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Taylor Creek/Beaufort Waterfront Anchorage – Beaufort, NC (Statute Mile 201)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 05-14-2013

On 5/9/13, as part of a North Carolina Wish List, we posed the following question:

Statute Mile 201 – who has anchored on Taylor Creek while visiting Beaufort, NC. Did you find enough swing room for your vessel amidst the many craft on mooring balls here? Where did you dinghy ashore? What depths did you discover in this anchorage?

Responses follow:

I moor up Taylor creek east of the city docks. I have to dinghy in anyway so going a quarter mile up the creek always finds a good clear spot where I can anchor mid creek. This is better than trying to squeeze into the space out of the channel in front of the city dock. Holding is good in firm sand.
Gregory Han

Depths were fine, 6-9 ft, as we have a 3 1/2 draft, but finding a space to anchor was almost impossible with all the local mooring balls, local liveaboards and sunken vessels. All were spaced to limit only small vessels. We have a 32 ft. sailboat and barely fit. A fellow cruiser with a 37 ft. sailboat traveling with us was unable to find a safe area to anchor and spent several hours motoring around looking for a spot. Would not recommend this anchorage to anyone. Rather would send them to Morehead City Yacht Basin as Beaufort City docks are too expensive.
Susan & Elden Leaf
s/v Soteria

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Morehead City Yacht Basin (Statute Mile 203)

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 05-11-2013

Morehead City Yacht BasinAs part of a 5/09/13 North Carolina Wish List, we asked the following question:

Anyone lucky enough to have spent a night or two at Morehead City Yacht Basin, whose entrance runs west, between the high-rise Newport River Bridge and AICW marker #39? Did you find this place to be just as first class as we have always found it to be? Please give us a full description of your experiences here.

Responses follow:

We like this one. It’s modern with good staff. Although not in the middle of the other marinas, there is a high end restaurant a very short walk away and another that delivers good pizza and sandwiches.
The facility has a loaner car ($10/ 2 hours) to take you to any and all supermarkets, West Marine and hardware. We believe the better ones are all on the Morehead City side.
Stephen Deitch
Nightingale

Spent 5/9/13 there. Marina is still first class. Great help from employees. One of half dozen cruisers on transient face dock. Good facilities, kept clean. Floating docks. Easy walk to several good restaurants. Courtesy car for shopping. Most boats in marina are sport fish. The sport fish boat across the dock had two mid-aged guys planning to go out in the morning. They were loud until after midnight and got up at 0500 and were loud again. Started engines at 0500 and didn’t leave until 0600. But before leaving they turned off our shore power which was on the same post as theirs ( we never said a word to them). We’ll stop there again.
s/v Skye

We stayed there on our way south last fall and it was great. The dock hands were courteous and the rates were way less than Beaufort City docks. It was well protected from winds and wakes.They even give a discount on fuel if you stay the night. We will definitely stay there when we head North.
Susan & Elden Leaf
s/v Soteria

This is the first class facility in the area. Far, far above others for miles around. Protected harbor; large, concrete, secure floating docks; knowledgeable, friendly, helpful staff; great fuel prices; huge, beautiful captains’ lounge; commercial washer and dryer; courtesy car ($10); and an attitude to please the customer are among the features that make this marina enjoyable. It is a few pennies more per foot than some other close-by marinas, but the value ratio of price/features is outstanding.
Glen and Jill Moore
DeFever 40 Last Dance

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Airport Marina – Town Creek, Beaufort, NC (near Statute Mile 201)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 05-10-2013

Town Creek lies just north of Taylor Creek and the principal Beaufort waterfront. This former body of water hosts at least two anchorages, as well as Town Creek Marina, BUT we must say that “Airport Marina” is a new one for us. If anyone else has patronized this facility, WE WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU. Please use the “Comment” function below or follow the “Click Here to Contribute Cruising News” link, on the above right of this, and all (except Chart View), SSECN pages, and share your impressions of Airport Marina!

We have a Pearson 303, 4.5′ draft, and planned on anchoring in Town Creek, after finding so many unused mooring balls in Taylor creek that it looked like they might tangle our anchor. This was the end of April. We found Airport Marina, right next to Town Creek Marina, a bargain at $10 per night including water and power. Owner loaned us a car to go shopping.
Captn. Rob Loew and mate Sandy

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Cedar Creek Anchorage (Statute Mile 188)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 05-10-2013

On 5/9/13, as part of a North Carolina Wish List, we posed the following question:

Statute Mile 188 – anyone anchored on the waters of Cedar Creek, east of AICW marker #8 recently? Please describe your experiences with this anchorage. Was the sunken sailcraft on this edge of this anchorage a problem for you?

