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Located 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 of239 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.Pink Shell Beach Resort and MarinaTwin Dolphin Marina, 1000 1st Ave. West, Bradenton, Florida 34205-7852, 941.747.8300  -  fax 941.745.2831, e-mail: harbormaster@twindolphinmarina.comSouthwest Florida Yachts Slips are now available!! On the brand new Dock 5. For information please call (727) 893-7329 or 800 782 8350Gulf Harbour Marina    
ICW Marker 73, 4.5 miles from Gulf of Mexico  
14490 Vista River Dr.,
Fort Myers, FL 33908
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gulfharbourmarina@comcast.netBoca Grande Marina, Gasparilla Island, Florida
The Town of Fort Myers Beach proudly operates and maintains the Matanzas Harbor Municipal Mooring Field. The field boasts 70 mooring balls available for public rental year-round, and accommodates vessels up to 48 feet in length. The mooring field is located east of the Sky Bridge between San Carlos and Estero Islands in Matanzas Pass. For recreational cruisers, the Fort Myers Beach Mooring Field is a wonderful destination. Coming ashore at the Town’s dinghy dock puts boaters in walking distance to beaches, restaurants, shopping, nightlife, and public transportation. Mooring ball rental fees are $13/day or $260/month. All renters MUST register with Matanzas Inn upon arrival. The dinghy dock is available for public use to tie up dinghies 10’ or less (no overnight tie-ups). The dock is located beneath the Sky Bridge between Matanzas Inn Restaurant and the public fishing pier. Riviera Dunes Marina Just off Tampa Bay Owned and Operated by BoatersThe 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, FlFisherman's Village Marina and Resort, Punta Gorda, FLSt. Andrew's MarinaRegatta Pointe MarinaPunta Gorda, Florida - a GREAT cruising destination

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  • Advocacy for Anchoring Rights in Florida

    Seven Seas Cruising Association has long been a strong advocate for boaters’ rights. Below are invitations to a Webinar and to Membership in the Association. Please remember that the struggle for anchoring rights is not exclusive to Florida; restrictions in one state will eventually affect other states.

    Hi Larry,
    Seven Seas Cruising Association has been very involved in protecting anchoring rights for all boaters, especially those in Florida. I thought your readers might be interested in the information below.

    Seven Seas Cruising Association (SSCA) has been representing both their members and boaters everywhere at recent Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) hearings about anchoring rights, laws, and regulations in Florida. After several years of even-handed work with landowners and boaters the approach of FWC in the latest hearings is of some concern.

    The “devil is in the details” of course. FWC seems to be under a great deal of pressure to allow local regulation of anchoring in Florida. In particular, stand-off distances from mooring fields, from marine infrastructure (ramps, marinas, and other publicly accessible facilities), and private waterfront property were discussed. In addition, time limits on anchoring were proposed.

    Phil Johnson is chair of SSCA’s Concerned Cruisers Committee. He was named SSCA’s 2014 Member of the Year for his efforts on lobbying on behalf of Cruisers’ Rights. As Chair of the Concerned Cruisers’ Committee, Phil’s tireless advocacy of cruisers’ rights from New England to Florida and beyond has been of great benefit to all boaters. SSCA salutes his thoughtful, professional and successful approach, whether the issue is anchoring rights, over-aggressive marine policing, or mooring field management.

    Whether you reside in Florida, pass through Florida on your boat or are just concerned about boaters rights in general, you’ll be interested in the upcoming Seven Seas U webinar, “A Florida Anchoring Update” presented by Phil Johnson on January 6. Phil will update you on the very latest attempts for local Florida communities to restrict your ability to drop the hook in a safe anchorage. Everyone needs to be informed and involved to ensure our anchoring rights are preserved.

    The webinar will help you understand why this issue is important to all boaters and will let you know just what the Florida FWC plans. You’ll also hear the results of the August-September Anchoring Survey and their implications.
    The webinar is free to SSCA members and just $10 for non-members. Go to www.SevenSeasU.com for more informaiton and to register.

    If you are a Florida resident please let your legislators know how you feel about freedom to anchor. If you are a cruiser, sail or power, your membership in SSCA supports defense of your anchoring rights (among many other things) in Florida and elsewhere. Go to www.ssca.org to find out more.

