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  • Adventure Yacht Harbor (south of Daytona Beach, Statute Mile 837)

    Adventure Yacht Harbor features a well protected dockage basin, and adjacent shoreside dining. This facility is certainly worth a look!

    I am currently at the “Adventure Yacht Harbor”, Port Orange FL. It is just south of the Dunlawton bridge. Small marina, but clean, helpful and friendly. Boondocks resturant is also located here. The harbormaster is Jim Boren. His number 386-756-2180. Rate for my 40′, and less than 6 months, is $10. Power for 30 amp $45, 50 amp $80. Also it is off the ICW in a nice little protected harbor. Johnny, Mojito Bandito.

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

  • A Positive Perspective of the Ortega Yacht Club Marina in Jacksonville, Fl off the AICW

    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.

    We have always had a good experience here. This is a private yacht club and they have recently offered transient slips.
    Rules do include how clubhouse and pool area can be used depending on the package you chose when you check in.
    Facilities are first class, docks are great and a very nice shower area is available. Stores, restaurant are close by.
    I understand members wanting the clubhouse and pool area for friends and family on holiday weekends. These members pay big bucks to have this privilege! Really sorry to hear anyone had a bad experience here because we have recommended it often to fellow boaters on the ICW.
    Rex & Jimmie aboard M/V “My Harley”

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

  • More on Anchoring in No Name Harbor (Key Biscayne, St. M. 1096)

    Located at the southern end of Key Biscayne, No Name Harbor is considered by some to be an excellent hurricane hole.

    As of July 29, 2010 there is a fee to anchor in No Name Harbor. Two dollars for a day use and $20.00 per night. This is on the honor system.
    Captain Cheryl Martin aboard Fair Winds

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

    Click Here To View Recent Comments on No Name Harbor

  • Good Words for Welaka Public Dock and Museum (St. Johns River, south of Palatka)

    More and more cruisers are finding Welaka city docks, museum and surrounding restaurants and attractions to be well worth the stop!

    We went there by dinghy, loved the museum, and went two nights to the Shrimp R Us Tiki bar, what a deal! all walkable from the free docks.
    Captain Sterling

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Welaka Public Dock

  • Emergency Anchorage inside the Ponce de Leon Inlet near AICW Statute Mile 840

    Chris aboard SV Pelican offers very good advice concerning obtaining and using local knowledge as well as the location of a last resort anchorage inside Ponce Inlet, just as the Inlet turns south.

    In June of 2009 we were chased into Ponce De Leon Inlet due to a nasty storm. After hearing all of the warnings about it being so dangerous we called Sea Tow for some local knowledge recommendations. The storm hit us with 45kts of wind, driving rain and continuous lightning when we were still 1/4 mile away. Fortunately we had already talked to the Sea Tow people before entering so they were able to give us the lay of the land. One tip – if you duck in here and go south, there is water inside the area between 7A and 9, just past the inlet entrance. It’s marked 8 feet on the charts, but we were told it’s over 10, and didn’t see less than 12.
    There are two issues with anchoring here. First, when it rains the current goes crazy. We thought we were grounded since, even with 45kts of wind, we were beam to the wind. It turns out the current was even stronger, and we were nose to it until a little while after the rain stopped. Second, as soon as the storm blew by we were passed fairly closely by numerous large sportfishers running on a full plane. I wouldn’t overnight here. BUT – in a pinch – call Sea Tow for local knowledge on shoaling in the inlet and then park your butt close to the beach between these two marks.

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Ponce de Leon Inlet

  • Praise for One of the Best: Miami Beach Marina in Miami, FL

    Miami Beach Marina is a world-class facility with 400 slips and 1000 feet of floating docks specifically intended for smaller craft. Conveniently located on the southwestern shores of Miami Beach, just west of the entrance to Government Cut Inlet, this very popular marina has prompted many to say “if you can find a better marina, stay there!” Jeff and Michele would certainly agree.

