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    • August Newsletter from Marineland Marina, Marineland, FL, AICW Statute Mile 796


       The Town of Marineland has opened its ports with a brand new marina facility creating a destination for boaters on the Intracoastal Waterway between Daytona Beach and St. Augustine, FL.

      Marineland is home to Marineland Marina, A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, with many recent facility upgrades and consistently good words from cruisers. See FOCUS ON Marineland Marina for more on this fine facility.

      Click here for What’s new at the Town of Marineland Marina?

       

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    • Good Words for Marineland Marina, Marineland, FL, AICW Statute Mile 796


       The Town of Marineland has opened its ports with a brand new marina facility creating a destination for boaters on the Intracoastal Waterway between Daytona Beach and St. Augustine, FL.

      These kind words for CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, Marineland Marina, were posted by Tim Gaffney on AGLCA’s Forum. With many recent facility upgrades and consistently good words from cruisers, Marineland Marina is located in Marineland, FL. See FOCUS ON Marineland Marina for more on this fine facility.

      During our adventures we have spent 3-5 months all told at Marineland, 15 miles South of St. Augustine. Marina looks brand new, Dolphins swim inside the cove, 2 free tickets to see the Marineland scientific research center across the street.
      If memory serves me cost is $1.25 a foot for a monthly stay. I think 30 amp for $35 a month. [See link below for all rates]
      Eric really watches over the boats!
      Did I mention the beach is right across the street?
      Tim Gaffney
      The Home Office

       

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    • Praise for Palm Coast Marina, FL AICW Statute Mile 803


      Palm Coast Marina – New Fuel Station! Diesel at transient slips, Gas & Diesel available.

      Palm Coast Marina, one of our newest CRUISERS NET SPONSORS, is located just west of the Intracoastal Waterway at Statute Mile 803 between St. Augustine and Daytona Beach. Our thanks to David Grimes for these kind words.

      Kudos to Chris and staff. Great dockside help with lines. Protected setting immediately adjacent to ICW. Little current and only 1.5 foot tidal range. 120 V shore power, unlike some other local marinas with <100 V. Excellent dockage rates as well. David GrimesClick Here To View the Cruisers Net Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Palm Coast Marina

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    • FOCUS ON Palm Coast Marina, FL AICW Statute Mile 803


      Palm Coast Marina – New Fuel Station! Diesel at transient slips, Gas & Diesel available.

      Palm Coast Marina, one of our newest CRUISERS NET SPONSORS, is located just west of the Intracoastal Waterway at Statute Mile 803 between St. Augustine and Daytona Beach.

       
      We are located just off the Intracoastal Waterway Mile Marker 803. Latitude 29* 34.6 N  Longitude 81* 11.58 W  

      We monitor channel 16 and our working channel is 69.
      www.PalmCoastMarina.net
      386-446-6370

      One of Florida’s newest cities (officially incorporated 1999), Palm Coast is a Florida paradise – situated on 70 miles of saltwater and freshwater canals and the Intracoastal Waterway and just minutes from pristine Atlantic Ocean beaches. Vibrant lifestyle and the natural environment go hand-in-hand here. The City offers a dozen beautiful parks, 125+ miles of connecting trails and paths for walking/bicycling, abundant fishing and boating, a year-round Running Series, and world-class tennis and golf. Lined with historic oaks, towering pines and indigenous vegetation, Palm Coast’s parks and trails showcase the splendid elegance of the native Florida landscape. Bird-watching is popular at St. Joe Walkway and Linear Park, which are designated as Great Florida Birding & Wildlife Trails, and visitors can spot dolphins and seabirds as they stroll along the Intracoastal.

      For your convenience, our marina is open for business 7 days a week, from 7:00am until 5:00pm.

      So, next time you’re on the East Coast, cruise in and experience our peaceful surroundings, frequent wildlife sightings, convenient location, & professional staff and see for yourself why Palm Coast Marina has been the destination of genuine cruisers for over
      32 YEARS!


