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Twin Dolphin Marina, 1000 1st Ave. West, Bradenton, Florida 34205-7852, 941.747.8300  -  fax 941.745.2831, e-mail: harbormaster@twindolphinmarina.com Slips are now available!! On the brand new Dock 5. For information please call (727) 893-7329 or 800 782 8350239 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.Boca Grande Marina, Gasparilla Island, FloridaGulfport Marina includes dry boat storage, ship store, bathroom, public boat ramp, parking, fueling stations, lighted range markers and guest docking facility.Pink Shell Beach Resort and MarinaGulf Harbour Marina    
ICW Marker 73, 4.5 miles from Gulf of Mexico  
14490 Vista River Dr.,
Fort Myers, FL 33908
239-437-0881
gulfharbourmarina@comcast.netLocated 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 of
Riviera Dunes Marina Just off Tampa Bay Owned and Operated by BoatersThe 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. Fisherman's Village Marina and Resort, Punta Gorda, FLPunta Gorda, Florida - a GREAT cruising destinationSt. Andrew's 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, FlRegatta Pointe Marina

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  • Announcement: All Western Florida Cruising News

    PLEASE CAREFULLY READ OUR DISCLAIMER!

    Below, you will discover our COMPLETE listing of Western Florida cruising news/postings from fellow cruisers, arranged in chronological order, based on publication date. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO NARROW YOUR SELECTION of WF cruising news to those messages which pertain to a specific geographic sub-region, locate the RED, vertically stacked menu, on the right side of this, and all Cruisers’ Net pages. Click on “Western Florida.” A drop down menu will appear, with a blue background, Now, click on “WF Regional Cruising News.” A sub-drop-down menu will now appear, listing 13 Western Florida geographic sub-regions. Select your waters of interest, and after clicking on your choice, a list of messages will appear, confined to the sub-region you have picked!

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  • Charlotte Harbor Events, Week of April 27, Punta Gorda, FL

    Punta Gorda, Florida - a GREAT cruising destination

    There is always plenty to do in Charlotte Harbor, as you will see from the list of events below. Punta Gorda, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is 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!

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    For listing of all events, go to:

    http://www.charlotteharbortravel.com/events/charlotte-harbor-events
    or
    http://www.charlotteharbortravel.com/events/
    Deanna Fritz
    Charlotte County Visitor & Convention Bureau
    18500 Murdock Circle, Suite B-104
    Port Charlotte, FL 33948
    941-743-1900
    Elizabeth.parker@charlottefl.com
    www.CharlotteHarborTravel.com

    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 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

  • Russell Pass Northern Anchorage, between Indian Key Pass and Everglades City, West Florida

    Russell Pass splits off to the north from Indian Key Pass at marker #7 and the northern anchorage lies upstream, 200 yards southwest of the charted split in the stream.

    I have used this anchorage a few times in wind from the north @ 35 mph as stated ( as good as it gets ). 37 foot sailing vessel 5ft draft. S/V TIME
    R J Schwandner

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Russell Pass Northern Anchorage

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Russell Pass Northern Anchorage

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Western Florida Florida Marina Directory Listing For The Russell Pass Middle Anchorage

    Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Russell Pass Southern Anchorage

  • More Good Words for Marco Island Marina, West Florida, south of Naples

    Marco Island Marina will be found along the Marco – Naples waterway’s southerly banks, immediately west of the high-rise fixed Marco Island bridge.

    Elmer the dockmaster is very helpful. Showers are air conditioned and clean. Floating docks are very nice, the entire set-up is first class.
    Upon registering you are handed a courtesy card to the Marco Island Yacht Club adjacent to this property. Impressive building, but a word of caution, if you are planning on eating dinner at the restaurant, we recommend you call ahead for reservations. We arrived on a Wednesday (dinner special is lobster tails) and assumed we could get a table. Well, had to eat at the boat.
    Manual Farinas

    Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Marco Island Marina

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  • Destroyed Daybeacon, Homosassa River, West Florida, 4/23/2015

    This missing daybeacon #31 marks the north side of a slight dogleg in the multi-marker narrow channel that leads from Homosassa Bay to Riverhaven Marina at Marker #80 on the Homosassa.

