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  • Announcement: 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!

    Yellow Background Denotes Navigation Alert Postings
  • Alligator Reef Daybeacon Damaged, Hawk Channel east of Matecumbe Keys.

    This damaged daybeacon is in Hawk Channel approximately midway between Alligator Reef and Indian Key Channel which separates Upper and Lower Matecumbe Keys

    FLORIDA – FLORIDA KEYS – FLORIDA BAY: Hazard to Navigation.
    The U.S Coast Guard received a report on Alligator Reef Daybeacon 43 (LLNR 13135) the steel pile has been reported missing Dayboards. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution. Chart 11442 LNBM 35/15

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

  • September Specials at Key Lime Sailing Club, Key Largo, FL

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    Key Lime Sailing Club in Key Largo, 305-451-3438, www.keylimesailingclub.comOur good friends at Key Lime Sailing Club, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, have some very special offers for their September visitors! Key Lime Sailing Club is on the Inside Route side of Key Largo.








    $99 per Night Cottage and Low Season Rates!
    Why is it still great to come down for a Florida Keys vacation during these months? Because the water is still warm, the air is still warm, and you can enjoy a less crowded Keys experience, plus everything is a better DEAL! Like our Key Lime Sailing Club & Cottages Special below:

    Take advantage of our last minute vacation special! Book our Hideout Cottage for a minimum of 5 nights on any dates from August 30, 2015 until September 30, 2015 and get it for only $99 per night! Shorter stays also available for other cottages with our low season rates.

    Here are our available cottages and dates for September:






    Cottage rental includes unlimited use of a 22’ sailboat (for qualified sailors), kayaks, paddle boards, water toys, bicycles, snorkel and fishing gear, and a sunset cruise once or twice a week on our 47’ Catamaran at no extra cost . Visit our website and send us a Request to Book! You can also call our reservation specialist at 305-451-3438.

    CLICK HERE For more offers and news from Key Lime Sailing Club.

    Key Lime Sailing Club
    101425 Overseas Hwy. #922
    Key Largo , FL 33037

  • Derelict Boats a Major Issue in the Florida Keys

    This excellent article on derelict boats by Kevin Wadlow was taken from The problem of abandoned boats is not limited to the Florida Keys but found up and down the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts.


    Boats like this are scattered throughout the Keys.

    No easy answers for derelict-boat problem
    kwadlow@keynoter.comAugust 15, 2015
    State marine officers pointed to notorious derelict-vessel cases in Florida Keys waters as prime examples of the need for new rules.

    “We see a lot of red dots in Monroe County,” said State Rep. Holly Raschein (R-Key Largo), referring to a state map showing 304 derelict vessels off Florida shores.

    “Obviously it’s an issue here,” Raschein said at a Thursday workshop conducted by the state Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at the Murray E. Nelson Government and Cultural Center in Key Largo.

    Removing derelict vessels “costs a lot of money,” she said, “and they’re a pain.”

    FWC officers and staff outlined eight concepts being considered as the basis for a Florida Legislature bill to prevent some poorly maintained boats from sinking at anchor.

    The rules could include stricter requirements to repair at-risk boats deemed likely to sink and requiring boats to be able to navigate on their own under power or sail.

    Certain large boats — commercial boats more than 65 feet long or older boats made of wood or steel — could be required to post a bond at registration, since those type of vessels are very expensive to remove after a sinking.

    “Some boats cost more than others to remove,” FWC attorney Emily Norton said. “The big ones cost a lot more.”

    Program administrator Phil Horning noted boats in that description represent 3 to 5 percent of vessels removed with state money but “represent 50 percent of the removal costs.”

    In 2009, the abandoned 84-foot gambling boat Pair-O-Dice was removed from a grounding off Key West, where it created a navigation hazard near a busy channel for months, state officials said. It was removed at a state cost approaching $125,000.

    The derelict shrimp boat Santa Lucia caused a half-mile of seagrass scarring near the Keys in addition to costing $59,000 in state funds to remove, Horning said. A photo of the capsized shrimper opened the presentation to a crowd of about 50 people.

    Many of the concepts would apply only to anchored boats, not those tied to a private dock or marina.

    Rules that could force longtime liveaboards off the water concerned several speakers at the Key Largo meeting.

