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Archive For: EASTERN FLORIDA – All Cruising News

  • Visit to Harbortown Marina, Fort Pierce, FL, AICW Statute Mile 965


    Harbortown Marina sits on the northern banks of Taylor Creek, which cuts into the Waterway’s western flank, south of unlighted daybeacon #184, just north of the Ft. Pierce Inlet.

    Awesome restaurant and tiki bar at the marina! WiFi was so/so even being docked in front of the marina office! Advertisement stated that they have loaner bikes for transients…. they had one that was working. Different pricing for being on the wall vs. in a slip…. found this weird and backwards! More expensive to be exposed? Also had to listen to the bar noise and pay more? ASK to be in a slip!! Less per foot!! No grass for dogs….. all area’s that were green had signs for NO DOG WALKING. Strange place, but the tiki bar was the bomb! 🙂
    Still Clueless

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

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

  • Gasoline Pumps Out of Service, Amelia Island Yacht Basin, AICW Statute Mile 720.5


    The entrance channel leading to Amelia Island Yacht Basin, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, cuts into the Waterway’s eastern shore, immediately north of the Kingsley Creek Railway Bridge and just south of Waterway marker #13. Only gasoline pumps are out of service!/p>

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    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Amelia Island Yacht Basin

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Amelia Island Yacht Basin

  • Good Words for 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.

    Such an awesome little marina! Very nice staff, helpful and went above and beyond to ensure we were happy. Even provided a loaner car for a run to the Public. Beach is just a 2 minute walk!! Quiet, and deserted, we had it to ourselves! Can’t wait to stop back in the Spring!
    Still Clueless

    All of the glowing reviews posted previously are very well-deserved. Easy in and out. Staff VERY friendly and helpful. Facilities were very clean, also. By far, the best value we found traveling from NC to FL.
    Capt Jack Henry & 1st mate Steve Oakley

    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

  • Follow-up Report on Jensen Beach Bridge Anchorages, AICW Statute Mile 981


    Skipper Meyer sent us a report about these anchorages back in October, http://cruisersnet.net/?p=153405, and now he fills in many details about the area. The twin Jensen Beach Bridge anchorages lie west of the Waterway, north and south of the Jensen Beach bridge, south of unlighted daybeacon #219.

    So I ended up staying here nearly two weeks. The spot was just too good. There’s a nice park north of the anchorage that my dog loved and a bait shop west that was happy to let me use their beach for the dink. Shopping and restaurants are within a stone’s throw and there’s also a laundromat near the Publix about 1/2 mile away. The anchor did come up muddy but held well through some moderate winds.
    Chad Meyer

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Jensen Beach Bridge Anchorages

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Jensen Beach Bridge CAnchorages

  • More on “All Aboard Florida” in the News Again

    As this article by Tim Hudson from WLRN in Miami describes, the conflict between All Aboard Florida RR system and the Florida waterways continues to be a source of discord for spokespersons of both industries. Much discussion has followed the introduction of the controversial plan to increase the daily number of trains crossing primary water routes. It’s hard to imagine how increased RR bridge activity will not impact the flow of water traffic.See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=149839.

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    The default position for the Florida East Coast Railway bridge across the New River in Ft. Lauderdale is in the up position. Many in the marine industry worry what new passenger rail service could mean for boat traffic on the river. TOM HUDSON

    The Boat Business And A Fort Lauderdale Railroad Bridge
    By TOM HUDSON November 1, 2015
    Talking with people who make their living based on boats and many quickly mention what they think is the biggest threat to their livelihood — a bridge.
    That single bridge crosses the New River near downtown Fort Lauderdale. Florida East Coast Railway operates the bridge, which handles freight traffic now.

    However, with All Aboard Florida’s plans to run passenger rail service from Miami to Orlando over the same tracks, South Florida’s marine industry worries what that rail traffic could mean for the flow of its business on the water.

    For the better part of two years All Aboard Florida and representatives of South Florida’s marine industry have been talking about how to deal with this pinch point where the boating business and the effort to build passenger rail service come together.

    The current bridge was built in 1978, although a railroad bridge has crossed the New River in downtown Fort Lauderdale since 1912. It’s a single leaf bascule drawbridge that runs 60 feet shore-to-shore.

    When not in use, the bridge defaults to its up position, allowing marine traffic to float upriver to the many marinas lining the shore of the South Fork of the New River or down river to the Intracoastal.

