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    • Photo and Video Contest Winners, Key Lime Sailing Club, Key Largo, FL


      Key Lime Sailing Club in Key Largo, 305-451-3438, www.keylimesailingclub.com

      Key Lime Sailing Club, A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, always has very special offers for their visitors! Key Lime Sailing Club is on the Inside Route side of Key Largo. Key Lime Sailing Club is a unique slice of KEYS ENJOYMENT…give it a try and let us hear about your experience.

       

       
      Here are the Winners!
       
      Congratulations to the winners of our 2018 KLSC Video and Photo Contest!
       
       
       
      Thanks to all who sent their photos and videos! A big thank you also to all those who voted! We hope that someday you will come down here as well and have some amazing experiences worth sharing to the world!
       
      At Key Lime Sailing Club and Cottages,you will get the most out of your Florida Keys vacation because our cottage rental includes free use of a 22′ sailboat (to qualified sailors), kayaks, canoes, water toys, bicycles, snorkel & fishing gear. We also give our guests discount coupons to attractions around the Keys.
       
      Call 305-451-3438 for reservations or you can reply to this email. For more info and pictures, check out our website www.keylimesailingclub.com. You can also visit our Youtube channel for Key Lime Sailing Club and Cottages’ videos and videos uploaded by our guests.
       
      Win a Free Vacation
      We are now officially accepting new entries for the Photo and Video contest for next year. Please read the following information if you are interested in winning free stays at Key Lime Sailing Club and Cottages.
       
      Video Contest
      This contest is open to all our guests. Submit a video of your KLSC stay and get a chance to win a free 5-night stay at Key Lime Sailing Club and Cottages! We are looking for the most creative and exciting video to tell people about your KLSC vacation.
       
      How to join: Just upload your finished video to Youtube and email us the url to your video. All links must be emailed to keylargocottages@keylimesailingclub.com. Please include your name and the date that you were at KLSC.
       
      Evaluation Criteria
      Videos will be judged by the following five criteria:
      1. Overall Impact (fun and informative)
      2. Creativity
      3. Memorable Content and Delivery
      4. Clear Message about what vacationing at Key Lime Sailing Club is all about
      5. Video quality
       
      Respect for Existing Copyright:
      You must be the original author of everything in your video or have permission to use copyright protected material. Be creative, but think carefully about what you put into the video. If you are considering using existing music, video clips, photos, etc., it is very likely that someone else owns a copyright to that material. In this case, be sure to obtain the copyright owner’s written permission before using the material in your video.
       
      All music basically contains two copyrights: the sound recording, and the underlying song composition (music publishing rights). In a video where you are using a cover song, you need to negotiate a synchronization license. Most of these will go through the Harry Fox Agency.
       
      However, many music publishers have entered into license agreements with YouTube permitting the use of the songs they control in exchange for a percentage of any advertising revenues. So in some cases, YouTube has already obtained an agreement with the music publisher, so you would be OK covering the song. To determine whether or not a publisher is participating in an agreement with YouTube, you can contact the publisher directly. Publisher contact information may be found at ASCAP or BMI.
       
      You can also go to one of the royalty-free music sites and buy a track for a couple bucks that you can use all they want (incompetech.com,audimicro.com, etc).
       
      All that being said, we do prefer original music, even if you are just humming…
       
      Contest is open starting January 1, 2019 to November 30, 2019. There is no limit of the number of videos that you want to submit. So create your videos now and share them with us!
       
      Photo Contest
      To our guests who didn’t join the previous contests, this is your chance! These pictures include couple sailing, family sailing, KLSC activities (non-sailing), sailing lessons, etc. There will be a voting period on our Facebook page where the owner of the photo with most “Likes” will get a Free 3-night stay in KLSC.
       
      Please include captions for your submissions. Contest is open for a year starting January 1, 2019 to November 30, 2019. We will announce the winners on our Facebook page and newsletter.
       
      Terms:
      • Winner can choose the dates from August 1st to December 15th for their stay (holidays not included).
      • Winner can add their free nights or extend their established booking nights if booked August 1st to December 15th and if the cottage is still available on those dates.
      • Chosen dates cannot be rescheduled to other dates. (Please finalize your dates before booking.)
      • Key Lime Sailing Club reserves the right to use all submitted pictures and videos for its promotions and websites.
       
      Thank you and see ya all in the Florida Keys!
       
