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Archive For: West FL – 4 – Gordon Pass to Fort Myers Beach

  • Fort Myers Beach 9th Annual Cruiser’s Appreciation Day, April 2, Western Terminus of the Okeechobee Waterway


    Matanzas Harbor’s mooring field (Fort Myers Beach Mooring Field) has East and West fields – both are east of the Fort Myers Beach hi-rise bridge – with the West field being closest to the dinghy dock and Matanzas Inn where the Appreciation Day activities will be held. The municipal link given below provides detailed information for boaters.

    Fort Myers Beach 9th Annual Cruiser’s Appreciation Day, April 2
    Cruisers at the 2016 Cruisers Appreciation Day in Fort Myers Beach, FL.
    Fort Myers Beach will once again show its appreciation for the cruising community with its 9th Annual Cruisers’ Appreciation Day on April 2, 2016. Held at the Matanzas Inn , there will be a barbeque, live entertainment, drinks, door prizes (even though it’s outside) and giveaways. Free to boaters renting a mooring ball at the Matanzas Harbor Mooring Field on the day of the event with a nominal fee to others. People are encouraged to bring lawn chairs since seating will be limited. Everyone is welcome. The event will be from noon to 3 pm.
    The event is sponsored by the Fort Myers Beach Anchorage Advisory Committee. For information on Matanzas Harbor Mooring Field, go to www.fortmyersbeachfl.gov, and click on “Visitors” and then “Recreation.”

    Please let me know if you have any questions, thanks.
    Jeff Richard
    Public Works Maintenance Supervisor
    Town of Fort Myers Beach
    (239) 765-0202 ext. 1704

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  • Skipper Needs West Florida Navigation Advice, Sanibel to Fort Myers Beach


    Salty Sams Marina occupies the northern banks of the Fort Myers Beach channel, northeast of marker #28. Sanibel Isalnd marks the western shore of San Carlos Bay.

    I am moving my boat from Sanibel Harbour Club to Salty Sams Ft Myers Beach. Does anyone have directions via waterways. I know it’s just around the corner 40 min away but don’t know which canal to take to get there. Can someone please help me. Thanks.  paulinecody@hotmail.com
    Pauline Cody

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  • Unfortunate Experience at Sanibel Marina, Statute Mile 0, West Florida ICW


    Skipper Cyr’s experience is not typical of past reports we have received on Sanibel Marina, see http://cruisersnet.net/140710, so we have a to assume that these difficulties were an exception to the marina’s normally professional service.

    We were traveling with another boat and called two weeks ahead for our reservations. On the morning of our scheduled arrival we called to reconfirm and we were told everything was set, except that they could not let us in until they moved a couple of boats and that we should wait outside the harbor until notified to come in. We waited 30 minutes and heard nothing, we called the marina on the telephone, as they would not answer the VHF. Again we were told to wait. Finally, after about 45 minutes time and another VHF call, our buddy boat was instructed to come into the harbor and tie up. We were told not to come in as they were still in the process of moving a boat out of our slip space. Again we waited another 35 minutes with no communication. We called again and they finally answered on VHF and we were told they were having trouble getting the boat in our spot started and would get back to us. Another 20 minutes and we called on VHF again and the person responding said he was on the other side of the marina and didn’t know the status; he would check and get right back to us. My buddy boat called and said that the marina was lying to us; no one has been to the boat in our spot, the boat was still plugged in and tied up. It was getting late, (total wait time outside the harbor in boat traffic and wakes was in excess of one and one half hours). We needed to make alternative arrangements somewhere before dark so we left.
    Ron Cyr

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  • Good Words for Snook Bight Marina, Fort Myers Beach, FL


    Snook Bight Marina guards the northern shores of Estero Island, between markers #27 and #29, well east and southeast of the high-rise Fort Myers Beach Bridge, on the Mantanzas Pass channel

    This is an excellent facility, with an outstanding ships store and a high quality boatyard with haul out. Added bonus is one of the best fine dining spots in the area, and the fact that a Publix super market is behind the marina. Great stop fir provisioning.
    David Hughes

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  • Cape Coral Cruises Club Visits Pink Shell Beach Resort and Marina, Matanzas Pass, Gulf Coast


    Pink Shell Beach Resort and Marina

    This fine group of boaters, made up of overnight cruisers from the Cape Coral area, is a cruising club worth following as they visit marinas along the West Coast. Pink Shell Beach Resort and Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!, overlooks the westerly banks of the Mantanzas Pass channel, west of marker #13.

