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  • IMPORTANT! Pre-Public Meetings Survey of Anchoring Rights

    Pursuant to the upcoming public meetings (http://cruisersnet.net/?p=143945) on anchoring rights and regulations in Vero Beach and Bradenton, FL, Mike Ahart of Waterway Guide sends our readers this Seven Seas Cruising Association survey. Please open the survey link and submit your opinions. It is critical that cruisers have a voice in these discussions, especially since so many of you are in northern waters during September.
    For well written and well thought out arguments from a landowner and boat owner, see Michael Bodin’s comments at http://cruisersnet.net/?p=143720

    The Seven Seas Cruising Association (SSCA) has created an online survey to gather thoughts and opinions on Florida anchoring rights and the process being undertaken to propose draft legislation to allow municipalities to restrict anchoring in the state public waters within their geographical boundaries. You do NOT need to be an SSCA member to take the survey, it doesn’t ask for your email address, and it takes only about 10 minutes. Here’s the link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SSCAANCHORING2014

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

    Now, for the “lot worse” – FWC seems to be under pressure from certain municipalities who did not participate in the Pilot Program, but want to restrict anchoring. In the July 2014 meeting, a framework for proposed draft legislation was established and will be further discussed at the upcoming meetings (a public comment period will follow). The proposed concepts for consideration and comment include no-anchoring zone distances from private waterfront property (300′ is noted) and public facilities – mooring fields, boat ramps, marinas, etc… – (150′ is noted), plus conditions that would exclude boats from being stored at anchor. (See http://www.waterwayguide.com/waterway-updates/news/GEN/4185/ALERT-Florida-anchoring-regulations-meetings-announced for details of the proposed concepts, plus more information about the two meetings in September.)

    If you are a Florida resident, please also let your legislators know how you feel about your freedom to anchor. If you are a cruiser anywhere and have not already, consider joining SSCA – it not only helps defend anchoring rights in Florida and practically everywhere else, it is a great gathering of local, coastal and world-wide cruisers with a lot of resources and events. But either way, please take the survey. Here’s the link again: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SSCAANCHORING2014

    Happy cruising!
    MikeA

    Mike Ahart, News Editor, Waterway Guide
    804-313-0274
    www.waterwayguide.com

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

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

    For an interesting Public Opinion Survey taken by the FWC, go to page 157 of a 220 page report at http://myfwc.com/media/2704721/FindingsRecommendations.pdf

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

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

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

    ********

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

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

  • Possible Threat to Manatees by Protected Status Change

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

    Odds already stacked against manatees in federal study for possible downlisting
    By KATIE TRIPP

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

    For the complete story, go to:
    http://www.keysnet.com/2014/07/23/497910/odds-already-stacked-against-manatees.html?sp=/99/116/

    manatee

  • Depth Restrictions in Northern Gulf ICW between Panama City and Choctawhatchee Bay (Statute Mile 263)

    Dike at Mile 263

    Although very few cruising vessels will exceed these depth restrictions, caution in the shifting waters is mandated. For an earlier report on this same area, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=135979

    FL – GIWW – MILE 254.0 – MILE 273.0, EHL – Obstructions Mudslide
    Due to severe weather, several mudslides have occurred on the GIWW between Mile 254.0 and Mile 273.0, EHL. These events have restricted and/or partially blocking the GIWW in these areas. At this time, the COTP Mobile has closed this area of the GIWW to all commercial traffic and has set a seven foot draft restriction for all other vessel traffic. The U.S. Coast Guard marked significant shoaling areas at Mile 257.0 and Mile 264.0 with a single green foam buoy with a quick flashing green light. All non-commercial vessels with a seven foot draft or less transiting the area are advised to utilize extreme caution, as shoaling conditions are subject to change. The Army Corps of Engineers is mobilizing a dredge to this waterway. Dredging operations will commence on or about Monday, May 5, 2014, and we anticipate the project to take approximately 2 weeks. For up-to-date information, mariners can contact the U.S. Coast Guard at (251) 441-5976. Chart 11385 LNM 18/14

    I passed this way yesterday. The dredges have left room to pass but I would say that anyone over 50′ might find it tight. Then again, the dredges move constantly.
    Randy Blake
    Black Tickle
    Endeavour TC36.

