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    • Gateway to the Gulf Newsletter from the City of Gulfport, Fl, November 12, Boca Ciega Bay


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    • Gateway to the Gulf Newsletter from the City of Gulfport, Fl, November 5, Boca Ciega Bay


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    • Update on the Fire at the Gulfport History Museum – Here’s how to help, City of Gulfport, Fl, Boca Ciega Bay


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      After the tragic fire at the museum in early September, the Gulfport Historical Society can certainly use our help to continue their important educational and environmental work. See below for how to help. Gulfport Municipal Marina, A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, and the City of Gulfport always have a full calendar of events for all ages. The marina and harbor, found on the northern shores of Boca Ciega Bay, are easily accessible from the Western Florida ICW, just north of Tampa Bay. 


      It feels like it’s been a lifetime since we had the opening reception for Read All About It: 50 Years of Hyperlocal News.

      That exhibit was an exciting time for the Gulfport Historical Society, because it represented a new chapter in how we worked with the community to share our history. I was over-the-moon excited about so many facets of the exhibit, and the Gabber shared some of their artifacts — the original phone from the newspaper, photographs never before seen by anyone outside the newspaper staff and other one-of-a-kind items that you’d only be able to see at the Gulfport History Museum.

      The owners of the Gabber put their trust in us to keep those items safe. Two weeks after that exhibit opened, I had to tell the owners of the paper their items had significant smoke damage. They’ve been gracious and supportive, and I — along with the rest of the board of directors — cannot thank them enough for that, and their support.

      Fortunately, insurance is covering the cost of repairing those artifacts. It’s also covering replacing our porch, our floor and restoring all the documents damaged by soot and fire.

      It will not cover the cost of archiving and digitizing our town’s records — tax rolls, original maps, photographs, and other historical records.

      Like The Gabber, Gulfport’s families, residents, government and community have placed their trust in us. They — you — trust us to keep your history and memories safe.

      Since the Labor Day Fire, this thought has hung over me like a dark cloud.

      What if there hadn’t been a meeting next door and no one had called 911 right away?

      What if a tree had fallen on the museum during Hurricane Irma, like it did to this museum during Hurricane Michael?

      What if Hurricane Michael had hit us instead?

      What if the next hurricane does hit us?

      In every one of those scenarios, the Gulfport Historical Society would lose most — if not all — of our town’s history. And what has weighed on my mind so heavily is that we might not be so lucky next time.

      I’m not willing to gamble with our town’s heritage. What we have in Gulfport — what we’ve built since the Barnetts made landfall at Barnett’s Bluff towards the end of the Civil War — is far too special to risk. As the head of the Gulfport Historical Society, our community has trusted me to make sure I do everything I can to minimize the risk of losing everything that makes Gulfport special.

      As we’ve mentioned in the days following the Labor Day Fire, we need funding to digitize the collection. That includes proper archival processes (to retard decay) in addition to unbinding books, scanning and re-binding books. It’s not a simple matter of getting a scanner and saving the items to the cloud (oh, how I wish it were). The handling of the records themselves require specific protocols.

      Many of you have already been quite generous with your donations, and we thank you — I thank you — for that. But we still need more money; digitization is expensive. It will be worth it; once complete, people anywhere in the world will be able to search through our records and photographs. And — most importantly — those records and photographs will be safe from fire, hurricanes or random acts of disaster.

      We need your help. Here’s how you can help protect our community’s heritage:

      1. Donate. Whatever you can. Even $5 helps. You can also donate at the Gulfport Beach Bazaar.

      2. Make monthly donations — easily. We can debit your checking account or credit card for any amount you choose, from $5 to $100.

      3. Pre-order a commemorative Labor Day Fire t-shirt or postcard. Local artist Steve Smith based his design on a screenshot from a video taken of the fire.

      4. Visit the Gulfport Beach Bazaar and buy something from the our Square Mullet Gift Shop. We have books by local authors, coffee mugs, portable dog bowls, and a myriad of other items.

      5. Become a member. We have membership levels for every budget, and you can pay for your membership over the course of one year. While the cost of your membership isn’t tax-deductible, it does come with lots of other benefits.

      6. Become a business member. Benefits include newsletter advertising and other perks.

      7. Volunteer with us. We need volunteers at our events — we need people who can get comfortable using the Square for our booth at Holiday Hoopla, we need people we can train as tour guides and we need people to check in folks at our twice-monthly original walking tours. If you can help with any or all of these things, you can sign up here. If you’d like to be a tour guide, please reach out to Cathy Salustri via email.

