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Thanks to our tropical weather, boating and beaching opportunities never end here in the Palm Beaches. Take advantage of these handy links and enjoy all that our local waters have to offer whether on or off your boat.
Dive Palm Beach! What is an Artificial Reef? Palm Beach County has sunk 54 ships, about 105,000 tons of lime rock and about 77,000 tons of concrete to build about 100 reefs. Deep-water reefs several miles offshore are for certified divers, while snorkelers can see all kinds of sea life at underwater sheltered parks recently built at Phil Foster Park and Peanut Island. Artificial Reef Map
Explore All Things Peanut Island
The park is a favorite destination for boaters and provides numerous recreational opportunities for visitors. Fishing and snorkeling are popular activities in the beautiful clear waters that surround the island.
BEACHES & INLET CAMS OF P.B.CTY.
Know before you go! Check in with Cam! Play in the waters and the waves! Our beaches offer a little bit of everything for everyone.
Beaches & Web Cams
Enjoy the Beautiful Palm Beaches!
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Old Port Cove Marina– 561-626-1760
Sandpiper’s Cove Restaurant & Bar 561-626-2280
North Palm Beach Marina – 561-626-4919
New Port Cove Marine Center – 561-844-2504
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Note that while this dredging preparation should not affect Waterway traffic, it could possibly interfere with use of the Lake Worth Inlet Anchorage which is on the east side of the Palm Beach Turning Basin adjacent to the staging area for this project.
ATLANTIC OCEAN – FLORIDA – PALM BEACH – LAKE WORTH INLET: Mobilization Activities
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company will commence mobilization activities at the Phipps Ocean Park, in Palm Beach, Florida. The Dredge ALASKA, Tugs LADY THEO, MARY VIRGINIA, MISS EMILY, FREESTATE, Crew Vessel SHIRLEY MAE and Survey Vessel COOPER RIVER will all be on scene and monitoring VHF Channels 1, 13 and 16. This phase of the work consists of mobilization activities, including submerged pipeline assembly, just outside of the south and east sides of the Port of Palm Beach Turning Basin. During assembly, pipe strings will be floating on the water’s surface in sections of approx. 1,500ft. Pipe will be towed in sections of 1,500ft to a borrow area approximately 9miles south of Lake Worth Inlet. The pipe will be submerged from the beach to the borrow area. The pipe line will be marked with flashing yellow lights and orange buoys. Boaters are advised to avoid this area. There will be approximately 1,600ft of floating pipe connecting to the Dredge ALASKA. Dredging in the borrow area is expected to begin in December 2015 for the Phipps Ocean Park Beach Nourishment Project. Approximate completion date is March 2016. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution. Further information contact Project Manager, Chris Pomfret (239) 250-0974, CPomfret@gldd.com, or Site Manager, James Towner (630) 247-0107, JTowner@gldd.com. Chart 11466, 11472 LNM 46/15
AICW marker Light 27 marks the southeast corner of the intersection of the Waterway and the channel into Old Port Cove Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR.
FLORIDA – AICW – PALM SHORES TO WEST PALM BEACH – LAKE WORTH NORTH
Lake Worth Light 27 (LLNR 46435) is destroyed and poses a hazard to navigation. The remains of the pile are 2ft below the waterline. Wreckage has been marked channelward with a Temporary Lighted Buoy “WR27”, with a green quick flashing light. Mariners are advised to exercise caution while transiting the area. Chart 11472 LNM 45/15
This Lighted Boat Parade begins at North Palm Beach Marina, one of three marinas under the Old Port Cove Holdings banner.
The Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County is holding the 21st annual Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade and 16th annual “On the Water” Toys for Tots Drive at 6 p.m. on Dec. 5.
The parade will stage and begin at the north end of the Lake Worth Lagoon in North Palm Beach and proceed north on the Intracoastal Waterway to the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse.
Enter your boat in this year’s Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade and have a chance to win $10,000 in cash and prizes! Prizes include boating products, spa packages, and gift cards to your favorite restaurants. Entry is FREE, open to all boaters, and a great way to spend time with family and friends cruising along the parade route.
The Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade (Saturday, December 5th) is the perfect opportunity to kick off the holiday season Florida-style, and show support for your community and Toys for Tots. Spectacularly decorated vessels will light up the Intracoastal Waterway parade route from North Palm Beach to Jupiter and will be led by everyone’s favorite – a traveling fireworks display illuminating the night sky!
Each parade boat will be judged on lights, enthusiasm, and overall effect – top 3 boats from each size category wins. Test your holiday boat decorating skills and participate in the Palm Beach Boat Parade!