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Dike Collapse.

  • Port St. Joe Marina to Host Kids Win Fishing Tornament, June 13-14, 2014, St. Joe Bay, Northern Gulf

    Port St. Joe Marina – Click for Chartview

    The Port St. Joe Marina is at the heart of Florida's Forgotten Coast, on the eastern shore of pristine St. Joseph Bay on Florida's northern Gulf Coast. Located between Panama City and Apalachicola, FlIf this SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR facility racks up many more laudatory comments, we may have to open a separate page. In addition to being the Official Weigh-in Station for the 26th Annual Big Bend Saltwater Classic Fishing Tournament, Port St. Joe Marina will also host the Kids Win Fishing Tournament the same weekend in June. Port St. Joe Marina is accessed from the Northern Gulf ICW by way of the Gulf County Canal, which cuts south off the Waterway between Apalachicola and Panama City.

    Saturday, June14th [Kids Win Tournament] will be having meeting and giving items out on Friday, June 13th in the afternoon.
    Clara Landry

    kids

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  • Port St. Joe Marina to Host Official Weigh-ins, St. Joe Bay, Northern Gulf

    The Port St. Joe Marina is at the heart of Florida's Forgotten Coast, on the eastern shore of pristine St. Joseph Bay on Florida's northern Gulf Coast. Located between Panama City and Apalachicola, Fl

    Port St. Joe Marina – Click for Chartview

    If this SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR facility racks up many more laudatory comments, we may have to open a separate page. Really, from all reports, you can’t do better than coil your lines at Port St. Joe Marina. And now, Port St. Joe Marina will be the Official Weigh-in Station for the 26th Annual Big Bend Saltwater Classic Fishing Tournament in June. The marina is accessed from the Northern Gulf ICW by way of the Gulf County Canal, which cuts south off the Waterway between Apalachicola and Panama City.

    The Port St. Joe Marina will be an official weigh in station for the Big Bend tournament, registration will be Thursday evening June 12th at the Port St. Joe Marina. You can leave from here and fish and weigh in catch on Friday June 13th and Saturday June 14th.
    Clara Landry

    big bend

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  • More on Channel at Dike Break in Northern Gulf ICW between Panama City and Choctawhatchee Bay (Statute Mile 263)

    Dike at Mile 263

    Back in July, we reported that the a narrow, canal-like section of the Northern Gulf ICW (a. k. a. the Gulf Coast Intracoastal Waterway) had been closed, due to the collapse of a dike, following torrential rains, and tons of mud and sand had been washed into the channel. Then, on 8/24/13, we published an article that dredging had partially reopened the channel, but budgetary restrictions had kept the ACOE from widening the channel to its original breadth (see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=119741). Skipper Sandberg’s comments are in response to this earlier posting: http://cruisersnet.net/?p=127419

    Passed by red and green markets 2/19/14 heading west to Fort Walton. Sufficient room to pass by both markets IF I do not encounter other traffic headed in opposite heading to yours. Stay alert since marker appear when you may Not be expecting ‘aids to navigation.’!! This was our first time in Grand Canyon.
    Sandy Sandberg

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Repaired Dike

  • Vessel Fire in Carrabelle, FL, Northern Gulf Coast

    Carrabelle, FL – Click for Chartview

    This story of a vessel fire in Carrabelle, FL was posted by Captain Janice Marois on her blog, http://janice142.com/, where she was anchored. Initially very frightening, once the fire location was determined and contained, Captain Marois was able to calmly relate and photograph the episode. For photos and the complete story, go to:

    http://janice142.com/Articles/BoatOnFire.html

  • Possible GPS Disruption near Ft. Walton, FL, February 3 -28, 2014

    This Local Notice of possible GPS outages comes to us from our good friend Chuck Baier and the Great Loop Forum.

