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  • Destroyed Light, Little Sarasota Bay, Gulf Waterway Statute Mile 67, 12/6/2014

    This destroyed light marks a narrow passage between two points of land from White Beach and Coral Cove.

    FLORIDA – GICW – CHARLOTTE HARBOR TO TAMPA BAY – MATHENY CREEK: Hazard to Navigation
    Venice Inlet-Siesta Key Light 54 (LLNR 58285) is destroyed. The remains of the pile broken pile sits 1/2ft above the waterline. The wreckage is marked by a TRLB, Fl Q R, 4M in position 27-14-33.872N/082-31-12.125W. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution. Chart 11425 LNM: 48/14

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  • Information Requested on Ringling Bridge, Sarasota, GICW Statute Mile 73.5

    Ringling Bridge crosses the West Florida Waterway at Statute Mile 73.5, northwest of flashing daybeacon #10, connecting Lido Key and Sarasota. If you can offer advice to Skipper Verheijen, let us hear from you.

    I was searching, but could not find any local knowledge around the bridge height in Sarasota (Ringling). The charts indicate 65′, but I wonder if that is a “high” or “low” 65′ and if there are observations of the bridge marker at MLLW.
    Thanks,
    Pat Verheijen

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  • Longboat Pass Bridge Re-Opened to Marine Traffic, Longboat Key, West Florida

    With a closed vertical clearance of 17ft, Longboat Pass Bridge crosses Longboat Pass which separates Longbeach and Bradenton Beach, south of Tampa Bay near Statute Mile 85. Our thanks to John Wheeler for this article by Rick Catlin in the Island Reporter.

    Longboat Pass Bridge open to boat traffic
    The Florida Department of Transportation said the Longboat Pass Bridge is now able to handle opening the bascule for boat traffic.
    The bascule had been closed to some marine traffic since Oct. 24, when the bascule locked in the down position.
    DOT spokesperson Robin Stublen said the bascule reopened for tall-masted boat traffic around noon Oct. 30, but he had no further information on why the bascule became stuck.
    “The bridge is now open to all marine traffic,” he said.
    “We have no timeline for further repairs as engineers are reviewing plans at this time.”
    Engineers working on the bascule found a 3.95-inch gap between the draw and the roadway, but have yet to determine a cause for the gap.

    - See more at: http://www.islander.org/2014/11/longboat-pass-bridge-open-to-boat-traffic/#sthash.AR0lEcAR.dpuf

    And the Local Notice concerning the re-opening:

    FLORIDA – WEST COAST – LONGBOAT PASS: Bridge Update.

    The Longboat Pass Bridge across Longboat Pass, Longboat, Manatee County, Florida has been repaired and is fully operational. Both the Longboat Pass and New Pass Bridges have returned to their normal operating schedules.

    Due to the problem with the bridge, the bridge owner, Florida Department of Transportation, will be making some emergency repairs to the bridge. They do not anticipate requesting any navigation restrictions during these repairs. As it will take some time to initiate this emergency repair action, the Longboat Pass Bridge may malfunction which could cause this bridge to be stuck in either the open or closed position. If the bridge is closed to navigation the bridge tender will notify any vessels in the vicinity of the bridge of this issue immediately and will request that they transit either north or south to avoid this bridge. The Coast Guard upon notification will issue a Broadcast Notice to Mariners and the New Pass Bridge will operate on a 24 hour a day schedule until repairs are made to the Longboat Pass Bridge.

  • New Navigation Aids and Markers at Longboat Pass, south of Tampa Bay, 9/25/2014

    Longboat Pass separates Longbeach and Bradenton Beach south of Tampa Bay near Statute Mile 85. This shoaling appears to be west of the Pass between the Approach Light Mo (A) W and entrance channel marker #1, as reported in an earlier Local Notice: http://cruisersnet.net/?p=144209. The additional buoys listed below will make navigating the Pass easier and safer.