    For the full story and other related articles, CLICK HERE.

    And this article by Doreen Hemlock  from the Sun Sentinel:

    November 6, 2015
    The marine industry and the proposed All Aboard Florida passenger train are making peace over the New River bridge in downtown Fort Lauderdale.
    A test by the Coast Guard has proved successful in trimming the time the railroad bridge needs to be closed, allowing both boats and trains to share the river — at least for now, leaders said.
    Later, the marine industry would like to see an elevated bridge built over the river for the passenger trains to use instead, said Phil Purcell, executive director of the Marine Industries Association of South Florida.
    “Guess what? I think we’ve worked it out,” Purcell told a surprised audience at a boat show event attended by All Aboard Florida’s president Michael Reininger.
    “The test has gone incredibly well,” Reininger added in an interview. “The test worked.”
    At issue is a 1970s bridge over the New River that is kept open for boats and closes when freight trains pass — up to 14 times per day. All Aboard Florida plans to use the tracks when it starts high-speed passenger service next year, requiring the bridge be closed 16 extra times per day.

     

  • Good Words for Outback Crab Shack, Six Mile Creek, St. Johns River


    Skipper Burnham is responding to a lengthy posting/replies that Claiborne did way back in 2008, http://cruisersnet.net/?p=1237. It is nice to know that the Outback Crab Shack is still in business and that the bucket of beer is still cold. Plow on Skipper!

    The Shands Bridge at GCS limits access to the Outback Crab Shack’s 1500 foot floating dock to southbound sailboats with mast heights lower than 45 feet, although at very low tides I have been able to clear the span with the 45′ 9″ mast on the Camper Nicholson 33′. However, I have to “power thru” the muddy shoal at the entrance to Six Mile Creek on the eastern shore with my 6′ 6″ draft fin keel so there are a few 6″ wide “channels” at the entrance of Six Mile Creek leading to the floating dock at the Outback Crab Shack.
    I have read a review that pans the seafood and service at this converted bait shop/biker bar, but they probably didn’t arrive by motorcycle or boat, and forgot to order the bucket of beer before ordering their food. I’m not a big fan of crawdads or chicken wings or overpriced seafood but I’ve never left the Shack hungry or sober and the service is better than the average biker bar.
    David Burnham

    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

  • Advice on Currents at San Pablo/Atlantic Boulevard Bridge, AICW Statute Mile 744.5, 9/26/2013


    Our thanks to Skipper Burnham for this helpful information and advice. Go to http://cruisersnet.net/?p=130877 for the referenced posting. With a fixed vertical clearance of 65ft, San Pablo/Atlantic Boulevard Bridge crosses the Waterway at Statute Mile 744.5.

    If you go to the http://www.deepzoom.com website you can easily see that the Atlantic Avenue Bridge has the strongest daily currents on the entire US East Coast. Use caution and timing and enjoy the push, but wait out the adverse current if you cannot maintain over 7 kts.
    David Burnham

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory Listing For San Pablo/Atlantic Blvd Bridge

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Atlantic Blvd Bridge

  • More on Red Tide Risks on the Beaches of Florida

    These latest warnings must be heeded if you have children or pets playing at the beach. See “Red tide public health risks” below.

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    For immediate release: October 30, 2015
    Contact: Kelly Richmond, FWC 727-502-4784

    Red tide confirmed in Florida: What you need to know

    Red tide is a naturally occurring, higher-than-normal concentration of microscopic algae. In Florida, the species that causes most red tides is Karenia brevis. This organism produces toxins that can affect the central nervous system of aquatic organisms such as fish and marine mammals. Red tide toxins also pose a human health risk. The toxins can aerosolize and be carried to beaches with onshore winds, leading to respiratory irritation in people. Toxins can accumulate in shellfish and result in illnesses if contaminated shellfish are consumed. Shellfish harvesting areas are closed when blooms are present.

    Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) researchers are currently monitoring two blooms along Florida’s Gulf coast, one located in northwest Florida and the other in southwest Florida.

    “We confirmed the presence of both blooms in September, and they have persisted since that time,” said Alina Corcoran, FWC research scientist. “The bloom in the Panhandle is currently affecting Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Bay and Gulf counties. In southwest Florida, patchy blooms have been confirmed along Pinellas, Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte and Lee counties. Extensive fish kills and respiratory irritation have been associated with the bloom in the Panhandle but in southwest Florida the effects have been less.”

