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This notice is for our friends and cruisers in south Florida.
New Zika transmission zone confirmed in Miami-Dade County
NBC 6 MIAMI , WPTV Webteam
4:20 PM, Oct 13, 2016
11:29 PM, Oct 13, 2016
This article and video by Todd Tongen comes from Local ABC News 10 of Hollywood, FL.
Hollywood condo owners blame live-aboard boaters for dirty waterway
Residents near North Beach Park say boaters dump sewage into Intracoastal
By Todd Tongen – Anchor/Reporter , Samantha Bryant – Intern
Posted: 6:19 PM, May 13, 2016
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – Hollywood condominium owners are blaming live-aboard boaters for a dirty Intracoastal Waterway behind their complex.
Residents of The Moorings condominiums near North Beach Park in Hollywood told Local 10 News reporter Todd Tongen that the live-aboard boaters are nothing more than squatters on the water.
Marybeth Cullinan, a Moorings homeowner association member, reported seeing raw sewage dumped in the waterway.
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Dinner Key Marina is located at the western end of Dinner Key Channel on the western shore of Biscayne Bay. For more typical comments on Dinner Key Marina, see http://cruisersnet.net/25334.
If the customer service in most places in Miami is subpar, then the service at Dinner Key Marina is absolute garbage. The kind of service that makes you immediately regret having moved to Miami (and I speak fluent Spanish). The kind of service that forces you to set aside ample time to sit down and write a juicy, one star review just like the one that you are about to read. So you do not mistake this review for one coming from a non-credible source, I should probably mention that I am a USCG licensed Captain (50 ton Master) and a Cambridge engineering graduate with 20 years of boating experience. Also for the record, I have never really written a review before, but this nightmare could not have gone unpublished. Here is the sequence of events:
1. I signed a one year contract with the marina for a commercial slip in August of 2014. The plan was to run charters to small groups of elite guests aboard my 41-foot Maxum. Having endured a 3-hour long trip down from Fort Lauderdale, my father and I finally pulled into our allocated slip. The very next morning, we were rudely woken by a bunch of goons banging on the fiberglass, asking why we had parked there. They had chained the boat to the seawall. I kindly replied that I had signed a one year contract for that spot. They later unchained the boat and barely made an apology. That is Dinner Key Marina’s idea of a welcome, apparently.
2. One week following my arrival, I drove up to Orlando for a few days. There, the local police came knocking on my door announcing that they had found a boat registered to my name up on a beach in Fort Pierce (about 125 miles north of Miami). Long story short, a ring of drug smugglers stole my 41 Maxum from Dinner Key Marina. I still wonder if it was not someone from the marina who tipped off my absence. It took 3 months of investigations by the USCG, DEA, and the local Sheriff’s department, and an additional 3 months of quoting repairs before I recouped the money from the insurance company (the boat was declared a total loss). Dinner Key Marina did not help out with anything and did not even express their sympathies for what had happened. I later suggested that they install a camera to monitor that pier (Pier 9) and they really could not have cared less.
3. I returned to the marina with a new Concept 36. Why do you ask? Because none of the other 30 odd marinas in Miami had availability for commercial vessels. I should also mention that although Dinner Key Marina welcomes commercial vessels, they are not zoned for commercial use. I found that out following a visit to the City Hall trying to get my zoning permit. So technically, everyone there operating commercially is illegal. The operations lady at the Dinner Key Marina, Maria Busto, one of the most impolite, ill-intentioned, dysfunctional individuals I have ever had the displeasure to meet, had promised me following the theft of the 41 Maxum, that she would give me priority on my original slip. Sure enough, when I returned to the marina with the Concept 36, she had given it away to somebody else and left me with a slip amidst a bunch of shrimping boats. Just for the record, all of the frustrating experiences delineated above were delivered almost exclusively by her, Maria Busto. Do not waste even a second of your time with her. Talk directly to Stephen Bogner, the manager, anytime you need assistance. I found this out too late. He is of great character and although he does not have much control over what goes on in his marina, he means well.
4. My dad fell ill in early 2016 and I was forced to move back to Orlando to tend to him. I terminated my contract with Dinner Key Marina under this premise. My dad just passed away from heart failure at the age of 55. Even knowing about these circumstances, it took Dinner Key Marina nearly 4 months to refund my deposit. E-mails went unanswered almost every time. Every time I called in, no one was around even during business hours. Simply unbelievable.
