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  • Questions about Port Canaveral Lock System, off AICW Statute Mile 894


    If you are a boater or resident in the area and are familiar with the history of the Port Canaveral Lock system, maybe you could address Travis’ questions. I think we would all like to hear from you.

    From the Atlantic, Canaveral Barge Canal, with a single 600X90ft lock, crosses Cape Canaveral and Merritt Island and intersects the Waterway at statute mile 894. The lock has been closed Monday – Friday from 7AM to 5PM since June of 2015. See http://cruisersnet.net/149146.

    I would like to know how we could get the locks open to assist the lagoon as well, and what is the reasoning behind the lock system?
    Travis Zimmer

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Port Canaveral Lock

  • St. Johns River Range Light Relocated, St. Johns River, Northern Florida


    This range light relocation is just east of the Waterway’s diagonal path across the St. Johns River and would be of interest only to those cruisers traveling upstream to Jacksonville and beyond.

    FLORIDA – ST JOHNS RIVER – MILE POINT: Mile Point Upper Range Front Light (LLNR 7287) Relocate
    Mile Point Upper Range Front Light (LLNR 7287) has been relocated to 30-22-43.834N 081-27-10.552W. The range has a 360 degree arc of visibility to both Mile Point Upper and Lower Range traffic. While proceeding up river, the additional green light will be visible to the west of the existing Mile Point Lower Range Line. Mile Point Upper Range Line has not been affected. Mile Point Lower Range Light will be relocated beginning 18 April with an estimated completion date of 22, April 2016. Mariners are advised to exercise caution while transiting the area.
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  • Submerged Object in Ponce de Leon Cut, near AICW Statute Mile 843 and Ponce Inlet, 4/13/2016


    This submerged object is at Swoope Public Boat Ramp on the Halifax River in New Smyrna Beach which gives access to the Halifax River and the Ponce Inlet.

    FLORIDA – AICW – TOLOMATO RIVER – PALM SHORES – PONCE DE LEON CUT: Hazard to Navigation
    There is a submerged object near the Swoop Public Boat Ramp in Ponce de Leon Cut. The object us barely visible above the waterline and poses a hazard to navigation. A TRLB, with Fl Q G characteristics is marking the hazard in approximate position 29-03-47.431N/080-56-09.548W. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11485 LNM 15/16

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

  • Gov. Scott Signs Anchoring Ban

    This report comes from Punta Gorda Sailing Club. Click Here for the full report. Unfortunately, this legislative action may have ominous impact on other Waterway communities along the East Coast as well as other Florida ports.

    ALERT: Gov Scott signs anchoring ban bill!: Starting July 1, 2016, it will be illegal to anchor at any time during the period between one-half hour after sunset and one-half hour before sunrise in the following public waterways…. Read more>>

    Remember to vote against these legislators as they come up for ANY elections!
    Nancy C Detert Senator — District 28
    Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto Senator — District 30
    Senator Bill Galvano – District 26
    Representative Julio Gonzalez District 74 Sarasota County
    Representative Matt Caldwell – District 79 (Sponsor of Bill)

    Support the following Legislators: Representative Kenneth L. “Ken” Roberson District 75 Charlotte County

  • Advice Offered on Off-Shore Leg off Florida East Coast

    Skipper Hominid is responding to an earlier question about the Gulf Stream – see http://cruisersnet.net/144194. Thank you Hominid.

    Chuck, You’ve perpetuated a common myth that the velocity of the GS current is really strong only in the axis. Off of south FL, the velocity is fairly consistent over the entire width (about 30 NM) of the GS. Shortly after entering it from the west – only a mile or two in – you’ll experience a full 2.5 to 3 kt current and it will rarely be more than about 3.5 kts near its axis.
    Hominid

  • Praise for Titusville Municipal Marina’s WiFi, AICW Statute Mile 879


    Located south-southeast of AICW marker #27, Titusville Municipal Marina is one of the best medium-sized municipal marinas on the Eastern Florida coastline. And now, as praised below by Robert Sherer, has a super WiFi system. It is also only a short driving distance from Dixie Cross Roads Seafood Restaurant, one of the best in the south!

    This marina had WiFi professionally installed and I no longer need a WiFi amp. I can stream Netflix with no stuttering. Tested speed runs between 6 and 10 Mbps. This is the only marina I’ve been in along the ICW that I can stream Netfix in the evening. The staff is friendly and competent, the docks are super sturdy, laundry is only $1/load, there’s a nearby dog park and downtown is a short walk away. At $1.44/ft (fourth day free) or $10/month, it’s a great value.
    Robert Sherer

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

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

  • Life Jackets: Wear Them!