    On Thursday, July 15th, we bid farewell to our dockmates and took Hawks Channel northeast. We were going to run to Government Cut at Miami Beach, but the seas kept getting sloppier. So we headed west to Angel Fish Creek and took that across to Biscayne Bay. We took the ICW north to Dodge Island and ran east along the south side of the island toward Government Cut and Miami Beach Marina.
    Soon we were in our slip. Michele promptly left the marina and jumped aboard the local bus to purchase supplies for when we would be on the hook at the regatta. I cannot say enough about Miami Beach Marina. The location is unbeatable. It is located at the southernmost point of Miami Beach, right at the mouth of Government Cut. Upon leaving the marina you can be on the Atlantic Ocean beginning your crossing of the Gulf Stream to Bimini and the Bahamas. South Beach is a short walk from the marina. Ocean Drive with the restaurants, clubs, and fun nightlife are a good walk or a short taxi ride. At the Marina, the restroom and laundry facilities are clean and well-maintained. There is a gourmet market, a ship’s store, a dive shop, and a restaurant and tiki bar with a pool. It doesn’t get much better than this for a cosmopolitan marina.
    Now the negatives. It is VERY expensive. It is $3.50 a foot plus electricity. If they put you in a slip south of the dockmaster’s office, your boat gets rocked all night by the surge from cruise ships and freighters entering and leaving the harbor. Most transients get put on these docks. Sometimes you can beg for a slip north of the dockmaster’s office.
    Jeff and Michele Prahm

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

  • Good Visit and Good $$ Fortune at Pier 66 Yacht Harbor in Ft. Lauderdale (AICW Statute Mile 1066.5)

    Pier 66 Yacht Harbor lies on the eastern side of the Waterway just north of the SE 17th St. Bridge. With 148 slips and every convenience imaginable, Pier 66 is a first-class marina and welcoming to transients, as Jeff and Michele relate below:

    A fellow boater told me that Pier 66 had a dollar per foot special last summer and might repeat it this year. Michele called and was told that they were not doing that special this year. She started to hang up when the dockmaster said he could give us that rate for the night. A dollar per foot at Pier 66? We took it and pulled our little 34-foot Marine Trader into a slip suitable for a 120-foot mega yacht. We loved the location, the swimming pools, the restaurants and the bars (we couldn’t enjoy the revolving bar atop the Pier 66 tower since a wedding reception was being held there. The restrooms were clean with good water pressure and working AC. Laundry facilities, fuel and a small marine store are available on site. Of course, being the Yachting Capital of the World, just about any service is available in the Fort Lauderdale area.
    Pier 66 is located on the east side of the ICW, just north of the 17th Street Causeway in Fort Lauderdale. You can bike east to Lauderdale Beach and the tourist shops at Beach Place. Just south of the 17th Street Causeway is Port Everglades. From there, you can continue south on the ICW to the Dania Beach Cutoff Canal or Hollywood Beach and Miami or head east out onto the Atlantic Ocean. This is a nice jumping off point to Bimini.
    Jeff and Michele Prahm aboard MV Java Girl

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Pier 66 Yacht Harbor

  • Good Words for Mandarin Holiday Marina on the St. Johns River in Mandarin, FL

    Located south of Mandarin and Orange Park, FL, east off the St. Johns River on the north side of Julington Creek and just west of the Route 13 fixed bridge, Mandarin Holiday Marina has long been a very popular stop with cruisers on the St. Johns.

    This is one of our favorite fuel locations when heading south on the river. Fuel is always fresh and prices are fair. It can be busy in the evenings on weekends at the pumps. Good protection from winds and wakes. There are two slips available to fuel at a time. Call on way in – (904)268-1036
    Rex and Jimmie aboard MV MyHarleyY

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

  • Report on Boathouse Marina in Palatka, FL on the St. Johns River

    Boathouse Marina is located on the St. Johns River just south of the Palatka City Dock and in the heart of the Palatka Historic District.

    No Fuel, quite, secure, a great place to stay. Owners are great and make you feel at home! Older marina but kept very clean and neat.
    Rex and Jimmie aboard MV My HarleyY

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

  • A Mixed Review of the Ortega Yacht Club Marina in Jacksonville, Fl off the AICW

    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.

