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Archive For: EASTERN FLORIDA – All Cruising News

  • Good Words for Lambs Yacht Center (off the St. Johns River, on the Ortega River)

     Serving the North Florida area for over 50 years, we welcome you.  We are in the process of updating this site. If you need help with your question or additional information, feel free to email us atLambs Yacht Center guards the northern shores of the Ortega River, just a short hop west of the Highway 17 twin bridges. These good folks are a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR. Please patronize them whenever possible!!!

    SEASEA is located at Lamb’s Yacht Center on the Ortega River just south of downtown Jacksonville, Fl. Lamb’s is offering new transient and longer term rates that anyone interested in coming in to the St. John’s river should be aware of. Call William Nicely (dockmaster) at Lamb’s and tell them SEASEA sent you.
    Paul & Stacy Brannon

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s St. Johns River Marina Directory Listing For Lambs Yacht Center

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  • Quiet Night Wished for at River’s Edge Marina, departing AICW at Statute Mile 780

    River’s Edge Marina is on the San Sebastian River at marker #29 with a channel departing the Waterway to the west-northwest, south of marker #12 and just north of SR 312 Bridge in St. Augustine, FL.

    Visited friends that are at Rivers Edge but will NOT be making the visit again. Music is too loud from the restaurant and there was a rather loud party at the grills that lasted well into the night. The next morning, there was a terrible mess; beer bottles, trash, etc. According to my friends, the prices are very reasonable, but I think that if it were me, I’d pay a little more for a quieter evening.
    Celeste

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

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  • Anchoring in No-Name Harbor (near Statute Mile 1096)

    No-name harbor lies on the southwesterly tip of Key Biscayne, just north of Cape Florida, and is part of the Florida State Park of the same name. The crew of the “Sorry Dawg” does a good job of describing what this anchorage has to offer below.

    Visitors are allowed to anchor overnight in No Name Harbor for a fee of $20.00 per boat per night. Mooring to the seawall overnight is not permitted. During operating hours, visitors who have paid the overnight fee have access to coin operated laundry machines and a rinse shower. We also have a free pump out for all boats, a picnic shelter and restrooms. Boater’s Grill is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Visitors arriving by boat but not anchoring overnight must pay a $2.00 entrance fee. The entrance fee and anchoring fee are both collected by honor system.

    http://www.floridastateparks.org/capeflorida/activities.cfm#10

    This is a nice harbor during the week but is mobbed on the weekend, tons of weekend boaters all around the area.
    You can also climb the Cape Florida Lighthouse while you are there during regularly scheduled tours. However, I do not think there are water hookups at the wall. You can call them and inquire,
    Bill Baggs State Park @ (305) 361-5811
    Incidentally, there is a restaurant right there in No Name Harbor that has good Cuban food.
    Sorry Dawg

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida/Florida Keys Directory Listing For No-Name Harbor

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  • Coconut Grove Sailing Club Mooring Field is Sailcraft Only (near Statute Mile 1094.5)

    Transient Moorings in Miami at Coconut Grove Sailing Club, 24 hour launch & security, Short walk to Coconut Grove, Daily & Monthly Rates  (305)-444-4571 EXT  16, manager@cgsc.orgWe have confirmed with SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR Coconut Grove Sailing Club that, indeed, only sailcraft are accepted for guest stays in their mooring field. If you do pilot a sailcraft, it is our experience that Coconut Grove Sailing Club is a wonderful place to pick up a mooring!

    CGSC’s reciprocal yacht hospitality does NOT extend to power boaters! We’re members of a yacht club that us listed in the Registry of American Yacht Clubs & had been enjoying the Keys for the winter on our trawler. We contacted them via phone . . . they got back to us saying they accept sail visitors only. This was confirmed by their vice commodore just today. None of available cruising info states this — their website, THIS net, the waterway guides, the Registry of American Yacht Clubs, etc.
    Linda Hughes

    They also only accept up to 40Ft. sailboats. We tried to stay there. We took a mooring in Dinner Key Marian instead.
    S/V Colleen Mae

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida/Florida Keys Marina Directory Listing For Coconut Grove Sailing Club

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  • Loggerhead Club and Marina of Stuart (formerly Harbourage Yacht Club & Marina, Stuart, FL on the Okeechobee Waterway/St. Lucie River)

    This facility lies along the northern shores of the St. Lucie River, hard by the new, high-rise US 1 Bridge. Formerly known as the Harbourage Yacht Club and Marina, this is a quality facility in every sense of the word. Several restaurants and multiple shopping possibilities are within easy walking distance.