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    April 8, 2016

    FWC PSA Availability
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    “Wear It Florida!” – Life jackets save lives

    Who: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)

    Why: As boating season in Florida gets underway, boaters can choose to have fun and stay safe on Florida’s waters. And the FWC can help.

    Background: As the boating capital of the world, Florida leads the nation with nearly 1 million registered vessels across the state and is known as the prime boating spot for residents and visitors. The FWC wants everyone to enjoy boating opportunities safely. It conducts boating safety education campaigns to support this goal by encouraging boaters to wear a life jacket, 360-degree operator awareness and sober boating. FWC officers assist and educate vessel operators year-round.

    Resource: Life jacket :60 Broadcast Version: https://vimeo.com/127883864

     

     

  • UPDATE: FWC Responds to Fish Kill in Indian River Lagoon

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    Shocking images of Florida’s Indian River Lagoon show hundreds of thousands of dead, rotting fish floating in polluted water as far as the eye can see.

    The lagoon system includes the Indian River, Mosquito and Banana river lagoons that make up the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway along eastern Florida. It’s home to more than 3,000 species of plants and animals, and is the most biodiverse lagoon ecosystem in the Northern Hemisphere, according to International Business Times.
    CLICK HERE for the full story from OpposingViews.com.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 7, 2016

    CONTACT: FWC Community Relations Office, 850-488-4676, FWCNews@MyFWC.com

    DAILY UPDATE ON THE NORTHERN INDIAN RIVER LAGOON

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is providing status updates each weekday to keep people informed on the state’s cooperative efforts in response to a brown tide event in the northern Indian River Lagoon/Banana River. These updates will help residents stay informed of the conditions in the lagoon, as well as the latest actions by the State of Florida.

    Last week, agency leadership from FWC, Department of Environmental Protection, St. Johns River Water Management District and Department of Health toured the Banana River near Cocoa Beach down to Patrick Air Force Base. They were joined by Speaker Steve Crisafulli and Senator Thad Altman. In addition, they met with Brigadier General Wayne R. Monteith and other partners at the base. They observed the brown tide event and discussed current status with experts and health officials as well as witnessed local, county, SJRWMD, FWC and DEP crews assisting with cleanup led by Brevard County related to fish mortality.

    Photos of the tour are available here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsku4iYee

    Current Status and Most Recent Information

    • There are no new reports of fish mortality via the fish kill hotline (1-800-636-0511) as of April 5.
    • Fourteen water samples were collected April 6 from northern Indian River, Middle Banana River, Thousand Islands at Ramp road, Eau Gallie Causeway, Melbourne Causeway, W. Cocoa Beach Causeway and Sykes Creek (80 total samples). Results are expected the end of the week.
    • DEP Deputy Secretary Drew Bartlett and SJRWMD Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle visited Brevard County April 6 to discuss the current state of the Indian River Lagoon. They heard from local representatives about the issue and shared with those individuals what each agency is doing to help with improvements.

     

    Northern Indian River Lagoon Brown Tide Event

    • Water from Lake Okeechobee does not reach Brevard County through the Indian River Lagoon; therefore, there is no evidence the brown tide event is related to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ freshwater discharges from Lake Okeechobee. 
    • FWC continues to work closely with the DEP, SJRWMD, DOH and other state, regional and local agencies to assess and respond to the large brown algal bloom in the Indian River and Banana River lagoons, including monitoring environmental conditions.
      • While brown algae is non-toxic to humans, it can reduce the amount of dissolved oxygen in the water, impacting fish and other wildlife.
    • Response efforts:
    • FWC continues to take and analyze water samples to monitor conditions associated with the fish mortality event; primarily low dissolved oxygen levels.
    • DEP and SJRWMD deployed staff and boats to assist Brevard County with their local recovery and clean-up efforts.
    • Local Department of Health offices continue to monitor for human health impacts and provide assurances regarding public safety. 
    • SJRWMD continues to regularly collect water quality monitoring samples to track movement and trends in the bloom activity and to monitor for changes in the algal species type. In addition to on-the-ground response and monitoring efforts, state and local agencies also continue to focus on longer-term water quality restoration efforts for Indian River Lagoon. 
    • The SJRWMD and partners continue to support oyster reef restoration efforts in northern Mosquito Lagoon.
    • On March 30, the SJRWMD hosted a cost-share workshop in Palm Bay encouraging communities to apply for dollars for projects benefiting the Indian River Lagoon. More information on the cost-share program is available at http://www.sjrwmd.com/funding/FY2016-2017/
    • Governor Rick Scott’s office distributed a press release on Friday, March 25th expressing strong support for the state, regional and local agencies assessing and responding to the algal bloom.