      Follow Key Lime Sailing Club and Cottages on Social Media: FacebookTwitterInstagramYoutube,
       
      Learn ASA Certified Sailing at American Sailing Academy. Call us at 305-587-3205.
       
      Enjoy a Snorkel or Sunset Cruise both bay side and ocean side as well as boat rentals from 22 foot to 68 foot. at Morning Star Sailing Charters. Call us at 305-451-7057.
       
      South Dade Marina, Wet and Dry Slips Available. Call 305-247-8730
       
      Key Lime Sailing Club and Cottages | 305-451-3438 | 99306 Overseas Highway, Key Largo Florida | www.keylimesailingclub.com
       
      Key Lime Sailing Club and Cottages | 99306 Overseas HighwayKey Largo, FL 33037

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    • Warm Summer Discount on January VACATIONS at Key Lime Sailing Club, Key Largo, FL


      Key Lime Sailing Club in Key Largo, 305-451-3438, www.keylimesailingclub.com

      Key Lime Sailing Club, A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, always has very special offers for their visitors! Key Lime Sailing Club is on the Inside Route side of Key Largo. Key Lime Sailing Club is a unique slice of KEYS ENJOYMENT…give it a try and let us hear about your experience.

       

       
      COME GET SOME Summer Heat @ LOW Summer Rates
       
      We are resending this email because some did not receive it and we added our current special! Book for any date that covers a check in starting today until a January 30 check out and get to avail our cottages for our LOW Summer Season rates! (valid for new reservations only)
       
      We have cottages open for this weekend until the end of the month! If you have not booked your Florida Keys vacation yet, this is the time!
       
      Cottage rental includes unlimited use of a 22’ sailboat (for qualified sailors), kayaks, paddle boards, water toys, bicycles, snorkel and fishing gear at no extra cost.
       
      We also offer activities  such as ocean side sail and snorkel charters aboard a pirate shipbayside sunset cruisesailing lessons, and kayak eco-tours.
       
      Visit our website www.keylimesailingclub.com and send us a Request to Book! You can also call or text our reservation specialist at 305-451-3438 almost any time day or night!
       
      Get Discounts OFF Bio Strap!
       
      BioStrap now has a Spin the Wheel where you can play to get a discount! Try it now to save on your purchase! Paul and the Key Lime crew love them. That’s why you see it here!
       
      The BioStrap is a fitness band and health tracker that keeps track of advanced Biometric data points to give you a detailed look at your health and stress levels. It uses advanced sensors to track HRV, sleep, oxygen saturation levels, and more. Visit their website to order or to get more info.
       
      “The BioStrap has helped me get better sleep and track my health, I use it daily, just thought I would share” – Paul owner of Key Lime Sailing Club
       
      Win Stays at Key Lime Sailing Club
       
      Congratulations to our 2018 winners! To Alan Dillon for winning a FREE 5 night stay for his video entry, and to Rachel Wilson for winning a FREE 3 night stay for her photo entry.
       
      To our guests and friends, get a chance to go back and vacation at KLSC without paying anything by sending us pictures of your stay here! Win our 8th KLSC Photo Contest and get a free 3 night stay. Check here for details.
       
      Got a talent for video making? Enter our KLSC Video Contest and get a chance to win a free 5 night stay! Check here for details.
       
      We at Key Largo Cottages at Key Lime Sailing Club love our guests and we will be happy to have you back again for another fun filled and relaxing Florida Keys vacation!
       
      Reservations is standing by @ keylargocottages@keylimesailingclub.com or call 1-305-451-3438
       
       
      Thank you and see ya all in the Florida Keys!
       
       
      Follow Key Lime Sailing Club and Cottages on Social Media: FacebookTwitterInstagramYoutube,
       
      Learn ASA Certified Sailing at American Sailing Academy. Call us at 305-587-3205.
       
      Enjoy a Snorkel or Sunset Cruise both bay side and ocean side as well as boat rentals from 22 foot to 68 foot. at Morning Star Sailing Charters. Call us at 305-451-7057.
       
