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  • Night-Time Speed Restrictions Sought for Biscayne Bay, South Florida

    Following the deadly crash off Dinner Key, see, several groups are seeking regulations to curb speeding after dark in these popular and congested waters. Our thanks to Chuck Baier for bringing this article to SSECN.

    Safe boating efforts build after tragic crash on July 4th
    There’s momentum building to how recreational boating can be made safer after the tragic Fourth of July crash on Biscayne Bay.
    Since the Fourth of July boating crash on Biscayne Bay — the worst in Miami-Dade County in recent memory — members of the recreational boating community have launched an informal but passionate campaign to try to prevent similar tragedies.
    Four people died and several others were seriously hurt when a 32-foot Contender broadsided a 36-foot Carrera, then struck a Boston Whaler following holiday fireworks. The skipper of the Contender, 23-year-old Andrew Garcia and two of his passengers, Kelsie Karpiak, 24, and Victoria Dempsey, 20, were killed, along with Carrera passenger Jason Soleimani, 23.
    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which is in charge of the investigation, said evidence of alcohol was found aboard the Contender. No charges have been filed.
    The accident happened about 10:30 p.m. off Coconut Grove’s Dinner Key, despite a heavy on-water law enforcement presence. Witnesses described a chaotic scene, as hundreds of boats zig-zagged across the bay in a race to reach local boat ramps and marinas after the fireworks.

    Read more here:

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Dinner Key

  • Broadway Tour in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    If you plan on spending the winter in Fort Lauderdale, be sure to check out the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW 5th Ave, (954) 462-0222,, located an easy walk from the New River/Downtown Municipal Docks and Cooley’s Landing Municipal Docks.

    Coming for the 2014-15 season will be national touring company, Broadway Tour Fort Lauderdale, with six all-time favorite musicals, including Annie and Phantom of the Opera. See for dates and ticket information.

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For New River/Downtown Municipal Docks

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of New River/Downtown Municipal Docks

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Cooley’s Landing

  • A Good Visit to New Smyrna Beach City Docks and Park, AICW Statute Mile 846.5

    New Smyrna Beach City Docks and Park, located on the New Smyrna Beach waterfront, lies on the west side of the Waterway just north of the New Smyrna/Harris Saxon Bridge. Our thanks to Skipper Reeves for sending these comments and beautiful photos!

    Hi Larry,
    New Smyrna Beach is a friendly town with a free city dock.


    A view of the docks from the ICW bridge. The first and second curved docks are for fishing. Docking is at the third dock with the floating dinghy dock.


    The Office @ NSB City docks. We visited the town, spent over $500.00 on supplies and stuff we needed.


    New Smyrna Beach Free City Docks. Beautiful park and board walk, Lots of locals fishing, Everyone friendly. We stayed two days and were told by several locals and one police man that that was OK stay a week if needed. Please if you visit be a good neighbor.


    The dinghy dock is for the boats anchored in an unregulated mooring field/anchorage on the other side of bridge. No power and we did not see any water connection. The street lights are bright at night and the park is well used by locals.


    The Docks are well kept , clean and we felt safe and secure while visiting.


    The dock is a weird shape with two curved sections and room for only a few boats.


    The town and several highly recommend restaurants are just up the street. We would stay longer the welcome was so nice with several people coming by to say hello and offer information and even a ride to the stores.

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of New Smyrna Beach City Dock
    Sonny Reeves

  • A Good Visit to Vero Beach Municipal Marina, AICW Statute Mile 952

    Vero Beach Municipal Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!, lies on the eastern shores of Bethel Creek, moving northeast and north from the Vero Beach/Merrill Barber, high-rise bridge, south of flashing daybeacon #139.

    Tucked in at Vero Beach Marina. A very nice city marina with fuel and amenities we liked. The beach is a short bike ride away. Dock master and crew very helpful and accommodating.
    Sonny Reeves


    Approaching Vero Beach


    THE OFFICE tucked in at Vero Beach Municipal Marina


    Indian River Veterans Park at Vero Beach


    Along the Way

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Vero Beach Municipal Marina and the Vero Beach Mooring Field

  • Good Report from Peck Lake Anchorage, AICW Statute Mile 992

    Peck Lake Anchorage, immediately off the AICW’s path and south of the Waterway’s intersection with the St. Lucie Inlet, had been virtually unusable because of the onsite equipment related to the dredging of St. Lucie Inlet. From earlier reports and now confirmed by Skipper Reeves, it seems that the dredge barges have been removed ahead of schedule and the anchorage is back in business.

