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  • All Florida Keys Cruising News

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    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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  • Sunken Vessel West of Boca Grand Key, Florida Keys, 7/23/2014

    Boca Grande Key is approximately 11 nautical miles due west of Key West. This sunken sailing vessel is just west of Boca Grande Key in 7-10ft of water.

    FLORIDA – KEY WEST – SAND KEY TO REBECCA SHOAL – BOCA GRANDE CHANNEL: Hazard to Navigation.`
    The Coast Guard received a report of a 50ft Mast protruding out of the water in the vicinity of Boca Grande Channel in approximate position 24-32-24N/082-01.070W. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11439 LNM: 29/14

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Boca Grande Key

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

    In light of recent night-time boating safety concerns (http://cruisersnet.net/?p=143534), 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.

    FL-MIAMI-BISCAYNE BAY-CLAUGHTON ISLAND: Fireworks Display
    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 http://cruisersnet.net/?p=143395, 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.
    BY SUE COCKING
    SCOCKING@MIAMIHERALD.COM
    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: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/07/12/4232679/safe-boating-efforts-build-after.html#storylink=cpy

    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.

    STRAITS OF FLORIDA – FOWEY ROCKS TO ALLIGATOR REEF – CHEECA ROCKS: Hazard to Navigation Alligator Reef Light.
    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

  • IMPORTANT! Public FWC Sessions on Anchoring, July 21-22, Tallahassee, FL

    As anyone who prefers anchoring to staying in a marina knows, anchoring privileges and mooring fields have been the subjects of much public debate, as well as much recent state legislation. See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=139940 . If you can attend these two public sessions in Tallahassee, PLEASE DO!! In several coastal states, and especially in Florida, cruisers are at risk of losing all anchoring rights. Our thanks to John Kettlewell for forwarding Thomas Shipp’s notice. And, as Captain Kettlewell points out, east coast cruisers will have to travel across the state in order to attend.

    Hello,
    I want to make sure that you, representing boating and/or local government interests in Florida, are personally made aware of the upcoming public meeting FWC will be hosting to begin earnest dialogue on the topic of possible anchoring restrictions to help solve many of the issues faced by both boaters and local governments.
    The meeting is scheduled in Tallahassee for Monday afternoon, July 21st with an evening break, then picking back up on the morning of Tuesday, July 22. We prefer that participants plan to take part in both sessions, since the morning session will build upon the previous afternoon’s session. The following link will take you to the meeting notice:
    https://www.flrules.org/Gateway/View_notice.asp?id=14793002
    Tom

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    Here we go again! You’ll note how these public sessions are usually scheduled at times and in locations where it is unlikely many representing the boating and cruising interests will be able to show up. However, local government interests will be well represented in the capital. Does anyone know what the hidden agenda is? You know, the real one…
    John Kettlewell

  • 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.
    Rene

    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.

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    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

  • Post-Fireworks Boat Crash off Miami Kills Four, AICW Inside Route Statute Mile1094.5

    For the full report of this tragedy, see http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/05/us/miami-fatal-boat-crash/. The article is written by By Janet DiGiacomo and Shelby Lin Erdman of CNN and updated 9:32 PM EDT, Sat July 5, 2014. Dinner Key Marina and Mooring Field is a popular weekend destination in Biscayne Bay.

    (CNN) — An Independence Day celebration ended in tragedy when three boats collided near a Miami marina, killing four people and injuring as many as a dozen more, authorities said.
    The accident happened near the Dinner Key Marina in Biscayne Bay around 10:45 p.m. Friday following a fireworks display, as a crowd of boaters was making their way back to shore.

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

    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 Marina

  • 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 (http://cruisersnet.net/?p=84316)” 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.
    Cory

    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.
    AliOoops

    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

  • DON’T DARE MISS This Video of the Florida Senate Debate on the Recently Defeated Florida Anchorage Regulation

    Now, here is an eye opening video of the debate yesterday (5/1/14) in the Florida Senate about the amendment, which was defeated, that would have allowed Florida counties to locally regulate anchorage. As you will see, members of the cruising community are certainly not cast in a favorable light by those favoring this amendment.

