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  • 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.
    Chart 11472 LNM 11/16

    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.

  • US House Voting on SHARE Act tomorrow!

    More legislation concerning boaters, especially resident boaters who fish in Biscayne Bay.
    (Posting of this notice does not imply SSECN’s support for a “No” vote.)

    BOATINGUNITED

    Starting tomorrow, the House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on H.R. 2406 (the SHARE Act)—a comprehensive sportsmen’s focused piece of legislation that includes critical language ensuring access to our nation’s public waters.
    A key provision of the SHARE Act, is language requiring the National Park Service and NOAA marine sanctuaries to work together with state fisheries agencies before recreational or commercial fishing access is restricted. This critical collaboration would help reverse efforts at Biscayne National Park to establish a 10,000 acre marine reserve and ensure state agencies have a seat at the table for future management discussions.
    Unfortunately, Rep. Don Beyer (VA-8) is planning to offer Amendment #24, essentially stripping this important language from the SHARE Act.
    Contact your member of Congress today and urge them to vote “NO” on Amendment #24 and keep language in the SHARE Act to protect access to our nation’s fisheries.
    Letting Amendment #24 succeed would set back access for boaters and anglers for decades to come. Click to contact your Representative TODAY and urge them to reject Rep. Beyer’s Amendment #24.

    TAKE ACTION

  • Possible Delays in the Opening Procedure at Main Street Bridge, St. Johns River, Jacksonville, FL, 2/14/2016


    Experienced cruiser, David Burnham, offers good advice concerning bridge approach. So many of our mechanical bridges are old and not always maintained properly due to funding cuts. David’s word to wise: go slow and be prepared to stop or come about, not easy when approaching with current. With a closed vertical clearance of 38ft, the Main St. Bridge crosses the St. Johns in downtown Jacksonville.
    REMINDER: Don’t yell at the Bridge Tender! Such mechanical delays are RARELY, IF EVER, the fault of the Tender.

    Passed through the Jacksonville, Florida Main Street Bridge on Wednesday, February 10th, 2016.
    CAUTION: the bridge is experiencing some delay upon opening.
    As the bridge started to lift, I came about and began heading toward the bridge to minimize the time required to stay open but the bridge stopped going up after about 5-6 feet and there was a minute or two delay before the tender was able to get the bridge to continue opening.
    Until this is repaired, be aware not to approach the bridge until a safe clearance height is apparent as the water currents in the area of the Main Street Bridge can be swift at times.
    David Burnham
    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Main St. Bridge

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Bridge Directory Listing For Main Street Bridge

  • Dania Marine Flea Market, March 3-6, Hallendale Beach, FL

    As posted in this article from Soundings’ Trade Only Today section, Dania’s Marine Flea Market will be March 3-6 in Hallendale Beach just south of Fort Lauderdale.

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    Florida marine flea market returns in March
    Posted on February 9th, 2016
    The Dania Beach Marine Flea Market will be held March 3-6 at the Mardi Gras Casino in Hallandale Beach, Fla.
    The 26-acre parking lot of the casino at U.S. Route 1 and Pembroke Road will once again become a nautical swap shop.
    Organizers said private individuals and marine-related businesses will sell used marine equipment, coral-encrusted antiques, new and used boats, fishing tackle, diving gear, marine artwork and other boating-related items at low prices.
    “Some shoppers to the Marine Flea Market travel hundreds of miles to find that elusive part for a 1946 vintage outboard motor,” event coordinator Jennifer Dudas said in a statement. “Others are looking for antique fishing tackle. Over the four days, thousands of boating- and fishing-related items are bought and sold through a system of dickering and dealing at a fraction of their retail value.”

    For the full article, CLICK HERE.

  • Pirate Fest, Today thru Sunday! Fort Pierce City Marina, AICW Statute Mile 966.5


    The entrance channel leading to Fort Pierce City Marina, a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!, runs to the west, just south of the Fort Pierce high-rise bridge, and well north of unlighted daybeacon #188.

    Big Weekend!!!!

    Pirate Fest!! I have attached a layout of the activities with a schedule of events for all three days.

    Friday night is Friday Fest from 5:30 to 9. Parking is at a minimum.

    Saturday is Farmers Market 8-12. Parking is at a minimum

    Have a great fun filled weekend!!!!

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    Anne Maurer
    Fort Pierce City Marina
    772-464-1245
    amaurer@city-ftpierce.com
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    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Fort Pierce City Marina

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Fort Pierce City Marina

  • UPDATE on Anchoring Ban in Florida ICW – HB1051

    As reporter Branon Edwards relates in this article in the Broward/Palm Beach New Times, HB1051 is being presented today (1/26) by a group of Florida legislators. Bill is reported on 1/27 as passed with 12 Yea votes. Click Here for related opinion.