    CAPE CORAL CRUISE CLUB CRUISES TO PINK SHELL MARINA
    By John Queen, Vice-Commodore, Cape Coral Cruise Club

    Each month, the Cape Coral Cruise Club takes a scheduled cruise to a different marina in SW Florida and stays for several days enjoying the area’s amenities and hospitality. We do that nine times a year along with an extended cruise each Spring. We take a break during the summer months of July and August as many members leave the area. However, sometimes a marina offers the Club a special off-season discounted rate to visit their marina.
    That happened when the Pink Shell Marina and Resort in Fort Myers Beach offered the Club an attractive discounted rate for staying at its marina during the month of August. I won’t say how low the offer was, but it was certainly an offer we couldn’t refuse. So, it was decided to organize an unofficial cruise to the marina for any interested Club members.
    Unofficially, nine boats made the trip, and this article is the unofficial account of that trip. Over the days of August 20th to 23rd we scheduled this cruise to arrive Thursday and depart on Sunday so that some members who may work during the week could join the fun.006
    Eight boats arrived Thursday, and one boat arrived Friday. The marina either coincidentally or intentionally assigned us slips that resulted in all boats being lined up from the smallest to the largest as you walked down the dock. Yellow Club burgees flew on the bow of each boat sporting our club mascot – a dolphin holding a drink of some sort (an adult beverage, I would surmise). After safely docking Thursday, sixteen club members convened in the late afternoon for cocktails, snacks and conversation.
    For dinner, we had CIFO’s. (Circular Italian Food Objects). 5 large pizzas were picked up and we dined in the Pink Shell conference room provided by the resort. After dinner, I hosted a game of Jeopardy created on my laptop and projected onto the wall. Special categories such as “Local Waters” and “Cape Coral History” were developed. (For example, are you aware that the first traffic signal in Cape Coral was placed at the intersection of Cape Coral Pkwy and Coronado in 1969?)
    On Friday, we again provided members breakfast, and then everyone went off to enjoy the pool, Ft. Myers beach, or other amenities around the resort. I decided to join several friends at the pool which was not heated, nor needed to be. After being in the pool for several minutes, I recalled my new iPhone was with me in its water proof case. It was checked for calls and, to my utter dismay, found that the “water proof” case was not so water proof. Yikes! So much for making phone calls the rest of the week.DSC_0009 (1)
    For Friday night, a group dinner was arranged at Matanzas Inn Restaurant in Fort Myers Beach and eighteen boaters along with fifteen other Club members who arrived by land yacht, converged on the restaurant at 6:00 PM. Since we had a small crowd of 33, the manager had reserved the back area of the restaurant so that we could all dine together. It was great to see so many club members show up. Everyone was anxious to catch up on life’s happenings since we had not been together for a month or so. We also celebrated one member’s birthday. Well, not on that day specifically, but the same date of many, many years prior. You know what I mean.
    On Saturday, we again fed the boaters breakfast and then sent everyone off to enjoy the day. Saturday was pretty much an ‘on your own’ day, so we didn’t have much planned as far as club activities. Fortunately, Mother Nature was quite cooperative during the time we stayed at the marina and our need for umbrellas was minimal. However, her hot days reminded us that we were indeed in southwest Florida in the middle of August.DSC_0037
    On Sunday morning we cast off lines and headed for home ports. Much appreciation goes to Dave O’Conner, the Dockmaster at Pink Shell Resort and Marina. His hospitality and special accommodation to the Cape Coral Cruise Club made this unofficial cruise officially happen!
    The Cape Coral Cruise Club is open to new members who own a boat with overnight accommodations and reside in the Cape Coral / Ft. Myers area. For membership information please contact Phil Kryger at 239-541-0236. View a short picture video of recent Club activities and read additional Club information on its website, www.c-c-c-c.org Like us on Facebook.

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  • Report from Punta Rassa Cove Anchorage, Statute Mile 0, Western Florida Waterway


    Punta Rassa Cove Anchorage will be found on the deep water east of the gap between flashing daybeacons #13 and #14, bordering on the western reaches of shallow Punta Rassa Cove, north of the Sanibel Island Causeway Bridge.