     FWC Response

    • FWC is taking weekly water samples from 8 to 10 sites in the Indian River Lagoon.
    • The highest concentrations of brown tide were observed in samples taken on March 16 from Riverdale Drive and from March 25 at the Saint John Boat ramp in the northern Indian River Lagoon.
    • Samples have been provided by FWC’s Fisheries-Independent Monitoring staff and volunteers.
    • The FWC has received nearly 400 calls and online reports allowing them to document the size and duration of this extensive event, coordinate a response and disseminate information about the cause of the fish kill.
    • Calls can include information requests, fish kill clean-up, and reports of fish mortality and disease.
    • Report a fish kill, diseased fish or fish with other abnormalities to 1-800-636-0511.
    • Report sick or injured wildlife at 888-404-3922 or Tip@MyFWC.com

    Other response efforts include

    • The SJRWMD routinely monitors water quality in the Indian River Lagoon and its tributaries, collecting and managing data from 58 sites monthly to provide reliable data about current water quality conditions.
    • To monitor specifically for algae species, the SJRWMD partners with FWC and the University of Florida to sample and analyze five sites monthly and provides additional event-driven support when algal blooms are reported.
    • In addition, the district maintains five stations that provide continuous water quality monitoring, sending the information electronically to the agency’s headquarters.
    • In addition to on-the-ground response and monitoring efforts, state and local agencies are also focusing on longer-term water quality restoration efforts for the Indian River Lagoon. These restoration projects and management strategies are essential to reducing nitrogen and phosphorous levels, which will help to decrease the intensity and duration of algal bloom events.
    • To address elevated levels of nutrients in the lagoon, in 2013, DEP adopted three basin management action plans (BMAPs) to implement the projects and activities necessary to bring the lagoon back to health.
      • In addition, DEP has adopted the St. Lucie BMAP, which will also help the Southern Indian River Lagoon.
      • To date, the stakeholders have achieved all obligations outlined in the BMAPs.  

     Restoration Funding

    • Including the recently signed Florida First budget, the state will have invested nearly $80 million dollars in projects in Brevard County to restore the lagoon during the past, current and upcoming fiscal years.
      • For the upcoming fiscal year, nearly $26 million from the Florida First budget will be invested in 10 water quality improvement projects.
      • This includes $21.5 million in a muck dredging project – a key component of long-term lagoon restoration.
      • This includes funding in three key areas to lagoon restoration:
        • Wastewater: $2,872,500
        • Dredging: $61,500,000
        • Load Reduction (storm water): $14,221,788
    • Additional projects may be funded through DEP’s and SJRWMD’s budgets; for example, both DEP and SJRWMD are contributing partners to the Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program.
    • In addition, DEP encourages local governments and communities to reach out to their Division of Water Restoration Assistance, which provides grants and loans for water quality and quantity projects.
    • Additional cost-share funding and other restoration projects are also funded by the SJRWMD.
    • Local communities are also encouraged to engage with the Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program (NEP), a unique local, state and regional partnership to protect the lagoon.

     

  • A Small Open Vessel and Boynton Inlet, near AICW Statute Mile 1034


    The Boynton Inlet intersects the Waterway at statute mile 1034 and access is restricted by a fixed 18ft vertical clearance bridge. Our thanks to Win Blodgett for sharing this experience which is posted here to remind cruisers of the risks involved with small boats and dinghys in inlets.