      Whatever you choose to do, thank you for your support, your kind words when we pass on the street, and for being a part of our amazing, resilient, historical community.

      Cathy
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    • Fire at the Gulfport History Museum – Here’s how to help, City of Gulfport, Fl, Boca Ciega Bay


      Gulfport Marina includes dry boat storage, ship store, bathroom, public boat ramp, parking, fueling stations, lighted range markers and guest docking facility.

      After this tragedy, the Gulfport Historical Society can certainly use our help to keep their important educational and environmental work going, see https://cruisersnet.net/173192. See below for how to help. Gulfport Municipal Marina, A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, and the City of Gulfport always have a full calendar of events for all ages. The marina and harbor, found on the northern shores of Boca Ciega Bay, are easily accessible from the Western Florida ICW, just north of Tampa Bay. 

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      What a day this has been.

      This morning, we had a fire at the Gulfport History Museum.

      Most importantly, no one was hurt. This is the thing we must bear in mind as we move forward. No. One. Was. Hurt.

      It could have been far, far worse. The quick actions of the Gulfport — and St. Petersburg — fire department spared most of the building as well as paper records and photographs. They risked their lives to save our town’s history this morning — if they hadn’t been so quick to act, everything would be lost. As it stands now, it looks like our main historic losses are the historic Shuffleboard Club sign and the Gulfport Historic Register sign (we’ll know more after the investigation is complete and we can conduct a full assessment). These things are not replaceable, and their loss is real and tragic.

      Thanks, too, to the Gulfport PD for being on hand, assisting and apprehending a suspect.
      We also want to thank everyone who stopped by to tell investigators what they saw, extend their sympathy and join with us in our communal heartbreak. We also want to thank representatives from Gulfport Beach Bazaar and Stella’s, and councilfolk Paul Ray and Christine Anne Brown, who wanted to see how they could help — along with countless others we’re probably too addled to properly thank.

      We were touched by all of your support, and also by the number of people asking how they could help. Thank you for the special trip you made to tell us you wanted to help; your kindness to us and reverence for our history touches us.

      Finally, we want to thank the city staff who came in before 8 a.m. on their day off to help us with debris clearing and securing the museum. Your dedication to this community means more to us all than you will ever know.

      We don’t know what lies ahead, but we’re still here. We’re just a little… charred… right now (here are some photos of what the inside of the museum looks like, and for those of you not in town, what damage the outside suffered).

      We’re seeing a lot of talk on social media right now, about arson and who it might have been. Please remember the important things: no one was injured, the losses could have been far greater, and mental illness is a disease. It is our most sincere hope that if it was arson, whoever set the fire — for whatever reason — is able to get the help they need in a safe place. Our hearts break for them and what must be happening in their head.

      While we can’t replace the historical items that were lost, we can take steps to further protect our records. Since Hurricane Irma swept through town almost one year ago exactly, we’ve had some big discussions on how to safeguard our town’s history.

      What we know we need to do: We need to digitize all our photographs and records — which include historic maps, charts, property information, historic records of construction, property tax records, the Seabreeze and Gulfport Tribune… the list goes on and on. Quite frankly, it’s overwhelming to think about what needs to be done, in part because it’s beyond our immediate ability to do so.

      There are, of course, services that can do this — Olive Software has met with us (along with the head of the library, David Mather) about digitizing the collection. They’ve done this for other local groups — take a look at how they’ve archived Dunedin’s records and made them searchable.

      This is the most prudent course of action for the Gulfport Historical Society. It will keep our history preserved in perpetuity, safe from any act of nature (or person), and it makes it accessible to people not within striking distance of the physical museum. That means those of you who don’t live in Pinellas County would be able to look at all our records and pictures — and search them to find exactly what you wanted to find — anytime you wanted.

      So what’s stopping us?

      Excellent question.

      Money. It’s all about money. To take the whole of our paper records and images, digitize them, give us a digital copy and maintain an online searchable database of Gulfport’s history is the best possible thing we, as a society entrusted with safeguarding the town’s history, could possibly do. However, the price tag is somewhere between $25,000 and $30,000.

      Right.

      We’d discussed hiring someone to do development to raise the money, but that’s not something to be taken lightly and the board hadn’t yet voted on this. So many people have asked us today, “What can I do?” it seems the best response we can give you is this:

      Donate so we can afford to digitize our history. Insurance money will replace the porch. We can find great porch furniture somewhere (the last set was donated), and there’s nothing we can do to replace the two artifacts we lost today (and, again, how blessed were we to only lose two? Thank you so much, Gulfport and St. Pete firefighters), but we’ve now dodged two potentially devastating bullets: Hurricane Irma and the Labor Day Fire.

