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Archive For: East FL – 8 – Melbourne Beach to St. Lucie River and Stuart

  • 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

    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

  • 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 http://cruisersnet.net/?p=136159. 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 http://www.jupiter.fl.us/AgendaCenter/Regular-Meetings-4
    Beached in Jupiter

    I asked Beached in Jupiter to keep us posted and these links were sent:

    Tcpalm.com is probably doing the best news coverage of this issue. They have editorial position against AAF.
    Palmbeachpost.com 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.

    Folks,
    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:

    https://www.citizensagainstthetrain.com/?gclid=CjkKEQjwrLSdBRDYvIL0soO4vo0BEiQABALkqSfz6pCJ2nlGesnyEor14SZ5mT0kq0YV6r57nfmjfjjw_wcB
    and
    http://www.allaboardflorida.com/
    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, http://jupiterinletdistrict.org) 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 https://www.google.com/maps/@26.9478155,-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 https://www.google.com/maps/place/St+Lucie+River/@27.2062829,-80.2676983,1258m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x88dee87938e18c99:0xc036915cb56e0c0a
    The RR bridges are ~90 years old and in poor repair. see http://captainkimo.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/florida-east-coast-train-single-engine-crossing-railroad-draw-bridge-jupiter-florida.jpg. 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 http://www.tcrpc.org/special_projects/AAF/AAF4.html,
    http://www.tcpalm.com/news/2014/jun/26/confidential-document-offers-some-answers-about/ and
    http://www.tequesta.org/index.aspx?NID=1167
    Beached in Jupiter

  • Good Words for Harbortown Marina, AICW Statute Mile 965

    Harbortown Marina - Click for Chartview

    Harbortown Marina – Click for Chartview

    Harbortown Marina sits on the northern banks of Taylor Creek, which cuts into the Waterway’s western flank, south of unlighted daybeacon #184, just north of the Ft. Pierce Inlet.

    We stayed there after a long day south. The marina is very large, and we were on the face dock. The people were friendly and helpful, and Publix is close. The wifi is not worth trying. I was with tech support which I quit after an hour with no results. I was told there are 4 transmitters and ours was “not well” although the office acknowledged it has never worked well. Overall, I would return.
    John Pholeric

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

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

  • Report on Shoaling in St. Lucie River, Okeechobee Waterway, Statute Mile 1, Stuart, FL

    St. Lucie Shoaling – Click for Chartview

    Skipper Harmon is referring to a stretch of shoaling at the eastern end of the Okeechobee Waterway where we have had a Navigation Alert posted since May of 2013, (see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=113451). Again, our advice, and that of Skipper Harmon, is to ignore the magenta line and follow the markers.

    The problem stretch near markers 17 and 17A claimed another boater. I recently completed the Okeechobee Waterway and found the charts make this area very confusing and, the small can marker 17A is hard to see. The charts depict a dredged channel and the magenta line indicates you can pass west of the green marker 17. If you follow this route (magenta line) you will find very shallow water. When I passed the area all east bound traffic was leaving the green markers 17A and 17 to the starboard, west bound to the port. If you are meeting traffic, slowing down will allow everyone to pass 17 safely.

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position in St. Lucie River

  • Another Recommendation for Burkey Marine Group, West Palm Beach, FL


    These recommendations come from Skipper Jones who had diesel service while berthed at Fort Pierce City Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! and Capt. Terry who also had service from Burkey Marine Group out of West Palm Beach, FL.

    The best thing is we had a company come out and service our diesel engines onsite last minute! We do suggest Burkey Marine Group 772-215-7663
    Tom Jones

    We also had a great job and repair done while preparing to cross over and later getting towed. Burkey Marine Group saved us ! Thank you to Greg Burkey and the BMG team.
    Capt. Terry

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Fort Pierce City Marina

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  • Good Review of Loggerhead Club Marina, Vero Beach, AICW Statute Mile 948.5

    Loggerhead Club Marina - Click for Chartview

    Loggerhead Club Marina – Click for Chartview

    Loggerhead Club Marina lies west and a bit south of the AICW’s marker #122 in Vero Beach, FL. Our thanks to Skipper Mo for this thorough report!