    I grew up sailing from Maine to the Chesapeake Bay and have used a Boston Whaler Super Sport 170 (17′) for the past 15 years which I use primarily on the intracoastal. On really flat days it’s great to take it out of the Palm Beach inlet and along Palm Beach or Singer Island. Recently, I made a big mistake of trying to go out the Boynton Inlet at low tide with ocean waves of 2′ to 4′ Some breaking waves at the mouth of the inlet were easily 6′ and although I tried to take the waves bow first at an angle I was drenched head to toe and took on several inches of water before quickly turning about and heading back in. For a small boat in these conditions, that Boynton Inlet is quite treacherous!
    Win Blodgett

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

  • Advice Sought on Lifting Restrictions on Port Canaveral Lock, off AICW Statute Mile 894


    From the Atlantic, Canaveral Barge Canal, with a single 600X90ft lock, crosses Cape Canaveral and Merritt Island and intersects the Waterway at statute mile 894. The lock has been closed Monday – Friday from 7AM to 5PM since June of 2015. See http://cruisersnet.net/149146. Elizabeth King asks your political advice on changing these restrictions.

    I am a Merritt Island resident. I’ve lived here since I was eleven years old. I would just like to know what we can do as a community to get the Port Canaveral locks opened on a consistent basis, the purpose of which would be to clean our rivers and breathe life back into our estuary. Thank you for any advice.
    Elizabeth King

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Port Canaveral Lock

  • Sharp Lookout! Manatees are on the Move in Florida

    Take it easy through the Manatee Areas, as well as on all inland waters. These slow moving mammals need your assistance. Read the recommendations below for spotting the manatees.

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    For immediate release: March 23, 2016
    Look out boaters – manatees are on the move

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    Taking their cues from the warm spring weather, Florida manatees have begun leaving their winter retreats and heading north along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts and through inland waters.

    So if you’re a boater enjoying spring days on the water, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) cautions you to look out for manatees and follow posted manatee zones.

    From April 1 through Nov. 15, seasonal manatee zones require boaters to slow down in certain areas to prevent manatees from being struck by motorboats or personal watercraft.

    FWC law enforcement officers will be on patrol in state waters to remind boaters of the seasonal manatee speed zones and will take enforcement actions when necessary. Manatee zones and maps are available at MyFWC.com/Manatee, where you can select “Protection Zones” for links to county maps.

    “Our officers do their very best to support conservation of this species,” said FWC Capt. Gary Klein. “We ask that boaters take notice of the zones and do their part as well by increasing their awareness of the possible presence of manatees.”

    Because manatees are large, slow-moving and difficult to detect when underwater, operators of boats and personal watercraft need to take basic steps to avoid causing injury to manatees:

    Wear polarized sunglasses to help spot manatees.
    Look for the large circles on the water, also known as manatee footprints, indicating the presence of a manatee below.
    Look for a snout sticking up out of the water.
    Follow posted manatee zones while boating.
    The FWC also asks anyone seeing an injured, distressed, sick or dead manatee to call the agency’s Wildlife Alert Hotline, 888-404-3922 (FWCC) or dial #FWC or *FWC on a cell phone.

    You can watch manatees without disturbing them if you follow “Guidelines for protecting native wildlife – Florida Manatees,” a brochure that includes tips for canoers, kayakers, paddle boarders, snorkelers and scuba divers. It’s available at MyFWC.com/Manatees, click on “Boat, Personal Watercraft and Paddle-sport Operators” and then on “Paddle-sport Operators.”

    Support the FWC’s manatee research, rescue and management efforts by purchasing a “Save the Manatee” Florida license plate at BuyaPlate.com, or by donating $5 to receive an FWC manatee decal by going to MyFWC.com/Manatee and clicking on “Decals.”

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  • Help Beach Nesting Birds by Giving Them Space

    This Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission news is for our beach combing friends who love to dinghy ashore and explore all the beautiful beaches of our east and west coasts.

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    For immediate release: March 22, 2016

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    Help beach-nesting shorebirds by giving them space

    Shorebird nesting season is underway along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of Florida and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reminds beachgoers to watch out for and to avoid disturbing birds and their young. Shorebirds build shallow nests out of sand and shells on beaches in spring and summer, hatching chicks that are difficult to see.
    Shorebird nests, eggs and chicks are well camouflaged and can easily be missed and even stepped on unless people know to look out for them. The snowy plover, least tern, black skimmer, American oystercatcher and Wilson’s plover are several of Florida’s beach-nesting shorebird species that face conservation challenges. Despite these challenges, shorebirds can benefit from increased awareness by the public.
    “People visiting Florida’s beaches and coastline can really have an impact on whether shorebirds have a successful nesting season,” said Nancy Douglass, who works on shorebird conservation at the FWC. “Following a few simple steps while enjoying the beach can help nesting shorebirds succeed, giving future generations of beach-goers the opportunity to see these iconic birds along our coasts.”

