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  • All Florida Keys Cruising News


    Below, you will discover our COMPLETE listing of Florida Keys cruising news/postings from fellow cruisers, arranged in chronological order, based on publication date. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO NARROW YOUR SELECTION of FLK cruising news to those messages which pertain to a specific geographic sub-region, locate the RED, vertically stacked menu, on the right side of this, and all Cruisers’ Net pages. Click on “Florida Keys.” A drop down menu will appear, with a blue background, Now, click on “FLK Regional Cruising News.” A sub-drop-down menu will now appear, listing 13 Florida Keys geographic sub-regions. Select your waters of interest, and after clicking on your choice, a list of messages will appear, confined to the sub-region you have picked!

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  • IMPORTANT! Pre-Public Meetings Survey of Anchoring Rights

    Pursuant to the upcoming public meetings ( on anchoring rights and regulations in Vero Beach and Bradenton, FL, Mike Ahart of Waterway Guide sends our readers this Seven Seas Cruising Association survey. Please open the survey link and submit your opinions. It is critical that cruisers have a voice in these discussions, especially since so many of you are in northern waters during September.
    For well written and well thought out arguments from a landowner and boat owner, see Michael Bodin’s comments at

    The Seven Seas Cruising Association (SSCA) has created an online survey to gather thoughts and opinions on Florida anchoring rights and the process being undertaken to propose draft legislation to allow municipalities to restrict anchoring in the state public waters within their geographical boundaries. You do NOT need to be an SSCA member to take the survey, it doesn’t ask for your email address, and it takes only about 10 minutes. Here’s the link:

    SSCA will be representing their membership and boaters in general at the upcoming meetings (Vero Beach, Sep. 3; Bradenton, Sep. 4). It has been working for years with the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), landowners, boaters, and legislators to come up with workable solutions to deal with anchored derelict, abandoned and long-term live-aboard boats without affecting cruising boats. SSCA helped immensely with the current FWC Anchoring & Mooring Pilot Program, and, whether you’re for or against it, excessive anchoring restrictions were mostly avoided by going through a thoughtful process, in my opinion. It could have been a lot worse.

    Now, for the “lot worse” – FWC seems to be under pressure from certain municipalities who did not participate in the Pilot Program, but want to restrict anchoring. In the July 2014 meeting, a framework for proposed draft legislation was established and will be further discussed at the upcoming meetings (a public comment period will follow). The proposed concepts for consideration and comment include no-anchoring zone distances from private waterfront property (300′ is noted) and public facilities – mooring fields, boat ramps, marinas, etc… – (150′ is noted), plus conditions that would exclude boats from being stored at anchor. (See for details of the proposed concepts, plus more information about the two meetings in September.)

    If you are a Florida resident, please also let your legislators know how you feel about your freedom to anchor. If you are a cruiser anywhere and have not already, consider joining SSCA – it not only helps defend anchoring rights in Florida and practically everywhere else, it is a great gathering of local, coastal and world-wide cruisers with a lot of resources and events. But either way, please take the survey. Here’s the link again:

    Happy cruising!

    Mike Ahart, News Editor, Waterway Guide

  • High Praise for Marathon Marina and Boat Yard and Staff, Boot Key Harbor, Marathon, FL

    Marathon Marina and Boat Yard lines the northern banks of the western Boot Key Harbor approach channel, west of the now permanently open bascule bridge.

    Great Marina! We have pulled our trailerable Macgregor Sailboat from Atlanta to the Marathon Marina for the past 3 years. Each visit is a great one. The staff takes such good care of us, even though we are not a mega sailboat. Wifi works well throughout the marina. There is a great restaurant with wonderful food right on the premises. They have updated their pool to a lovely saltwater pool (no more blood shot eyes from chlorine). There are grocery stores, a West Marine, and plenty more restaurants, well within driving distance or a $5 taxi drive.
    On our last visit we needed a haul out due to engine trouble. The crew operating the machinery were very professional. They took such great care of our boat and the rate was reasonable.
    On our first visit to the Marina, my wife was getting ready to toss me a stern line when she fell into the cockpit of our boat and broke her foot. Judy from the office was such a help. She instructed us where we could get medical attention and offered to help in any way we needed.
    For those who wish to attend a worship service on Sundays, there is a great church just down the road called Marathon Baptist Church. The Pastor is very caring and the congregation of locals are welcoming and warm hearted.
    We continue to return knowing we will enjoy every day of our visit to this wonderful marina.