    FLORIDA – ANCLOTE KEYS TO CRYSTAL RIVER – HOMOSASSA RIVER: Hazard to Navigation
    Homosassa River Daybeacon 31 (LLNR 28445) is destroyed. The remains of the aid is broken 1ft above the waterline and marked with a TRLB, Fl Q G characteristics. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution.
    Chart 11409 LNM:16/15

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

  • Update on Navigation Aids and Markers at Longboat Pass, south of Tampa Bay, 4/23/2015

    In response to perennial shoaling at the entrance to Longboat Pass, the following navigation aids have been relocated or replaced with temporary aids. Longboat Pass separates Longbeach and Bradenton Beach south of Tampa Bay near GICW Statute Mile 85. This shoaling appears to be 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
    Longboat Pass Approach LT (LLNR 1350/21755) relocated to 27-25-50.747N/082-41-40.341W
    Longboat Pass DBN 1 (LLNR 21757) changed to Temp Buoy 1 temp relocated to 27-25-55.788N/082-41-43.138W,
    Longboat Pass DBN 2 (LLNR 21758) changed to Temp Buoy 2 (LLNR 21758) temp relocated to 27-25-56.232N/082-41-40.045W
    Temp Buoy 2A to 27-26-22.076N/082-41-39.324W
    Temp Buoy 3A to 27-26-20.809N/082-41-43.716W (Ref: LNM 36/14)
    Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area.
    Chart 11424 LNM: 16/15

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

  • Update on Florida’s Anchoring Restrictions Bill

    This Florida senate bill restricting anchoring has been much in the news for several weeks, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=147527 and http://cruisersnet.net/?p=147397. This update is from Kim Russo on AGLCA’s Forum

    Below is an update provided this morning from the team working on defeating the proposed anchoring restrictions in Florida. Thanks to all the Loopers and our Sponsors who have taken steps to help with this issue. We’ve made
    a lot of progress!

    1. There are 8 days left in the regular session.

    2. On the House side, there is currently no remaining bill that includes the anchoring ban. The bill that most logically could have been a vehicle for such a provision passed 119-0 this morning on the House floor (i.e. vote by the full House). This was after the anchoring ban amendment was defeated in its last committee hearing. Therefore, when it was brought up for a vote of the full House (on the floor) it contained no anchoring ban provisions. Unlike last year, no anchoring ban amendment was filed on the floor although our team was poised, ready to respond rapidly … as were the House members who have become champions for the boating and cruising
    community. That bill is now going to the Senate for a vote.

    3. On the Senate side, the bill containing the anchoring ban made it through the 2nd of its 3 required committees 2 weeks ago. With 8 days left, the bill is not currently scheduled for a 3rd committee hearing.
    Currently, that 3rdcommittee is not scheduled to meet again, although that could change.

    4. We are working continuously to monitor and track every bill and every potential amendment to a bill that could create the anchoring ban. We are in constant communication with a full host of House and Senate members who are with us.

    5. At this stage, broad messaging from the boating community to legislators is not an effective strategy. If, however, any threatening bill or amendment emerges, we will again engage promptly with messaging that is tailored, timed and targeted.

    6. The boating and cruising community has done a great job throughout this session. It has strengthened its voice and its effectiveness. It has broadened and diversified its sources of messaging. For example, recently
    there was effective proactive messaging from the veterans boating community and the Boy Scouts/Sea Scouts boating community that was influential in conjunction with the balance of the boating and cruising community family.

    7. We still have 8 days. Readiness is the key.

    Kim Russo
    Director
    America’s Great Loop Cruisers’ Association

  • Key Lime Festival at Fishermen’s Village, Punta Gorda, FL

    Punta Gorda, Florida - a GREAT cruising destination

    Doesn’t just the thought of all those Key Lime Specialties make your mouth water! Yum!! Fishermen’s Village in Punta Gorda, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, on Western Florida’s Charlotte Harbor/Peace River always has an array of activities to please eyes, ears and palate. Whether you are moored in Punta Gorda’s mooring field or berthed at Fishermen’s Village Marina, also A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, there is always something special to do!