    Ways to protect beach-nesting shorebirds:

    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 and dive-bombing are signals for you to back off.
    Respect posted areas. Avoid posted nesting sites and use designated walkways when possible. Wildlife photographers should ensure that no camera equipment extends beyond posted area strings or signs and limit photography to no more than 10 minutes to avoid stressing nesting birds.
    Never intentionally force birds to fly or run. This causes them to use up energy needed for nesting, and eggs and 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. Shorebirds outside of posted areas may be feeding or resting and need to do so wihtout disturbance.
    It is best not to take pets to the beach, but if you do, keep them leashed 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’ survival. If they continue to disturb nesting birds, report it 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. You may also report nests that are not posted to Wildlife Alert.
    For more information, go to MyFWC.com/Shorebirds and download the “Share the Beach with Beach-Nesting Birds” brochure. Read the FWC’s plan for four imperiled beach-nesting bird species, part of the broader Imperiled Species Management Plan: http://myfwc.com/media/2720106/Imperiled-Beach-Nesting-Birds-Species-Action-Plan-Final-Draft.pdf. Or go to the Florida Shorebird Alliance at www.flshorebirdalliance.org.

    In addition to other migratory birds, all shorebird and seabird species found in Florida are federally protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. This year marks the centennial of the first Migratory Bird Treaty, which the United States signed with Great Britain on behalf of Canada. This treaty, along with three treaties that followed with Mexico, Japan and Russia, set the stage for the 1918 Migratory Bird Treaty Act and solidified international commitment to migratory bird conservation. Learn more about the Migratory Bird Treaty Centennial at www.fws.gov/birds/mbtreaty100.

  • Fl Derelict Removal Grants Program Public Meeting, April 4, Fort Pierce, FL

    Our thanks to Perry McDonald for sending us this notice of a public meeting on April 4 in Fort Pierce. Fort Pierce is home to SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Fort Pierce City Marina.

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    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is currently revising rule language for the implementation of its Derelict Vessel Removal Grants Program. The FWC is awaiting the Governor’s signature on a $1,400,000 appropriation for the removal of derelict vessels within Florida’s public waters. FWC’s Boating and Waterways Section will be distributing these funds to state and local governmental entities over the course of the 2016-2017 state fiscal year. To effectively distribute these funds, FWC is revising its grant rule 68-1.003, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.) to remove obsolete language and incorporate the revised program guidelines.
    A public rule development workshop will be held to introduce the draft rule and guidelines language and to solicit input from the public and stakeholders before the rule and guidelines are taken to the Commission. Your participation is encouraged.

    This public meeting will be held April 4, 2016, 1:00pm – 4:00pm St. Lucie Board of County Commission Chambers 2300 Virginia Avenue Fort Pierce, Florida, 34982

    For further information pertaining to the FWC Derelict Vessel Removal Grant Program, please contact:

    Phil Horning Derelict Vessel Program Administrator Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Division of Law Enforcement Boating and Waterways Section (850) 617-9540 or email Phil.Horning@MyFWC.com

  • Shoaling Reported in Jupiter Inlet, near AICW Statute Mile 1005, 3/16/2016


    Jupiter Inlet intersects the Waterway near statute mile 1005  at Loxahatchee River and was last dredged in February of 2014. Jupiter Inlet is prone to shoaling and passage is not recommended without local knowledge.


    FLORIDA – PALM SHORES TO WEST PALM BEACH – JUPITER INLET: Hazard to Navigation/SHOALING

    Shoaling has been reported in Jupiter Inlet. Depths as low as 5 feet have been reported at low tide. A white Danger Shoal Buoy displaying a FL QW light has been set where the most significant shoaling has been found in position 26-56-53.617N/080-04-45.846W. Mariners are strongly encouraged to use extreme caution while transiting the area.
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    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Jupiter Inlet

  • Good Words for 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.

    This our second time here. This time we had an oil leak on one engine and there just happened to be a mechanic available. He found a leaking fitting and fixed us up. The marina has been here since the 80’s and has a mixture of fixed and floating docks. They are a bit worn but in good condition. The channel is narrow but very well marked. We are on the fuel dock for the night. Everyone is helpful and friendly. We will stay here again.
    Dave Boxmeyer

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

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

  • A Great Stay at Marineland Marina, AICW Statute Mile 796


     The Town of Marineland has opened its ports with a brand new marina facility creating a destination for boaters on the Intracoastal Waterway between Daytona Beach and St. Augustine, FL.

