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Southwest Florida YachtsBoca Grande Marina, Gasparilla Island, FloridaTwin Dolphin Marina, 1000 1st Ave. West, Bradenton, Florida 34205-7852, 941.747.8300  -  fax 941.745.2831, e-mail: harbormaster@twindolphinmarina.comPink Shell Beach Resort and Marina 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.Gulf 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
Regatta Pointe MarinaFisherman's Village Marina and Resort, Punta Gorda, FLSt. Andrew's MarinaRiviera 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, FlPunta Gorda, Florida - a GREAT cruising destinationThe 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.

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  • 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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  • 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

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

  • Good News from Regatta Pointe Marina, Manatee River, off Tampa Bay

    What more could you ask? A great marina and now those good West Marine savings all in one location. Way to go Regatta Pointe! 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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  • MarineQuest Open House, St. Petersburg, FL, Tampa Bay

    This sounds like a wonderful adventure, especially if you have children. It’s also a great time to visit St. Petersburg Municipal Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, located on the western shore of Tampa Bay in downtown St. Petersburg.

    Fish and Wildlife Research Institute gears up for 20th annual MarineQuest open house

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Fish and Wildlife Research Institute welcomes the public to the 20th annual MarineQuest open house Saturday, Oct. 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This fun, free event introduces visitors of all ages to the state’s fish and wildlife and their habitats at FWRI headquarters, 100 8th Ave. S.E., in downtown St. Petersburg.
    Held in conjunction with the fourth annual St. Petersburg Science Festival, MarineQuest offers more than 60 exhibits from FWRI and other government agencies and conservation groups.
    Visitors at MarineQuest 2014 can experience up-close encounters with live fish and wildlife, including sharks, rays, crustaceans, alligators and a variety of Florida’s top inshore sport fish. Attendees can hone their bow-and-arrow skills at the Florida Youth Conservation Centers Network’s outdoor archery station, or get creative with wildlife origami, face painting and gyotaku, the art of Japanese fish printing.
    Free event parking is available at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg parking garage at the corner of 5th Ave. S. and 3rd St. S.
    Sponsors include the Tampa Bay Times, University of South Florida St. Petersburg and the city of St. Petersburg.
    For more information about MarineQuest 2014, visit MyFWC.com/MarineQuest.
    This event is designed to provide equal opportunity for enjoyment by all participants. If you would like to request any particular aids or services pursuant to disability laws, please contact the event planner at 727-896-8626 or the city of St. Petersburg Community Affairs Division at 727-893-7345 or 727-892-5259 TDD/TTY.

    Photos available on FWC’s Flickr site: https://flic.kr/s/aHsjNPeRHT

    Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For St. Petersburg Municipal Marina

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  • Important USCG Survey Requested on “All Aboard Florida” Railway Bridges

    Our thanks to Dave Legrow for sending us this Public Notice concerning the proposed “All Aboard Florida” railway, an issue first reported on in April of this year, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=143201.

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    Written comments can also be received via email at:  USCGD7DPBPublicComment@uscg.mil    Written comments will also be received at the locations and dates listed above.

    LINK TO SURVEY:
    www.navcen.uscg.gov/pdf/bridges/publicNotices/D07DPB-11-14_FEC%20RR%20Bridge_St%20Lucie%20River.pdf

  • Seventh District False Flare Cases are Costly Events

    As detailed in this article by Adam Linhardt in KeysNews.com, this is a real No-Brainer, and surely no SSECN reader would ever be guilty of abusing the use of emergency flares. However, it is a good topic of conversation to have in public places where some of the less-informed might overhear!

    False flare cases plague Coast Guard
    BY ADAM LINHARDT Citizen Staff
    alinhardt@keysnews.com

    Misuse of emergency marine flares is giving the Coast Guard headaches and costing taxpayers a ton of money, the agency said last week.
    Since June, the Coast Guard Seventh District headquartered in Miami, of which Sector Key West is included, reported more than 60 flare sightings. Watchstanders then launched air and boat crews in every instance at a total cost of more than $5 million, according to the Coast Guard.
    Each search typically costs between $60,000 and $90,000 when fuel and manpower needs are totaled, according to data released by the Coast Guard.
    “Shooting a flare in a nondistress situation is no different than dialing 911 and hanging up,” said Capt. Todd Coggeshall, chief of response management for the Coast Guard Seventh District.