For more information, go to palmbeachboatparade.org.
If your marina doesn’t have an onSpot WiFi system, pass this information along. You will be glad you did! Old Port Cove Marina is located on the western shore of the northern Lake Worth channel, near unlighted daybeacon #7. Both Old Port Cove Marina and onSpot WiFi are SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSORs!
Ever pull into a marina desperate to check your messages only to encounter Wifi issues? Don’t blame the marina’s Wifi service! According to Bob Taylor of onSpot Wifi, marinas have a very unique set of circumstances when it comes to providing Wifi service. It might not be the service at all, it just could be your device!
Read Bob’s very useful TIPS & TRICKS on our blog at www.OPCH.com
Old Port Cove Holdings is pleased to provide onSpot Wifi service at all three of our marina facilities.
Thank you boaters for choosing to do business with us!
Sue Morgan, Marketing Director
Old Port Cove Holdings, Inc. and
OLD PORT COVE MARINA’s UPCOMING EVENTS
AT SANDPIPER’S COVE RESTAURANT
October 31st – It’s Our “Boo”tastick Halloween Party
Have fun with Karaoke in the Sand Bar and Costume Optional Contest! (We love nautical themed costumes!) Happy Hour served all night long. A la carte menu.
November 3rd – Uptown Art Returns with the YOU CAN Paint Painting Class
Everyone can paint our special monthly selection while you mingle, sip wine, and nosh. Such a fun night!
November 6th – Dinner Dance with “Elvis,” The King oF Rock and Roll
Dance (and sing) along to your favorite Elvis songs while enjoying the Chef’s featured menu which includes a few of the “King’s” favorites.
November 18th – Chef’s Dinner Demonstration
Join our Chef in an intimate setting as he prepares four delicious courses for you to enjoy and later cook aboard. This is a “Client Favorite” event and is always a sell-out.
November 26th – Thanksgiving Day Dinner –Making Memories
Our traditional menu Includes your family’s Tom Turkey carved tableside and served with all the trimmings. Leftovers are wrapped for you to take back to the boat for those cherished late night sandwiches!
Reservations well in advance are required.
Enjoy Live Music in The Sand Bar every Thursday evening. Happy Hour is 3-7pm, but around here, every hour on the water is Happy Hour!
RESERVATIONS: Open 7 days, lunch and dinner. For dockage reservations, please call 561-626-1760. Event reservations, call 561-626-2282. If your heart is set on one of these great events, please check availability early.
“Land was created to provide a place for boats to visit.” B. Atkinson
Old Port Cove Holdings, Inc. and
Are Pleased to Welcome
TO COVE PLAZA at OLD PORT COVE
On behalf of our entire staff and management team, I am pleased to announce that the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County now hails from Cove Plaza which is located at the entrance to Old Port Cove in North Palm Beach. You will find their new office on the lower level of the 1208 building in Suite B. (That’s the 2nd building after going down the ramp.)
ABOUT: The Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County, Inc. (MIAPBC) is a not-for-profit organization created to promote and protect the sound growth of the marine industry in Palm Beach County for the benefit and education of its members, the community, and the environment.
MIAPBC is also responsible for the Annual Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade and The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots toy drive both of which are right around the corner, Saturday, December 5, 2015.
Please join us in welcoming the MIAPBC to Cove Plaza!
Questions? Please Contact:
Alyssa Freeman, Operations Director
1208 US Highway #1 Suite B
North Palm Beach, Fl. 33408
Phone: 561-622-1555 (temporarily)
Old Port Cove Holdings, Inc.
Sue Morgan, Marketing & Public Relations Director
116 Lakeshore Drive
North Palm Beach, Florida 33408
This destroyed light is east of the Waterway’s path through Palm Beach Harbor and on the south side of the Lake Worth Inlet channel as it opens into the charted Turning Basin.
FLORIDA – PALM SHORES TO WEST PALM BEACH – LAKE WORTH INLET: Hazard to Navigation.
Lake Worth Inlet Light 13 (LLNR 10255) is destroyed. The wreckage is marked with a TRLB WR13, Fl Q G, 4M in temporary position 26-45-55.432N/080-02-47.416W. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution.
Chart 11472 LNM 39/15
This dredging of the Waterway will occur on the west side of Peanut Island just north of the AICW/Fort Worth Inlet Intersection.
FLORIDA – AICW – JUPITER INLET TO FOWEY ROCKS – LAKE WORTH – PORT OF PALM BEACH: Dredge Operations.