      South Dade Marina, Wet and Dry Slips Available. Call 305-247-8730
       
      Key Lime Sailing Club and Cottages | 305-451-3438 | 99306 Overseas Highway, Key Largo Florida | www.keylimesailingclub.com
       
      Key Lime Sailing Club and Cottages | 99306 Overseas HighwayKey Largo, FL 33037

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    • Last Minute Availability at Key Lime Sailing Club, Key Largo, FL


      Key Lime Sailing Club in Key Largo, 305-451-3438, www.keylimesailingclub.com

      Key Lime Sailing Club, A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, always has very special offers for their visitors! Key Lime Sailing Club is on the Inside Route side of Key Largo. Key Lime Sailing Club is a unique slice of KEYS ENJOYMENT…give it a try and let us hear about your experience.

       

       
      Last Minute Vacation!
       
      We have cottages open for this weekend until the end of the month! If you have not booked your Florida Keys vacation yet, this is the time!
       
      Here are our cottage availability from January till March:
       
      Cottage rental includes unlimited use of a 22’ sailboat (for qualified sailors), kayaks, paddle boards, water toys, bicycles, snorkel and fishing gear at no extra cost.
       
      We also offer activities  such as ocean side sail and snorkel charters aboard a pirate shipbayside sunset cruisesailing lessons, and kayak eco-tours.
       
      Visit our website www.keylimesailingclub.com and send us a Request to Book! You can also call or text our reservation specialist at 305-451-3438 almost any time day or night!
       
      Win Stays at Key Lime Sailing Club
       
      To our guests and friends, get a chance to go back and vacation at KLSC without paying anything by sending us pictures of your stay here! Win our 8th KLSC Photo Contest and get a free 3 night stay. Check here for details.
       
      Got a talent for video making? Enter our KLSC Video Contest and get a chance to win a free 5 night stay! Check here for details.
       
      We at Key Largo Cottages at Key Lime Sailing Club love our guests and we will be happy to have you back again for another fun filled and relaxing Florida Keys vacation!
       
      Reservations is standing by @ keylargocottages@keylimesailingclub.com or call 1-305-451-3438
       
       
      Thank you and see ya all in the Florida Keys!
       
       
      Follow Key Lime Sailing Club and Cottages on Social Media: FacebookTwitterInstagramYoutube,
       
      Learn ASA Certified Sailing at American Sailing Academy. Call us at 305-587-3205.
       
      Enjoy a Snorkel or Sunset Cruise both bay side and ocean side as well as boat rentals from 22 foot to 68 foot. at Morning Star Sailing Charters. Call us at 305-451-7057.
       
      South Dade Marina, Wet and Dry Slips Available. Call 305-247-8730
       
      Key Lime Sailing Club and Cottages | 305-451-3438 | 99306 Overseas Highway, Key Largo Florida | www.keylimesailingclub.com
       
      Key Lime Sailing Club and Cottages | 99306 Overseas HighwayKey Largo, FL 33037

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    • Vessel Fire in Tarpon Basin, Key Largo, FL, Inside Route Mile 1140


      Tarpon Basin lies on the east side of the Waterway in the northeast corner of Buttonwood Sound.

      Coast Guard, partner agencies respond to vessel fire in Tarpon Basin near Key Largo

      Coast Guard Station Islamorada boatcrew members observe a vessel fire in Tarpon Basin near Key Largo, Florida after arriving on scene with Monroe County Sheriff's Office, and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission marine units, Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017. A fire burns on a house boat in Tarpon Basin near Key Largo, Florida, Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017.  

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      MIAMI — The Coast Guard, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission responded to a vessel fire Thursday in Tarpon Basin in Key Largo.

      Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Key West Command Center received a call from Coast Guard Station Islamorada at approximately 6 a.m. stating they received a report of a vessel fire in Tarpon Basin. The station self-launched a 24-foot Special Purpose Craft—Law Enforcement boatcrew to respond.

      The station SPC—LE crew arrived on scene and assisted in putting out the fire on a 50-foot houseboat using the wash from their propellers. 

      “Once on scene we got together with our partner agencies to help establish a safety zone to keep other vessel traffic out of harms way,” said Petty Officer 1st Class John Fleming, operations petty officer, Station Islamorada. “We also monitored the fire due to the close proximity to the mangroves and it’s potential for impacting the environment.” 

      There were no reported people aboard and no reported injuries. 

      The Coast Guard reminds boaters to keep aware of fire hazards and stay prepared with functioning smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, portable fire extinguishers or on board fire extinguishing systems.