      The Palm Coast Marina, located at the mouth of the Palm Coast saltwater canal system, has 80 slips, a ship’s store, and a brand-new fueling station. Mobile repair services and detailing are available, and there is even on-site kayak rentals and yacht brokerage!  
      Volume fuel discounts are available! We are the only fuel stop between
      St. Augustine and Daytona Beach. We offer private showers, on-site laundry, and even a boater’s lounge!
       
      Palm Coast, located in Flagler County, is an oceanfront community with a hometown feeling that respects and protects the natural environment – where the sun shines abundantly and people love to get outdoors year-round for fresh air, exercise and family fun!

      Living in a healthy environment is important to us. Since our early days, Palm Coast has been carefully designed for a healthy balance between nature and development. We value trees, waterways and beautiful, natural landscaping that give our community a “wow” factor. You’ll find native Florida foliage and colorful birds and wildlife along magnificent trails, along with pristine beaches, world-class golf and tennis and plentiful boating and fishing.

      We are conveniently located less than 40 minutes from Daytona Beach International Airport and approximately 1.5 hours from the Orlando International Airport.

      Ocean access can be had from St. Augustine (approx. 25 miles north) and Ponce Inlet (approx. 40 miles south). Access can also be made from Matanzas’s Inlet (approx. 10-15 miles north of Palm Coast) depending on boat size and tidal conditions.

      St. Augustine Inlet
      Ponce Inlet
      Matanzas Inlet

      Our marina is conveniently located within walking distance to multiple restaurants, bars, shopping, parks and even the Palm Coast Community Center, which offers (often free!) classes and events for children, teens, and adults.

      The European Village is a ten minute walk from the marina and is a one stop-destination for all things dining, lounging, shopping, and entertainment – featuring 6 restaurants, 6 shops, 5 bars, and 2 cafes! Also, you don’t want to miss your chance to stock up on fresh produce, breads, tea, honey and more at their weekly Farmer’s Market.

      Linear Park, located less than two miles from the marina, is a 57-acre property featuring many amenities for all to enjoy, including a playground, picnic pavilions, hiking and biking trails, shuffleboard, bocce ball and bird watching. The park has been designated as a Great Florida Birding Trail by the Audubon Society for its vast diversity of bird species numbering at times over 40.

      Care to play a round of golf? Palm Harbor Golf Club is located a short 1.2 miles away and offers a full service practice facility with a driving range, putting green, & chipping green complete with newly renovated bunker. The pro shop carries both men’s and women’s name brand apparel and equipment.

      Other nearby amenities include:

      ATM/Bank:offsite; 2.50 miles
      Post Office:offsite; 2.50 miles
      FedEx / UPS:offsite; 2.50 miles
      Dry Cleaner:offsite; 2.50 miles
       
      Grocery:offsite; 2.50 miles
      Restaurant:offsite; 0.25 miles
      Shopping:offsite; 2.50 miles
      Liquor store:offsite; 2.50 miles
      Pharmacy:offsite; 2.50 miles
      Marine Store:onsite
      Hardware:offsite; 3.00 miles
       
      Motel:offsite; 0.10 miles
      Airport:offsite; 30.00 miles
      Car Rental:offsite; 3.00 miles
        
       
      Hospital:offsite; 1.00 miles
      Doctor:offsite; 2.50 miles
      Dentist:offsite; 2.50 miles
      Veterinarian:offsite; 2.50 miles
       
      Beach:offsite; 3.50 miles
      Fitness Center:offsite; 2.50 miles
      Golf:offsite; 1.00 miles
      Our dock services include:

      • A brand new FULL SERVICE FUEL STATION WITH Valv-Tect DIESEL & Valv-Tect NON-ETHANOL GAS, fuel available at transient slips for added convenience
      • Pump Out
      • After Hours Docking Assistance
      • Trash pick-up and disposal
      • Dock Carts
      • Professional, on-site Marine Mechanics and Boat Detailing
      For your communication needs, we provide:

      • Free High-Speed Wi-Fi
      • On-site General Mailbox
      • Mail Pick-up
      • Mail & Package Hold
      • Phone Messages
      • Fax
      • Fedex & UPS
      Palm Coast Marina is proud to be recognized as a Clean Marina by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection!
       
