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Channel Changes For South Seas Plantation (Pine Island Sound, Statute Mile 13.5))

North of its southerly genesis at the “miserable mile” the Western Florida ICW soon flows into Pine Island Sound. This is a cruising destination rich body of water, and both South Seas Plantation (on Captiva Island) is one of the most popular ports of call. As you will in Captain Bill’s message below, the entrance channels to this facility has recently changed significantly.

Subject: Significant changes to entrance channel to South Seas Plantation
Cruising News: A heads up to cruisers heading to South Seas Resort: The channel leading off the ICW has moved considerably, such that the dayboard markers are no longer any good.  The resort has arranged a set of floating cans out that mark a rather winding navigable channel that seems to provide adequate depths.  As yet, there is no signage up at the ICW to explain this, and the cans are not easy to spot, so confusion reigns.  Several boats bottomed out trying to use the old dayboard channel while we were staying at the resort last week (April 5-8).  The resort is apparently working to get some signage up and to get the word out to boaters when they make reservations.  In our case, we found out when a passing fellow sailor hollered out a warning to us.  Caution is advised.
Bill Clague

Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For South Seas Plantation Marina

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