    FLORIDA – WEST COAST – CHARLOTTE HARBOR TO TAMPA BAY – LONGBOAT PASS: Shoaling/Hazard to Navigation
    Temporarily Disestablished and Installed “DANGER SHOAL” Boards:
    -LONGBOAT PASS DBN 1 (LLNR 21757) removed SG1 dayboard and installed a“Danger Shoal” board
    -LONGBOAT PASS DBN 3 (LLNR 21760) removed SG3 dayboard and installed a “Danger Shoal” board
    Temporarily Established:
    -LONGBOAT PASS BUOY 1 in position 27-25-56.095N/082-41-45.036W
    -LONGBOAT PASS BUOY 2 in position 27-26-04.025N/082-41-44.206W
    -LONGBOAT PASS BUOY 2A in position 27-26-18.456N/082-41-37.788W
    -LONGBOAT PASS BUOY 3 in position 27-26-10.131N/082-41-46.746W
    -LONGBOAT PASS BUOY 3A in position 27-26-20.809N/082-41-43.716W
    Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area.
    Chart 11424 LNM: 38/14

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  • Shoaling outside Longboat Pass, south of Tampa Bay

    Longboat Pass separates Longbeach and Bradenton Beach south of Tampa Bay near Statute Mile 85. This shoaling appears to be west of the Pass between the Approach Light Mo (A) W and entrance channel marker #1.

    FLORIDA – GULF OF MEXICO – LEMON BAY TO PASSAGE KEY INLET – LONGBOAT PASS: Shoaling.
    The Coast Guard received a report of shoaling in the vicinity of Longboat Pass Approach Light (LLNR 1350/21755). Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution transiting the area. Chart 11424 LNM: 35/14

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  • Reports from Moorings at Marina Jacks, Sarasota, FL, Statute Mile 73

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    Marina Operations/Marina Jacks abuts the east-northeastern shores, to the northeast of red unlighted daybeacon #8A in Sarasota Bay, in the heart of downtown Sarasota, Florida. These reports come to us from Trawlers and Trawlering.

    Marina Jacks has moorings available for $275 a month. They have a specific dock for dinks.
    B. V.

    I stayed at Marina Jack’s a couple of weeks ago heading up the gulf coast in a sailboat. I loved the place. Yes, the bar is a bit loud, but only while we were in the cockpit. Down below, no problem. The showers/bathroom were as good as any I’ve ever seen, and the security is great. A short walk to all of the shopping or eating out you might want. If I move my boat from the east coast to the west, that’s where I’ll head…
    Steve

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  • Advice on New Pass, between Longboat and Lido Keys, Sarasota, FL, near Statute Mile 75

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    New Pass is the northernmost of Sarasota’s two inlets, and this channel separates Longboat Key from Lido Key. It is spanned by a bascule bridge with a vertical clearance of 23ft.
    In spite of all advice to the contrary, WE SPECIFICALLY DO NOT RECOMMEND THAT ANY MARINER MAKE USE OF NEW PASS! This channel shoals faster than it can be dredged, and I have personally photographed a large sailcraft (several years ago) that foundered when it tried to navigate New Pass. You would be far better served to make use of Longboat Pass to the north, or better yet, Venice Pass to the south, as recommended by Captain Blake.

    On weekends hundreds of small craft use New Pass. 4 ft. or less draft is fine. Avoid bad weather and low tide (obvious). In good weather, ride the green water. If you’re lucky enough to get behind one of the local charter boats, or a big Sea Ray from Marine Max near the bridge out for a demo run, throttle up and run their wake. However, slow, deep draft vessels are much better served by using Venice. Especially if you make a lunch stop at The Crow’s Nest Marina and restaurant.
    Captain Blake, Longboat Key

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  • Good Words for Longboat Key Club Moorings, Western Florida ICW Statute Mile 77.5, Sarasota, FL

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    Longboat Key Club Moorings guards the western shores of Sarasota Bay, north of the city of Sarasota, and south of Longboat Pass. And, of course, these good people are a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!!