    Same as Donn Brown (above [see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=4920]), if you’re tired or want an early start to sail south, great spot to drop the hook. The alternative is on the back side of Kitchel Key little more protective. Safe journey fair winds 2 U.
    RJ Schwandner

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  • Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina Recognized As One Of The Best in Florida


    Pink Shell Beach Resort and Marina

    Pink Shell Beach Resort and Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!, overlooks the westerly banks of the Mantanzas Pass channel, west of marker #13.

    Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina has been named to the 17 Best Resorts in Florida list by Traveluto, a rapidly growing travel blog. The resort was praised for its idyllic location, lagoon-style pool and waterfall, on-site marina, spa and tropical surroundings.

    Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina Recognized As One Of The 17 Best Resorts in Florida

    FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla., July 9, 2015
    Travelers heading to the Sunshine State this summer will find one more exciting reason to stay at Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina.

    One of the premier resorts on Fort Myers Beach recently made the list of 17 Best Resorts in Florida by Traveluto. A rapidly growing travel blog covering exciting destinations all over the world in addition to other travel-related topics, Traveluto searched the Sunshine State’s most popular resorts – from the Panhandle to the Florida Keys to the infamous home of Walt Disney World – to honor 17 must-visit hotel destinations in the state.

    Situated on the beautiful tip of Estero Island, the full-service Fort Myers Beach hotel was praised for its lagoon-style pool and large waterfall, convenient on-site marina, spa and tropical restaurants, making it the ideal setting for spurring romance or making memories with the whole family.

    In addition to the resort’s on-site amenities, the travel blog referenced its outstanding reviews on TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel website. Pink Shell received numerous guest reviews raving about “amazing rooms with lanais,” “incredible views,” the “luxurious spa” and “friendly and accommodating staff.”

    On top of making the list of 17 Best Resorts in Florida, the renowned Fort Myers Beach resort has been recognized with numerous awards including the 2014 Best of Weddings by The Knot, 2015 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and Hall of Fame Award. Pink Shell also was voted the “Best Resort and Hotel of Fort Myers Beach” by Fort Myers Beach Observer and “Top 25 Best Places to Tie Up in North America” by the editors and readers of Power and Motoryacht magazine.

    Starting off with a single cottage in 1953, Pink Shell has expanded across 12 lush acres and features 213 one- and two-bedroom condos, each offering sweeping ocean views from sunrise to sunset. Though it has grown, been renovated and rebranded since the original beachfront property that first sat on the sun-kissed sand, the resort celebrates the memories that were once made on Fort Myers Beach while providing all the amenities necessary for friends and families to make new ones.

    About Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina
    Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina at 275 Estero Blvd. in Fort Myers Beach, FL is on 12 lush acres of sugary white sand facing the Gulf of Mexico. The full-service destination resort features 213 one- and two-bedroom condos, all offering sweeping ocean views. Additional amenities include a 41-slip marina, full-service spa, 3 heated outdoor pools, 2 restaurants, 2 ballrooms, on-site sailing school and water sports. For information, visit www.PinkShell.com or call 1-888-222-7465. Like Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina on Facebook, follow the resort on Twitter and add it to a circle on Google Plus.

    About Boykin Management Company
    Boykin Management Company, a leading hospitality management company with offices in Charlotte, NC and Fort Myers Beach, FL, is consistently recognized for excellence in delivering value-added lodging operations. Since 1958, BMC has been developing, managing and operating hotels, resorts, condominium hotels and conference centers. In addition to BMC’s long-standing relationships with the industry’s leading hotel brands including Marriott, Hilton, DoubleTree, Embassy Suites, Radisson, Crowne Plaza, Hampton Inn and Holiday Inn, BMC has operated numerous independent and resort hotels. BMC has managed more than 20,000 rooms in 23 states since its inception. For information, visit www.Boykin.com.