Responses follow:

Good easy off – easy on anchorage – sunken sailboat no issue
Gray Riddick
Gray Ghost

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Dining Recommendations for Beaufort, NC, AICW Statute Mile 202

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 05-07-2013

Beaufort Municipal Docks - Click for Chartview

Queen Anne’s Revenge is 502 Front St. (252-504-7272) and Clauson’s is at 425 Front St. (252-728-2133). Both are within easy walking distance of the Municipal Docks, also on Front St.. The town of Beaufort, NC is known as a real success story along the Waterway and this wonderful port of call remains one of our favorites, anytime, anywhere!

Having dined at both Queen Anne Revenge and Clauson’s in Beaufort have been enjoyable. Clauson’s is a little pricey, but the food and service was very good. Queen Anne’s is a little more laid back. Overlooks the water and has a great selection of wines as well. Either restaurant will provide a pleasant dinner, but Clauson’s offers a more formal dinner selection.
Richard Brannan

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Beaufort Municipal Docks, Beaufort, NC, AICW Statute Mile 202

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 04-30-2013

Beaufort Municipal Docks - Click for Chartview

It is certainly good to hear positive comments about this popular stopping point for Waterway cruisers. The town of Beaufort, NC is known as a real success story along the Waterway and this wonderful port of call remains one of our favorites, anytime, anywhere!

Beaufort (on the east) and Morehead City (on the west) straddle the ICW at the Route 70 highway bridge. There is a back channel entrance to Beaufort when approaching from the north, but we do not recommend that route. Instead the best approach is to go out and around Radio Island and to enter the Beaufort harbor from the south.
The Beaufort Docks marina is in the center of the Beaufort downtown tourist area, and is adjacent to a large mooring field. The docks are floating docks with slips and T-heads. The dockhands are capable and will direct you to a dockage that takes into account the direction of the strong tidal currents in the harbor. Fuel is available and stores and restaurants are right next to the docks.
Ray Kurlak

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Good Words for Beaufort Municipal Docks, Beaufort, NC, Statute Mile 201

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 04-16-2013

Beaufort Municipal Docks - Click for Chartview

It is certainly good to hear positive comments about this popular stopping point for Waterway cruisers. The town of Beaufort, NC is known as a real success story along the Waterway and this wonderful port of call remains one of our favorites, anytime, anywhere!

Cruising News:
Contrary to some of the negative reviews we’ve seen on the Internet, we had a very pleasant overnight stay at the Beaufort, N.C. Municipal Docks a couple of nights ago. The dock personnel were uniformly friendly, helpful, and competent, and while the dockage rate of $2.30/ft was higher than we’ve seen elsewhere, it was significantly less than we expected on the basis of several online reviews we’d read. The docks are right in the heart of the historic section of Beaufort, and we’d be very happy to stay there again the next time we’re in the area.
Bob Schwerzel

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Praise for Personally Yours and Seaside Gifts, Beaufort, NC, AICW Statute Mile 201

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 03-17-2013

Beaufort Municipal Docks - Click for Chartview

Personally Yours and Seaside Gifts is located on the Beaufort municipal waterfront at 412 Front Street and their phone is 252-728-6461.

I was in Beaufort NC just this past week from Norway and found a very small & inexpensive provisions store inside a gift store called Personally Yours Sea Side Gifts They had milk, eggs and fresh fruit along with a few other provisions items. They are right on the water across from the dock house. The Taylor Creek deli was closed at 7:00 pm and that was a bit upsetting. This shop was open and was very pleasant and what they did not have they got for us to our boat by the following morning at 5:00 am before we pulled to head up to Main. Very nice and personal. 4 stars, if they don’t have they will try to get it. Give them a try we will come back again and service there store Thank You for being on the water and delivering to our boat.
Angie from Norway

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More Comments on Beaufort Municipal Docks, Beaufort, NC, AICW Statute Mile 201

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 02-24-2013

Beaufort Municipal Docks - Click for Chartview

These are not the first comments of unhappiness with prices at the Beaufort Municipal Docks we have had expressed here. Price can easily be blamed on the economy, but attitude and service should never be compromised. Despite such dockage problems, the town of Beaufort, NC is still known as a real success story along the Waterway, and this wonderful port of call remains one of our favorites, anytime, anywhere!