      The third time, as they say, is the charm. That’s why we’re asking you to donate in case we aren’t lucky one more time. We don’t care if it’s $20,000 or 20¢; every penny helps.

      Every. Penny. Helps.

      You have trusted us with your history but we need your help to keep it truly safe. Please help preserve Gulfport’s history. Donate here.

      We cannot do this without you.

      I’m certain, in a week or two, our brilliant board will come up with donor gifts and rewards, but right now, tonight, it’s important we get your donation. It’s important we start to move forward on what we need to do — save Gulfport’s history for the future. This is why I’m asking you — without artifice, and without any glossy sales pitch — to please, please help us avoid losing everything.

      Thank you for your support. As we say so often — and we mean it — we cannot do this without you.

      Thank you, Gulfport.

      Cathy
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    • Red Tide Onsite Report from the Gulf

      As confirmation of our earlier posting, Red Tide Spreads Along Gulf Coast, this onsite report of the discomforts of being in the vicinity of red tide comes from our friend, Jeffrey Guttenberger, as posted on AGLCA’s Forum.

      We decided in early July to stay in SWFL and cruise her for the summer, then start the loop in March, 2019. As it turns out, that wasn’t a good plan.
      The fresh waters down here are filled with green/blue algae and the coastal waters all have red tide. We can’t be on the boat because we’re both coughing and sneezing.
      The water down here (Ft. Myers area) is not good.
      Jeffrey and Cathy Guttenberger

       

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    • The Mullet Wrapper: Lee Irby, a Tour at Twilight + Gulfport Under the Stars


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      The City of Gulfport always has a full calendar of events for all ages and is home to Gulfport Municipal Marina, A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, located on the northern shores of Boca Ciega Bay, easily accessible from the Western Florida ICW, just north of Tampa Bay.

       


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      Lee Irby, a tour at twilight + Gulfport Under the Stars

       

       

       

       

       

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    • LNM: Corey Causeway Bridge on Single Leaf Opening until March, 2019, GIWW Statute Mile 118


      With a closed vertical clearance of 23ft, Corey Causeway Bridge crosses the Waterway northwest of unlighted daybeacon #39 in northern Boca Ciega Bay.

      FLORIDA – WEST COAST – TAMPA BAY – ST PETERSBURG – INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY -COREY CAUSEWAY BRIDGE: Bridge Repairs.
      Quinn Construction, INC. has been contracted by Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to perform the construction work on the Corey Causeway Bridge in Pinellas County, FL. The project is estimated to begin late May, 2018 and will continue thru February 28, 2019. Construction will consist of mechanical and electrical repairs, painting, roadway and sidewalk grating replacement which includes concrete removal, spall repair and tender house renovation. During construction they will have floating equipment, small barges, and support vessels in the channel and behind the fender systems. For safety purposes, a one leaf opening request will be on demand. A 6 hour notice is required for vessels needing double leaf opening. This would allow enough time for the contractors to secure equipment, remove necessary floating equipment, and allow safe passage of any vessel requiring full channel width openings. Mariners are strongly advised to stay clear of all construction equipment and support vessels and to use caution when transiting the area. For further details contact Mr. Tom Quinn at 941-322-4552 with Quinn Construction INC. For waterways related questions, contact Coast Guard Sector St Petersburg Waterways at (813) 228-2191 or via email at D07-SMB-Tampa-WWM@uscg.mil. Chart 11411 LNM 19/18

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    • Grounding: Johns Pass, near GIWW Statute Mile 123


      Johns Pass connects the Gulf with the Waterway at Mile 123 north of St. Petersburg. See https://cruisersnet.net/168527 for a earlier off-station buoy report. And note this LNM and observations about buoy placement in our chartlet and on the full chart. Our recommendation is to keep the Green markers on your port side when entering. Our thanks to Torie Cannon for this report.