    Red tide public health tips:

    People in a red tide area can experience varying degrees of eye, nose and throat irritation. When a person leaves an area with a red tide, symptoms usually go away.
    People with severe or chronic respiratory conditions such as asthma or chronic lung disease are cautioned to avoid areas with active red tides.
    In some red tides, dead fish wash ashore; during these conditions it is advised that beachgoers avoid swimming in water where dead fish are present.
    Pet owners are advised that red tide poses a risk to animals brought to the beach. If a pet swims in a red tide patch at the beach, rinse off its fur and paws as soon as possible with fresh water. Also, do not let pets eat fish or drink water from the red tide.
    Recreational harvesting of bivalve mollusks such as hard clams, oysters and mussels from approved shellfish harvesting areas is banned during red tide closures. To determine whether harvesting of shellfish is permitted in an area, visit the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Aquaculture website.
    FWC researchers work closely with partners, including Mote Marine Laboratory, the University of South Florida, Department of Health, Department of Agriculture and NOAA, to track blooms, share information and develop products that help to inform both citizens and scientists about bloom conditions.

    “Citizen scientists play a vital role in tracking blooms. Volunteers can provide the majority of water samples for bloom tracking in regions like the Panhandle,” said Corcoran.

    For updated red tide status reports, to track blooms or learn more about red tide, visit MyFWC.com/RedTide. To report fish kills to the FWC, contact the Fish Kill Hotline at 800-636-0511 or submit a report online.

    Additional red tide resources:

    Red tide facts and information pocket guide and Fact sheet
    Florida Department of Health
    Shellfish Harvesting Area Status
    Mote Marine Laboratory Beach Condition Reporting System at Mote.org/Beaches
    USF Collaboration for the Prediction of Red Tides (CPR)
    NOAA Harmful Algal Bloom Operational Forecast System (HAB-OFS)
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    And this from WTSP 10 News:

    Red tide sparks tourism concerns
    Eric Glasser, WTSP 5:40 p.m. EST December 9, 2015

    St. Petersburg Beach, FL — Pictures of dead fish washing ashore in the Bay area are not the images that tourism officials want popping up on social media.
    But red tide, say marine scientists, is now here. And how long it will last, they admit, is a mystery.
    Visitors like Kathy Keleher who came to St. Petersburg from Canada to experience its cuisine and culture have seen the images of bloated fish now floating in Boca Ciega Bay.
    “And then it’s gross, and it stinks,” said Keleher, “I don’t expect that at all. I expect beautiful white sandy beaches and clear water and palm trees. Not that,” she said.
    It’s not what those who rely on tourism want people texting their friends and relatives back home.
    “No, I mean it’s horrible for business obviously,” said Wade Parrish, head chef at O’Maddy’s Bar and Grille in Gulfport.
    “You know, the smell would be a deterrent for people to come out here and sit outside and enjoy the wonderful view that we’ve got here,” said Parrish.
    Bob Weisberg with the University of South Florida’s Marine Sciences lab in St. Petersburg, says red tide, or Karenia Brevis as they call it, can kill fish and even cause respiratory distress for people and marine mammals in high enough concentration.
    “There is very little we can do about the red tide,” said Weisberg, describing it as simply too large.
    “This particular plant can get a foothold, and when it does it then dominates,” said Weisberg, “which is what’s happening right now,” he said.
    The red tide algae, says Weisberg, makes its way inland from deep in the Gulf of Mexico riding along strong underwater currents.
    Scientists, he says, could better predict how long it might stick around if they were able to take more offshore observations.
    Unfortunately, he says, the estimated $300,000 cost to consistently send a boat out into the Gulf of Mexico to take those readings is regularly cut out of the state budget.
    Commonly, red tide will begin to dissipate this time of the year, said Weisberg.
    But he also warned that there have been some seasons when the algae bloom has survived well into the summer.
    For a closer look at the underwater current charts Weisberg and his colleagues at USF use to try to predict the direction red tide may be moving, click here.

  • More on AICW/Matanzas Inlet Intersection Problem Stretch, AICW Statute Mile 792.5


    This AICW Problem Stretch has always been one of the shallowest sections of the Waterway in Eastern Florida. Earlier descriptions of the three newest markers would indicate that shoaling is beginning to reappear. BE SURE to observe any new aids to navigation and, as always on perennial AICW Problem Stretches, be READY for new shoaling and even newer markers as you pass through. Our thanks to Skipper McLeran for sharing his observations.