    FISHERMEN’S VILLAGE TO HOST 3rd ANNUAL KEY LIME FESTIVAL
    Saturday, May 16, 2015 from 10 am – 6pm

    Fishermen’s Village is coordinating plans for their 3rd annual Key Lime Festival.  Family friendly activities planned include:

    Metamasque-Face Painting 11 am – 3 pm
    Entertainment/Family Fun with Gator DJ 11 am – 3 pm

    “Jeff the Juggler” – Juggling and Balloon Twisting 12 Noon-3 pm
    Live Remote with Jeff Collins “The Golden Hippo” Seaview Radio 12 Noon-2 pm
    “Hot Flashz” Dance Team 2 pm

    Village merchants will feature Key Lime Specialties to include:

    Simply Sweet: key lime pie, honey, fudge, candies and BBQ Sauce
    Good ‘Ole Days Coffee Café: key lime pie ice cream, milk shakes, cookies, limeade
    Sand Pebble: key lime bath soaps, coconut patties and rum cakes
    Village Fish Market: Key lime pie, $2 per slice when purchasing an entrée
    Island Life Yogurt: Key Lime soft serve yogurt

    Vendors will be set up throughout the village on the promenades with a variety of products and services including: Tarot Card reading by Pamela / Stamped Spoon Jewelry by Carole Karlins / Hostess Glitter Tools by Joyce /
    Tone It Tampa / Time to Travel Agency / Author TC Diehl / Key West Express / Peace River wildlife Center and many more.

    Admission and parking for the Key Lime Festival is free and the public is encouraged to attend.
    Fishermen’s Village is located off Marion Avenue in Punta Gorda, FL. 1 800 639-0020 or visit on line at www.fishville.com.

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

    1200 West Retta Esplanade #57A
    Punta Gorda, FL 33950

    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 Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Fishermen’s Village

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  • May Events and Entertainment at Fishermen’s Village, Punta Gorda, FL

    Punta Gorda, Florida - a GREAT cruising destination

    May will be another exciting month at Fishermen’s Village in 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, there is always something special to do, like the Key Lime Festival on May 16!

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    Please note: Because of upcoming renovations in Fishermen’s Village center court, we are unable to
    feature live entertainment on Friday/Saturday evenings.

    Thank you!
    Kathy Burnam
    Marketing/Events Manager
    Fishermen’s Village
    kathyb@fishville.com
    READER’S CHOICE AWARDS FAVORITE SHOPPING DESTINATION! 1200 West Retta Esplanade #57A
    Punta Gorda, FL 33950

    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 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

  • Good Words for Moss Marine, Fort Myers Beach

    Moss Marine lies on the west side of Matanzas Pass across the channel from Marker #17. Skipper Farinas makes the Captains’ Lounge sound great!

    Very helpful staff. There is an air-conditioned boater’s lounge available to transients as well as permanent slip holders. The lounge has an extensive exchange library, and a television set. The air-conditioned showers are great. There are two washing machines and two dryers that were the hottest we encountered on our trip from Clearwater to Ft. Myers Beach. Both the showers and washer and dryers are all within the boaters lounge, so you can enjoy the lounge while waiting for your clothes to wash and dry.
    Manuel Farinas

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Moss Marine

  • Charlotte Harbor Events, Week of April 20, Punta Gorda, FL

    Punta Gorda, Florida - a GREAT cruising destination

    There is always plenty to do in Charlotte Harbor, as you will see from the list of events below. Punta Gorda, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is 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!

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    For listing of all events, go to:

    http://www.charlotteharbortravel.com/events/charlotte-harbor-events
    or
    http://www.charlotteharbortravel.com/events/
    Deanna Fritz
    Charlotte County Visitor & Convention Bureau
    18500 Murdock Circle, Suite B-104
    Port Charlotte, FL 33948
    941-743-1900
    Elizabeth.parker@charlottefl.com
    www.CharlotteHarborTravel.com

    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 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

  • Lengthy Single-Leaf Operation, Stickney Point Bridge, GICW Statute Mile 69

    Stickney Point Bridge crosses the Gulf Waterway at Statute Mile 69, northwest of unlighted daybeacon #62, connecting Siesta Key to the mainland.

    FLORIDA – GULF INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY – CHARLOTTE HARBOR – TAMPA BAY – SR 72/STICKNEY POINT BRIDGE: Bridge
    Repairs.

