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Archive For: East FL – 11 – Fort Lauderdale

  • Visit Staniel Cay Yacht Club, Exumas, Bahamas at Fort Lauderdale Boat Show

    Staniel Cay Yacht Club, a favorite destination for cruisers in the Exumas, has always been most accommodating for its guests and word of such exceptional service for cruisers spreads like a wind driven wild fire. A loyal SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Staniel Cay Yacht Club can be sampled at their booth at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show!

    Like No Other Place On Earth.
    Come get a taste of SCYC at the Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show!
    November 3rd – November 7th

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    Bahia Mar/A1A Entrance Tent, Booth 174
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    Come visit us at the Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show and see why your next trip should be to SCYC!

    If you’ve never been before, we’d love to introduce you to the unique and incredible vacation that can only be found at Staniel Cay Yacht Club. If you HAVE been before, we’d love to welcome you back!

  • Boat Fire on Ft Lauderdale ICW

    This story comes from reporter Anne Gettis in the Sun Sentinel.

    A family of four and their dog had to bail out after their boat burst into flames on the Intracoastal Waterway Saturday evening.
    Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue and police were called to the scene at Datura Court and the Intracoastal just after 7 p.m. Fire investigators were working late Saturday to determine what had caused the blaze.

    CLICK HERE for the full story and video.

  • Intracoastal Waterway Deepening Project Underway, Fort Lauderdale, FL

    This tax supported dredging to accommodate the yachts of the wealthiest of the wealthy clearly shows to whom Florida politicians bow. You will pay for the project, but will it aid you in any way?

    FLORIDA – AICW – WEST PALM BEACH TO MIAMI – FORT LAUDERDALE: Intracoastal Waterway Deepening Project
    The Florida Inland Navigation District (FIND) is sponsoring a project to deepen the AICW channel to -15 ft MLW in a ±2-mile section from 17th Street Causeway to just north of the Las Olas Bridge. Material from the AICW channel will be mechanically dredged by Cashman Dredging, Inc. and placed into a barge. The material will be dewatered and temporarily placed at a Dredged Material Management Area (DMMA) located at Port Everglades. Dredging will begin the first week of May 2016, and is expected to continue for about 50 weeks. The Dredge CAPTAIN A.J. FOURNIER will work daylight hours only. During the project, every reasonable effort will be made to accommodate normal, safe navigation operations. However, mariners should be aware that clearances within the AICW will be reduced and navigability will be limited during dredge operations. Mariners are urged to subscribe to daily email updates at IWWDredgePosition@jaycashman.com for operation reports and potential impacts to navigation, or call Stephen Tobin (877) 294-9990 or (888) 280-9630 for general questions concerning the project.

  • Waterway Deepening to Begin in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    This article by David Fleshler in the Sun Sentinel reports a Waterway deepening project in Fort Lauderdale. Does this tax supported dredging to accommodate the yachts of the wealthiest of the wealthy not clearly show to whom Florida politicians bow? You will pay for the project, but will it aid you in any way? See http://cruisersnet.net/156797 for the LNM 19/16.

    If you dredge it, officials say, the megayachts will come; Deepening of Intracoastal Waterway begins.

    Work will begin on a two-year project to deepen the Intracoastal Waterway in Fort Lauderdale to accommodate megayachts. The tax-supported Florida Inland Navigation District, which operates the waterway, has hired a company to dredge the waterway from 10 feet to 15 or 17 feet Courtesy Marine Industries Association of South Florida
    David Fleshler David FleshlerContact Reporter
    Sun Sentinel
    CLICK HERE for the full article.

  • Dania Marine Flea Market, March 3-6, Hallendale Beach, FL

    As posted in this article from Soundings’ Trade Only Today section, Dania’s Marine Flea Market will be March 3-6 in Hallendale Beach just south of Fort Lauderdale.

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    Florida marine flea market returns in March
    Posted on February 9th, 2016
    The Dania Beach Marine Flea Market will be held March 3-6 at the Mardi Gras Casino in Hallandale Beach, Fla.
    The 26-acre parking lot of the casino at U.S. Route 1 and Pembroke Road will once again become a nautical swap shop.
    Organizers said private individuals and marine-related businesses will sell used marine equipment, coral-encrusted antiques, new and used boats, fishing tackle, diving gear, marine artwork and other boating-related items at low prices.
    “Some shoppers to the Marine Flea Market travel hundreds of miles to find that elusive part for a 1946 vintage outboard motor,” event coordinator Jennifer Dudas said in a statement. “Others are looking for antique fishing tackle. Over the four days, thousands of boating- and fishing-related items are bought and sold through a system of dickering and dealing at a fraction of their retail value.”