    February 3 UPDATE from our friends at AGLCA Forum

    UPDATE ON FLORIDA ANCHORING LEGISLATION
    An amended version of the HB1051 (now CS/HB1051) passed a committee last week. SSCA and AGLCA members, along with our other boating partners, spoke against the amended bill which included a safe harbor provision and the ability for law enforcement, government boats and rescue boats to anchor overnight. The prohibition on overnight anchoring remained, which we don’t support. We are working to modify that provision. At present calls and emails should be directed to members of the House State Affairs Committee stating the following:

    “I am (a Florida resident/Florida tourist) and cruise extensively in Florida waters. I oppose the present language in CS/HB1051 because the bill does not give cruising boats the ability to anchor for a reasonable time while in navigation under federal law. We are also concerned that this bill opens the door for communities to pursue similar legislation without adequate justification which would result in unfair, random and unreasonable anchoring restrictions. A better way to address the issues in these areas is to pursue enactment of a comprehensive mooring/anchoring planning and adoption process that would apply to all communities, not just selected ones.”

    If you are a Florida resident, please look at the member list below, if you live in one of the member’s area, you should send a separate note to them stating you are a constituent.

    Here is link to the committee website:

    http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Committees/committeesdetail.aspx?CommitteeId=2851

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    Yachts anchored in Fort Lauderdale’s Middle River basin, which would be illegal if proposed legislation passes. Branon Edwards

    BY BRANON EDWARDS TUESDAY, JANUARY 26, 2016 | 3 HOURS AGO
    A battle is heating up between rich owners of waterfront property and boaters who, instead of docking, use anchors to keep their boats cheaply (free!) in the Intracoastal Waterway. The rich have argued that these anchored boats ruin their view — especially vessels that have been abandoned and become decrepit. Many boaters, however, contend that they are responsible and have rights to use the waterway.

    As they say, “the squeaky wheel gets the grease.” In this case, the squeaky wheel appears to be wealthy property owners along Florida’s Intracoastal Waterway, and the grease is a nasty bit of proposed legislation known in the House as HB1051 and in the Senate as SB1260. Both bills in Tallahassee aim to make it illegal to anchor overnight in parts of the Intracoastal Waterway despite the waterway having been used for this purpose since its inception.

    CLICK HERE for the full article by Branon Edwards

  • Palm Beach Marine Flea Market & Boat Sale, February 13-14, 2016

    Just love Florida’s winter boat shows!

    FEBRUARY 13-14, 2016 – 9 AM TO 5 PM – SOUTH FLORIDA FAIRGROUNDS – 9067 SOUTHERN BLVD – WEST PALM BEACH
    Palm Beach, Florida – Under The Sun Promotions Inc. is delighted to announce that the Marine Flea Market & Boat Sale is returning for its 7th year, taking place at the South Florida Fairgrounds in West Palm Beach, Florida from February 13th – 14, 2016.

    The Marine Flea Market & Boat Sale will run from 9am – 5pm on Saturday and Sunday, giving visitors two full days to enjoy discounts on nautical and marine related merchandise and services.

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    VISIT OUR WEBSITE

  • More Good Words for Lake Park Harbor Marina, AICW Statute Mile 1017


    Lake Park Harbor Marina is on the west side of the Waterway, one mile north of Lake Worth Inlet. Our thanks to Skipper Silvio for this good report.

    This is a wonderful little marina. The super nice staff stayed past closing to help us get settled on the dock. We never saw less than 8 ft in the entrance channel or in the marina. The bathrooms and laundry were clean and well kept. And there is in fact a Dunkin Donuts two blocks away…..
    Silvio

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Lake Park Harbor Marina

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Lake Park Harbor Marina

  • Hurricane Harbor Anchorage? Key Biscayne, AICW Statute Mile 1096


    Peter Conway is inquiring about Hurricane Harbor on the southwestern shore of Key Biscayne. There is no charted channel into what appears to be a well-sheltered anchorage. If you have local knowledge of this harbor, let us hear from you.

    What happened to the anchorage at Hurricane Harbor? Is it not still a permitted anchorage?
    Peter Conway

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Hurricane Harbor

  • Nautical Flea Market, January 9-10, Stuart, FL


    8th Annual Martin County Nautical Flea Market Jan 9-10, 2016
    www.FLNauticalFleaMarket.com
    Nautical Flea Market – Marine and Wildlife Art Festival and Craft Show – Used Boat Showcase – Music – Festival Food – Beer

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    One Admission Price for all the Events. Admission $7.00 Children 12 and Under FREE
    For $2.00 OFF admission coupon CLICK HERE

    Stuart, Florida…Don’t miss the 8th Annual Martin County Nautical Flea Market January 9-10, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Memorial Park , 300 SE Ocean Blvd, Stuart Florida 33494

  • More Good Words for Burkey Marine Group, West Palm Beach, FL

    We hear so many good things about this group; they must be doing many things right! These are not the first words of praise we have received for Burkey Marine and will not be the last.

    We had a great experience over the phone being walked through our problem by Big Diesel Greg Burkey. All was well and the trip was salvaged! Some people care and yes we recommend the Greg Burkey Marine Group. Several phone calls later at no charge and we were fixed!
    CaptJ

  • “Who Is Sylvia?” – Lake Sylvia, that is. Fort Lauderdale, AICW Statute Mile 1064.5


    With apologies to Shakespeare, Fred Braman wants to know the history of the lake’s name. Since very little is mentioned in Wikipedia, we’re hoping someone of you might have answer. For a recent report from Lake Sylvia, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=134325.

    Do you know the history of the name “Lake Sylvia,” in Ft Lauderdale? Who was Sylvia?
    Fred Braman

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

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