    PRESS CONTACT
    Ellis Etter
    1-239-463-6181
    eetter@pinkshell.com
    SOURCE Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina

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  • Shoaling Reported and Surveyed in Matanzas Pass, Fort Myers Beach, Gulf Coast, May 21, 2015


    This shoaling is occurring at the northern tip of Estero Island, Fort Myers Beach. In the Survey linked below, just look at all the RED around Marker #4 where there should be BLUE! Matanzas Pass leads to several marinas on the east side of Estero Island, including Pink Shell Resort, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    FLORIDA – FORT MYERS TO CHARLOTTE HARBOR AND WIGGINS PASS – MATANZAS PASS CHANNEL: Shoaling
    There is a report of a shoaling between Matanzas Pass Channel Daybeacon 2 (LLNR 18087) and Matanzas Pass Channel Daybeacon 4 (LLNR 18095) shoaling is on the south side of the channel and gets as low as 1.7 feet MLLW. The following aid was temporarily established to mark SHOALING into the channel: Matanzas Pass Channel TEMP BUOY 2A in position 26-27-52.620N / 081-58-10.620W. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. Link to the survey http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Portals/44/docs/Navigation/hydro_surveys/14-101.pdf

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  • Good Words for Moss Marine, Fort Myers Beach


    Moss Marine lies on the west side of Matanzas Pass across the channel from Marker #17. Skipper Farinas makes the Captains’ Lounge sound great!

    Very helpful staff. There is an air-conditioned boater’s lounge available to transients as well as permanent slip holders. The lounge has an extensive exchange library, and a television set. The air-conditioned showers are great. There are two washing machines and two dryers that were the hottest we encountered on our trip from Clearwater to Ft. Myers Beach. Both the showers and washer and dryers are all within the boaters lounge, so you can enjoy the lounge while waiting for your clothes to wash and dry.
    Manuel Farinas

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  • Pink Shell Luminaries, Pink Shell Beach Resort and Marina, Western Terminus of the Okeechobee Waterway


    What a grand way to get into the Holiday spirit! Pink Shell Beach Resort and Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!, overlooks the westerly banks of the Mantanzas Pass channel, west of marker #13.

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  • Question about Bob Wallace in Fort Myers Beach, Western Terminus of the Okeechobee Waterway


    We seldom get inquiries about specific individuals, but Skipper Schofield’s query seems genuinely sincere, especially with his kind words for Bob Wallace. If you have knowledge of Bob’s status or wish to relate your own experiences with Bob, please us hear from you.

    The Fort Myers Beach Mooring Field is found east of the high-rise bridge, just north of Estero Island. The mooring field is hosted by City of Fort Myers Yacht Basin, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    We’ve anchored in what is now the mooring field a few times but not for several years, the last time back in 2000. I wonder if anyone knows the latest on Bob Wallace who welcomed boaters to his dock to land, take on water and all he asked in return was that they sign his visitors book. I guess Bob will have passed away but I thought he had a son who might have carried on the tradition. I guess it’s a less necessary facility these days but it was wonderful back then and a hugely generous gesture by Bob. Anyone know anything?
    John Schofield

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  • Good Words for Pink Shell Beach Resort and Marina, Fort Myers Beach, near Okeechobee Waterway


    Pink Shell Beach Resort and Marina

    Pink Shell Beach Resort and Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!, overlooks the westerly banks of the Mantanzas Pass channel, west of marker #13.

    This marina is great and everybody is friendly, there is a new marina shower block to use which is across the street from the marina, very nice, climate controlled, but oddly arranged – I thought communal dressing areas were a thing of the past.
    AliOoops

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  • High Praise for Sanibel Island Marina, Statute Mile 0, West Florida ICW

    Sanibel Island Marina – Click for Chartview

    Sanibel Island Marina is located near the island’s southern tip (Point Ybel), and within walking distance of the lighthouse.

    Sanibel Marina is like no other. It is family-owned and there is a lot of attention to detail, including great signage and beautiful flowers. This marina should be a definite stop in your SW Florida cruising adventures. Tom, the Harbor Master, doesn’t know a stranger, and he has a great team.
    Gramma Dot’s is simply one of the best restaurants in the area. And, the food is consistently terrific. Take note, Gramma Dot’s is VERY BUSY (open for lunch and dinner) and reservations are not accepted. You must be seated by 8:00 for dinner or you will be heading elsewhere.
    If you have a stand up paddle board or kayak, allow time to paddle around the canals and/or out into the bay. Billy’s Bike Rentals will deliver rental bikes upon request. The Ship’s Store has basics. A 1/2 mile walk to the east on Periwinkle will take you to Gepetto’s Beach Foodies for gourmet provisions and amzing pastries as well as to The Lighthouse Cafe for a great breakfast.
    Sanibel Marina is special!
    Melanie Humphrey

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  • Still More Discussion on Fort Myers Beach Fixed Bridge Height, Matanzas Pass, West Florida

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    Fort Myers Beach Bridge – Click for Chartview

    The bridge in question crosses the Mantanzas Pass/Fort Myers Beach Channel, and vessels must cruise under this span to reach the POPULAR Fort Myers Beach Mooring Field (A SALT SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR). If anyone has information about this span’s clearance, please click the “Comment on This Posting/Marina/Anchorage/Bridge” link below, and share your information.