       
      Copyright © 2019 Palm Coast Marina, All rights reserved. 

      Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Palm Coast Marina

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    • Request for Information re Cruising Northern Florida in 151 foot Vessel

      Among our readers there must be several who are experienced in cruising the AICW in a vessel this size. If so, please let us hear from you. Maybe Chief Officer Perks will take you along as Pilot!

      Good morning,

      I am currently trying to find any information I can about cruising in Northern Florida. We are a 151ft vessel with a 8ft draft. We would like to cruise the Jacksonville, St Augustine and Cape Canaveral areas. Is there anyone you recommend for me to talk with about the ICW routes and Marinas that could accommodate us?

      Thanks in advance,

      Andrew Perks
      Chief Officer – Motor Yacht Time for Us

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      Comments from Cruisers (2)

      1. james -  March 12, 2019 - 7:59 pm

        Hope you have good anchors. Just plan on staying near the inlets, any venture up or down the ICW from Jax or St Aug would be most difficult with your draft. Plenty of dockage for you in downtown Jax on the St Johns, but watch the currents since it rips thru downtown on the outgoing tide. Call ahead in St Aug for assistance with the inlet as it shoals as fast as they move the buoys. Port Canaveral is your best shot, no current, extremely safe inlet and once into the Indian River you will have deep ICW north and south for at least 20 miles, but no marinas outside Port Canaveral that will accommodate your size (both length and mass) pushing on their docks.

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      2. Robert Russo -  March 8, 2019 - 4:56 pm

        With an 8 foot draft , parts of the ICW can only be safely run at high tide. After leaving Haulover as you arrive at Daytona, do not take any of the side channels. Just before Matanzas, make sure you hug the GREEN side of the channel. Recommend taking bridge of lions at the start of an incoming tide. You will be pushed to the west side of the bridge during transit.

        I’ve pushed 200’ barges on the route with a 7 foot draft so it’s doable with care

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    • Welcome New Sponsor: Palm Coast Marina, FL AICW Statute Mile 803


      Palm Coast Marina – New Fuel Station! Diesel at transient slips, Gas & Diesel available.

      Welcome to Palm Coast Marina, our newest CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, located just west of the Intracoastal Waterway at Statute Mile 803 between St. Augustine and Daytona Beach.

       

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    • LNM: USACE Seeks Owner of Sunken Sailing Vessel, Daytona Beach, FL AICW Statute Mile 830


      The sunken vessel appears to be in the spoil area on the eastern side of the Waterway’s channel through the Main Street Bridge in downtown Daytona Beach. Our thanks to Specialist Erica Skolte for this notice.

      Corps of Engineers seeks owner of sunken sailboat in Intracoastal Waterway

      JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking the owner of a sunken 39-foot sailboat bearing the name MONIQUE II. The vessel is obstructing navigation in the Intracoastal Waterway in the vicinity of Daytona Beach, just north of the Main Street Bridge at 29 degrees 13.4133 minutes north latitude and 081 degrees 01.1479 minutes west longitude.

      The Corps of Engineers and U.S. Coast Guard have jointly determined that this obstruction presents a hazard to navigation and requires removal under federal law (Title 33, U.S. Code Section 409).

      All attempts to contact the owner of the vessel have failed. The owner, operator or lessee of this vessel is responsible for marking and immediate removal of the wreck. The owner, operator or lessee should contact the Coast Guard directly for marking requirements, and contact the Corps of Engineers concerning intentions and plans for removal of the vessel.

      Failure to commence immediate removal of the vessel and to pursue removal diligently may result in a court judgment against the owner, or a determination of abandonment, subjecting the vessel to removal and disposal by the Corps of Engineers at the owner’s expense. Additionally, the owner may be liable for criminal charges and/or actions against any Coast Guard licenses the owner may carry, as a result of the sinking of this vessel. It is imperative that owner contact the Coast Guard and the Corps of Engineers immediately on this matter.

