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  • Multiple ATONs Missing, Indian River, AICW Statute Mile 982, 8/6/2015

    These missing private markers exit westward from the Waterway’s passage through Indian River between ICW markers 223 and 224, south of the Jensen Beach Bridge.

    The below Private Aids are missing and pose a hazard to navigation. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution.
    Bailey Boat Channel DBN 1 (LLNR 45645)
    Bailey Boat Channel DBN 2 (LLNR 45650)
    Bailey Boat Channel DBN 6 (LLNR 45670)
    Bailey Boat Channel DBN 7 (LLNR 45675)
    Bailey Boat Channel DBN 9 (LLNR 45685)
    Bailey Boat Channel DBN 10 (LLNR 45690)
    Bailey Boat Channel DBN 11 (LLNR 456959)
    Bailey Boat Channel DBN 12 (LLNR 45700)
    Bailey Boat Channel DBN 13 (LLNR 45705)
    Chart 11472 L:NM 31/15

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Mile 982

  • Good Words for Loggerhead Club Marina, Vero Beach, AICW Statute Mile 948.5

    Loggerhead Club Marina lies west and a bit south of the AICW’s marker #122 in Vero Beach, FL. Burkey Marine Group is out of West Palm Beach

    Nice Marina great staff and big help from local marine repair firm Greg Burkey Marine aka

    Ted Davis

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

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  • More Praise for Burkey Marine Group, West Palm Beach

    “No charge” – sweet words to any boater! These guys are building a solid reputation, one boater at a time. Bravo Burkey Marine Group!

    We feel the same way! These big diesel guys helped us over the phone telling us what to look for and once we located the problem they talked us through the repair at no charge. (After hours)
    We are fans!
    Ted Davis

    “Mobile Marine Repair In West Palm Beach Florida”
  • UPDATE: Search for Missing Teens Continues, off Jupiter Inlet, near AICW Statute Mile 1005

    The missing teen fishermen began their trip out of Jupiter Inlet on the east Florida coast.

    Update: 7/29/15: Still no signs of missing teen boaters off Florida’s Gulf coast
    By Tamara Lush The Associated Press
    Scouring the vast ocean expanse off Florida for two missing teen boaters is a long, tedious mission for the eight-person crew of the C-130 Hercules Coast Guard plane based out of Clearwater.
    On Tuesday morning, the flight crew – including a public affairs officer and an Associated Press reporter – left Florida’s Gulf coast at midmorning and flew eastward.
    Once the plane cleared the state’s other coast and was over the Atlantic, it dropped to 500 feet (150 metres) above the murky ocean. The crew eased open the back cargo ramp and two men flopped on their bellies so they could search the sea below.

    CLICK HERE for the full article from Global News.

    UPDATE: 7/27: TEQUESTA, Fla. (AP) — The Coast Guard says a boat belonging to two missing 14-year-old fishermen has been found off Florida’s Atlantic coast but neither boy was in or around the boat.
    Petty Officer Steve Lehmann says the boat was found Sunday about 67 miles off Ponce de Leon Inlet in Volusia County.

    According to the South Florida Sun Sentinel ( Carly Black, the mother of Austin Stephanos said, ”We are going to find them today. We are going to bring them home.”

    Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos were last seen Friday in the Jupiter area buying fuel for their 19-foot boat.

    Lehmann says the boat was found capsized.
    UPDATE: Coast Guard continues search for missing teens

    Update, 8:50 p.m. 7/26: The Coast Guard plans to continue the search for the missing teens after finding their capsized boat.

    Crews will use a Coast Guard HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane, MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and Station Canaveral 45-foot Response Boat to continue the search through the night, officials report.

    Austin Stephanos is one of two teens the Coast Guard continues to search for Saturday morning. He and Perry Cohen set out from the Jupiter Inlet on a fishing trip yesterday.

    Update, 6:20 p.m.: Hundreds of people are gathering for a vigil at Jupiter Christian School for two teens still missing at sea.

    The Coast Guard has told the Palm Beach Post the capsized boat was initially spotted by a C-130 aircraft at 11 a.m.

    The Coast Guard said the C-130 spotted the overturned vessel at the edge of the search pattern. A helicopter from Air Station Clearwater was dispatched and lowered a rescue swimmer, who was able to confirm the registration numbers of the boat, said Petty Officer Mark Barney.