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

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

  • Buttonwood Sound Mooring Field Scuttled, Key Largo, Inside Route Mile 1143

    Sunset Cove is one of the most popular anchorages in the northern Florid Keys. This haven is located on the waters of southeastern Buttonwood Sound, in charted Sunset Cove, near statute Mile 1143 off the Florida Keys Inside Route. Opposition to the mooring field in Sunset Cove has been voiced since the mooring field was first proposed in 2012. See

    Mooring field for Buttonwood Sound in Key Largo now looks to be off the table

    kwadlow@keynoter.comAugust 6, 2014
    Concerns from on-shore residents seem to have scuttled Monroe County’s preferred site for a new Upper Keys mooring field.
    “There is no Plan B,” County Mayor Sylvia Murphy said Tuesday.
    In March, county commissioners named Key Largo’s Buttonwood Sound, off the bayside at mile marker 99, as the anchorage most suitable to accommodate a new mooring field for liveaboard residents and cruising visitors.
    But two nearby businesses that had expressed interest in serving as a land base for the Buttonwood Sound mooring field have now decided against it.

    For the full article, go to

    Click Here To View the Florida Keys Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Sunset Cove

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

  • Comments on the Report from the FWC Meeting in Tallahassee, July 22-23, 2014

    These discussions and future meetings are extremely important to cruisers who prefer anchoring to docking. Please note that the mention of derelicts, a major cause of the new regulations and a real issue for coastal communities, is not found in this report. The newly established mooring field program and other anchoring restrictions, intended to solve the derelict problem, have not worked in most cases and have, in fact, severely limited the rights of legitimate boaters.

    For an interesting Public Opinion Survey taken by the FWC, go to page 157 of a 220 page report at

    NOTE: For comments from a landowner/boat owner, see Michael Bodin’s remarks below. His contribution is lengthy, but well worth reading.

    FWC holds public meeting to discuss the future of anchoring regulations in Florida
    In response to increasing concerns between local governments and boaters related to anchoring in state waters within local jurisdictions, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) conducted a public meeting in Tallahassee on July 21-22, 2014, to discuss anchoring issues and potential ways forward to resolve the conflicts.
    Attended by interested persons representing the boating industry, resident and visiting boaters and local and state governments, the two-day meeting focused on complex issues.
    “Protecting the rights of people to use the waters kept in public trust by the state is very important,” said Lt. Colonel Jack Daugherty. “We all want to keep Florida a boater-friendly state and maintain that great part of the Florida lifestyle and economy. On the other hand, local governments have the duty to respond to the needs of their citizens. We are committed to a robust dialogue and to seeking balance between boating interests and local governments in an effort to identify points of consensus and to help resolve some of these issues.”
    This year, Florida’s Legislature extended the Anchoring and Mooring Pilot Program, which was authorized in 2009 to look for solutions to these problems, for three additional years in order to allow for more time to test various anchoring strategies and to engage stakeholders in exploring possible legislative solutions. During the public meeting, a framework for potential future anchoring legislation was discussed along with several draft regulatory provisions based on components of the pilot program, each aimed at solving or minimizing specific anchoring challenges.

    FWC staff will draft language based on comments from this meeting, distribute that language to interested parties and hold at least two additional public meetings to further refine a possible legislative proposal. Meeting notices and reference documents will be posted by mid-August on FWC’s Anchoring and Mooring web page, found at


    Those promoting anti-anchoring laws often use the argument that it is about eliminating derelict boats, but the reality is very different. For example, many of the laws exempt local boats that are stored–the vast majority of so-called “derelicts.” In some cases the laws have been pushed by local influential home owners who don’t want people anchored near their property, and in other cases they are pushed by marina and mooring field owners who want to force people to pay for using public waterways. The arguments about safety and derelicts are a smokescreen. Note that boats have broken loose from so-called safe moorings in places like St. Augustine, and yet users must sign an agreement that absolves the city of all liability.
    John Kettlewell