    Has anyone had trouble getting under this bridge. I have a 64 foot mast. and I question the markers which show 64 feet at medium tide.
    Craig

    After receiving the above note, we called the City of Fort Myers Beach, and talked with both the city dockmaster and the local USCG office. Both said their information indicated the actual bridge clearance to be 65 feet.

    More from Captain Craig:

    Claiborne:
    Thank you for looking into this matter about the Matanza Bridge. This is what makes me think that the water markers are off. According to my tide chart , On 12-12-2010 high tide was at 6:15 PM. with a height of 1.9 Feet. That Sunday I was at Bonita Bills asking this same question about the bridge. I looked at the marker at 3:00 PM, three hrs before high tide, and the marker read 63′ 11″. Looking at the tide chart the high tide can get up as much as 3.2 Feet for that area. I would think that’s when the marker should show around the 65′ mark. I E-mailed Doug at the Colgate sailing school. They had a Hunter with a 64′ mast. He said they made it under a few times only at low tide.And a couple of times scrapped the VHS antenna.
    Again thanks for all your help. I only want to find a home for my boat, and being able to get under that bridge scares me. When the charts say 65′ at MHW, and I personally saw 63′ 11″. I’m not going to make it.
    Thanks
    Craig

    I have my boat at Salty Sam’s Marina east of the bridge and my mast clearance is 64′. The marker is accurate but the tide chart never seems to be quite as accurate at this bridge….I have scraped my VHF antenna a few times but don’t pass under the bridge at unusually High Tide over 2.8 to be safe. There’s a lot of current but no waves or chop. Just avoid the highest of high tides and you’ll be fine.
    Steve

    April 4, 2014
    Had the occasion to deliver a Leopard 44 (mast modified to 64ft) to Fort Myers Beach yesterday. Arrived Matanzas Pass Bridge at about 5:30 (High tide 3:10 pm 2.8ft) with the water marker showing 64ft clearance. Waited till 7PM, removed the Windex, wind speed/direction sensor, rode the boat under the bridge (with me near mast head) and cleared by perhaps a foot.
    Either the clearance marker is wrong or Robertson Caine made a boo boo on the mast height mod requested by the owner.
    Bobby Ward

    May 26, 2014
    My mast height is 64′ 10″, with my SS whip antenna at 67.5′. When the paddle boards read 66′ or over, I don’t touch. I’ve been under that bridge at least 20 times. My criteria is +0.5′ tide or less. It seems on outgoing tide predictions of 0.5′ I don’t touch, but do on incoming tide predictions of +0.5′ the SS whip antenna will hit. I believe I could make it up to a +1.0′ tide, but have never proven it.
    Marc

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  • Praise for Pink Shell Resort Marina, Fort Myers Beach, FL

    Pink Shell Resort and Marina - Click for Chartview

    The Pink Shell Resort guards the southern shores of the Mantanzas Pass channel, west of Moss Marine, making this new marina the first facility encountered as one enters from the waters of the open Gulf. This fresh facility is clearly a GREAT addition to the cruising scene for the waters hard by the southerly genesis of the Western Florida ICW, and the westerly extreme of the Okeechobee Waterway/Caloosahatchee River.

    We stayed at Pink Shell January 22nd through the 27th. The weather was cool but it is a fantastic place to stay. Very friendly and helpful staff. As Marina guest you have access to all resort amenities. Heated pools, fitness center, steam room, spa bathrooms and showers etc. The beach is beautiful. There are restaurants on site and the public bus will take you to the local supermarket or Publix. The town of Ft. Myers Beach is within walking distance. A great place if you have family visiting. Great for children as well.
    Claudia Young

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  • Review of Salty Sams Marina, Fort Myers Beach

     Salty Sams Marina occupies the northern banks of the Fort Myers Beach channel, northeast of marker #28. It is the upstream-most of the principal Fort Myers Beach marinas, and is located on the mainland side of the harbor.

