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  • A Word of Caution about Adverse Currents at AICW/St. Augustine Inlet, Statute Mile 777.3

    Marker #60 - Click for Chartview

    Capt. Burnham offers compelling words of caution which should be taken seriously during falling tides at the intersection of the Waterway and St. Augustine Inlet at statue mile 777.3, especially at marker #60 where the channel makes a dogleg turn. And, no matter how often it happens, as any displacement hull vessel operator will relate, it is a strange sensation in the pit of your stomach when Mother Nature, in the guise of a crossing tide, unexpectedly wrests your boat from your control! While Capt. Burnham’s remarks pertain to St. Augustine Inlet, such adverse crossing tides can occur at a number of inlet/Waterway intersections.

    We were cruising north from the Bridge of Lions in St. Augustine and planned a short daysail north up the AICW and back again. On a ebb flowing tide, two currents collide with the eastbound flow through the St. Augustine inlet. The southbound AICW ebb current and the northerly ebb current from Salt Run. A vessel traveling south on the ebb current of the AICW that desires to continue westward to the Bridge of Lions, will be swept past floating RED AICW marker “60″ into the path of a vessel heading eastward from the Bridge of Lions toward the inlet. This is not a narrow channel but the eddies created on an ebbing tide will cause a southbound vessel on the AICW to momentarily lose steerage at this right hand turn UNLESS the Captain APPLIES SUFFICIENT POWER to maintain forward momentum. Exercise CAUTION if you are leaving St. Augustine and you see vessel traffic coming from the north on the AICW. If that southbound vessel turns westward away from the inlet into the ebbing current it will lose the apparent speed of the southbound current as it turns right around the floating RED AICW marker “60″ and MAY be swept into the path of the eastbound vessel if caught in the eddies. This is especially true for displacement hulled vessels and vessels not at planing speeds. Give these southbound vessels ALOT of room to make their turn to the west.
    David Burnham

    Thank you Captain Burnham. We plan to be heading south through this area in mid-January.
    Brian Walter

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of St. Augustine Inlet/AICW Intersection

  • AICW Shoaling Reported North of St. Augustine, Statute Mile 774

    Shoaling at Marker #54 - Click for Chartview

    Back on 8/28/12, we posted a “Navigation Alert” message about shoaling north of St. Augustine, 1.5 nautical miles north of the Vilano Beach Bridge, and hard by marker #54 (see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=95521). Now, in the message below, cherry picked from the latest Local Notice to Mariners, we have confirmation of this shallow water.
    ALL CRUISERS should be sure to take extra care as they pass marker #54, and LET US HEAR FROM YOU about your experiences along this stretch of the Waterway. Send us e-mail directly at CruisersNet@triad.twcbc.com, or click the “Contribute Cruising News” link/button, found at the top of this all (except) Chart View SSECN pages!

    FLORIDA-ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY-TOLOMATO RIVER TO PALM SHORES-TOLOMATO RIVER: Shoaling.
    The Coast Guard received a report of shoaling near Tolomato River Light 54 (LLNR 38830) north of St Augustine Inlet forming adjacent to the channel. Mariners are advised to exercise caution while transiting the area. Chart 11485

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Lighted Marker #54

  • New Source of Information on St. Augustine Inlet, AICW Statute Mile 775.5

    Here’s a site that covers Vilano Beach, Old St. Augustine and St. Augustine Beach with up to the minute information on the area and especially the Inlet.

    Cruising News:
    TUNE INTO PORTOFSTAUGUSTINE.COM FOR THE MOST UP TO DATE NEWS ON THE INLET. AERIAL VIEWS ARE ON THE WAY FOR EVERY CRUISER TO SEE FOR HIMSELF. MAKE SURE YOU CHECK OUT OUR NEW CRUISER’S BAY AT THE INLET…..ALL INCLUSIVE CRUISER’S RESORT! ST AUGUSTINE IS THE HOTTEST CRUISING DESTINATION ON THE EAST COAST. LOOK FOR THE NEW SHUTTLE AND WATER TAXI.
    Sandy Flowers
    Port of St. Augustine

