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Archive For: EASTERN FLORIDA – All Cruising News

  • A Visit to Sixmile Creek and the Famous Crab Shack, off the St. Johns River

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    Sixmile Creek – Click for Chartview

    Six Mile Creek stretches out from the southeastern corner of Palmo Cove, itself a short hop southeast of the infamous Shands Bridge at Green Cove Springs. Be advised that you may have to cruise through some 4 1/2 foot soundings to reach the stream’s mouth, and again as you approach the Crab Shack’s docks. If you can navigate in these depths, the effort is well worthwhile!

    The previous night, we stayed on the free dock at Outback Crab Shack on Six Mile Creek (Mile 47) and it is a bit shallow getting in there with 5 foot draft boats needing high tide.
    Elaine and Russ Sturm
    Twelve Stones

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Palmo Cove and Six Miles Creek

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, In Satellite Photo (“Hybrid”) Mode, Zoomed To the Location of the Crab Shack on Six Mile Creek

  • Even More Discussion About Florida Mooring Fields

    We have previously published several strings of messages about the Florida Pilot Mooring Field program. Some hate it, some like it, and some are not sure exactly what to think, and just want additional information. Linked below you will discover a series of messages which recently appeared on the T&T (Trawlers and Trawlering) mailing list. As you will see, again, there is a wide range of opinions, but we found some of these notes extremely well thought-through, and definitely thought provoking.
    Note that some of these contributors are referring to the FWC (Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission) report on Florida Mooring Fields, which was recently published, and about which we will have more to say editorially soon!
    This series of messages is sooooo lengthy, instead of pasting them all below, we invite you to visit:

    http://www.CruisersNet.net/even-more-discussion-about-florida-mooring-fields

  • Murphy Creek Anchorage, St. Johns River, South of Palatka

     From our friends at the American Great Loop Cruisers’ Association Forum, (http://www.greatloop.org/), comes this excellent review of the Murphy Creek anchorages. This stream breaks off from the St. Johns, hard by Dunns Creek, several miles south of Palatka, and eventually loops around and rejoins the St. Johns south of marker #26. We have always suggested entering Murphy Creek by way of Dunns Creek, as the former stream’s westerly mouth channel is somewhat constricted. But, hey, looks like Captains Elaine and Russ were able to successfully navigate both entrances in their 37 foot trawler. Of course, note they have a shoal draft of only 3 feet!

    We have a 37′ trawler 3′ draft, 16′ beam. Murphy Creek is one of our favorite anchorages. We have traveled the entire Creek entering both the north & south and exiting both as well. The North entrance is shallower at times but stick to the chart.
    I have some amazing pictures from our times on anchor. Its a quiet peaceful anchor spot.
    We spent several months last year traveling the entire St. Johns after purchasing our boat. Its a great river.
    Elaine & Russ Sturm
    Twelve Stones

    We were there in November 2013. It is fine as an anchorage with no depth problems as long as you stay in the marked channel. We cruised the entire length of it and never saw less than 7 feet at any time. We did not stop here, but had it planned as an alternate if the weather turned bad. You will see wildlife here, but nothing like what you will see further south.
    If you are interested in our trip down the St. Johns, our blog is at http://www.wacithree.blogspot.com. The wildlife gets better and better the further south you go and reaches its peak in the Blue Springs area near DeLand and Hontoon Island State Park. Be sure your dinghy is ready to explore areas your boat will not be able to navigate and you will see a part of Florida that few cruisers have a chance to see. The St. Johns has been the highlight of our Loop so far. Check our blog for details.
    Dave & Nan Ellen Fuller
    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Murphy Creek Eastern Anchorage

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For the Murphy Creek – Murphy Island Anchorage

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Murphy Creek

  • Repairs Temporarily Reduce Vertical Clearance to 28ft at Main Street Bridge, St. Johns River, Jacksonville FL

    Main Street Bridge – Click for Chartview

    Having just posted a change in the charted closed vertical clearance from 40ft to 38ft (http://cruisersnet.net/?p=135339), this Local Notice to Mariners further temporarily reduces the clearance to 28ft! With all the bridge related clearance and opening issues in Jacksonville, only canoes and kayaks are currently viable on the St. Johns!