    Two of us transited Matanzas Inlet southbound at mid tide 3.5 feet this morning (10/30) at 0930. Despite giving the temp greens and reds their appropriate distance we saw only 7.5 feet total depth in a few spots. Boaters still need to be careful and play the tide if necessary for the boat’s draft.
    Bob McLeran

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For the AICW/Matanzas River Intersection

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To This AICW Problem Stretch

  • November is Manatee Awareness Month! Slow Down!

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    October 29, 2015
    Slow down for manatees migrating to warmer waters

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    With winter’s chill approaching, Florida manatees are on the move. Manatees cannot tolerate cold water and may begin to seek warmer water when temperatures start to drop below 68 degrees Fahrenheit. Some travel hundreds of miles to reach a warmer destination. Because of the annual migration, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is reminding boat and personal watercraft operators that it is important to slow down to avoid manatees, particularly in shallow areas.

    Manatees can be difficult to see as they often swim and rest just below the water’s surface. Boaters wearing polarized sunglasses are more likely to spot manatees underwater.

    November is Manatee Awareness Month. There is no better time to plan a visit to observe Florida’s beloved manatees. Find these places by going to MyFWC.com/Manatee and clicking the link under the “Where can I See Manatees?” box.

    “Watching these large plant-eating mammals swim slowly through Florida waters, often accompanied by their calves, is a special experience for residents and visitors to the state,” said Carol Knox, the FWC’s Imperiled Species Management section leader. “Boaters following posted speed zones for manatees migrating to warmer waters help conserve this iconic Florida species for future generations.”

    Boaters should be aware that many seasonal manatee protection zones go into effect on Nov. 15 throughout the state. For information about manatee protection zones by county, including the seasonal changes, go to MyFWC.com/Manatee, and click on “Data and Maps.” At the bottom of that same page, there also is information on FWC Manatee COLD-weather changes to speed zones. FWC law enforcement officers will be on the water enforcing these seasonal rules to protect manatees in busy boating areas.

    People can report sightings of injured, sick or dead manatees to the FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-3922, #FWC and *FWC on a cell phone, or with a text to Tip@MyFWC.com.

    The purchase of a Florida manatee license plate at BuyaPlate.com or a manatee decal from tax collectors’ offices in Florida is another way to help manatees. The license plate and decal support the FWC manatee program, including research, rescue, rehabilitation, conservation, management and education efforts.
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    Learn more about Florida manatees at MyFWC.com/Manatees. Click on “Manatee Habitat” to discover what plants they eat when inhabiting Florida’s rivers, bays, canals, estuaries and coastal areas. While on that page, click on “Boat, PWC & Paddle-sport Operators.” Also check out “A Boater’s guide to living with Florida Manatees” and “Guidelines for successful manatee watching in Florida.”

  • Advice for Avoiding the Shoals South of Fernandina Beach, AICW Statute Miles 717 – 720


    Reports of shoaling south of Fernandina Beach have been coming in for several years and prompted a USCG Hazard Warning in May of last year (http://cruisersnet.net/?p=140702). Our thanks to cruising writer Robert Sherer, New Intracoastal Waterway Cruising Guide, for sending these charts and waypoints to guide you through the shoals.

    There is a 10 ft MLW path through the shoals south of Fernandina that I took on October 28, 2015.
    Heading south:
    Depart channel 300 ft before R16 aiming for the tongue of deep water shown on chart (Garmin) at a heading of 275M for 17.8 MLW.
    Run along the 12 ft contour line next to shore until the tongue of deep water ends as shown on the chart, then aim for G1 which will be at 245M, pass by 30 ft for 13.4 MLW, higher along the way.
    Important: do not turn immediately around G1 (shoals), continue for 170 ft, then turn due south for 500 ft before turning towards deep water as shown on charts on the green side close to shore. Run just outside the 12 ft contour line down to G3 and G5, 200 ft off. 10.4 MLW entering the 12 ft contour line, deeper after that.
    This passage is difficult because you’re avoiding three shoals:
    – one is in the middle of the marked channel in the bend that’s down to 3 MLW
    – the second one comes out off the eastern shore just south of G1
    – the third one is further south coming off the western shore
    None of these are marked.