    To read more, go to:

    http://keysnews.com/node/57961

  • Fort Myers Yacht Basin at Risk of Being Privatized, Caloosahatchee River/Okeechobee Waterway Statute Mile 135

    A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! Fort Myers Yacht Basin lies along the southeasterly banks of the Caloosahatchee River, between the 3rd and 4th bridges from west to east.

    The City Of Fort Myers Yacht Basin is well known for being a beautiful, convenient, well-run marina with transient and live-aboard slips, access to downtown amenities, and a protected location on the Caloosahatchee River. Change may be in the winds for this municipal facility, however, according to the September issue of its “DockLines” monthly newsletter:
    http://www.cityftmyers.com/DesktopModules/Bring2mind/DMX/Download.aspx?EntryId=5267&Command=Core_Download&method=inline&PortalId=0&TabId=303

    ATTENTION YACHT BASIN CUSTOMERS
    The City of Fort Myers Mayor and City Council are discussing “potential public/private partnerships with the City of Fort Myers Yacht Basin”. More information will be provided once it is known. Public assistance in providing input to the elected officials will be very important in setting the direction that the marina is to proceed in. Please
    contact the Yacht Basin for elected officials contact information. The City built and has successfully run the marina since 1937 to provide safe dockage to the area boaters. Please help us keep this a great public marina.
    Thank you,
    Leif Lustig, Dockmaster
    239-707-5316

    Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Ft Myers Yacht Basin

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  • Report from Anchoring Regulations Forum in Vero Beach, FL

    This report is from the first of two public forums scheduled for September, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=143945.
    Our thanks for Skipper Waln for this excellent report.

    Florida Anchoring Meeting, Vero Beach (And the Beat Goes On)
    Tonight I attended the FWC hosted Vero Beach meeting on regulatory Concepts for anchoring in Florida. The meeting was well run by Maj Moore of the FWC who was supported by Capt Klein and a staff of non-uniformed personnel. Seven regulatory Concepts were presented with repeated requests throughout the meeting for the attendees to put their thoughts in the comments sections of the questionnaires provided. A similar meeting is scheduled for Bradenton tomorrow evening. A regulated open mike session allowed time for cruisers, other boaters, home owners, members of the boating industry and locality representatives to speak.

    The core purpose of the meeting was to provide the FWC access to a broader thought base when developing regulatory alternatives to respond to legislative attempts to return to locally controlled anchoring. While the FWC Anchoring Pilot Program was extended for three years in the last session, there is no reason to believe it won’t come up again this next session.

    The elephant in the room issue is a regulatory concept allowing anchoring keep out zones in the vicinity of waterfront residences. The initial language proposes expansive keep out zones which would largely eliminate anchoring in Florida’s most populous and/or geographically constrained waterfront regions — a boon to marina owners and mooring field operators — and quite possibly unconstitutional if not simply illegal.

    As is usual in cases like this, the public comment was all over the map. About 75% of the comments were on topic, the rest were either meandering or sales pitches or diatribes of some sort. Some comments were more appropriate to a legislative comment environment. Of the on topic comments, about half were polite rants [actually this was a very polite crowd, considering the potential downside of both legislation and the FWC keep out concept] the other half contained a few useful ideas and raised issues that will likely require a court challenge to ever see settled. Several people spoke in favor of uniformity in application — but several worried one size may not fit all considering Florida’s geographic variety.

    About 100 people attended. Roughly a third spoke. A couple of people on both sides of the issue behaved badly, but they failed to ignite audience passion or participation.

    I agree with Major Moore. It is better to have this dialog now and concepts in hand when the legislative juggernaut starts up again than it is to respond to proposed legislation with “duh.”