    Costal Marine Construction, Inc. has advised the Coast Guard that they will be working on the SR 72/Stickney Point Bridge, Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, Sarasota County, Florida from April 13, 2015 through January 8, 2016. The Coast Guard Captain of the Port St Petersburg has approved the following restrictions for this bridge. Starting April 13, 2015, this bridge will be on single-leaf operations with a double-leaf opening available with a four hour notice to the bridge tender. From June through September 2015 between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., Sunday through Thursday, this bridge will be allowed single-leaf operations only. The contractor will have floating equipment under the down span and for one-half the channel the vertical clearance will be reduced by five feet. The floating equipment will be removed as needed with four hour notice to the bridge tender. This work is expected to be completed by January 8, 2016. Chart 11425 LNM:15/15

    Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory Listing For Stickney Point Bridge

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  • Mother’s Day Weekend with Fishermen’s Village Marina, Punta Gorda, FL

    Punta Gorda, Florida - a GREAT cruising destination

    Give Mom a special day with King Fisher Fleet out of Fishermen’s Village Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, in Punta Gorda, also A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, located 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, this would be a great Mother’s Day weekend!

    CELEBRATE MOTHER’S DAY WEEKEND—MOMS CRUISE FREE!

    PUNTA GORDA, FL—King Fisher Fleet, headquartered at Fishermen’s Village in Punta Gorda, invites Moms to cruise for free in honor of Mother’s Day. We think Mothers deserve more than just one day of celebration, so we are offering free cruises for moms all of Mother’s Day weekend! Here’s the Mother’s Day Weekend Schedule:

    Fri. May 8: Sunset Cruise 7:00 p.m., 1 ½ hours

    Sat. May 9: Cabbage Key Island Cruise 9:00 a.m., full day
    Peace River Nature Cruise 1:00 p.m., 3 ½ hours
    Sunset Cruise 7:00 p.m., 1 ½ hours

    Sun. May 10: Cabbage Key Island Cruise 9:00 a.m., full day
    Cayo Costa Beach Cruise 9:00 a.m., full day
    Afternoon Harbor Tour 2:00 p.m., 1 ½ hours
    Afternoon Harbor Tour 4:00 p.m., 1 ½ hours
    Sunset Cruise 7:00 p.m., 1 ½ hours

    All moms cruise free on all of the above listed cruises. Advance reservations are recommended. For more information about the special Mother’s Day offer, please call (941) 639-0969.

    King Fisher Fleet offers eight cruises including daylong cruises to the islands of Cayo Costa, Cabbage Key, and Boca Grande, narrated tours of the Peace River and Charlotte Harbor, as well as sunset cruises and Christmas light canal cruises. King Fisher Fleet also offers charter fishing with some of the best fishing guides in southwest Florida, departing every day from Fishermen’s Village Marina.

    Voted “Best Charter Boats in Charlotte County” every year 1996-2014, Sun-Herald poll
    Voted Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce Pinnacle Business of the Year 2009
    Voted Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year 2010

    Elissa Allen
    Marketing Director
    King Fisher Fleet
    941-639-2628
    www.kingfisherfleet.com

    Kathy Burnam
    Marketing/Events Manager
    Fishermen’s Village
    READER’S CHOICE AWARDS FAVORITE SHOPPING DESTINATION!

    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 Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Fishermen’s Village

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  • Military Appreciation Month at Fishermen’s Village, Punta Gorda, FL

    Punta Gorda, Florida - a GREAT cruising destination

    Military Appreciation Month is another of the many ways Fishermen’s Village and Punta Gorda work to benefit the community. Punta Gorda, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is 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, there is always something special to do!

    MAY IS MILITARY APPRECIATION MONTH AT KING FISHER FLEET
    PUNTA GORDA, FL—King Fisher Fleet, headquartered at Fishermen’s Village in Punta Gorda, is celebrating May as Military Appreciation Month by thanking all active duty service members, members of the reserve components, and all veterans. This very important month reminds Americans to continually honor, recognize, and appreciate those men and women who have served throughout our history, as well as acknowledge their families who have sacrificed in order for us to enjoy our freedom.
    Through their Military Appreciation Month promotions, King Fisher Fleet hopes to spread recognition for all those who served in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard.

    Military Appreciation Month Programs:
    1. All military personnel with a valid military ID, and veterans with proof of service (DD214, American Legion or VFW membership card, VA ID card, Driver’s License with “V”) receive half-price admission on any sightseeing cruise offered at King Fisher Fleet during the month of May. Advance reservations are recommended. Subject to availability. Discount also applies to spouses and dependents. Offer good for individual tickets only and cannot be applied towards group ticket sales. Discount cruise reservations cannot be made online and must be made by calling our ticket office at 941-639-0969.

