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Boca Grande Marina, Gasparilla Island, FloridaSouthwest Florida YachtsTwin Dolphin Marina, 1000 1st Ave. West, Bradenton, Florida 34205-7852, 941.747.8300  -  fax 941.745.2831, e-mail: 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
gulfharbourmarina@comcast.netPink Shell Beach Resort and MarinaLocated 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.
The 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. Riviera Dunes Marina Just off Tampa Bay Owned and Operated by BoatersRegatta Pointe MarinaFisherman's Village Marina and Resort, Punta Gorda, FLSt. Andrew's Marina

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  • All Western Florida Cruising News


    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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  • IMPORTANT! Pre-Public Meetings Survey of Anchoring Rights

    Pursuant to the upcoming public meetings ( on anchoring rights and regulations in Vero Beach and Bradenton, FL, Mike Ahart of Waterway Guide sends our readers this Seven Seas Cruising Association survey. Please open the survey link and submit your opinions. It is critical that cruisers have a voice in these discussions, especially since so many of you are in northern waters during September.
    For well written and well thought out arguments from a landowner and boat owner, see Michael Bodin’s comments at

    The Seven Seas Cruising Association (SSCA) has created an online survey to gather thoughts and opinions on Florida anchoring rights and the process being undertaken to propose draft legislation to allow municipalities to restrict anchoring in the state public waters within their geographical boundaries. You do NOT need to be an SSCA member to take the survey, it doesn’t ask for your email address, and it takes only about 10 minutes. Here’s the link:

    SSCA will be representing their membership and boaters in general at the upcoming meetings (Vero Beach, Sep. 3; Bradenton, Sep. 4). It has been working for years with the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), landowners, boaters, and legislators to come up with workable solutions to deal with anchored derelict, abandoned and long-term live-aboard boats without affecting cruising boats. SSCA helped immensely with the current FWC Anchoring & Mooring Pilot Program, and, whether you’re for or against it, excessive anchoring restrictions were mostly avoided by going through a thoughtful process, in my opinion. It could have been a lot worse.

    Now, for the “lot worse” – FWC seems to be under pressure from certain municipalities who did not participate in the Pilot Program, but want to restrict anchoring. In the July 2014 meeting, a framework for proposed draft legislation was established and will be further discussed at the upcoming meetings (a public comment period will follow). The proposed concepts for consideration and comment include no-anchoring zone distances from private waterfront property (300′ is noted) and public facilities – mooring fields, boat ramps, marinas, etc… – (150′ is noted), plus conditions that would exclude boats from being stored at anchor. (See for details of the proposed concepts, plus more information about the two meetings in September.)

    If you are a Florida resident, please also let your legislators know how you feel about your freedom to anchor. If you are a cruiser anywhere and have not already, consider joining SSCA – it not only helps defend anchoring rights in Florida and practically everywhere else, it is a great gathering of local, coastal and world-wide cruisers with a lot of resources and events. But either way, please take the survey. Here’s the link again:

    Happy cruising!

    Mike Ahart, News Editor, Waterway Guide

  • REMINDER: September Meetings on Anchoring Scheduled in Vero Beach and Bradenton, FL

    These two VERY IMPORTANT public meetings were scheduled as outcomes of a public forum on anchoring held in July in Tallahassee, see Very few cruisers will be in Florida on these dates, but if you are near by, we urge you to attend!


    Thanks to Tom and Mel Neale in East Coast Alerts for sending this additional information:

    FWC will be accepting written comments following these meetings. To be notified when this option is available, go here:
    WHY: In 2009, the Florida Legislature enacted legislation that stopped local governments from placing inconsistent and often onerous anchoring restrictions on anchoring. During the 2014 Florida legislative session Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) saw attempts to repeal part of this prohibition. While these changes were defeated, there will likely be new legislation introduced next year. The Florida Wildlife Commission is holding these two workshops to hear from the public about possibly granting some authority to counties and municipalities to regulate anchoring on state waters.
    A discussion draft of possible changes is here:
    To learn more about the overall issue from FWC’s perspective here:
    Additional information on anchoring in Florida:

  • 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!