Cavache Inc will commence dredge operations in portions of the Intracoastal Waterway near the Port of Palm beach, Florida. The channel west side of Peanut Island will be dredged. Operations will begin on or about October 12, 2015 and will be complete approximately March 10, 2016. Dredge MAYA CAELYN will be disposing of the material via floating, submerged and landward pipelines. The disposal area is the Dredge Material Management Area on Peanut Island. The Portions of the pipeline closest to the dredge will remain floating and will be marked with flashing lights at night. The pipeline will be sunk in all other locations. A booster pump may be located near the lagoon/docks on the west side of Peanut Island. Boaters are urged to maintain safe distance from the dredge to avoid potential interference with the pipeline. Mariners are urged to transit at their slowest safe speed to minimum wake and proceed with caution after arrangements have been made. The Dredge may be reached on VHF Channels 7A, 13 and 16. Further information contact Cavache (954) 568-0007. Charts 11466 and 11472 LNM 38/15
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”.
Going to the Bahamas soon or just returning…..
Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net sponsor, Old Port Cove and North Palm Beach Marinas are offering a complimentary bottle of wine, not just any wine but one from the “Carey Chen Marine” collection, for their customers preparing to jump off to the beautiful islands of the Bahamas or for those returning from the Bahamas. Not only will you get this wonderful bottle of libation, but they are a participating BoatUS marinas and you will also receive 15% BoatUS transient dockage discount.
Now there is a “two-fer” if I have ever seen one, uh, two…
September is right around the corner and it will not be long before the search for warmer waters, coconut palms, rum libation, and sea food dining will be the driving forces for the courses we set each day. One of our seasoned sponsors, the Old Port Cove marinas, and yes there are three, North Palm Beach Marina, New Port Cove Marina and Old Port Cove Marina are all ready to add to your full pleasure, comfort and enjoyment. Old Port Cove Marinas are encouraging skippers and or first mates to make advance reservation for slips. After a sell-out season last winter, they don’t want their boating friends to be disappointed!
Old Port Cove Marina is located off the I.C.W. (Intracoastal Waterway) at Coast Guard Channel Marker #27, four miles north of the Lake Worth (Palm Beach) Inlet. No waiting for bridges and just minutes from the finest cruising grounds in Florida make this location the perfect jumping off spot for the blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the Bahamas.
Marina features include: Proudly 5 Star Boater Rated, State of the Art Floating Docks, Casual Waterfront Restaurant On-Site, Fitness Room, Complimentary Shuttle to Publix and West Marine, BoatUS Member Discount.
Please make reservations today, we are waiting to welcome you in with a bottle of wine!
Old Port Cove Marina certainly is an elegant alternative to the hustle and bustle of the marinas to the south. Latitude: 26°49.937’N Longitude: 080°03.248’W
Call 561-626-1760 or go on line to www.opch.com
The missing teen fishermen began their trip out of Jupiter Inlet on the east Florida coast.
Update: 7/29/15: Still no signs of missing teen boaters off Florida’s Gulf coast
By Tamara Lush The Associated Press
Scouring the vast ocean expanse off Florida for two missing teen boaters is a long, tedious mission for the eight-person crew of the C-130 Hercules Coast Guard plane based out of Clearwater.
On Tuesday morning, the flight crew – including a public affairs officer and an Associated Press reporter – left Florida’s Gulf coast at midmorning and flew eastward.
Once the plane cleared the state’s other coast and was over the Atlantic, it dropped to 500 feet (150 metres) above the murky ocean. The crew eased open the back cargo ramp and two men flopped on their bellies so they could search the sea below.
CLICK HERE for the full article from Global News.
UPDATE: 7/27: TEQUESTA, Fla. (AP) — The Coast Guard says a boat belonging to two missing 14-year-old fishermen has been found off Florida’s Atlantic coast but neither boy was in or around the boat.
Petty Officer Steve Lehmann says the boat was found Sunday about 67 miles off Ponce de Leon Inlet in Volusia County.
According to the South Florida Sun Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1S58rYd) Carly Black, the mother of Austin Stephanos said, ”We are going to find them today. We are going to bring them home.”
Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos were last seen Friday in the Jupiter area buying fuel for their 19-foot boat.
Lehmann says the boat was found capsized.
UPDATE: Coast Guard continues search for missing teens
Update, 8:50 p.m. 7/26: The Coast Guard plans to continue the search for the missing teens after finding their capsized boat.
Crews will use a Coast Guard HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane, MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and Station Canaveral 45-foot Response Boat to continue the search through the night, officials report.
Austin Stephanos is one of two teens the Coast Guard continues to search for Saturday morning. He and Perry Cohen set out from the Jupiter Inlet on a fishing trip yesterday.