      Friends of ours were coming Johns Pass this weekend and went hard aground causing serious damage to their 39’ Gulfstar Sailmaster. They were taking on water and beached the boat just inside the pass to prevent her from totally sinking. Then hailed SeaTow or Boat US to assist. They did manage to get hauled this weekend but not before a lot of water was in the boat. The towing company quickly showed up with pumps and manage to get them afloat at towed them to a near by yard for haul out. When I heard about the other boat going aground I thought old boat and newbies are a bad combination. But our friends have been in and out of the pass enough to know it. I think last time was about 6 months ago. Something is not marked in that pass.
      Torie Cannon

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    • LNM: Shoaling: Johns Pass, near GIWW Statute Mile 123


      Johns Pass connects the Gulf with the Waterway at Mile 123 north of St. Petersburg. See https://cruisersnet.net/168527 for a recent off-station buoy report. Note too, Bill’s observation about buoy placement on the chartlet and on the full chart. Our recommendation is to keep the Green markers on your port side when entering.

      FLORIDA – TAMPA BAY TO PORT RICHEY – JOHNS PASS CHANNEL: Johns Pass Channel Buoy 3.
      All vessels operating with more than a 3ft draft are advised to use extreme caution when transiting inbound and outbound of Johns Pass. Due to an encroaching shoal to the north in the vicinity of Johns Pass Buoy 3 (LLNR 25585.5 [27°46.6275N / 082°47.3258W, 27.777125 / -82.788763]).

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      1. Bill -  February 18, 2018 - 3:46 pm

        I’ve been looking at this chart because of the couple that sank on the way in here recently. It seems to me that the latest NOAA chart (and the ones you link to here) have a green (G”3″) marker on the *right* of the marked channel coming in, which is confusing, and possibly wrong. However, the thumbnail you show on this page has G”3″ on the left of the channel, where it should be. Is your thumbnail newer or older than the others?

        My theory is that the CG moved the marker because of the encroaching shoal but never erased the dotted-line channel marks. but that’s just a guess. I think there should at least be a LNM pointing this out.

        {Editor’s comment: The large chart showing G 3 stationed further south seems to mark the encroaching shoal’s new edge. Cruisers’ Net’s advice is to follow the markers rather than lines on the chart.}

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        • Gene Fuller -  February 23, 2018 - 7:19 pm

          It is very rare for chart features to be updated, other than positions for aids to navigation. Depths and channel indications can be wrong for years.

          *Always* follow the markers on the water unless you have direct local knowledge that says otherwise.

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        • Torie Cannon -  February 26, 2018 - 6:30 pm

          Friends of ours were coming Johns Pass this weekend and went hard aground causing serious damage to their 39’ Gulfstar Sailmaster. They were taking on water and beached the boat just inside the pass to prevent her from totally sinking. Then hailed SeaTow or Boat US to assist. They did manage to get hauled this weekend but not before a lot of water was in the boat. The towing company quickly showed up with pumps and manage to get them afloat at towed them to a near by yard for haul out. When I heard about the other boat going aground I thought old boat and newbies are a bad combination. But our friends have been in and out of the pass enough to know it. I think last time was about 6 months ago. Something is not marked in that pass.

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    • LNM: Shoaling, Clearwater Pass Channel, near GIWW Statute Mile 135


      This area of shoaling is on the north side of the eastern end of Clearwater Pass Channel where it connects with the Western Florida Waterway.

      FLORIDA – TAMPA BAY TO PORT RICHEY – CLEARWATER MARINA CHANNEL: Shoaling
      The U.S. Coast Guard received a report of shoaling in the vicinity of Clearwater Marina Daybeacon 3 (LLNR 25735 [27°57.8315N / 082°49.1721W, 27.963858 / -82.819535]) and Clearwater Marina Daybeacon 4 (LLNR 25745 [27°57.9094N / 082°49.0531W, 27.965156 / -82.817552]) in approximate position 27-57.633N / 082-48.857W (27°57.6330N / 082°48.8570W, 27.960550 / -82.814283) (27°57.633N / 082°48.857W, 27.96055 / -82.81428(27°57.6330N / 082°48.8568W) 3) . Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11411 LNM 38/17

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    • LNM: Shoaling Reported in Pass-a-Grille north of Tampa Bay


      This shoaling is in the North Channel of Pass-a-Grille Channel north of the entrance to Tampa Bay.