    The marina is nice and the location is convenient. But had bad experiences with marina management. Rules seemed to be enforced or created at the whim of the dock master. Was not “Customer Friendly”.
    Water Boater

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

  • Reminder of Transient Moorings at Coconut Grove Sailing Club (AICW Statute Mile 1094.5)

    We’ve had numerous reminders of moorings available to transients at Coconut Grove Sailing Club on Biscayne Bay over the last year and the location sounds so inviting! Give the Club a try and let us hear about your stay, because they are A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    Coconut Grove Sailing Club is a member supported sailing club but the moorings are available to the public on a first come first serve basis. They have 200 moorings in the most protected mooring field in Biscayne Bay. The restaurant on property offers great lunch and dinner choices with a view that is hard to beat in the Grove and they usually have live music on Friday nights.
    Sean Connett

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

  • High Praise for Lighthouse Boatyard off the AICW at Ponce de Leon Inlet, New Smyrna Beach, FL

    Located off the AICW northwest of the Ponce de Leon Inlet, Lighthouse Boatyard is reached by departing the AICW southbound at MM 839.5 and northbound at MM 842. Click on the link below for a Navigational Alert, Chartview and advice regarding the channel markers into Lighthouse Boatyard.

    I want to share a pleasant experience about Lighthouse Boatyard at Ponce Inlet, FL. While cruising on the ICW near New Smyrna we had major prop damage (long story). We needed an emergency haulout so the first place I looked for help was your Cruising Guide to Eastern Florida. We contacted Terry at Lighthouse Boatyard and like your guide says, they went above and beyond to accomodate us. Not only did she arrange the haulout and lined up a prop repairman, Terry also tracked down a vendor for another part we needed. If that wasn’t enough, she offered refreshments and loaned us her car to run errands. We were back in the water the next day at a fair price.

    Click Here To View An Earlier Posting Concerning Lighthouse Boatyard Which Contains Important Information About This Facility’s Entrance Channel

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

  • Praise for The Loggerhead Club and Marina of Stuart, Fl departing the AICW c. Statute Mile 496

    Formerly the Harbourage Marina and Yacht Club, The Loggerhead Club and Marina of Stuart lies northwest of Okeechobee Waterway/St. Lucie River marker #23, and east of the US1/Stuart high-rise bridge.
    We stayed at the Harborage Marina and Yacht Club, now Loggerhead Marina, in Stuart. The staff was incredibly friendly and helpful. The clubhouse and pool area are gorgeous. The restroom-shower facilities are the best we have found in Florida. (We felt like we were at a spa rather than a marina). There is a nice live aboard community there on both the floating docks and the fixed docks. Saint Lucie Inlet to the East gives easy access to the Atlantic and the Bahamas. Saint Lucie River to the West gives access to the Okeechobee Waterway and the Gulf of Mexico. The only negative is there are no marine or grocery stores close to the marina.
    Captain Jeff Prahm aboard mv Java Girl

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

  • Praise – and Advice – for Peck Lake Anchorage (Statute Mile 992)

    This popular anchorage lies immediately off the eastern flank of the AICW, just south of the Waterway’s intersection with St. Lucie River and the Okeechobee Waterway. It is usually available only to drafts of 4 feet or less, but, following Susan’s directions, you might find 6 feet or more crossing the shoals that lie between the AICW and the deeper water to the east.

    We’re anchored in Peck Lake with friends and loving life. We came in at dead low tide turning east just south of Green 19. We headed toward the tower and found good water (6+’) all the way in to deeper water. There’s a nice park on the ocean just a dink ride and short walk away. It’s protected and there isn’t much boat traffic mid week. We plan to stay for a few days.
    Captain Susan Parker

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Anchorage Directory Listing For Peck Lake Anchorage

  • Praise For Sunset Bay Marina (South Fork, St. Lucie River, on the Okeechobee Waterway)

    Since the city of Stuart leased out this property, and the facility was rebuilt as Sunset Bay Marina, we have received nothing but praise for Sunset Bay here on the Cruisers’ Net.