      For more information on boat safety requirements, please visit www.uscgboating.org

       

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    • Local Knowledge Requested on Caesar, Broad and Angelfish Creek, Key Largo to Elliot Key, Statute Mile 1120


      Caesar Creek, Broad Creek and Angelfish Creek all connect Card Sound and Biscayne Bay to Hawk Channel with the western terminus of each channel where waters shallow being the issue for cruisers. Carlos is requesting Local Knowledge on depths in the connecting channels.

      Hello
      I have an Ericson 28+ with a 4 foot draft shoal draft keel
      Does my boat draw enough water to go through Caesar Creek, at the south end of Elliot Key in Florida; or do I cross over using Angel Fish Creek?
      Many thanks
      Carlos

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      1. Bill Marett -  December 1, 2017 - 2:47 pm

        I haven’t tried Caesar’s or Broad Creeks, but based upon comments from numerous cruisers would not consider either to be suitable for my 5′ draft. Best bet is stay with Angelfish Creek. The shallowest water is on the Hawks Channel side between channel markers R2A, G3A, G3, R2 with no more than 5.5 feet with Ocean Reef tide at +1.0. Be sure to do a radio call to alert sportfish vessels which must come through on plane.

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    • Post-Irma Report from Key Lime Sailing Club, Key Largo, FL


      Key Lime Sailing Club in Key Largo, 305-451-3438, www.keylimesailingclub.com

      Key Lime Sailing Club, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, always has very special offers for their visitors! Key Lime Sailing Club is on the Inside Route side of Key Largo. Key Lime Sailing Club is a unique slice of KEYS ENJOYMENT…give it a try and let us hear about your experience.

      Welcome to our unique little hideaway. Secluded, serene, and perfectly located, our self-contained cottages have everything you need for a relaxing waterfront vacation.

      Hey Winston,  thank you very much for checking in. We’re doing fair, we have seven of our cottages open for Keylime sailing club.  We’re still cleaning up and repairing and we have yet to get to South Dade Marina. The marina still has boats sitting on top of the dock; 40% of the dock is missing; the sunken boats and boats on the shore. But we will rebuild. And I know we share the story with a lot of marinas and places of business. I count ourselves lucky and pray for the people that have suffered much more than us.
      Paul Keever

      See also /166914

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    • Irma Recovery Effort, Key Lime Sailing Club and Cottages, Key Largo, FL


      Key Lime Sailing Club in Key Largo, 305-451-3438, www.keylimesailingclub.com

      Key Lime Sailing Club, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, always has very special offers for their visitors! Key Lime Sailing Club is on the Inside Route side of Key Largo. Key Lime Sailing Club is a unique slice of KEYS ENJOYMENT…give it a try and let us hear about your experience.

      Irma Recovery Effort, Key Lime Sailing Club and Cottages, Key Largo, FL

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    • Report from Key Lime Sailing Club and Cottages

      Key Lime Sailing Club is on the Inside Route side of Key Largo.

      Key Lime Sailing Club and Cottages

      Thank you everybody for the prayers and support that you gave to KLSC and all the people affected by the hurricane. The whole team is grateful and overwhelmed by the love you are giving us.
      The worst is over and it is now time to rebuild. Right now we have Led2Serve coordinating with us to help with the recovery effort. Thanks to Vanessa of Led2Serve for being proactive and being in touch before and after the storm.
      To our friends and guests that want to come down to help, thank you so much! As of now the Keys has limited access. Paul may contact you when the authorities will allow the people to come in again.

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    • Annual Celebration of Marine Conservation, 9/28 – 10/1, Key Largo, FL

      The REEF Fest seminars are open to the general public and will be held at the Murray Nelson Government Centre, 102050 Overseas Highway, Key Largo, FL 33037. Pre-registration via schedule link below is recommended. This notice comes from DeeperBlue.

      Marine conservation is being celebrated in Key Largo, Florida from September 28 to October 1, 2017 at REEF Fest 2017.
      The annual celebration of the positive impact marine conservation has had on the Florida Keys promises to provide a weekend packed with fun and engaging activities. The celebration hosted by the Reef Environmental Education Foundation has organised a series of events, seminars, diving activities, and a banquet to increase awareness of conservation in the area.

      CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL SCHEDULE AND MORE INFORMATION

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    • FOCUS ON Key Lime Sailing Club, Key Largo, FL


      Key Lime Sailing Club in Key Largo, 305-451-3438, www.keylimesailingclub.com

      How many places do you know where a sailboat is provided with your room or cottage with so many wonderful and engaging activities to enjoy?
      Well, read on and start planning a visit to the REAL Florida Keys…Key Lime Sailing Club is a unique slice of KEYS ENJOYMENT…give it a try and let us hear about your experience.