    2. People making donations in the amount of $20 or more to the Military Heritage Museum during the month of May will receive a voucher for a free sunset cruise at King Fisher Fleet. To participate, visit the Museum at Fishermen’s Village, give your donation to a volunteer, and ask for the voucher.

    The Military Heritage Museum’s mission is to promote an understanding and respect for the rich military heritage of the United States and the sacrifices made by our country’s veterans, living and dead, emphasizing that freedom is not free. The Military Heritage Museum is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation that has been in existence for almost 13 years. The Museum is located in Fishermen’s Village in Punta Gorda, Florida. The Museum is funded by donations and grants.

    Kim Lovejoy, Master Sergeant, US Air Force Retired Reserve and Executive Director for the Museum, shared, “Of course, here in the Museum, every month is Military Appreciation Month, but we’re delighted that King Fisher Fleet is making such generous offers”.

    For more information about these special offers, please call (941) 639-0969.

    King Fisher Fleet offers eight cruises including daylong cruises to the islands of Cayo Costa, Cabbage Key, and Boca Grande, narrated tours of the Peace River and Charlotte Harbor, as well as sunset cruises and Christmas light canal cruises. King Fisher Fleet also offers charter fishing with some of the best fishing guides in southwest Florida, departing every day from Fishermen’s Village Marina.

    Voted “Best Charter Boats in Charlotte County” every year 1996-2014, Sun-Herald poll
    Voted Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce Pinnacle Business of the Year 2009
    Voted Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year 2010

    Elissa Allen
    Marketing Director
    King Fisher Fleet
    941-639-2628
    www.kingfisherfleet.com

    Kathy Burnam
    Marketing/Events Manager
    Fishermen’s Village
    READER’S CHOICE AWARDS FAVORITE SHOPPING DESTINATION!

    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 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

  • Less than Good News on SB 1548!

    April 15: Despite the best efforts of SSCA and AGLCA, the afternoon session in Tallahassee brought less than good news with the inclusion of the anchoring restrictions in SB 1548 . Here is a follow-up report by our good friend, Make Ahart, posted on AGLCA’s Forum:
    April 14: This report by Mike Ahart of Waterway Guide is good news for cruisers! Kudos to all who attended and spoke at the hearing and to those who wrote in opposition to SB 1548! Special praise to SSCA, AGLCA and BoatUS for their efforts on boaters’ behalf.

    Following the good news on the House side in Florida this morning, this
    afternoon the second state Senate committee to hear the bill including the
    anchoring provisions voted to move the bill forward. More to come later on
    next steps. More detailed report by Mike Ahart of Waterway Guide is here:
    Kim Russo

    FL anchoring restriction bill passes another Senate committee
    Reported By: Mike Ahart, News Editor
    Florida’s Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government heard Senate Bill 1548 today. This legislation would prohibit overnight anchoring on navigable water near private residences and public marine infrastructure, exception certain circumstances, among other less-contentious provisions. Despite strong support from the cruising community, the committee voted favorably for the bill 6 to 0.

    Eleven bills were on the 2-hour session’s agenda, including contentious legislation related to fracking. Due to time constraints, only two attendees who petitioned the committee to speak were able to. Watch video of hearing (starts at minute 78:08 – a short break is taken for another bill during the hearing).

    Over a dozen cruisers attended the hearing, as well as a morning Florida House hearing on a related bill at the State Capitol in Tallahassee. House Bill 7123 – At-Risk Vessels had no anchoring restrictions for or vessels that are neither considered “derelict” or at risk of becoming derelict, but, last night, an amendment was introduced to the bill which would have aligned with the anchoring restrictions in Senate Bill 1548. Several cruisers and cruising advocates spoke. The amendment was withdrawn, and the “At-Risk Vessel” bill passed unanimously without the amendment.

    Florida House ‘at-risk vessel bill’ passes committee, amendment withdrawn
    Date Reported: Apr 14, 2015
    Reported By: Mike Ahart, News Editor
    Source: WG Staff

    UPDATE: A last-minute amendment which would have aligned House Bill 7123 (At-Risk Vessels) with the anchoring restrictions in Senate Bill 1548 was withdrawn after over a dozen cruisers and advocates spoke against it at a House State Affairs Committee hearing this morning. The bill passed without the amendment.