    Perry Cohen is one of two teens the Coast Guard continues to search for Saturday morning. He and Austin Stephanos set out from Jupiter Inlet on a fishing trip yesterday.

    The Coast Guard searched some 25,000 square miles since Friday afternoon before finding the vessel very far off shore and up the coast, he said. It was unknown in early evening if the boat suffered any structural damage.

    For more on this report, CLICK HERE.

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  • Update: Stolen Yacht Recovered, East Coast of Florida, near Fort Lauderdale

    Our thanks to Mike Ahart, Editor of Waterway Guide for this news:

    Waterway News Updates
    Florida East Coast

    Has anyone seen this stolen yacht?

    Date Reported: Jul 15, 2015
    Reported by: Kevin Crago
    Changes-Of-Latitude.jpgHas anyone seen me? My name is Change of Latitude. I am a 2002 Ocean Alexander 60′ Pilothouse Motor Yacht. I was stolen Sunday at 1:30AM from Harbour Towne Marina in Dania Beach FL. I am most likely in the Bahamas.

    Please notify Kevin Crago, the Bahamas Defence Force, US Coast Guard, US Customs, US Marshals, or Broward County Sheriff if you see me.

    Ed. note: WG has verified that this yacht has indeed been stolen. Information has been posted elsewhere on the internet suggesting that the boat is missing due to a repossession. The boat had been repossessed a few months ago.

    View location on the Waterway Explorer
    Source: Cruising Boater

    CLICK HERE for the full story from Waterway Guide Latest News

  • Reeves Reports: Astor Bridge Marina, St. Johns River

    Astor Bridge Marina is located in a cove on the eastern shore of the St. Johns River, south of the Astor Highway Bridge. Here is another of Skipper Reeves’ reports from the St. Johns – thank you Sonny!

    Easy stop on the river! Owners will give you a map to the awesome creeks and beautiful springs to explore in your small boat. Blue Creek is like the Amazon! Laid back old Florida marina. Limited supplies at ship store but the store across the creek has some grocery items and will take larger orders and fuel. Great people on the River! The marina is well protected, more of a basin, easy in and out. Turn in beside the Castaways Bar and Grill just South of the bridge. Can’t give the local restaurants a high mark at this time, check Trip Advisor for my reviews. Ask the dockmaster how to take your dink to Parramore”s for lunch. Town is a little more than a walk away. The focus here is on fishing and it is very good here for bass and more. Watch for gators. There is a large field for walking the dog. Some liv a boards very helpful! There are cabins for rent and the owners are good people. When we stayed during May 2015 the office is closed on Wednesdays.
    Sonny Reeves

    Click Here To View the St. Johns River Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Astor Bridge Marina

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  • Reeves Reports: Acosta Creek Marina, St. Johns River, Satsuma, FL

    Acosta Creek Marina lies on the east side of the St. Johns River between markers #41 and 42A, south of Seminole Grove, FL. New owners, Bob and Jane Simons have made many improvements and we wish them the very best with all their plans. Skipper Reeves continues his exploration of the St. Johns River.

    Great stop on the river. Good people, nice small laundry. Good people on the docks. Beware of current! and the wakes of idiots that fly by. We enjoyed our short stay . The dog walk and trails are nice but watch for snakes. Nearby creeks are great for bass fishing and exploring. The boatyard services are nice and we saw some quality work being done. Old Florida laid back with some amenities, Pool and Wifi, Ship’s Store. A few miles to shopping center. Will need car!
    Sonny Reeves

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

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  • Reeves Reports: Georgetown Marina and Lodge, Lake George, St. Johns River

    Georgetown Marina and Lodge lies north of marker #72, a short hop north of the St. Johns River’s northerly intersection with Lake George. Our thanks to Skipper Reeves for this report and photos.

    Good stop on the river at North end of Lake George. Great people and fuel prices. Limited supplies. This is a fishing marina set up for fishermen and small boats. Large boats will be in slips out side and open to wakes, weather and boat traffic to the South. A good place to explore Salt Run Spring and to enjoy the fishing. Good laundry service. You can see no where from here and if you do not have a car very little is close. Old Florida style marina with southern hospitality.
    Sonny Reeves

    Georgetown Marina exposed to wakes from speeding fishermen.