    “Thousands of people down here cannot afford normal accommodations,” said Jon Strydom, a charter captain. “This is a really expensive area to live in, and we need these people down here. It’s already hard enough for them.”

    “We don’t want to make anybody homeless,” FWC Capt. David Dipre said, but he noted that some vessels used as liveaboards are “half submerged and filled with cockroaches.”

    “It might be a place to live but its not a great place to be,” Dipre said.

    Vessels “are supposed to be operational so when [the next] Hurricane Wilma comes along, you can do something about it and take control of your own boat,” he said.

    Henry Feddern and Anne Baxter said the state should consider some long-established sunken boats as part of the marine environment since they provide shelter. They pointed to the recent removals of a sunken barge off Rodriguez Key near Key Largo and a heavily damaged houseboat off the Upper Matecumbe Key bayside as examples.

    Results of resident surveys taken at a series of meetings will be used to craft legislative proposals.


    Now, here is a solution: Derelict Bounty Hunters! Listen Up FWC!

    Track down the owners and make them pay. Fine them and I will track them down for 50% of the paid fines. Bounty hunters for boats!
    Sonny Reeves

    And here is another great idea from Skipper Burnham. Listen up FWC!

    Give the general public access to state boat registration database so that we can contact the owner based on the FL number as it is bearing down on us when no one is aboard. Then there will be no problem about finding out who is the responsible owner. You will be able to know your neighbors soon after dropping your anchor just like you can by viewing the county property tax website for your home based on your street address.
    David Burnham

  • Thieves in Paradise! Florida Keys Target of Marine Thefts

    Maybe it’s a sign of our economic times, but loss of any items, valuable or not, will certainly put a damper on a beautiful day in the Keys. This report is from South Dade News Leader.

    $5,000 Bounty For Keys Marine Thieves

    Posted: Thursday, August 6, 2015 3:55 pm | Updated: 4:15 pm, Thu Aug 6, 2015.
    Frank Maradiaga
    Marine thefts are on the rise in Monroe County. Pillaging water crafts and docks for expensive (and easily portable) gear has become an opportunistic gold mine for criminals.suspects
    To help curb this rising problem the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department and Crime Stoppers of the Florida Keys are collectively offering $5,000 dollars for any information that leads to an arrest. That’s $2500 from Crime Stoppers and another $2500 from the Sheriff’s Office.
    “We really need some help on these cases,” said Sheriff Rick Ramsay in a statement. “We are doing everything we can possibly do, but we really need people to come forward and help us nail these criminals.”
    Thefts can include cherry and costly GPS systems or simple fishing equipment. Basically anything that isn’t tied down and looks appealing.
    The Sheriff department says they have been “inundated” with reports of high-end electronics and thefts of lower units.
    Police say the thefts are occurring countywide but are largely concentrated in the Middle and Lower Keys.
    From a department release:
    “Equipment is being taken from boats in residential canals, parked on the street on trailers and from boats stored at marinas. The investigations of these thefts is complicated by the fact that many victims are part time residents who don’t discover they have been victimized for days or even weeks. Additionally, the equipment being stolen is relatively easy to remove, to transport and to sell.”
    Photos and some video clips from surveillance equipment are being circulated in the hopes that someone will be able to identify these alleged thieves.
    “There are people out there who know what is going on. They know who is responsible. We want those people to pick up the phone and report it. You don’t have to tell us who you are. And we will pay you well for your information,” said Sheriff Ramsay. “It is a win-win for the person who calls. They can make a substantial sum of money and the suspect or suspects they report will never know who turned them in.”
    If you think you have the goods on these thieves contact the Sheriff’s Office at 305-481-8060. The Crime Stoppers hotline is 1-800-346-TIPS.

  • Missing Daybeacons, Indian Key Channel, Hawk Channel, Upper and Lower Matecumbe Keys, 8/5/2105

    Indian Key Channel connects Florida Bay on the northwest side and Hawk Channel on the southeast side Upper and Lower Matecomba Keys. The missing daybeacons are on the east side of Upper and Lower Matecumbe Keys.

    Private aid Indian Key Channel Daybeacon 1 (LLNR 13140) is missing both daymarks and poses a hazard to navigation. Mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. Chart 11442 LNM 31/15

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

  • Good Words for Key West Bight City Marina, Key West, FL

    Key West Bight City Marina occupies a good portion of the rear (southeasterly shores) of Key West Bight.

