Pink Shell Beach Resort and MarinaBoca Grande Marina, Gasparilla Island, FloridaGulf Harbour Marina    
ICW Marker 73, 4.5 miles from Gulf of Mexico  
14490 Vista River Dr.,
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gulfharbourmarina@comcast.net Slips are now available!! On the brand new Dock 5. For information please call (727) 893-7329 or 800 782 8350Located at Mile Marker 135 on the Okeechobee Waterway, 15 miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico, Fort Myers Yacht Basin is a well designed and protected marina. It is owned and operated by the City ofTwin Dolphin Marina, 1000 1st Ave. West, Bradenton, Florida 34205-7852, 941.747.8300  -  fax 941.745.2831, e-mail: harbormaster@twindolphinmarina.com239 461-0775 Legacy Harbour Marina entrance is located on the Okeechobee Waterway East of Marker #49 on the Caloosahatchee River. The Marina is situated two blocks from historic downtown Fort Myers and three blocks from the historic Edison-Ford Winter Estates. The Marina's 131-Slips range in size from 40 feet to 80 feet and can accommodate Transient Boats of 100 feet plus. The large Fairways make our slips easily accessible. Our slips are surrounded by one of the largest 'floating breakwaters' on the Gulf of Mexico. The floating docks are state-of-the-art. Legacy Harbour Marina is a full-featured facility with all the modern conveniences of home including pump-out station, heated pool, fitness center, full electric metered at the slip, cable TV, laundry, air-conditioned showers and wireless Internet connections available. The Boaters' Lounge is available for relaxing after a cruise or for private parties. The view from the lounge is spectacular! Our grounds are beautifully manicured and provide great strolling along the river with benches, Chickee Hut, and excellent access to all of historic Fort Myers. Please take a few moments to browse our website and see for yourself what our  beautiful boating facility can offer you the next time you are cruising in Southwest Florida.Southwest Florida Yachts
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 vesThe 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. Punta Gorda, Florida - a GREAT cruising destinationSt. Andrew's MarinaRiviera Dunes Marina Just off Tampa Bay Owned and Operated by BoatersRegatta Pointe MarinaThe 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
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Western FL Cruising News – ICW, Boca Ciega Bay to Clearwater (Statute Mile Mile 112 to 137)

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Report on Veterans Hospital Acnhorage, Western Florida ICW Statute Mile 122

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 04-08-2014

Veterans Hospital Anchorage – Click for Chartview

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

There is the Veterans Hospital Anchorage in Boca Ciega. I just went pass there last week or so. It is close to a McDonalds with a dock as I recall and some grocery stores.
Vashon Trawler

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Report from Big McPherson Bayou Anchorage, Western Florida Waterway, Statute Mile 114

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 04-08-2014

There are actually two anchorages in Big McPherson Bayou, one found in the charted 7- and 9-foot cove making off to the north, just east of the bayou’s sharp turn to the north and the second found at the mouth of the first stream that comes abeam to the northeast as you enter Big McPerhson Bayou, immediately north of the Pinellas Bayway Bridge (northern “C” half).

McPherson’s Bayou near St. Pete Beach at 27 degrees 42′ 40.77″N, 082 degrees, 43′ 50.25″W. Quiet, out of the way, yet in the middle of a neat residential area. Good holding in about 8-10′.
Captain K

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Limited Transient Availability at Blind Pass Marina, West Florida Waterway, Statute Mile 118

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 03-27-2014

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Blind Pass Marina – Click for Chartview

Skipper Kevin confirms our directory listing as “limited available” for transients at Blind Pass Marina which lies west and south of the ICW’s flashing daybeacon #9.

Would not accept a transient on a Monday. Also, not kid friendly.
Kevin

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Good Words for Madeira Beach Marina (Statute Mile 122.5)

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 03-27-2014

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Madeira Beach Marina – Click for Chartview

Madeira Beach Marina flanks the northwestern banks of the cove southwest of unlighted daybeacon #10, itself just southeast of the Welch Causeway Bridge.