    You might consider Longboat Key Club Marina on Longboat Key, Sarasota, FL, if you want a really nice marina.
    Bud Orr
    Four Orrs

    I would try the Moorings at Longboat Key. Stayed there for a few days, has pool, access to many restaurants as well as a quick 10 or 15 minute ride to downtown Sarasota. The slips are not as nice as Marina Jack’s (floating docks), but you’ll appreciate the quiet on weekend nights since Marina Jack has a huge restaurant with loud music on weekends adjacent to the transient slips. Shower facilities at both are pretty good.
    Mark Giraldi
    Blue Swan

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  • Advice on Shoaling in Longboat Pass, near Western Florida ICW Statute Mile 85.

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    Longboat Pass – Click for Chartview

    Longboat Pass separates Longbeach and Bradenton Beach south of Tampa Bay near Statute Mile 85. The shoaling described is in the Longboat Pass channel, not the intersection with the Waterway. SSECN posted a Navigation Alert for this area in 2013: http://cruisersnet.net/?p=104390

    FLORIDA- CHARLOTTE HARBOR TO TAMPA BAY – LONGBOAT PASS: Shoaling
    Shoal exists across the entire channel of Longboat Pass reaching a minimum depth of 4 feet. Shoal begins at Longboat Pass DBN 1 (LLNR 21757) and continues to Longboat Pass Bascule Bridge. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution. Chart 11425 LNM 14/14

    Claiborne, this is not a reply to your topics, but report on the gulf side entrance to longboat key bridge [Longboat Pass Bascule Bridge]. Stay away from the first green day marker. keep to the south and head for the first red and second green. once your through them it’s a straight shot to the bridge. If it is a sunny day and the water is clear, you can see the shallows by the first green. Another bit of advice is to not come out if the wind is piping up to 30 knots and anywhere from the southeast to the north west. The swells or waves can be rather large and the depth is not the best. If you draw over 5 feet, you most likely bump on the low part of the swells or waves. I went in and came out last week, quite an experience.
    Nick

    Captain Nick is correct as I live near LBK Pass and use it often in a 44-foot powerboat. You hug the red markers (RRR) and forget about the green markers that are near/in the shallow sand bar. Keep marker (shown on chart) Mo (A) 16M “LP” on your starboard (treat as green) on your approach. The natural, and rather deep channel is a “J-hook” that turns south, so boats approaching from the north would go past the inlet opening and then U-turn back to enter LBK Pass.
    Joe Curley

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  • Report from Jewfish Key Anchorage, Western Florida Waterway Statute Mile 85

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    Here is a review of another Western Florida anchorage, this one just south of Longboat Pass, a few miles north of Sarasota. There are actually two anchorages behind Jewfish Key, one will be found on the deep water behind (to the southwest of) the long, private island southwest of flashing daybeacon #41, and the second is found on the tongue of charted 13-foot water stretching south into a cove hard by the village of Longbeach.

    Near Longboat Key 27 degrees 26′ 12″N, 082 degrees 40′ 48.21″W. Of this two, I’d recommend this more than the other [Big McPherson Bayou] as there are restaurants, bars and a great beach for walking nearby. Good holding in sand with about 8′ at low tide. Watch for the tidal flow as it can get quirky with the change of tide.
    Captain K

    Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Jewfish Key Anchorage

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  • Report from New Pass, between Longboat and Lido Keys, Sarasota, FL, near Statute Mile 75

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    New Pass – Click for Chartview

    New Pass is the northernmost of Sarasota’s two inlets, and this channel separates Longboat Key from Lido Key. It is spanned by a bascule bridge with a vertical clearance of 23ft.
    IN SPITE OF CAPTAIN CONWAY’S INFO BELOW, WE SPECIFICALLY DO NOT RECOMMEND THAT ANY MARINER MAKE USE OF NEW PASS! This channel shoals faster than it can be dredged, and I have personally photographed a large sailcraft (several years ago) that foundered when it tried to navigate New Pass. You would be far better served to make use of Longboat Pass to the north, or, better yet, Venice Pass to the south.
    If anyone has ignored this advice, and run New Pass recently, let us hear from you.