    For the full article, CLICK HERE.

  • “Who Is Sylvia?” – Lake Sylvia, that is. Fort Lauderdale, AICW Statute Mile 1064.5


    With apologies to Shakespeare, Fred Braman wants to know the history of the lake’s name. Since very little is mentioned in Wikipedia, we’re hoping someone of you might have answer. For a recent report from Lake Sylvia, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=134325.

    Do you know the history of the name “Lake Sylvia,” in Ft Lauderdale? Who was Sylvia?
    Fred Braman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    And this article by Doreen Hemlock  from the Sun Sentinel:

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

     

  • 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”.

  • 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

  • Unhappy Stay at Fort Lauderdale Municipal Docks at Las Olas Bridge, AICW Statute Mile 1064


    One of three municipal docks in Fort Lauderdale, the Las Olas docks lie off the Waterway’s eastern shoreline immediately north and south (mostly on the north side) of the Las Olas bascule bridge. Skipper Finley’s report is in contrast to other reviews posted on SSECN. However, with municipal budget cuts, it is possible that conditions at the marina have deteriorated in the last year or so.

    This facility is not being maintained in accordance to the prices being charged. The restrooms are NASTY and not being cleaned regularly. Feces on the toilet seats for 3 days now. toilet paper out. Security I have seen 2 times in 10 days.. People come in at night by walking in with paying customers. Boats come in after dark and leave before dawn. I had a guy urinating off the bridge behind my boat and called security, he was at the fisheries and I never saw him that night. Boaters communicate through the web. I like to be persistent to foster change for a better future for the mariners. I cannot agree I paid $1500 to park a 34ft. boat for this kind of treatment. We need to do better people!
    Scott Finley

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Las Olas Municipal Docks

  • Dania Beach Marina Recommended, AICW Statute Mile 1069


    Access to Dania Beach Marina from the ICW is restricted by a fixed bridge with 18ft vertical clearance, but the marina is well protected and located on the beach. The entrance channel is on the east side of the Waterway just north of the Dania Beach Boulevard Bascule Bridge. Skipper Mahler’s comments are from the AGLCA Forum.

    Try dania beach municipal marina. It Is 2 miles south of port everglades inlet. Brand new marina, concrete floating docks. $750 per month annual I think $900 monthly. The price is by the slip not by the foot, slips can
    handle up to 50×17.
    Edward Mahler

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Dania Beach Marina

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

  • 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, https://www.browardcenter.org/, 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 http://broadwaytour.net/broadway-fort-lauderdale 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

  • High Praise for Parker Yachts of Fort Lauderdale, FL

    Parker Yachts is located at 225 SW 32nd St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315, (954) 463-1515, www.parkeryacht.com

    For the second time on our cruise this year, we’ve had tremendous help from a marine business. This time, we were stranded in George Town, Exumas with two non-working engines. Our catamaran has two T9.9 Yamahas. We’d been down one engine for a couple of weeks, and lost the second engine on our arrival in George Town. After trouble-shooting the issues, we determined we needed a replacement CDI, Pulser Coil, and Charge Coil. These parts were not available in the Bahamas so we called several parts dealers in the States. All estimated at least a two-week delivery just to get the parts to their own shops. Susan at Parker Yachts understood our plight and was sympathetic. She managed to get us all that we needed in a matter of days, and personally delivered them to Reggie Express Air for flight directly to George Town. We can’t say enough about how terrific Susan was to work with. Her communication, sense of humor, professionalism, and ability to get what you need FAST is exemplary. Our thanks to Susan and Parker Yachts for helping us to get our engines up and running and our cruise under way again.
    George and Karen Schietinger s/v Tara

  • Report from Lake Sylvia, AICW Statute Mile 1064.5, Fort Lauderdale, FL

    Lake Sylvia - Click for Chartview

    Lake Sylvia lies to the south, southeast of marker #13, itself just south of huge Bahia Mar Marina.

    Anchored here tonite. Lots of boats. Have not found anywhere to land dingy. Enter close to East shore for good water. 16ft where we dropped the hook. There is no shore access in the basin. Some say you can go up the canals to stores and a park? Good protection all around.
    Sonny Reeves

    Las Olas (1 sm N) has a dinghy landing and allows the use of their fine facilities for a small fee. Laundry especially spacious. Grocery, drugs, ATM and restaurants within easy walking distance.
    Canals heading west off Lake Sylvia lead to ICW and more restaurants on its west side. Watch your dinghy speed when entering ICW from canals — this is a serious, enforced, and ticketed speed and no wake zone.
    Chris and Janet