    We currently have our trawler there for four months. We are home now and headed back down in a couple of weeks, but did stay on the boat there for several days before heading back home. It is a very busy marina with two restaurants with music until 9 or 10pm, boat rentals, a pirate boat, the Key West Express boat docked at the northern end of the marina, a rack storage facility, etc. We were at the Riviera Dunes Marina in Palmetto for 4 months with virtually no activity going on. I happen to like activity and don’t find it a problem. But, there is no easy access to a super market, etc. We have our car there as well so we can access such other needs. Salty Sam’s is on the mainland while Snook Bight is further south in Estero Bay and on the island. Pricing appears to be about the same at $15 per foot per month plus a small utility surcharge and metered electric.
    Tom Wemett

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  • Good Words for Ft. Myers Beach Mooring Field, Western Florida Coastline, south of the Western Florida ICW’s “Miserable Mile”

    Ft. Myers Beach Mooring Field - Click for Chartview

    The Town of Fort Myers Beach proudly operates and maintains the Matanzas Harbor Municipal Mooring Field. The field boasts 70 mooring balls available for public rental year-round, and accommodates vessels up to 48 feet in length. The mooring field is located east of the Sky Bridge between San Carlos and Estero Islands in Matanzas Pass. For recreational cruisers, the Fort Myers Beach Mooring Field is a wonderful destination. Coming ashore at the Town’s dinghy dock puts boaters in walking distance to beaches, restaurants, shopping, nightlife, and public transportation. Mooring ball rental fees are $13/day or $260/month. All renters MUST register with Matanzas Inn upon arrival. The dinghy dock is available for public use to tie up dinghies 10’ or less (no overnight tie-ups). The dock is located beneath the Sky Bridge between Matanzas Inn Restaurant and the public fishing pier. Ft. Myers Beach Mooring Field lies east of the 65-foot Fort Myers Beach high-rise bridge on the northern shore of Estero Island. These good people are a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!!!!

    The Ft. Myers Beach mooring field was a pleasant stay with decent facilities provided. The dinghy dock is just a couple blocks from downtown attractions. A bargain for $13/night compared to $2.50/ft transient slips. It’s the way to go to pack many boats into a small area.
    Archie Faulkner

    We left the Ft. Myers beach mooring field a week ago, and have nothing but great things to say about the moorings and the people at Matanzas Inn who administer the mooring fields. Always professional, pleasant and helpful, these people mad our stay there very pleasant. The pumpout boat is run by a good guy, working for the ft. Myers public works department, and is very helpful with information about the area. Now one of our top five places to stay a while.
    Rick Cass

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  • Fuel Delivery Ban in Manatee County, Bradenton, FL

    This posting was prompted by a recent recommendation for a fuel delivery service in the Fort Myers area:  http://cruisersnet.net/?p=113209. Manatee County is the Bradenton area south of Tampa. Cruisers’ Net would like to hear the opinions of our readers on the issue of truck-to-boat fuel delivery.
    Please use the “Comment” function below, or follow the “Click Here to Submit Cruising News” link found on the upper right of this, and all (except Chart View) SSECN pages.

    Cruising News:
    Our Homeowners Association in Manatee County has banned the delivery of fuel to vessels in our community. I am trying to find out if this ban is legal. I am aware of three locations where such bans were overturned or rescinded. Dania, North Palm Beach and Ft. Lauderdale. The delivery service we were using is fully insured and has been in business for many years.
    Les Martin

  • More Good Words for Pink Shell Resort Marina Recently Opened in Fort Myers Beach, Gulf ICW

    Pink Shell Resort and Marina - Click for Chartview

    The Pink Shell Resort guards the southern shores of the Mantanzas Pass channel, west of Moss Marine, making this new marina the first facility encountered as one enters from the waters of the open Gulf. This fresh facility is clearly a GREAT addition to the cruising scene for the waters hard by the southerly genesis of the Western Florida ICW, and the westerly extreme of the Okeechobee Waterway/Caloosahatchee River.

    We just stayed at the Pink Shell resort 1st week April and what a fantastic Marina with a great Pool and beach access
    also and great if you have kids too.
    They let us use the spa bathrooms and shower and the woman could not stop talking how great they were and the price very reasonable $2.00 per ft’
    Nick

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