    Thank you,
    Barbara Theisen
    Editor
    Seven Seas Cruising Association

  • January at Fishermen’s Village, Charlotte Harbor, Punta Gorda, FL

    Another exciting month of activities at Fishermen’s Village, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    FISHERMEN’S VILLAGE JANUARY 2015 CALENDAR OF EVENTS/ENTERTAINMENT

    JANUARY 2015

    New Year’s Day
    January 1, 2015 @ Shop 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

    Salty Paws Muttini Mingle
    January 1, 2015 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    Fishermen’s Village Center Court,
    A Pawtastic Yappy Hour for people and their pets! 5:30-8 pm Center Court Live music by Singer/Guitarist Paul Cottrell

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    Singer/Guitarist Michael Hirst
    January 2, 2015 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
    Fishermen’s Village,
    Enjoy live music with Singer/Guitarist Michael Hirst near Good ‘Ole Days Coffee Café.

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    Live Music with Crosstown Gypsy
    January 2, 2015 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    Fishermen’s Village Center Court,
    Variety and Dance music with Crosstown Gypsy, Center Stage!
    Reconnections Band

    January 3, 2015 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    Fishermen’s Village Center Court,
    Come enjoy variety and dance music with Reconnections Band, Center Stage!
    Singer/Guitarist Michael Hirst

     

    January 7, 2015 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
    Fishermen’s Village,
    Enjoy live music by Singer/Guitarist Michael Hirst, 11 am-2 pm near Good ‘Ole Days Coffee Cafe

    Singer/Guitarist Michael Hirst
    January 9, 2015 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
    Fishermen’s Village,
    Enjoy live music by Singer/Guitarist Michael Hirst, 11 am-2 pm near Good ‘Ole Days Coffee Cafe

    Singer/Guitarist Paul Cottrell
    January 9, 2015 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    Fishermen’s Village Center Court,
    Enjoy live eclectic music by Singer/Guitarist Paul Cottrell, Center Stage

    Live music with Rick Krieger
    January 10, 2015 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    Fishermen’s Village Center Court,
    Enjoy variety and dance music with Singer/Guitarist Rick Krieger, Center Stage!

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    Open Mic Night
    January 12, 2015 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    Fishermen’s Village Center Court,
    Presented by Peace River Center for Writers, 6:30-8:30 pm Center Stage. Come read, sing, listen and learn!

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    Singer/Guitarist Michael Hirst
    January 14, 2015 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
    Fishermen’s Village,
    Enjoy live music by Singer/Guitarist Michael Hirst, 11 am-2 pm near Good ‘Ole Days Coffee Cafe

    Singer/Guitarist Michael Hirst
    January 16, 2015 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
    Fishermen’s Village,
    Enjoy live music by Singer/Guitarist Michael Hirst, 11 am-2 pm near Good ‘Ole Days Coffee Cafe

    Singer/Guitarist Fremont John
    January 16, 2015 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    Fishermen’s Village Center Court,
    Enjoy eclectic live music with Singer/Guitarist Fremont John, Center Stage
    Live Music with Michael Hirst
    January 17, 2015 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    Fishermen’s Village Center Court,
    Listen to the variety and original music of Singer/Guitarist Michael HIrst, Center Stage

    Michael Hirst performs live music
    January 21, 2015 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
    Fishermen’s Village,
    Enjoy live music by Singer/Guitarist Michael Hirst, 11 am-2 pm near Good ‘Ole Days Coffee Cafe

    Chris G
    January 21, 2015 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    Fishermen’s Village Center Court,
    Chris G performs fun variety and dance music center stage!

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    Singer/Guitarist Michael Hirst
    January 23, 2015 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
    Fishermen’s Village,
    Enjoy live music by Singer/Guitarist Michael Hirst, 11 am-2 pm near Good ‘Ole Days Coffee Cafe

    Trop Rock music with Jim Morris
    January 23, 2015 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    Fishermen’s Village Center Court,
    Punta Gorda’s own Jim Morris performs your favorite Trop Rock music Center Stage!

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    Chris G
    January 24, 2015 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    Fishermen’s Village Center Court,
    Singer Chris G performs fun variety and dance music Center Stage!