    Next stop was for a night at Peck’s Lake. MM992 No dredge in sight! South of tide station is very shallow. We went in at Green and stayed off the tide station a few hundred yards in 7-9 ft of water. Nice and quite on a Friday night. Very narrow beach to walk dog. Short walk across to the real beach where dogs are not allowed.
    I ran aground here 15 years ago, anchored in 6-7 ft and woke up on a sand bar the next AM. Called Boat US and was off in a few. If you have not run aground you have not cruised much.
    Sonny Reeves

    Narrow Beach on Lake

    Narrow Beach on Lake


    Sunset at Peck Lake

    Sunset at Peck Lake

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

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

  • Good Report from Lantana Anchorage, AICW Statute Mile 1031

    Lantana Anchorage lies on the west side of the Waterway channel, immediately south of the Lantana bascule bridge. Protection is only fair here and you are subject to the wake of passing vessels. Our thanks to Skipper Reeves for this report and excellent photos.

    After our adventure we headed North via the ICW and many bridges in Ft. Lauderdale that we cleared at 22 ft. A few we had to wait on opening. At MM 1031 we anchored near the Lantana bridge on the South side in 7-8 ft near a restaurant , The Old Key Lime house
    A normal June afternoon rain shower came and went while we were there. A quiet anchorage.
    Easy in and out. A walk around to the other side of the bridge is a city park with boat ramp. Don’t go too far West after entering anchorage. We stayed opposite double boat ramps on shore near restaurant.
    Sonny Reeves


    Dinghy Docked at Old Key Lime House

    Double Boat Ramps and City Park at Lantana

    Double Boat Ramps and City Park at Lantana

    Our Boat at Anchor South of Lantana Bridge

    Our Boat at Anchor South of Lantana Bridge

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Anchorage Directory Listing For The Lantana Anchorage

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

  • Public Meeting on “All Aboard Florida” Railway Bridge Closures

    Back in April SSECN hosted quite a discussion on the issue of increased rail service across Florida, see This is one of those easy-to-be-torn conflicts in which one wants to see the increase in rail service to, hopefully, cut auto congestion along the coast, but at the same time, keep vessel traffic flowing smoothly through all those railway lift bridges. We welcome your arguments, pro and con! Our thanks to all who have contributed to this discussion.

    NEWS FLASH 6/30/2014:
    FYI, this matter will be discussed at the next Jupiter Town Council meeting, this Tuesday, 1 July 7:00 PM. If you know anyone in Jupiter, encourage them to attend. See
    Beached in Jupiter

    I asked Beached in Jupiter to keep us posted and these links were sent: is probably doing the best news coverage of this issue. They have editorial position against AAF. also covers but more of a pro AAF position. Miami to WPB favors trains; Jupiter north mostly oppose.
    FTL marina industry very opposed due to blockage of New River most of the day. Will kill marinas.

    A plan, supported by the Florida Governor, to create a high speed rail system from Orlando to Miami will use existing coastal railroad right of way. This right of way is the one which includes the Florida East Coast drawbridge in Stuart and train bridges on the New River, Loxahatchee River, and the St. Lucie River. This plan would include adding 32 ADDITIONAL train crossings a day. The current estimate is mariners could face bridge closings totaling 9-9.5 hours a day — particularly if locales are successful in slowing the trains down for safety reasons as they pass through the highly congested south Florida.
    The dialog is highly polarized with jobs being balanced against revenue against safety. Because the issue affects Waterway Navigation, there is room for non-locals and non-Floridians in the dialog. For boaters and residents east and west of the bridges, the principal goal is to move the high speed RR to the west. Others want it stopped completely.
    More can be found at:
    Chris and Janet Waln

    Don’t forget the St Johns River bridges, especially near Sanford. They have a new commuter rail system there now.
    If you’ll notice on the All aboard Florida [website above] there is no completion date. If it ever happens, it will not be any time soon.
    Lorne Cook