    For more information on these repairs, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=134950

    FLORIDA – ST JOHNS RIVER – MAIN STREET BRIDGE – JACKSONVILLE: Bridge Repairs.
    The Coast Guard has approved a temporary change to the operating schedule of the Main Street Bridge across the St Johns River, Jacksonville, Florida, due to bridge repairs. From January 24 through December 30, 2014, the Main Street Bridge will open with a two hour advance notice between the 6:00 a.m. and 6:59 p.m. to the bridge tender either via VHF-FM channel 9 or by calling 904-891-2191. Between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 5:59 a.m. a four hour advance notice to the bridge tender will be required to receive an opening.
    During the painting operation the contractor will be placing scaffolding under the bridge which will reduce the vertical clearance of the bridge up to 10 feet. [No dates have been published for the completion of the painting.] Chart: 11491 LNM: 05/14

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Main Street Bridge

  • Temporary Replacement of Navigation Aids , Fishermans Channel, off AICW Statute Mile 1090

    Fishermans Channel - Click fro Chartview

    Fishermans Channel – Click for Chartview

    Fishermans Channel parallels the south side of Dodge Island in Miami Harbor and is often used when arriving or departing offshore to avoid large ship traffic in the Main Channel. Fishermans Channel intersects the Waterway at statute mile 1090.

    FLORIDA–MIAMI HARBOR–MIAMI MAIN CHANNEL–FISHERMANS CHANNEL: Temporarily Disestablish and Replace Aids.
    In preparation for the dredging of Government Cut, Fishermans Channel, and the Lummus Island Turning Basin, the following aids will be temporarily disestablished and replaced with temporary lighted buoys until further notice:
    Miami Main Channel Light 15 (LLNR 10550)
    Miami Main Channel Light 19 (LLNR 10740)
    Fishermans Channel Light 5 (LLNR 10655)
    Fishermans Channel Light 7 (LLNR 10660)
    Fishermans Channel Light 9 (LLNR 10665)
    Lummus Island Turning Basin Light A (LLNR 10675) temporarily renumbered to 9A
    Lummus Island Turning Basin Light E (LLNR 10680.7) temporarily renumbered to 9E
    Fishermans Channel Light 11 (LLNR 10685)
    The above changes will begin on 04 February 2014 and all aids are anticipated to be temporarily converted to floating aids no later than 14 February 2014. For Coast Guard related issues, please contact Sector Miami Waterways Management Divison at: (305) 535-8724 or 8720. Chart 11468 LNM: 05/14

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Fishermans Channel

  • Main Street Bridge Vertical Clearance Verified at 38ft MHW, St. Johns River, Jacksoville, FL

    Main Street Bridge – Click for Chartview

    Despite being charted at 40ft MHW vertical clearance, and prompted by IBTS’s query below, two of the Main Street bridge tenders have verified that the distance from the span to the water at Mean High Water is 38ft. Correct your charts! Also, please note the restrictions currently in place that require advanced notice for an opening, http://cruisersnet.net/?p=134950

    Is MHW 38feet ??
    IBTS

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Main Street Bridge

  • Main Street Bridge on Advanced Notice Openings, St. Johns River, Jacksonville, FL

    Main Street Bridge – Click for Chartview

    The Main Street Bridge in downtown Jacksonville with a closed vertical clearance of 38ft will require advanced notice from vessels requiring an opening on certain dates as posted each Friday for the following week. These required notices will impact our tall masted cruisers wanting to visit downtown Jacksonville or tour the St. Johns river. Contact information for the Main Street bridge tenders is provided below.

    Good morning,
    Superior Construction is performing repairs on the Main St. Bridge through early 2015. These repairs involve the replacement of the sidewalk and installation of a guardrail system to protect the steel bridge members and motorists. At times throughout the project, we will require a 2 hour advanced notice between the hours of 6am and 7pm and a 4 hour advanced notice between the hours of 7pm and 6am to open the bridge. This is to ensure the lift span is in balance and safe prior to an opening as work is being performed. It is Superior Construction Company’s desire to notify mariners, by emailing the proposed closures every Friday for the following week. Please note these dates may change due to unforeseen circumstances such as weather or equipment failure. Unless specifically identified in the schedule, mariners should anticipate the described opening restrictions are in effect. Additionally, to support mariners with the latest information we have provided a cell phone to the bridge tenders at the Main Street Bridge who can be contacted at any time, 904-891-2191.
    Next week the following dates will require a 2 hour advanced notice:
    2/4/14
    2/5/14
    2/6/14
    Thanks,
    Rob Clark, P.E.
    Superior Construction Company

