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Hurricane Season Tips for 2019

Posted by on Aug 29, 2019 in News, Tips | Comments Off on Hurricane Season Tips for 2019

Hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30th. There is no better time than now to prepare your boat. Hurricane season runs from June 1st through November 30th, with peak activity typically in August and September. While we’ve been fortunate to avoid a direct hit in South Florida over the past three years, our neighbors to the north and south have not been as lucky. We saw the utter destruction caused by Hurricane Irma in the Upper Keys in 2017, and the catastrophic damage Hurricane Michael caused last year as it came ashore in the Florida Panhandle as the fourth strongest windstorm on record to make landfall on the continental United States. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts a near-average 2019 season, with 9-15 named storms, 4-8 of which may become hurricanes and 2-4 that may become major hurricanes of Category 3 or higher. One named storm, Andrea, formed prior to the start of the season. NOAA’s hurricane outlook is similar to Colorado State University’s, which calls for 13 named storms, 5 hurricanes and 2 major hurricanes. Officials underscore the fact that an average season is still “a lot of storms.” Unfortunately, many of us know from experience that it only takes one storm to cause complete destruction so now is the best time to prepare your boat for a potential hurricane. HURRICANE SEASON BOAT PREPARATION TIPS The first step in preparing for hurricane season is to create a hurricane plan well before a storm approaches. When formulating a hurricane plan, always keep in mind that life comes before property. Customers are our key priority at North Beach Marina, so to ensure your safety we strongly encourage that you heed all evacuation notices issued by your local county emergency management office regardless of the vulnerability of your boat. Components of your hurricane plan should include: Know Your Insurance Policy Secure all of your important boat documents in an easily accessible location on dry land and make sure your insurance policy is up-to-date. Become familiar with your policy and contact your provider prior to a storm if you have any questions. To help with claims, take photos and video of your boat before and after to show proof of damages, and inventory all equipment on your boat.  Get on Dry Land  If you have a smaller boat under 35-feet, it is safest for the boat (and for your mental well-being) to be on land rather than in the water. Whether the boat is on a trailer, next to your house, or at a dry storage marina, boats that are stored dry typically see less damage than those left in the water during a hurricane. Be sure to store the boat on high ground to avoid flooding, and place additional jack stands along areas of the hull that are reinforced by bulkheads. Place pieces of plywood under the stands to prevent them from sinking into the ground, and chain together jack stands to prevent them from spreading apart. Securing Your Boat on a Trailer Tying your boat to its trailer helps prevent it from floating away in the storm surge or flooding a hurricane brings. If you’re keeping it on a trailer outside, choose a location away from trees and electricity poles, preferably next to a building or other structure that provides a shield from the wind. Place blocks beneath the frame on either side of the wheels, and deflate the tires. Tie the boat to the trailer and secure the boat to ground the best you can. Remove and Secure Items to Reduce Windage   If you...

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2019 Lobster Season Guide

Posted by on Jul 15, 2019 in News, Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2019 Lobster Season Guide

Welcomes Start of the 2019-20 Lobster Season in Fort Lauderdale One of the most highly-anticipated events in Miami, lobster mini-season, officially begins at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, July 24 and ends at midnight the following day. This two-day event gives recreational fishermen the opportunity to get lobsters before the commercial season begins. The regular eight-month season starts shortly after on August 6th and runs through March 31, 2020.  Before you head out on the water, check out our tips below to ensure a safe and successful hunt! SAFETY FIRST There is always a risk associated with scuba diving, especially during mini-season. With thousands of recreational boaters on the water at one time, make sure to have your dive flag visible, bring a spotter, and keep your eyes and ears open. Also, if you are tempted to reach into a hole or under coral to grab a bug, don’t. You risk getting stuck or bitten by an unknown fish lurking below. BRING THE CORRECT EQUIPMENT There is nothing more frustrating during a dive than malfunctioning equipment. From a leaking mask to a broken regulator, make sure to avoid the hassle by having your gear tested and prepped for the season. Lobstering Equipment Dive flag: All divers in Florida waters must display a dive flag and stay within 300-feet of open water.Lobster net and tail snare: Nets are used on sand flats, while snares are best for reefs.Tickle stick: A thin fiberglass rod about 24-inches long used to coax lobsters out of holes without harming the reef.Gloves: For the lobster, not the reef.Mesh bag: Used to hold your catch. Look for models that have a convenient way to attach to your weight belt or gear, and a locking enclosure. Be sure to put your name on all of your equipment.Lobster gauge: Every diver must carry a lobster gauge and must measure the lobster under-water before it’s placed in the game bag.Mask, fins, snorkel or dive gear Be sure you are familiar with the rules of the lobster season before heading out on the water:  KNOW YOUR LIMITS During the mini-season, recreational divers and snorkelers can take a maximum of 12 lobsters per person, per day in South Florida, except for Monroe County and Biscayne National Park where the limit is six per person, per day, and the Biscayne Bay/Card Sound Lobster Sanctuary where the taking of any lobster is prohibited. Possession limits are strictly enforced on and off the water. During the regular season, the maximum limit for all locations is six lobsters per person, per day. SIZE MATTERS It is important to remember that the body of the lobster, excluding the tail, should be larger than three inches, measured in the water. Have a measuring device on you at all times – it’s required by law. Be sure you are familiar with how to measure a lobster properly.  BUY A LICENSE OR GET FINED Anyone taking or attempting to take a lobster must have a recreational saltwater fishing license and a spiny lobster permit to participate in lobster season. These can easily be picked up at your local Publix Super Markets or online at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com. KEEP THE LOBSTERS INTACT Do not remove the tail. Lobsters must be kept intact from catch to arrival on shore. WHERE TO LOBSTER IN SOUTH FLORIDAWhile the Florida Keys draw the biggest crowds, there are a number of advantages to enjoying mini-season right here in your own backyard. One of the biggest perks is your overall catch. In the Keys and Monroe County, the limit per person, per day is six as opposed to South...