    We are anchored in Lake Sylvia and checked Las Olas [Fort Lauderdale] City Marina about landing our dinghy there. They said it costs $20 per day and you do not have use of any of the facilities! They also said a city mooring ball was $45 a day and then you could use the facilities. $45 for a mooring ball is $1500 a month which is absurd!!
    You can go west down the canal just north of the 17 street causeway bridge and land the dinghy at Southport bar and grille for $10 which is applied to any purchase at the restaurant. Also Coconut’s restaurant next to the Hall of Fame marina has a dinghy dock that you can use if you eat there.
    Rick Steinberg

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

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Fort Lauderdale City Anchorage

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

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Hall of Fame Marina

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

  • More Good Words for Cooley’s Landing, New River, Fort Lauderdale, FL

    Cooley's Landing - Click for Chartview

    Cooley’s Landing is one of three City of Fort Lauderdale owned and managed dockage facilities. Cooley’s Landing is the most upstream (on New River) of these three facilities. A host of restaurants and shopping are within easy walking distance as Captain Fran attests!

    Spent a week at Cooley’s Landing part of the Fort Lauderdale City Dock system and found that the friendly service and careful advice provided by Matt just added to our overall enjoyment. Our slip was near the 7th Ave bridge, which provides a steady passage of beautiful yachts for those days when you just want to watch the water.
    The laundry is newer and works well and the showers are clean and neat. Can’t ask for more and we expected much less at their value added price.
    A short walk on the very pleasant SW Riverwalk brings you to the shopping district on Las Olas.
    Fran

    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

  • Good Words for Cooley’s Landing, New River, Fort Lauderdale, FL

    Cooley's Landing - Click for Chartview

    Cooley’s Landing is one of three City of Fort Lauderdale owned and managed dockage facilities. Cooley’s Landing is the most upstream (on New River) of these three facilities. A host of restaurants are within easy walking distance!

    Check out “The City of Ft. Lauderdale at Cooley’s Landing”
    It is inexpensive – $1.25/ ft. $0.12/kw electric after a one time charge of $10 or $15)
    It is convenient to a lot of restaurants.
    There is current, but if you are going to be there for a while check with the dockmaster and they will tell you when the current will be slack for the easiest docking.
    There is a pleasant waterfront walk to lots of activity and you are far enough from the activity for it to be quiet at night. You also get a great tour of the New River on the trip up the river and you can take the dinghy another couple of miles upriver for more interesting sights. We have stayed there several times and will stay there again.
    Mitch & Carole Brodkin

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

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  • A Good Visit to Fort Lauderdale Municipal Docks at Las Olas Bridge, AICW Statute Mile 1064

    Las Olas Municipal Docks - Click for Chartview

    One of three municipal docks in Fort Lauderdale, the Las Olas docks lie off the Waterway’s eastern shoreline immediately north and south (mostly on the north side) of the Las Olas bascule bridge. The report below is from the AGLCA Forum.

    We stayed at Las Olas [Municipal Docks] when we passed through Ft. Lauderdale. We really like the facilities, and the beach was a walk or easy bike ride away from the marina. I needed diesel oil and had a ride of about 15 miles round trip to find it. We rented a car for a couple days and enjoyed Ft Lauderdale. We tried to leave for the Bahamas from there on a good day, but came back to tie up because our radar stopped working as we left the harbour.
    Dave
    Sea Ya – Tolly 44 M/Y

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Las Olas Municipal Docks

  • Information on Two Municipal Marinas in Fort Lauderdale, FL, New River and AICW StatuteMile 1064

    Cooleys Landing - Click for Chartview

    Cooleys Landing is one of three City of Fort Lauderdale owned and managed dockage facilities. Cooleys Landing is the most upstream (on New River) of these three facilities. A host of restaurants (including the memorable “Shirttail Charleys”) are within easy walking distance!

    Las Olas Municipal Docks - Click for Chartview

    One of three municipal docks in Fort Lauderdale, the Las Olas docks lie off the Waterway’s eastern shoreline immediately north and south (mostly on the north side) of the Las Olas bascule bridge. The report below is from the AGLCA Forum.

    There are two centers for marinas in Fort Lauderdale. You have to decide if you prefer to stay near the beach or downtown which is two miles up New River. Cooley’s Landing is the municipal marina downtown on the New River. I believe Cooley’s Landing has a 50 foot limit and may be tight for your 49 foot boat. Las Olas is the municipal marina on the ICW near the beach. Las Olas can accommodate larger boats on the ends of their Tee-docks. Las Olas has gated security on each dock. The Water Taxi stops close to both marinas. We have stopped at both of these marinas. Of course, there are dozens of other marinas!
    Alan Lloyd
    Author, Great Loop Navigation Notes
    http://www.NavigationNotes.com

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

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Las Olas Municipal Docks

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