      Key Lime Sailing Club, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, always has very special offers for their visitors! Key Lime Sailing Club is on the Inside Route side of Key Largo.

      Welcome to our unique little hideaway. Secluded, serene, and perfectly located, our self-contained cottages have everything you need for a relaxing waterfront vacation.


      Facilities                                                                                                                                                   [Click photos for full size]

      Clear Kayak

      * Cottages with Free designated 22′ Sailboats
      * Shared Kayaks
      * Paddleboards
      * Canoes
      * Paddle boats
      * Sunfish
      * Hobie Wave
      * Fishing and snorkeling gear

      Sailboat rentals:

      36 C&C on port tack with 6 volunteers onboard

      * 36′ C& C
      * 33′ Morgan Islander
      * 22′ Catalinas as Bareboat or Captained charters
      * Captained Sunset Sails on a 47′ all electric Lagoon Catamaran
      * Captained Day Sailing with snorkeling or kayaking trips on a 47′ all electric Lagoon Catamaran  

      We have been stretching out and have added a marina in February 2017:
      South Dade Marina and Eco Adventures to the Key Lime Sailing Club & Cottages Family.

      From the marina we will be running:

      33 Morgan Islander arriving in canal

      * Kayak rentals and tours
      * Sailboat rentals
      * Captained sunset sails 6 pac on 34 Gemini Catamaran
      * Captained 8 hr daysails 6 pac on 34 Gemini Catamaran
      with one or 2 activities available
      * Kayaking Everglades
      * Mangrove snorkeling
      * Beach barbeque
      * 10 to 11 hr 32 mile round trip ocean Sail to Snorkel Turtle Reef

      Last year we also added Morning Star Sailing Charters
      Morning Star runs a 50′ Ericson that has been doing snorkel

      47 Lagoon layout

      6 pac sailing charters in Key Largo for 30 years.
      This year we upgraded Morning Star activities to include:
      * Sailboat rentals
      * Sailing lessons
      * Bareboat and Captain charters

      So we now have 3 locations with a shared activities and boats:

      1. Key Lime Sailing Club & Cottages: Bayside Key Largo 
      2. Morning Star Charters: Ocean Side Key Largo and south Dade marina 
      3. South Dade Marina & Eco Adventures: Florida Everglades / Manatee Bay / Florida City 
      *  American Sailing Academy an ASA School : Located at South Dade Marina and Key Lime Sailing Club 
      *  68′ Formosa Liveaboard, cruising with Paul from around the Bahamas to South America
                 One week stays available starting in Jan 2018

      Thank You

      Paul Keever
      President, CEO, CFO, Office Manager,
      Book keeper, Advertising Manager, Sailing Instructor, Concierge, Psychologists, Ordained Minister,
      ECO Tour guide, Maintenance Man, Gardener, House keeper and to my kids, Father,
      Mr. Mom, Doctor Dad, Want-a-be Dentist, Seamstress, Maid, Cook, ATM.

      Mailing Address

      CSK at Sunset

      Key Lime Sailing Club (KLSC)
      101425 Overseas HWY #922
      Key Largo FL 33037

      KLSC Reservations # 305 451 3438
      Fax 305 453 5455 Office
      KLSC Water Front Sunset Tiki Hut
      GPS mark N. 25.05.5869 W. 080.26.7145

      Hope to sea ya sailing /) this way one day ⛵️

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    • Florida Keys Deal from Key Lime Sailing Club, Key Largo, FL

      Key Lime Sailing Club in Key Largo, 305-451-3438, www.keylimesailingclub.com

      Our good friends at Key Lime Sailing Club, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, have some very special offers for their SPRING visitors! Key Lime Sailing Club is on the Inside Route side of Key Largo.

      Key Lime Sailing Club : $144 NT Florida Keys Deal

      CLICK FOR FULL INFORMATION

      Key Lime Sailing Club
      101425 Overseas Hwy. #922
      Key Largo , FL 33037
      Tel:305-451-3438
      Email: Keylargocottages@Keylimesailingclub.com

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    • Comments on Sunset Cove Anchorage, Buttonwood Sound, near Inside Route Statue Mile 1143


      Andree is correct about the history of this once popular anchorage, see /99799. And see /158819 for details on a new Florida law dealing with at-risk and derelict vessels. Thank you Andree for your perspective.

