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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...

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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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Where to Watch the Fireworks in Fort Lauderdale

Posted by on Jul 3, 2018 in News | Comments Off on Where to Watch the Fireworks in Fort Lauderdale

Where to watch the fireworks in Fort Lauderdale by Boat Gas up the boat; stock the coolers, and get ready to celebrate America’s Birthday! Happy Independence Day from everyone at the Riverfront Marina. The Fourth of July holiday is on Wednesday this year. Take advantage of the numerous celebrations in South Florida that will feature fireworks that you can view from the water. See our list of the top destination in Fort Lauderdale to see the fireworks by boat. Fort Lauderdale 4th of July Spectacular Fireworks: 9 p.m. Address: View from the ocean. Fort Lauderdale Beach, A1A and Las Olas Boulevard Lauderdale-by-the-Se  Fourth of July Celebration Fireworks: 9 p.m. Address: View from the ocean near Commercial Pier, Fireworks will be shot off from the beach, just north of El Prado Park, 4500 El Mar Drive. Hollywood Beach Star-spangled Spectacular Celebration Fireworks: 9 p.m. Address: View from the ocean. Charnow Park, 1500 N. Broadwalk Deerfield Beach 4th of July Celebration Fireworks: 9 p.m Address: View from the ocean. Deerfield Beach Pier, 149 SE 21st Ave. Deerfield Beach,...

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How to Prepare Your Boat for a Hurricane

Posted by on Jun 12, 2018 in News, Tips | Comments Off on How to Prepare Your Boat for a Hurricane

How to Prepare Your Boat for a Hurricane The 2018 Hurricane Season in Fort Lauderdale runs from June 1st through November 30th. Is your boat prepared for a hurricane? The Atlantic Hurricane Season is from June 1st through November 30th. Last year was one of the most destructive seasons on record with six major hurricanes, including Hurricane Irma that caused destruction throughout the entire state of Florida. Keeping this in mind, we strongly recommend having a hurricane plan in place for your boat to help prevent damages that can be caused by these storms. For the 2018 Hurricane Season, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting an average year, with up to 16 named storms, and four major hurricanes. No matter how many storms we see this season; it only takes one to cause significant destruction to your vessel. With the 2018 Hurricane Season officially here, there’s no better time than now to prepare your boat to withstand a major storm. CREATE A HURRICANE PLAN The first step to prepare your boat for the hurricane season is to have a plan and know where you will keep it during a significant storm. The safest place to keep your boat during a hurricane is at a dry storage facility like North Beach Marina. Our in-door facility securely holds many vessels all keeping them dry and away from the hurricane force winds. You can also store your boat and trailer on dry land at your home or a boat storage facility like Happy Trailer Storage. We recommend selecting a location with minimal exposure to the wind. You can also reinforce your boat with straps for additional safety measures. REVIEW YOUR BOAT INSURANCE It is wise to make sure that you have all of your boat documents up to date and in an easily accessible location. Also, make sure to call your insurance company to make sure the policy is current. To help facilitate a timely insurance claim, take photos and video of your boat before and after to show proof of damages. SECURE LOSE ITEMS You will want to remove everything lose on the boat and remove equipment that could be damaged by a storm. These items include antennas, radios, life jackets, fishing equipment and canvas tops. If you cannot remove the electronic equipment from your boat, you can use shrink-wrap tape to protect it. FIND A SAFE HARBOR If you have no choice but to leave your boat in the water during a hurricane, try to find a safe harbor to anchor it. Once you locate a safe place, preferably on a canal with tall pilings that can allow your boat to rise and fall with the storm surge. You should use long ropes with fray protection and can use pilings from other dock slips to create more distance. When your boat is secure in the water, it should look like a spider in the middle of a web. You can also use buoys to protect the vessel from impact against floating debris, the dock, and seawall. DON’T WAIT Most importantly, don’t wait until three days before a storm strikes to prepare your boat. Should you need assistance preparing your boat for hurricane season call us at (954)...