    Make sure you contact the bridge tender on the phone THAT SHIFT. I heard a boater who had called the day before to schedule an opening and the tender that day had no record of it.
    Bill Charleston

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Main Street Bridge

  • Report from Biscayne Point Acnhorage, AICW Statute Mile 1082

    Biscayne Point Anchorage - Click for Chartview

    Biscayne Point Anchorage lies off the Miami Beach Channel, on the charted finger of deep water north of Biscayne Point and east/southeast of flashing daybeacon #2.

    Nice open anchorage. Stay true to the charts as the southern half is truly much deeper! We were the only boat anchored there. No actual dinghy dock that we could find but we dinghyed down the canals and tied up to a wall and walked into town :)
    Erica

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Biscayne Point Anchorage

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Biscayne Point Anchorage

  • Update: “St. Augustine Cruisers Net”, VHF Channel 72, 0900 Daily

    Please note the time change and new Facebook address !

    Cruising News:
    Announcing the St Augustine Cruisers Net
    Start Date: Saturday, Oct 20, 2012 at 8:00am everyday on VHF Channel 72.
    Find us on https://www.facebook.com/groups/staugustinecruisersnet/
    The net will cover things such as:
    Welcoming new boats to the harbor/saying goodbye to departing vessels
    Announcements, events, and local happenings
    Questions and requests for assistance and problem solving
    Buy, sell, trade, and giveaway gear
    Weather and tides.
    So when you’re in the port of St Augustine, turn your VHF channel to 72 at 8:00 am each morning.
    Linda R. Allen

    Note the change in time. It’s now (as of January 2014) 0900 daily. Not 0800.

  • Not-so-good Words for Sunny Isles Causeway Bridge, AICW Statute Mile 1078

    Sunny Isles Causeway Bridge - Click for Chartview

    With a closed vertical clearance of 30ft, Sunny Isles Causeway Bridge crosses the AICW at Statute Mile 1078, south of marker #57.

    PUT A SYSTEM IN PLACE!  Too often do I see them open that bridge for boats who are not even close to needing the clearance. Non stop, whole day, every day of life this bridge is open. Considering the amount of construction and money being spent one would think that a wealthy city such as ours can come up with a reasonable system as to when the bridge will open. Get it together.
    Jonathan Bernard

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory Listing For Sunny Isles Causeway Bridge

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Sunny Isles Causeway Bridge

  • Examples of Florida’s Image in the Eyes of the Cruising Community

    We sincerely thank Captain Glen Moore for sharing the note below. It is just one more example of how the state of Florida and its sun-kissed waters are coming to be looked upon by the cruising community.
    Not all of this criticism is valid. I’m in NE Florida right now on a combination speaking/research trip, and I have personally observed some of the friendliest and best appointed marinas to be found anywhere. There are also many cruising friends, including new friends, to be met here in the Sunshine State, and visiting Florida is always rewarding for me.
    However, with all that being said, when you bunch together the anchoring/mooring field controversy, the recent, “heavy handed” treatment in Marathon and elsewhere on the part of FWC officers, and certain Florida tax/registration laws that apply to vessels, it results in letters like the one below!

    Claiborne,
    I do appreciate all you have done to make our cruising more enjoyable, less stressful, and safer. Your guides were a great education to me many years ago when I first bought a boat on the St. Johns River. The Cruisers Net is an invaluable resource when we are cruising in the south.
    After completing the Loop, we decided to continue north. Spent 3 months in Maine. A much too short of a time to enjoy those waters, but about 2 weeks longer than their summer. Decided to leave the boat north and cruise in Canada next summer. So, we haven’t been in “your” waters in a long time and have not been able to contribute to the Net.
    We have found the people and communities in Maine and Canada very welcoming. We may decide to continue our cruising in the north and never return the boat to our home state of Florida, a state that is becoming increasingly less welcoming to cruisers.