    Georgetown Marina is nice people and good fuel prices. Lots of fishing boats.

    Georgetown Marina, You can see nowhere from here and visit Salt Run Spring


    Click Here To View the St. Johns River Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Georgetown Marina and Lodge

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  • Unhappy Stay at Telemar Bay Marina, AICW Statute Mile 914

    The moral of these boaters’ experience is GET IT IN WRITING! Telemar Bay Marina guards the Banana River’s easterly banks, just north of the Eau Gallie fixed bridge and Dragon Point.

    My husband and I rented a month to month slip for our boat at Telemar Bay Marina for 3 months during the period of November, December 2014 and January 2015. I had communicated with the manager Karen of Telemar Bay Marina many times by email and phone before we arrived indicating to her what we were looking for during our 3 month stay and she explained their rules and we were told that if we did not stay on the boat more than three days at a time we would not be considered live-aboards and would NOT be charged the additional fees. The Marina was very willing to rent us a slip for month to month and required a deposit.

    We returned to the boat 3 or 4 times and never stayed over the 3 day limit. We always followed all the rules of the Marina even though the staff changed them verbally each time we came to check on our boat and stay overnight. We were never given written rules. We always checked in at the office each time we arrived to stay overnight. We were told that the owner was watching all activities at the marina by camera and from his condo across the street from the Marina. We were fully aware that we were being watched and had no issue with that as we were following all the rules that we were given.

    We checked out with the Marina manager Karen on our departure and was told everything was good and they would mail us our deposit.

    After we left in January 2015 we called numerous times inquiring about our deposit. We were told over and over it would be returned soon, or our deposit refund was in the mail.

    After more than 3 months and many phone calls, we were told that they were keeping our deposit because we were LIVE-ABOARDS. The reason they determined we were live-aboards was because THEY gave us a bathroom key when we first arrived. This was not the case because when we left after setting up the boat at the marina and then we returned we checked in at the office and they took the bathroom keys back. When I contacted the marina before we arrived I was told we could use the bathroom during business hours. Later that changed and we were told we should use the head on our boat, and that the bathrooms were for live-aboards or transients only. I guess this is why we witnessed several people urinating off the docks. They seem to change the rules to suit their needs, and in this case a reason to keep our deposit. The Marina will no longer answer our phone calls (caller ID).

    Since leaving I have read other bad reviews about Telemar Bay, so we are not the only people that the Marina treated this way. We will be headed South again next year and we will avoid Telemar Bay Marina. There are plenty of other marinas in the area. My advice is to avoid this dishonest business.

    We did try resolving this issue with the Marina about not returning our $460 deposit in many different ways including the Better Business Bureau and the Marina would not respond. This is one of the reasons they have a D+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. We are also working with Boat US regarding this matter and plan on taking this issue to small claims court. At this point it is on principle and protecting other boaters from being taken advantage of. We plan on continuing our warnings to others and in many different ways and until our deposit is returned. Thank you.

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

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  • Shorebirds and Fireworks Don’t Mix!

    Have a heart! Let them live!

    Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission
    Personal fireworks don’t mix with nesting shorebirds

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) asks the public to help protect beach-nesting shorebirds across the state this holiday weekend by giving them space and keeping personal fireworks off the beach.

    Shorebirds are nesting on beaches along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of Florida, with many still watching over flightless chicks during the busy Independence Day weekend. The snowy plover, least tern, black skimmer, American oystercatcher and Wilson’s plover are several of the state’s beach-nesting shorebird species that face conservation challenges and need people’s help to survive.

    “Fireworks launched too close or toward a nesting colony can cause adult shorebirds to flush off their nests and chicks to scatter, leaving the chicks vulnerable to predators, the elements and the potential of getting accidentally stepped on by beach-goers,” said Nancy Douglass, who works on shorebird conservation for the FWC. “Leaving personal fireworks at home and giving the birds space are ways that residents can still enjoy the beach while helping to keep shorebirds and their chicks safe.”