    All seven concepts can be found at. http://myfwc.com/media/2847550/anchoring-public-meeting.pdf

    Chris Waln

  • 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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Longboat Pass

  • Vessel Insurance in Florida

    One of our readers is looking for recommendations for an insurer for a 40ft trimaran while in Florida. While SSECN is happy to pass along this request for advice, we cannot serve as a broker or even a kiosk for various insurers. Please offer Skipper Laletin your suggestions via a personal phone call to the number listed below or by email at chrislaletin@mac.com. Thanks!

    I recently relocated my 40 foot trimaran from the Chesapeake to Florida for this winter. Enough freezing snow last year and I don’t want my baby freezing again. Progressive Insurance will not renew my policy in Florida since i’m over 35 feet. Boat US wants 10% of my policy value as a premium. Any suggestions on an insurance company that will insure a 40 foot trimaran. I have never made a claim and never used my Boat US towing. JAZ is presently stored on the hard in Saint Augustine. I can be contacted directly by text or voice call at 808 seven seven two 2133.
    Chris Laletin

  • A New Guide Release and a Commitment to a Worthy Cause

    We are greatly indebted to Captains Susan Landry and Chuck Baier, owners of Beach House Publications, publishers of “The Great Book of Anchorages,” for providing superb, in-depth articles for our readers! This west coast anchorages guide is a welcomed addition to their previous guides and includes a dedication to the late Claiborne Young, co-founder of SSECN.

    A New Guide Release and a Commitment to a Worthy Cause

    Media Information: For immediate release
    Sarasota, Florida – September 1, 2014 — Publishers and long time boaters Chuck Baier and Susan Landry of Beach House Publications announce the release of their fourth guide in The Great Book of Anchorages series, The Gulf Coast, Cape Sable, FL to Mobile, AL, Including the Okeechobee Waterway. This fourth guide has been the most requested to date by fellow boaters. The authors extensive on-the-water travels and research from their trawler Beach House provides the most comprehensive Gulf Coast anchorage guide currently in print. Previous guides in The Great Book of Anchorages series are The Chesapeake Bay, Including the Potomac River, Hampton Roads and Norfolk to The Florida Keys, Including the St. Johns River, and The Bahamas – The Route Most Traveled. Details are available on the website at https://www.tgboa.com/.

    In dedication of this current release, the authors have made a commitment to donate $2.00 from every order placed between August 25, 2014 and September 30, 2014 to one of their favorite charities, The Wounded Warrior Project, http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/. They also challenge other boating publications to offer similar donations. Owner Chuck Baier is himself a veteran from the Vietnam era and understands the need to provide support and additional services to the men and women that sacrifice so much for our country and freedom.
    Beach House Publications and The Great Book of Anchorages series was conceived in August of 2012 on a laptop in the cabin of their Marine Trader trawler, Beach House. All of the guides have been researched, compiled, edited and distributed from their trawler while living aboard and cruising full time. In addition to publishing, the husband and wife team have been freelance writers for over 20 years and have shared their knowledge and experiences in such major boating publications as Cruising World, Bluewater Sailing, Soundings Magazine, Sail Magazine, Southern Boating, Lats and Atts, Marinalife Magazine, Nor’ Easter, Good Old Boat, Living Aboard Magazine and a host of internet sites. The pair often gives presentations to boating organizations such as individual Yacht Clubs, the Marine Trader Owners Association, Americas Great Loop Cruising Association and most currently, TrawlerFest Baltimore 2014.

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    If you would like more information on The Great Book of Anchorages series, would like to order books, or interview Chuck or Susan, call us at 713-244-4686 or email info@tgboa.com.
    Website, https://www.tgboa.com/
    Susan Landry, Publisher/Author/Editor
    Chuck Baier, Publisher/Author
    Beach House Publications
    P.O. Box 1418
    Sarasota, Florida 34230
    713-244-4686
    info@tgboa.com

  • Summer Deals at Twin Dolphin Marina, off Tampa Bay on the Manatee River

    Twin Dolphin Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, sits perched on the southern shores of Manatee River, just short of the Highway 41 Business bridge. We get lots of praise for this fine marina and now they have summer specials to help you beat the heat – even a free bag of ice!