    Cruising News:
    We have spent 2 months here and love the facilities, access to Stuart and the excellent day staff.
    However there is no night security and excessive noise both from inconsiderate boaters and the adjoining Wahoo’s Restaurant is a real issue on weekends. If you can, avoid slips on A and B docks
    Ian Rasmussen

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Loggerhead Club and Marina of Stuart

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  • Positive Review of Vero Beach Mooring Field (Statute Mile 952)

    Vero Beach MarinaThe Vero Beach Mooring Field is managed by the adjacent Vero Beach Municipal Marina, which is a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR. The combined marina and mooring field are a well run operation, and cruisers can coil their lines here with confidence. There is also very inexpensive bus service to nearby shopping and dining, plus a healthy but do-able walk will take you to the beach, where visitors will discover another set of restaurants and fine shops.

    We have been in Vero’s mooring field several times. It is a well protected harbor. When we have are dingy in the water we always have two lines secured to it at night and have never had a problem. At vero they have a dingy dock to go into and tie up for the day. We do have a padlock on our motor at all times to deter the less determined individuals. But in eight years of traveling and 24k nm we have never had an issue.
    Searaven

    We just spent 5 days in Vero Beach mooring field. Our original plan was for two days, but Vero Beach was just wonderful and we stayed 3 extra days. The staff was friendly and helpful and the long term residents were delightful. There is a bus that runs in front of the Marina.
    We did lock our dinghy when we were gone for the day, but we do that where ever we go.
    The Vero Beach Yacht Club and US Power Squadron are located next door to the Marina. The Power Squadron was having a party and the guys yelled to our boat to “come on over!”
    James & Gloria Crawford

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Vero Beach City Marina

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  • A Quick Look at No-Name Harbor (Key Biscayne, near St. M. 1096)

    No-Name Harbor lies off the extreme southerly shores of Key Biscayne, inland of Cape Florida. These waters are part of a Florida State Park, and are well protected.

    There are no moorings there, but wish there had been. A large catamaran, anchored there for a week, as we know because we left and returned, dragged anchor when the S wind shifter to 30 knots NW all night. We were not hit badly but others were. Still a wonderful place to be. by the way, restaurants are good – not excellent.
    John and Joan
    on Destiny

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida/Florida Keys Anchorage Directory Listing For No-Name Harbor

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  • Report on Bells River Anchorages, AICW Statute Mile 716.5

    These anchorages are located along the splintered course of Bells River – this stream intersects the AICW abeam of the Fernandina Beach waterfront, hard by flashing buoy #10.

    Rode out a 4-day storm in May, 2008 in the branch of the Bells that turns south between the two upstream anchor marks. Anchor did drag a couple of boat lengths when the winds went over 40 kts, then reset (44 Bruce on a 21000 lb ketch). Otherwise secure and at worst moderate seas. This storm dumped so much water in N. Fl that at high tide the Bells River became the Bells Lake. All of the marsh land that forms the banks were under several feet of water. The tops of the marsh grass was under water. With no channel marks in this portion of the river I would have had to blindly trust my chart plotter to re-anchor if the Bruce had not reset. Bottom line: A good anchorage, but if a really bad storm is coming I would now try to get into one of the marinas on Amelia Is. See also: http://www.svsarah.com/Sailing/ewBahamasNorth.html for more details on my adventure.
    Captain John Stevenson aboard SV Sarah

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Anchorage Directory Listing For Bells River Anchorages

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  • New General Store Now Open in Fernandina Beach, Florida (Statute Mile 716.5)

    This is certainly good news for cruisers since the nearest Fernandina Beach grocery was heretofore quite a hike from the municipal marina. Fernandina General Store is a handsome facility located at 520 Centre St. only a short walk from the waterfront. It’s telephone number is 904-310-6080

    The Fernandina General Store has opened in the old Bank of America building on Centre Street, two blocks from Fairbanks House. Just think of it as a downtown grocery with a deli in the back from which you can eat in or take out. When I stopped by I saw a nice wine display going in too. There are a couple of [other] places in town for people to just pick up a bottle of wine, but the hours of the store will be 7am to 10pm seven days a week.
    Excerpted from Fairbanks House B&B, Fernandina, FL

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

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  • Adventure Yacht Harbor (Statute Mile 837) and Boondocks Restaurant

    The hard to find entrance to this interesting marine lies east and south of the AICW between markers #58 and #60, a short hop south of the Port Orange Bridge and Daytona Beach.
    Wow, I have never had the opportunity to try the on-site restaurant, Boondocks, which Captain Ted speaks of so lovingly below. Looks like we all need to remedy that oversight as soon as possible.