    Live Music with Michael Hirst
    January 28, 2015 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
    Fishermen’s Village,
    Enjoy live music by Singer/Guitarist Michael Hirst, 11 am-2 pm near Good ‘Ole Days Coffee Cafe

    Singer/Guitarist Michael Hirst
    January 30, 2015 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
    Fishermen’s Village,
    Enjoy live music by Singer/Guitarist Michael Hirst, 11 am-2 pm near Good ‘Ole Days Coffee Cafe

    Live Music with Doug Coventry
    January 30, 2015 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    Fishermen’s Village Center Court,
    Enjoy variety and dance music with Singer/Guitarist Doug Coventry, Center Stage

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    Denny Pezzin rocks the Village!
    January 31, 2015 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    Fishermen’s Village Center Court,
    Put your dancin’ shoes on and come to center court for variety, oldies and dance music with performer Denny Pezzin!

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    Kathy Burnam
    Marketing/Events Manager
    Fishermen’s Village
    kathyb@fishville.com
    READER’S CHOICE AWARDS FAVORITE SHOPPING DESTINATION!

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Fishermen’s Village

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  • Repair Work Scheduled, Treasure Island Causeway Bridge, 1/5 to 2/6/2105, GICW Statute Mile 119

    Treasure Island Causeway Bridge crosses the ICW at Statute Mile 119, north of flashing daybeacon #14.

    FLORIDA – GULF INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY – TAMPA BAY TO ANCLOTE – TREASURE ISLAND BRIDGE: Bridge Repairs.
    Southern Road and Bridge Company will be working on the Treasure Island Bridge across the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, Treasure Island, Pinellas County, Florida from January 5 through February 6, 2015. The Treasure Island Bridge will be on single-leaf operations with double-leaf available with a half-hour notice to the bridge tender. There will be a work platform under the down leaf. Mariners should proceed with caution.
    Chart: 11411 LNM: 49/14

    Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Treasure Island Causeway Bridge

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  • Destroyed Daybeacon at Wiggins Pass, West Florida Coast, 12/10/2014

    This destroyed daybeacon marks the narrow entrance to Wiggins Pass, which cuts the coast between Gordon Pass and Fort Myers Beach. Wiggins Pass is one of the most shoal prone inlets on the Western Florida coastline and is often dredged. But by the time the dredge disappears over the horizon, the sand is silting back in once again. To be safe, we strongly recommend calling Pelican Isle Yacht Club at 239-566-1606 for up-to-date depth information BEFORE attempting entry.

    FLORIDA – WEST COAST – FORT MYERS TO CHARLOTTE HARBOR AND WIGGINS PASS: Private aid Hazard to Navigation
    Private aid Wiggins Pass Daybeacon 1 (LLNR 17780) 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 11427 LNM: 49/14

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

  • Cape Coral Cruise Club Visits Tween Waters Inn and Marina, near GICW Statute Mile 10

    This fine group of boaters, made up of overnight cruisers from the Cape Coral area, is a cruising club worth following as they visit marinas along the West Coast. Tween Waters Inn and Marina lies southwest of the Roosevelt Channel’s marker #19 off Pine Island Sound.

    “THE CRUISE THAT BLEW”
    WIND MAKES CAPE CORAL CRUISE CLUB TRIP TO TWEEN WATERS CHALLENGING
    By Lee Jetton

    Eleven Cape Coral Cruise Club boats participated in a November 18, 19 & 20 cruise to Tween Waters Inn & Marina on Captiva Island, despite steady NE winds of 15 to 20 knots. Proving their mastery of the helm and docking skills in difficult conditions, the Captains were indeed up to the task.

    Boats participating were “KNOT AGAIN” with cruise leaders Larry & Mary Ann Habich, “LADY MAR” with Rusty & Marlene Glover, “MOONLIGHTER” with Lee & Brenda Jetton, “Y KNOT” with Phil & Pat Kryger, “BULLFROG” with Mac & Bobbie McEwen, “SHARON ANN” with Len & Sharon Palmisano, “SEMPER PARATUS” with John & Patti Queen, “SUNKISSED” with Phil & Linda Quick and guest Diane Davidson, “HAPPY OURS” with Gary & Kathy Taake and son Brett, “OUR IDEA” with Steve & Nell Winner, and prospective members Ken & Anne Millisor aboard “SERENITY NOW”. Six more boats were scheduled to participate, but could not make the cruise for various reasons.

