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Archive For: East FL – 12 – Port Everglades to Miami & Government Cut

  • Local Knowledge Requested on Cape Florida Channel, Biscayne Bay, Statute Mile 1097


    If you are familiar with these two channels, located south of Key Biscayne, into Biscayne Bay, let Kevin and us hear from you.

    Is anyone familiar with entering Biscayne Bay via the Cape Florida Channel or Biscayne Channel? I draw 4.5 feet. What are the currents like? Thanks.

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Cape Florida Channel and Biscayne Channel

  • LNM: Destroyed Daybeacon 15, Cutter Bank, Biscayne Bay, AICW Statute Mile 1120, 11/22/2017


    This destroyed daybeacon is on the southeast side of the Waterway channel through Cutter Bank found at the southern tip of Biscayne Bay.

    FLORIDA – AICW – MIAMI TO MARATHON – CUTTER BANK: Hazard to Navigation
    Cutter Bank Daybeacon 15 (LLNR 50155) is destroyed. The remains of the steel pile are partially submerged and may pose a hazard to navigation. Wreckage is marked with a TRLB WR15 displaying Fl Q G, 4NM characteristics.
    Chart 11451 LNM 14/17

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

  • Report from The Yacht Group, Coral Gables, FL

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  • LNM: Emergency Phone Line for Miami Mariners

    Coast Guard establishes Miami area emergency phone line for mariners

    MIAMI — The Coast Guard has established an emergency phone line for mariners in life-threatening situations in preparation for the anticipated loss of marine radio transmissions due to Hurricane Irma.  

    Mariners in need of emergency assistance are urged to contact 911 first.  If 911 service is unavailable, please contact (305) 953-4617 to reach the Coast Guard Sector Miami incident command post.

    It is important to note this number is only for life-threatening maritime emergencies in the south Florida area.  Coast Guard response capabilities may be severely degraded or delayed due to severe weather as Hurricane Irma passes through the area. 

    Mariners are strongly discouraged from requesting life-saving assistance through social media.  Coast Guard access to social media feeds may be severely limited due to the effects of the storm.

    The Coast Guard urges mariners to seek safe shelter at this time, as severe weather is expected to begin impacting the area within the next 24 hours.   

    For more breaking news follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

  • Status of Sunset Lake Anchorage, Upper Biscayne Bay


    In July of 2016, several popular Miami area anchorages, including Sunset Lake, were declared to be Banned Anchoring Areas by the FWC. See Bill Murdock’s article and chart on these banned zones: /163814

    Cruisers’ Net would like to know if any of you south Florida cruisers have attempted to anchor in Sunset Lake and, if so, what were the results? Is the ban being enforced? Let us hear from you.

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

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

  • LNM: Severe AICW Shoaling, west of Bakers Haulover Inlet, AICW Statute Mile 1080, 8/9/2017


    This severe shoaling in the Waterway channel immediately west of Bakers Haulover Inlet.

    FLORIDA – AICW – WEST PALM BEACH TO MIAMI – BISCAYNE BAY: Severe Shoaling
    The U.S. Coast Guard received a report of severe shoaling in the vicinity of Bakers Haulover Buoy 7A (LLNR 47824) reducing the width of the channel to 20 yards. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO EXERCISE EXTREME CAUTION AND LOCAL KNOWLEDGE OF THE CHANNEL CONDITIONS IS RECOMMENDED BEFORE ATTEMPTING PASSAGE. Chart 11467 LNM 32/17

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Bakers Haulover Inlet

  • Looking for Buddy Boats to the Bahamas

    If you are headed for the Bahamas this summer and would like company, give John and Judy a call.

    Looking for buddy boat(s) to cruise the Bahamas. John and Judy are sailing a 35 ft Heritage, departing the Miami area the end of June or early July, looking for the company of other boats to join us on the trip.READ MORE!