    We have become regulars at this out of the way marina with its rickety docks and funky restaurant known as Adventure Yacht Harbor. We had become friends with Jim Boren who has been nursing the marina through
    bankruptcy. This is another hard to get into marina, but we like it. Jim reported that the marina has new owners, so things are expected to improve.
    We’ve mentioned Boondocks Restaurant before, and it is at least half the reason we like to stop here. Where else can one find a restaurant and bar (wine and beer only) in a marina parking lot under a tent? The food
    is good, too, and reasonably priced. One hears boat talk around the bar, and the dining room (for want of a better name) has both conventional tables for four along the walls and long picnic tables in the center where diners mingle. The staff is cheerful, friendly, efficient, and each appears to be enjoying her job. When someone leaves a generous tip, the waitress rings a bell. Signs permit smoking only when the tent flaps are rolled up (they were not this time because it was winter and the space heaters were on). Last spring (tent flaps up) kids were along the outside walkway feeding french fries to the fish, who gobbled them up. I told the woman bartender that this was the funkiest restaurant on the ICW assuring her that this was a compliment. I challenged her to name a another restaurant in a tent on a marina parking lot. She thought about it for a long time, and could not come up with anything like it. “And we’re bikers”, she said. “We see lots of places.”
    Ted Jones

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

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  • Palm Cove Marina (Statute Mile 747, Jacksonville Beach)

    FULL MARINE SERVICE ON SITE TRANSIENT DOCKAGE WELCOMEThe entrance to Palm Cove Marina lies along the western banks of the AICW, south of marker #31. These good folks are a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, and are highly recommended by the SSECN bunch.
    Also, note Captain Ted’s good experience at the adjacent Marker 32 restaurant. Really have to give this place a try SOON!

    This was our third stop at Palm Cove Marina, hard to get into but well worth the bother. It has excellent facilities, good showers (maybe among the best), and a friendly staff. Richard, from the office gave us a ride
    to West Marine so Malla could buy a duffel for the upcoming trip.
    We had been rather overdoing dining out, but we couldn’t resist one more meal at Channel Marker 32 adjacent to the marina. We decided we’d not get fancy and eat at the bar and that it being a Thursday night in mid January, that shouldn’t be a problem. The place was packed, but the hostess seated us at one of several high tables near the bar. In addition to a usual evening crowd, some sort of group was dining there, which accounted, in part for the crowded bar, but people kept coming and coming. The majority of diners were young and attractive, and we had a ringside seat for people watching. And, every meal we saw going by on a waiter’s shoulder (we were seated up high) looked interesting. Malla had field greens with a Georgia peanut dressing, and a vegetable roll with a soy glaze and sweet Korean chili. I had scallops and grits. Both dinners were as outstanding as our Italian dinners at Fernandina Beach were disappointing. The service was excellent and prompt despite the crowd, and the total bill was only five bucks more. We’ve lucked out the three times we’ve dined here as walk-ins, but a reservation is definitely recommended.
    Ted Jones

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

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  • Fernandina Harbor Marina (Statute Mile 716.56)

    Like Captain Ted, we always look forward to a visit with Fernandina Beach. This is a wonderful community with great restaurants, and some really neat history. Sorry Captain Ted didn’t know about Beech Street Grill. That’s our favorite dining attraction in town.

    Fernandina Beach has turned out to be a favorite stop. The marina is very good, although the heads, having been built by the Govmint — local, state, and federal — are rather sterile and not very well thought out. There’s nothing basically wrong with them; they simply don’t measure up to the quality of some of the first class private marinas we’ve visited.
    Last spring we’d had a wonderful (and expensive) dinner at Luigi’s, on the corner of 5th and Ash Streets, so we walked there in the cold night air only to discover that Luigi’s was closed. Never mind, we had passed another Italian restaurant on the main drag, so decided to go there, instead. It was disappointing, but — hey — we made it to Florida! It was still cold.
    Ted Jones

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

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  • A Visit to Vero Beach Municipal Marina (Statute Mile 952)

    Vero Beach MarinaGlad to hear such a positive, if brief report about SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Vero Beach Municipal Marina, from former “Coastal Cruising” magazine publisher, Ted Jones.