    After arriving on Tuesday, Nov. 18th, the day was open for any activity with a happy hour to commence at 4:30. Due to the brisk wind and cool temperatures, happy hour could not be held on the dock. All the boaters, plus members Chuck Pollack and Sue Herzog who had arrived by car, came aboard “MOONLIGHTER”, a 44’ Gulfstar motor yacht for happy hour. 24 people found room for cocktails and conversation in the galley, salon and fly-bridge. Brenda Jetton remarked that the 24 aboard set a new record for the boat.

    Following happy hour, everyone walked to the “Crows Nest” the on-site restaurant for a group dinner, featuring a special entree of 2 Prime Rib dinners for $29.95 with several side choices. Typical of a CCCC dinner, no one left hungry, with some members dancing off some of the calories in the lounge after dinner.

    Because of the weather, cruise leaders Larry & Mary Ann rented a room for the Wednesday morning breakfast where the group enjoyed hot egg and meat breakfast casseroles, croissants, fresh fruit and muffins, out of the wind and cool temperatures. With an afternoon open, some walked the beach, went shelling, shopped, fished or played table games in the rented room. After happy hour at 4:30, heavy hors d’oeuvers prepared by each participant were served, and once again, no one left hungry. Following dinner (and delicious desserts) 10 members played a spirited game of 99 with Lee Jetton winning a large pile of quarters.

    Thursday morning the weather improved and a large group walked to a nearby Captiva restaurant for breakfast, followed by an 11:00 am Bocce tournament held at Tween Waters. Four teams of 4 persons were drawn, and the competition began. With a lightning fast court, the game was VERY challenging, but when the competition ended a team consisting of Mac McEwen, Phil Kryger, Brenda Jetton and Mary Ann Habich were victorious.
    The nice warmer weather allowed many to enjoy the swimming pool, hot tubs, the beach and outside games of dominos. Lunch and cocktails around the pool proved enjoyable for many.

    At happy hour on the dock and as well as in Phil & Lyn Quick’s boat “SUNKISSED”, prizes were awarded to the Bocce tournament winners, and then Tween Waters vans transported the group to the Green Flash restaurant for a group dinner, where good food, drink and conversation made for a delightful evening.

    Tween Waters Inn and Marina graciously provided each member a coupon good for a free Friday morning continental breakfast in the Captiva Room, with a bevy of fruit, rolls, bagels, cereal, muffins, sweet rolls, and breakfast beverages. After enjoying this treat, members slipped vessel lines and departed for home with calmer winds, smoother seas, and fond memories of a fun-filled cruise. Thanks go to Larry & Mary Ann Habich who provided participants with a great cruise under very difficult weather conditions.

    The Cape Coral Cruise Club is open to new members who own a boat with overnight accommodations and reside in the Cape Coral / Ft. Myers area. For membership information please contact Phil Kryger at 239-997-5683. View a short picture video of recent Club activities and read additional Club information on its website, www.c-c-c-c.org Like us on Facebook.

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    Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Tween Waters Marina

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  • Holiday Giveaway: Kindle Fire HDX at Regatta Point Marina, Manatee River, off Tampa Bay

    Regatta Pointe Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, lies on the northern banks of the Manatee River, just east of the Highway 41 Business bridge (off the southeastern corner of Tampa Bay).

     

     

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    Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Regatta Pointe Marina

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  • Follow Up on Submerged Vessel, Gulfport Mooring Field, Boca Ciega Bay, near GICW Statute Mile 115

    Our thanks to Skipper Burnham for his description of the location and depth of this underwater hazard. Gulfport Mooring Field is on the northeastern shore of Boca Ciega Bay on the lower portion of the Tampa peninsula.