    And contrasting experiences from the Chesapeake:

    We were anchored in a very small creek off the Rappahannock River. It was a well protected, albeit very shallow anchorage. We were visiting friends who lived in a community bordering one side of the creek. Dinghied farther up the creek to the community dock at their recreation center and walked to our friends home. After our visit, we got back in our dinghy, leaving the dock which had a “No Docking” sign, and headed to our boat. A man was standing on his dock on the other side of the creek, a dock close to where we were anchored. He waved us over to his dock, vigorously. Well, being from Florida, we were expecting a lecture on taking the dinghy to a dock with a sign prohibiting others than residents from docking there and, mostly, to hear a lecture on anchoring behind his house. As we got close to his dock, he said to us: “We don’t get many cruising boats back this far in the creek. Do you need a ride to the grocery store or anywhere else?”
    Glen Moore
    DeFever 40 Last Dance

    I have had the exact same experience anchored up a creek in the Chesapeake, more than once. In fact, I would venture to say that the entire bay is one of the friendliest cruising grounds there is, with many towns throwing out the welcome mat with accessible dinghy docks, public marinas near the center of town, friendly harbormasters, and room to anchor. Annapolis, which is one of the busiest boating ports anywhere, allows free dinghy landing at the end of most public streets that end on the harbor, and offers showers and laundry at the harbor masters office for a modest fee.
    John Kettlewell

  • Report from Lake Sylvia, AICW Statute Mile 1064.5, Fort Lauderdale, FL

    Lake Sylvia - Click for Chartview

    Lake Sylvia lies to the south, southeast of marker #13, itself just south of huge Bahia Mar Marina.

    Anchored here tonite. Lots of boats. Have not found anywhere to land dingy. Enter close to East shore for good water. 16ft where we dropped the hook. There is no shore access in the basin. Some say you can go up the canals to stores and a park? Good protection all around.
    Sonny Reeves

    Las Olas (1 sm N) has a dinghy landing and allows the use of their fine facilities for a small fee. Laundry especially spacious. Grocery, drugs, ATM and restaurants within easy walking distance.
    Canals heading west off Lake Sylvia lead to ICW and more restaurants on its west side. Watch your dinghy speed when entering ICW from canals — this is a serious, enforced, and ticketed speed and no wake zone.
    Chris and Janet

    We are anchored in Lake Sylvia and checked Las Olas [Fort Lauderdale] City Marina about landing our dinghy there. They said it costs $20 per day and you do not have use of any of the facilities! They also said a city mooring ball was $45 a day and then you could use the facilities. $45 for a mooring ball is $1500 a month which is absurd!!
    You can go west down the canal just north of the 17 street causeway bridge and land the dinghy at Southport bar and grille for $10 which is applied to any purchase at the restaurant. Also Coconut’s restaurant next to the Hall of Fame marina has a dinghy dock that you can use if you eat there.
    Rick Steinberg

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

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Fort Lauderdale City Anchorage

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Fort Lauderdale Anchorage

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Hall of Fame Marina

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

  • Good Review of Old Port Cove Marina, North Palm Beach, AICW Statute Mile 1014

    Old Port Cove Marina - Click for Chartview

    Old Port Cove is located on the western shore of the northern Lake Worth channel, near unlighted daybeacon #7.

    Hi Larry, Here is our review of Old Port Cove. NPalm Beach. Five Stars
    Easy in and out. No current in basin. The tall buildings cut the wind. Dock hand Kip came to us in a golf cart on the wide, clean slip free decks and fueled us up and guided us to one of the few vacant slips in this 200 slip marina. Many large yachts make this marina a home port inside the gated, guarded community. The finger piers are wide, with pump out near each slip. The deck cleats are large adjustable to accommodate any arrangement of ties. The facilities are first class, clean showers and laundry with 4 dryers/washers in the building with Captain’s lounge, fitness center and restrooms. The manager Mark greeted us in the office located inside the onsite restaurant. Mark had a bottle of wine delivered to our slip. Our fuel and slip were discounted for BoatUS to $1.42 @ Ft for our 40 ft trawler, $20.00 for 50 amp. and $4.35 a gal for diesel. The fare on Sunday was very good and reasonable in price. Wi Fi is free and we watched movies from netflix. Rode bike over to West Marine. We left Monday AM for Marathon. We will be back to stay at this safe, clean marina.
    Sonny Reeves