    Cruising News:
    Subject: St. Augustine inlet map/chart w/gps
    We’ve just posted a current (for now) chart/map for the St. Augustine Inlet. VERY helpful to boaters. Check it out on www.portofstaugustine.com
    Doreen

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

  • Praise for Camachee Cove Yacht Harbor (Statute Mile 775.5)

    Welcome to Camachee Cove Yacht Harbor! Located in America’s oldest city- St. Augustine, Florida- Camachee Cove is a fully protected marina adjacent to the ICW, and less than a mile from the St. AugusWell, of course, Camachee Cove is a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    Camachee Cove in St. Augustine, FL is very nice with lots of amenities. This is the website – http://www.camacheeisland.com.
    Sam Cooper
    No Agenda
    Mainship 43T

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Camachee Cove Yacht Harbor

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  • Praise For Camachee Cove Yacht Harbor, AICW Statute Mile 775.5

    Welcome to Camachee Cove Yacht Harbor! Located in America’s oldest city- St. Augustine, Florida- Camachee Cove is a fully protected marina adjacent to the ICW, and less than a mile from the St. AugusAs reported earlier here on the Cruisers’ Net, Camachee Cove Yacht Harbor lies a short hop north of St. Augustine, outside of the city limits. Having just visited here a few months ago, I agree that this is a really first class marina in all respect, and, they are a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS NET SPONSOR!!

    Stayed at Camachee Cove Harbor Marina at MM 775.5 on 6-20-12. Very nice and the dock master and hand were right on the spot to help us tie up. Fuel 3.99- valvetech- with 5c/gal with Boat US. 1.76/ft with Boat US and 14 for 50amp. Very easy entrance. Ate at the Kingfish Grill on other side of the marina and it was great. I had the Sampler appetizer and bowl of new England chowder. Fantastic. Other had fish and chips and had to put some in a box. Great service and nice atmosphere. Will definitely be back – especially since so close to the town of St Augustine and all the attractions there. Excellent Verizon – phone and wifi. When ldeft this morning, had to turn right around—bad injector. Billy at Camachee Yacht Yard was very knowledgable and got us going again.
    Charlie on board Wanderlust.

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Camachee Cove Yacht Harbor

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  • Good Words for Inlet Marina (Statute Mile 775.5)

    Small, but super-friendly Inlet Marina (A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR), overlooks the eastern shores of the AICW, just north of St. Augustine Inlet, and only a hop, skip and a jump south of the Vilano Beach Bridge. While Captain Jay lacks transient dockage, Inlet Marina boasts some of the best fuel prices around, and when it comes to enthusiasm for welcoming cruisers, these good people are in the very top tier!
    Don’t forget, you also can restock your galley while the tanks are being filled at a nearby (within walking distance), newly opened Publix Supermarket, only two blocks away. What’s not to love!

    Great fuel stop and a nice new restaurant.
    Friendly service with easy entry and exit right on the ICW. Best fuel prices in St. A with the noted discounts.
    Love the afternoon music at Beaches the attached restaurant.
    Jason Martin

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

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  • Restrictive Payment Procedure at St. Augustine Mooring Fields, AICW Statute Mile 778

    A spokesperson at City Marina confirmed to the SSECN that they do not accept credit card payment by phone. If paying the launch, they do ask for exact cash amount , but said it can be “within the ballpark”, i.e. don’t expect change for a $100 bill. Capt. Waln isn’t the first to experience inconvenience with the mooring process. (See link below)

    St Augustine Municipal Marina will not accept credit card information over the phone (unlike 99% of the marinas out there). If one arrives between 1800 and 2030, one is expected to go alongside regardless of the current/weather or launch a dinghy to pay. If their launch operator collects payment, they will only accept cash and *exact change* is demanded.
    I was told their lawyers would not let them accept the CC info by phone. When I asked if I could pick up a mooring and pay in the morning, I was not too politely asked, “what motel would let you do that?”
    The services may have changed at St Augustine, but the attitude hasn’t. We remain sheep for the shearing. And the no wake zone was not enforced while we were there.
    Chris Waln