    I have been remiss at reporting this submerged vessel because I had thought it was already posted on SSCN but cannot find it in the archives.
    There is a large powerboat that sunk in the Gulfport mooring area and it is marked by a small white buoy that may be mistaken for a crab pot marker except for the yellow band around the top. We cruised over this sunken vessel and found it to be lying entirely to the west of the marker buoy and not under the buoy as we had suspected. We were surprised to find less than 3 feet of water measured by our boat hook above the highest point of the sunken vessel.
    Because this sunken vessel lies quite a way south of the Gulfport fishing pier it is not a hazard to cruisers using the Gulfport Casino Dock for visiting Gulfport unless their approach is close by the Trawler with the light green hull that is moored to the west of the sunken vessel. If that light green hulled Trawler is NOT on her mooring, as usual, the sunken wreck is a poorly marked shallow water hazard that does not show up on Google Earth.
    David Burnham

    Through Skipper Burnham’s efforts, the USCG has issued Notice to Mariners. Thank you David Burnham! This is the Boating Community at its Best!!
    The Notice to Mariners and David’s correspondence is copied below:

    Larry,
    The USCG has located the 30′ Power Yacht that sunk in the Gulfport, Florida mooring area on June 4th and it is now on the Notice to Mariners with a GPS approximate location to help pinpoint the hazard for cruisers. I’m grateful that it hasn’t caused someone a serious problem up ’til now. I can’t help but feel that I’ve “stuck my nose” into some other Captain’s affairs although it seems irresponsible that the USCG wasn’t contacted earlier this year.

    —–Forwarded Message—–
    From: “Pauly, Darren A BOSN3″
    Sent: Dec 10, 2014 12:32 PM
    To: “burnhad@peoplepc.com”
    Subject: FW: FWD:SECTOR ST PETERSBURG BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS 1164-14
    Mr. Burnham,
    I was not aware of this sunken boat until you contacted Ms. Dragon at our district office. We are currently doing a voice broadcast for this Hazard and it will go into the weekly Local Notice to Mariners and will stay there until the boat is removed. Thank you for reporting this.
    BOSN3 Darren Pauly
    Aids to Navigation Officer
    USCG Sector St. Petersburg
    155 Columbia Drive
    Tampa, Fl. 33606
    darren.a.pauly@uscg.mil
    (813) 228-2191 ext 8184 Tampa office
    (727) 502-1522 St. Pete office
    (727) 804-3972 CELL
    —–Original Message—–
    From: Darren.A.Pauly@uscg.mil [mailto:Darren.A.Pauly@uscg.mil]
    Sent: Wednesday, December 10, 2014 12:17 PM
    To: Pauly, Darren A BOSN3
    Subject: FWD:SECTOR ST PETERSBURG BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS 1164-14
    DTG: 101342Z DEC 14
    Originator: COMCOGARD SECTOR ST PETERSBURG FL//SCC//
    Subject: SECTOR ST PETERSBURG BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS 1164-14

    UNCLAS //N16750//
    SUBJ: SECTOR ST PETERSBURG BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS 1164-14 BROADCAST UPON RECEIPT AND EVERY 4 HRS FOR 24 HRS THEN EVERY SCHEDULED BCST UNTIL 202359Z DEC 14 FLORIDA – WEST COAST – HAZ TO NAV 1. CG RECEIVED A REPORT OF AN APPROX 30FT VSL SUNKEN IN THE ANCHORAGE AREA OF BOCA CIEGA BAY. VSL IS APPROX 3FT UNDER WATER AND IS MARKED BY AN UNLIT WHT BUOY IN POSN 27-43.88N 082-42.36W. ALL MARINERS EXERCISE CAUTION WHILE TRANSITING THE AREA.

    “Life’s a reach and then you jibe”
    David Burnham
    Treasurer, Past Commodore, RIYC 2014
    Racing Chairman, Board Member, BCYC 2014-2016
    C: 843-906-8637

    12/17/2014 And here is the Week 50/14 Local Notice:

    FLORIDA – GIWW – GULPORT – BOCA CIEGA BAY: Hazard to Navigation
    The Coast Guard received a report of a sunken vessel approximately 30ft in the Anchorage Area of Boca Ciega Bay. The vessel is approximately 3ft underwater and marked by an unlit white buoy in approximate position 27-43.88N 082-42.36W. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11411 LNM: 50/14

    Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Gulfport Anchorage/Mooring Field

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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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Little Sarasota Bay

  • Shoaling to Four Feet MLW in Clearwater Pass, near GICW Statute Mile 135, 12/5/2014

    This shoaling in the popular Clearwater Channel is at the southern end of the curving channel north of the fixed bridge .