    Dear Capt. & Mrs. Reeves,
    The entire crew of Old Port Cove Marina would like to take this opportunity to say “Thank you!” for the review you posted here. We are all thrilled that you enjoyed your stay with us as well as our facilities and we look forward to your return.
    Have a great time in Marathon.
    Happy Cruising! See you soon.
    Sincerely,
    Sue Morgan, Marketing Director

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Old Port Cove Marina

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Old Port Cove Marina

  • Sunrise over Titusville, FL, AICW Statute Mile 879

    Titusville Waterfront - Click for Chartview

    451 Marina Rd., Titusville, FL 32796, Phone: 321-383-5600, Fax: 321-383-5602, Contact: Joe Stone General Manager, Hours: 8:00 am - 1:00 am, Groceries within walking distance  , Restaurants nearby  , 5 minutes from Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge  , 10 minutes from Canaveral National Seashore  , 20 minutes from Kennedy Space Center  , 1 hour from Orlando Attractions , The Titusville mooring field lies south of the Titusville harbor entrance channel leading to Titusville City Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    Captain Reeves’ homeport is Jekyll Harbor Marina, Jekyll Island, GA and he is currently enroute to sunny Marathon, FL. Lucky he!

    Here we are in The Office anchored just south of bridge at Titusville. Sunrise over Cape Canaveral space center.
    Stay Warm.
    Sonny Reeves

    The photo is so beautiful and a great reminder why I love living in Titusville, Florida:-) I have always said, “Titusville is the best secret in the state of Florida”:-)
    Thank you for sharing this beautiful photo:-)
    Jeanie Huppert

  • Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) Enforcement Officers Continue to Aggravate and Endanger Cruisers

    These three comments, originally posted on Cruisers’ Forum, http://www.cruisersforum.com/, relate more of the heavy-handed tactics inflicted upon legitimate cruisers by Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) enforcement officers, similar to the recent problems in Boot Key Harbor in Marathon (see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=129366).

    Florida Law Enforcement ie; FWC

    1/15/14 – While waiting on south side of Hallandale Beach Blvd. bridge on ICW in Broward County, Fl. I observed FWC officers holding posistion on north side of bridge in the channel for a good 15-20 minutes as I waited for an opening. They proceeded south and passed me port to port south of the draw. As I was navigating to go through the draw they approached my 32′ sailboat as if to tie up to me and ignored the shiny registration sticker posted on the bow as required and asked me if I had current registration. I said yes but you can see me on the other side of this bridge! Well they got their attitude on and said we dictate how this is gonna go! I said I am a vessel of limited manueverability and need to proceed! One of the three smarted off Are you moving? I replied yes and he said well keep moving! So they followed me through the draw and once on the north side they came alongside, tying thier boat to mine and proceeded to show me who is the boss. When I had to go into the cabin to retrieve my paperwork one of officers stepped on my binoculars coming aboard my boat like he was affraid I was getting a weapon to use to defend me and my vessel from their harrasment! So while seeing my vessel out of control with these yahoos alongside I had to back down to stay in the channel. Well they didn’t like that either! When they had enough goading me (was really angry and let em know it for putting me and my vessel in jeopardy) they finally untied their boat from mine but not before my boat touched bottom! I cursed those SOB’s like any proper sailor would and backed off the bottom into the channel an “steamed” on my way north bound. I called the Broward County main office and registered a complaint and actually recieved a call back from a Lt. supervisor who took my report. Now I know there are far more worse horror stories of abuse by these misguided souls but I am ex Coast Guard and tug captain now disabled and on a oxygen breathing tank… and really? WTF? What a state Florida (or this country even) has become since was a kid in “the hammocks” on the Matanzas River Peace be with us all.
    Woodymr

    Unfortunately, this is just one more reason why, once I get the boat I’m buying out of Florida, we won’t ever be going back. Way too many horror stories about the FWC.
    Kevin84

    Hey, I had an FWC officer caution me about me Tartan 33 throwing an excessive wake. Keep in mind, my aging T-33 has an original engine, so we never turn over 2500. When I asked if he was joking, I got “the stare”. Dropped her to 2300 rpm.