    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

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Twin Dolphin Marina

  • 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.

    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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Park Boulevard Bridge

    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.

    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

    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

  • 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.

    Muttini Mingle
    September 4 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    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!

    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!

    Salty Paws Wiener Dog Derby!
    September 13 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
    Live Music with Chris G
    September 13 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    Center Stage, 2-4 pm, part of Fall Festival Event!
    Singer/Guitarist Michael Hirst
    September 17 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
    Live Music with Michael Hirst, near Good ‘Ole Days Coffee Café!
    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

    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

  • 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

  • Tampa Boat Show, Tampa Convention Center, September 5-7, Tampa, FL

    Come on, admit it…no matter how many boats you own or how many boats you have owned, there’s nothing quite like looking at the newest boats at a boat show, especially when you can climb aboard and explore. Visit to get a preview of the Tamps Boat Show. Boats, boats, boats!

    Florida boating industry optimistic about Tampa Boat Show, largest event in six years
    The 2014 Progressive Insurance Tampa Boat Show is set to dock at the Tampa Convention Center & Harbor September 5-7, and visitors to the Bay Area’s largest boat show can expect to see more product and innovation this year, including several U.S. product debuts. The 2014 event, which will host more than 200 exhibitors and 500 boats for sale, is expected to be the largest in six years and is nearly sold out.
    “The Progressive Insurance Tampa Boat Show continues to expand, and we’re excited to be offering the largest selection of boats and exhibitors we’ve had since 2008,” said Larry Berryman, show manager. “This growth is a great sign for the industry, which supports nearly 1,500 boating-related businesses in Florida, a state that generated nearly two billion in sales last year. Our Tampa showcase is one of the best, and we are looking forward to a successful year supporting the region’s marine businesses while providing visitors an ideal setting to discover boating.”
    The 2014 boat show is featuring the Discover Boating Hands-On Skills Training series, piloted at the 2011 event, in addition to several other seminar programs aimed to drive buyers.
    Members interested in joining the 2014 Progressive Insurance Tampa Boat Show should contact Scott Cohen immediately, as limited space is available –, 954-441-3242.


  • 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.

    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.

    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

    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


    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

  • Jetty Construction on West Side of Honeymoon Island, north of Clearwater, FL

    Hurricane Pass, separating Honeymoon Island and Caladesi Island, leads to south St. Joseph Sound and Clearwater Harbor. These new jetties will be on the west side of Honeymoon Island in the vicinity of charted Pelican Point. Cruisers approaching Hurricane Pass from the north should avoid this construction site.

    Florida Dredge & Dock, LLC will commence jetty construction on or about August 15, 2014. Operations will include constructing 3 T-groins on the gulf side of Honeymoon Island centered approximately 1 mile north of Hurricane Pass. The jetties will extend 250 feet west from high water. Hours of ops will be daylight hours only, (6 days a week) Monday through Saturday. The project will run until approximately July, 2015. Further information contact Don Fletcher, Project Superintendent (727) 942-7888. Chart 11411 LNM: 30/14

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Hurricane Pass and Honeymoon Island

  • Possible Threat to Manatees by Protected Status Change

    This article/opinion by Katie Tripp of highlights how this ruling to reduce their protected status might affect manatees on the East Coast and the Florida Keys.

    Odds already stacked against manatees in federal study for possible downlisting

    In response to a lawsuit by the Pacific Legal Foundation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has decided downlisting manatees from endangered to threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act may be warranted, and the agency is embarking on a five-year status review as part of the process.
    Let me be very clear about the seriousness of the situation.
    From 2010 to 2013, 2,441 manatees died in Florida waters, which is 48 percent of the highest minimum population ever recorded (5,077 in 2010), but we’d have to wait until after 2015 to be able to include this data. However, ignoring this information would also constitute a substantial and unacceptable bias.