5. Summarizing, this was the worst experience I have had with any company in my entire life. I failed to mention the countless times I had to fend off people trying to steal my stuff at the dock (and they did), obnoxious fishermen tossing garbage around and having to pick up after them, birds crapping shrimp guts all over my boat, vandalism, and daily encounters with ill-tempered employees of the marina (with a few exceptions, including Renato, an awesome security guy). Come here at your own peril. This place is a disaster. It will drain you emotionally and ruin your life!
Alexander N Endlein
More legislation concerning boaters, especially resident boaters who fish in Biscayne Bay.
(Posting of this notice does not imply SSECN’s support for a “No” vote.)
Starting tomorrow, the House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on H.R. 2406 (the SHARE Act)—a comprehensive sportsmen’s focused piece of legislation that includes critical language ensuring access to our nation’s public waters.
A key provision of the SHARE Act, is language requiring the National Park Service and NOAA marine sanctuaries to work together with state fisheries agencies before recreational or commercial fishing access is restricted. This critical collaboration would help reverse efforts at Biscayne National Park to establish a 10,000 acre marine reserve and ensure state agencies have a seat at the table for future management discussions.
Unfortunately, Rep. Don Beyer (VA-8) is planning to offer Amendment #24, essentially stripping this important language from the SHARE Act.
Contact your member of Congress today and urge them to vote “NO” on Amendment #24 and keep language in the SHARE Act to protect access to our nation’s fisheries.
Letting Amendment #24 succeed would set back access for boaters and anglers for decades to come. Click to contact your Representative TODAY and urge them to reject Rep. Beyer’s Amendment #24.
Peter Conway is inquiring about Hurricane Harbor on the southwestern shore of Key Biscayne. There is no charted channel into what appears to be a well-sheltered anchorage. If you have local knowledge of this harbor, let us hear from you.
What happened to the anchorage at Hurricane Harbor? Is it not still a permitted anchorage?
Our thanks to Mike Ahart of Waterway Guide for posting this information. Collins Canal runs northeast from Biscayne Bay near AICW Statute Mile 1088. This article was first posted in August of this year. Let us hear from you if you have experienced this enforcement./p>
Miami Beach cracks down on dinghy access
Date Reported: Aug 6, 2015
Reported By: Mike Ahart, News Editor
Source: WG Staff
Miami Beach’s anchorages have a lot to offer to cruisers, including good holding, protection, and a beautiful view of the Miami skyline. Another benefit is the Collins Canal, which allows boaters dinghy access to the beach, stores, and restaurants – well, maybe not so much anymore.
The City of Miami Beach passed an amendment to an ordinance which now makes it unlawful to tie a dinghy to the canal wall to visit the city. Signs were installed all along the public sections of seawall on May 15, 2015, according to Nannette Rodriguez of the Miami Beach City office. SeaTow has been removing “many boats,” according to a SeaTow representative, who also said that the city is strictly enforcing the 20-minute limit for the dinghy dock at the end of 17th Street.
We had heard rumors of towing dinghies. I hadn’t seen any news so I called Seatow and the Miami marine patrol. Seatow said they are towing dinghies on orders from the police. There are signs posting this policy on the Collins canal and some sea walls.
I spoke with the police and the policy is a result of the derelict boats. They are aware that it “may cause ” an inconvenience to the transient population. He reported some of the difficulties they have dealt with,most recently a 16 month old drowned after falling overboard. He said you can tie at the police dock for short periods. The sign says 20 minutes but also said they have some latitude with that number. He also said the dock at the old Publix can be utilized. That dock is problematic at low tide.
The officer also said the whole situation is a moving target and recommended speaking with the marine patrol when we get there.
December 8, 2015
Well we finally made it to South Beach after being pinned down in West Pam Beach and Ft Lauderdale. I haven’t spoken to the police yet but after talking to a local liveaboard it seems that everything I posted earlier is still true.
That is, there is some leniency at the police dock and the only “legal place “tot tie your dinghy is at the old Publix on the Collins Canal. It may sound inconvenient but it isn’t as bad as it may sound. The problem is people tying too close too the dock so you can disembark.. This isn’t that unusual so we can adapt. I went a bit further down the wall and walked the small ledge back to the dock. The water is quite high from all the rainfall so I can’t attest to low tide conditions.
Another thing would be to have one dinghy take multiple boats in and then pick them up, If they have large loads they could come back and get their dinghy and get the mate and packages from a convenient spot.
All in all it is not worth crossing South Beach off the itinerary.