    And, as Clay points out, the few often spoil it for us all:

    To Chris’s post above, I have witnessed many cruisers, sneaking in after dark, and tying up to docks, even taking power for the nite, and water, using all the facilities and then leaving in the morning and presumably not paying at all. Not to say that some of them may have called in the next day and paid over phone, we did that once, ourselves, paid by phone the next day, after calling and leaving message that we had tied to the dock the night before. But I am afraid these marina’s are seeing way too many people that aren’t always honest, and that’s why the rules are made as such, sometimes, it’s not all about us and our convenience, sometimes we need to think about wearing the shoe on the other foot. We do live in the modern age and we enjoy the conveniences we receive at some of the other marinas, that do allow pay by phone, but as I have heard many many times, a thoughtful guest, when a guest in Rome, will act and abide by the rules of Rome. Just a Thought!
    Clay Taylor

    Click Here To Read an Earlier Article on This Issue

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For St. Augustine City Marina

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Anchorage Directory Listing For St. Augustine Northern Anchorage

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Anchorage Directory Listing For St. Augustine Southern Anchorage

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of St. Augustine Mooring Fields

  • Shifting Sands In St. Augustine Mooring Field, AICW Statute Mile 778

    Recent reports of shoaling at some of the moorings in the St. Augustine Mooring Field were confirmed by phone today, but according to the City Marina spokesperson, the shoaling is continuous and constantly changing. Currently there are moorings with as much as 15ft and some with 0ft. However, the moorings are always assigned and you would be assigned a mooring according to your draft. Thus the necessity to contact the City Marina at 904-825-1026 before picking up a mooring pendant.

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For St. Augustine City Marina

    We used the south mooring field at St.Augustine the weekend of April 1, 2012. We approached from the south, hailing the City Marina as we came under the high bridge just south of the San Sebastion River. The marina advised to stay in the ICW channel until abeam of specific day beacon due to shoaling and then gave precise guidance to our mooring ball. We had two very pleasant,secure, nights on the ball as a front passed through with severe thunderstorms, and were able to observe close up the ” Blessing of the Fleet”.
    The mooring field to the north of Bridge of Lions did not have any observable shoaling problems.
    We topped off diesel at the Inlet Marina and visited the Publix grocery.
    Steve Kamp, S/V Carolina

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Anchorage Directory Listing For St. Augustine Northern Anchorage

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Anchorage Directory Listing For St. Augustine Southern Anchorage

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of St. Augustine Mooring Fields

  • Report from Southern Mooring Field, St. Augustine, FL, AICW Statute Mile 778

    The two St. Augustine mooring fields lie just north and south of the Bridge of Lions and Capt. Miller relays local advice for entering the southern mooring field.

    We picked up a mooring in the southern field on April 2nd, 2012.
    Approaching from the south, we turned into the mooring field just north of R “10″. The chart and plotter both showed good water but we hit bottom and turned back into the channel (we draw 4.5′). The dockmaster (channel 71) told me to stay in the channel until abeam the northern end of the field before turning in.
    Be aware that the water taxi only runs every two hours on the even hours and the last chance to return to your boat is 6:00 pm. If your crew is threatening mutiny, there is a liquor store across from the fort.
    The mooring fee is $21.20 per night.
    Max Miller

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Anchorage Directory Listing For St. Augustine Northern Anchorage

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Anchorage Directory Listing For St. Augustine Southern Anchorage

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of St. Augustine Mooring Fields

  • Information on Fueling at River’s Edge Marina, off the AICW on San Sebastian River near Statute Mile 780

    Claiborne just visited River’s Edge Marina a few weeks ago and reports it to be a quiet, competent facility with a very popular restaurant on-site. This facility lies on the northwestern shores of San Sebastian River, north of marker #29.

