Western FL Cruising News – ICW, Venice Pass to Anna Maria Island (Statute Mile 57 to 92)
Please Note That Postings Below From Fellow Cruisers Are Listed in Chronological Order, Based on Publication Date
Please Note That Postings Below From Fellow Cruisers Are Listed in Chronological Order, Based on Publication Date
St. Petersburg Municipal Marina, A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, is a great liveaboard marina located on the western shore of Tampa Bay in downtown St. Pete. Pink Shell Beach Resort and Marina, also A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR and voted Best Small Marina in 2017, overlooks the westerly banks of the Mantanzas Pass channel, west of marker #13. These good words for St. Pete Municipal Marina and Pink Shell Resort Marina are from Dan Sherburn as posted on AGLCA’s Forum.
I second the St Pete Municipal. Great marina and close to downtown. Great stop. I also enjoyed Pink Shell (Ft Myers) and Tarpon Point (resort like marina in Cape Coral).
Last dredged in 2016, New Pass leads directly to the Sarasota waterfront and the entrance portion between the Entrance Light and Light 7 is constantly shifting. And note that the Coast Guard no longer recommends using New Pass due to significant dangerous shoaling. Hopefully, this dredging will change that recommendation.
FLORIDA – CHARLOTTE HARBOR TO TAMPA BAY – NEW PASS – Dredge Operations
Coastal Dredging will commence dredge operations within and near New Pass in the City of Sarasota, Florida from approximately existing shoreline outbound approximately 4,000 feet. Dredge slurry will be transported via floating and submerged high-density polyethylene dredge pipeline. Submerged pipeline will be placed within and adjacent to New Pass as well as (up to) 1,000 feet offshore from the existing beach heading southeast to the southern end of Lido Beach. Floating and submerged pipeline may be in the channel while construction operations are underway. The pipeline will be marked. Barge and pipe fleeting may occur west of the Intracoastal Waterway and north of the New Pass inlet beginning October, 2018 through March, 2019. Moored barges and floating pipeline racks will be marked. The Dredge CLEUTUS will monitor CHF – FM channels 13, 16 and working channel 8. Operations will run 24/7. Mariners are urged to use extreme caution in and near the areas mentioned, transit at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake, and proceed with caution after passing arrangements (via VHF channel 8) have been made. Approximately 2,000 feet of floating pipeline will be utilized directly behind the dredge and portions of this pipeline and submerged pipeline may be inside of the navigation channel while construction operations are underway. Recreational pleasure craft shall attempt to avoid the immediate area of operations and comply with posted signage/day shapes. All traffic requiring passage through the worksite(s) shall make passing arrangements
allowing sufficient time for operations to cease and for dredge equipment and pipeline to be relocated for safe passage.
Site Contact: Gene Whittington (Dredge Captain) Cellular Phone: (985) 960-2819
Site Contact: Dakota Fullner (1st Mate) Cellular Phone: (985) 645-0442
Site Contact (Night): Ronnie Sims (1st Mate) Cellular Phone: (228) 671-7870
Additional Project Contact (Non-Emergency): Justin Chorlog (PM): firstname.lastname@example.org
Chart 11425 LNM 40/18
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
This report from NBC is important and worth reading! See also Lake Okeechobee Discharge and Red Tide – Can anything be Done?
Toxic red tide is making Floridians sick — and angry
Red tides in the Gulf of Mexico and toxic blue-green algae in inland waters are killing animals and stoking outrage in South Florida.
by James Rainey / Aug.03.2018 / 3:13 PM ET
Red tide, and the fish it kills, slam into Anna Maria Island
Murky brown waves quietly washed dead fish onto empty Anna Maria Island beaches on Monday. Waters in both the Gulf of Mexico and Sarasota Bay …
Sarasota grapples with red tide’s effects from YourObserver.com
Sarasota beaches were inundated with the unpleasant sights and smells associated with red tide this weekend. How does the community deal with the fallout?
Twin Dolphin Marina, A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, sits perched on the southern shores of Manatee River, just short of the Highway 41 Business bridge. We get lots of praise, like these good words from AGLCA member Kathy Anderson, for this fine marina and their commitment to facility upgrades, see FOCUS ON.