    Greetings,
    I have a report on the Vero Loggerhead. We are in the “Loggerhead Club” for a month and Vero was a spotless very well run marina. Steve, the Dockmaster/Manager runs a super marina. Publix and a CVS, Walgreens, Brooklyn Water Bagel, Asian House and a nail salon and barber and hair salon are all an easy 3/4 bike ride. The biking is fantastic in the Great Harbor Development (which is where the marina is located). The pool is immaculate and the boaters lounge and bathrooms are spotless. Great washer dryers at $1.25 a load. Those are the BIG pluses. The only drawbacks – to get to restaurants you really need a vehicle. You can bike to the Riverside which is about 4.5 miles away but it’s not a friendly ride – some side walked and a lot not, so you are on a highway. The marina is so nice, many folks wondered why they didn’t have a little tiki bar set up (to overcome the restaurant issue) and a spa. There is room for it for sure. The owners should consider this – it’s not a huge investment and will make it a more fun spot to stay a full season.
    Again, spotless, well run marina with a staff that is fantastic! We’ll be back!
    Mo s/v Mi Amante

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Loggerhead Club Marina-Vero Beach

  • Dredging To Begin in Sebastian Inlet, near AICW Statute Mile 936

    No completion date or scope is given for this dredging project, but be alert for dredges, barges and submerged pipelines in the inlet which intersects the Waterway between Melbourne and Vero Beach, FL. Navigation of Sebastian Inlet is restricted by a fixed bridge with a vertical clearance of 37ft.

    FLORIDA-PALM SHORES TO WEST PALM BEACH-SEBASTIAN INLET CHANNEL: Dredge Operations
    Orion Marine Construction will commence hydraulic dredge operations in Sebastian Inlet, Sebastian, Florida. Operations will occur in the vicinity of private Aids – Sebastian Inlet Channel Buoy 1A (LLNR 9730) and buoy 3A (LLNR 9740.1) on or around February 25, 2014 completion date is (TBD). The Dredge JERI-B will be on scene monitoring VHF-FM channel 16 and working channel 78 days of Operation (7-days per week/24-hours per day). Floating rubber and submerged polyethylene pipeline associated with dredging operations will be utilized. Pipeline and vessels will be visibly lighted and marked. Mariners are urged to use extreme caution in the area transit at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake, and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. Further information contact Jared Rackley (904) 868-9498 or Mr. Prasong (904) 451-3216. Chart 11472 LNM: 06/14

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

  • Ice Cream Shop Recommendations in Stuart, FL, Okeechobee Waterway, Statute Mile 5

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    Stuart Waterfront - Click for Chartview

    Stuart Waterfront – Click for Chartview

    Ice cream is often the most sought after commodity whenever going ashore, regardless the time of day. When in Stuart, enjoy the recommendations offered by Skipper Susan Landry, co-owner of Beach House Publications, publishers of “The Great Book of Anchorages,” (http://www.tgboa.com)

    You won’t have to walk far from the Stuart waterfront to find ice cream. It boasts a Kilwin’s, G&G Gelato and Kelly’s Kones all within a three or four block radius! One’s too crowded, keep going to the next one! We just can’t walk past Kilwin’s without stopping.
    Although not technically ice cream, it is a frozen treat and also my other fave dessert – the frozen key lime pie on a stick dipped in dark chocolate. Of course, this had to have originated in Key West. The Blond Giraffe and other key lime pie companies sell this sweet feast for the taste buds. You can find this in the Keys at a number if locations. I had the good fortune to find dipped cheesecake on a stick at a boat show on the Chesapeake last summer. I suggested to the guy he might want to branch out into key lime pie…
    Susan Landry

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

  • 7-Eleven Opens Near Fort Pierce City Marina, AICW Statute Mile 966.5

    Ft. Pierce City Marina - Click for Chartview

     Fort Pierce City Marina 1 Avenue A, Ft. Pierce, FL 34950 Toll Free (800) 619-1780 (772) 464-1245 Facsimile (772) 464-2589The entrance channel leading to Fort Pierce City Marina, a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, runs to the west, just south of the Fort Pierce high-rise bridge, and well north of unlighted daybeacon #188.
    In case you aren’t familiar with them, 7-Eleven is a national chain of convenience stores that attempt to provide most of life’s necessities – like ice cream! – and a wide variety of goods. Having a 7-Eleven within walking distance of the City Marina is a real plus for Ft. Pierce. For more information, go to https://www.7-eleven.com/

    7/11 Food Store is now open! One block from the Marina! The 7/11 is open 24 hours, so when you get that craving for an ice cream, or late night sandwich you now have somewhere to go without having to jump in your car or call a taxi.
    Anne Maurer
    Fort Pierce City Marina

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Fort Pierce City Marina

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  • Good Words for Sebastian River Marina and Boat Yard, AICW Statute Mile 934

    Sebastian River Marina - Click for Chartview

    Sebastian River Marina and Boat Yard lies on the western side of the Waterway, north of Sebastian Inlet and Vero Beach. Its entry channel cuts to the west, southwest of unlighted daybeacon #55.