    Ways to protect beach-nesting shorebirds this holiday weekend and beyond:

    Leave personal fireworks, including sparklers, at home and attend an official fireworks display instead.
    Keep your distance, whether on the beach or paddling watercraft along the shore. If birds become agitated or leave their nests, you are too close. A general rule is to stay at least 300 feet from a nest. Birds calling out loudly or divebombing are giving signals for you to back off.
    Never intentionally force birds to fly or run. They use up energy they need for nesting, and eggs or chicks may be left vulnerable to the sun’s heat or predators. Teach children not to chase shorebirds and kindly ask fellow beach-goers to do the same.
    Respect posted shorebird nesting areas. Avoid posted sites and use designated walkways when possible.
    It is best not to take pets to the beach, but if you do, keep them on a leash and avoid shorebird nesting areas.
    Keep the beach clean and do not feed wildlife. Food scraps attract predators such as raccoons and crows, which can prey on shorebird chicks. Litter on beaches can entangle birds and other wildlife.
    Spread the word. If you see people disturbing nesting birds, gently let them know how their actions may hurt the birds’ chances for survival. If they continue to disturb nesting shorebirds, report their activities to the FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922), #FWC or *FWC on a cell phone, or by texting
    For more ways to share the beach with nesting shorebirds, go to and download the “Share the Beach with Beach-Nesting Birds” brochure. Additional information can also be found at the Florida Shorebird Alliance website:

  • Family Seeking House with Deep Water Slip

    Skippers Thomas and Kelly are looking to rent a house with a deep water slip. If you have suggestions, please respond to this posting. Thanks!

    We want to move our Boat + Family to the East Coast of FL– we are looking for a way to find Condos or Houses for rent with a 50′ Dock on a canal for a 6′ DRAFT Sailboat… Any Suggestions?
    Thomas & Kelly

  • Good Visit to Camachee Cove Yacht Harbor, AICW Statute Mile 775.5

    A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Camachee Cove Yacht Harbor is located just off the Waterway’s western shoreline, south of unlighted daybeacon #7 and north of the Vilano Beach Bridge.

    Stayed three nights. Very protected marina. Staff was very helpful. One of two courtesy cars were always available for short trips into town or the nearby Publix. Clean restrooms and showers. BoatUS discount was a plus. Saw a sea turtle swimming around my boat one day and a manatee getting a drink of water.
    Captain Vic Wilreker

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

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  • Still Another Recommendation for Burkey Marine Group, West Palm Beach, FL

    These are not the first words of praise we have received for Burkey Marine and will not be the last.

    Great day until our diesel engines ingested and something the boat overheated. A local dealer came out and couldn’t repair the boat for two days. Then we called a group called Big Diesel aka Burkey Marine on a Saturday after 7pm. These guys came out, fixed the blockage in our systems and we were on our way! My wife and I will always keep the number; you should too as they travel where ever the boat is! You may have to pay for airfare but Burkey Marine is our number one diesel service center for our boat. Sincerely Captain Tim Jensen
    FYI Burkey Marine Group 772-215-7663

  • Port Canaveral Lock on Restricted Schedule, off AICW Statute Mile 894

    Ocean Club at Port Canaveral lies on the “Canaveral Barge Canal” east of the single 600X90ft lock. From the Atlantic, the long canal crosses Cape Canaveral and Merritt Island, then intersects the Waterway at statute mile 894. Our thanks to Harbor Master Humphrey for this update.

    The locks at Port Canaveral Florida are closed indefinitely Monday through Friday from 7:00 AM -5:00 PM. Open on demand weekends from 6:00 AM – 9:30 PM and M-F open 6:00 AM – 7:00 AM and 5:00 PM-9:30PM only

    Clayton Humphrey
    Harbor Master
    Ocean Club – Port Canaveral

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For The Ocean Club at Port Canaveral

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  • Rowing Challenge, July 4th, St. Augustine, AICW Statute Mile 778

    Another great 4th of July event and the St. Augustine North Mooring Field would be the perfect vantage point to watch from your boat. We wish both teams the best of luck! If you are passing through, WATCH YOUR WAKE!