    I’m still not buying the party line from the real estate people that this is about derelict boats. The problem is that waterfront property owners pay a lot for that property, and believe with all their little black hearts, that those high prices mean they should control everything they see from that high priced property. The bigger problem is that people who can afford to buy high priced property, can also afford to buy high priced politicians, through high priced campaign contributions. Another problem is that it doesn’t matter how many times they get these laws or regulations brought up unsuccessfully, or lose, they can get as many bites at the apple as they can afford. And, for a lot of these people, that is a lot of bites.
    In a way we’re lucky that they didn’t just decide that they wanted boats banned, because the same legislators that are carrying the water for them on anchoring restrictions, would be more than available to do it for banning boats, too.
    R. Holiman

  • Possible Threat to Manatees by Protected Status Change

    This article/opinion by Katie Tripp of highlights how this ruling to reduce their protected status might affect manatees on the East Coast and the Florida Keys.

    Odds already stacked against manatees in federal study for possible downlisting

    In response to a lawsuit by the Pacific Legal Foundation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has decided downlisting manatees from endangered to threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act may be warranted, and the agency is embarking on a five-year status review as part of the process.
    Let me be very clear about the seriousness of the situation.
    From 2010 to 2013, 2,441 manatees died in Florida waters, which is 48 percent of the highest minimum population ever recorded (5,077 in 2010), but we’d have to wait until after 2015 to be able to include this data. However, ignoring this information would also constitute a substantial and unacceptable bias.

    For the complete story, go to:


  • Biscayne Bay Fireworks, July 31, 2014, AICW Statute Mile 1091

    In light of recent night-time boating safety concerns (, SSECN thinks you should be aware of the following event in Biscayne Bay listed in this week’s Local Notices. If you venture out unto the water after dark, please use good seamanship and go slow!! Claughton Island is immediately south of the Miami River/AICW intersection.

    The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Fireworks Display will be held July 31, 2014 between 9:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. in Miami, FL this display will be launched from a barge on the waters of Biscayne Bay south of Claughton Island, Chart: 11467, Ref: LNM 24/14

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

  • Night-Time Speed Restrictions Sought for Biscayne Bay, South Florida

    Following the deadly crash off Dinner Key, see, several groups are seeking regulations to curb speeding after dark in these popular and congested waters. Our thanks to Chuck Baier for bringing this article to SSECN.

    Safe boating efforts build after tragic crash on July 4th
    There’s momentum building to how recreational boating can be made safer after the tragic Fourth of July crash on Biscayne Bay.
    Since the Fourth of July boating crash on Biscayne Bay — the worst in Miami-Dade County in recent memory — members of the recreational boating community have launched an informal but passionate campaign to try to prevent similar tragedies.
    Four people died and several others were seriously hurt when a 32-foot Contender broadsided a 36-foot Carrera, then struck a Boston Whaler following holiday fireworks. The skipper of the Contender, 23-year-old Andrew Garcia and two of his passengers, Kelsie Karpiak, 24, and Victoria Dempsey, 20, were killed, along with Carrera passenger Jason Soleimani, 23.
    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which is in charge of the investigation, said evidence of alcohol was found aboard the Contender. No charges have been filed.
    The accident happened about 10:30 p.m. off Coconut Grove’s Dinner Key, despite a heavy on-water law enforcement presence. Witnesses described a chaotic scene, as hundreds of boats zig-zagged across the bay in a race to reach local boat ramps and marinas after the fireworks.

    Read more here:

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

  • Alligator Reef Light Extinguished, Hawk Channel, Florida Keys, 7/9/2014

    Alligator Reef Light is on the eastern side of Hawk Channel, 3.2 nautical miles southeast of Indian Key Channel that separates the two Matecumba Keys.

    ALLIGATOR REEF LIGHT (LLNR 980) is extinguished. The structure is unstable and considered unsafe. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. Charts: 411 11013 11420 11449 11450 11452 11460
    LNM: 27/14

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

  • Report from Hawk’s Cay Resort Marina, Hawk Channel, Florida Keys

    Hawk’s Cay Resort Marina entrance canal system lies off the southerly banks of Duck Key, at the southern end of Long Key Viaduct, some 2.7 nautical miles north-northeast of Hawk Channel’s marker #45.

    This has been my 4th time, first time without children, need tq be see [sic], the only bad things the showers are not really clean, but the place have every thing, pools, lake, this is a quiet place not to party, a little expensive but that the price to pay.