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Sea Turtle Nesting Season Fort Lauderdale

Posted by on May 16, 2019 in News, Tips | Comments Off on Sea Turtle Nesting Season Fort Lauderdale

Sea Turtle nesting season in Ft. Lauderdale occurs between March 1st and October 31st. Where to See Sea Turtles in Fort Lauderdale Sea Turtle season in Fort Lauderdale starts in runs from March 1 to October 31st to account for the arrival of the leatherback-turtle nesting. It is important to protect the safety of sea turtles and their hatchlings. According to sunny.org, “nearly 90% of sea turtle nesting in the U.S. occurs in Florida. From March through October the turtles return to their home beaches to nest, and only one in 1000 hatchlings will survive to live past 2 years. Florida laws protect all sea turtles. It is illegal to touch the sea turtles, hatchlings or their nests. Be sure to stay mind the pink ribbons along the beaches that mark of the nesting areas. If you want to experience this incredible phenomenon in person, we have some handy tips below to ensure the safety of these fragile animals while having a great time. Types of Florida Sea Turtles There are five species of sea turtles: Kemp’s Ridley (Rarest sea turtle in the world, can be found in Mexico, Texas, Southwest Florida)Hawksbill (Critically endangered, common the Florida Keys)Leatherback (Common in South Florida; largest sea turtle, can grow up to 1,300 lbs)Loggerhead turtles (Common in Southwest Florida)Green (Common in the Pacific, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Hawaii) Safety Tips for Viewing Sea Turtles Never Touch the Turtles: Never disturb or disrupt the path of a sea turtle, and NEVER pick up hatchlings.Lights Out: If you live on the beach, turn off outdoor lights at night when not needed.No Camera Flash: Don’t take pictures of sea turtles with a flash. Take pics without a flash, and leave only footprints.Clean Up Trash: Nesting turtles and hatchling can get trapped or confused by beach trash. Be sure to clean up when you leave.  Turn on on the Red…Flash Light that is: with “turtle safe flashlights”– like red lights that emit a very narrow stream of visible light. Or shield your flashlight with paper or tape so the strong light does not disorient turtles. Where Can I see Sea Turtles in Florida? There are many parks throughout South Florida that offer nighttime sea turtle walks in the summer months when the sea turtle eggs hatch. You can also see them by walking the beach at night along Miami and Fort Lauderdale. However, if you want to see a Florida sea turtle in action it will take some careful planning. As you can wait up to 3+ hours, and sometimes never see one at all. Here are some places to see the magical turtles: Along Fort Lauderdale BeachVon D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State ParkSebastian Inlet State Park Fishing MuseumBarrier Island SanctuarySea Turtle Preservation SocietyJohn D. MacArthur Beach State Park For more information contact us at 954-527-1829 or click...

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Where to See Manatees in Ft. Lauderdale

Posted by on Mar 5, 2019 in News, Tips | Comments Off on Where to See Manatees in Ft. Lauderdale