    END OF SUMMER DEALS:
    We are offering:
    * Slips starting at $9 per foot
    We have a great Cruise Club Package for 2 nights for more:
    * Pier 22 gift card (our restaurant on site)
    * 50% off admission to the Bishop Planetarium/Museum/Aquarium
    * A free bag of ice daily
    Additional Cruise Club offers available. Call Marina Manager for details
    Jill Malin
    Marina Manager
    941-747-8300

    Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Twin Dolphin Marina

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  • Maintenance On Park Boulevard Bridge, West FL ICW Statute Mile 126

    With a closed vertical clearance of 25ft, Park Boulevard Bridge crosses the West Florida Waterway at Statute Mile 126, north of unlighted daybeacon #12 in the heart of “The Narrows.” Of particular interest to cruisers will be the proposed opening restrictions, if needed, to the Welsh Causeway at Mile 123 and the Indian Rocks Bridge at Mile 129 while the Park Blvd Bridge is in fixed open position. We will post those restrictions as soon as they are published.

    FLORIDA – GULF INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY – TAMPA BAY TO ANCLOTE – PARK BOULEVARD BRIDGE: Bridge Repairs.
    Pinellas County has hired Seacoast to repair the Park Boulevard Bridge across the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, St. Petersburg Beach, Pinellas County, Florida. From September 28 through October 29, 2014, the bridge will be left in the open to navigation position as the machinery will be removed and the bridge will be unable to function. During this time the contractor will be repairing/painting portions of the bridge from a work barge in the waterway. From October 29 through December 12, 2014, the Park Boulevard Bridge will be allowed to operate on single-leaf operations. A double-leaf operation will be available with a four hour notice to the bridge tender.
    Once the Park Boulevard Bridge is placed in the open to navigation position, the vehicle traffic will need to be detoured to Indian Rocks Beach to the north and Tom Stuart/Welch Causeway to the south. For this reason, the Coast Guard is considering placing opening restrictions on both of these bridges to assist the local communities. A coordinated effort between the Local School Board, Florida Department of Transportation and the U.S. Coast Guard is ongoing to determine the best times to leave these bridges closed to navigation during the heaviest periods of rush hour traffic and school bus traffic. As soon as the temporary restrictions are finalized, they will be published in this Notice. Chart: 11411 LNM: 33/14

    Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory Listing For Park Boulevard Bridge

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    Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory Listing For Welsh Causeway Bridge

    Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory Listing For Indian Rocks Bridge

  • Sunset Cruise from Fishermen’s Village, Punta Gorda, FL

    If you are a land-locked boater, an avid reader or a parent with school age kids, then here is a way to get out on the water for a romantic cruise (kids may stay at home!) and indulge your kids’ literary needs all at once. September is Library Card Sign-up Month—a time when the American Library Association and libraries across the country remind parents and caregivers that a library card is the most important school supply of all.
    Fishermen’s Village, one of SSECN’s newest SPONSORS, is found on the western shore of the Peace River, southeast of marker #3 in Punta Gorda.

    NATIONAL LIBRARY CARD SIGN-UP MONTH
    PUNTA GORDA, FL – King Fisher Fleet, located at Fishermen’s Village in Punta Gorda, supports National Library Card Sign-Up Month by offering free Sunset Cruises to everyone who gets a new library card during the month of September. Interested library borrowers in Charlotte and Desoto Counties may sign up for a new library card at the front desk at any Charlotte or Desoto County library. Once signed-up, borrowers will receive a voucher for a free Sunset Cruise which is valid for use during September or October.
    The Sunset Cruise is a 90 minute cruise that lets passengers enjoy a glorious Florida sunset over Charlotte Harbor while touring the waterfront. Advance reservations are recommended. For the current schedule, more information, and reservations, 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. Gift certificates for cruises as well as for fishing charters are available at the King Fisher Fleet office.
    Voted “Best Charter Boats in Charlotte County” every year 1996-2013, 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

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

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  • Fishermen’s Village September Calendar of Activities, Punta Gorda, FL

    Fishermen’s Village, one of SSECN’s newest SPONSORS, is found on the western shore of the Peace River, southeast of marker #3.