      Any information concerning this vessel should be forwarded to: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, John Bearce, 904-232-3525 or john.w.bearce@usace.army.mil and/or U.S. Coast Guard, 904-714-7557, or d07-dg-secjax-waterways@uscg.mil.

      Amanda D. Parker
      Public Affairs Specialist
      Corporate Communication Office
      U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
      Jacksonville District
      Office: 904-232-1576
      Cell: 904-614-2240

      www.saj.usace.army.mil
      facebook.com/JacksonvilleDistrict
      twitter.com/JaxStrong

      Erica Skolte
      Public Affairs Specialist
      Corporate Communications Office
      U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District
      Palm Beach Gardens
      NOTE: NEW OFFICE PHONE 561-340-1527
      Cell: 561-801-5734
      erica.a.skolte@usace.army.mil
      Twitter @JaxStrong
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      Jacksonville District: A team of professionals making tomorrow better
      “Keep Calm and Essayons”

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      1. Heather Nierman -  February 21, 2019 - 7:29 pm

        Hope it gets moved. It has been there for about two years blocking part of channel. Huge navigational threat at night if you do not know it is there!

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    • FOCUS ON Marineland Marina, Marineland, FL, AICW Statute Mile 796


       The Town of Marineland has opened its ports with a brand new marina facility creating a destination for boaters on the Intracoastal Waterway between Daytona Beach and St. Augustine, FL.

      Marineland is home to Marineland Marina, A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, with many recent facility upgrades and consistently good words from cruisers.

       
       
      Making Memories in Marineland, Florida 
       
      It’s vacation time and our serene marina is bursting with happy boaters. It’s our favorite time of the year! 
       

      We look forward to hosting you and your family as you visit our historic coast during this happy season, and we are honored to be part of your family memories for years to come. This month we want to help you create those memories by taking a few moments to highlight 5 unique experiences available right here in the Town of Marineland, Florida!

      Reservations for transient overnight, weekly and monthly have started. Please call as soon as possible to reserve your slip. 904-814-9886

      For site plan and additional info, please visit our website

      Safe travels and we will see you soon! 

      The town of Marineland, Florida was established in 1940, consists of 171 acres, and straddles the counties of Flagler and St. Johns. According to the 2016 census, the actual population of the town is only 17 people, although many scientists visit the area to study at the Whitney Lab and Georgia Aquarium Field Station, located adjacent to our marina.

      5 Memorable Things To Do in Marineland, Florida

       

      1) Take a tour of the  Sea Turtle Hospital!
       
      The Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience is a full-time University of Florida research center for biomedical research and biotechnology and is also home to the Sea Turtle Hospital, a teaching and rehabilitation center. Tours of the hospital are offered the 2nd & 4th Thursday of the month, and the 2nd Saturday of the month for only $15 per person. Tours are limited to 10 people, so reserve your spot in advance by visiting their  website.
       
       

      2) Interact with dolphins, sea turtles and more at  Marineland Dolphin Adventure, located just across the street!

      And, as an added bonus, stay 3 nights with us and get complimentary general admission passes to visit the park. General admission passes can even be used towards the purchase of a dolphin experience! Visit  Marineland Dolphin Adventure’s website for descriptions of the exciting, interactive experiences available!
       
       

      3) Go on an Eco-Adventure with  Ripple Effect Ecotours!

      Launching right from our marina, this well established tour company functions with an emphasize on ethical, eco-friendly tourism. Whether you choose to join one of several daily kayaking adventures, or jump on the “Ripple Effect 1”, their custom bio-diesel jet boat, your ecotour will take you into otherwise inaccessible areas of the pristine estuary surrounding our marina. The tours are exciting, educational, and are a great way to get a glimpse of the area as it stood when the Native Americans first arrived. Kayak rentals are also available for your solo adventures. Reservations are required, so  

      book your ecotour today! 

       

       

       

      4) Hike, bike, fish, camp, and more at the 

      The  River to Sea Preserve is located on both sides of highway A1A at Marineland, adjacent to the marina, and is owned jointly by Flagler County and the Town of Marineland. The 90-acre preserve offers walking trails, nature vistas, and ecological education opportunities as well as public access to the beach. Be sure to visit the beachside boardwalk for a majestic view of the beach and ocean. It’s a great spot to catch the sunrise!
       