    I have a deep respect for all LEOs. But some seem to have suffered greatly from the closing of so many donut shops.
    Snore

    IMPORANT update as of 1/17/14
    Frequent SSECN contributors, Captains Susan Landry and Chuck Baier, owners of Beach House Publications, publishers of “The Great Book of Anchorages,” (http://www.tgboa.com) have chimed in with a strong note sent to Mike Troelstrup, FWC Inspector General. Both Chuck and Susan’s original message and Mr. Troelstrup’s reply appear below:

    Mr. Troelstrup, I have to wonder if you or anyone at the FWC has an idea as to how negative the actions of some FWC Officers are being viewed by the public. With the advent of the internet, missteps and abuse by your Officers quickly spread through out the country at lightning speed. I would suggest you give a close look at these two reports found on Claiborne Young’s website Cruiser’s Net. These reports are now also found on several other boating websites. The reports can be viewed here, http://cruisersnet.net/florida-law-enforcement-continues-to-aggravate-and-endanger-boaters/ and here, http://cruisersnet.net/129366/.
    Cruiser’s Net is a very popular website visited by virtually millions of boaters each year. The common response to these kinds of reports are that Florida appears to be a boater unfriendly state and that many boaters will take their boats and the dollars they might have spent elsewhere. I can’t imagine that any state that so depends on tourism would want to perpetuate this kind of image. Perhaps someone could look int these practices and consider additional training for your on the water Officers. Sincerely,
    Chuck Baier

    Mr. Baier,
    I am very appreciative of your email. I was unaware of this website and now have it bookmarked. I will also pass this on to my Director of Investigations, Amy Schmidt.
    In response to Boot Key, we are aware of all the concerns and are monitoring this closely. It is my understanding that the regional office is trying to resolve these concerns which I fully support as the first step. We will follow-up on the status of this situation.
    Thank you again for the information and always feel free to contact me with questions or concerns.
    Respectfully,
    Mike
    Mike Troelstrup
    FWC Inspector General
    620 S. Meridian St
    Tallahassee, Fl
    Mike.Troelstrup@MyFWC.com
    (850)488-6068

    This addendum just received this morning, 1/18/14, from Captain Chuck Baier:

    Claiborne,
    There is a contact for reporting abuse or complaints against an FWC Officer The email contact is Mike Troelstrup, Inspector General at Mike.Troelstrup@MyFWC.com . I would urge anyone that considers an interaction from any FWC Officer less than professional, to report the incident.
    Chuck

    And, fellow nautical author, Captain Wally Moran, has sent this e-mail to the FWC Inspector General, and copies the SSECN:

    Dear Sir:
    I have just read a letter to you from Chuck Baier that was published in the Salty Southeast Cruisers Net, plus your reply to same (http://cruisersnet.net/florida-law-enforcement-continues-to-aggravate-and-endanger-boaters/). I have also read there, and elsewhere, of the problems in Marathon.
    I want you to realize that I, and other boating journalists, are watching this situation closely. If situations such as this are not dealt with properly and the bully tactics of your officers are not restrained, you can expect to start seeing articles both online and in print about the behaviour of your officers.
    As the son of a lifetime LEO, I regret having to even say these things to you. It should never be necessary.
    Sincerely,
    W. Moran

    And, reaction from the cruising community:

    Having made two cruises to Florida, I will probably not return. I cannot see why so many go there, when Florida seems to be doing everything it can to be hostile to cruisers.
    Norman Mason
    Norfolk, VA

    It seems that we, the cruising community, are seen as non conformists whose attitudes about freedom and autonomy are dangerous to the post 9/11 security folk. Well, too bad. We are who and what we are, and we will not put up with a police state on the water.
    Rick Cass

    I have had to meetings with the above. one at fort jefferson which was very nice, and another in pelican bay in charlotte harbour which reminded me of the gestapo
    nick chavasse. sv war depart.