    We urge ALL Floridian cruisers to watch this video!!! It gives what is perhaps one of the most penetrating insights I’ve seen into the mind set of those who would have the state of Florida return to the “bad old days” of local anchoring regulations. And, at least speaking for myself, this debate troubles me considerably in regards to the future of anchoring in Florida.

    To watch the video, you must follow the link below, and then, hover your pointer over the bottom of the video window. A slider will appear. You must push the slider to the right, until you reach the 401:00 mark. The debate and eventual “NO” vote, occurs between times 401:00 and 411:00.

    https://www.flsenate.gov/media/VideoPlayer?EventID=2443575804_2014051004

    The debate is infuriating, but we all have to keep in mind that it is a tiny minority of waterfront landowners that are complaining, while the vast majority of people either don’t care about the issue or don’t know about it. All it takes is for one well-connected campaign donor to make a few phone calls and they get amendments like this, while most people who live on the water relish the views of boats at anchor. Plus, remember that 90%+ of the legislators probably know nothing about marine law or regulation as it exists, while you’ll note that those on the fish and wildlife committees have obviously studied things more thoroughly. The bad news is that it sounds like the anti-anchoring crowd is poised to strike once the Pilot Program ends.
    John Kettlewell

    It appeared to my ear that the man with the gavel voted the amendment down and did so because it had not been referred to committee for debate before vote — not because of the merits of the amendment.
    The fact the sponsor withdrew it so quickly and without asking for a roll call was telling.
    We should all keep in mind that last minute email campaigns will not suffice to prevent this eventuality — those only work when the proponents are over-confident, sloppy or unprepared. Each defeat on this is a lesson learned for those who would drive us off.
    Chris

    Florida Senator Smith is convinced that the normal anchored boat in FL waters is peering into residences and throwing trash into the surrounding waters. Perhaps a boater who resides in his jurisdiction should be-friend him and take him on a water tour of his local waters so he can observe the boaters peering into surrounding homes and all the trash around their boat. Maybe then he will be able to make an informed decision and not rely on the opinions of the wealthy land owners trying to eliminate everyone else’s access to the beauty of our wonderful state.
    However that being said if the boating community does not clean up it’s act and help eliminate the many derelict boats in Florida waters we can expect anchoring rights issues in Florida to be challenged again and again.
    I recognize the difference between a derelict boat spending months and years in front of a waterfront home and the eyesore it creates and a well maintained boat temporarily anchored in the same place. However many folks especially politicians don’t recognize this difference.
    Jack Pittman

    Wow, I am amazed at how inarticulate some members of the Florida Legislature are and how petty their complaints about boats are. Since the waterways are public, there should be no expectation of privacy by water front property owners, period. I would imagine that if any boater is using optical instruments to peer into houses that peeping tom laws would apply. I grew up on the water on Long Island and we frequently had boaters, including fishermen and crabbers come close to our property and we never considered filing a complaint. Occasionally a broken down boat would anchor nearby and my dad would offer to help them or call for help for them. Most of the water front property owners where we lived were also boat owners.
    Peter Treiber

    The people debating for restrictive anchoring regulations on this video universally cite the perceived lack of privacy by waterfront owners with a subset arguing against the additional issue of long-term anchoring vessels because of the obvious conclusion that they are dumping illegal waste into the waters. The rich waterfront owners of the state (I own waterfront in FL and once spent a lot of time getting half-sunken and derelict shrimping vessels removed from nearby waters) will eventually have their way with restricting anchoring unless the very few bad apples get booted. There must be a mechanism to define and remove the anchoring rule abusers. I would suggest the the boating community argue for time limits rather than distance limits. What difference does it make if a boater with strong optics is sitting 10 feet or over a hundred yards from some fat cat’s trophy wife’s bedroom window – the optics shorten all distances to un-curtained windows. However, the continued close presence of any vessel, trashy or flashy, is going to grate on the nerves of people who thought their views would be forever beautiful and private from the water side.
    Rich Gano

    Keep in mind two things:
    Senator Smith is the MINORITY LEADER.
    Senator Smith’s District 31 is nearly 100% LAND-LOCKED.
    This appears to have been party leadership supporting its members.
    I suspect you will find the real force comes from Districts 33, 34 and 35 which border the ICW from Boynton Beach to the latitude of Homestead. It is unlikely facts will be helpful here as they don’t support the imposed outcome.
    Chris