    Just filled up today (4/6/12). Price was $3.95. Note that there is a 50-gallon minimum. Also, fuel hose can reach all boats on A dock, but not outer reaches of the T. There is transient dockage between A and B docks to fill up but water is thin during low tide. Pumpout also is located there.
    Dennis Jay

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

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  • Good Advice For A Visit to St. Augustine (near Statute Mile 778)

    Captain Jim Healy, author of the article below, is a frequent contributor here on the Cruisers’ Net, and many other nautical mailing lists/forums. This posting is excerpted from a long submission to the GL (Great Loop) mailing list! There’s some really GOOD advice here for those contemplating a visit to the historic community of St. Augustine.
    See you at the A1A Ale House!

    St. Augustine – must see for history of the region; local tour company and good city bus available; alligator farm and lighthouse museum available by bus; A1A Ale House across from the city marina is excellent; easy access from mooring field and city marina. As your very first activity, take a tour of the city to see what’s there; then, plan for what you want to see in more detail.
    Peg and Jim Healy aboard Sanctuary
    Currently at Charlotte Harbor, Punta Gorda, FL
    Monk 36 Hull #132

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

  • A Glowing Report on River’s Edge Marina (St. Augustine, on the San Sebastian River, near St. M. 780)

    I just visited River’s Edge Marina myself a few weeks ago, and found it a quiet, competent facility, with a very popular restaurant on-site. This facility lies on the northwestern shores of San Sebastian River, north of marker #29.

    Quality is fitness for use. St Augustine’s River’s Edge Marina is a quality marina. Equally important, it is a family owned small business. I’ll patronize those before a government owned marina any day.
    We pick our marinas for safety, cleanliness, utility, and management. River’s Edge (formerly Oyster Creek – they changed the name because people inferred “Creek” meant shallow and passed them by. Strange, I thought one used a chart to determine depth). Whatever one calls it, River’s Edge pays attention to the essentials and leaves non-value added glitz to others to charge extra for.) gets high marks from us on all counts. It is in a safe neighborhood. It is protected from surge, wakes and winds. It has safe facilities (docks, decks, pilings, ramps, etc.). It is operated safely. It is clean. The young man who maintains the laundry, heads, and grounds gets a plus by his high mark.
    For utility it is very hard to beat. It has the lowest price on commercially supplied diesel for miles (and miles). It is just off US 1, and food & spirits, marine supplies (West), hardware, yada-yada-yada, are literally no more than 15 minutes away — even propane at the St Augustine Beach KOA! If it’s farther, call Eco Ride, a zone-fared taxi that uses a hybrid. Back at the marina, Hurricane Patty’s serves an excellent meal. Its clientele extends well beyond the marina denizens, so they have to pay attention to quality.
    And River’s Edge is well-managed. This is our third stay, and once again, we left the boat in their care for the better part of a month while we took a road trip.
    SV/Brilliant Star

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

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  • Shoaling Reported South of the Bridge Of Lions, AICW Statute Mile 779.2, St. Augustine, 2/5/12

    This report of shoaling concerns a spot in the center of the Waterway channel 3/4 of a mile south of the Bridge of Lions. If you have found similar depths in this area, please let us hear from you.

    I dragged my 4’ – 3” draft hard through the mud in Saint Augustine at the spot indicated here which is shown on the chart as 14 feet MLW. This was an hour and a half and 10 inches before MLW. I was heading northbound from the channel over to where a few boats my size and larger were anchored south of the mooring field.
    You can see where I made a couple of other attempts to get into the mooring field and up to the anchorage but was running out of depth fast enough not to want to try it.
    I anchored briefly to write this and wait for slack water to go into the marina dock for fuel at the point where the track ends. There is 9.5 feet of water here where the chart says I should be aground so the charts are not to be relied upon in this area.
    Roger S/V Strider

    Roger: Your report doesn’t surprise me as I doubt that area has been surveyed in years, but where you reported going aground at the 14-foot spot plots out as much closer to the edge of the shoal on my raster NOAA chart than it looks on your chartlet reproduced here. I know that the bottom rises quickly there from good depths to near nothing. Another odd thing is that someone who I trust just the other day gave me a report of where he anchored in St. Augustine and it plotted out aground on the raster chart. I’m wondering if there is a temporary GPS error issue in that area due to the testing in the Southeast that has been announced though I would have thought St. Augustine is too far away.
    John Kettlewell

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

  • Good Experience in the St. Augustine Mooring Field (Statute Mile 778)

    It’s good to hear of a very positive experience in the St. Augustine mooring field. We have an earlier posting here on the Cruisers’ Net describing an unhappy experience, NOT due to any failing on the part of the St. Augustine City Marina personnel, which manage these city mooring fields, but due to wake from local fishing vessels (see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=76385). Then, happily we also recent published a report that a local no-wake zone was going to be extended to encompass more of the city mooring fields (see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=76662). As you will read below, Captains Ed and Bonnie were the beneficiaries of this newly enlarged no-wake zone!