    I heard boatyard and thought bad things immediately. Yes it is a boat yard but Doug (owner) was a friendly host. We have a 21 foot beam CAT which made turning in the basin a challenge but several people came out to help us tie up. Happy Hour just north of there (5 minute walk) and it was a great visit. Rest rooms were clean and MUCH better than the boat yard I usual go to.
    Bill Charleston

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Sebastian River Marina and Boat Yard

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Sebastian River Marina and Boat Yard

  • Good Words for Nettles Island Marina, AICW Statute Mile 979.3

    Nettles Island Marina - Click for Chartview

    Nettles Island Marina, in the Indian River north of Stuart, FL, lies east of the Waterway with a private channel marker #1, beginning a few yards north of Waterway marker #215, .

    We stopped here two years ago and got the same friendly, great service again. Other people were friendly and the restaurant was great too. Definitely a place to stop for a few days to take a break.
    Bill Charleston

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Nettles Island Marina

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

  • Webcam Pictures of St. Lucie Inlet and Manatee Pocket, near AICW Statute Mile 987

    We think all of you computer savvy folks (note that we didn’t say “nerds”) will appreciate this website that has webcam still shots of St. Lucie Inlet and Manatee Pocket. http://www.stlucieinlet.com/
    A spokesperson for the webpage relates that they have been having some problems with the website and with the cameras, including an irregular updating of the webcam pictures. They hope to have all issues resolved soon and can post a schedule of picture updating. Note: checked the website today, 10/16/2013, and it seems to be updating the photos properly.

    St. Lucie Inlet - Click for Chartview

    Manatee Pocket - Click for Chartview

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

  • Good News and Many Improvements at Fort Pierce City Marina (Statute Mile 966.5)

    Latest NOAA Chart 11472 Showing New Marina Entrance Channel

     Fort Pierce City Marina 1 Avenue A, Ft. Pierce, FL 34950 Toll Free (800) 619-1780 (772) 464-1245 Facsimile (772) 464-2589Fort Pierce City Marina (a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR) has been undergoing a massive improvement project for many months now. In an interview conducted by the Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net with our good friend, and Fort Pierce City Harbormaster, Captain Dean Kubitschek, on 10/1/13, we learned this undertaking is almost finished. While there are still a few “punch list” tasks to perform, the many construction barges and cranes have largely departed the scene, and all will be gone, and the artificial island building project fully complete, within a week.
    Among many other improvements, a series of artificial barrier islands have been constructed east of the marina dockage complex (see photo below). These isles will act as a wave break during foul weather, and will be a huge improvement over the old, open to wind and wave, arrangement.
    Next, the Fort Pierce entrance channel has now been dredged to a minimum MLW depth of 7.5 feet, with typical MLW soundings of 8.75 feet. That’s really GOOD news for skippers who pilot vessels drawing 6 to 6 1/2 feet. And, the channel is now newly marked and FINALLY correctly charted, providing much easier access to this first-class facility!
    Throughout this entire renovation project, transient wet slip space has been available, and THAT IS STILL VERY MUCH THE CASE! Fort Pierce City Marina is looking to welcome a host of visiting cruisers as the fall, 2013 transient season progresses!

    New Fort Pierce City Marina Barrier Islands

    Two other improvements well worth noting are upgraded Wi-Fi internet access throughout the harbor, and seriously upgraded men’s bathrooms, complete with NEW, climate controlled showers. The women’s facilities, which were in much better shape originally, will be improved within the next several months!
    Next up, construction of new floating docks will begin in February, 2014, with construction being complete in approximately 14 months.This will allow Fort Pierce City Marina to accommodate any size vessel.
    About the only less than positive news is that the marina’s fuel tanks are in the process of being replaced, and neither gasoline nor diesel fuel is currently available. This situation will be resolved within the next six weeks, and skippers can once again fill their hungry tanks at the Fort Pierce City Marina fuel dock.