    There is no doubt that Sunset Bay is the BEST marina in the Stuart area. It was opened in 2009 so is not yet in many cruiser’s guides. Everything is new, great facilities, although mostly transient, it would pay to book ahead as many people come in for an overnight, then stay for 2 weeks. There is also a mooring field.
    Keith and Laurie Rawlings
    M/V “KenBane”

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

  • Good Words for Hollywood Municipal Marina (Statute Mile 1071.5)

    Tired of the hustle and bustle of Fort Lauderdale? Try Hollywood Municipal Marina as Captain Tim suggests. Click on the link below for other good words for this marina.

    I have always enjoyed Hollywood as an alternative to Fort Lauderdale. I always try to stay in Hollywood when engaged in a boat project or taking a class at the Maritime school in Fort Lauderdale.
    Captain Tim Maggee

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

    Click on Chartlet Below to Open a Chart View Window,
    Centered on the Location of This Marina:

  • Hollywood Municipal Marina (Statute Mile 1071.5)

    Hollywood Municipal Marina flanks the AICW’s western shores a short hop south of the Dania Cutoff Canal. The only remotely negative issue I’ve ever had with this facility is that you have to be careful entering the rear slips. A shoal sits just off the docks to the north.

    We spent a few weeks at the City of Hollywood Marina and really enjoyed the area. It is 10 miles north of Miami and 10 miles south of Fort Lauderdale. We rented a car and explored the area. Hollywood has one of the best beaches and boardwalks on the east coast. Hollywood is a throwback to Florida before the 30 story condos took over the entire shoreline. Great bakery just across the ICW.
    Bob Mimlitch

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

  • Much More on the Bridge Of Lions Vertical Clearance Issue (St. Augustine, FL, Statute Mile 778)

    If you have been following the Cruisers’ Net, or most any of the other nautical web sites or mailing list, you almost certainly know there is an issue about whether the newly rebuilt Bridge of Lions that crosses the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway in St. Augustine, Florida, has less than its charted, mean high water, closed vertical clearance of 25 feet. One week ago today, we issued an alert in response to a message we received from Ms. Laurie Sanderson, Public Information Officer for the Bridge of Lion Rehabilitation Project, in which we put forward our belief that this span now has only 22 feet of closed vertical clearance.
    All this discussion was initiated by a report from Captain Bob Mimlitch, who noticed that his craft’s antennae seemed MUCH closer to the bottom of the bridge than they should have been, when he passed under this span. Over the past several days, Captain Mimlitch has copied the Cruisers’ Net on a LIVELY series of messages which have passed between himself, Ms. Sanderson, and two members of the USCG! Read on!

    I told some of you that I would report on the Bridge of Lions when we passed it northbound. Here are my findings:

    Approaching the Bridge of Lions from the south

    The following two photos were taken on 15 June 2010 at 9:49am, as we passed under the bridge.

    The south clearance gauge (tide board)

    After photo analysis, the clearance gauge reads 19.5′, plus or minus an inch, which is clearance at “low steel”. The sign also states 4′ additional clearance at center. Thus clearance at center is 19.5′ plus 4′, or 23.5′. All drawbridges are governed by 33 CFR, which states:

    § 117.47 Clearance gauges.
    (a) Clearance gauges are required for drawbridges across navigable waters of the United States discharging into the Atlantic Ocean south of Delaware Bay (including the Lewes and Rehoboth Canal, DE) or into the Gulf of Mexico (including coastal waterways contiguous thereto and tributaries to such waterways and the Lower Atchafalaya River, LA), except the Mississippi River and its tributaries and outlets,
    (b) Except for provisions in this part which specify otherwise for particular drawbridges, clearance gauges shall be designed, installed, and maintained according to the provisions of §118.160 of this chapter.

    § 118.160 Vertical clearance gauges.
    (a) When necessary for reasons of safety of navigation, the District Commander may require or authorize the installation of clearance gauges. Except as specified in §117.47(b) of this chapter for certain drawbridges, clearance gauges must meet the requirements of this section.
    (b) Clearance gauges must indicate the vertical distance between ‘‘low steel’’ of the bridge channel span and the level of the water, measured to the bottom of the foot marks, read from top to bottom. Each gauge must be installed on the end of the right channel pier or pier protection structure facing approaching vessels and extend to a reasonable height above high water so as to be meaningful to the viewer. Other or additional locations may be prescribed by the District Commander if particular conditions or circumstances warrant.