    San Agustín Rowing Challenge
    When: Saturday July 4, 2015
    Time: 11:00AM to 1:00PM
    Where: For Best Viewing
    St Augustine Bay Front North of the Bridge of Lions to the Castillo de San Marcos
    On Saturday, July 4th at 11:00 AM, the inaugural San Agustín Rowing Challenge is presented by the St. Augustine Maritime Heritage Foundation on the downtown waterfront. It’s the Men’s “Sons of Neptune” versus the Women’s “San Agustín Sirens” rowing crews. They’ll each take a turn rowing the San Agustín Chalupa competing against the tides and the clock.  Watching a “Chalupa” a utility wooden workboat rowed along the waterfront was an activity familiar to the towns’ folks who lived here during St. Augustine’s 16th century Spanish Colonial period. On July 4th spectators are going to see it in live action. For information Phone 904-599-3800

    Linda R Allen
    Media Director/Board of Directors
    904-794-1531 904 501 8597


    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For the Northern St. Augustine Mooring Field

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  • Operation Dry Water, Florida Wildlife Commission, June 26-28, 2015

    A noble effort, but because vessel motion on the waterways is not nearly as restrictive as vehicle motion on highways, impaired boat operation is nearly impossible to enforce until after an incident. But give FWC credit for trying!

    FWC law enforcement officers to help stop boating under the influence during Operation Dry Water
    As the summer recreational boating season gets into full swing, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is ramping up its efforts as part of a national campaign to stop boating under the influence.

    The annual three-day campaign, Operation Dry Water, focuses on deterring boaters from boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

    June 26-28, law enforcement agencies nationwide will be out looking for boaters operating under the influence and removing them from the water. The purpose of increased messaging about the dangers of boating under the influence and officers identifying impaired operators is to drastically reduce the number of accidents and deaths due to impaired boating.

    “We want everyone to have an opportunity to safely enjoy Florida’s waterways. It is our job as law enforcement to identify and remove impaired boaters from the water so that everyone else can continue to have an enjoyable boating season and not become a victim of boating under the influence. Protecting the public is a critical mission,” said Col. Curtis Brown, director of FWC’s Division of Law Enforcement. “Our agency is participating in Operation Dry Water, and joining thousands of law enforcement officers nationwide, to decrease the number of accidents, injuries and deaths that come as a result of boaters who choose to boat impaired.”

    In Florida it is illegal to operate a vessel with a blood alcohol content level of .08 or higher, just as it is for operating a vehicle. The FWC wants to remind boaters to stay safe this summer by staying sober on the water. Alcohol use is one of the leading contributing factors in recreational boater deaths. During the national weekend of heightened awareness and high-visibility enforcement, boaters can expect to see increased messaging about this dangerous and preventable crime.

  • Reeves’ Reports: Boat Tree Marina, St. Johns River, Sanford, FL

    Skipper Reeves continues his exploration of the St. Johns, visiting some of the off the beaten path locations. Boat Tree Marina lies just north of the St. Johns’ entry into Lake Monroe. This facility features a well sheltered harbor.

    We visited Boat Tree and stayed for a couple of months. Would have stayed longer but the docks are dangerous, in need of replacement. See for pictures web site attached. The people are wonderful. Kristy is awesome ! Taking care of us and all. The marina is about 2 miles from nearest food store and 4 miles to shopping center. Ships store has some supplies. The bicycle trails are not there or they stop just when you need them to stay out of traffic. The restaurant/bar was closed. The showers are clean and the laundry is clean. The pool is nice. There is a cafe with good food & prices for breakfast and lunch on site along with a Hair Salon, Sherry the owner is most gracious allowing us to use her wifi at the cafe otherwise we never saw the free wifi. The leash your pets rule is not enforced and a small dog was bitten by a boater’s big dogs running loose. For pics and more see

    Sunset @ Boat Tree Marina looking East from the Cafe. We enjoyed our stay at Boat Tree. Kristy made us feel welcome and helped us with any question we had. Kristy took care of us! We would have stayed except we had issues with the dock and safety.

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Boat Tree Marina

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  • Temporary Aids, Lake Monroe, St. Johns River, Sanford, FL

    These temporary markers are in a small bay just east of the Sanford waterfront leading to the Sanford Boat works and Marina.