    Sailed from St. Petersburg to Longboat Key. We took a bike ride over the New Pass bridge/channel. The bridge went up before we got over it and we saw a 40′ sailboat pass under. This tells me the depth is at least 4′ and probably 5-6″‘. I’m not sure of the tides at that time.
    For a long time I avoided this pass due to a reputation as risky & too shallow. I think I call some folks down there & get their input. I think it’s worth a second look…
    Mike Conway

    Skipper Holiman confirms the reputation of risk for this channel:
    I went out this pass in a 3 foot draft twin inboard cruiser in September 2001, right after Tropical Storm Gabrielle had passed by and blew all of the moored channel markers out of the channel. The wind was still up and there were breakers on the bars. Luckily the sun was right to read the water depth, but I pretty much decided I was never going to use this pass again in anything that it would hurt to run aground.
    There is nothing that would make me attempt to go through this pass with my five foot draft sailboat.
    R. Holiman

    Last October I transited New Pass and found marker “mo(a)” intact, but was warned about a dredged channel with a rough heading of 60 degrees (shown on chart leading to bridge) that had shoaled. I found local traffic heading into New Pass by running parallel to beach roughly in area where NEW PASS is printed on charts [west of Lido Key] and I found small floating nav aids marking shallow passage leading around point to deep water in land pass. I recall wreck did appear on latest chart plotter chip and believe it to be further inside pass perhaps between marker 8 and 9. My boat drew 4′ without hitting.
    Pete Colgan

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  • Increased Shoaling and Local Advice on Big Sarasota Pass, Sarasota, FL – Western Florida Coastline

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    In the spring of 2013, we had a lengthy discussion on Big Sarasota Pass, http://cruisersnet.net/?p=111868. Now Captain Ray brings us valuable local knowledge.

    I am a local, and the pass is more than just dicey these days. Over the past year…last week we sailed our Mariner 31 outside and back, drawing 3’10″, and saw 5’6″ at high tide. That’s down from 7′ only a few months ago. Be careful if you must come into Big Pass, pretend you are a large barge and make wide turns around the floating markers on your way in.
    Captain Ray

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  • Protected Anchorage in Otter-Lido Key, Gulf ICW, Sarasota, FL

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    Otter-Lido Key Anchorage can be found southwest of unlighted daybeacon #7, on the approach channel leading to the Sarasota Yacht Club.

    The wind in November has forced us to seek some protected anchorages and this is one of them. A distance off the waterway but easy to get to and quite protected from that persistent NE wind.
    Jean Thomason

    Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Otter-Lido Key Anchorage

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  • Praise for Mooring Field at Marina Jacks, Sarasota, FL, Statute Mile 73

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    Marina Operations/Marina Jacks abuts the east-northeastern shores, to the northeast of red unlighted daybeacon #8A in Sarasota Bay, in the heart of downtown Sarasota, Florida.

    I love the mooring field, dink over to O’Learys Tiki Bar and walk to Marina Jacks from there. Short walk to downtown and lots to do there. Marina Jacks has the best showers anywhere, if they only had a pool it would be perfect.
    Cambren Davis

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Western Florida Marina Directory Listing For Marina Operations/Marina Jacks

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  • Good Words for Bradenton Beach Marina, Gulf ICW Statute Mile 87

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    Bradenton Beach Marina lies at the terminus of the charted, L-shaped channel cutting in from the Cortez Bridge’s southwestern corner in Bradenton Beach, FL

    Stayed for two nights, had only planned staying one. Good solid marina, friendly staff, great location. Lots of restaurants nearby and cool free trolley on the island, great beach.
    I would definitely stay again.
    Cambren Davis

    Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Bradenton Beach Marina

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  • Report from Mooring Field at Marina Jacks, Sarasota, FL, Statute Mile 73

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    Marina Operations/Marina Jacks abuts the east-northeastern shores, to the northeast of red unlighted daybeacon #8A in Sarasota Bay, in the heart of downtown Sarasota, Florida.
    The mooring field, which is the subject of Captain Power’s report below, has been controversial, first, because it displaced a very popular anchorage, and secondly, some claim its cost benefit ratio to the city of Sarasota is very much a negative concept. On the other hand, there was a legitimate problem with abandoned and derelict vessels in the old anchorage.
    Sarasota IS one of the Florida Pilot Mooring Field Program sites, so the regulations surrounding their mooring field are legal, at least according to Florida state law. Federal law is another matter entirely, but that’s another discussion for another day!