      5) Grab lunch or dinner at Captain’s BBQ in Bing’s Landing!

      Just a short dinghy ride away, Captain’s BBQ is known not only for their delicious BBQ (try the brisket!) but carries a wide assortment of amazing, homemade cheesecake! They also serve beer & wine, and offer indoor & outdoor seating. 
       
      After you fill your belly, be sure to check out the park! Bing’s Landing consists of 8 acres within a maritime oak hammock. The park houses a state of the art boat launch, fishing pier, picnic & playground facilities, and an archaeological dig of the Mala Compra Plantation. 
      This is just a taste of all the wonderful things that our area has to offer.  We look forward to helping you and your family make the most out of your stay, so please reach out with any questions or concerns. We love our boaters and we are so happy that cruising season is off to a fabulous start here at the
       

       


      While you’re here, don’t forget to check out the  Salt Air Farmer’s Market, located right in our marina parking lot. With fresh veggies, baked goods, honey, crafts, and more, you never know what treasures you might find!
      The market is held every Sunday from 10am – 2pm. 
      Follow us on our new Instagram page! And let’s be friend’s on Facebook too!
       

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    • Obscured Southbound AICW Marker 30, FL Statute Mile 784


      This obscured when southbound ICW red marker is on the west side of the channel c. 5NMs south of St. Augustine Inlet. Our thanks to experienced cruiser Perry McDonald for this notice.

      I have given you a screen shot of the Marker ‘R30’ located south of St. Augustine. This marker is obscure to south bound traffic due to the new overbuilt dock and boat house. Cruisers see ‘G29’ and assume ‘R36 is the next marker. They often find themselves aground on the shoal. This was reported to the USCG but not action has been taken.
      Perry McDonald

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    • October Newsletter from Marineland Marina, Marineland, FL, AICW Statute Mile 796

       The Town of Marineland has opened its ports with a brand new marina facility creating a destination for boaters on the Intracoastal Waterway between Daytona Beach and St. Augustine, FL.

      Marineland is home to Marineland Marina, A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, with many recent facility upgrades and consistently good words from cruisers.

      Click Here for What’s new at the Town of Marineland Marina?

       

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    • New Marina Building, Marineland Marina, AICW Statute Mile 796


       The Town of Marineland has opened its ports with a brand new marina facility creating a destination for boaters on the Intracoastal Waterway between Daytona Beach and St. Augustine, FL.

      Good reports keep pouring in for CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Marineland Marina which lies south – southeast of AICW marker #87, along the Waterway’s eastern shore. New Bellingham concrete floating docks and a new support building for a very attractive facility!

       

      November 2017

      New Marina Building with Restrooms and Laundry now open to support the new floating docks!

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      1. Prue Preston -  November 17, 2017 - 2:19 pm

        New facilities and docks are outstanding. We really enjoyed exploring Washington Oaks,Gardens State Park, about 2 miles south of the marina.

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    • Curfews Imposed Across Northeast Florida

      CURFEWS IMPOSED ACROSS NORTHEAST FLORIDA

      Jacksonville, FL – Curfews have been imposed in many parts of Northeast Florida because of Hurricane Irma.

      The curfew for Jacksonville’s beaches started Saturday night at 10PM and continued through 6AM Sunday. That will continue until further notice. Alcohol sales have also been prohibited until further notice.

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    • Concern over Published Bridge Clearances


      All of us “short masted” vessels have experienced the concerns that Bill Raynor expresses. Considering wind tides, varying lunar tides, displaced clearance boards and sea rise, bridge clearances, even at fixed bridges, have become almost mystical. Whatever the particular situation, good communication with the bridge tender is required and erring on the side of caution should be the byword. SSECN will continue to publish “official” clearances with the admonishment to boaters to approach any fixed structure with caution, especially where currents are adverse. Thank you, Bill, for raising this issue.