    We decided to take a slip at Vero Beach Municipal Marina for the night so we could get organized, do laundry, take showers, and leave packed bags ashore in the rental car we will pick up tomorrow.
    Vero Beach is a great destination and very popular. The heads and showers are good, as is the laundry, and the city provides free bus service from the marina (and elsewhere) to such important stops as West Marine and Publix.
    Ted Jones

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

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  • Good Words About Sunset Bay Marina (on the Okeechobee Waterway, at Stuart, FL)

    Sunset Bay Marina is the new incarnation of the Stuart City Marina and later South Pointe Anchorage. This facility was rebuilt a few years ago, wet slip dockage added, and the adjacent mooring field expanded. By all reports, the new facility is really first-class, and it’s VERY convenient for those who are about to run, or those who have just completed the Okeechobee Waterway.
    Sunset Bay is located just upstream of the old Roosevelt Twin Bridges, on the South Fork of the St. Lucie River/Okeechobee Waterway.

    We have been at Sunset Bay for 2 weeks now and will most likely be here another week. What a pleasant surprise this marina has been! We are on a mooring.
    The staff is great; facilities are excellent and easy walk to town make this the best overall marina situation that we have experienced since we left home in NC.
    Highly recommend it even if you planning to continue South; it is worth getting off of the AICW and take time to enjoy this marina.
    Pat Kenefick

    I could not agree more with the compliments on Sunset Bay Marina. Very nice people and facilities. I would highly endorse this stop.
    Paul

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

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  • Fort Lauderdale Municipal Marina at the Las Olas Bridge – Captain Jane Reports (Statute Mile 1064)


    The Las Olas Marina is one of several maintained by the city of Fort Lauderdale. All the others are found along new River, hard by the downtown section of Fort Lauderdale. The Las Olas facility also has the twin advantages of being directly on the AICW, and within walking distance of the beach.

    I don’t normally supply a photograph of laundry machines for a story on a Florida marina, and if you’re not a cruiser and are reading this by accident, you might be thinking — is this what cruising is about? Well, yes, and no. It’s what makes boaters comfortable so that they can fully enjoy their cruising. To me, as a boater, this photograph speaks volumes. It says “respite”, it says “you can get your chores done and it will be a clean experience!” It says: Here’s a marina that cares about its boat-living customers.

    View of Las Olas Marina from southern group of slips facing north and the bridge

    I’m not sure why we never tried the Las Olas City Marina, but after recently reading veteran cruising writer Tom Neale’s glowing review of the city’s facilities at Las Olas, we decided to give it a try. Well, well, well. This is very different from what we’re used to. At first, as we spied the marina tucked under — literally — the Las Olas draw bridge, I thought, Tom, what were you thinking? But I was wrong and I now get it. This is yet another Florida city marina that shows what good government can and does do while keeping affordable and good facilities available to the transient boating public.
    As I just mentioned, this marina oddly occupies both sides of the Las Olas bridge. Yes, that Las Olas, the last and huge opening bridge you encounter southbound that brings you into the heart of Fort Lauderdale. So, before you arrive, find out which side of the bridge your slip will be, North or South. The marina staff is very courteous — they offered us a slip on either side clearly explaining the advantages of each. The North side of the bridge brings you closer to the cruisers lounge and facilities and the South side gets you (a) past the opening bridge and (b) a little further from the bridge noise. One thing to note at the moment is that the pump outs on the South side are broken and there are no immediate plans to replace it.
    So what’s it like living under a busy draw bridge? The bridge noise is definitely noticeable — the first night I felt like I was in a Woody Allen movie describing my childhood living under the Elevated train in Brooklyn. After a while, it became white noise. But, a bright side is that being under the bridge, you are in the no-wake zone — so there is surprisingly less wake here than from the apparently more-protected marinas we have stayed in here. Also, odds are a mega yacht will occupy the ICW T-head and lucky you will be protected even more from ICW traffic.
    As for “amenities”, the cruisers lounge, laundry, heads and showers are first rate municipal facilities. They are far better than most facilities we have been offered on the ICW and certainly better than facilities we have used in neighboring private marinas in Fort Lauderdale, perhaps these facilities are designed for cruiser-customers and are not what I have experienced as barely sufficient for their purpose after-thoughts constructed for the crew of or day workers servicing a mega yacht. Euphemistically called “Comfort Stations” in Las Olas-speak, these really are.
    In sum, Las Olas is an impressive facility and well located. It gets special Captain Jane Gold Kudos for its copious and accessible recycling bins (plastics 1 and 2, cans, bottles and paper!) Thank you, Las Olas for your commitment to recycling and for helping cruisers do their part to reduce our impact on the environment! This is yet another example of a Florida city marina that is in many ways superior to its privately-owned pricey counterparts.
    Captain Jane
    S/V Lady Jane

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For the Fort Lauderdale Municipal Marina at the Las Olas Bridge

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  • Good Words for Harbortown Marina off the AICW departing Statute Mile 894

    Guest Coupon Available On Our Web Site Harbortown Marina – A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! – is on the south side of the Canaveral Barge Canal between Sykes Creek and the Banana River, departing the Waterway/Indian River east through a well marked channel at AICW marker #67, just north of the Florida A1A Bridge.