      I was anchored out in Sunset Cove from 2001 to 2007 we tied our dinghies off the Bayside Resort pier. A chain link fence was put up and no trespassing sign a few years later. Thanks to some people who slept under the tree, drank , litter and trash the shore. It was a disgrace and bad image for the resort and tourists so they [authorities] did what they could to prevent it. That is why there are barely any boats there anymore. The anchorage has moved to Government center a few miles up the road.
      Andree J Hardy

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    • Unhappy with Mangrove Marina, Florida Keys Inside Route, Key Largo, Statute Mile 1150


      Skipper Pearsall’s report is the opposite of a 2015 report, see /146935, but facilities and prices at any location can change, see /155306. Mangrove Marina is one of only a very few facilities offering transient dockage on the Florida Keys Inside Route between a point south of Jewfish Creek, and Snake Creek. To access Mangrove Marina, depart the Inside Route just northeast of the Tavernier Creek intersection, between markers #64A and #65. Note that Mangrove Marina also features a full service repair yard!

      We’ve been cruising to Mangrove Marina for many years; the rates WERE reasonable, dockmates were (and still are) very friendly, and the location is excellent.
      NOW, we find rates have gone up after we made reservations, electric is no longer included in the dock rate (they now charge $85/month for 30 amp electric), a swimming pool is only partly completed and is best for mosquito farmers, the “food truck” hasn’t been opened at all since we’ve been here, income seems to be not used at all for maintenance and improvements, parking space has been reduced, and the bathroom/showers haven’t been cleaned in the past few days.
      Adelle Pearsall

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      1. Sue Ward -  February 18, 2016 - 1:59 pm

        Oh thats so disappointing. We were hoping to book in for next winter season there. Will wait and see if there are any further reports. Thank you.

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    • Good Review of Mangrove Marina, Florida Keys Inside Route, Key Largo, Statute Mile 1150


      Mangrove Marina is one of only a very few facilities offering transient dockage on the Florida Keys Inside Route between a point south of Jewfish Creek, and Snake Creek. To access Mangrove Marina, depart the Inside Route just northeast of the Tavernier Creek intersection, between markers #64A and #65. Note that Mangrove Marina also features a full service repair yard! Skipper Foster’s review comes from the AGLCA Forum.

      While the boat has been here over a two months, we’ve just been here a month. if you are looking for a marina on the bay side of the keys I’d highly recommend Mangrove Marina in Tavernier. Docks are combo of fixed concrete and wood. There isn’t a tidal swing, but the wind does push water in and out of the cove, total swing is about 18″.
      Water depth coming in is ok if you are 4′ or less. Call the marina office and get a route if you draw 5′
      Within a 10 minute walk: Win-Dixy, movies, post office, McDonalds, hospital, 6 restaurants, hardware store and liquor store. A bike ride will add three more places to eat, a beach and a marine parts store. There is a lunch truck on site that has Breakfast / Lunch Sat and Sun, and a special dinner (Prime Rib, stuffed pork tenderloin, etc. ) on Wednesday night.
      Gas, diesel, ice, pumpouts. If you are staying, there are weekly pumpouts on the docks. Lots of liveaboards here made us feel welcome. There is the only Marching Conch Band in the Keys here! Nightly docktails at sunset.
      Lots of good fishing locations a 5-10 min dink ride away.
      Location is Keys MI 92. Car rental across the road will match Enterprise rates. By car you are 1 HR from Miami, 45 mins to Marathon, 2 hours to Key West.
      Rates include water and electric, no liveaboard fee.
      Mangrove Marina
      200 Florida Avenue, Tavernier, FL 33070
      (305) 852-8380

      Quo Vadimus
      Nowhere OK
      1993 Bayliner 4588

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    • Buttonwood Sound Mooring Field Scuttled, Key Largo, Inside Route Mile 1143


      Sunset Cove is one of the most popular anchorages in the northern Florid Keys. This haven is located on the waters of southeastern Buttonwood Sound, in charted Sunset Cove, near statute Mile 1143 off the Florida Keys Inside Route. Opposition to the mooring field in Sunset Cove has been voiced since the mooring field was first proposed in 2012. See /?p=95529


      Mooring field for Buttonwood Sound in Key Largo now looks to be off the table

      By KEVIN WADLOW
      kwadlow@keynoter.comAugust 6, 2014
      Concerns from on-shore residents seem to have scuttled Monroe County’s preferred site for a new Upper Keys mooring field.
      “There is no Plan B,” County Mayor Sylvia Murphy said Tuesday.
      In March, county commissioners named Key Largo’s Buttonwood Sound, off the bayside at mile marker 99, as the anchorage most suitable to accommodate a new mooring field for liveaboard residents and cruising visitors.
      But two nearby businesses that had expressed interest in serving as a land base for the Buttonwood Sound mooring field have now decided against it.