    After much controversy in Sarasota, Marina Jacks opened its mooring ball field about a year ago. We recently used the field. The marina management, staff, and facilities are first rate. It is located right downtown with numerous restaurants nearby and a Whole Foods within easy walking distance. The only drawback is that out of the 35 balls, only 3 are set aside for transients. They do take reservations but you will have to move on if your ball is reserved before you want to leave. The daily rate is $20. You can still anchor outside of the field boundaries but it is a lengthy ride to the dinghy dock.
    David S. Power
    s/v Two If By Sea

    The City of Sarasota just approved doubling the number of moorings. The article didn’t mention how many would be for visitors.
    http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20130520/article/130529955
    Dawn Moore

    The REAL violation is that this entire program is a violation of the right of cruisers to anchor, as provided for in federal regulations. Every single cruiser who uses the balls in Florida’s mooring fields helps to justify this move by the state of Florida on behalf of well heeled waterfront property owners, leading ultimately to a total loss of our anchoring rights.
    Sure, it doesn’t seem to mean much to take a ball, but when you support this sort of thing, you empower the bureaucrats who seek to remove our rights.
    Think on that the next time anchoring outside the mooring field seems a bit too far for you.
    Wally Moran

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Western Florida Marina Directory Listing For Marina Operations/Marina Jacks

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  • Big Sarasota Pass Discussion

    The series of messages below are copied from “The Cruisers’ Forum” (http://www.cruisersforum.com/), an alternate information outlet highly recommended by everyone here at the SSECN!
    If you are not familiar with Sarasota, this community actually has two inlets, Big (Sarasota) Pass and New Pass. Having sounded both many times over the years, I can say unequivocally that I do NOT recommend that cruising size craft use either seaward passage. Even with the info very thoughtfully provided by the Sarasota Yacht Club (see below), it’s a dicey proposition at best to run Big Pass. Don’t even think about trying New pass!
    A FAR safer plan is to come inside or out into the briny blue via naturally deep Venice Pass to the south or Longboat Pass, just to the north. Some of you may very well have a different opinion about all of this, and we would very much like to hear from you. Please use the “Comment” function below, or follow the “Click Here to Contribute Cruising News” link on the upper, right of this, and all (except Chart View) SSECN pages.

    A few weeks ago we called a local towing comp. for local knowledge. Fog offshore was very thick. My plan was to enter Sarasota Bay skipping Venice inlet and the company advised us to go further north to Longboat Pass. When I called the bridge tender, he said I will raise the bridge when I see your vessel………. How is he going to see the vessel if i cant see 50ft in front of the bow? As we turned east there it was a few yards away!!!
    After a few days I am wondering if it safe to enter/exit BP. I scouted the inlet from the end of Lido Key and could not see any nav aids west of green 9. Are there nav aids showing the inlet? Controlling depth? I understand that under some conditions (NW, W or SW with strong wind) its not recommended to use the inlet/pass.
    Thanks
    Velero49

    It’s a dicey pass. The Sarasota Sailing Squadron has some directions at their website, let me see…
    here’tis
    http://www.sarasotayachtclub.org/Visitor-Info/Navigational-Items-of-Interest/Big-Pass-Information-405.html
    tamicatana

    The “pass” at Big Pass moves around a lot, virtually with every heavy weather event, and shoals up very quickly. It would be very foolish to attempt that pass in anything but a very shaol draft yacht. Either come in at Venice and run the ICW or at Longboat Pass although the channel there has moved around a lot as well and does not match the channel that appears on most charts (see various NTM). Note that Longboat is a narrow channel and is subject to sharp, strong, currents. You’ll want to enter there at slack water. If you can’t see the bridge from the channel entrace mark due to fog, continue north and come into Tampa Bay through the Southwest Channel.
    svHyLyte