    We have spent several days in the mooring field both spring and fall and have experienced the most courteous marina operators anywhere. In regards to the no wake issue there has been a definite improvement over this spring. We found no issues with commercial fishermen however we also have no problem sharing these waters with the real men & women of the sea.
    Our Lord’s Blessings
    Ed & Bonnie
    S/V Almost Heaven

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Anchorge Directory Listing For the St. Augustine Northern Mooring Field

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Anchorge Directory Listing For the St. Augustine Southern Mooring Field

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  • Anchoring in St. Augustine Outside of City Mooring Fields

    Now that anchoring time limits on St. Augustine waters, outside of the three city mooring fields, are set at a do-able 30 days, instead of the proposed 10 days, cruisers can once again begin to ponder where the best places to drop the hook while visiting St. Augustine, are located. Below, Captain Vince Roberts provides some excellent answers to this musing.

    Their are plenty of anchoring spots in the St. Augustine area outside of the mooring fields. To name a few. In Salt Run area lots of room for anchoring outside the mooring field . Northeast of the Fort their is ample depth and swinging room for 6+ boats. Also east of the north mooring field off Anastasia Island one can find fairly good holding and swinging room. I have had my Island Packet sailboat here in St. Augustine for the past 10 years and have never had a problem finding a suitable spot to anchor. One must search for a suitable location depending on weather of course. Hope this helps.
    Capt. Vince Roberts

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  • GOOD News – St. Augustine No-Wake Zone To Be Extended – Southern St. Aug. Mooring Field to Benefit (Statute Mile 778)

    On 12/13/11, we posted a thoughtful message here on the Cruisers’ Net about vessels in the southern St. Augustine Mooring Field, being bothered by the wake of crabbers and other local fishing people (see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=76385). In response to that posting, we have excellent, late breaking news out of St. Augustine, courtesy of Captains Tina and Scott, that there is help on the way in regards to this situation. Good works city of St. Augustine!!!

    Dinghy Approaches Tender Dock at St. Augustine City Marina

    We stayed at the Anchorage Inn Marina across the river from St Augustine municipal marina for a few weeks and agree with the complete lack of enforcement of the current No Wake zone, which ends prior to the mooring field anyway…Good news, the Harbormaster informed me when I called to complain that they had received approval to have the current No Wake bouy moved 500 feet further south of the Bridge of Lions in early January 2012. This will not cover the entire South Mooring Field, but should help some, especially those closer to the marina. I hate to say it, but the worst offenders were the local fishermen and big 4-engined CBP boats from the new CBP National Training Center at SAMC.
    Scott & Tina Ligon

    Agree with the Good News. The new CBP boats only add to the reckless boats of law enforcement. The local Sheriff’s office has a couple of stolen go-fasts and apparently no training on how to safely operate them.
    Jason Martin

    How does an unenforced zone being expanded accomplish anything?
    Chris

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Anchorage Directory Listing For the St. Augustine City Southern Mooring Field

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of the St. Augustine City Southern Mooring Field

  • St. Augustine Mooring Field Problems (Statute Mile 778)

    St. Augustine has been much in the cruising news of late, due to its proposed ten day anchorage limit outside of the city’s three mooring fields (which the FWC changed, thankfully, to a 30-day limit). However, Captains John and Carol’s message below pertains to problems they encountered in the city mooring field south of Bridge of Lions, and hard by St. Augustine City Marina.
    The messages below are reprinted from the American Great Loop Cruisers’ Association forum.