    Good overview by Chris and Janet Waln, thanks! And thanks Cruisersnet for helping to get the word out on this situation.
    Chris and Janet are correct about the bridge closings; Jupiter Inlet District (JID, has monitored and photographed all vessel transits and lift bridge operations at Loxahatchee crossing since January.
    In April, JID recorded just shy of 8000 vessel crossings. Not much more than kayaks and dingys can pass under this bridge when down for train to cross; ~4 ft air draft at high tide. Average total bridge closure time was 19 minutes per train. With at least 2 passenger trains per hour and one or more freights, that’s not much time for vessels to pass.
    Even if you do not navigate these rivers, this affects traffic on the ICW, as boats back up into the channel while waiting for the bridge to open. Currents at this point can be quite strong with tidal flows, so accidents are a concern. Less experienced skippers may find it difficult to hold position for 20+ minutes. See,-80.0897772,16z
    The St Lucie bridge is especially problematic due to the great number of vessels moored and berthed in marinas upriver, west of the bridge. With the bridge down most of the time, boaters may be limited to only a few brief crossing times each day. See,-80.2676983,1258m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x88dee87938e18c99:0xc036915cb56e0c0a
    The RR bridges are ~90 years old and in poor repair. see RR begins lowering bridge 15 min before trains are due, to make sure they have time for emergency stop without ending up in Loxahatchee, in case it doesn’t work.
    Even without passenger service, increases in freight are expected. Freights of course are slower and longer so bridge impacts are even worse.
    Draft EIS (for the $1.6 Billion taxpayer guaranteed loan) is due for review something this summer; will be available from Federal Railway Administration ( Public comment is limited to 75 days so many winter cruisers will likely never know about it. Informal networking is critical to inform the boating community.
    More info at, and
    Beached in Jupiter

  • Jim King Park and Boat Ramp, north of Sisters Creek Bridge, AICW Statute 740

    Jim King Park is the newest of Jacksonville’s dock/boat ramps and is still undergoing construction of some phases. The ramp is used as headquarters for the Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament, and is closed to the public during the tournament. The facility is located just north of the intersection of the St. Johns River and the Waterway. All of the facilities are new and the docks are listed as unlimited as to size of vessel. Skipper Reeves sends two good photos of the new floating docks. Sisters Creek bascule bridge has a 24ft closed vertical clearance.

    Jim King Park Dock - Sonny Reeves

    Jim King Park Dock – Sonny Reeves

    Jim King Park - Sonny Reeves

    Jim King Park – Sonny Reeves

    For a listing of the facilities, go to:—jim-king-park-and-boat-ramp-at-sisters-creek-.aspx

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory Listing For Sisters Creek Bridge

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

  • Good Service at Inlet Marina, AICW Statute Mile 775.5, St. Augustine, FL

    Inlet Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! borders the eastern banks of the AICW, immediately south of the Vilano Beach high-rise bridge. As you can see, Skipper Reese was definitely pleased with the service!

    Just fueled up@ Capt. Jay ‘s Inlet Marina. Great service from Capt Bob!
    Sonny Reeves

    Inlet Marina

    Inlet Marina

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  • Good Report from Rivers Edge Marina, off AICW Statute Mile 780

    Rivers Edge Marina in St. Augustine, FL, is found well off the AICW, on the San Sebastian River, near this body of water’s upstream cruising limits. Our thanks to Skipper Reeves for this report and photo.

    When we travel the ICW to visit St. Augustine we stay at Rivers Edge, back when it was Oyster Creek we stopped in our sailboat. Why do we stop here for overnights rest and relaxation? Easy in and out, Quiet, No or little current.
    Paul the dockmaster is the best! Sure the docks are old and the walkways are some what tricky. Watch you step type of tricky. But there is a fresh fruit and veggies market around the corner with great prices. Hurricane Patty’s is on the site with a discount for boaters that Paul will give you. Low price fuel delivered by truck, Call Paul before hand. Stores and Sailors Exchange in walking distance or ride your bike.
    The old city is a long walk or a shot bike ride away. Enjoy!
    Sonny Reeves


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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of River’s Edge Marina

  • Good Words for Palm Coast Marina, Palm Coast, FL, AICW Statute Mile 802

    Like others before, Skipper Reeves sends good remarks about the facilities at Palm Coast Marina. This marina is found on a small canal which indents the Waterway’s western banks south of St. Augustine and north of Daytona Beach.