    Good reports keep pouring in for SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Marineland Marina which lies south – southeast of AICW marker #87, along the Waterway’s eastern shore.

    Another great stay at Marineland. These folks really know how to make you feel welcome. Easy access to the ICW, nice facilities, friendly people, and reasonable prices…what more can you ask ? Our second time and hopefully we’ll have many more. We recommend it highly.
    Capt Jack B-H and First Mate Steve O.
    Delivering the trawler “Whatever” from New Bern, NC to Daytona Beach

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

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

  • Disastrous Relationship with Dinner Key Marina, Biscayne Bay, Miami, AICW Statute Mile 1095


    Dinner Key Marina is located at the western end of Dinner Key Channel on the western shore of Biscayne Bay. For more typical comments on Dinner Key Marina, see http://cruisersnet.net/25334.

    If the customer service in most places in Miami is subpar, then the service at Dinner Key Marina is absolute garbage. The kind of service that makes you immediately regret having moved to Miami (and I speak fluent Spanish). The kind of service that forces you to set aside ample time to sit down and write a juicy, one star review just like the one that you are about to read. So you do not mistake this review for one coming from a non-credible source, I should probably mention that I am a USCG licensed Captain (50 ton Master) and a Cambridge engineering graduate with 20 years of boating experience. Also for the record, I have never really written a review before, but this nightmare could not have gone unpublished. Here is the sequence of events:

    1. I signed a one year contract with the marina for a commercial slip in August of 2014. The plan was to run charters to small groups of elite guests aboard my 41-foot Maxum. Having endured a 3-hour long trip down from Fort Lauderdale, my father and I finally pulled into our allocated slip. The very next morning, we were rudely woken by a bunch of goons banging on the fiberglass, asking why we had parked there. They had chained the boat to the seawall. I kindly replied that I had signed a one year contract for that spot. They later unchained the boat and barely made an apology. That is Dinner Key Marina’s idea of a welcome, apparently.
    2. One week following my arrival, I drove up to Orlando for a few days. There, the local police came knocking on my door announcing that they had found a boat registered to my name up on a beach in Fort Pierce (about 125 miles north of Miami). Long story short, a ring of drug smugglers stole my 41 Maxum from Dinner Key Marina. I still wonder if it was not someone from the marina who tipped off my absence. It took 3 months of investigations by the USCG, DEA, and the local Sheriff’s department, and an additional 3 months of quoting repairs before I recouped the money from the insurance company (the boat was declared a total loss). Dinner Key Marina did not help out with anything and did not even express their sympathies for what had happened. I later suggested that they install a camera to monitor that pier (Pier 9) and they really could not have cared less.
    3. I returned to the marina with a new Concept 36. Why do you ask? Because none of the other 30 odd marinas in Miami had availability for commercial vessels. I should also mention that although Dinner Key Marina welcomes commercial vessels, they are not zoned for commercial use. I found that out following a visit to the City Hall trying to get my zoning permit. So technically, everyone there operating commercially is illegal. The operations lady at the Dinner Key Marina, Maria Busto, one of the most impolite, ill-intentioned, dysfunctional individuals I have ever had the displeasure to meet, had promised me following the theft of the 41 Maxum, that she would give me priority on my original slip. Sure enough, when I returned to the marina with the Concept 36, she had given it away to somebody else and left me with a slip amidst a bunch of shrimping boats. Just for the record, all of the frustrating experiences delineated above were delivered almost exclusively by her, Maria Busto. Do not waste even a second of your time with her. Talk directly to Stephen Bogner, the manager, anytime you need assistance. I found this out too late. He is of great character and although he does not have much control over what goes on in his marina, he means well.
    4. My dad fell ill in early 2016 and I was forced to move back to Orlando to tend to him. I terminated my contract with Dinner Key Marina under this premise. My dad just passed away from heart failure at the age of 55. Even knowing about these circumstances, it took Dinner Key Marina nearly 4 months to refund my deposit. E-mails went unanswered almost every time. Every time I called in, no one was around even during business hours. Simply unbelievable.
    5. Summarizing, this was the worst experience I have had with any company in my entire life. I failed to mention the countless times I had to fend off people trying to steal my stuff at the dock (and they did), obnoxious fishermen tossing garbage around and having to pick up after them, birds crapping shrimp guts all over my boat, vandalism, and daily encounters with ill-tempered employees of the marina (with a few exceptions, including Renato, an awesome security guy). Come here at your own peril. This place is a disaster. It will drain you emotionally and ruin your life!
    Alexander N Endlein