    The Florida House of Representatives has introduced a new bill defining vessels “at risk” of becoming derelict. It does not mirror Senate Bill 1548 currently under consideration – a bill that would make anchoring illegal within 200 feet of public marine infrastructure and developed waterfront property.

    State Representative Holly Raschein has introduced House Bill 7123 (formerly PCB HWSS 15-06) titled “At Risk Vessels,” does not include any anchoring restrictions for vessels that are neither considered “derelict” or at risk of becoming derelict. Rep. Raschein is Vice Chair of the Highway & Waterway Safety Subcommittee, and represents Monroe County and south Miami-Dade County.

    This legislation would, if enacted, create a new section of code in Florida Statute 327 (“Vessel Safety”) defining at-risk vessels as exhibiting any of the following characteristics:

    (a) The vessel has compartments designed to be enclosed which are incapable of being sealed off or remain open to the elements for extended periods of time.

    (b) The vessel has broken free or is in danger of breaking free from anchor.

    (c) The vessel is listing due to water intrusion, has sunk or is partially sunken, or is left or stored aground in such a state that would prevent the vessel from getting underway.

    (d) The vessel is taking on or has taken on water without an effective means of dewatering.

    According to the bill, the occupant or registered owner of an “at risk” vessel on Florida waters can be warned or fined:

    First offense, $50.
    Second offense occurring within 30 days after a prior conviction, $250.
    Third offense occurring within 60 days after a prior conviction, $500.
    Fourth or subsequent offense occurring within 90 days after a prior conviction, $1,000.
    If the at-risk conditions are not corrected after 90 days, the vessel would be considered derelict. According to Florida Statute 823 (“Public Nuisance”) it is unlawful for a person, firm, or corporation to store, leave, or abandon any derelict vessel in the state, and law enforcement can have the vessel relocated or removed, and any costs associated are recoverable against the vessel owner.

    The legislation would take effect July 1, 2015.

  • Model Letter re SB 1548 by Jim Healy

    Here is a well-written, insightful letter to Florida legislators that should serve as a model for those of you who plan to write in opposition to SB 1548, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=147754. Thank you Captain Healy.

    Chairman Hon. Alan Hays
    Vice Chairman Hon. Oscar Braynon
    Senator Hon. Thad Altman
    Senator Hon. Charles Dean
    Senator Hon. Tom Lee
    Senator Hon. Gwen Margolis
    Senator Hon. Wilton Simpson

    Dear Chairman Hays and members of the Senate Committee on General Government Operations:

    I am writing in reference to SB1548, titled “An Act Related to Vessel Safety.” I am a legal resident of Green Cove Springs, Clay County, and an active boater. I have previously written to Sen. Rob Bradley requesting that he decline to support Senate Bill 1548 in its present form. While I do not object to the core safety-related provisions of SB1548, I do object to the anchoring setback provisions contained in the bill. The setback provisions reduce the availability of safe anchoring locations all across Florida, thereby acting against the goal of promoting safety in navigation on state waters. Furthermore, the setback provisions represent revocation of lawful pubic access rights to public trust lands. These lands are held by the state in trust for use by the public, not for the aesthetic preferences or personal use of adjoining waterfront landowners or for the promotion of waterfront business interests.

    Although limitations on anchoring may favor certain business interests, the origin of the setback provisions in the bill appears to be isolated disputes between waterfront landowners and occupants of anchored vessels. Some of these disputes have been highly publicized, but do not justify a sweeping statewide law which would restrict the rights and freedoms of hundreds of thousands of boaters throughout the maritime waters of coastal Florida. These disputes are not based on safety concerns. They can and should be resolved on a case-by-case basis through noise and nuisance proceedings in the judicial branch of municipal, county and state government.

    House Bill 7123 deals with derelict vessels without changing current Florida-wide anchoring rights. When we first moved to Florida in 2004, there was a confusing and inconsistent patchwork of local, city and county laws that restricted or disallowed anchoring in Florida’s intracoastal public trust waters. Compliance with that patchwork of local ordinances was impossible. Florida Statute 327.60 ended that inconsistency in anchoring policies and local manipulation of navigation rights and rules. At this time, HB7123 creates an “at risk” category of boats and gives local governments new tools to manage these situations. Because local governments sometimes seek to promulgate anchoring restrictions as a means of managing problems with “at risk” and derelict vessels, I strongly believe that HB7123 is an excellent step to deter vessels from becoming derelict in the first place.