    The hand painted north clearance gauge (tide board)

    After photo analysis, the clearance gauge reads 22.5′ plus or minus an inch, which it states is clearance at center, not “low steel” as required by 33 CFR. This nonstandard clearance gauge does not conform with 33 CFR.
    The south side indicates 23.5′ at center and the north side states 22.5′. There is a one foot discrepancy.
    The listed clearance on the charts and according to the contractor rebuilding the bridge is 25′ at center. Charted heights are based on clearance at Mean High Water (MHW). MHW for the tide station next to the Bridge of lions at the St. Augustine City Dock is listed as 6.41′. MHW reference: http://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/data_menu.shtml?stn=8720576%20St.%20%20Augustine,%20FL&type=Datums
    This means that if you pass under the bridge at a low tide of zero, the clearance at center would be 25′ plus 6.41′, or 31.41′. We passed under the bridge with a tide of 4.0′ so we should have had a clearance of 31.41 minus 4.0′, or 27.41′. Said another way, we were 2.41′ less than MHW, so 25′ plus 2.41′ or 27.41′.
    When we passed under the bridge at 7:45AM on 28 April 2010, with a 4.5′ tide the north clearance gauge read 22′ at center, which was our boat’s height with VHF antennas up. Because we were almost 2′ below MHW, we expected 25′ plus 2′ or 27′ at center. When we saw the north clearance gauge reading 22′ at center, Sue ran to the upper helm and watched the antennas miss the bridge by less than a foot. If the listed 25′ clearance was correct, we would have had 5.5′ above our antennas.
    Sue did not miss estimate our clearance as less than a foot instead of 5.5′. The north gauge appears to be correct, which means the listed clearance of 25′ cannot be correct. The listed clearance may be off by as much as 4 or 5′.
    According to Laurie Sanderson, the Public Information Officer for the Bridge of Lions, the Contractor still maintains that the listed clearance of 25′ is correct.
    I don’t have all the answers, but I know the following calculations for clearance at center, based on a 4′ tide, don’t match:

    South clearance gauge = 23.5′
    North clearance gauge = 22.5′
    Listed clearance = 27.4′

    Something is still very wrong. Was the old bridge really 25′ and the new bridge 20′ or 21′?
    Captain Bob Mimlitch
    USCG 100 ton Master Captains License #1002684

    And, below, based on the above described observations, is a copy of an e-mail sent from Captain Mimlitch to Ms. Laurie Sanderson:

    Laurie,
    I realized that as Public Information Officer for the Bridge of Lions, you may not realize the importance to mariners of the Vertical Clearance listed on the charts and in the cruising guides. As a Captain, I don’t know in advance what the clearance gauge is going to read until I am very close to the bridge. Any Captain knows that in normal conditions and at tide levels less than Mean High Water (MHW), he should have more than the listed Vertical Clearance. It is against the law for me to request a bridge opening when my boat height does not required – thus I must plan ahead. As I approached the bridge on 28 April, I had planned on the listed Vertical Clearance of 25′ plus two additional feet because the tide was 2′ below MHW. This should give me a Vertical Clearance of 27′. My boat required 22′ of Vertical Clearance, so I did not request an opening.
    I approached the bridge with the current behind me. The current here can reach 2 knots in this area. To maintain rudder steerage of my vessel I need a speed through the water of 4 knots. Heavy currents passing under the bridge and between the fenders can cause eddy currents and challenging steering. Thus I am approaching the bridge at about 6 knots and expecting 5′ of clearance above my antennas.
    What I found was a 5′ disparity between my planned clearance and the tide board reading. What do I do? I can slam both engines into reverse and try to stop in time, back out of the bridge entrance and try to resolve the real height. If I had thought that I only had a couple of feet clearance, with the current behind me, I would have requested an opening just to be safe. Because the listed Vertical Clearance is wrong, my planning was in error.
    We, as boaters, should not have to wait for an accident and the accompanying law suits to resolve the true Vertical Clearance of the bridge. Organizations such as the Waterway Guide, ActiveCaptain, and[Salty]  Southeast Cruiser’s Net stand ready to get the correct bridge height out as soon as the contractor can determine it. Please, as the Public Information Officer for the Bridge of Lions, insure that the contractor knows that this Vertical Clearance must be based on MHW.
    Thanks for your help in this matter.
    Bob Mimlitch