    The renovations and improvements at Fort Pierce City Marina are a clear case of the best just getting better. Going back to the days when I wrote my paper, “Cruising Guide to Eastern Florida,” we have noted time and time again that never will you find a better managed municipal marina that the Fort Pierce operation.
    May we be so bold as to strongly suggest that all cruisers heading south for this fall and winter cruising season give their highest priority to a Fort Pierce City Marina visit! You won’t be sorry!

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Fort Pierce City Marina

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Fort Pierce City Marina

  • Dredging Project Slated For Fort Pierce Inlet and Harbor (Statute Mile 966.5)

     Fort Pierce City Marina 1 Avenue A, Ft. Pierce, FL 34950 Toll Free (800) 619-1780 (772) 464-1245 Facsimile (772) 464-2589 The article below is reprinted from DredgingToday.com (http://www.dredgingtoday.com), a new resource we are consistently making use of here at the SSECN. While there is a lot of commercial and international dredging news that is not applicable to our waters, you will also find some important data for the Southeastern USA.
    With the news in this particular article, looks like depths for the Fort Pierce Inlet and Harbor are going to be improved even further. That’s particularly good when it comes time to visit SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Fort Pierce City Marina, one of the finest municipal facilities we have ever seen!

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District, has announced a plan for the Fort Pierce Harbor dredging program.
    This deepening contract consists of maintenance dredging in the Fort Pierce Harbor turning basin and isolated shoals in the entrance channel.
    A portion of the entrance channel will be excavated to a depth of 30 feet plus 2 feet of allowable over-depth.
    The estimated value of this project is between $1 mln and $5 mln, and the proposals will be due on 5 September 2013.
    From DredgingToday.com

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Fort Pierce City Marina

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  • Successful Passage through St. Lucie Inlet, near AICW Statute Mile 987

    AICW/Okeechobee Intersection - Click for Chartview

    St. Lucie Inlet intersects the Waterway and the eastern genesis of the Okeechobee Waterway near Stuart, FL at AICW Statute Mile 987.
    This seaward cut is subject to rapid shoaling, and, for that reason, it is dredged often. Looks like from Captain Voit’s report below, that depths are at least reasonable as of early August, 2013. We eagerly look forward to his detailed report!

    We had a Successful passage through the inlet. We have a Garmin position track and observed depths. We also had a Go-Pro camera on the sailboat and recorded conditions as we went through. We will put together an article with links etc
    for the cruisers net when I get a chance next week. We appreciate your help.
    Regan Voit

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of St. Lucie Inlet

  • News from Loggerhead Club Marina, Vero Beach, AICW Statute Mile 948.5

    Loggerhead Club Marina lies west and a bit south of the AICW’s marker #122 in Vero Beach, FL

    Subject: New Groceries at Loggerhead Vero
    Date: Fri, 24 May 2013 17:25:35 +0000
    A new Publix has opened 3/4 of mile from our docks. We have loaner bikes for boaters. Restaurants are also being built.
    Transient boaters welcome!
    Stephen Haigis
    Harbor Master
    Loggerhead Marina – Vero Beach

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Loggerhead Club Marina-Vero Beach

  • Sebastian Inlet Marina (Statute Mile 938)

    Paradise Yacht SalesThe marina review below is excerpted from Captains Mike and Mary Dicken’s, owners of SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Paradise Yachts, web blog. These various accounts are recorded when this well-oiled nautical team helps new boat owners deliver their recently purchased craft to home port, or undertake yacht deliveries themselves for the same purpose. Wow, talk about service AFTER the sale – it doesn’t get any better than this. You will be seeing LOTS of excerpts from Captains Mike and Mary’s web blogs here on the SSECN. This is superb info, and we are glad to have it available to our readers.
    The particular collection of blog entries from which the article below is excerpted is an account of a cruise from Fort Lauderdale, FL to Fernandina Beach, FL, assisting the buyers of a 42′ Novatec used trawler.
    Sebastian Inlet Marina guards the western banks of the AICW’s run through Indian River, west of marker #66. This facility has always struck me as a bit “small craft oriented,” and that opinion would seem to be endorsed by Captain Mary and Mike’s review below.