    Great stop over! Clean restrooms showers, nice dog walk. Easy walk to restaurants and shops. The pizza at Mezzaluna Pizzeria is above average. Very little tide or current. Sheltered from high winds.
    Sonny Reeves

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

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

  • Notes on Jacksonville Landing and Main St Bridge, St. Johns River, Jacksonville, FL

    It’s a 13 mile cruise up the St. Johns River from the AICW to the Jacksonville waterfront, where mariners will discover Jacksonville Landing, on the north side of the St. Johns, midway between the Main Street Bridge and the Acosta Bridge. This complex is a downtown shopping mall/food court with a stage area for special events and concerts, featuring its own dock for visiting pleasure craft.
    Skipper Burnhams’ experience with the Main St Bridge illustrates the navigation headaches that Jacksonville boaters have suffered the past year. For a recent posting on the Main Street Bridge, go to

    Additional info: At the Jacksonville Landing the “No Wake Zone” is often ignored and smaller cruisers can be rocking the night away. If overnighting at Jacksonville consider the more comfortable floating berth at the Metropolitan Park Marina. Also there is a free “light rail” Central station just north of the Jacksonville Landing that will give to a ride every 30 minutes over to the south shore where you can visit the MOSI museum and fall asleep for a short nap in the comfort of the planetarium…:D
    A note about the Main Street Bridge: It was recently under repair with 2-4 hour reservations required for openings. I called 904-891-2191 at 0345 on Sunday morning and was given an 8am reservation at the bridge…maybe she thought it was a hoax because when I called the bridge tender on Channel 9 at 7am to let them know I was tied up at the Jacksonville Landing, HE told me that as no one was working on the bridge on Sunday that he was opening the Main Street Bridge on demand, of course!
    David Burnham

    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 Jacksonville Landing and Main St Bridge

  • A Good Visit to Mill Cove Anchorage, St. Johns River, east of Jacksonville, FL

    Mill Cove is east of Jacksonville, 4 nautical miles upstream (west) of the point where the Waterway crosses the St. Johns and lies on the south side of the main shipping channel. This anchorage should not be confused with Mill Cove in Doctor Lake south of Jacksonville.

    Anchored here last month and again last night in our 54′ motor yacht with 4.5′ draft. We found a spot about 200 yards back from the entrance near the charted 14′ area on the west side. Holding was good in 10-15K winds and one 180 degree tidal swing. Not much small boat traffic or waking from the main river channel, but still pretty exposed. Fun watching the container ships loading/unloading across the river. Could easily accommodate vessels to 60 feet. Anchor came up clean as a whistle in the morning.

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Mill Cove Anchorage

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  • Crandon Park Marina Recommended, Statute Mile 1094, Key Biscayne, FL

    Crandon Park Marina at 4000 Crandon Boulevard, Key Biscayne, FL, is a Miami-Dade County facility asociated with Crandon Park Beach. They do take transients on a space-available, no advance reservations basis. Located on the eastern shore of Biscayne Bay, the location looks very inviting.

    Crandon Park Marina
    I’m surprised that no one mentioned this marina which is about due east of Dinner Key on the other side of Biscayne Bay, on the northern end of Key Biscayne. I have kept my Sabre 28 in the mooring field there for over 10 years with no complaints. I know they accept transients, if they have available moorings. You can hail them on VHF or call them at 305-361-1281. The only downside is, it is not convenient to restaurants or food markets, although there is a store at the dockmaster’s which sells soft drinks and sandwiches, as well as a fuel station.
    Walt Grifel

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

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  • Vertical Clearance Report on Port Orange Bridge, AICW Statute Mile 835.5

    Port Orange Bridge crosses the Waterway at Statute Mile 835.5, south of Daytona Beach and south-southeast of unlighted daybeacon #56.

    63′ on the gauge on June 1, 2014 near high tide.
    Ken Norris

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory Listing For Port Orange Bridge

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  • Derelict Facts in the State of Florida

    The derelict issue, problem, controversy, whatever one chooses to call it, has loomed large and will continue to be hashed about in political and economic circles all along the Eastern Seaboard until a feasible plan is found to address abandoned vessels. We are grateful to Chris Waln for sharing his research with us. To access the Derelict Vessel map features, click Queries at lower right, select a county, then Search.