    We have stayed at Key West Bight Marina for three years in a row. Each we time we stay for about 5 or 6 months. The staff is great. The marina has great water and is close to downtown. We highly recommend this place.

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Florida Keys Marina Directory Listing For Key West Bight City Marina

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

  • New Sombrero Key Light, Hawk Channel, Florida Keys

    Sombrero Key is south of Marathon and on the south side of the Hawk Channel. The new light is on the north side of the key.

    SOMBRERO KEY LIGHT has been established in position 24-37-40.080N 081-06-31.260W (LLNR 1001) displaying FL W (4) 60s, 7NM. The old structure “Sombrero Key Light” (LLNR 1000) is unstable and the Coast Guard is unable to provide service due to safety concerns. All optic equipment and the RACON have been permanently discontinued. The old structure will be charted as Abandoned, structure is unstable and considered unsafe. Chart 11452 LNM 30/15

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

  • New Alligator Reef Light, Hawk Channel, Florida Keys

    Alligator Reef is on the southeast side of Hawk Channel and the new light is positioned at the northern tip of the reef.

    ALLIGATOR REEF LIGHT has been established in position 24-51-04.800N 080-37-03.780W (LLNR 981) displaying Fl W (4) 60s, 7NM. The old structure “Alligator Reef Light” (LLNR 980) is unstable and the Coast Guard is unable to provide service due to safety concerns. All optic equipment and the RACON have been permanently discontinued. The old structure will be charted as Abandoned, structure is unstable and considered unsafe.
    Charts 411 11013 11420 11449 11450 11452 11460 LNM 30/15

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Alligator Reef


  • Advice Sought on John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park and Largo Sound, Key Largo, FL

    The entrance channel to John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park Marina is found off Hawk Channel, on the east side of Key Largo, at flashing red marker #2 which lies west, northwest of Hawk Channel marker #35 off Mosquito Bank. Largo Sound Mooring Field is managed by the State Park marina. The most last report we have ( seems to indicate that Skipper Joe will be fine with a 4’3″ draft, but if you have more recent experience entering Largo Sound, let us hear from you.

    I get a mixed bag of comments regarding entrance to Largo Sound…I will be arriving in Leopard 43 which draws 4’3” Is it possible to enter into the Sound…would love to experience the park from inside??? I appreciate the help.

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Florida Keys Marina Directory Listing For John Pennekamp Marina

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

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

  • Florida Fall Boat Shows and Events

    Looking ahead to the Fall, here is a list of shows and events from Boat Show Inc of interest to the southern cruiser.





    South Florida Fall Boat Show 2015 Set to Make Wake West Palm Beach FL 9/12/2015
    7th Annual Florida Nautical Flea Market and Seafood Festival West Palm FL 9/12/2015
    Palm Beach Seafood Festival 2015 West Palm Beach FL 9/12/2015
    Tampa Bay Boat Show Tampa FL 9/18/2015
    East Coast Boat Show Port Canaveral FL 10/9/2015
    Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing University Keys Tavernier FL 11/13/2015
    Kids Fishing Clinic Naples FL 11/14/2015
    Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade North Palm Beach FL 12/5/2015
    Christmas Boat Parade on Naples Bay Naples FL 12/12/2015
    Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade Fort Lauderdale FL 12/12/2015

    CLICK HERE for more events and shows from Boat Shows Inc.

  • Shorebirds and Fireworks Don’t Mix!

    Have a heart! Let them live!

    Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission
    Personal fireworks don’t mix with nesting shorebirds

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) asks the public to help protect beach-nesting shorebirds across the state this holiday weekend by giving them space and keeping personal fireworks off the beach.

    Shorebirds are nesting on beaches along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of Florida, with many still watching over flightless chicks during the busy Independence Day weekend. The snowy plover, least tern, black skimmer, American oystercatcher and Wilson’s plover are several of the state’s beach-nesting shorebird species that face conservation challenges and need people’s help to survive.

    “Fireworks launched too close or toward a nesting colony can cause adult shorebirds to flush off their nests and chicks to scatter, leaving the chicks vulnerable to predators, the elements and the potential of getting accidentally stepped on by beach-goers,” said Nancy Douglass, who works on shorebird conservation for the FWC. “Leaving personal fireworks at home and giving the birds space are ways that residents can still enjoy the beach while helping to keep shorebirds and their chicks safe.”