    This location is near the Ft. Walton Beach area…
    The GPS Navigation signal may be unreliable from February 3-7, 2014; February 10-14, 2014; February 18-21, 2014 and February 24-28, 2014, (each day), from 1500Z until 1800Z, due to testing on GPS frequencies used by shipboard navigation and handheld systems. GPS systems that rely on GPS, such as E-911, AIS and DSC, may be affected within a 15 NM radius of position 30-33-19.02N 086-46-26.04W. During this period GPS users are encouraged to report any GPS service outages that they may experience during this testing, via the navigation information service (NIS) by calling (703) 313-5900 or by using the NAVCEN’s web site GPS report a problem worksheet at http://WWW.NAVCEN.USCG.GOV.
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  • Update on Channel at Dike Break in Northern Gulf ICW between Panama City and Choctawhatchee Bay (Statute Mile 263)

    Dike at Mile 263

    Spoke with the Mobile USACE office this AM and the channel at mile 263 has been cleared. The Corp is still working on the dike, but the waterway is navigable. A LNM summary is below.
    See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=121823

    Back in July, we reported that the a narrow, canal-like section of the Northern Gulf ICW (a. k. a. the Gulf Coast Intracoastal Waterway) had been closed, due to the collapse of a dike, following torrential rains, and tons of mud and sand had been washed into the channel. Then, on 8/24/13, we published an article that dredging had partially reopened the channel, but budgetary restrictions had kept the ACOE from widening the channel to its original breadth (see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=119741).

    What is most recent update? Planning to use this route on December 9.
    Robert Sisum

    A summary of Local Notices to Mariners posted earlier this year:
    Notice 13-24 stated the channel had been dredged and re-opened. 13-28 announced that there had been some partial shoaling from a second rain event, but since the waterway wasn’t closed we didn’t send a follow-on. There is still some minor shoaling in the area but traffic is moving.
    E. Patrick Robbins
    Chief, Legislative and Public Affairs
    Mobile District, USACE

    We are indebted to Captain Gano, who brought us one of the first reports of the break earlier this summer, for this excellent report from the collapsed dike area:

    Ok, when you last asked me what I knew of the cave-in status at this mile marker, I really didn’t have a lot of information. Today we took a 50-mile round trip over there to blow the cobwebs off the boat and to see what is
    going on. We live east of the area, but since most cruisers come through our area west-to-east, I’ll give the order of what I found heading east. At mile 263 there is still a massive dip in the dike on the south side of the channel. As the accompanying mile 263 photo shows, there is ongoing repair, and it appears that a massive sausage device, probably filled with sand, which may be the base of the repair. Contrary to the last profile of this area I saw on the USCOE website, there appears to be no serious shoaling there. I ran the boat slowly within about a boat length of the south bank and never saw less than about 14 feet of water (tide level was plus .4 foot). I see no problem here for cruisers. There were construction vehicles on site, and there may be waterborne construction craft in the area in the future; so be watching as you come around the turn just before this area.

    Dike at Mile 263

    At mile 265, as shown in the mile 265 photo, there is a break in the seawall on the south bank, but we saw no depth issues as we passed in both directions.

    Wall Collapse

    As shown in the mile 266.6 photo, there has been an unreported partial collapse on the north bank. Needless to say, the north side of the channel should probably be avoided, but we saw no depth issues as we cruised either direction in the center of the channel.

    Partial Cave-in at Mile 266.6

    A little farther on at about mile 266.8 and mile 267.1, I came upon two unlighted temporary buoys. They are new to me and may not be the only buoys in this 15-mile cut between Choctawhatchee Bay and West Bay because we did not go all the way to the westward end of the cut. The westward buoy at mile 266.8 was green and guarded a brown-looking shoal area on the south side of the channel that we could clearly see in the relatively clear water.
    The red buoy at mile 267.1 (on your chart, right at the outflow of West Bay Creek on the north side of the channel) did not guard any particular thing we could see. There were no depth issues running this area.
    All in all, barring serious rainfall (I am talking about in excess of 4-6 inches in a day like that which caused the cave-ins in the first place), the Grand Canyon seems to be in good enough shape for relatively carefree passage for mile 263 eastward. I have heard of no problems to the west of mile 263.
    Rich Gano
    Calypso (1972 Grand Banks 42)
    Panama City, FL

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Repaired Dike

  • More Praise for The Wharf Marina, Orange Beach, AL, Gulf ICW Statute Mile 159

    The Wharf Marina - Click for Chartview

    The Wharf Marina, at 4673 Wharf Parkway in Orange Beach, AL, is located directly on the canal-like portion of the Northern Gulf Waterway that runs between Mobile Bay and Pensacola. The review below was supplied by our friends in the AGLCA Forum.