      FLORIDA – TAMPA BAY TO PORT RICHEY – PASS-A-GRILLE: Shoaling.
      The U.S. Coast Guard has received reports of shoaling in the vicinity of Pass-A-Grille between Pass-A-Grille Daybeacon 7 (LLNR 25480 [27°40.5250N / 082°44.9422W, 27.675416 / -82.749036]) and Daybeacon 7B (LLNR 25490 [27°40.6919N / 082°44.4790W, 27.678198 / -82.741316]). Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11411 LNM: 14/17

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    • ALERT: Search Suspended for 2 Swimmers Missing, Pass-a-Grille, St. Pete Beach, North of Tampa Bay


      News Release
      March 16, 2017
      U.S. Coast Guard 7th District PA Detachment Tampa Bay
      Contact: Coast Guard PA Detachment Tampa Bay
      24/hour duty: (305) 965-4672

      Coast Guard suspends search for 2 missing near Pass-a-Grille

      ST. PETE BEACH, Fla. — The Coast Guard suspended their search Thursday at 7:41 p.m. for two men missing near the Pass-a-Grille channel entrance since Tuesday.

      Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg watch standers received a report Tuesday at 6:10 p.m. from the captain of the Jaguar, a 71-foot yacht, stating Andrew Dillman, 27, from New York, and Jie Luo, 21, from China, were missing from the boat.

      Fifteen college students chartered the yacht for the day. When the yacht anchored at Shell Key, five students, including Luo, reportedly jumped from the boat to swim. The current pulled the students from the boat, and all but Luo were able to make it back to the boat. Dillman, a crew member aboard the yacht, jumped in to rescue Luo and was also separated from the boat.

      “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Jie Luo and Andrew Dillman,” said Capt. Holly Najarian, Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg commander. “Suspending a search is the most difficult decision I have to make in my position, and despite our best efforts, we were unable to reunite Andrew and Jie with their families.”

      Crews from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Coast Guard Station St. Petersburg, Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission conducted 39 searches totaling 80 aircraft and surface hours and covering more than 1,577 square miles – an area larger than the state of Rhode Island.

      The incident is currently under investigation.
      March 15, 2017
      U.S. Coast Guard 7th District PA Detachment Tampa Bay
      Contact: Coast Guard PA Detachment Tampa Bay
      Office: (727) 535-1437 ext. 2143
      After Hours: (305) 965-4672

      Coast Guard continues search for 2 missing near Pass-a-Grille

      ST. PETE BEACH, Fla. — The Coast Guard and partner agencies continue their search for two males missing near the Pass-a-Grille channel entrance.

      Missing are Andrew Dillman, 27 from New York, and Jie Lou, 21 from China.

      Coast Guard crews and partner agencies have conducted 22 searches over 419 square
      miles.

      “Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Andrew and Jie during this difficult time,” said Lt. Jason Holstead, the command duty officer at Sector St. Petersburg. “We continue work closely with our partners to search for Andrew and Jie; all of us have them and their family in our thoughts and prayers.”

      At 6:10 p.m. Tuesday Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg watch standers received a report from the captain of the 71-foot yacht, Jaguar, stating two males were missing from the boat.

      Fifteen college students chartered the yacht for the day. When the yacht anchored at Shell Key, five students, including Lou, jumped from the boat to swim. The current pulled the students away from the boat, and all but Lou were able to make it back to the boat. Dillman, a crew member aboard the yacht, jumped in to rescue Lou, and was also swept away.

      Crews from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Station St. Petersburg, Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are actively searching for the missing men.

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    • This Week’s Happenings on Charlotte Harbor, Punta Gorda, FL, December 25 to 31, 2016

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    • Weekly Highlights from the City of Gulfport, Fl, December 12 to 18, Boca Ciega Bay


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    • Coast Guard Rescue West of St. Petersburg, FL

      ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— The Coast Guard rescued two boaters Thursday after their boat took on water 12 miles west of Egmont Key.
      Watch standers from Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg received a mayday call at 6:03 p.m. via VHF-FM marine band radio channel 16. A man stated his 21-foot boat was taking on water due to a 2-foot crack in the hull and was in need of emergency assistance.

      CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS AND FULL REPORT

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    • Shoaling Reported at Hurricane Pass, near GICW Statute Mile 142, 6/23, 2016


      This shoaling begins at the mouth of a long narrow channel into upper Clearwater Harbor connecting to the Waterway just south of the Dunedin/Honeymoon Island Bridge.