    We stayed at the Sebastian Inlet Marina at mile marker 934.3. The channel is very narrow and the marina offers no protection from an easterly wind. The channel in the marina is narrow requiring one to back out to depart. Depths along side the floating docks was about 6 feet.
    We decided to fill up with fuel before going to our assigned slip. The wind was out of the north which was not a good thing given the location of their fuel dock. It made docking tricky but we got it. We also stayed at the fuel dock for the night so we wouldn’t have to deal with the high winds. Today we will leave at first light again; hopefully dealing with light winds.
    The baths were excellent.[but] I would NEVER take a 40 foot plus sized boat into this marina ever again.
    Captains Mary and Mike Dickens

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Sebastian Inlet Marina

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  • Dinghy Dock at Ft. Pierce City Marina, AICW Statute Mile 966.5

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     Fort Pierce City Marina 1 Avenue A, Ft. Pierce, FL 34950 Toll Free (800) 619-1780 (772) 464-1245 Facsimile (772) 464-2589The entrance channel leading to Fort Pierce City Marina, a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, runs to the west, just south of the Fort Pierce high-rise bridge, and well north of unlighted daybeacon #188.

    Captain Larson asked the question below and I called Anne Maurer, Managing Director of the Ft. Pierce City Marina. These were her directions:
    The dinghy dock at Ft. Pierce City Marina is located on the seawall directly at the western end of the entrance channel. The dinghy dock is free and the marina suggests you give them a call for dockhand assistance as you come in.

    Go to their webpage for a good photo of the marina layout. www.fortpiercecitymarina.com

    You can also land at Fisherman’s Wharf public boat ramp on the north side of City Marina. The boat ramp is also shown in the marina’s webpage.

    It would be great if there was a map and clear directions to the public dingy dock, so boaters can get in for shopping. etc. Thanks and happy sailing.
    Jamie Larson

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Fort Pierce City Marina

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  • Hutchinson Island Marriott Marina, AICW Statute Mile 985

    Hutchinson Island Marriott Marina - Click for Chartview

    Hutchinson Island Marriott Marina lies south-southeast of the Ernest Lyons/Highway AlA and north of marker #228, and a few miles north of the AICW’s intersection with the Okeechobee Waterway/St. Lucie River/St. Lucie Inlet.

    We stayed at this marina on both the way down to Miami and again on the way back in May this year. One day on the way down became three, as we hit a really good weather window and just enjoyed the pool and facilities. Some folks say the fixed docks are a little high, but that is the only negative I heard. We were just fine. Great rest rooms and showers, clean marina, not expensive, Marriott luxury resort is attached and you get full rights – restaurants, pools with pool towels, golf and beach access and transportation around the complex. Publix (groceries) is within walking distance. We even watched a mom manatee and her baby 20ft. from the dock.
    Get an inside or north side slip as the slips on the south side have no breakwater and looked lumpy when the SW wind got up. All slips have adequate finger dock with poles outside, so be ready to snag the poles on the way in.
    It is thinly staffed (only the dock master) who leaves at 4:30PM, so you do not always get immediate attention. On the other side of that issue, he works hard to please his guests and is accommodating. It is a laid back friendly marina with many semi-permanent snowbirds hanging out there.
    If you want a clean comfortable secure combo marina/luxury resort for a couple of days R&R (or longer), give this one a try.
    William Lawrenson

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Hutchinson Island Marriott Marina

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  • Shoaling in St. Lucie River, Okeechobee Waterway, Statute Mile 1, Stuart, FL, 5/18/2014

    St. Lucie Shoaling – Click for Chartview

    This shoaling is in a section known as Hell Gate just west of Sewall Point at the mouth of the St. Lucie River and near the easternmost section of the Okeechobee Waterway. The coordinates given in the Notice put the temporary buoy 17A in the middle of Sewall Point, but we have to assume it is near the charted green marker #17. Since the shoaling (charted) is encroaching from the west, favoring the green side of the channel is your best bet.

    FLORIDA-INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY-ST. LUCIE INLET TO FT. MYERS AND LAKE OKEECHOBEE: Shoaling.
    The Coast Guard has established St Lucie River Temp Buoy 17A in position 27-11-02.516N/080-11 49.228W. The Buoy marks a shoal that is encroaching the St Lucie River from the west. Mariners are urged to use caution while transiting the area.
    Chart 11428

    Claiborne,
    That shoal has been encroaching VERY slowly for many years. It is high time NOAA revised the double dashed channel line; they should have ten years ago!
    W.E. “Ted” Guy, Jr.

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position in St. Lucie River

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