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission ( as an excellent (not yet fully implemented) online tool ( for tracking location and essential information on derelict boats. For the Florida East Coast, when the underlying data is parsed it reveals:
    66% of derelict recreational boats are Florida registered, and this percentage is slightly understated because the “Registration NA” boats probably contain some number of Florida registered boats.
    Of the derelict boats for which length data is available (87%), the median boat size (all types) is 26 feet and the mean is 27 feet (discounting an outlier). Two thirds are between 22 and 32 feet.
    Across both registration categories sailboats account for 40%, cabin-power for 19%.
    75% of the 170+ derelicts are in Monroe, Miami-Dade, Brevard and Broward Counties, but…
    In Broward County 68% of the boats identified as derelict are in slips.
    Most of the pictures of “Registration NA” boats and many of the “FL Registered” depict hulls so old that removal would entail little legal effort.

    The few commercial hulks, barges, etc were not counted.
    The boat registration and length data is extracted from graphics files in the FWC tool by hand; there may have been a few errors.
    What can we draw from this?

    The registration data doesn’t support derelict boats being driven by out of state/foreign cruisers.
    The size data doesn’t support derelict boats being driven by cruisers, period. Yes, we have taken over 500 and 1000 mile trips in a 23 footer (1976) and a 29 footer (1980), but what we see on the waters today is 35-45 footers. Although to be balanced, 18% of the measured derelicts are 35 feet or greater — the same percentage as boats 21 feet or less.
    From the FWC photos, the sailboats, with few exceptions, are not equipped as long range cruisers, they look to be local boats that were either uninsured or insured and totaled, and the local owners just walked away.
    Broward County’s slipped derelicts should be discounted when talking about anchoring issues.
    Money for removal is more of an issue than authority for removal.
    Finally (well, that apparently never happens in this debate), we don’t like looking at or being anchored near derelicts or imminent derelicts any more than any other Floridian. We don’t like them clogging up our few and far between safe anchorages. We don’t like them driving municipalities to create maritime ghettos that wipe out those few and far between safe anchorages.

    We believe the data above is a reason for the latest shift to attempting to ban anchoring on the basis of defamatory accusations rather than data. It’s pretty clear from the data, cruisers don’t come to Florida to abandon their boats.
    Chris Waln

    Derelict boats are completely different than cruising boats. It’s the difference between a car driving down the freeway, or parked at a rest stop, and one jacked up on blocks on the side of the road. I don’t for one minute believe that the people behind the anchoring restrictions can’t make this distinction, and I still believe the derelict boat problem, while a real problem, is being used as a smokescreen/false flag operation, for getting rid of non-derelict cruising boats that are messing up the views from waterfront condos of people who are used to getting their way on everything.
    R. Holiman

    Interesting analysis. I would add that another important factor in anchorage bans is financial. There are interests that think boaters anchoring for free are getting away with something and they should be forced to pay for the privilege. The funny thing in Florida is that this often involves creating a mooring field at huge expense that is paid for by taxpayers that then forces boaters to pay for moorings and marina space that even then is not self-supporting. The Marathon mooring field and marina only survive due to hundreds of thousands of dollars of taxpayer funds. These fields are not self supporting in Florida. I have yet to figure out why Florida mooring fields are so hugely expensive to construct, but the per-mooring cost is often four or five times what it would cost for an individual to put in the finest mooring set up. You would think that purchasing in bulk, etc. would save money. Someone is making money off of that aspect of this too.
    John Kettlewell

  • AQUADICE Adrift off the Coast of Florida

    Here is something to make your next off-shore trek even more exciting. If you happen to “stumble upon” these sculptures, take a photo and send it to us! Although this Local Notice dos not give a current lat/lon, the position of the drifting dice can be monitored on Facebook.

    The US Coast Guard received a report of two adrift independent 8′ x 8′ x 8′ orange cubes. The cubes known as a “floating sculpture” called AQUADICE. AQUADICE will be highly visible at sea. The bodies of the dice will be painted a bright phosphorescent orange with blue pips on each face. In addition each face will have constantly flashing lights visible up to 5 kilometers and with life spans of 2 years. The beacons will provide electronic signals. The voyage of AQUADICE will serve as a feasibility study for unmanned, non-sail; wind powered Trans-Atlantic shipping. This sculpture does not readily present a danger to navigation. Mariners are advised to be on the lookout. For complete information refer to the website


  • New Shipyard and Marina Coming to St. Augustine, San Sebastian River, off AICW Statute Mile 780

    The San Sebastian River departs the Waterway to the northwest at statute mile 780. The new facility will be upstream on the western shore across from San Sebastian marker #20. Land address is 255 Diesel Rd, St. Augustine 32084. For the full story, go to:

    St Augustine Shipyard is part of a proposed Merchant Marine Community located on the west bank of the San Sebastian River, southwest of Historic Old St Augustine. In addition to the marina, commercial development plans include a pedestrian “promenade” offering a variety of shops, restaurants and lodging.
    The Shipyard Marina is under construction with restaurants, shopping and offices in various stages of planning and approval and is scheduled to open in September 2014.