      For the full article, go to http://www.keysnet.com/2014/08/06/498101/mooring-field-for-buttonwood-sound.html?sp=/99/106/

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    • Good Report from Tarpon Basin, Key Largo, FL Keys Inside Route, Mile 1139.5


      Tarpon Basin is crossed by the FL Keys Inside Route, just south of Blackwater Sound and Dusenberry Creek. There are at least 3 good spots to drop the hook here, and creative skippers will find more. Our thanks to Skipper Reeves for this report and photos.

      On our cruise North to Jekyll Island from Marathon we used several anchorages and found some interesting free city docks. Tarpon Basin is a good stop over anchorage with a free dingy dock. Going North exit the creek and head for marker R48. Turn in to basin before R48A stay near north side of basin. Close to shore we found 5-7 ft. On in towards anchored boats we found 7-9 ft and stayed to the north of city docks.
      Sonny Reeves

      Tarpon Basin from Dinghy Dock

      Tarpon Basin from Dinghy Dock

      Park at Tarpon Basin

      Park at Tarpon Basin

      A Quiet Anchorage

      A Quiet Anchorage

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    • Discussion of Depths in the Keys Inside Route, Florida Keys

      There are two possible routes for cruising the Florida Keys, the offshore Hawk Channel passage, and the “Inside Route.” Hawk Channel features more, but not all, marinas, while the Inside Route offers the greatest bonanza of wonderful anchorages to be found anywhere in the Southeast. Trouble is that I have personally sounded 5 feet at low tide directly between the markers in places on the FL Keys inside route. Mind you, only in places, but nevertheless, this is a real concern for those piloting vessels that draw more than 4 feet. Skipper Zimmers expressed his concern in the question below and received several answers via the AGLCA Forum.

      We are in Marathon and arrived here from Key Biscayne via Hawk Channel. We want to return on the ” inside” via the ICW from Marathon to Biscayne Bay. We have a Nordic Tug with a 4.5 foot draft. Is the ICW deep enough for that draft?? Thanks,
      Herb Zimmers aboard GiddyAp

      We draft 4 feet and have done it several times. Never had a problem.
      Steve and Gina Smith
      M/V Island Time

      Herb, You should have no problem. Just pay attention to your charts and stay in the channels through the cuts. Those are the places you can get into trouble if you get distracted.
      Chuck Baier

      Try to go on a rising tide
      Mike and Rosie

      I carry a five foot draft and the last time I went the inside route, I ran hard aground right around marker `60’³ on a low tide. I could see I was scraping the bottom for a mile for finally stopping. I used my dingy to heel me over and got loose and never touched bottom again.
      On a high tide, I wouldn’t have touched anywhere.
      R. Holiman

      We did the inside from Biscayne Bay to Marathon. We draw 4 ft and at low tide we had some mud in our wake near R80 to Steamboat channel. What was more of a problem was the crab pots and now some are marked with green, brown and blue floats. Our friend had his boat hauled yesterday and the props were wrapped with a bushel basket full of ropes. I may have been out of the channel sometimes but it seems the pots are in the ICW with no regard for boats.
      May be the prop shops are paying the crabbers to place the green floats in the ICW:)
      Sonny Reeves

      We just arrived in Marathon from Key Biscayne. Our Cabo Rico draws 4’10’³. Although we encountered some less than 5′ depths, we made it through with no drama. We did time our passages through channels with the tides.
      Beth

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    • Good Words for Upper Keys Sailing Club, Florida Keys Inside Route, Statute Mile 1143

      Upper Keys Sailing Club - Click for Chartview

      Upper Keys Sailing Club occupies the sharp point of land, west of the twin charted “Micro Trs,” south of the charted position of Newport, depicted as facility #35 on chart 11451 (off the Florida Keys/Florida Bay Inside Route).
      We have visited here many times over the years, and can say with some expertise, this is an informal, but unfailingly friendly, spot to coil your lines for a day to two. Advance arrangements by telephone are strongly recommended, as the docks are by no means manned on a regular basis!
      Once you are tied to the piers, be sure to check out the small clubhouse on the grounds. You will probably find a very convivial gathering of fellow cruisers here many evenings, and a good time will be had by all!