      Since recently buying a trawler after 18 years on a sailboat, “Closed Bridge Clearances” have suddenly become of interest to me, since my trawler requires 19 feet. I have traveled from Ft. Pierce to St. Augustine, and have found two errors, both of which affected my boat. Your bridge info on Main Street Bridge in Daytona, shows 22 feet and in actuality it is 19 feet. The bridge tender said that the board reading was the clearance at the center (which I believe was wrong), so I had him open the bridge. The Bridge of Lions in St. Augustine is listed on your website at 18 feet, but in actuality is 20 feet. The bridge tender stated that the board reading was the minimum, and there was 4 feet more at the center. I think that is the correct information. I went through at low tide, and the board read 24 feet, so there was actually 28 feet at the center. I was on the flybridge when I passed through, and I’m sure I had at least 8 feet more than I needed. Since they are on such a restricted opening schedules here, and you have published lots of stuff, you should have the correct clearances on your opening schedule. I’m sure the other “stinkpot” owners with 18 to 20 foot clearance requirements will appreciate it.
      Best,
      Bill Raynor
      m/v Pau Hana

      Saw the item about bridge clearances – fyi, I have an article coming out in September’s Cruising World on just this issue, but on the 65 foot height issue. You might want to mention that to your readers.
      Wally Moran

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      1. Miles -  June 16, 2017 - 2:16 pm

        All bridge clearances are listed at the lowest point or the point closest to the water. There is always a bit more at the center if the bridge has any arc to it. That way you know the minimum at whatever point you pass through. This is how it has always been done.

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      2. Raymond Smith - MV "Fire Dog" -  June 15, 2017 - 8:56 pm

        What type and brand of boat do you have????

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    • Goodbye Pink Panther Tug, Ormond Beach, FL

      Our thanks to Kevin Koehl for this report and photo.

      For those who cruise Florida’s East Coast on the ICW near Ormond Beach, the large rusting tug featuring The Pink Panther on the smoke stack has been an ICW icon for longer than most can remember. The tug was no longer afloat and was an environmental hazard. On June 2, the Coast Guard had the tug raised by a large crane and placed on a barge. The tug will be transported to Texas where it will be cut up for scrap. The ICW was closed during the day long removal operation.
      Kevin Koehl

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    • Elske visits Marineland Marina, AICW Statute Mile 796


       The Town of Marineland has opened its ports with a brand new marina facility creating a destination for boaters on the Intracoastal Waterway between Daytona Beach and St. Augustine, FL.

      Good reports keep pouring in for SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Marineland Marina which lies south – southeast of AICW marker #87, along the Waterway’s eastern shore. Our thanks to David and Jaculeyn for sharing their delightful blog.

      Folks at Vero Beach has recommended Marineland Marina to us as a “must do” layover. We are very glad we did. This marina is undergoing renovations. Brand-new floating docks have been installed. A new dock-master’s office is under construction. The staff are delightful highly customer-service focused young men who are enthusiastic about meeting the needs of boaters.

      The Atlantic Ocean is directly across the road A1A from the Marina. We were able to enjoy walking on the sand but did not go in the water as it was quite rough.

      We toured Marineland. The experience can best be described as a “blast from the past.” It is a simple place full of history and yet an active living aquatic experience for visitors today. Jackie remembers going to Marineland as a child, so this was a bit of a memory jogger for her. We had the honor of a “private” 45-minute tour with 2 delightful young women who clearly love what they do. Marineland was started in 1938 as a movie studio and then grew and changed over the years. It was the sight for WWII Naval training exercises. It was the first oceanarium and provided early training of dolphins. The first of whom was Nellie who lived to a very old age, the oldest known dolphin in captivity. Marineland now has an educational and research focus thanks to funding by the Vanderbilt Whitney family, the University of Florida and the Georgia Aquarium. There are no longer “dolphin shows” like Sea World or other amusement parks. It was fun to see pictures of the old TV shows and movies that have been filmed here. Jackie’s favorite was SEA HUNT with a very young Lloyd Bridges. We also got to see the educational part in action with a group of elementary school children on a field trip. They clearly were learning about the aquatic world and showed great enthusiasm for the dolphins and the other sea creatures here.
      David and Jaculeyn

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    • Relocation of Buoys, Problem Stretch, Matanzas Inlet/AICW Intersection, Statute Mile 793


      Our thanks to Robert Sherer for his update on the Waterway/Matanzas Inlet intersection which was been the site of recent groundings in the past and was dredged in February of this year, resulting in the relocation of the buoys as outlined by Bob’s report.