      FLORIDA – TAMPA BAY TO PORT RICHEY – HURRICANE PASS: Shoaling
      Shoaling has been reported in the vicinity of Hurricane Pass-Gulf of Mexico-Pinellas County, between Private aids Hurricane Daybeacon 1 (25975) position 28-03-20.040N/082-49-50.640W (28°3.3340N / 082°49.8440W, 28.055567 / -82.830733) and Daybeacon 18 (26025.5) position 28-02-53.820N/082-47-45.060W (28°2.8970N / 082°47.7510W, 28.048283 / -82.795850) . Mariners are advised to use caution when transiting these waters or seek alternative routes to and from the Gulf of Mexico. Chart 11411 LNM 25/16

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Hurricane Pass

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    • Looking for Crew in Boca Ciega Bay, near GICW Statute Mile 115


      Gulfport Marina includes dry boat storage, ship store, bathroom, public boat ramp, parking, fueling stations, lighted range markers and guest docking facility.One of our newest SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSORS, Gulfport Municipal Marina has recently undergone renovations and is also adding a nearby mooring field. The marina and harbor are found on the northern shores of Boca Ciega Bay and are easily accessible from the Western Florida ICW near Statute Mile 115, just north of Tampa Bay.

       

      Looking for crew for our Catalina 309, located in Gulfport on Boca Giega Bay.
      Barbara and Frank Downward

      Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Western Florida Marina Directory Listing For Gulfport Municipal Marina

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

      Comments from Cruisers (1)

      1. Marc Holtzberg -  May 20, 2016 - 2:12 pm

        Barbara and Frank,

        What exactly do you need crew for?? Catalina boats are nice boats and the 309 is the modern version of the venerable Cal 30.

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    • Best Charts for Tampa Bay to Tarpon Springs?


      Because electronic charting is now available from a number of sources, this is not an easy question to answer. However, I am sure Renee will be happy to hear your opinions.

      We are casual, back-yard (usually within 50 miles of home) boaters who know our area waters relatively well.
      Just because I really enjoy ‘charts / maps / navigating’ — most of the time I have my iPad or mobile GPS device open, following along, etc.
      Today, traveling from Madeira Beach and across Boca Ciega Bay into Maximo’s (didn’t know the seafood shack had recently closed — thought it was gonna be in the summer – we came across some green / red markers coming straight out of Maximo’s and leading to the cutline across the bay.
      I have numerous charts and none reflect the markers.
      I updated my NOAA charts and none of them reflect it either.
      What charts do you / your group feel are the Most Accurate Charts for this Tampa Bay / Boca Ciega / Clearwater / Tarpon area????
      Any help would be much appreciated.
      Thank you.
      Renee Krupp

      Renee will be interested in these comments and advice by SSECN regular contributor, David Burnham: (/5393)

      April 22, 2014,
      The Maximo Marina on the east end of Boca Ciega Bay at Gulfport, Florida is accessed by a long channel that has just recently been remarked by new unlit daymark pilings which prevents deep draft boats from running aground as they enter Boca Ciega Bay when leaving Maximo Marina and turn north to go to the Gulfport City Marina. These unlit daymarks are not on any charts or chart plotters and the western most pair of the 3 sets of unlit daymarkers, green#7 and red #8, extend into Boca Ciega Bay as far as the pair of markers, #14 and #15, just to the south or them that mark another channel coming from Tampa Bay. Green #15 is a lighted marker, red #14 is unlit.
      The real confusion comes from the fact that the daymarks on the channel to the Maximo Marina, the northern channel, have the even numbered red daymarks on the right (as they should), and the southern channel coming from Tampa Bay, has the red marked pilings on the left as you approach the southerly channel from the west. The two unlit red daymarks that mark the two channels are less than two tenths of a nautical mile apart and look identical from a distance.
      Until chart plotters are updated, cruise carefully after dark on the west end of Boca Ciega Bay.
      David Burnham

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      1. jo -  May 18, 2016 - 2:48 am

        Hi Renee,
        I was wondering if you know of any websites with interactive charts I can pull up on my tablet while out on the water(preferably free), and, I was also wondering since you seem to cruise these local(BCBay, PAG, Mad Bch etc…) waters, have you seen anyplace where waterskiers frequent(calm waters shielded from winds with minimum 4′ draw)?
        Thanks
        Jo

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    • Calm Night in Veterans Hospital Anchorage, Boca Ciega Bay, GICW Statute Mile 122


      The Veterans Hospital Anchorage lies in northern Boca Ciega Bay northeast of the ICW’s flashing daybeacon #6 between Tampa and Clearwater.

      We anchored here last night and it was beautiful and calm. Lots of room but wide open to southerly breezes. Can be busy on weekends and wave action since it’s in a wake zone and close to Johns Pass, which is a popular inlet for fishing in the gulf. Close to a bridge so there is some traffic noise but not bad. It was super calm last night which made this a perfect place to drop the hook. We didn’t drop the dinghy to explore but did hear about the dock and McDonalds and shopping nearby.

      Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Veterans Hospital Anchorage

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Veterans Hospital Anchorage

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