Used to like going in here. As others have stated prices are high and most of staff has an attitude. I believe they are city employees with no concept of customer service. Would recommend city hire a contractor to operate facility. Similar to what Fernandina Marina did with great results.
Morehead Yacht basin is much better and only $6 taxi ride if you want to eat in Beaufort.
Jim Smith

I used to stop at this dock every time north and south until about 7 years ago we got into a dispute because their fuel price was so much higher than Jarrett Bay. His comment was that maybe I should just stay at Jarrett Bay. Have not been back since.
James R. Bricker

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Report from Cape Lookout Bight Anchorage, southeast of Beaufort Inlet

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 10-13-2012

Cape Lookout Bight is a wonderful, natural harbor formed by Cape Lookout’s curve of land. This superb anchorage, one of the most popular in North Carolina, is best accessed via the Beaufort Inlet, rather than through Back Sound.

Oct 5 Anchored at Lookout Point [Cape Lookout Bight], great anchorage very calm and clean water, well worth the short trip.
Doug Cordello

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Questionable Anchorage on Back Creek????? AICW Statute Mile 189

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 09-26-2012

Back Creek - Click for Chartview

Back Creek, off Adams Creek just south of Cedar Creek, is not an anchorage listed in our North Carolina Anchorage Directory, principally because for the last 30+ years, I’ve hit 3 feet of water every time we try and enter. There seems to be a bar of UNCHARTED shoals between the AICW channel and the creek’s westerly mouth.  All this IN SPITE OF the inviting depths shown on chart 11541!
However, with Captain Davis’ 2.5 foot shoal draft (see below), he just might be able to safely cross the above described bar, and enter Back Creek. No guarantees though!
Hope he shares his experience on these waters with the rest of us!

Will be on Adams Creek evening of 9/30/12 and plan on anchoring in Cedar Creek. Just south of Cedar Creek is Back Creek with charted min depth of 5 feet. I only draw 2.5 feet. Anyone have any experience with Back Creek?
Jay Davis

These are my home waters. So long there is not a strong wind from the west or sw, you will not have any problem. Enjoy the serenity.
Sam Scudder

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Report on Town Creek Inner Anchorage, Beaufort, NC, AICW Statute Mile 201

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 09-14-2012

Town Creek is east of the south end of Gallants Channel in Beaufort, NC, east of unlighted daybeacon #1.

We anchored here in the Summer of 2012. Good hold and swinging room, about 7 feet deep that I remember. Nothing spectacular because there’s town and other activity in the vicinity. Don’t go too far to the southern side of Town Creek, it’s awfully shallow. We wandered too far that way coming in at night and found bottom but were able to get off of it reasonably easily. Mostly black pudding mud on the bottom all around.
Ben Matthews

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Good Visit to Jonaquin/Cedar Creek Anchorage, AICW Statute Mile 188

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 09-14-2012

Jonaquin Creek is just east of the anchorage symbol shown in our chartview of Cedar Creek below and has been successfully used by several of our readers.

We tried Jonaquin Creek early in the summer 2012, after reading Chuck and Susan’s post here. It is a very narrow opening at the back left of Cedar Creek. Very nice anchorage, peaceful, about 5-6 foot of water. We came in very slow 2-3 knots with eyes glued to the depth finder at the entrance, checking for mud swirls behind the boat. We draw 3-1/2 feet in our trawler, and had no issues. Not much swinging room, but very calm and rustic. Black pudding bottom, outstanding wind protection.
Ben Matthews

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Comments about Shackleford Banks/Jetty Anchorage (off the AICW, east of Beaufort Inlet)

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 09-14-2012

Shackleford Banks Anchorage lies three miles southeast from statute mile 206 of the Waterway in Morehead City, NC and Capt. Matthews’ recommended anchorage is 4.8 miles southeast from the Waterway.

We have anchored here for years. HOWEVER. There is a better spot. On this spot the currents can be too strong to want to swim in, even though the water is pretty clear. I have had my anchor drag in the sand before.
The BETTER SPOT is at 34’40.58N by 076’36.58W. about a mile East of this anchorage. It is marked by buoys to enter. The chart snippet in this listing is NOT accurate, it is dated. You must go back to a point around 34’41.53N by 76’38.90W. The main chart in Cruisers Net shows this correctly. Anyway, in this other anchorage there is less current, less day-partyers, and a good bit of rustic shoreline. The main attraction though is the reduced current in that area. Much better for holding and better swinging room.
Ben Matthews

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Blackbeard and Queen Anne’s Revenge Exhibit, Beaufort, NC (Statute Mile 201)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 09-10-2012

Frank Erwin, author of the message below, is a good friend and an MTOA Board of Directors member. The Blackbeard and Queen Anne’s Revenge exhibit which is the subject of his text below is now housed in the main North Carolina Mariner’s Museum building, located on Front Street in Beaufort. It’s an easy step from the Beaufort Municipal Docks or either of the Taylor Creek dinghy docks to the Museum’s doorstep.