Twin Dolphins marina in Bradenton is in our top 5 marinas from our western 1/2 loop in 2014. Close to downtown which has a Saturday market, and it has a lovely restaurant onsite. It also abuts the river walk which is great for walkers and runners. Plus they have fun Christmas decorations and not far from Siesta Key/Sarasota (except for seasonal traffic). They have a pool, as well as the usual amenities. When we visited on our land vacation this past winter they were making some improvements to some of the docks.
Longboat Key Club Moorings, A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, guards the western shores of Sarasota Bay, north of the city of Sarasota, and south of Longboat Pass. Our thanks to Tom and Julie of AGLCA Forum for allowing us to share their comments.
We have stayed at Longboat Key Club Moorings for 6-12 weeks for three winters now. Great resort facilities, beach across the street to walk, Publix and CVS across the golf course….I could go on. Great spot to have visitors and an easy bus ride or Uber into Sarasota. Great cruising grounds as well with St Pete/ Clearwater to North and Captiva/Boca Grande and Fort Myers to the south.
Tom & Julie Van Hall
Twin Dolphin Marina, A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, sits perched on the southern shores of Manatee River, just short of the Highway 41 Business bridge. We get lots of praise for this fine marina and their year-round community involvement.
TWIN DOLPHIN MARINA Making Improvements For Boaters’ Enjoyment
It is encouraging when we see destination marinas investing in the comfort and enjoyment of liveaboards and visiting cruisers alike.
Twin Dolphin Marina is located about five miles east of Tampa Bay up the Manatee River in the heart of Bradenton, Florida. The marina is in the final stages of making investments in its facilities to enhance its role in serving boaters and the community as Bradenton’s “anchor marina.” It is ideally located within very short walking distance to the historical area, great restaurants, the South Florida Museum and Bishop Planetarium, Village of the Arts, and area shopping. Twin Dolphin Marina is at the western edge of Bradenton’s beautiful Riverwalk with its amphitheater, all adding to a visitors enjoyment. Want to get off your boat for a few days and be just across the street from your vessel, a new hotel is going up close by that will provide additional rooms for visitors coming by land or sea.
The marina basin is divided by the historic Memorial Pier, where the popular and on-site PIER-22 restaurant is located. The marina offers 225 slips with floating docks. In order to serve current customers, the marina management is doing the renovations in specific sections to keep disruptions to a minimum. The improvement efforts currently underway involve replacing 144 older slips with new aluminum docks and durable composite non-corrosive decking. The reconfigured east basin will be able to host larger vessels as they will be increasing several slip sizes up to 110 feet. Additionally, modern electrical service for 30, 50, and 100 amps will be in place along with slip pump-outs, potable water and fire suppression protection.
For sure, Twin Dolphin Marina is one of those marinas with the facilities to offer their customers a full experience while visiting for a few days, several weeks, or making it their home-port.
As Marina Manager, Cynthia Belfatto, says, “We are so proud of how these improvements will serve our guests and full time residents who enjoy our resort life-style amenities, on-site award winning restaurant, marina pool and captain’s lounge, and beautiful setting along the Manatee River.”
Whatever criteria you use in choosing ports to visit, Twin Dolphin Marina most likely meets them all and is one destination port-of-call you will want to include in your cruise plans.
PHOTO GALLERY – Click image to enlarge
Good news for Sarasota boaters! Big Sarasota Pass which, with its frequent channel shifts and shoals, connects the Gulf with the Gulf Waterway and the southern tip of Sarasota Bay. No time line is given for the dredging project.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has granted a permit to dredge Big Pass as part of a Lido Key shoreline re-nourishment project.
State grants permit for proposed Big Pass dredge from YourObserver.com
Longboat Key Club Moorings, A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, guards the western shores of Sarasota Bay, north of the city of Sarasota, and south of Longboat Pass. The Yacht Group offers boat owners a sophisticated in-house sales and marketing resource.
Welcome to The Yacht Group at Longboat Key Club Moorings
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See Legal Battle over the dredging of Big Sarasota Pass which, with its frequent channel shifts and shoals, connects the Gulf with the Gulf Waterway and the southern tip of Sarasota Bay.
Siesta, Lido sides prepare for Big Pass court hearing
Judge recommends approving Big Pass dredge permit
An administrative judge says the state should permit the proposed Lido Key renourishment project if some time and scope restraints are put in place.