    Ways to protect beach-nesting shorebirds this holiday weekend and beyond:

    Leave personal fireworks, including sparklers, at home and attend an official fireworks display instead.
    Keep your distance, whether on the beach or paddling watercraft along the shore. If birds become agitated or leave their nests, you are too close. A general rule is to stay at least 300 feet from a nest. Birds calling out loudly or divebombing are giving signals for you to back off.
    Never intentionally force birds to fly or run. They use up energy they need for nesting, and eggs or chicks may be left vulnerable to the sun’s heat or predators. Teach children not to chase shorebirds and kindly ask fellow beach-goers to do the same.
    Respect posted shorebird nesting areas. Avoid posted sites and use designated walkways when possible.
    It is best not to take pets to the beach, but if you do, keep them on a leash and avoid shorebird nesting areas.
    Keep the beach clean and do not feed wildlife. Food scraps attract predators such as raccoons and crows, which can prey on shorebird chicks. Litter on beaches can entangle birds and other wildlife.
    Spread the word. If you see people disturbing nesting birds, gently let them know how their actions may hurt the birds’ chances for survival. If they continue to disturb nesting shorebirds, report their activities to the FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922), #FWC or *FWC on a cell phone, or by texting
    For more ways to share the beach with nesting shorebirds, go to and download the “Share the Beach with Beach-Nesting Birds” brochure. Additional information can also be found at the Florida Shorebird Alliance website:

  • Question re Coral and Sea Grass in Anchorages

    This reader is seeking advice from those of you who anchor in the Keys. With a 22 inch draft, his primary concerns have to be dropping the hook and going ashore. If you have advice to offer Skipper Novotny, please do so!

    Hello, I am planning a sailing trip to the keys on my Nordica 16, 22 inch draft, from sunny Buffalo NY. I noticed a lot of your listed anchorages are in protected areas where according to the rules I read one cannot damage coral or sea grass. How does that work? Are there buoys or are these places where coral and sea grass are not an issue? I am rather confused as you can see after I read the slew of regs from the govt. Any clarification would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. Regards
    Jerry Novotny

  • Restrictions on Anchoring Events in the Keys Considered

    Although the party style anchoring reported here is not the anchoring done by cruisers, the issue of restriction is very much a part of Florida’s focus on the control of anchoring throughout the state. See for background on recent Florida legislation on anchoring.

    Restrictions on boating events mulled
    Sanctuary said races, parties taking toll

    June 10, 2015

    When too many boaters drop anchor for an on-the-water Florida Keys party, the marine environment may suffer.
    On Tuesday in Marathon, advisers to the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary will discuss “challenges and issues” created by “marine events and concentrated uses such as party areas, raft-ups, and boat races.”
    Members of the Sanctuary Advisory Council requested a session on large boating events, sanctuary spokeswoman Rachel Pawlitz said.
    Sanctuary managers have not taken a position on any new regulation, Pawlitz said.
    “We understand these types of recreational events are popular, but the sanctuary has to consider effects on marine resources, and try to find the right balance,” she said.
    Last November, more than 100 boats in Key West for the annual powerboat races traveled the 14 miles to Boca Grande, an island within the Key West National Wildlife Refuge. Boats anchored on nearby flats and ran aground on the uninhabited island’s sandy beach.
    In January, Monroe County Commissioners blocked a recommendation to spend $10,000 in Tourist Development Council funding to promote a new boating raft-up in Key Largo during this year’s Columbus Day holiday in October.
    Boat races were among scheduled activities in Key Largo, although organizers with the Florida Powerboat Club said the races were being scaled back in favor of a “cruising rendezvous.”
    Nancy Finley, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manager of the Florida Keys Wildlife Refuge Complex, said Friday that organized and promoted events in wildlife refuge waters “do need a permit and a compatibility determination.”
    Finley will speak at Tuesday’s sanctuary council meeting at the Hyatt Place Marathon resort, along with representatives of the U.S. Coast Guard, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.
    The Boca Grande situation “has been resolved, from my point of view,” Finley said. “They need a permit. At this point, no one has asked for one.”
    “Any event that is expected to draw large interest and focus on one section of the refuge, whether there is money involved or if it’s a non-profit, is going to need a compatibility determination.”
    Boca Grande, she noted, has seen significant erosion of its sandy beach that is a critical turtle-nesting area. The island also houses a very rare colony of the protected Miami Blue butterfly.
    Some Lower Matecumbe Key residents have complained about noise from boat gatherings off a neighborhood. FWC officers have said that without seeing illegal activity or environmental damage occurring, there was little they could do.
    Any recommendations from the Sanctuary Advisory Council would undergo review by federal and state staff.

