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Loggerhead Marina St Petersburg

Loggerhead Marina at Frenchman's Creek in St Petersburg

Loggerhead Marina St Pete

Loggerhead Marina in St Petersburg offers both wet and dry slips close to the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay, on Frenchman’s Creek. It has a protected harbor and a 327 boat “high and dry” storage facility that’s hurricane rated for Category 4 wind resistance (140 mph winds). Dry storage will accommodate boats up to 45 feet and wet slips for yachts up to 60 feet. Slips can be rented for annual, seasonal, monthly or transient periods, and it’s also a member of the Loggerhead group of facilities around Florida, offering reciprocal benefits. Note that there is a fixed bridge between Loggerhead and open water which has a 21 foot clearance. The marina basin has a depth of 5 to 8 feet. The marina does not allow liveaboards.

Loggerhead is open 7 days a week and has a pool and member’s lounge, as well as fueling facilities (non ethanol gasoline and marine grade diesel), sanitation pumpout, restrooms and a ship’s store. 
For local boat owners, take a look at the Loggerhead facilities and make consider making a reservation for indoor storage rack storm space..
Loggerhead Marina St Petersburg is located at N 27.70893 W 82.677179. Visit the Loggerhead Marina website for more information. 
 
Photo is courtesy of Loggerhead Marina St Petersburg.

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EC-SAR Eckerd College Search and Rescue Team

 EC-SAR, the Eckerd College Search and Rescue Team is one of the most respected rescue organizations on the west coast of Florida. They are known to many boaters, since they get more than 500 rescue calls per year, but too few people know that they work closely with the US Coast Guard, 911 medical response and other state and local agencies. Due to their location, they are often the first responders to a disaster. In 1980 EC-SAR found national prominence when they were one of the first rescue units to the Skyway Bridge disaster.

EC-SAR is a unique curriculum program at Eckerd that I don’t think is duplicated at any other college. Students go through very rigorous training in boating safety, navigation, seamanship, rescue, fire fighting, and more. The students who staff EC-SAR are dedicated professionals. They utilize four rescue boats and have an operations and communication center that is staffed 24/7. Last fall they celebrated 40 years of service, saving lives.

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Broadwater Christmas Boat Parade

Broadwater Christmas Boat Parade

Broadwater Christmas Boat Parade

Gulfport announced that their boat parade wouldn’t be going through the Broadwater neighborhood this year. We thought we’d have to wait for the downtown St Pete boat parade tomorrow night – bigger, but it sure is nice to watch from your deck or dock. Then we heard through a Broadwater infolink e-mail that 6 boats were having an impromptu parade Friday night starting at 8 and inviting other residents to join them. We were the last of the 3 main canals on their route. By 9 we’d about given up, when we heard laughing and singing and saw the lights of TWO boats. It was fun to watch them head down the Maximo Channel and wait for them to return. Our waiting was rewarded – thank you diligent boaters for going all the way.

Broadwater Christmas Boat Parade

Broadwater Christmas Boat Parade

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St Petersburg Municipal Marina has slips available

St Petersburg Municipal Marina has just completed brand new Dock 5 at Demen’s Landing in downtown St Petersburg. Slip rentals are:
44 ft slips:  $512.07 per month for city residents, $628.44 per month for non-city residents.
55 ft slips:  $645.64 per month for city residents, $792.38 per month for non-city residents.
100 ft slips: $1,200 per month for city residents, $1,500 per month for non-city residents.

Within easy walking distance of downtown – after all, it IS downtown, there are laundry facilities, showers and lockers; electric (30 amp and 50 amp service), water & phone hook-ups; pump-out service at your slip; fuel dock; ship’s store; and more.

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St Petersburg “dockominiums” giving up

Nautico and Maximo Marina, both in south St Petersburg, Florida, have been marketing their slips and “high and dry” storage as dockominiums – pay to own. Nautico is a new facility and Maximo Marina has been a rental marina for years, but recently ousted the boats in the rental slips in order to sell the slips. The current market is not accepting this concept here. So, both facilities, owned by Frank Maggio and his enterprises, have thrown in the towel, returned the deposits of potential slip buyers, and decided to rent out the slips. Since previous slip renters have had to make alternate arrangements and move their boats, I wonder how receptive they’ll be to returning.

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