      These folks could not have been nicer or more accommodating. The facility is small and an eclectic mixture of weekend-use boats from J-boats to a pristine Island Packet to major-project live-aboards. The walk to stores and restaurants is about 1/2 a mile. One caution is that the gates to the marina are locked at 9pm.
      Rich and Helen

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    • Liveaboard/Landing Issues at Tarpon Basin, Key Largo, FL Keys Inside Route, Mile 1139.5

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      Tarpon Basin is crossed by the FL Keys Inside Route, just south of Blackwater Sound and Dusenberry Creek. There are at least 3 good spots to drop the hook here, and creative skippers will find more.
      One of our readers, Captain Mary Dixon, sent us the link below, which leads to a truly interesting article, which appeared in KeysNet.com (http://www.keysnet.com), about boats anchored long term in Tarpon Basin. As you will see, the problems reported in this article center around a small group of (I will NOT call them “crusiers”) people living on anchored vessels in Tarpon Basin. This unfortunate group is making life difficult for everyone, including fellow boat owners whose vessels are anchored in Tarpon Basin. Here is a case where many of those living on the water are asking for change, as well as the shorside powers that be! And, if this situation is not resolved soon, the responsible boat owners in Tarpon Bay may lose their rights to a public dinghy dock, which has been a great resource for all legitimate mariners!
      With special permission from KeysNet.com publisher, Captain Wayne Markham, we have reprinted a portion of his article below. Follow the link in Captain Dixon’s note, or below the excerpted portions of the story, to read the entire text. Many thanks Captain Markham!!!!

      Cruising News:
      Interesting development for Key Largo Tarpon Basin. http://www.keysnet.com/2013/08/24/489480/key-largo-liveaboards-beg-to-keep.html
      Mary Dixon

      Reprinted by Permission from KeysNet.com
      Key Largo liveaboards beg to keep access
      By KEVIN WADLOW
      kwadlow@keynoter.com
      Posted – Saturday, August 24, 2013 10:35 AM EDT

      Reluctant to evict the solid citizens of the Tarpon Basin liveaboard community because of a few scofflaws, Monroe County commissioners decided Wednesday to seek more law enforcement.
      It was a problem that cropped up literally in the commission’s own back yard, the bayfront park behind the Murray E. Nelson Government and Cultural Center at mile marker 102.5.
      “We’ve had people showering naked next to the dumpster. People bathing in the fountain, naked,” county Building Official Jerry Smith told the commission. “We deal with this on a daily basis.”
      Commissioner Sylvia Murphy said the small park once attracted sunset-watchers and children’s parties. Efforts were made to accommodate a number of well-behaved boaters who started using a small dock at the site to tie their dinghies.
      “We were very good to the people who live on the hook out there,” Murphy said. “For two and a half years, it was wonderful. Then all of a sudden, a different quality began to take place.”
      Now the park has been overrun by a small group of sketchy characters who create anxiety among visitors and county staff, she contended.
      …..
      Several boaters who rely on the government-center property for shore access appealed for the county to oust the “bad apples” before banning everybody from the dock.
      “The undesirables showed up when you closed other areas” used for liveaboard landing spots, said James Chapman. “You pushed them to us.”
      He added, “They’re mostly gone now because they were arrested or their boats sunk.”
      Murphy agreed the boaters who attended the Wednesday session “are the good ones. You’re not the problem, and you can’t solve it,” she said. “I don’t know what else we can do, except close off the dock to dinghies.”
      “If you choose to close this off, you’re saying Key Largo is a town and island that is inaccessible by the water,” said liveaboard Chadwick Acevedo, married and employed. “What kind of island has no water access for the public?”
      The boaters describe themselves as working locally for modest wages or retirees living a fixed income. Local marinas are too expensive, they said.
      County Mayor George Neugent, a former liveaboard, said the proposed ordinance to curtail use of the park “gives me heartburn.”

      Full article can be read at:
      http://www.keysnet.com/2013/08/24/489480/key-largo-liveaboards-beg-to-keep.html

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