  • Update on Florida’s Anchoring Restrictions Bill

    This Florida senate bill restricting anchoring has been much in the news for several weeks, see and This update is from Kim Russo on AGLCA’s Forum

    Below is an update provided this morning from the team working on defeating the proposed anchoring restrictions in Florida. Thanks to all the Loopers and our Sponsors who have taken steps to help with this issue. We’ve made
    a lot of progress!

    1. There are 8 days left in the regular session.

    2. On the House side, there is currently no remaining bill that includes the anchoring ban. The bill that most logically could have been a vehicle for such a provision passed 119-0 this morning on the House floor (i.e. vote by the full House). This was after the anchoring ban amendment was defeated in its last committee hearing. Therefore, when it was brought up for a vote of the full House (on the floor) it contained no anchoring ban provisions. Unlike last year, no anchoring ban amendment was filed on the floor although our team was poised, ready to respond rapidly … as were the House members who have become champions for the boating and cruising
    community. That bill is now going to the Senate for a vote.

    3. On the Senate side, the bill containing the anchoring ban made it through the 2nd of its 3 required committees 2 weeks ago. With 8 days left, the bill is not currently scheduled for a 3rd committee hearing.
    Currently, that 3rdcommittee is not scheduled to meet again, although that could change.

    4. We are working continuously to monitor and track every bill and every potential amendment to a bill that could create the anchoring ban. We are in constant communication with a full host of House and Senate members who are with us.

    5. At this stage, broad messaging from the boating community to legislators is not an effective strategy. If, however, any threatening bill or amendment emerges, we will again engage promptly with messaging that is tailored, timed and targeted.

    6. The boating and cruising community has done a great job throughout this session. It has strengthened its voice and its effectiveness. It has broadened and diversified its sources of messaging. For example, recently
    there was effective proactive messaging from the veterans boating community and the Boy Scouts/Sea Scouts boating community that was influential in conjunction with the balance of the boating and cruising community family.

    7. We still have 8 days. Readiness is the key.

    Kim Russo
    America’s Great Loop Cruisers’ Association

  • Mother’s Day Special at Key Lime Sailing Club, Key Largo, FL

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    Key Lime Sailing Club in Key Largo, 305-451-3438, www.keylimesailingclub.comOur good friends at SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR Key Lime Sailing Club want to wish you and your Mom a very special Happy Mother’s Day! Key Lime Sailing Club is on the Inside Route side of Key Largo.

    Mother’s Day Gift!
    Treat your mom to an early Mother’s Day here in the Florida Keys! At Key Lime Sailing Club and Cottages, you’ll be able to enjoy the best of the Keys like sailing, kayaking, snorkeling, fishing, eco tours, manatee visits, amazing sunsets, and nearby local attractions without spending a lot of money. This is a vacation that you will remember for many years to come as our dear guests have experienced. Book now as we still have cottages available this April and May.
    Cottage rental starts at $225 per night (plus cleaning fees and taxes) and includes the free use of a 22’ sailboat (for qualified sailors), kayaks, paddle boards, snorkel gear, fishing gear, and other water toys. We also take out all of our guests once or twice a week aboard our 40’ catamaran for a sunset cruise around Florida Bay for free! You won’t get this deal anywhere else.

    Call 305-451-3438 or just reply to this email to inquire or to reserve. Check out our website for more info.

    If you have no sailing experience yet but would like to learn, we have a sailing school onsite where you can get ASA certified from some of the best sailing instructors in the industry! For sailing school information you can talk to Capt Gary at 305-587-3205.

    Click Here for a listing of upcoming events.
    Key Lime Sailing Club
    101425 Overseas Hwy. #922
    Key Largo , FL 33037

  • Praise 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.