    For the complete story, go to:


  • Destroyed Marker in Homasassa River Entrance Channel, West Florida Big Bend Region, 7/2/2014

    Destroyed Marker #10 is on the south side of the shallow (6ft), narrow, multi-marker channel leading from Homasassa Bay to the Homasassa River.

    Homosassa Bay DBN 10 (LLNR 28385) is destroyed. The remains of the steel pile is partially submerged and is a hazard to navigation. A TRLB with Fl Q G, 4M intensity is set 5 yards channelward in position 28-44-43.276N/082-44-26.437W. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11409 LNM: 26/14

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

  • Caloosahatchee River Daybeacon #74 Discontinued, Okeechobee Waterway Statute Mile 174

    This discontinued daybeacon was on the north side of the channel between Redfish Point and Palmetto Point and north-northwest of Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net Sponsor, Gulf Harbour Marina.

    The following change has been approved to the aids to navigation system in the Caloosahatchee River.
    CALOOSAHATCHEE RIVER DBN 74 (LLNR 54065) will be permanently discontinued. Chart 11427 LNM: 24/14

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Gulf Harbour Marina

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Gulf Harbour Marina

  • Fishermens Wharf Marina Park Open for Business, West Florida ICW Statute Mile 57

    Fishermens Wharf Marina Park lines the northeastern shores of the Western Florida ICW, just northwest of the Hatchett Creek Bridge, and southeast of marker #4. Our thanks to Skipper Sutherland for sending this update.

    The Fisherman’s Wharf Marina is now open. The Marker IV Restaurant is open too, as of Wednesday, June 18th. I had a great lunch there yesterday.
    The new manager “Cassie” is working hard to make the marina a first class operation. At this point the marina is well on its way, but not 100% yet. No fuel, but Cassie said fuel will be up and running very soon. Dockage rates are available at the marina office and by phone (941.486.0500) but not online as far as I can see.
    I spoke to several managers last evening and they are all very excited about making the complex a success.
    Paul Sutherland

    Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Fishermens Wharf Marina Park

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Fishermens Wharf Marina Park

  • Praise for Punta Gorda Anchorage, Punta Gorda, FL, Charlotte Harbor, Gulf Coast

    Punta Gorda, Florida - a GREAT cruising destinationIn addition to recent reports praising the new pumpout boat program, the new floating dinghy dock and the free loaner bikes, Skipper Viavoda highlights other excellent reasons for anchoring in Punta Gorda, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! on Western Florida’s Charlotte Harbor/Peace River.

    My husband and I frequently anchor here as we like to play “tourist” in Punta Gorda. This is where we live. We also frequent several other anchorages in the SW Florida area in our 42′ Hunter sailboat. This anchorage happens to be one of our favorites. Punta Gorda is VERY boater friendly and the free bike loaner program makes it easy to get around in the downtown area. The Harborwalk is a multi-use walkway that extends from Fishermen’s Village marina and shopping district all the way up to the Justice Center. There are several restaurants, shopping and places to see along the way. The wildlife is abundant here and there’s always a great show put on. I highly recommend this anchorage. Good holding, friendly people and great food and drink!
    Dotti Viavoda

    Thanks for sharing your positive comments about your visit to Punta Gorda, the Best Small City in Florida. As Chairman of the TEAM Punta Gorda Maritime Committee we are actively encouraging more boating visitors. The Punta Gorda link highlighted near your comments provides valuable information for those visiting or planning a visit.
    Ann Taylor

    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

  • GREAT Video Shows All the Good Qualities of Cruising Crystal River (Western Florida’s Big Bend Region)

    Here’s a really neat and useful video that will be of interest to ALL mariners contemplating a cruise of Western Florida’s Big Bend region. Our thanks to Skippers Susan Landry and Chuck Baier, owners of Beach House Publications, publishers of “The Great Book of Anchorages,” ( for providing this very visual aid. Wow, makes me want to visit Crystal River ASAP!
    Please check out:


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