Wonderful experience here, very friendly staff. Bathrooms/showers are very well maintained. Ended up staying a couple extra nights because we liked it here so much.
Kevin

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Pinellas Bayway Northern High-Rise C Span nearing Completion, Western Florida ICW Statute Mile 114

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 03-12-2014

Pinellas Bayway C Span - Click for Chartview

Pinellas Bayway C Span – Click for Chartview

Pinellas Bayway northern “C” span crosses the ICW at Statute Mile 114, north of unlighted daybeacon #25, south of St. Petersburg. Our thanks to Skipper Julie for updating us on the new 65ft vertical clearance available (see LNM below), despite the fact that the construction is not yet complete.

Structure C bridge is now a fixed bridge, 65′.
Julie

And we received this report from the Bridge Branch Chief of Operations, Michael Liebrum:

Good Morning Larry,
Pinellas Bayway C now looks like this, obviously not completed yet. It is published in the Local Notice to Mariners; but I thought you would enjoy the photos better.
Mike

Michael Lieberum
Seventh Coast Guard District
Bridge Branch
Chief of Operations Section

C Span Under Construction

C Span Under Construction

And here is the Local Notice to Mariners:

FLORIDA – GULF INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY – TAMPA BAY TO ANCLOTE – PINELLAS BAYWAY “STRUCTURE C” BRIDGE:
Bridge Construction/UPDATE.
The Pinellas Bayway “Structure C” Bridge across Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, St. Petersburg, Pinellas County, Florida is being replaced with a high-level fixed bridge. This project is anticipated to start on December 15, 2011 and is expected to be completed by July 15, 2014. This work will require some waterway restrictions and closures. Vessels passing through this area are requested to contact the on-scene tug on VHF-FM channels 13/16 f or passing information.
The main beam has been set across the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and the vertical clearance at this location is 65 ft at Mean High Water. The old bascule bridge has been removed. LNM: 08/14 Chart 11411

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Report on Veterans Hospital Anchorage, Western Florida ICW Statute Mile 122

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 01-19-2014

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Veterans Hospital Anchorage lies northeast of the ICW’s flashing daybeacon #6.

This is a nice anchorage with a few local boats but plenty of room at 6ft depths. Dinghy north back under the bridge where McDonalds…yes McDonalds ! has a very nice dock to tie to on the eastern shore. Near this is a Publix (currently closed(1-15-14) for an upgrade.) New Walgreens also nearby.
Rich Estes

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More on Shoaling on Southern Foot of Sunshine Skyway Channel, at the Mouth of Tampa Bay (near Western Florida ICW St. M. 98)

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 01-03-2014

These reports are in response to a Navigation Alert that SSECN posted in May of 2013, http://cruisersnet.net/?p=114205. The cautions issued at that time are still applicable as Captains Hines and Davis attest.

We came this way five days ago and the shoaling at this point is worse than I have ever seen it. The middle of the channel looked like a sandbar and could not have had more than three feet of water over it. We draw 4 and 1/2 feet and came to a stop. There was a darker strip of deeper water to the east well outside the channel. We picked our way through by sight and feel and made it past the danger area. It was about mid tide on a strong ebbing tide so it was no place to run around. Caution is strongly advised.
Brad Hines

I commented a while back about shoaling adjacent to green 3; since then it seems they have removed the floating red nuns which diverted traffic more easterly near the mouth of the channel. I went through a few days ago and thought I would run aground. Somehow just when the depthfinder said we were done, I got across. This was a little below mid tide, I draw 4.5 feet. Do stay away from green 3, it is still shallow there also.
Cambren Davis

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Question re St. Petersburg Beach Anchorage, Gulf ICW, Statute Mile 116

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 07-20-2013

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St. Petersburg Beach anchorage is on the east side of Long Key just off the Gulf Waterway in Boca Ciega Bay. If you know of a dinghy landing near this anchorage, let us hear from you.