    FLORIDA – WEST COAST – TAMPA BAY TO PORT RICHEY – CLEARWATER PASS – CLEARWATER MARINA CHANNEL: Hazard to
    Navigation/Shoaling

    The ACOE survey project depth between Clearwater Marina Channel Light 2 (LLNR 25730) and Clearwater Marina Channel DBN 4 (LLNR 25745) are as low as 4ft due to shoaling. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution when transiting the area. Local knowledge recommended as the channel is constantly changing. Chart 11411 LNM: 48/14

    Our thanks to Skipper Fuller for catching our error. The symbol has been corrected.

    The alert is in the wrong position. The actual problem area is inside the bridge, at the southern end of the curving channel that heads toward the Clearwater Marina. That channel has long been a trouble spot, and it was dredged not too long ago. It has filled in very fast.
    There is no problem in the area shown by your alert symbol [now corrected].
    Gene Fuller

    Hi Larry,
    We passed through Clearwater a couple of weeks ago. I was shocked when we saw 5.5 feet in the trouble area, at HIGH tide. (We need 5.3 feet.) A year ago the readings were more like 10 feet.
    Regards,
    Gene Fuller

     

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

  • REMINDER: Comments and Background Info from BoatUS on Anchoring Survey

    Reminder, if you have not yet participated in the online anchoring survey, please do so before the 12/7/14 deadline.

    SSECN sent out this Anchoring Survey via an email Alert as soon as it was received. This posting is to publish comments we have received about the survey. Because a wide response is in the best interest of boaters, we ask that you not be deterred from completing the survey by negative comments about the language and format of the survey. This should be one of those “just do it!” moments. And the survey is pertinent to all cruising boaters, not just Florida residents. If you did not receive our Alert, the link to the survey is below.

    And this admonition from BoatUS:

    boatusgov

    November 25, 2014

    Dear BoatU.S. Member,

    Florida is once again considering a change in their anchoring regulations. Whether you live in Florida or just want to cruise there someday, now is a critical time to share your views on this topic with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).
    Please click on the link below to take FWC’s survey. We recognize it’s long, but we’d like to make sure that active, responsible cruising boaters help the state understand what works and what doesn’t when it comes to anchoring laws in the Sunshine State:

    https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/AnchoringSurvey

    Background:
    In 2009, the Florida Legislature enacted legislation that stopped local governments from placing inconsistent and often onerous restrictions on anchoring. During the 2014 Florida legislative session there were strong attempts to repeal part of this prohibition. While these changes were defeated, there will likely be new legislation introduced in the spring that would grant local governments the authority to regulate anchoring in their municipalities. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is now asking for comments on possible changes to Florida’s anchoring laws. It is important to take the FWC survey to register your opinions on anchoring restrictions to help influence what could be allowed by the state legislature.

    For additional information on anchoring in Florida please visit:

    http://myfwc.com/boating/anchoring-mooring/
    http://www.boatus.com/gov/floridaanchoring.asp

    Thanks for helping us get some valuable information to the FWC.

    And thank you for being a BoatU.S. Member!

    Margaret Podlich
    President
    GovtAffairs@BoatUS.com
    703-461-2878 x8363
    BoatUS.com/Gov

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    Hello,
    You have been identified as an interested party on potential anchoring regulations on Florida waters. This message is your invitation to contribute your thoughts on this subject through an online survey FWC has developed in response to feedback received at three prior public meetings this year. This survey has crucial explanatory language in the form of a video and audio messages (text options are available). To minimize the risk of confusion please listen to the messages in their entirety. Immediately following each video or audio message are questions specifically related to the information contained in that message. It is our desire to obtain the most widespread response possible from all parties with an interest in this subject. Thank you for your time and interest in completing this survey.

    The survey may be accessed at this site: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/AnchoringSurvey

    This survey will be active from 4:00 P.M. EST November 21, 2014, through 11:59 P.M. EST December 7, 2014.

  • TUBACHRISTMAS at Fishermen’s Village, Charlotte Harbor, Punta Gorda, FL

    Now here is an activity that will get your blood stirring and your toe tapping! Join Fishermen’s Village, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, in this very special Christmas Celebration!