    Thank you for this wonderful service.
    Ron Cousino

    san sebastian2

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  • Report on Green Cove Springs Marina, St. Johns River near Jacksonville, FL

    Green Cove Springs Marina - Click for Chartview

    Green Cove Springs Marina – Click for Chartview

    Green Cove Springs Marina lies on the St. Johns River’s southwestern shores, in the heart of the old Navy Base, upstream of the Green Cove Springs City Dock, between Jacksonville and Palatka.

    Someone else mentioned Green Cove Springs. My recommendation there is only if you want to store the boat ashore as their in water slips are not nice at all. They have a ton of boats out of the water there and it is more of a
    working yard than a true marina. The facilities there are terrible and transportation from there will be much more difficult. There is very little within walking distance there. This is more of a storage facility or working on the boat out of the water facility. Plus, it is another 20 or 25 miles downriver and there is not much to see in this part of the river.
    Dave & Nan Ellen Fuller

    The river may not be much, but gorgeous black creek is just north of Green Cove Springs. South of the Shands bridge are Trout Creek and 6 Mile Creek. Not only is there good food at Outback Crab Shack, but if your boat will clear the bridge, you can go a ways up the narrow creek. Dinghy rides up both are recommended from this local resident.
    Carolyn Frazier

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida/St. Johns River Marina Directory Listing For Green Cove Springs Marina

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  • Excellent Review of Ortega Landing Marina, Ortega River, off the St. Johns River, Jacksonville, FL

    Ortega Landing Marina – Click for Chartview

    Ortega Landing, the first facility you will encounter upon entering the Ortega River from the St. Johns, only a mile or so upstream from downtown Jacksonville, is indeed a fine facility.

    I can VERY highly recommend Ortega Landing Marina off the St. John’s River in the Ortega River just past downtown Jacksonville. This recommendation is based on several factors. First, you are about 20 or so miles inland and that provides a nice
    buffer for storms coming off the ocean. Second, our boat insurance (Boat/US)
    considers this inland waters as long as we remain upstream of the I-95 bridge in downtown Jacksonville about three miles away. Our insurance is SUBSTANTIALLY less expensive here and was a nice surprise. Third is the marina itself. It is one of the nicest marinas we have stayed in and will rival or beat many Yacht Clubs. They have regular monthly social events – some free- some low cost, but always fun. They have free washers and dryers, deluxe showers, free ice, a nice pool and hot tub, and a terrific clubhouse for gatherings. Security is pretty good as well. The best part is a brand
    new Wi-Fi system on the docks. The signals are strong, blazingly fast and good enough for streaming. I have conducted video conferences on this system and watch movies in the slip. The tide here is about a foot and a half and the water brackish, but on the floating concrete docks, tide is not an issue at all. You do get some slime on the bottom of the boat, but little to no hard growth.
    Publix and West Marine are about two blocks away and there are several nice restaurants also within walking distance. There are a large number of nice restaurants in every category just a short drive away in Avondale, West End, and Riverside if you have a car.
    We chose this marina because of the facilities, the people, and the area. It is about 6 hour drive from our home in Atlanta. If you need to fly somewhere, the Jacksonville airport is about 20 minutes away. The marina can arrange for an Enterprise rental car for you as they have an agreement with Enterprise, but they have no marina car to loan you. You can almost certainly find another boater with a car to take you for errands if you ask around. A very friendly and accommodating group of people here. They do not have fuel or services other than a pumpout, but there are multitudes of mechanics and craftsmen in Jacksonville. If you need a haul out or fuel close by, you can take the boat to the other side of the bridge to Lambs for a haul out.
    By the way, we had no ice in the marina last winter in spite of one of the coldest winters on record there. We have an automatic bilge heater to keep things from freezing and leave the cabin heat turned on at 60 degrees. If you take the boat out
    of the water, you will need to winterize it, but if you leave it in the water, just drain any water lines above the decks in areas that could freeze (hoses and sinks, etc.) and you will be fine. Be sure to close up the air vents to the bilge and the surrounding water will keep things from freezing.
    Dave & Nan Ellen Fuller

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

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