    FISHERMEN’S VILLAGE CALENDAR OF EVENTS/ENTERTAINMENT
    Muttini Mingle
    September 4 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
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    Trop Rock Music with Jim Morris
    September 5 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    Punta Gorda’s favorite Trop Rock Performer, Jim Morris, Center Stage!
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    Live Music with The Doo Wop Crew
    September 6 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    Enjoy music and dancing with music from the 50′s to the 80′s! Center Stage.

    Open Mic Night
    September 8 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    Presented by The Peace River Center for Writers. Come read, sing, listen and enjoy! Center Stage.

    Live Music with the Reconnections Band
    September 12 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    Variety Music and dancing, Center Court!

    Fishermen’s Village Fall Festival
    September 13
    Fishermen’s Village,
    1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda, FL 33950.
    Fishermen’s Village FALL FESTIVAL 10 am to 6 pm. Fun activities for entire family! Weiner dog Derby, Metamasque Face Painting, live music and dance, center court. Call 941 575-3067 for more information.

    Music and Dance with Peter & Edith
    September 13 @ 5:00 am – 9:00 pm
    Enjoy live music and dancing, 5-9 pm, center court with Peter & Edith! Part of Fall Festival Festivities!
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    Salty Paws Wiener Dog Derby!
    September 13 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
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    Live Music with Chris G
    September 13 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    Center Stage, 2-4 pm, part of Fall Festival Event!
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    Singer/Guitarist Michael Hirst
    September 17 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
    Live Music with Michael Hirst, near Good ‘Ole Days Coffee Café!
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    POW/MIA Remembrance Ceremony
    September 20 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
    Fishermen’s Village,
    1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda, FL 33950
    POW/MIA Remembrance Ceremony, 1 pm, Center Court, presented by the Military Heritage Museum and U.S. Paratroopers. Call 941 575-9002 for more information.

    Singer/Guitarist Michael Hirst
    September 24 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
    Enjoy live music by Michael Hirst, near Good ‘Ole Days Coffee Café!

    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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  • Destroyed Daybeacon in Matanzas Pass, Fort Myers Beach, West Florida, 8/13/2014

    North Estero Bay is accessed from the Gulf by Matanzas Pass, a popular recreation area at the northern tip of Fort Myers Beach on Estero Island. This missing daybeacon is midway between Salty Sam’s Marina to the north and Snook Bight Marina to the south.

    FLORIDA – WEST COAST – SAN CARLOS BAY – NORTH ESTERO BAY: Private Aid Hazard to Navigation
    The Coast Guard received a report of Private Aid North Estero Bay Daybeacon 14 (LLNR 18550) is destroyed and partially submerged. The aid poses a hazard to navigation. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution. Chart 11427 LNM: 32/14

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

  • Severe Shoaling in Tarpon Springs, Anclote River, West Florida, 8/6/2014

    The charming community of Tarpon Springs lies at the eastern end of the Anclote River, upstream of the northern terminus of the West Florida ICW. The turning basin is in the heart of downtown Tarpon Springs.

    FLORIDA – WEST COAST – TAMPA BAY TO PORT RICHEY – ANCLOTE RIVER: Severe Shoaling.
    There is severe shoaling in the center of the Turning Basin, Anclote River, Tarpon Springs in the vicinity of Anclote River Turning Basin Daybeacon 51 (LLNR 26360) and Anclote River Turning Basin Daybeacon 53 (LLNR 26365). Mariners are advised to use extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11411 LNM: 31/14

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

  • Severe Shoaling in Big Bend Channel, Hillsborough Bay, Tamp, FL, 8/6/2014

    The Big Bend Channel lies on the eastern side of Hillsborough Bay and leads into a mostly industrial area north of residential Apollo Beach.