    Spent two days at the mooring balls in St. Augustine and will never go there again. They allow crab pots in the middle of the field and DO NOT police the area. The inconsiderate crab potters come into the field on plane, 25 yards from moored boats, stop to check pot, and immediately accelerate away. When mentioned at the office, I was informed that there is nothing they could do and could not stop the crabbers from being in the mooring field. If I had thier number from the boat, they would report the
    crabber to authorities however I was too busy picking up lamps and other things in boat to get numbers. I was also told that they know it is a problem. There is not even a no wake disignation for the field. Nice people do operate the city mooring and marina but evidently are powerless. If St. Augustine, which does have a lot to offer in thier downtown area want boaters to stop, they need to get a handle on activities inside the mooring fields so boats and boaters will be safe while moored and unable to maneuver to defend themsleves from inappropriate wakes.
    John & Carol Sagel

    Captain Ted Stehle, editor for “Waterway Guide” chimed in, and asked the following question:

    Which of the three mooring fields were you in?
    Ted Stehle

    And Captains John and Carol replied:

    We were right outside the marina, to the south of the office.
    John & Carol Sagel

    It only took two stops for us to determine the New Mooring Fields in St. Augustine were designed for us Second Class Citizens. As Capt. John and Carol said there’s no wake restrictions on boats passing the mooring field. Unbelievable! No excuse other than the City doesn’t give a crap otherwise they would have petitioned for a No Wake Zone and Fishing Exclusion Zone when they created the Mooring Fields. My advice is Vote with your pocketbook and bypass doing business with them. That’s what we are doing. Sooner or later they will get the message.
    Capt. Jesse Price

    And here’s GREAT, late breaking news from St. Augustine:

    We stayed at the Anchorage Inn Marina across the river from St Augustine municipal marina for a few weeks and agree with the complete lack of enforcement of the current No Wake zone, which ends prior to the mooring field anyway…Good news, the Harbormaster informed me when I called to complain that they had received approval to have the current No Wake bouy moved 500 feet further south of the Bridge of Lions in early January 2012. This will not cover the entire South Mooring Field, but should help some, especially those closer to the marina. I hate to say it, but the worst offenders were the local fishermen and big 4-engined CBP boats from the new CBP National Training Center at SAMC.
    Scott & Tina Ligon

    We have spent several days in the mooring field both spring and fall and have experienced the most courteous marina operators anywhere. In regards to the no wake issue there has been a defiant improvement over this spring. We found no issues with commercial fishermen however we also have no problem sharing these waters with the real men & women of the sea.
    Our Lord’s Blessings
    Ed & Bonnie
    S/V Almost Heaven

    Fishermen were here before tourist and work for a living. If Cruisers had it their way the ICW would be set up just for them. Don’t Cruisers have any good things to say…all they do is complain, everything I read is how Florida should change laws to suit them…Compromise….oh what is that you say. I’m for No wake zones but powerboats have a right to run in certain areas…although they are few because of the cry babies.
    Maybe bypass Florida..perfect.
    Darrel Warren

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Anchorage Directory Listing For the St. Augustine City Southern Mooring Field

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  • Good Words for St. Augustine Mooring Fields, AICW Statute Mile 778

    Despite the controversy surrounding St. Augustine’s proposed anchorage regulations OUTSIDE of the city owned mooring fields, praise for the two new mooring fields continues to come in. The mooring fields lie just north and south of the Bridge of Lions.

    We pulled into Salt Run on the evening of the 20th of November and our first observation was “Wow, where did all the junk go?” Our second observation was that there were several lines of crab pots. Upon closer examination the crab pots were white mooring balls, very neatly identified as SR 1, etc. We coasted up to one, caught the painter, and soon had Carolina snugged in.
    Around 5:20 pm we were hailed by a St. Augustine Marina employee who got us registered, suggested a ball that had better for our draft, and we paid our $14.00 fee for the night.
    We were given a card identifying the ball and the date which gave us access to everything we would have had at the City Marina, other than water and electric.
    We fully understand the controversy over anchoring rights in and around various Florida municipalities, but having experienced what St. Augustine has accomplished, are very satisfied with the product.
    Steve and Sheila Kamp aboard S/V Carolina