    We find that sailing with a “buddy” or 2 increases the enjoyment. The cruising area will be the Abacos and Bimini. We are a retired couple and are not licensed boat captains, but John has extensive experience in the Bahamas, but not recently. If you think you would like to take the trip, give us a call at 863-655-4153 and we’ll talk about it.
    John and Judy Egizi
  • Report and Excellent Advice from Monumental Island Anchorage, near AICW Statute Mile 987


    Hibiscus Island and Monumental Island anchorage are on the north side of the MacArthur Causeway in northern Biscayne Bay. The anchorage is northeast of Monument Island, accessible from the north and from the Waterway west of the area. Our thanks to Janice Callum, who is replying to Crackdown on Dinghy Landings Access, for this report and for her excellent advice on being good citizens while visiting “foreign waters” lest we be labeled as the “ugly boater.”

    We are anchored off Hibiscus Island in Miami Beach. READ MORE!

    No visits from police or problems with anything! Boats are anchored off Star Island and the Collins Canal, no hassle. Many more derelict looking boats are anchored on the north side of the East Venetian bridge, but they also seem to be left alone. We saw one trawler named Lady J get pulled over by the water police…the officials are especially protective of the sea grass seedlings in this area and the No Wake zone in Maloy Channel, so crawl along those shores! Sunset Lake remains boat free; as well as free of the dinghies that were anchored around to obstruct cruiser’s anchoring. How ’bout if we all just leave that spot alone until the “unwelcome” (caused by the fellow who considers himself a Cuba expert who sails a near derelict red boat) wears off (and do let him know if you see him that none of us Snowbirds have appreciated the mess he’s caused for us down here). The good news, that we have not seen posted anywhere on the www, is that there is a wonderful dinghy dock up the Collins Canal across the street from the boater-friendly Publix….not just a chain, a real dock! But, fellow cruisers, please, PLEASE stop jamming your trash into the waste receptacle on the street by the dock! It’s beyond comprehension that anyone thinks this is an appropriate spot for trash bags; and, you are risking this spot to tie up for all of us! The police docks and park wall under the bridge (on the other side of the canal) are all posted Tow Away Zone or 20 Minute Loading Zone No Mooring. Let’s all be welcome visitors and do something helpful while we are here! Pick up your dog’s waste, keep your stereos down, anchor well off folk’s backyards and go somewhere else if you can’t handle the wakes.
    Best regards, Janice Callum, “Calamus”

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Monument Island

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Monument Island

  • Sewage in Waterway Blamed on Boaters, Hollywood, FL.

    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.

    CLICK HERE for the full article and video.

  • Disastrous Relationship with Dinner Key Marina, Biscayne Bay, Miami, AICW Statute Mile 1095


    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 /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

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Dinner Key Marina

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

  • Hurricane Harbor Anchorage? Key Biscayne, AICW Statute Mile 1096


    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?
    Peter Conway

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Hurricane Harbor

  • Still More on Crackdown on Dinghy Landings Access, Miami Beach, FL


    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 Tow-Awaythe 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.

    Larry,
    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.
    Jim O’Shea
    svKismet

    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.
    Jim O’Shea
    svKismet

    Click Here for the full article.

  • The Bad, then the Good from Hollywood Municipal Marina, AICW Statute Mile 1071.5


    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.
    Still Clueless

    Happy Ending!

    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 🙂
    Still Clueless

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

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

  • Help Requested to Report Sightings of Diamondback Terrapins

    You can help, especially if you do any anchoring or shore exploring between Canaveral and Miami.

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    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.

    Click here to send sightings along with pictures and GPS coordinates.

    The zoo said the project will help biologists identify critical habitat and road-kill “hot spots”.

  • Report from Anchorage near Bakers Haulover Inlet, north of Miami, AICW Statute Mile 1080


    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 /?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.
    @wickedsaltywes
    Stay Salty

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

  • Good Words for Crandon Park Marina and Key Biscayne, Statute Mile 1094


    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.
    Gregory Han

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

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

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