    Harbortown Marina is one of the nicest marinas around. That being said, there’s not much to see or do on the waterways around there. We live close by and cruise the barge canal regularly. Nautical Spirits Bar and Restaurant is great for dinner, but there is nothing else around within walking distance. There is a Publix about 5 miles down the road, and a Wal-Mart about 8 miles, if one wanted to cab it. Or you’re about 10 minutes from the beach at Jetty Park from there as well. Too bad there’s only a couple of more shuttles to launch, because this is a great area to watch from. If you get a chance to see one in the next month or so, don’t miss your chance.
    Laura

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

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  • Praise for Area Attractions around the Cocoa Anchorages, AICW Statute Mile 897

    The two Cocoa anchorages lie east and west of the Waterway channel, a short hop south of the Cocoa twin bridge.

    Cocoa Village is a great spot to spend a few days – with tons of restaurants to choose from, and arts & crafts fairs to Mardi Gras parties. There is the fancy upscale french restaurant, Cafe Margeaux, Brasas Argentina Steakhouse and a Thai Thai restaurant as well. Lots of shops and walking around, plus a historic theater and let’s not forget Travis Hardware which has been around since the 1800’s and has any hard-to-find fitting you might need. Merritt Square Mall is about 5 miles away over the bridge for shopping at JC Penney, Sears, Macy’s & Dillards.
    Laura

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Anchorage Directory Listing For Cocoa Anchorages

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  • Drawbridge Incident at AICW Statute Mile 1062.6

    Captain Ehlen does not name the bridges he describes, but we assume he was at East Sunrise Boulevard Bridge which is a twin span bascule bridge north of Ft. Lauderdale. The closed vertical clearance of the bascule spans is 25 feet.

    One of the draw bridges north of Ft. Lauderdale had two sailboats waiting when we arrived for the opening. Four spans rose, and as the northbound sailboat started to go through one of the spans began to close. I radioed the bridge tender. I’m guessing the high winds had something to do with the problem, but in the meantime all three boats started a mad scramble in the wind and current to get out of the way. Once the spans were up and stationary, Shady Lady went through first. As the two sailboats were going through the spans started waving again, but we all made it safely.
    Captain Wade Ehlen

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Sunrise Blvd. Bridge

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  • More on Miami Area Bridge Issues

    There are 15 bridges in a 5 1/2 mile stretch in the Miami River, posing a major headache for waterway and roadway traffic. Greg and Susan Han bring us up to date on steps being taken to improve communication between bridge tenders and vessel operators.

    As a local I am very familiar with the problems with the Miami area bridges. The problems seems to extend from Miami up to Palm beach. I am guessing that the operators in those counties work for various county and even cities and ar not as well trained or supervised.
    See the article
    [ARTICLE NO LONGER AVAILABLE] http://www.miamirivermarinegroup.com/qat99/safety3.html
    from a working group on the Miami River of commercial operators who voices their concerns to the USCG.
    While the commercial operators have different level of critical need, the problems they experienced are similar to ours. The Miami River Marine Group has taken a constructive approach ( after much private grousing I am sure) to communicate these concerns to the authorities and work to alleviate the problems. Perhaps some cruising association could organize their members and report problems and communicate with the authorities. Anyone know of an organization that could take this on?

  • Reminder: the Florida Manatee is a Protected Marine Mammal

    If this is your first visit to Florida waters, please be aware that these docile, slow moving creatures – unlike their acrobatic cousins, the dolphins – cannot avoid your vessel, even at idle speed. Keeping a sharp lookout for manatee is really the only way to prevent hitting them.

    The Captain of the Port advises all mariners operating in Florida’s waters that the Florida Manatee is a protected marine mammal under State and Federal Law. These protected species are known to inhabit the Lower St Johns River between the months of March and December. The Captain of the Port Jacksonville advises that all vessel crews be aware of the existence of the Florida Manatee during river transits. Vessel crews post adequate lookouts for these protected mammals when maneuvering near berths and in shallow areas. Should an incident occur, notify Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWCC), Law Enforcement Division at 888-404-3922.

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