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Thank you Skipper Clueless for sending what amounts to a retraction to your earlier report. SSECN is glad to hear of the needed improvements to be made. Hollywood Municipal Marina lies south of AICW marker #40, on the southern shores of North Lake.
I’ll start by saying, this is beyond “you get what you pay for!” Spend the money, and go somewhere else! When we made the reservation, we were told that they had 50 amp electric. NOT! We pulled in late (at dusk), and there was know one to answer the radio. I had called ahead, and was given our slip assignment. Once in the slip, we discovered that they only had 30 amp. We found the “security” guard that checked us in, and asked about moving to where they had 50 amp service. He laughed and said: “don’t know what to tell ya, except you won’t use much fuel to run your generator!” Since it was dark at this point, we had no choice than to stay in the slip, and run the generator for power. This place is ridiculous! They also would not take cash! LEGAL TENDER!! Had to use a credit card!! Also, had to fill out 3 pages of legal mumbo jumbo! They insisted on a copy of our insurance! All this, and NO POWER! Ugh! Never again.
I would like to add (or subtract) from my previous post:
Since writing this review, I was contacted by the NEW dock master who explained and addressed each and everyone of my issues. Has also provided a full refund for the stay. This marina is in dire need of several upgrades, and he has assured me that everything addressed will be in the works (if not already) for updating and change. They will immediately start taking cash! I promised, I would return once I have heard of the changes. They are a very inexpensive marina, and in a wonderful location. If you want to give them a try, just ASK about power prior to booking 🙂
You can help, especially if you do any anchoring or shore exploring between Canaveral and Miami.
MELBOURNE, Fla. – A zoo in Brevard County needs your help tracking the East Coast Diamondback terrapins, a unique subspecies that lives along Florida’s Atlantic coast.
The Brevard Zoo wants everyone from the Space Coast to Miami to report sightings to them.
The terrapins are usually found in brackish coastal waters like the Indian River Lagoon.
The zoo said the project will help biologists identify critical habitat and road-kill “hot spots”.
This is a report on an anchorage not listed as such in SSECN’s directory and is in response to a 2012 report on the site, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=81100. The anchorage is in northern Biscayne Bay on the west side of the Waterway between the campus of Florida International University Biscayne Bay to the west and Oleta State Park to the east.
Took the turn toward Oleta park anchorage off of the ICW at red marker 6A. Keep red marker 6A on your port side as your coming in and head west for the docks. Kept 10 feet of water the whole way through off the ICW and anchored in Oleta park in 10 feet of water. Beautiful protected anchorage before Miami, didn’t go to land however.
Located on the eastern shore of Biscayne Bay, Crandon Park Marina at 4000 Crandon Boulevard, Key Biscayne, FL, is a Miami-Dade County facility associated with Crandon Park Beach. The location looks very inviting and they do take transients on a space-available, no advance reservations, basis.
We live on Key Biscayne. Just a tip. There is good provisioning in Key Biscayne on Crandon Blvd in the village. Take the bus, every 20-30 minutes southbound right at the marina. Every third bus goes down Harbor Drive and is less convenient. There is grocery, restaurants and every sort of shopping just 5 miles away. Best beaches in Crandon Park and Bill Baggs State Park. I believe moorings are only for sailboats. Enjoy.
This sinking light marks the entrance to the channel into Government Cut in Miami. It is located 2.5 nautical miles offshore and sits northeast of the first channel marker.
SEACOAST FLORIDA – JUPITER INLET TO FOWEY ROCKS: Hazard to Navigation
MIAMI LIGHTED BUOY M (LLNR 895/10455) is riding low in the water and sinking. Aid will eventually become extinguished and sink. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution while transiting through the area. Chart 11466 LNM 37/14
Following the deadly crash off Dinner Key, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=143395, 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.
BY SUE COCKING
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.
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.
This section of the Eastern Florida Waterway has long been designated as an AICW Problem Stretch due to persistent shoaling. Since only passage at mid-to-high tide has been our recommendation, the dredging of this intersection is very welcome news!
FLORIDA – AICW – MIAMI – BAKERS HAULOVER INLET: (UPDATE: 03/24/2014) Dredge Operations
Southwind Construction Corp. will commence dredging in the vicinity of Bakers Haulover Inlet beginning on or about 18 March. The Dredge JENNIE LEA II and workboats Ann Kay & Viper will be on scene monitoring VHF-FM channels 13, 16 & 78. Operations will continue 24/7 until on or about April 5, 2014. Buoys may be temporarily disestablished to accommodate dredge operations and the channel may be restricted to vessel traffic. Submerged pipeline will be in designated areas then turn southerly toward the Bal-Harbor Beach placement site. Further information contact the Project Manager, Devon Carlock at (812) 867-7220. Mariners are advised to transit at the slowest safe speed to minimize wake, and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. For passing arrangements contact the Dredge JENNIE LEA II. See enclosure section for pipeline route.