Is there a ramp for dingy anywhere at this location?
Sandy

And a good answer from Capt. Million, WHICH WILL BE OF INTEREST TO ALL TRAILER CRUISERS IN THE SUNSHINE STATE:

Find ramps in Florida here…
https://public.myfwc.com/LE/boatramp/public/default.aspx
It shows that there is a ramp at the Gulfport Marina.
Don Million

I’m surprised that this area is charted as an anchorage on the chart. It has less than 6 feet of depth at low tide although it is more protected from the south than the area south of 55th Avenue where the water is deeper.
The closest public boat ramp to this anchorage is at the Gulfport Municipal Marina but it doesn’t even show up on Google Maps. There used to be a boat launch ramp at the end of Corey Avenue just south of the drawbridge north of this anchorage but that area is fenced. I’ll have to check it for no trespassing signs.
If you want to visit St. Pete Beach, a better anchorage is the one shown on the chart south of the Pinellas Byway where you could dinghy to the Don Ceasar launch ramp.
David Burnham

I checked out this mooring [St. Pete Beach] and found a few places to come ashore if you decide to anchor here.
The first is a very small dinghy dock on the south side of the Mary Lou Sheckler causeway on 59th Avenue.
The alternative is the seawall on 55th Avenue. There are 4 places on the south side of 55th Avenue where your dinghy can rest on the seawall and you can secure it to any of several palm trees. However, if the wind is from the south, these would be an undesireable option except for the most rugged and well fendered dinghy.
There are resturants and a 7/11 nearby on Gulf Ave.
The last alternative for landing your dinghy from this anchorage would be just south of the Corey Causeway drawbridge some distance to the north. There are 3 docks there at the end of Corey Avenue with only the one with the white metal shack having a NO Trespassing sign.
David Burnham

Capt. Burnham has sent photos of the docks mentioned above:

Causeway dock

Drawbridge dock

Bridgeshack dock

Corey Ave. dock

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Good Words for Tierra Verde Marina, West Florida, Statute Mile 113

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 05-18-2013

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Tierra Verde Marina is located directly on the Western Florida ICW, just west of the Pinellas Bayway Bridge, northwest of marker #22. This facility went through a major rebuilding only a year or so ago.

Stayed one night on our 31 foot sailboat. The staff is extremely friendly and helpful. They only have 50 amp service, but were able to hook up to their outlet. No showers, but is in a nice location when going to/from Tampa Bay and the Gulf Intracoastal.
Manuel Farinas

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Shoaling on Southern Foot of Sunshine Skyway Channel, at the Mouth of Tampa Bay (near St. M. 98)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 05-16-2013

Even many veteran Western Florida cruisers have never known that the “official” path of the Western Florida ICW, across the mouth of Tampa Bay, cuts east-northeast under the huge Sunshine Skyway Bridge, and then takes a LONG curl back around to the north and west before passing under the Skyway’s northernmost section (known as the Misner Brige), and eventually rejoins the “official” Waterway just west of the Misner span. We don’t know of any cruiser who actually follows this route consistently.
The vast majority of captains continue north from the Waterway’s buoy #1A, through what the NOAA charts call the “Sunshine Skyway Channel,” rejoining the Western Florida ICW at marker #15. As alluded to above, many mariners think this is all part of the “official” Western Florida Waterway.
Not so, and that means that the Sunshine Skyway channel is not as carefully maintained as the Federally sponsored Western Florida ICW. And so, the shoaling reported below by Captain Davis is actually a long standing problem between Sunshine Skyway Channel markers #3 and #2. If memory serves, which sometimes it does not, while performing research here in 1992, for the first edition of “Cruising Guide to Western Florida,” we found less that ideal depths between #3 and #2.
So, if your vessel draws more than 4 1/2 feet, try to time your passage through the southern foot of the Sunshine Skyway Channel for mid to high tide. And, note Captain Davis’ advice to favor the eastern side of the passage.
In any case, proceed with caution. Once #3 and #2 are in your wake, the Sunshine Skyway channel soon deepens all the way north to the juncture with the official Waterway.