      The buoy layout has been changed and the depths are now at least 12 MLW all the way through.

      R82 is a floating buoy and has been moved closer to shore. Going north I aimed at it but moved back into the charted channel until abreast of the buoy before turning, slightly toward shore.

      G81D and G81C have been removed. They are no longer needed (the channel is that wide!) The first green buoy is G81B and it appears to be too far out in the middle but that’s where the new, dredged channel is located.

      G81A and the two reds are still there, just honor them.

      Bob
      ICW Blog: http://fleetwing.blogspot.com/

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    • New Docks at Marineland Marina! AICW Statute Mile 796


       The Town of Marineland has opened its ports with a brand new marina facility creating a destination for boaters on the Intracoastal Waterway between Daytona Beach and St. Augustine, FL.

      Good reports keep pouring in for SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Marineland Marina which lies south – southeast of AICW marker #87, along the Waterway’s eastern shore. New Bellingham concrete floating docks and dredging for a very attractive facility!


      CLICK HERE FOR FULL INFORMATION

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    • Photo Journal Update – Waterway Bridges by Bill Murdoch

      Waterway construction can provide welcomed distraction as well as navigational concerns. Bill Murdoch sends beautiful photos of four bridge constructions/removals currently ongoing from Myrtle Beach to Miami. And “one picture is worth a thousand words!”

      Thank you Bill!

      The bridge construction in Myrtle Beach is moving along apiece with staging extending in to both sides of the waterway. One photo [below] is as we were passing through the construction area and the other photo is taken over our stern looking north at the bridge. (2/1/17)

      Carolina Bays Parkway Bridge

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      The old bascule bridge at Sisters Creek is almost no more. Traffic is on the new span, and crews are working both above the water and below to remove the old bridge. We squeezed through the gap between the construction barge and the red side fendering. (2/11/17)

      Memorial bridge in Daytona is almost gone as well. It was a little confusing to figure out where we should pass through the construction work, but in the end we went through the old partially destroyed fendering system with no problem. (2/13/17)
      Our confusion at the Daytona Memorial Bridge came from both a tool box and from the general state of disarray in the construction area. A Greenlee tool box seen end on looks quite like a green daymark.

      This time it is Flagler Memorial in Palm Beach. They have been replacing this bridge for a couple of years. It is sort of like building a new school house on the site of the old school house with school still in session… it is a mess. Anyway, on February 21 we arrived at Flagler Memorial Bridge in Palm Beach right as the span was closing. After an hour wait, the bridge (one leaf) opened for us, and we passed through. It was a tight fit. The old bridge support and its fender system were to starboard, and the closed leaf was close by to port. Here is a picture of the bridge after we have come through. Sorry for the drab photo; it was not a Kodak day.

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of SC31 Bridge Site

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Sisters Creek Bridge

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

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Flagler Memorial Bridge

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    • Good Words for Oasis Boatyard and Marina, San Sebastian River, St. Augustine, FL


      Oasis Boatyard and Marina is on the north eastern shore of the San Sebastian River upstream of AICW Statute Mile 780. Their website is http://www.oasisboatyardandmarina.com/. Our thanks to Roger Long for this report.


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      I’ve designed and supervised the construction of multi-million dollar research vessels, owned three vessels, and cruised about thirty thousand miles. I’ve seen a thing or two. We just had a bent strut replaced and both powertrains overhauled at Oasis Marina and Boatyard in Saint Augustine. On time and under budget with the best service attitude I’ve ever encountered. Ryan Barnes especially is making a legend for himself on net forums like this. It doesn’t get any better and this is now our goto yard.
      Roger Long

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