Update, 6:20 p.m.: Hundreds of people are gathering for a vigil at Jupiter Christian School for two teens still missing at sea.
The Coast Guard has told the Palm Beach Post the capsized boat was initially spotted by a C-130 aircraft at 11 a.m.
The Coast Guard said the C-130 spotted the overturned vessel at the edge of the search pattern. A helicopter from Air Station Clearwater was dispatched and lowered a rescue swimmer, who was able to confirm the registration numbers of the boat, said Petty Officer Mark Barney.
Perry Cohen is one of two teens the Coast Guard continues to search for Saturday morning. He and Austin Stephanos set out from Jupiter Inlet on a fishing trip yesterday.
The Coast Guard searched some 25,000 square miles since Friday afternoon before finding the vessel very far off shore and up the coast, he said. It was unknown in early evening if the boat suffered any structural damage.
For more on this report, CLICK HERE.
These are not the first words of praise we have received for Burkey Marine and will not be the last.
Great day until our diesel engines ingested and something the boat overheated. A local dealer came out and couldn’t repair the boat for two days. Then we called a group called Big Diesel aka Burkey Marine on a Saturday after 7pm. These guys came out, fixed the blockage in our systems and we were on our way! My wife and I will always keep the number; you should too as they travel where ever the boat is! You may have to pay for airfare but Burkey Marine is our number one diesel service center for our boat. Sincerely Captain Tim Jensen
FYI Burkey Marine Group 772-215-7663
Lake Worth/Lake Avenue Bridge crosses the Waterway at Statue Mile 1029, south of marker #33 and has a closed vertical clearance of 35ft. Our thanks to Skipper Johnson for this update!
As of May 1, 2015, Lake Worth Bridge is back to On Demand.
If you have witnessed this apparently grounded vessel, please send us a location. This story is from WPTV News 5 in West Palm Beach.
Luxury boat stranded in Intracoastal Waterway in West Palm Beach
by Jason Hackett
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – If you were anywhere near the Intracoastal Waterway Thursday in West Palm Beach you probably saw a strange sight – a boat just sitting there apparently stuck.
It prompted quite a few calls to our newsroom.
NewsChannel 5 made some calls and found out that it ran aground earlier in the day.
We also learned that a tow company, Boat U.S., was at the scene trying to help the boat out, but it was unsuccessful.
It was the topic of the day for people walking along the Intracoastal.
Much of the speculation focused on what happened to the boat and the people on board.
“They’re in West Palm Beach somewhere,” says Geri Vistein, who watched the boat from the shore. “They could be listening to the music over there at a fancy restaurant…who knows what they’re doing?”
This article by Angel Streeter in the Palm Beach Sun Sentinel outlines plans for a new drawbridge to replace the Southern Boulevard drawbridge, which has a closed vertical clearance of 14ft and crosses the Waterway and southern Lake Worth at Mile 1025 in West Palm Beach. Flagler Memorial Bridge, Royal Park Bridge and Southern Boulevard Bridge always present a challenge to a skipper’s patience if an opening is needed, especially during these continuing periods of construction.
State makes plans to replace Southern Boulevard Bridge in West Palm Beach
By Angel Streeter
Construction on new Southern Boulevard Bridge in West Palm Beach will begin in 2016.
Another drawbridge is coming down in Palm Beach County — but just until its replacement is built.
The Florida Department of Transportation is unveiling its plans for replacing the Southern Boulevard Bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway in West Palm Beach while it’s still in the midst of building the replacement for the Flagler Memorial Bridge. Both bridges connect West Palm Beach to Palm Beach.
This time, the state hopes to avoid the pitfalls that have come with replacing the Flagler bridge. The state transportation department plans to build a temporary bridge to the north of the existing Southern Boulevard bridge to keep traffic moving between the mainland and the island.
Click Here for the rest of the article.
Don’t miss the Palm Beach Marine Flea Market and Boat Sale February 28 – March 1, 2015 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at the South Florida Fairgrounds 9067 Southern Blvd, West Palm Beach, Florida 33411
Winter Boat Show and Sale Announced For Palm Beach This February – Boats, Boats and More Boats!!!
Marine Flea Market – International Food Festival – New and Used BOAT Sale
For discount tickets and more event info emailed to you CLICK HERE
BOAT SHOW and SALE…Warm up with hot deals. Boat sales are the place to buy! Hundreds of new and used boats are available to buy on site. Often some of the best prices of the year are available as exhibitors offer special show pricing or other incentives. Plus, it’s the perfect time to order a new boat to ensure it arrives ready to launch in the spring.