    FISHERMEN’S VILLAGE TO HOST TUBACHRISTMAS HOLIDAY CONCERT

    Punta Gorda, FL –North Port Music presents TUBACHRISTMAS Holiday Concert in center court at Fishermen’s Village on SATURDAY, DECEMBER 20TH, from 5:30-6:30 PM. The public is invited to attend. Seating is limited so bring chairs.

    MERRY TUBACHRISTMAS is an annual event created by Harvey Phillips and presented in over 250 cities throughout the United States and in several foreign countries. Phillips was inspired to create “TUBACHRISTMAS” as an annual event honoring his teacher, the late great tubist William J. Bell. The warm, rich organ-like sound of the tuba-euphonium choir has won the ears and hearts of every audience! Don’t miss this exciting, free event!

    If you play the tuba or euphonium and would like to perform, please contact Jim Pack at North Port Music 941-429-2444.

    Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Fishermen’s Village

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Fishermen’s Village

  • CHANUKAH AT FISHERMEN’S VILLAGE, Charlotte Harbor, Punta Gorda, FL

    Fishermen’s Village, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, continues to be involved in community activities for this festive season of love and light!

    CHABAD OF CHARLOTTE COUNTY TO CELEBRATE
    THE HOLIDAY OF CHANUKAH AT FISHERMEN’S VILLAGE

    The public is cordially invited to join us for the holiday celebration of Chanukah on Saturday Night, December 20th, the 4th night of Chanukah at 7:00 pm in front of the first building at Fishermen’s Village. Each night an additional light is kindled until, on the eighth day, the Menorah is ablaze with eight beautiful lights in celebration of Chanukah. The message of the menorah is a universal one, expressing the importance of bringing light, warmth and holiness to the darkest places.

    Chabad of Charlotte County, Rabbi Jacobson will be among those who will light the candles. Children participating will receive chanuka treats. There will be a children’s performance by ‘The junior jacappelia’. Chabad of Charlotte County is a proud member of the worldwide Chabad movement, dedicated to bringing the message and beauty of Judaism to the Jewish community residing in Charlotte County, by providing educational, spiritual, religious and cultural events and programs in a non-judgmental environment.
    For more information contact Chabad of Charlotte County at 941- 833 -3381 or www.chabadofcharlottecounty.com

    Kathy Burnam
    Marketing/Events Manager
    Fishermen’s Village
    kathyb@fishville.com
    READER’S CHOICE AWARDS FAVORITE SHOPPING DESTINATION!

    Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Fishermen’s Village

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Fishermen’s Village

  • Fishing in Punta Gorda, Charlotte Harbor, West Coast of Florida

     

    Punta Gorda, Florida - a GREAT cruising destinationPunta Gorda and Fishermen’s Village, both SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSORS! continue to offer winter time activities for the whole family!  NEWS RELEASE
    Let’s Go Fishing!An introductory course in Florida Fishing is being offered at the PGI Civic Association on Shreve Street in Punta Gorda. Topics to be covered include fishing techniques, tackle selection, rigging, knot tying, lures, baits, cast nets, fish identification, tides, and fishing regulations for fishing in fresh and salt waters of Southwest Florida. Rods, reels, lures, nets and other fishing equipment will be demonstrated during the class and there will be a number of useful hand outs issued to students. The class is geared towards beginning anglers, but more experienced fishermen will pick up helpful tips as well. The instructor is long time local fishing guide Capt. Ralph Allen who might even reveal the locations of a few local hotspots! The course is open to all members of the public and includes six evening sessions which are to be held from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. beginning on Wednesday January 14. The cost for the class is $40 and advance registration is recommended by calling 637-1655.
    Capt. Ralph Allen
    captain@kingfisherfleet.comKathy Burnam
    Marketing/Events Manager
    Fishermen’s Village
    kathyb@fishville.com
    READER’S CHOICE AWARDS FAVORITE SHOPPING DESTINATION!Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Punta Gorda Waterfront AnchorageClick Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of the Punta Gorda Waterfront
    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Fishermen’s Village

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Fishermen’s Village

  • Current Can be Swift at Fort Myers Beach Fixed Bridge, Matanzas Pass, West Florida

    A phone call to the Dockmaster at Moss Marine confirms that there is indeed a swift current through the channel southeast of Matanzas Pass at Fort Myers Beach. Vessels often have docking issues in the east-west slips at Moss Marine during the periods of full tide flow. The Dockmaster estimates times of up to 10knts of current!