Where to See Manatees in Fort Lauderdale See our top locations to see manatees in Ft. Lauderdale and the South Florida area It’s that time of year when many northern make their holiday vacations in south Florida, flocking to warmer waters to escape the winter chill. Manatees, or “sea cows” as us local’s call them, congregate in the warm waters behind the power plants in Florida, like the FPL Port Everglades Power Plant, to discharge canals and many of the state’s crystal clear springs farther north when the water temperatures drop below 68 degrees. Although they are massive in size, manatees have very little body fat, so they can often be found huddling together for refuge in warmer waters during manatee season (November 15-March 31). Here are a few local spots in Fort Lauderdale and surrounding areas where you can catch a glimpse of these majestic sea mammals before they head north for the summer: Where to See Manatee in Fort Lauderdale?: Hugh Taylor Burch State Park Hugh Taylor Birch State Park is a Florida State Park located in Fort Lauderdale, on East Sunrise Boulevard, between the Intracoastal Waterway and SR A1A Fort Lauderdale Intercoastal and Canals  During the winter months, November through March, you can often see manatees throughout the Intracoastal Waterways in Fort Lauderdale, and the back canals like the Middle River. Keep your eyes out for their snouts when they surface for air. They tend to be playing and feeding with their friends. Secret Woods Nature Center Designated the first “urban wilderness area” in Florida back in 1978, the Secret Woods Nature Center is a true hidden gem of the South. This urban wilderness has lush mangroves, a butterfly garden, reptile habitat & nature trails on 57 acres in the Fort Lauderdale area. And manatees can often be seen during the winter months when it’s cooler. Call for more info (954) 357-8884. Everglades Day Safari This full day guided tour of the Everglades allows you to see alligators from an airboat ride, dolphins and manatees on a boat cruise through a mangrove estuary and includes a wildlife drive and a nature walk. The perfect way to understand the beauty of Everglades National Park, and a great way to view the wildlife and birdlife that live there. Picks up from the Fort Lauderdale area. Manatee Lagoon – Florida Power & Light Eco-Discovery Center, West Palm Beach Power plants are a hot spot for manatees, so its no surprise the warm-water outflows of Florida Power & Light Company’s (FPL) Riviera Beach Next Generation Clean Energy Center is an ideal location for manatee watching. For the most ideal viewing opportunities, visit when cooler temperatures continue over a period of two to three days with minimal cloud cover. If you can’t make it to the lagoon, be sure to check out their Manatee Cam live stream. (Open Tuesday-Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)...

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 Winterfest Boat Parade 2018

Posted by on Nov 26, 2018 in News | Comments Off on  Winterfest Boat Parade 2018

 Winterfest Boat Parade 2018 Celebrate the start to the holiday season with the 47th Annual Seminole Hardrock Winterfest Boat Parade – “Best of the 80’s” Happy holidays from everyone at Riverfront Marina! To kick off the holiday season, you will not want to miss the 47 annual Seminole Hardrock Winterfest Boat Parade that is on Saturday, December 15, starting at 6:30 PM. This year’s boat parade theme is “Best of the 80’s”. The boat parade will travel east to the Intracoastal waterway and move North to Lake Santa Barbara in Pompano Beach. The boat parade takes approximately 2 and 1/2 hours to view from one location. Some of the best ways to watch the show are from the Grandstand Viewing Area (just north of Sunrise Boulevard), the Bridges, The Riverside Hotel, Downtowner Saloon and other various locations along the parade route. Make sure to check the bridge closing schedule to avoid being stuck and excessive traffic. Important links: Bridge Closings Parade Maps Winterfest...

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7 Tips for the 2018 Lobster Season

Posted by on Jul 25, 2018 in News, Tips | Comments Off on 7 Tips for the 2018 Lobster Season

7 Tips for the 2018 Lobster Season Riverfront Marina welcomes the 2018-19 Lobster Season in Fort Lauderdale The Lobster Mini Season in Fort Lauderdale will begin at 12:01 am on Wednesday, July 25th and ends at midnight on Thursday, July 26th. The regular 8-month lobster season will start on August 6th and runs through March 31, 2019. Before you head out on the water review our tips below to ensure a safe and successful hunt! SAFETY FIRST There is always a risk associated with scuba diving, especially during the lobster mini-season. With thousands of recreational boaters on the water at one time, make sure to have your dive flag visible, bring a spotter, and keep your eyes and ears open. Also, as tempting, as is it may seem to reach into a hole or under coral to grab a bug, do not. You can get stuck or injured by an unknown creature lurking below. KNOW YOUR LIMITS During the mini-season, recreational divers and snorkelers can take a maximum of twelve lobsters per person per day in Broward and Miami Dade Counties except for Biscayne National Park. In the primary season, one can take a maximum of 6 lobsters per person per day. See the official Lobster Season rules SIZE MATTERS It is important to remember the body of the lobster excluding the tail should be larger than 3″, measured in the water.  One should carry a measuring device at all times. Possession limits are strictly enforced on and off the water. BUY A “LICENSE” OR GET FINED You must have a recreational saltwater fishing license and a spiny lobster permit to participate in Lobster Season. To acquire these items, one can easily pick them up from a local Publix Supermarket or online at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com. PURCHASE THE CORRECT EQUIPMENT There is nothing more frustrating then malfunctioning equipment during a dive. From a leaking mask to a broken regulator, make sure to have your gear tested and prepped before you head out. SCHEDULE YOU BOAT LAUNCH IN ADVANCE The Lobster mini-season is one of the busiest days of the year at our Marina. Be sure to schedule your boat launches in advance to avoid longer than usual wait times. Call us at 954-527-1829. HAVE FUN To kick off the 2018 Lobster Season, the town of Lauderdale-by-the Sea will host its annual BugFest-By-The-Sea celebration and dive festival. The party starts July 24th and includes a mini-season kickoff party, a John Chatterton Wreck Diving Workshop, and Diveheart benefit concert on July 28th. Learn...

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