    For all the Southbound Loopers, don’t miss your chance to stay at the best marina in Orange Beach. The Wharf is a tremendous marina and destination. The shops and restaurants are the best around. Beverly and her crew in the marina office are so very helpful to boaters. >
    The new West Marine is a few blocks down the road. Middleton Marine is also a few blocks down the road and ready to help with any boat issues you might have. Publix, a fantastic meat market, a seafood market and Walmart are nearby.
    We are here ready to help you in any way during your stop. Our boat is having repairs by Middleton here and then we will continue our way south with some of you.
    David and Diane Martin
    Magnolia
    Endeavour 44 Powercat

    www.thewharfmarina.com

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

  • GREAT Fuel Discount at Panama City Municipal Marina FOR SSECN READERS!!!!, Northern Gulf ICW, Statute Mile 290

    Panama City Municipal Marina - Click for Chartview

    The Panama City Marina is located on the intercoastal Waterway one block from Downtown Panama City. The Panama City Marina is a newly renovated 240-slip marina facility designed for all classes of vesNow here’s a good deal, just for being a SSECN reader! This $.10 per gallon discount, offered with no minimum purchase when staying overnight, is typically reserved for fuel purchases over a 1000 gallons.
    The Panama City Municipal Marina is lies immediately adjacent to the Northern Gulf ICW, one block from Downtown Panama City. And, of course, they are A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    We offer $.10 off per gallon for any transient [overnight dockage required] that mentions seeing this on Cruisersnet.
    Stan Jones
    Marina Director

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Panama City Municipal Marina

  • Good Words for Bay Point Marina, Panama City Beach, Gulf ICW

    Bay Point Marina - Click for Chartview

    Thanks to our friends at AGLCA for this report from Bay Point Marina which is accessed off Panama City Inlet and lies on the shores of Grand Lagoon. Visit Bay Point Marina at http://www.baypointmarina.net for more information.

    Consider Bay Point Marina, Panama City (beach) where we have been since May. The marina is well protected from wind and waves, looper friendly, safe (behind gated entrance), delivers newspaper to your “porch” every day, offers coffee and danish Sat/Sun morning, clean restrooms and shower, swimming pool and Daniel and his staff are great. On the downside, it is about 2 miles to Wynn Dixie, Publix, West Marine and restaurants and has no courtesy car, but Enterprise will pick up and hertz is within walking distance at an adjoining resort.
    Scott & KC Calkin

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  • Good Words for MS Dockside Marina, Carrabelle, FL, Northern Gulf

    MS Dockside Marina - Click for Chartview

    We continue to hear only good things about this marina. See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=46813 MS Dockside Marina is located at 292 Graham Drive in Carrabelle which is at the eastern end of the Northern Gulf Waterway. The phone is 850-697-3337. Email is msdocksidemarina@gmail.com

    PS: The MS stands for Marine Systems.

    Although we are not currently cruising (we are home in Carrabelle FL) we really wanted to applaud the staff of the MS Dockside Marina here at home. We chose this town in a great part because of this marina, and we continue to be amazed at their expertise and kindness. If anyone needs any kind of mechanical help just before or after the crossing between the northern gulf and the west coast of FL, these are the guys to see. They are skilled, professional, and will do what it takes to correct your problem. We are so grateful to have them right here in our own town.
    Hope you are doing okay. We think of you often.
    Tim and Lisa Keith-Lucas
    MV Santa Catalina de Guale

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

  • Continuing Problems on Northern Gulf ICW Between Panama City and Choctawhatchee Bay (near Statute Mile 265)