    Would like to know the speed of the current at that location. Can’t seem to find that info anywhere
    Ray MacMillan

    Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Fort Myers Beach Bridge

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of the Fort Myers Beach Bridge and Moss Marine

    Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Moss Marine

  • Damaged Daybeacon, Barron River Channel, Everglades City, West Florida, 11/27/2014

    The Barron River Channel connects Chokoloskee Bay to the Everglades City waterfront. Damaged Daybeacon # 39 is the third of three Green markers at the south end of the waterfront.

    FLORIDA – CHATHAM RIVER TO CLAM PASS -BARRON RIVER CHANNEL: Hazard to Navigation.
    Barron River Channel Daybeacon 39 (LLNR 16185) is destroyed. The remains of the pile are 1ft below or above the waterline depending upon the tide. The wreckage marked with a TRLB, WR39, Fl Q G. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11429 LNM: 47/14

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Barron River Channel

  • Shoaling at Entrance to Smokehouse Bay – Marco Island Anchorage, Marco Island, Southwest Florida

    Smokehouse Bay lies in the heart of northern Marco Island. This fortunate body of water plays host to Esplanade Marina and a good anchorage. Collier Creek is its entrance channel which leaves the Marco Island-to-Naples waterway west of marker #14. Our thanks to our friends, Chuck Baier and Susan Landry, for this report. For a report of depths in the anchorage, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=139969

    Shoaling at the Collier Creek entrance, Marco Island, may have an affect on the popular anchorage at Smokehouse Bay for locals and cruisers alike.
    Chuck Baier and Susan Landry

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    Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For the Smokehouse Bay – Marco Island Anchorage

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  • More Good Words for Snead Island Boat Works and Marina, Manatee River, Tampa Bay, Western Florida Coast

    Snead Island Boat Works and Marina, Palmetto, FL, is located on McKay Point in the Manatee River off Tampa Bay. 941-722-4450

    We keep our small fishing/pleasure boat in a slip at the marina. We recently requested the bottom to be painted in a text message. Within 24 hours we were contacted and the boat had already been pulled and put up on land for the work to begin. The call was a courtesy to ask what color we would like. Professional, courteous and prompt. Highly recommend.
    Richard Yrabedra

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Snead-Island-Boat-Works-Inc/118137701580521

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Snead Island Boat Works

  • Lighted Christmas Boat Parade, Boca Ciega Bay, GICW Statute Mile 115

    Because of the many viewing points (see parade route below) in Boca Ciega Bay, near Gulf Waterway statute mile 115, this lighted boat parade, sponsored by the Boca Ciega Yacht Club and now in its 29th year, is a very popular Holiday event.

    Boca Ciega Yacht Club’s 29th Annual Lighted Christmas Boat Parade
    December 13th, 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Non-Members are invited to participate the more the merrier (sail and power)!

    Date: Saturday, December 13th, 2014
    Skipper’s Meeting: 5:00pm at BCYC
    Parade Start Time: 6:00pm (boats start lining up around 5:30pm)
    Entry Fee: Two (or more) unwrapped children’s presents OR a check made out to “OPERATION SANTA”, Gulfport’s annual toy drive
    The parade will begin by entering the Gulfport Municipal Marina at approximately 6:00pm.

    parade route

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  • December in Charlotte Harbor, Punta Gorda, West Coast of Florida

     

    Punta Gorda, Florida - a GREAT cruising destinationHoliday events abound Punta Gorda, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, on Western Florida’s Charlotte Harbor/Peace River. Whether you are moored in Punta Gorda’s mooring field or berthed at Fishermen’s Village Marina, also A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, this is the way to boost your Holiday Spirit!

    dec charlotte
    lightedboats_20142014 Sponsors Lighted Boat Parade on the Peace River
    Main Event Sponsors: Fishermen’s Village and Smugglers Enterprises
    Co-Sponsors: All Marine Canvas, Clear Channel Radio,
    In addition to this parade, there is also the Saturday Night Before Christmas Eve Parade – this year sailing on Saturday 20th December.

    Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Punta Gorda Waterfront Anchorage

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of the Punta Gorda Waterfront

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Fishermen’s Village

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