    FLORIDA – WEST COAST – TAMPA BAY – HILLSBOROUGH BAY – BIG BEND CHANNEL: Severe Shoaling.
    There is severe shoaling in Big Bend Channel and the Turning Basin. Some of the private aids marking the boundaries of the Turning Basin may not be marking best water. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11416 LNM: 31/14

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

  • Comments on the Report from the FWC Meeting in Tallahassee, July 22-23, 2014

    These discussions and future meetings are extremely important to cruisers who prefer anchoring to docking. Please note that the mention of derelicts, a major cause of the new regulations and a real issue for coastal communities, is not found in this report. The newly established mooring field program and other anchoring restrictions, intended to solve the derelict problem, have not worked in most cases and have, in fact, severely limited the rights of legitimate boaters.

    For an interesting Public Opinion Survey taken by the FWC, go to page 157 of a 220 page report at http://myfwc.com/media/2704721/FindingsRecommendations.pdf

    NOTE: For comments from a landowner/boat owner, see Michael Bodin’s remarks below. His contribution is lengthy, but well worth reading.

    FWC holds public meeting to discuss the future of anchoring regulations in Florida
    In response to increasing concerns between local governments and boaters related to anchoring in state waters within local jurisdictions, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) conducted a public meeting in Tallahassee on July 21-22, 2014, to discuss anchoring issues and potential ways forward to resolve the conflicts.
    Attended by interested persons representing the boating industry, resident and visiting boaters and local and state governments, the two-day meeting focused on complex issues.
    “Protecting the rights of people to use the waters kept in public trust by the state is very important,” said Lt. Colonel Jack Daugherty. “We all want to keep Florida a boater-friendly state and maintain that great part of the Florida lifestyle and economy. On the other hand, local governments have the duty to respond to the needs of their citizens. We are committed to a robust dialogue and to seeking balance between boating interests and local governments in an effort to identify points of consensus and to help resolve some of these issues.”
    This year, Florida’s Legislature extended the Anchoring and Mooring Pilot Program, which was authorized in 2009 to look for solutions to these problems, for three additional years in order to allow for more time to test various anchoring strategies and to engage stakeholders in exploring possible legislative solutions. During the public meeting, a framework for potential future anchoring legislation was discussed along with several draft regulatory provisions based on components of the pilot program, each aimed at solving or minimizing specific anchoring challenges.

    FWC staff will draft language based on comments from this meeting, distribute that language to interested parties and hold at least two additional public meetings to further refine a possible legislative proposal. Meeting notices and reference documents will be posted by mid-August on FWC’s Anchoring and Mooring web page, found at http://myfwc.com/boating/anchoring-mooring

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    Those promoting anti-anchoring laws often use the argument that it is about eliminating derelict boats, but the reality is very different. For example, many of the laws exempt local boats that are stored–the vast majority of so-called “derelicts.” In some cases the laws have been pushed by local influential home owners who don’t want people anchored near their property, and in other cases they are pushed by marina and mooring field owners who want to force people to pay for using public waterways. The arguments about safety and derelicts are a smokescreen. Note that boats have broken loose from so-called safe moorings in places like St. Augustine, and yet users must sign an agreement that absolves the city of all liability.
    John Kettlewell

    I’m still not buying the party line from the real estate people that this is about derelict boats. The problem is that waterfront property owners pay a lot for that property, and believe with all their little black hearts, that those high prices mean they should control everything they see from that high priced property. The bigger problem is that people who can afford to buy high priced property, can also afford to buy high priced politicians, through high priced campaign contributions. Another problem is that it doesn’t matter how many times they get these laws or regulations brought up unsuccessfully, or lose, they can get as many bites at the apple as they can afford. And, for a lot of these people, that is a lot of bites.
    In a way we’re lucky that they didn’t just decide that they wanted boats banned, because the same legislators that are carrying the water for them on anchoring restrictions, would be more than available to do it for banning boats, too.
    R. Holiman

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