    Back in July, we reported that the a narrow, canal-like section of the Northern Gulf ICW (a. k. a. the Gulf Coast Intracoastal Waterway) had been closed, due to the collapse of a dike, following torrential rains, and tons of mud and sand had been washed into the channel. Then, on 8/24/13, we published an article that dredging had partially reopened the channel, but budgetary restrictions had kept the ACOE from widening the channel to its original breadth (see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=119741).
    Now, below we hear from Captain Rich Gano, in Panama City, (who sent us the original report of the Waterway closing) that more rains have worsened the situation, and moneys are still not available for a full fix. Sounds like there may be hope though!

    Last month I reported on the dike break which closed the ICW between Panama City and Destin for a week or two. We have continued to have inordinate amounts of rain, and the US COE now reports this same area has shoaled up to on the southern half of the channel at this mile marker. The northern part of the channel is OK.
    For the uninitiated, that is NOT enough room for easy passage of two trawlers. There is no estimate of when the money will be available to fix this, but because it hinders barge delivery of fuel to Panama City (our normal method), I assume it will not be long.
    Rich Gano
    Calypso

    Click Here, Or on Chartlet Above, To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of The “Partially Reopened” Section of the Northern Gulf ICW

  • High Praise for Orange Beach Marina, off Northern Gulf ICW, near Statute Mile 165

    Orange Beach Marina - Click for Chartview

    Orange Beach Marina, at 27075 Marina Rd, Orange Beach, AL, is south and west of Statute Mile 165 of the Northern Gulf ICW by way of St. Johns Bayou, and sits near Perdido Pass inlet.

    Orange Beach Marina is the best active marina on the gulf coast. They have two great restaurants on site and you are within walking distance of many shops and restaurants. They have covered slips, and lots of amenities.
    Daniel Simpler

    Ahoy Daniel! I’m not clear on your criteria for designating Orange Beach Marina as ” the best active marina” on the gulf coast. OBM is a very nice facility, however I would direct you to Lulu’s Home Port Marina, the Wharf Marina, Palafox Pier Marina, Baytowne Marina, Bluewater Bay Marina, Bay Point Marina, Scipio Creek Marina, Port St. Joe Marina, and The Moorings of Carabelle as first rate stops for cruisers.
    Bob Riggs

    www.orangebeachmarina.com

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

  • Good Words for Port St. Joe Marina, St. Joe Bay, Northern Gulf

    The Port St. Joe Marina is at the heart of Florida's Forgotten Coast, on the eastern shore of pristine St. Joseph Bay on Florida's northern Gulf Coast. Located between Panama City and Apalachicola, Fl

    Port St. Joe Marina - Click for Chartview

    If this SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR facility racks up many more laudatory comments, we may have to open a separate page. Really, from all reports, you can’t do better than coil your lines at Port St. Joe Marina. This facility is accessed from the Northern Gulf ICW by way of the Gulf County Canal, which cuts south off the Waterway between Apalachicola and Panama City. The side trip is well worth your time!!!

    We also stayed a few days at Port St. Joe– a different ambience entirely, but a good marina and a pleasant town right there, with all the things you need from a town.
    Anita & Don
    Limelight

    Port St Joe is also an excellent Marina. They have a great restaurant and within walking distance of a grocery store. Port St. Joe does not have a lot of extra activity like Orange Beach [AL], it is more laid back in a very small community.
    Daniel Simpler

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  • Praise for The Wharf Marina, Orange Beach, AL, Gulf ICW Statute Mile 159

    The Wharf Marina - Click for Chartview

    The Wharf Marina, at 4673 Wharf Parkway in Orange Beach, AL, is located directly on the canal-like portion of the Northern Gulf Waterway that runs between Mobile Bay and Pensacola.

    We stayed a couple nights at The Wharf last fall on our way between Mobile and Panama city—it was a nice facility with floating docks, and there was a whole complex of shops, restaurants, a multi-plex theater and even a ferris wheel, if I recall correctly.  It was right on the ICW, near Orange Beach.
    Anita & Don
    Limelight

    www.thewharfmarina.com

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

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