    We spent two winters in Key West at Garrison Bight mooring field. Wonderful spot. One mile to Garrison Bight, 2 miles to Key West bight and Rat Key is in the anchorage for doggie walking. Grocery and other shopping within dingy distance. We loved evenings in Key West bight and dog walking from Garrison Bight docks through the lovely ‘Meadows’ neighborhood. Key West is fun on a daily basis. Be sure to use Key West Marine for all your boating needs, and if you have head problems, use the Head Honcho. The Cubanos at KW Marine will hook you up. Great Thai food at Garrison Bight and generally great fun and food are available in short range from the moorings.
    Cap and Linda Munday

    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

    Click Here To View the Florida Keys Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Key West City Marina

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

  • Good Words for Key West Harbour, Stock Island, Florida Keys

    This report from Key West Harbour was posted on AGLCA’s Forum by Skipper Favors. Key West Harbour’s marked entry channel cuts northwest off the Boca Chica Key channel between markers #5 and #7.

    We’ve stayed at Key West Yacht Harbour on Stock Island for month stretches and would recommend it for consideration. They have a pool, exercise room,restaurant and bar and there prices are a bargain compared to downtown. If you have a car you’re in good shape for getting around but without a caryou have to rely on buses, bikes or taxi.
    Jim & Lisa Favors – Kismet
    Ranger Tug R27

    Click Here To View the Florida Keys Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Key West Harbour

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

  • Less than Good News on SB 1548!

    April 15: Despite the best efforts of SSCA and AGLCA, the afternoon session in Tallahassee brought less than good news with the inclusion of the anchoring restrictions in SB 1548 . Here is a follow-up report by our good friend, Make Ahart, posted on AGLCA’s Forum:
    April 14: This report by Mike Ahart of Waterway Guide is good news for cruisers! Kudos to all who attended and spoke at the hearing and to those who wrote in opposition to SB 1548! Special praise to SSCA, AGLCA and BoatUS for their efforts on boaters’ behalf.

    Following the good news on the House side in Florida this morning, this
    afternoon the second state Senate committee to hear the bill including the
    anchoring provisions voted to move the bill forward. More to come later on
    next steps. More detailed report by Mike Ahart of Waterway Guide is here:
    Kim Russo

    FL anchoring restriction bill passes another Senate committee
    Reported By: Mike Ahart, News Editor
    Florida’s Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government heard Senate Bill 1548 today. This legislation would prohibit overnight anchoring on navigable water near private residences and public marine infrastructure, exception certain circumstances, among other less-contentious provisions. Despite strong support from the cruising community, the committee voted favorably for the bill 6 to 0.

    Eleven bills were on the 2-hour session’s agenda, including contentious legislation related to fracking. Due to time constraints, only two attendees who petitioned the committee to speak were able to. Watch video of hearing (starts at minute 78:08 – a short break is taken for another bill during the hearing).

    Over a dozen cruisers attended the hearing, as well as a morning Florida House hearing on a related bill at the State Capitol in Tallahassee. House Bill 7123 – At-Risk Vessels had no anchoring restrictions for or vessels that are neither considered “derelict” or at risk of becoming derelict, but, last night, an amendment was introduced to the bill which would have aligned with the anchoring restrictions in Senate Bill 1548. Several cruisers and cruising advocates spoke. The amendment was withdrawn, and the “At-Risk Vessel” bill passed unanimously without the amendment.

    Florida House ‘at-risk vessel bill’ passes committee, amendment withdrawn
    Date Reported: Apr 14, 2015
    Reported By: Mike Ahart, News Editor
    Source: WG Staff

    UPDATE: A last-minute amendment which would have aligned House Bill 7123 (At-Risk Vessels) with the anchoring restrictions in Senate Bill 1548 was withdrawn after over a dozen cruisers and advocates spoke against it at a House State Affairs Committee hearing this morning. The bill passed without the amendment.

    The Florida House of Representatives has introduced a new bill defining vessels “at risk” of becoming derelict. It does not mirror Senate Bill 1548 currently under consideration – a bill that would make anchoring illegal within 200 feet of public marine infrastructure and developed waterfront property.

    State Representative Holly Raschein has introduced House Bill 7123 (formerly PCB HWSS 15-06) titled “At Risk Vessels,” does not include any anchoring restrictions for vessels that are neither considered “derelict” or at risk of becoming derelict. Rep. Raschein is Vice Chair of the Highway & Waterway Safety Subcommittee, and represents Monroe County and south Miami-Dade County.