Beaufort has the NC Maritime Museum which has an exhibit of Blackbeard’s Queen Ann Revenge (found in the local Beaufort, NC inlet) http://www.ncmaritime.org/main/events.htm.
This exhibit highlights artifacts recovered from the shipwreck believed to be the former flagship of Blackbeard the pirate, the Queen Anne’s Revenge. A shipwreck salvage company, called Intersal, Inc., discovered the shipwreck in 1996 and gave the rights of excavation to the State of North Carolina. Artifacts are recovered from 25 feet of water by state underwater archaeologists with the aid of the museum, non-profit private companies, and educational institutions. After the artifacts are conserved by archaeologists, the NC Maritime Museum will house the conserved artifacts and prepare them for exhibit. A visit to Blackbeard and the QAR Project will provide more information.

Thanks so much for sharing this information with cruisers! We officially opened the “Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge 1718″ exhibit in June 2011 in the Museum (located on Front Street along Taylors Creek.) Previously, some of the artifacts were kept at the Museum’s annex site in preparation for the exhibit. But, now, they are on public display in downtown Beaufort.
Please visit our website, http://www.ncmaritimemuseums.com for details.
North Carolina Maritime Museums

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Anchoring in Beaufort, NC (Statue Mile 201)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 09-10-2012

Frank Erwin, author of the brief blurb below, is a good friend and an MTOA Board of Directors member. Captain Frank gives good advice on where to safely drop the hook in this popular port of call!

The neat anchorage is in Taylors Creek just in front of the Beaufort Town Docks – (252)728-2503…lots of current…try to come in only at slack tide… you can also anchor out in the creek in front of the docks…usually crowded on weekends… but 3 dinghy docks and very cruiser friendly….very historic and 2 pre-revolutionary cemeteries…. or nearby and protected is Town Creek Marina – http://www.towncreekmarina.com with plenty of room out front for anchorage.

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Anchorage Marina Coverting To Attractively Priced Boataminimums (Statute Mile 206, Atlantic Beach, NC)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 09-06-2012

Located on the Southern Outer Banks in beautiful Atlantic Beach, NC, Anchorage Marina boasts a protected, deepwater harbor, making it a perfect spot for deep sea fishing as well as sound fishingAnchorage Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is accessed from the AICW by way of a well marked, southward running channel, just west of the Morehead City Turning Basin. If you are in the market for a boataminium wet slip in the Beaufort – Morehead City, NC area, run, don’t walk to get in contact with Captain Jim (see below). This sounds like one of the BEST deals I’ve heard about in many a year!

Jim and Katherine Bailey, the owners of the Anchorage Marina in Atlantic Beach, NC and the developer of several other marinas and waterfront projects in eastern North Carolina has exciting news. After many years of permitting and planning, they are converting the Anchorage into a condominium marina. There will be over 110 slips in the newly renovated marina, featuring both fixed and floating docks for boats up to 70ft LOA.
This Fall they are offering a huge 40% discount on the first 10 slips sold. The regular price is $3500 per foot but with the special discount, they are being offered at just $2000 per foot. Dues are also very reasonable and vary from $12.50 per month to $42.00 per month, depending on the size of the slip. This is by far the best value for a great marina in years.
The Anchorage is the premier power boat marina in the area, offering both diesel and non-ethanol gasoline, a fully stocked marine store, and the areas best boat ramp. The marina is in a veery well protected basin with parking behind almost every slip.
Contact Jim at 252-241-1200 or by email at jimbailey1946@gmail.com.

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Tide Boards Missing on Croatan Sound Channel Bridges, off the AICW

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 09-01-2012

Croatan Sound Channel Bridges

Croatan Sound connects Albemarle Sound to the north and Pamlico Sound to the south via a broad channel crossed by two sets of fixed bridges. The older, northernmost span has a vertical clearance of 45ft, and has LONG been the bane of sailors who must use the far more difficult Roanoke Sound – Old House channel to cruise south from the AICW/Albemarle Sound to Pamlico Sound, or the other way around. The southernmost twin Highway 64 bridges feature 66ft of vertical clearance, and one might thing with their installation a few years ago, the older span would have been removed. For whatever reason, this has not come to pass.

There are also no clearance boards on either of the bridges that cross the Croatan Sound.
Keith s/v SAGA

Note that both the NCDOT and the USCG have been apprised of the missing tide boards in Roanoke Sound and Croatan Sound. See article linked below.