Cruising News:
Shoaling at marker 3 in the Yacht Channel [Sunshine Skyway Channel] just North of the Main Span of Sunshine Skyway Bridge in St Pete. Shoaling extends midway through channel, stay towards the Eastern (red) side. Hit bottom with 4.5 foot draft at mid tide.
Cambren Davis

There was a temporary red [marker] more to the east of the shoal spot a month ago. We favored the west and bumped with 4’5 draft at mid tide too. Next trip I’ll favor the east temporary red marker as suggested.
Roy Cucchiara

October 13, 2013
We came this way five days ago and the shoaling at this point is worse than I have ever seen it. The middle of the channel looked like a sandbar and could not have had more than three feet of water over it. We draw 4 and 1/2 feet and came to a stop. There was a darker strip of deeper water to the east well outside the channel. We picked our way through by sight and feel and made it past the danger area. It was about mid tide on a strong ebbing tide so it was no place to run around. Caution is strongly advised.

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Hazard: Destroyed Daybeacon, Bay Pine Channel, Western Florida ICW Statute Mile 102.5, May 2, 2013

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 05-02-2013

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Bay Pines channel is a narrow passage of multiple markers, which departs the Waterway eastward at mile 120.5 north of St. Petersburg. The destroyed aid to navigation, #11, is the eastern-most Green marker in this channel.

FLORIDA-INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY-BAY PINES CHANNEL: Hazard to Navigation.
The Coast Guard received a report of Private aid Bay Pines Channel DBN 11 (LLNR 61250) is destroyed. The remains of the pile is partially submerged and is a hazard to navigation. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11411

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Report from Tierra Verde Marina, West Florida, Statute Mile 113

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 09-13-2012

Tierra Verde Marina is located directly on the Western Florida ICW, just west of the Pinellas Bayway Bridge, northwest of marker #22. This facility went through a major rebuilding only a year or so ago. Looks like the previous ownership did not survive that project.

We stayed at the Tierra Verde marina for one night. We have a Sea Ray 390 Motor Yacht. We called ahead and they had folks waiting for us and brought us into one of the floating docks. They have both floating docks and fixed docks. Please take Caution, the marina provides little protection from the elements, specially the extremely fast current the rips through the areas from east to west. This combined with a strong easterly wind made for a interesting docking experience. Also because of the location of the marina, most of the night our boat was rocking from side to side.
We arrived just before 5 and everyone vacated the facilities promptly at 5. We were told where we could obtain shore power. However, when we connected in, power was not available. Two other transit boats came in after hours and were not able to obtain shore power either. Talking with the boat broker on premises, a lot of the shore power hookups do not work. Why they parked us at one I have no idea.. but we were able to run the generator all night long. I was expecting a discount on the overnight fee due to this, but I was told none was available.
From what I have learned, the marina has just changed hands to a new owners who is trying to make improvements…. The people working there are great… but I think it is a work in progress…..
Roger Battistoni

Last week I took on 240 gal of water contaminated gasoline from them. My well cared vessel with racors stopped engine damage but I still needed a tow in. And of course downtubes et cet to clear the water. They denied fuel contamination and did not offer any help whatsoever. I asked for the manager but my $1000 gas bill would not even get him off his golfcart.
Buyer beware with this group. I will buy my fuel elsewhere.
Red ariel

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Madeira Beach – Johns Pass Anchorage, Boca Ciega Bay

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 06-23-2012

Madeira Beach – Johns Pass Anchorage lies on the western edge of Boca Ciega Bay in the large, charted offshoot striking west from flashing daybeacon #7 (on the Johns Pass approach channel).

We have a 37ftO’Day CC with a 5ft draft. We spent a quiet night in this anchorage back on Friday night just before last Memorial Day weekend. It’s just inside the John’s Pass bridge. Well protected. We have a 5ft draft and saw depths to 5ft 2in. The charts show 4 to 6 ft depths with a soft mud bottom. There are a couple of public type parks on the south side of this anchorage if you want to dingy in. It is walking distance to John’s Pass shops and restaurants.
Torie Cannon

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Good Times at Clearwater Municipal Marina (Statute Mile 136)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 03-21-2012

The direct channel to Clearwater Municipal Marina (there is another entrance from Clearwater Pass Inlet), cuts sharply west, just south of the high-rise Clearwater Beach Bridge. Yes, indeed, Captain Bill is quite right. There is plenty of shopping, dining, and a very nice beach within easy walking distance!