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Hawk’s Cay Resort Marina

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Hawk’s Cay Resort Marina

  • July 4th Photo Report, Dinner Key Mooring Field, AICW Statute Mile 1094.5

    Dinner Key Mooring Field lies generally southwest of Dinner Key Channel marker #12.


    Rainbow over Dinner Key Mooring Field – Martha Sierra S/V Watermelon

    dinner key

    Dinner Key Mooring Field – Martha Sierra S/V Watermelon

    Sunset at Dinner Key Mooring Field - Martha Sierra S/V Watermelon

    Sunset at Dinner Key Mooring Field – Martha Sierra S/V Watermelon

    Click Here To View the Florida Keys Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Dinner Key Mooring Field

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

  • Good Report from Tarpon Basin, Key Largo, FL Keys Inside Route, Mile 1139.5

    Tarpon Basin is crossed by the FL Keys Inside Route, just south of Blackwater Sound and Dusenberry Creek. There are at least 3 good spots to drop the hook here, and creative skippers will find more. Our thanks to Skipper Reeves for this report and photos.

    On our cruise North to Jekyll Island from Marathon we used several anchorages and found some interesting free city docks. Tarpon Basin is a good stop over anchorage with a free dingy dock. Going North exit the creek and head for marker R48. Turn in to basin before R48A stay near north side of basin. Close to shore we found 5-7 ft. On in towards anchored boats we found 7-9 ft and stayed to the north of city docks.
    Sonny Reeves

    Tarpon Basin from Dinghy Dock

    Tarpon Basin from Dinghy Dock

    Park at Tarpon Basin

    Park at Tarpon Basin

    A Quiet Anchorage

    A Quiet Anchorage

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Florida Keys Anchorage Directory Listing For the Tarpon Basin Northern Anchorage

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Florida Keys Anchorage Directory Listing For the Tarpon Basin Southern Anchorage

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Florida Keys Anchorage Directory Listing For the Tarpon Basin Interior Anchorage

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of the Tarpon Basin Anchorages

  • More on Depths on Sister Creek, Marathon (Alternate Passage from Hawk Channel to Boot Key Harbor)

    Sister Creek is an alternate entrance to Boot Key Harbor, which runs, more or less, north from Hawk Channel. In the “sagging utility lines posting (” both Claiborne and our very special Florida Keys correspondent, Captain Charmaine Smith Ladd, cautioned that boats drawing more than 4 feet should not attempt to use Sister Creek to access BKH.

    At normal high tide I have entered with 6’2 draft and no bumping, several times seeing depths once inside in the teens.

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

  • Good Words for Garrison Bight/Fleming Key Mooring Field, Key West

    The Garrison Bight/Fleming Key mooring field lies along a broad swath of water between Fleming Key and Sigsbee Park, north-northwest of Garrison Bight and is managed by Key West City Marina.

    The mooring field is a nice security versus anchoring.
    The second plus plus is the showers at the dinghy dock.
    But no security, gate does not lock at the dinghy dock. This is the second year that I witnessed this problem. Second there is no fuel.
    Bram Clement

    Click Here To View the Florida Keys Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For the Key West – Fleming Key Mooring Field

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of the Key West – Fleming Key Mooring Field

  • Conch Harbor Marina, Key West, Florida Keys

    Conch Harbor Marina flanks the southeastern banks of Key West Bight, northeast of of Key West Bight City Marina.

    Terrific marina, good staff. You can borrow a bike for free and washers/dryers are free as well. There is a little area with barbecue and chairs separate from Dante’s for marina guests only.

    I stayed there earlier this month when windy weather kept us in port longer than planned. It is a good marina and a first rate staff. My only comment is it caters to the party crowd and that is not me. Nice pool at the foot of the docks, but don’t expect a quiet swim. They have a DJ playing loud music that was intrusive even inside our closed-up air conditioned boat halfway down the dock.and the pool area is packed with a singles bar atmosphere. If you like that this is the place to stay in Key West. However, if your style is more Jimmy Buffet than hip hop there are other places, even in busy Key West Bight that are a better fit for you.
    Brad Hines

    Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Conch Harbor Marina

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

  • Good Words for Caribee Marina, Islamorado, Inside Route, Florida Keys

    Caribee Marina - Click for Chartview

    Caribee Marina – Click for Chartview

    Caribee Boat Sales and Marina at 81500 Overseas Highway in Islamorado, FL, does not currently offer transient slips, but according to Skipper Dixon, they know how to treat visiting cruisers!. Their phone is 305-664-3431 and their website is

    We’ve anchored off Lorelei Restaurant in Barley basin several times but didn’t know about Caribee Marina until today. We needed gas for our dinghy. Someone told us to dinghy down creek to Carabee which is SW of Lorelei. The service was great. We bought 3 gallons @ the guy couldn’t have been nicer if we bought 300 gallons.
    Mary Dixon

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

  • Eye Opening Video of the Debate in the Florida Senate Concerning the “Margolis Amendment”

    By now, just about everyone who has visited the Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net within the last 24 hours knows that an effort was mounted in the Florida State Senate yesterday by Senator Margolis from Miami, that would have allowed Broward and Dade counties to pretty much institute any local anchorage regulations they wished. That amendment was withdrawn, BUT there is a new effort TODAY (4/23/14) to attach the same amendment to a Florida House bill. For more on this, please see

    Courtesy of the Seven Seas Cruising Association’s “Concerned Cruisers Committee” we can present to you a video of the debate which took place in the Florida State Senate Appropriations Committee yesterday. THIS IS VERY REVEALING, particularly when Senator Margolis states that “we certainly don’t want to hear from the public,” or words to that effect.

    To make this work, without having to watch the entire 8 hours worth of video, you must follow this procedure.

    First, go to:

    When the page opens, there will be a video window on the left side of the page. Click the play arrow. Let the video begin, and then hover your pointer near the bottom of the video window. A slide will appear. You will need to keep sliding this slider button to the right, until you reach the 462.30 minute mark. The debate concerning the “Margolis Amendment” is shown between time reference 462.30 and 469.5.

    It’s not often that members of the cruising community can actually see their “enemy” in regards to Florida anchoring rights, but this is an exception. We urge all cruisers to take advantage of this opportunity. And, oh yes, PLEASE let us know what you think, by using the “Comment” function below!

    I believe it is also important to recognize Davis Childs (NMMA rep.) and Bonnie Basham (Boat US rep.) both were there and both had cards in to speak if necessary.
    R, Phil

    I agree totally with Captain Phil’s comment above. Both NMMA and Boat/US have been invaluable and responded at light speed to this “out of the blue” situation! So, THANKS Bonnie Basham and Davis Childs!

  • County Commissioners Address Derelict Vessel Issue in Keys

    Key West – Click for Chartview

    At the April 16 meeting of the Monroe County Commission in Key West, Commissioner George Neugent intends to outline proposals targeting the derelict vessel problem in the Florida Keys. Because of the expense involved with their removal, the issue of abandoned vessels, not only in the Keys but in all coastal harbors, has become a major problem for municipalities. The below linked article by Kevin Wadlow of reports on plans by Key West officials to deal with derelicts. The referenced Tug Tilly sank in March, see

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

  • Proof of Pumpout to be Required in Key West

    This is an important story for those to know who will be visiting Key West. What it boils down to, is that if you anchor, or pick up a mooring in Key West, this proposal would make it mandatory for cruisers to show proof of a recent waste pump-out before coming ashore by dinghy. Now, let me stress, such a regulation is made far LESS onerous courtesy of the fact that the city of Key West provides regular, FREE pump-outs to boats at anchor and on a mooring. Nevertheless, this new requirement is one of which NEW cruisers, and cruisers visiting Key West for the first time, need to be made aware. The issue of proof of pumpout has been a topic of discussion for cruisers for sometime now, see The article linked below by Sean Kinney of outlines the proposed pumpout regulation for Key West cruisers.

    So what do those of us who don’t pumpout do (composting toilet)? The Keys seem to be doing everything in their power to drive away transient cruising boats.
    John Kettlewell

    Sooner or later, communities are going to get the message that all it takes to keep their waters clean of recreation boat waste, is a free pump out boat. Use some of those free flowing federal dollars for something that doesn’t benefit anyone but the taxpayers.
    Not many people will pump waste overboard if there is a feasible and reasonable alternative. But, everybody has to, sooner or later, if there isn’t.
    R. Holiman

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