    After six years of passing through here, I’ve settled on the above description, it works for no less than 10.4 MLW. The depths were adjusted for not only the tides but also for the higher than normal water levels as reported by the Fernandina weather station. This passage would be easy if buoyed properly, the route has been constant for the pass five years.
    A chart of the route:
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    For those wanting the exact path, here are the waypoints with the usual disclaimers (things can change on the ICW)

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    N 30° 39.804
    W 081° 28.596
    F02
    N 30° 39.805
    W 081° 28.730
    F03
    N 30° 39.853
    W 081° 28.938
    F04
    N 30° 39.803
    W 081° 29.082
    F05
    N 30° 39.713
    W 081° 29.084
    F06
    N 30° 39.613
    W 081° 29.030
    F07
    N 30° 39.409
    W 081° 28.968
    F08
    N 30° 39.254
    W 081° 28.970
    F09
    N 30° 38.824
    W 081° 29.024

    Robert Sherer
    aka Bob423
    Author of “2015 ICW Cruising Guide” available on Amazon.com
    Daily blog at fleetwing.blogspot.com

  • Tips and Tricks on Marina WiFi Service, Old Port Cove Marina, North Palm Beach, AICW Statute Mile 1014


    Old Port Cove If your marina doesn’t have an onSpot WiFi system, pass this information along. You will be glad you did! Old Port Cove Marina is located on the western shore of the northern Lake Worth channel, near unlighted daybeacon #7. Both Old Port Cove Marina and onSpot WiFi are SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSORs!

    Ever pull into a marina desperate to check your messages only to encounter Wifi issues? Don’t blame the marina’s Wifi service! According to Bob Taylor of onSpot Wifi, marinas have a very unique set of circumstances when it comes to providing Wifi service. It might not be the service at all, it just could be your device!
    Read Bob’s very useful TIPS & TRICKS on our blog at www.OPCH.com OLDPORTCOVELD2

    Old Port Cove Holdings is pleased to provide onSpot Wifi service at all three of our marina facilities.
    Thank you boaters for choosing to do business with us!
    Sincerely,
    Sue Morgan, Marketing Director
    www.OPCH.com

    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

  • Dredging to Begin in Fort Lauderdale c. AICW Statute Mile 1060


    This dredging is in a relatively short section of the Waterway paralleling Hugh Taylor Birch State Park to the east and north of the Sunrise Blvd Bridge at Mile 1062.5. Unfortunately, this article from Soundings does not give project dates. However, the dredging is in a relatively wide section and should not impact through traffic.

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    Dredging set to start for ICW in South Florida
    Posted on October 26th, 2015
    After several years, permits were issued and a contract awarded for the dredging of the Intracoastal Waterway in South Florida, allowing the vessels that patronize the area’s waterways to have better access to local marinas and boatyards.

    The dredging, which will take place from 17th Street to Sunrise Boulevard to 17 feet deep, will be the largest single public works project for the Florida Inland Navigation District, a special state taxing district tasked with managing and maintaining the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, according to the Marine Industries Association of South Florida.

    “The Florida Inland Navigation District’s ICW dredging project will provide an extraordinary benefit to Broward County through the infusion of $20 million by increasing the depth of the ICW from the congressionally authorized depth of 10 feet to a new depth of 17 feet to accommodate the vessels that are seeking to visit, reside and retrofit at our local marinas and boatyards,” Tyler Chappell, the Broward commissioner for FIND, said in a statement.”

  • Warning for South Entrance to Jensen Beach Bridge Anchorages, AICW Statute Mile 981


    Our thanks to Skipper Meyer for these words of caution. The twin Jensen Beach Bridge anchorages lie west of the Waterway, north and south of the Jensen Beach bridge, south of unlighted daybeacon #219.

    I entered the south anchorage from the east across the thin strip marked as 6′. It was a bad decision. The depth-finder showed 4’6″ (my draft) in a couple spots. Managed to hop through but it was nerve-wracking. Will go southeast through the deeper water to exit.
    Chad Meyer

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Jensen Beach Bridge Anchorages

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Jensen Beach Bridge CAnchorages

  • Cove Plaza Welcomes Marine Industries Association, Old Port Cove Marina, North Palm Beach, AICW Statute Mile 1014


    Old Port CoveA SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Old Port Cove is located on the western shore of the northern Lake Worth channel, near unlighted daybeacon #7.