    Claiborne, There is a contact for reporting abuse or complaints against an FWC Officer The email contact is Mike Troelstrup, Inspector General at Mike.Troelstrup@MyFWC.com . I would urge anyone that considers an interaction from any FWC Officer less than professional, to report the incident.
    Chuck Baier

    As an interesting contrast; on our last cruise through Florida in April, we were boarded at 04:00 (while underway) by the USCG for a random safety inspection. The inspection team was thorough, polite and efficient. They treated all aboard with respect, went through the boat and the paperwork, and handled the boarding and disembark process like the pros they were. Role models for the FFWC team.
    John Martis

    If the FWC and indeed any other Government authority concerned about the health, safety and enjoyment of it’s citizens and visitors what we would be reading in these instances, is “welcome to our wonderful waterways” and then links to various sites which explain things to do and where help is available. That is what I believed we paid taxes for, if these agencies are doing the opposite then they should be re worked or disbanded.
    It appears to me that Government has now been given blanket authority to dictate our actions according to their wishes, in other word, Government by Government not by the people. If I am wrong I would like to see the proof.
    Dennis McMurtry

    Claiborne,
    Have read about the FWC harassment of boaters in Florida. I do not think that writing the agency head will make any difference in the behavior of the officers.
    So, I wrote the Governor. As a life-long Florida resident, maybe my words will hold some impact. There is an election coming up.
    Will let you know if I get a response that address the concern, or whether only a canned response it given.
    Glen

    Here is the content of  Glen’s letter to Governor Scott:

    Governor Scott,
    I am a native Floridian who is becoming increasingly embarrassed about the way the State of Florida treats my friends who come to Florida to visit.
    We have cruised on our boat through over 20 states and Canada. We have been welcomed in every place we have visited by government agencies and people who live along the water or who choose to travel on the water. Contacts with these people have created lasting friendships and an easy acceptance into the close-knit community of boaters.
    Florida’s image has suffered in recent years over the way local law enforcement has interacted in often negative ways with cruising boaters over enforcement of anchoring ordinances. For years, these ordinances were in violation of state law. A Florida resident boater felt it necessary to violate a local ordinance, subject himself to arrest, and spend months going through the court process to have the state courts tell the local governments what the state agencies should have, and could have easily, done themselves – the local anchoring ordinances were not legal. This long process has given Florida a negative image for years.
    Now, an agency of the State of Florida is harassing people who choose to visit the state by boat. These cruising boaters often come to Florida for months, spending their money in Florida communities as they travel our coasts. They support a large marine industry, important to the economy of Florida. To harass these visitors through the improper actions of a state law enforcement agency will negatively affect Florida’s tourism and economy.
    The officers of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission have been harassing cruising boaters in many areas of the state. Those on the water want to be good citizens, following appropriate procedures and treating the waterways in responsible manner. After all, this is their home and they want to protect it and travel in ways respectful to others. They expect to encounter law enforcement offers along the water who have the responsibility of enforcing local and state laws. They don’t expect to be treated with disrespect and actually be endangered in their navigation by these agents of the state.
    The internet has improved communications greatly. Below are links to some statements by cruising boaters describing the harassment they have experienced. This is only one site of many who have been reporting about the improper actions of Florida law enforcement.

    http://cruisersnet.net/florida-law-enforcement-continues-to-aggravate-and-endanger-boaters/

    http://cruisersnet.net/129366/

    Governor Scott, you have pledged to improve the economy of the State of Florida. The actions of the FWC are having a negative effect.
    Glen Moore

    Here is the Governor’s response to Glen’s letter:
    The response from the Governor’s Office is below. Not an answer, only an acknowledgement of receipt.
    Glen Moore
    Governor Rick Scott Rick.Scott@eog.myflorida.com
    11:34 AM (50 minutes ago) to me, Sunburst
    Thank you for contacting Governor Rick Scott regarding your concerns  regarding the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The Governor appreciates your concerns and asked that I respond on his behalf.
    Governor Scott wants to know how people feel about the many critical issues we face. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is the agency with the primary responsibility of managing fish and wildlife
    resources for their long-term well-being.
    To ensure they are aware of your concerns, I forwarded a copy of your email to the Commission for their review. If you wish to contact them directly, contact information is provided below.
    Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
    620 South Meridian Street
    Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1600
    (850) 488-4676
    www.myfwc.com/
    Thank you again for taking the time to contact Governor Scott.
    Sincerely,
    Kelly Pacchioli
    Office of Citizen Services
    Executive Office of the Governor