    We kept our boat on the West coast for two years. It draws 4 feet. Sarasota Pass was always a no go because of the shifting shoals. We used Longboat Pass on a regular basis whenever we entered the intercoastal. It does have considerable current and is quite narrow. The bridge tenders seem to think that a sailboat can approach closely and remain steady in the strong current before they open the bridge. We never followed their orders and held at least 100 yards from the bridge and told them we would approach quickly once the bridge began to open. Numerous times, we had powerboats cut in front of us or attempt to negotiate the small channel at the same time. They were completely clueless. We also experienced a very rude catamaran charter captain, who used the pass daily, try to intimidate us into moving closer before the bridge had begun to open. We had a very serious conversation once both of us passed through the cut. If you choose to use Longboat Pass, be your own captain, exercise caution and safety and you’ll be fine. Be prepared for other boats also making the transit. Good luck and good sailing.
    rognvald

    I sail a morgan 28 with a 4.5 draft and have come in and out Big Pass many times. You must check with the Sarasota yacht club, they maintain the bouy markers and are always moving. I have never seen less then 7ft, however it can become very narrow when the monster size boat with his noise high comes barreling through the Chanel with wakes 3-4ft high. As far as being able to moore up a nice spot is just north of the ringling bridge to the east, there is a fishing shop and a nice size cove that will protect from heavey north winds… From Sarasota Bay have fun sailing and hope to see ya around.
    Autumns Wind

    I am a local, and the pass is more than just dicey these days. Over the past year…last week we sailed our Mariner 31 outside and back, drawing 3’10″, and saw 5’6″ at high tide. That’s down from 7′ only a few months ago. Be careful if you must come into Big Pass, pretend you are a large barge and make wide turns around the floating markers on your way in.
    Captain Ray

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  • Praise for Longboat Key Club Moorings, Western Florida ICW Statute Mile 77.5, Sarasota, FL

    Step off deck at Longboat Key Club Moorings and come ashore to our Four-Diamond beachfront resort offering a private white-sand beach, 45 holes of challenging golf, the Island House Spa, six on-site restaurants, the award-winning Tennis Gardens and so much more.

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    Longboat Key Club Moorings guards the western shores of Sarasota Bay, north of the city of Sarasota, and south of Longboat Pass. And, of course, these good people are a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!!

    LBK Club Moorings is top notch facility! We wish we had planned to stay longer so we could have taken advantage of all they have to offer. Dennis Matthews’ (Director of Marina Operations) staff are all very helpful, friendly and go out of their way to make your stay pleasant. Facilities are 4Star, clean and very well manicured. Very accomodating shuttle service to St Armand’s Circle. Will definitely be back for a longer stay in the near future. Make your reservations in advance and request “H” dock for short stays (closest to facilities, pool, ship’s store).
    The Kellys

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Longboat Key Club Moorings

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  • Don’t Dare Miss Moore’s Stone Crab Restaurant New Jewfish Key Anchorages (Western Florida ICW Statute Mile 85)

    Not only is the food really GOOD at Moores, but it is also located within sight of the excellent anchorages, just off the Western Florida ICW, behind Jewfish Key. Follow the links below to learn more about the nearby anchorages, but, at whichever place you drop the hook, don’t dare miss dinghying to Moore’s Stone Crab!

    Moore’s Stone Crab Restaurant, Longboat Key, FL – Great seafood (Oysters). Accessible by boat; located In the bight, east of G-ICW, just south of Longboat Pass, north of Sarasota Bay; overnight docking is free to patrons; no services. Can also anchor off the restaurant in a well-protected bight if you get there early; room for 8 – 10 boats; very busy with locals on weekends.
    Peg and Jim Healy aboard Sanctuary

    Best oysters in Sarasota. Sit at the bar with Barb; you can’t go wrong.
    Whit Sibley

    Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For the Jewfish Key South Side Anchorage

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    Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For the Jewfish Key Anchorage

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