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Riverfront Marina Fort Lauderdale Spring News

Posted by on Apr 12, 2018 in News | Comments Off on Riverfront Marina Fort Lauderdale Spring News

Riverfront Marina Spring News Spring is the best time to be on the ocean in Fort Lauderdale Springtime in South Florida is an incredible time to be out on the water. After a stormy winter, the wind is calming down, making boating, fishing and diving conditions ideal. The best part spring is the fact that on many days, you can have the water all to yourself. So before you hit the water check out our top three tips for spring in Fort Lauderdale. Scuba Diving Certification Spring can be the best time to get your Open Water Diver Certification in Fort Lauderdale With cool waters, high visibility, Lobster Season in July, and over 75 reefs and wreck to dive along the South Florida coastline you will want to take advantage of the incredible beauty that lies in our oceans by receiving your scuba diving certification. Completing the PADI entry-level scuba diving accreditation consists of an eight-hour online class, one day of pool training, and four open water dives. The training is typically done over a three-day period and can be completed over the weekend at most dive shops in the area. Deep Sea Fishing Spring is also a great time to go deep-sea fishing in Fort Lauderdale. There is much fish in season including the Blackfin Tuna, Sailfish, Mahi-Mahi, and Cobia. According to Paul McCracken at Sea Salt Fish Market in Fort Lauderdale, one of the most delicious fish to catch in the spring is the Florida Dolphin otherwise knows as Mahi-Mahi. This beautiful fish can be found in waters depths over 80 feet and usually near floating debris or the open waters chasing bait. When you are ready to go deep-sea fishing, we highly recommend booking a fishing charter with an experienced captain that can lead you to the right places. Boat Maintenance It is essential to perform maintenance on your boat for you to enjoy a problem-free spring boating season. At Riverfront Marina, we want nothing more than for you to have a safe, headache-free day out on the water. To ensure your next voyage is nothing less than excellent, see our list below of spring boat maintenance tips. Our boat mechanic recommends having your boat serviced every 12-months or 100 operating hours. Also, if you tend to leave the vessel sitting for long periods of time, you should turn on the engine for 5 minutes, once every two weeks, and remember to never start your boat engine without water flowing through the engine cooling system. Maintenance Tips: Engine Tune Up: Spring is the perfect time to schedule maintenance with your mechanic before they get busy in the summer. Take the boat in for a full tune-up. Make sure all the engine filters are changed and fluids are full. Change gear case lubricant, change the oil, replace fuel filter, and make sure your motor is running in good condition. Also, have the mechanic inspect all systems and components, such as lights, pumps, and electronics. Visual Inspection: Check the boat hull and propellers for damages. Use a deep well socket to remove the propeller several times during the season to make sure discarded fishing line hasn’t become wrapped around the propeller shaft. Also, have your dealer inspect the gear case for fishing line because it can cause gear case leaks and that is not...

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Holiday Hours & Closures

Posted by on Dec 14, 2017 in News | Comments Off on Holiday Hours & Closures

Riverfront Marina Hours & Holiday Closures Riverfront Marina would like to wish everyone a wonderful holiday season and happy New Year. Please make a note that we will have special marina operating hours during the holidays. Be sure to review the details below so that you are not inconvenienced. If you have any questions, please call us at 954-527-1829 or click here. Christmas: Sunday, December 24, 2017 Closed at 2:30 PM No Night Launches Christmas Day: Monday, December 25, 2017 Closed/ No Access New Year’s Eve: Sunday, December 31, 2017 Closed at 2:30 PM Order New Year’s Eve Night launches by 2:00 PM New Year’s Day: Monday, January 1, 2018 Closed/ No...

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Winterfest Boat Parade 2017

Posted by on Dec 7, 2017 in News | Comments Off on Winterfest Boat Parade 2017

Winterfest Boat Parade 2017 Happy Holidays from everyone at Riverfront Marina! Join us for the Seminole Hardrock Winterfest Boat Parade taking place along the New River in downtown Fort Lauderdale, Saturday, December 9, starting at 6:30 PM, traveling east along the intercostal to Lake Santa Barbara in Pompano Beach. This family-friendly event will showcase boats of all sizes with incredible light displays and music that is sure to get you in the holiday spirit. This year’s boat parade theme is “Broadway”, and the grand marshals will be country music stars Big & Rich. The best way to see the parade is from the Riverwalk in downtown or the Grandstand area inside of the Birch State Park just north of Sunrise Boulevard. Be sure to check the bridge closure schedule to avoid travel delays. Bridge Closure Schedule https://winterfestparade.com/when-are-the-bridges-up Winterfest Boat Parade Info...

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