    Old Port Cove Holdings, Inc. and
    COVE PLAZA
    Are Pleased to Welcome

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    TO COVE PLAZA at OLD PORT COVE

    On behalf of our entire staff and management team, I am pleased to announce that the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County now hails from Cove Plaza which is located at the entrance to Old Port Cove in North Palm Beach. You will find their new office on the lower level of the 1208 building in Suite B. (That’s the 2nd building after going down the ramp.)

    ABOUT: The Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County, Inc. (MIAPBC) is a not-for-profit organization created to promote and protect the sound growth of the marine industry in Palm Beach County for the benefit and education of its members, the community, and the environment.

    MIAPBC is also responsible for the Annual Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade and The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots toy drive both of which are right around the corner, Saturday, December 5, 2015.

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    Please join us in welcoming the MIAPBC to Cove Plaza!

    Questions? Please Contact:
    Alyssa Freeman, Operations Director
    1208 US Highway #1 Suite B
    North Palm Beach, Fl. 33408
    alyssa@marinepbc.org
    Phone: 561-622-1555 (temporarily)
    www.MarinePBC.org
    www.BoatingSouthFlorida.com
    www.PalmBeachBoatParade.org

    Old Port Cove Holdings, Inc.
    Sue Morgan, Marketing & Public Relations Director
    116 Lakeshore Drive
    North Palm Beach, Florida 33408
    561-296-1863
    marinas@opch.com

    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

  • Snapshot Report II: Old Port Cove Marina, North Palm Beach, AICW Statute Mile 1014


    Old Port CoveA SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Old Port Cove is located on the western shore of the northern Lake Worth channel, near unlighted daybeacon #7.

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    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

  • Continued Praise for Huckins Boat Yard, Ortega River, Jacksonville FL


    Huckins Boat Yard is located on the northern shores of the Ortega River off the St. Johns River, just upstream of the Roosevelt Boulevard Bridge with a 45ft vertical clearance. Skipper Alderman joins other skippers in praising Huckins Boat Yard. See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=146584 for photos of their work.

    Huckins is the best. We had a fuel tank replaced by them and some more work done to the Leprechaun 440 EB Sea Ray and I can’t say enough about them. They are the top of the line service and very reasonable on their price. Richard and Justin were the best and PJ was on top of everything and Trishia in the office could not have been better. If you need repairs, get it there you will not be sorry.
    Bill Alderman

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Huckins Boat Yard

  • Changes at Titusville Municipal Marina, AICW Statute Mile 879


    Located south-southeast of AICW marker #27, Titusville Municipal Marina is one of the best medium-sized, municipal marinas on the Eastern Florida coastline. It is also only a short driving distance from Dixie Cross Roads Seafood Restaurant, one of the best in the south! Our thanks to Captain Seeley for bringing these changes to our attention.

    FYI, Titusville has been turned over to a private management company by the city, as of October 3. The city was dis-allowing live aboards’ over 6 months in a 12 month period. The new management is in the process of changing that. We will see how that develops.
    S and G management out of Milwaukee is the new manager.
    Courtesy van no longer offered, merchants did not support it.
    Captain Douglas Seeley
    dwsco32780@gmail.com

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

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

  • More Anchoring Woes Anticipated in South Florida

    This report is from our good friend, Wally Moran, who is known to not mince words when it comes to Florida politics. Our thanks to Mike Ahart, whose report from the Tallahassee meeting is shared through Wally’s blog.

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    Illegal dinghies behind Karlton’s house in Miami Beach

    We’re SCREWED – Florida Anchoring Meeting

    Mike Ahart, Waterway Guide’s news editor, watched the entire anchoring hearing in Tallahassee today, and here’s the link to his article – Waterway Guides. For those wanting the real deal, here’s the link to the meeting video itself.
    Let me summarize this for you – we are in serious trouble in Florida, very serious trouble. First off, let me tell you what boaters’ enemy number one, the infamous Frederick Karlton of Sunset Lake, Miami Beach infamy had to say about boats coming south in the winter: CLICK HERE for the rest of the story.

     

     

    And this from another concerned boater:

    Please be aware that a bill is being drafted by the Florida Legislature to attempt to limit anchoring in Dade and Broward counties. Check the October 8th edition of the Sun-Sentinal (by Jim Turner) for more information.

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