  • Web Cams Up and Running in Flagler County, FL, AICW Between St. Augustine and Daytona Beach

    Flagler County, south of St. Augustine, and north of Daytona Beach, now boasts eight live webcams along the Waterway as it flows flows through this county. These sites also include current weather conditions.
    To view these sites go to:

    http://www.palmcoastandtheflaglerbeaches.com/where-we-are/webcams-weather.stml

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  • Recommended Anchor Spot North of St. Johns River, AICW Statute Mile 739.5

    Sisters Creek Anchorage - Click for Chartview

    Captain Reeves’ recommended anchorage lies on the east side of Sisters Creek just north of the Waterway’s intersection with the St. Johns River and north of the Sisters Creek Bridge on Heckscher Blvd.
    There are two parks on the west bank of Sisters Creek, one is the Joe Carlucci Sisters Creek Park and Boat Ramp on the south side of the bridge and the second park, on the north side of the bridge, is the Jim King Park and Boat Ramp, the newest, and still under development, Jacksonville City Park.
    Nice place to anchor for the night. 30 23 719 N 081 27 406 W
    if you are going South on ICW go to port 100 yards past marker G85 10-11 ft of water at low tide. Open to North. Look for flagpole at park across the way and stay out of channel, 100 yards off eastern shore for a good spot. Park is said to have water and pumpout?
    Public park is just across the ICW with a place to dock, Daytime only! and walk your pets. We did not explore past a short walk. Bridge is just to the south. Holding is good. Current is fast. We had no problems. Note FWC was ticketing the boats that were not obeying the no wake/minimum wake zone.
    This morning we discovered that a free face dock is also at this park. Just opposite of the G85 marker is a creek with a dock and walkway, childrens play area and restrooms. The free dock is posted for 72 hours and has water, but no electricity. This is a Jacksonville City Park. We did not see any shopping.
    Sonny Reeves

    Pic of this AM sunrise attached:

    Sunrise over Sisters Creek

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  • Another Entry in the “Best Margarita in St. Augustine Study”

    Back on 12/16/13, we published a really “fun” article about how members of the St. Augustine Cruisers’ Net Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/staugustinecruisersnet/), were searching for the best margarita in St. Augustine (see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=129816). At that time, it look as if Hurricane Patty’s restaurant, at River’s Edge Marina (69 Lewis Blvd, 904-827-1822) was the winner. However, in the never ending, “arduous” task of finding the best of these Mexican concoctions in historic St. Augustine, we have another entry. Looks MARVELLOUS.
    I’m going to be in St. Augustine next week, and will do my very best to give a personal report. Again, such onerous duty!!!

    Annnnd… We may have a winner, but disqualified for a technicality. You need a car to visit Rachel’s excellent suggestion. The research must go on. — at La Cocina Mexican Restaurant [290 Us Highway 1 S Ste D, 904-794-1610).
    Dan N Jaye

  • Good Words for Soverel Marina, Palm Beach Gardens, FL AICW Statute Mile 1013

    Soverel Marina - Click for Chartview

    Just north of the PGA Bridge, Soverel Marina is located at 2401 PGA Blvd, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410, 561-691-9554. www.soverelmarina.com. Soverel Marina shares the same address on Soverel Harbor, but should not be confused with, PGA Marina, www.pgamarina.com.

    Look at Soverel Marina in Palm Beach Gardens. Very protected, gated, easy walking to restaurants, shops, Enterprise. I have a friend who has a 50′ vacant slip there.
    -Mike ‘One September’

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  • Good Words for Boathouse Marina, St. Johns River, Palatka, FL

    Boathouse Marina - Click for Chartview

    Boathouse Marina overlooks the shores of the St. Johns River west-southwest of Palatka City Marina and marker #1. Cruisers docking here are within walking easy distance of the shops and restaurants in downtown Palatka

    Hi everybody. We, “Carol Anne”, have been at The Boathouse marina for about 2 weeks and are planning on spending a couple of months here just relaxing. This place is very nice (heated pool) and quiet. While it is a $5 cab ride
    from Publix, there is a Walgreens and fish market nearby. This place used to have more Looper boats in the past and I know of only 1 more coming in. The docks are in great shape and there are still some slips available.
    Bob & Loretta McKane. “Carol Anne”

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

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