Our thanks to Jennifer Wilson for this linked report on Big Sarasota Pass which has been embroiled recently in a legal battle over dredging. Big Sarasota Pass, which has frequent channel shifts and shoals, connects the Gulf with the Gulf Waterway and the southern tip of Sarasota Bay. New Pass leads directly to the Sarasota waterfront and the entrance portion between the Entrance Light and Light 7 is constantly shifting and shoaling. Cruisers’ Net has long recommended that this pass not be used.
Boaters warned of Big Pass, New Pass hazards from The Herald Tribune
This volunteering opportunity is a natural for cruisers who winter in Florida – a chance to get involved by meeting local folks and helping a program that is working to preserve Florida’s marine environment. A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Fort Myers Beach is a town that knows how to treat cruisers and invite them back time and time again!
Fascinated by the Florida’s flora and fauna? Interested in working in marine biology? Enjoy working with visitors, children and school groups? The Ostego Bay Foundation Inc. on San Carlos Island is now recruiting adults 18 or older who are interested in volunteering.
If you have current local knowledge on Longboat Pass, let Pat hear from you. Longboat Pass separates Longbeach and Bradenton Beach south of Tampa Bay near GICW Statute Mile 85. Adjustments to ATONS are normally ongoing in the Pass (https://cruisersnet.net/162514) and dredging was completed in April of ’17 (https://cruisersnet.net/164177).
Inquiring about Longboat Pass…….I have a Cape Dory 25 with a 3 foot draft. Is it safe to bring the boat through the Pass?
Our thanks to Cassidy Alexander of YourObserver.com for this follow-up report (see https://cruisersnet.net/164359). Big Sarasota Pass, which has frequent channel shifts and shoals, connects the Gulf with the Gulf Waterway and the southern tip of Sarasota Bay.
Siesta, Lido sides prepare for Big Pass court hearing
Longboat Key Club Moorings, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, guards the western shores of Sarasota Bay, north of the city of Sarasota, and south of Longboat Pass.
THE MARINA OFFICE WILL REOPEN WED., 9/13 at 8:00 am.
The marina has made it thru Hurricane Irma with minimal vessel and dock damage. If your vessel was damaged, the marina staff will contact today, 9/12.
The electrician is here and we are restoring power to each dock as we work thru the alphabet. There is power at the marina. Please stand by.
Thank you for all your emails, FB posts and phone calls – MUCH APPRECIATED! The marina staff families are all well and did not receive significant damage to their homes.
THE MARINA OFFICE WILL REOPEN WED., 9/13 at 8:00 am. See you for coffee then!
Suncoast Aqua-Ventures is a charity non-profit organization that focuses on keeping our beaches, bays and rivers free of debris. The event is hosted by Bradenton Yacht Club and Bradenton is also home to SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSORS, Riviera Dunes and Twin Dolphin.
CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION on Calling all Scuba Divers, Fishermen, and Land Lubbers…
If you are in the Bradenton area and have need of canvas repairs, here is a company that can be trusted to do the job correctly.
We first used Gulf Coast Canvas back around 2008 and they have done all our canvas work ever since. This past week, we needed to have some of our favorite boat and beach chairs repaired and Tom and Sue took them in and did an absolutely perfect job. If anyone is in the Sarasota, Bradenton area and in need of canvas replacement, repair, re-stitch, or even embroidery work, then we highly recommend Gulf Coast Canvas. Call and leave a message and Sue will always get in touch with you. Their work is highly regarded, five star quality.
Always good to find marine businesses that care about and know about our needs as boaters.
Thanks to Tom and Sue Helmig.- owners of Gulf Coast Canvas, Bradenton, FL Tele: 941-752-9980
First Mate Sue
Twin Dolphin Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, sits perched on the southern shores of Manatee River, just short of the Highway 41 Business bridge. We get lots of praise for this fine marina and their fund raising celebration for youth sailing is typical of the level of community involvement Twin Dolphin Marina exhibits all year long.
Hello Larry. You probably well know that National Marina Days celebrations are going on now right now. What you may not realize is this: the Twin Dolphin Marina recently hosted a wonderful event that inspired new and seasoned boaters and brought in enough money to send two children to sailing school.