    This legislation would, if enacted, create a new section of code in Florida Statute 327 (“Vessel Safety”) defining at-risk vessels as exhibiting any of the following characteristics:

    (a) The vessel has compartments designed to be enclosed which are incapable of being sealed off or remain open to the elements for extended periods of time.

    (b) The vessel has broken free or is in danger of breaking free from anchor.

    (c) The vessel is listing due to water intrusion, has sunk or is partially sunken, or is left or stored aground in such a state that would prevent the vessel from getting underway.

    (d) The vessel is taking on or has taken on water without an effective means of dewatering.

    According to the bill, the occupant or registered owner of an “at risk” vessel on Florida waters can be warned or fined:

    First offense, $50.
    Second offense occurring within 30 days after a prior conviction, $250.
    Third offense occurring within 60 days after a prior conviction, $500.
    Fourth or subsequent offense occurring within 90 days after a prior conviction, $1,000.
    If the at-risk conditions are not corrected after 90 days, the vessel would be considered derelict. According to Florida Statute 823 (“Public Nuisance”) it is unlawful for a person, firm, or corporation to store, leave, or abandon any derelict vessel in the state, and law enforcement can have the vessel relocated or removed, and any costs associated are recoverable against the vessel owner.

    The legislation would take effect July 1, 2015.

  • Model Letter re SB 1548 by Jim Healy

    Here is a well-written, insightful letter to Florida legislators that should serve as a model for those of you who plan to write in opposition to SB 1548, see Thank you Captain Healy.

    Chairman Hon. Alan Hays
    Vice Chairman Hon. Oscar Braynon
    Senator Hon. Thad Altman
    Senator Hon. Charles Dean
    Senator Hon. Tom Lee
    Senator Hon. Gwen Margolis
    Senator Hon. Wilton Simpson

    Dear Chairman Hays and members of the Senate Committee on General Government Operations:

    I am writing in reference to SB1548, titled “An Act Related to Vessel Safety.” I am a legal resident of Green Cove Springs, Clay County, and an active boater. I have previously written to Sen. Rob Bradley requesting that he decline to support Senate Bill 1548 in its present form. While I do not object to the core safety-related provisions of SB1548, I do object to the anchoring setback provisions contained in the bill. The setback provisions reduce the availability of safe anchoring locations all across Florida, thereby acting against the goal of promoting safety in navigation on state waters. Furthermore, the setback provisions represent revocation of lawful pubic access rights to public trust lands. These lands are held by the state in trust for use by the public, not for the aesthetic preferences or personal use of adjoining waterfront landowners or for the promotion of waterfront business interests.

    Although limitations on anchoring may favor certain business interests, the origin of the setback provisions in the bill appears to be isolated disputes between waterfront landowners and occupants of anchored vessels. Some of these disputes have been highly publicized, but do not justify a sweeping statewide law which would restrict the rights and freedoms of hundreds of thousands of boaters throughout the maritime waters of coastal Florida. These disputes are not based on safety concerns. They can and should be resolved on a case-by-case basis through noise and nuisance proceedings in the judicial branch of municipal, county and state government.

    House Bill 7123 deals with derelict vessels without changing current Florida-wide anchoring rights. When we first moved to Florida in 2004, there was a confusing and inconsistent patchwork of local, city and county laws that restricted or disallowed anchoring in Florida’s intracoastal public trust waters. Compliance with that patchwork of local ordinances was impossible. Florida Statute 327.60 ended that inconsistency in anchoring policies and local manipulation of navigation rights and rules. At this time, HB7123 creates an “at risk” category of boats and gives local governments new tools to manage these situations. Because local governments sometimes seek to promulgate anchoring restrictions as a means of managing problems with “at risk” and derelict vessels, I strongly believe that HB7123 is an excellent step to deter vessels from becoming derelict in the first place.

    I ask that SB1548 be aligned with HB7123. I also ask that as the opportunity presents itself in the future, that the committee act to maintain the statewide consistency of anchoring rules the legislature previously established in FS 327.60, and act to prohibit local or regional exceptions to this state wide policy.
    Thank you for your consideration.
    James B. Healy
    Peg and Jim Healy aboard Sanctuary, currently at Daytona Beach, FL
    Monk 36 Hull #132

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