    I see several folks here chiming in with the usual worries about so-called “derelicts.” First, many of these boaters are in clear violation of existing marine law such as registration, safety equipment, sewage, etc. Second, it is already illegal to anchor so as to obstruct a channel or someone’s access to a dock. Third, there are very few places, even in Florida, where it is likely this could be even a tiny problem as you simply can’t anchor very close to someone’s home–water is too shallow, too close to channel, etc. Sunset Lake in Miami Beach is one spot that comes to mind, and many of us have heard of the well-connected wealthy individual there who wants the lake to be his private backyard. Fourth, most of us legitimate transient boaters go out of our way to anchor places that are peaceful and quiet and well away from anyone. Even in crowded anchorages like North Lake Worth I am almost always anchored at least several hundred yards from shore.
    John Kettlewell

    Most derelict boats I’ve encountered are anchored legally but as John mentioned they are in violation of several marine laws. They have become a real problem on Florida’s west coast. A few examples are anchorages in Sarasota, Gulfport and the north end of Longboat Key.
    My fear is if the boating community does not help in removing these boats, the Florida population at large will not distinguish between a temporally anchored legally outfitted boat complying with all laws and one that has been abandoned.
    Jack Pittman

  • 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 http://www.caribeeboats.com/

    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 http://cruisersnet.net/?p=139367.

    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:

    https://www.flsenate.gov/media/VideoPlayer?EventID=2443575804_2014041245

    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!

    Claiborne,
    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 KeysInfoNet.com reports on plans by Key West officials to deal with derelicts. The referenced Tug Tilly sank in March, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=136965

    http://www.keysnet.com/2014/04/16/496194/following-the-sinking-of-an-81.html?sp=/99/106/

    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 http://cruisersnet.net/?p=131066. The article linked below by Sean Kinney of KeysInfoNet.com outlines the proposed pumpout regulation for Key West cruisers.

    http://www.keysnet.com/2014/03/29/495799/city-owned-marina-likely-to-require.html?sp=/99/106/

    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

  • Florida’s Derelict Vessel Issue Addressed by Legislature

    The issue of derelict vessels in Florida’s anchorages has been brewing for years with much discussion as to how to remedy the situation. New bills now before the Florida congress attempt to offer a solution that will remove the offending vessels without imposing on the rights of legitimate cruisers. It will not be an easy task, since the enforcement of any new regulations will been given to local marine law enforcement which, in the past, has not been on the best of terms with the cruising community, especially transients. The excellent article linked below from KeysNews.com by Timothy O’Hara discusses the bills in detail.

    http://keysnews.com/node/54451

    Laws and regulations already exist that cover this issue thoroughly, but nobody wants to assume the responsibility or pay for the operation to remove the boat. The FWC has developed a detailed and logical set of regulations and procedures for dealing with true derelict vessels. It is not lack of laws, but passing the buck that has caused the real problems. In the Keys the headline grabbing costs have mostly been generated by a few large commercial vessels, like the tugboat that sank recently. Most truly derelict vessels are not insured and in many cases the owners have no assets to seize. I suppose you can now throw them in jail, further costing the taxpayers large sums for years to come.
    John Kettlewell

    Lets hope that local law enforcement doesn’t consider any and all anchorages on the ICW to be “adjacent to heavily travelled channels”. I believe that , as worded, this leaves too much open to interpretation.
    Cambren Davis

  • Key Largo to Get Next New Mooring Field, Key Largo, Inside Route 1143

    Buttonwood Sound - Click for Chartview

    Buttonwood Sound – Click for Chartview

    A mooring-field feasibility study, presented to Monroe County commissioners at their March 19 meeting in Marathon, concluded that Key Largo Bay, particularly Buttonwood Sound, would be the location of a new managed mooring field. For more on this story by Kevin Wadlow in KeysInfoNet.com, go to http://www.keysnet.com/2014/03/26/495698/key-largo-bay-likely-to-be-first.html?sp=/99/106/

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Buttonwood Sound

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