National Marina Days Celebration at Twin Dolphin Raises Money for Youth Sailing
Twin Dolphin Marina Day Barbecue emphasizes a summer of giving and celebrates boating and on the water fun!
As part of a nationwide observance, members of the Bradenton area yachting community joined together for a National Marina Days: Summer Of Giving event Saturday at the Twin Dolphin Marina. The event included several raffle drawings to raise funds for the Manatee River Pram Fleet, a non-profit educational organization, dedicated to supporting and promoting the sport of sailing for the youth of Manatee County. Through raffle ticket sales, sponsorships and donations, the Twin Dolphin Marina staff, their members and guests raised the money needed to pay tuition dues in full for two youth sailing scholarships.
Lisa Fath, Sailing Director for MRPF, said, “Time on the water is always a learning lesson. The Manatee River Pram Fleet teaches kids safety and sailing. We believe a kid on the water is a kid out of trouble!” Fath also thanked the Twin Dolphin Marina staff for hosting the event and for giving the gift of boating to a pair of young sailors.
The raffles incorporated fourteen different prizes with nautical themes including marine products and services provided by Freundship Marine Inc., Go Rentals, Nicholson Marine Services, Riverwalk Yacht Sales, Subsurface Inc., PIER 22 Restaurant, and the Twin Dolphin Marina. It was a spirited event, which included party games and barbecue provided courtesy of PIER 22 Special Events & Catering. Some first-time visitors to the Twin Dolphin Marina accepted tours of the 225 wet slip facility and others received vessel safety checks compliments of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.
Cynthia Belfatto, Harbor Master for the Twin Dolphin Marina, called the event a great success. She went on to say “National Marina Days is a wonderful way to promote boating as a family-friendly leisure activity and a terrific opportunity to remind locals and visitors that Twin Dolphin is the premier resort marina on Florida’s Gulf Coast.”
About Twin Dolphin Marina
The Twin Dolphin Marina, located on the picturesque waters of the Manatee River, offers easy access to Tampa Bay and Florida’s Gulf Islands. Lending to its charm, both on the water fun and nearby land attractions are plentiful and include such activities as family-friendly entertainment along the Riverwalk, downtown Bradenton nightlife, performances by the Manatee Players and ongoing exhibits at the South Florida Museum.
Located only 25 minutes from SRQ Airport and in a protected walled harbor, the Twin Dolphin Marina includes 225 wet slips available for long and short-term stays. Members and visitors alike enjoy resort-style amenities, luxury liveaboard facilities, and award-winning waterfront dining at the PIER 22 restaurant. Other conveniences include a heated pool and spa, barbecue facilities, complimentary WIFI and cable television, an onsite business center and fax services, fuel dock, laundry facilities, and pump-out at slip.
Docking with Twin Dolphin Marina includes more than great views and high-end accommodations. It’s the friendly and knowledgeable team members that make the difference. Always ready with a smile and continuously working to exceed expectations, Twin Dolphin Marina management and staff provide a memorable riverside experience. For more information, please visit https://www.twindolphinmarina.com
About The Manatee River Pram Fleet
The Pram Fleet has a long and rich history in Manatee County going back to the early 1950’s. The fleet is a non-profit educational organization, which relies on donations to continue its programs. The Manatee River Pram Fleet is dedicated to supporting and promoting the sport of sailing for the youth of Manatee County including teaching sportsmanship, responsibility, self-reliance, respect for authority and equipment and the marine environment; while providing an atmosphere of good fellowship.
Director of Marketing
New Pass leads directly to the Sarasota waterfront and the entrance portion between the Entrance Light and Light 7 is constantly shifting and shoaling. SSECN has long recommended that this pass not be used. On June 9, the USCG announced their intention to close New Pass.
FLORIDA – CHARLOTTE HARBOR TO TAMPA BAY – NEW PASS CHANNEL: Severe Shoal/Hazard to Navigation.
Due to increased shoaling mariners are advised to use extreme caution when transiting offshore, New Pass, Sarasota, from New Pass Channel to New Pass Bascule Bridge. Due to frequent changing conditions, buoys are not charted in this channel. The U.S Coast Guard strongly recommends avoiding this channel if possible. Chart 11425 LNM 23/17