    I ask that SB1548 be aligned with HB7123. I also ask that as the opportunity presents itself in the future, that the committee act to maintain the statewide consistency of anchoring rules the legislature previously established in FS 327.60, and act to prohibit local or regional exceptions to this state wide policy.
    Thank you for your consideration.
    James B. Healy
    Peg and Jim Healy aboard Sanctuary, currently at Daytona Beach, FL

    http://gilwellbear.wordpress.com

    Monk 36 Hull #132

  • Charlotte Harbor Events, Week of April 6, Punta Gorda, FL

    Punta Gorda, Florida - a GREAT cruising destination

    No April Fool’s jokes here in Punta Gorda, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, on Western Florida’s Charlotte Harbor/Peace River. You are sure to find plenty to do on the list of events below. Whether you are moored in Punta Gorda’s mooring field or berthed at Fishermen’s Village Marina, also A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, there is always something special to do!

    charlotte462

    For listing of all events, go to:

    http://www.charlotteharbortravel.com/events/charlotte-harbor-events
    or
    http://www.charlotteharbortravel.com/events/
    Deanna Fritz
    Charlotte County Visitor & Convention Bureau
    18500 Murdock Circle, Suite B-104
    Port Charlotte, FL 33948
    941-743-1900
    Elizabeth.parker@charlottefl.com
    www.CharlotteHarborTravel.com

    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 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

  • Destroyed Daybeacon behind Little Marco Island, Western Florida

    This destroyed daybeacon is on the east side of a narrow channel northeast of Little Marco Island.

    FLORIDA – LOSTMANS RIVER TO WIGGINS PASS – BIG MARCO PASS-GORDON PASS: Hazard to Navigation.
    Big Marco Pass-Gordon Pass Daybeacon 30 (LLNR 17285) is destroyed/partially submerged and poses a hazard to navigation. The wreckage is marked with a TRLB “WR30” with Fl Q R characteristics in position 26-00-59.428N/081-45-35.664W. Mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. Chart 11430 LNM:13/15

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

  • Excellent Report from Redington Shores Anchorage, GICW Statute Mile 125.5

    Redington Shores Anchorage is found on the charted cove south of unlighted daybeacon #1 off the northwestern tip of Boca Ciega Bay. Our thanks to Laura for this thorough description of this Gulf Waterway anchorage.

    We stayed at this anchorage for 2 nights week of March 23rd and it was SUPER nice. We were guided in by the instructions in Claiborne’s Cruising Guide and he was spot on. It is very shallow in the middle of this anchorage, so hugging the Southern shoreline it was plenty deep. There are two restaurants nearby, Seabreeze and Wahoo’s – we ate at Seabreeze one night and the food was good. There is Happy Hour all day every day $2 drafts and they have some inexpensive bar food items ($4.99 grouper cheeks, and some other tasty items as well) There is a public park with a dock to get off and walk across the street to the beach. There is a 7-Eleven within walking distance for ice ($2.99 a bag) and whatnot. There’s a trolley that runs the whole length of the beach as well, if you really want to go exploring, it’s very reasonable. The water was deepest just off the fishing boat fleet, we had no problems. There is a bank of high rise condos to the South but they didn’t bother us, and most people were nice. We even had one guy track us down at the bar as he admired our boat out there, and we met some nice folks. We will definitely be back to this anchorage.
    Laura

    Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Redington Shores Anchorage

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Redington Shores Anchorage

  • Good Report from Seafood Shack Marina, GICW Statute Mile 87

    Claiborne’s Comments: The Seafood Shack Marina and Restaurant guard the eastern flanks of the Western Florida ICW, only a few miles south of the Waterway’s entrance into Tampa Bay, hard by the Cortez Bridge. The marina part of this operation has always seemed a bit “casual” to me over the years, but our dining experience here has always been good.

    Just spent two nights at the Seafood Shack and can confirm the comments above from 2012. Darryl the dock master was very helpful and friendly, and the docks were still old and beat up, but both the marina and restaurant are under new management and renovations are underway. There were some new finger piers and replacement of the main docks and electric service were both ongoing while were there. The shore heads are also slated for a much needed facelift. Pretty good food at the restaurant, and several other good choices within walking distance. When renovations are complete, this will be a good choice.
    Jonathan Gorham

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Western Florida Marina Directory Listing For Seafoof Shack Marina

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of the Seafoof Shack Marina

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