    FLORIDA – ST JOHNS RIVER: Temporary Aids Established.
    The following aids have been temporarily established to facilitate local PATON [Private Aids to Navigation] construction.
    -Mothers Arm TRLB 2, Fl Q R in position 28-48-59.873N 081-14-33.773W
    -Mothers Arm TRUB 4 in position 28-49-00.574N 081-14-22.831W
    -Woodruff Creek Cutoff TRUB 5 in position 28-48-55.856N 081-14-07.355W

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Sanford Boat Works and Marina

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  • Restrictions on Anchoring Events in the Keys Considered

    Although the party style anchoring reported here is not the anchoring done by cruisers, the issue of restriction is very much a part of Florida’s focus on the control of anchoring throughout the state. See for background on recent Florida legislation on anchoring.

    Restrictions on boating events mulled
    Sanctuary said races, parties taking toll

    June 10, 2015

    When too many boaters drop anchor for an on-the-water Florida Keys party, the marine environment may suffer.
    On Tuesday in Marathon, advisers to the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary will discuss “challenges and issues” created by “marine events and concentrated uses such as party areas, raft-ups, and boat races.”
    Members of the Sanctuary Advisory Council requested a session on large boating events, sanctuary spokeswoman Rachel Pawlitz said.
    Sanctuary managers have not taken a position on any new regulation, Pawlitz said.
    “We understand these types of recreational events are popular, but the sanctuary has to consider effects on marine resources, and try to find the right balance,” she said.
    Last November, more than 100 boats in Key West for the annual powerboat races traveled the 14 miles to Boca Grande, an island within the Key West National Wildlife Refuge. Boats anchored on nearby flats and ran aground on the uninhabited island’s sandy beach.
    In January, Monroe County Commissioners blocked a recommendation to spend $10,000 in Tourist Development Council funding to promote a new boating raft-up in Key Largo during this year’s Columbus Day holiday in October.
    Boat races were among scheduled activities in Key Largo, although organizers with the Florida Powerboat Club said the races were being scaled back in favor of a “cruising rendezvous.”
    Nancy Finley, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manager of the Florida Keys Wildlife Refuge Complex, said Friday that organized and promoted events in wildlife refuge waters “do need a permit and a compatibility determination.”
    Finley will speak at Tuesday’s sanctuary council meeting at the Hyatt Place Marathon resort, along with representatives of the U.S. Coast Guard, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.
    The Boca Grande situation “has been resolved, from my point of view,” Finley said. “They need a permit. At this point, no one has asked for one.”
    “Any event that is expected to draw large interest and focus on one section of the refuge, whether there is money involved or if it’s a non-profit, is going to need a compatibility determination.”
    Boca Grande, she noted, has seen significant erosion of its sandy beach that is a critical turtle-nesting area. The island also houses a very rare colony of the protected Miami Blue butterfly.
    Some Lower Matecumbe Key residents have complained about noise from boat gatherings off a neighborhood. FWC officers have said that without seeing illegal activity or environmental damage occurring, there was little they could do.
    Any recommendations from the Sanctuary Advisory Council would undergo review by federal and state staff.

  • Another Good Visit to Ortega Yacht Club Marina, St. Johns River, Jacksonville, Fl

    Located on the Ortega River just above the Roosevelt Blvd. Bridge and just below the intersection of the Ortega and St. Johns Rivers, Ortega Yacht Club Marina is especially convenient to the Riverside section of Jacksonville. Our thanks to Skipper Herl for this report.

    Ortega Yacht Club, Florida
    Ortega Yacht Club is a bit out of the way if you plan to stay on the ICW. It is 20-25 mile from Sisters Creek on the ICW so if you go, you have to do it on purpose. If you have some time and want to get away from the ICW for a few days the Ortega would be a great place to do just that. Ortega is not affiliated with any FCYC Yacht Clubs.
    Paul the dock master is great, tryes to help you in any way he can. One day we needed to get to a Wall Mart, Paul carried us to Wall Mart in his truck so we could replace a TV that stopped working.
    We stayed over a week. Completed some chores, did laundry, (and that needed to be accomplished) and were able to get away from the boat for a while to do some shopping. The shopping is within walking distance. Belks, West Marine, Publics, CVS, restraunts and lots more. I was able to stop into a hearing aid place (not my brand) to get my aids checked and cleaned. They were actually exited to help us as well as interested in our trip. Another hint is to buy a real comfortable back pack for the grocery runs.
    Phil Herl

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

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