The below aids have been temporarily discontinued to facilitate dredge operations.
Biscayne Bay Buoy 7 (LLNR 47822)
Biscayne Bay Buoy 7A (LLNR 47824)
Biscayne Bay Buoy 7B (LLNR 47828) has been temporarily relocated to position 25-54-04.052N / 080-07-54.294W to facilitate dredge operations.
**The area is subject to frequent changes in depth and direction due to shifting shoals. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution, seek local knowledge when transiting the area, and use alternate route when necessary.**
Chart 11467 LNM:12/14
The entrance to dockage basin at Loggerhead Marina – Hollywood cuts west, immediately south of AICW marker #42.
Loggerhead Hollywood – seemed in a bit of a rough area; Had to pass through 3 gates to get in and out and a camera shoots your picture when you enter.
Mo s/v Mi Amante
Fishermans Channel parallels the south side of Dodge Island in Miami Harbor and is often used when arriving or departing offshore to avoid large ship traffic in the Main Channel. Fishermans Channel intersects the Waterway at statute mile 1090.
FLORIDA–MIAMI HARBOR–MIAMI MAIN CHANNEL–FISHERMANS CHANNEL: Temporarily Disestablish and Replace Aids.
In preparation for the dredging of Government Cut, Fishermans Channel, and the Lummus Island Turning Basin, the following aids will be temporarily disestablished and replaced with temporary lighted buoys until further notice:
Miami Main Channel Light 15 (LLNR 10550)
Miami Main Channel Light 19 (LLNR 10740)
Fishermans Channel Light 5 (LLNR 10655)
Fishermans Channel Light 7 (LLNR 10660)
Fishermans Channel Light 9 (LLNR 10665)
Lummus Island Turning Basin Light A (LLNR 10675) temporarily renumbered to 9A
Lummus Island Turning Basin Light E (LLNR 10680.7) temporarily renumbered to 9E
Fishermans Channel Light 11 (LLNR 10685)
The above changes will begin on 04 February 2014 and all aids are anticipated to be temporarily converted to floating aids no later than 14 February 2014. For Coast Guard related issues, please contact Sector Miami Waterways Management Divison at: (305) 535-8724 or 8720. Chart 11468 LNM: 05/14
Biscayne Point Anchorage lies off the Miami Beach Channel, on the charted finger of deep water north of Biscayne Point and east/southeast of flashing daybeacon #2.
Nice open anchorage. Stay true to the charts as the southern half is truly much deeper! We were the only boat anchored there. No actual dinghy dock that we could find but we dinghyed down the canals and tied up to a wall and walked into town 🙂
With a closed vertical clearance of 30ft, Sunny Isles Causeway Bridge crosses the AICW at Statute Mile 1078, south of marker #57.
PUT A SYSTEM IN PLACE! Too often do I see them open that bridge for boats who are not even close to needing the clearance. Non stop, whole day, every day of life this bridge is open. Considering the amount of construction and money being spent one would think that a wealthy city such as ours can come up with a reasonable system as to when the bridge will open. Get it together.
It is this kind of service that turns a bad time unto a positive experience! Halden Marine Service is located at 1019 N 32nd Avenue, Hollywood, FL 33021, Phone: (954) 964-8136.
My wife and I waited for arrival in Key Biscayne to unpickle our Spectra Watermaker in preparation for cruising in the Bahamas. When powered up, we discovered the pump head needed replacement. This was Christmas week, and our weather window for making the Gulf Stream crossing was fast approaching and not expected to last very long. I called J.T., who not only ordered the part I needed express, but then delivered them at no cost to me on December 27th from his Hollywood, FL shop to No Name Harbor on Key Biscayne. I replaced the pump myself. Despite this, J.T. only charged me his cost for the parts, and provided me lots of advice. GREAT SERVICE and great, trustworthy guy. Highly recommend him. George on SV Tara.
We do not know of anyone who can beat JT in service. The Spectra watermaker is great and his service is first class! He always answers his emails and phone. I’m sure some of my questions makes him shake his head but there has never been a time when we weren’t 100% satisfied!! Go Halden Marine Service!
Dick and Anne Anderson