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Dinner Key Marina

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

  • Great Review of Ortega Landing, off St. Johns River, Jacksonville, FL


    Only a mile or so upstream from downtown Jacksonville, Ortega Landing is the first facility on your starboard as you enter the Ortega River from the St. Johns. Sonny Reeves’ blog report is so good, it could easily be one of our FOCUS ON postings. Detailed descriptions and beautiful photos. Enjoy! And thank you Sonny!

    http://ontheofficewautoteacher.blogspot.com/2016/03/jacksonville-ortega-river-and-marina-at.html

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

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

  • Marine and Wildlife Art Festival and Craft Show April 16-17, 2016, Vero Beach, FL

    This Wildlife Arts and Crafts show corresponds with the the Indian River Nautical Flea Market, see http://cruisersnet.net/155433.

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    Marine and Wildlife Art Festival and Craft Show April 16-17, 2016

    Vero, Florida…Don’t miss the Marine and Wildlife Art Festival and Craft Show April 16-17, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Indian River Fairgrounds Indian River Fairgrounds, 7955 58th Ave, Vero Beach, FL 32967

    The Marine and Wildlife Art Festival and Craft Show will be held at the Indian River Fairgrounds the perfect venue for this event. Its close proximity to upscale downtown and its expanse of grass makes it the ideal location.

    The Marine and Wildlife Art Festival and Craft Show make “buying American” easy. You’ll have an opportunity to meet and support the artisans and craftsman who have created the work they are exhibiting.

    Marine, wildlife and nature artists and craftsmen will be exhibiting and selling their work. Photography, acrylic and oil paintings, serigraphy, watercolor, jewelry, clothing, pottery, woodcarving, quilting, metalwork, leatherworkers and furniture will be exhibited and sold.

    The Marine and Wildlife Art Festival and Craft Show is also held in conjunction with the Indian River Nautical Flea Market and Seafood Festival, visitors can go to two marine events on the same weekend at the same location, for information on the nautical flea market go to the website www.FLNauticalFleaMarket.com.

    The Marine and Wildlife Art Festival and Craft Show has been awarded a feature listing at www.FestivalsInsider.com.

    Visit the Marine and Wildlife Art Festival and Craft Show website http://www.MarineWildlifeArtFestivalCraftShow.com for more information, discount tickets, vendor applications, special hotel rates and specific driving directions contact Under the Sun Promotions, Inc. at 954-205-7813, FAX: 561-395-5389.

  • Indian River Nautical Flea Market and Seafood Festival, April 16-17, Vero Beach, FL

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    Seafood — Fishing Gear – Boating Supplies – Nautical Décor – Marine and Wildlife Art — Boats – Island Music – Marine Kids Zone — Beer
    At the Annual Indian River Nautical Flea Market and Seafood Festival, a two-day event, boat enthusiasts and lovers of all things nautical explore vendor and seafood stands.

    Stroll through Indian River Fairgrounds and scope out displays of marine-themed art and new and used fishing or boating equipment, including rods, kayaks, and lures flavored like medium-rare worms.

    Live reggae and island-style music wafts through the air during the festival’s duration, and patrons crunch into toothsome seafood to remind themselves of love for the sea and quests to eat every inch of it. Something for everyone!
    Don’t Miss…
    Marine and Wildlife Art Festival and Craft Show
    Artist – Craftsman – Demonstrations – Music – Great Food

    Held in conjunction with the Indian River Nautical Flea Market and Seafood Festival

    Join us for the Marine and Wildlife Art Festival and Craft Show April 16-17, 2016.

    The Marine and Wildlife Art Festival and Craft Show make “buying American” easy. You’ll have an opportunity to meet and support the artisans and craftsman who created the work they are exhibiting.

    Some of the finest marine, wildlife and nature artists and craftsmen will be exhibiting and selling their work. Photography, acrylic and oil paintings, serigraphy, watercolor, jewelry, clothing, pottery, woodcarving, quilting, metalwork, leatherworkers and furniture will be exhibited and sold.

    Visit the www.MarineWildlifeArtFestivalCraftShow.com for more information, discount tickets, vendor applications, special hotel rates and specific driving directions contact Under the Sun Promotions, Inc. at 954-205-7813, FAX: 561-395-5389.

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