    And, Ms. Sanderson’s reply:

    Bob,
    I appreciate the e-mails you have sent this morning. I also appreciate your position, and the very real concern you present. The information I have provided to you is that which was provided to me by the project engineers and the contractor’s personnel. I have forwarded the e-mails you sent this morning to the Senior Project Engineer and to the contractor, so they may hear directly from you the concerns which you have detailed for me. Thank you again for bringing this matter to our attention.
    One tiny edit, if you please:
    “According to Laurie Sanderson, the Public Information Officer for the Bridge of Lions, the Contractor still maintains that the listed clearance of 25′ is correct.”
    The contractor actually maintains that their tide gauge is correct, not that the listed clearance of 25’ is correct. If the listed clearance of 25’ is incorrect, the Department of Transportation believes it is not within their jurisdiction, but within the jurisdiction of the U.S. Coast Guard, to make that correction. The Department of Transportation is responsible for overseeing the contractor and ensuring that the tide gauge is correct. I have forwarded your e-mails to the Senior Project Engineer and to the contractor.
    Sincerely,
    Laurie Sanderson
    Public Information Officer
    Bridge of Lions Rehabilitation Project

    From Captain Mimlitch:

    I don’t know whether it is DOT’s responsibility or the USCG’s responsibility, I would assume that Laurie is correct; so who do we contact in the USCG. I hope that one of you have contacts.
    Thanks,
    Bob

    Below, Captain Mimlitch brings this matter to the attention of Mr Dragon, the USCG Chief of the Bridge Branch

    Dear Mr. Dragon;
    I would like to bring a situation with the Bridge of Lions to your attention. I have been discussing this with Laurie Sanderson, the Public Information Officer for the Bridge of Lions, and others for about two months and in todays email Laurie states that the responsibility for insuring the accuracy of the 25′ Vertical Clearance listed on nautical charts and published on government website is the responsibility of the USCG. Below Laurie’s reply, you will find my email detailing my findings and photographs of the conflicting bridge height data.
    Thank you for your help.
    Bob Mimlitch

    And that, sport fans, is where things stand as of late Friday afternoon, June 18. We’ll keep you apprised as more develops!
    In any case, for the moment, we strongly suggest that all skippers count on a MAXIMUM closed vertical clearance of 22 feet when passing under the Bridge of Lions, possibly 21 feet!

  • More Info on the former Burger King Dock in Palatka, FL (St. Johns River)

    Thanks to John Adams, the mystery of the “lost Burger King dock” is solved. Not only is the dock still there as Corky Bell’s, but Burger King is just across the street. Thanks John!

    Submitted on 2010/06/14 at 6:15pm
    The Burger King dock you are referring to is still there only it is now Corky Bell’s dock (they took the Burger King sign down). The Burger King is directly accross the street from Corky Bell’s and if you don’t want to eat at Corky Bell’s you can just cross the street. I tied up there in March on my way back from the Bahamas and stayed the night. In the morning I walked over to the Burger King for breakfast and when I came back I looked up at the very high pilings and found a small obscure sign at the top that said “No over nite docking”. I don’t know why the sign is not on all the pilings if they don’t want you to stay over nite. I tied up at the end of the dock so smaller boats could tie up if needed and didn’t see any sign saying no over-niter’s and I was looking for such a sign. Of course there is no water or electric but it’s free. I did have dinner at Corky Bell’s and it was great as it always is.
    Captain John Adams

    Click Here To View a Previous Posting on the Burger King Dock

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Devil’s Elbow Section of the St. Johns River, Where the Corky Bells Dock is Located

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