina and Lodge lies north of marker #72, a short hop north of the St. Johns River’s northerly intersection with Lake George.Our thanks to Skipper Herl for this report.

    Georgetown Marina, Lake George, Florida
    Georgetown Marina, located at the very north end of Lake George. We originally thought about getting fuel there but they were having trouble with their pumps and they were running really slow. George Town is a nice quiet little fish camp type of marina. The people are very friendly and helpful. Since it is at the very north end of the lake, it can be a bit lumpy if the wind is out of the south.
    There are not a lot of stores or restaurants within walking distance, so it is probably only for one night stops.
    We wanted to stop in Lake George and take the dingy into Silver Glen Springs, but the weather did not cooperate. If your ever in the area Silver Glen Springs is one place you should put on the to do list. On weekends it can get really crowded, especially holidays.
    Phil Herl

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