    The mooring field at St Augustine wasn’t there our last trip but was being talked about. We thought that it would be wonderful. The blows through there can get pretty rough and no more worries about anchors not holding, and boats drifting into others. 14 a day, isn’t bad. We will be Happy to pay for the mooring on our next trip down! Besides, if You stop in St Augustine 14 bucks will probably be the cheapest thing You purchase!
    S/V Gemini

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  • Anchoring/Mooring Field Editorial From Captain Jay Bliss, St. Augustine Port Commissioner

    The following article is reproduced by special permission from both Captain Jay Bliss and StAugustine.com.

    Letter to the Editor
    St. Johns County and Vilano homeowners have reached an accord, DEP and Army Corps of Engineers have permits in place, and significant dredging will take place this winter in the StAugustine channel entrance and off Porpoise Point. Massive federal funds, $20M plus or minus, will pay for dredging and renourishing StAugustine Beach sands. The inlet channel will be twice its width and as deep as 30 feet. Turtles have nested and before they return to lay eggs in Spring 2012 the dredging should be done.
    Boaters will be able to access the inlet in relative safety. An onshore wind and an outgoing tide will still create a rollercoaster ride. Once inside, StAugustine’s unique waterworld offers scenic wonders whatever your course. Boaters can look for a new floating dock off the Vilano fishing pier by Spring 2012, providing free short-term docking and ready access to Publix’ new supermarket at Vilano Beach. B&B guests downtown might embark by water taxi at the City dock to shop the Vilano Publix. Certainly boaters at anchor or on moorings will enjoy the convenience of a market close to the water.
    City Commissioners and staff are intent upon maximizing revenue from the mooring fields. There are bills to pay, debts to amortize. Their Pilot Program ordinances increase “no anchoring” zones. Moorings are convenient, and at $20 a night, not a bad deal. Anchoring does enjoy a following, however. Picky boaters place their trust in their own equipment. Boaters who read fine print might not sign off on the liability release on the mooring contract. One proposed ordinance limits time at anchor. Similar time limit laws have been declared invalid in Federal courts in Stuart and Naples. Navigation laws, anchoring precedents, predate even StAugustine’s history.
    More importantly, we (County, Port, City, residents) need to ask: what has the placement of mooring fields done, and what can we project with the Pilot Program ordinances?
    Putting the mooring fields in place required energizing enforcement: we discovered that about ten boats had been long abandoned. The mooring fields then displaced some 28 boaters/boats from the downtown area and from Salt Run, and they’re part of the anchored fleet S of the 312 and N of the Vilano bridge, beyond City limits. Google “StAugustine city limits” for a map.
    Imposing the Pilot Program ordinances will further displace about 15 boats beyond City limits. Those boaters will join others who cannot afford to be part of the mooring system. The ordinances will demand more time from City and County and FWC law enforcement. Increasing their duties, adding to the laws, will not improve enforcement of laws already on the books. Overboard dumping, derelicts, are already covered by laws on the books. (Call FWC 407 275 4150 to report on-the-water problems). Those very real challenges do not justify further Pilot Program ordinances. The challenge is enforcing what we have. Will revenues increase significantly?
    Every motorist expects to be duly notified with a yellow line, or “ no parking from here to corner” sign. It’s difficult to imagine how we will legally notify our boating guests of all these prohibited anchoring zones, and still generate goodwill.
    Our image with the boating public is at risk. We disregard the effects and consequences of anchoring sprawl, and add more fine print, more laws. We court failure in Federal court. We need to make mooring fields more appealing, affordable, rather than make anchoring more prohibitive. When boaters cruise in the StAugustine inlet, they should be greeted with hospitality and choices.

    Fantastic even handed commentary from a government official. Yes indeed there are already laws against dumping sewage and against derelicts. Yes you will drive anchorers away including me. I know what my anchor will hold and what condition my rode is in. I sleep better on my own tackle. Looking forward to trying the free dock to shop at publix in the spring of 2012.
    Bill Dixon

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