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Beaufort, NC Town Commissioners Take NO Action on Proposed Anchoring Registration Requirements at 8/28/12 Meeting

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 08-30-2012

 The Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net has published two previous articles about a controversial proposal that would require all boat owners who anchor in Beaufort, NC’s Town Creek or Taylor Creek, to register their vessels with the Beaufort Police Department (see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=94843 and http://cruisersnet.net/?p=95293). Please note that the status reported in the second linked article has now been superseded by the information below.
Thanks to generous input from “Cartaret County News-Times” (http://www.carolinacoastonline.com/news_times/) Managing Editor, Ms. Beth Blake, and reporter Ben Hogwood, we can report that the Beaufort Town Commissioners took NO ACTION on these controversial proposals during their meeting of 8/28/12. Instead, a committee has been appointed to further study the matter. This special group met on 8/20/12, and apparently no agreement was reached.
Our “reading of the tea leaves” here at the Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net is that these proposals may now just wither on the vine and never be heard from again. Then again, that might not be the case at all. All cruisers please be assured that we are watching this situation closely, and will bring you news of any new developments as soon as they occur!
For now though, cruisers can still anchor on the popular waters of Beaufort’s Town Creek and Taylor Creek with no worries. How nice!
You can read the full text of Ben Hogwood’s “Cartaret News Times” article at:
http://www.carolinacoastonline.com/news_times/news/article_771c73a6-f2b3-11e1-b6cc-0019bb2963f4.html

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Beaufort, NC Considering Proposal to Require Registration of All Vessels Anchored in Taylor Creek, and Mandatory Removal During Hurricanes

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 08-20-2012

Taylor Creek - Beaufort, NC

Beaufort, NC, always considered to be one of the friendliest ports of call for cruisers along the entire length of the AICW, is considering a proposal to require that all vessels anchored in Taylor Creek or Town Creek register with the Beaufort Police Department. The idea behind this registration is not some sort of time restriction, as is so often the case in the Sunshine State, but a means that would allow the city to require removal of anchored boats from Taylor Creek within 12 hours if a hurricane threatens these waters.
During a August 13 Beaufort Town Commissioners meeting, the proposal received some support, but was also roundly criticized by members of the local cruising community. It was tabled until an August 28 meeting to allow for more study.
Reading between the lines, as everyone interested in cruising North Carolina waters should by following the link in Captain Joe’s message below, it sounds as if the real impetus behind all of this is not so much worry about vessels breaking free during really heavy weather, and causing damage to other property, but a means to find the owners of some abandoned vessels seemingly permanently moored on Taylor Creek and Town Creek. Sound familiar to anyone acquainted with the Florida anchoring rights issue?
We will send you a report following the August 28 meeting, and urge all cruisers who happen to be in Beaufort on that date, to attend. This proposal could actually be a benefit to the cruising community, if and only if it is carefully tailored to protect all interests during hurricanes. Let it be worded and/or perceived as a way to limit anchoring in Taylor and Town Creek, and Beaufort’s heretofore stellar image in the cruising community could get a real black eye!

You might be interested in this article and distribute to our fellow sailors.
http://www.carolinacoastonline.com/news_times/news/article_83cdfed8-e7a2-11e1-a4d7-001a4bcf887a.html
This could have a disastrous impact on transients that come to Beaufort to wait out the hurricane season before heading to warmer climes.
Regards,
Joe

I understand the problem and have seen it firsthand many times: poorly maintained and anchored or moored local boats. This proposed solution seems overly broad and is mostly negative toward transient boats, that aren’t the problem there. Why not instead pass an ordinance that boats that stay more than 30 days need to register? Also, the liability insurance requirement is a state-level issue, just like it is for cars.
John Kettlewell

John nailed it with the 30-day limit.
Florida has provided us with numerous examples of how NOT to do this without trampling on the rights (and maritime laws) relating to transients.
Derelicts are easily identifiable and should bear the onus of compliance in lieu of some blanket “one size fits all” action that adversely affects everyone.
My $.02 worth.
Andy Denmark

The whole discussion of Beaufort is interesting. This wonderful town seems to be doing all it can to stop cruisers from visiting. We have stopped going there, due to the very high cost of the Beaufort Town Docks. Our last time there cost more than any marina we had ever stayed in. We have not returned, and do not plan to until the rates are reasonable. Over the years, we have stayed there probably ten times, and spent lots of money in Beaufort. I wonder if the local Chamber of Commerce knows of the town’s actions and rates at the marina?
Norman Mason
Peggy Sue, Monk 36
Norfolk, VA