We pulled into Clearwater Beach Muni a couple of days ago & love it. After a long 23 hour crossing from Panama City we like the beach close, quaint shopping within blocks, & CVS 2 blocks away. The only draw back is the commercial boats constantly in & out of the harbor. I’d still give it high marks.
Bill Borchert

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High Praise for Gulfport Municipal Marina, Gulfport, FL. Western FL Statute Mile 115.5

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 02-14-2012

Gulfport is a wonderful place to visit on the Sunshine State’s western coastline. There are all sorts of good restaurants, art galleries and very interesting small shops in downtown Gulfport. This little community is truly delightful. The city marina resides on the northern shores of Boca Ciega Bay and is easily accessible from the Western Florida ICW, just north of Tampa Bay.

We kept our boat at the Gulfport Municipal Marina for the past 2 years and cannot say enough good things about it. It all starts with the outstanding staff who understand customer service and truly like working there. We can’t say enough good things about Dennis, both Tonys and Larry(retired now).
The facilities and docks are good and the basin is very protected. We never worried about our boat when we left it in the slip for the past two summers.
The walk to the waterfront restaurants and shops is under a mile and we never had a problem. Most of the time there were many other people doing the same thing. The waterfront area is unique and well worth the walk. We even anchored there a few times and took the dinghy in. And the restaurants are outstanding. Even though we will not return there this year, we will still drive to Pia’s for dinner.
We have fond memories of this marina and will return!
John and Carrie Weiss aboard S/V Zephyr Catalina 320

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Pasadena Marina Recommended (Western Florida ICW, St. M. 116.5)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 07-05-2011

Pasadena Marina lies on the northernmost reaches of Boca Ciega Bay. This facility’s entry channel leaves the Western Florida ICW between markers #35 and #37

We would recommend Pasadena Marina, in St. Pete. Safe secure, clean and very reasonable prices. Plus it is right across the street from the hospital, which we hope you won’t have a need to use. Our two night stay turned in to 3 weeks due to unusual circumstances, so we got to know the staff well and would stay again any time we’re in the area.
Mark

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Sunken John Boat Reported Near Klosterman Bayou (Statute Mile 146)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 06-15-2011

The marked entry channel to Klosterman Bayou cuts northeast off the Western Florida ICW’s run through St. Joseph Sound (north of Dunedin and south of Anclote Key) between markers #32 and #34. Many years ago, this cut led to a restaurant, but only condos lie at the northeastern terminus of this shallow passage now, and cruising captains (wisely) seldom enter this “channel.” Thus the notice below will be of concern to very few captains, but, in an abundance of caution, we present it anyway.

FLORIDA-WEST COAST-ST PETERSBURG-KLOSTERMAN BAYOU: Hazard to navigation
The Coast Guard has received a report of a submerged 12FT Maroon John Boat in the vicinity of Klosterman Bayou in approximate 28-06.9N 082-47.6W. All mariners are requested to exercise caution while transiting the area. Chart 11411

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Couple Walks Safely from Gulfport Muncipal Marina to Downtown Gulfport (Statute Mile 115.5)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 04-25-2011

Gulfport, Florida is a wonderful place to visit on the Sunshine State’s western coastline. There are all sorts of good restaurants, art galleries and very interesting small shops in downtown Gulfport. This little community is truly delightful.
And, the city marina is not too shabby either. It resides on the northern shores of Boca Ciega Bay, and is easily accessible from the Western Florida ICW, just north of Tampa Bay.
Some years ago, I suggested taking a taxi from the city marina to downtown Gulfport. I felt that was the right advice in those days. Since then, however, the marina neighborhood seems to have improved, and, as you will see below, Captain Steve and his family have twice hot footed this trek with no problem.

Cruising News:
In the 7th Edition to the Cruising Guide of Western Florida, Claiborne advises cruisers staying at the Gulfport Municipal Marina to use a taxi to get to town because of the neighborhood around the marina. My wife and I have walked to town the last two nights. There are lots of people out walking dogs, etc. and all have been very friendly. The marina is a great place as indicated in the guide. We look forward to returning here in the future.
Steve Rutherford

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