Friday, March 31, 2017

Marine Stadium - Last day

Miami skyline
One of the attractions of the Marine Stadium anchorage is the view of Miami at night. It's all lit up with multi-colored lights of the tall buildings (I hesitate to call them skyscrapers as compared to New York City, the home of real skyscrapers). So as the night sky darkens, the lights of Miami come out.

The wind blew all day around 15 to 20 kts with higher gusts but all of that is supposed to go away by tonight with winds of only 5 kts or so for Saturday. For us that's a good day to go up the coast to Ft Lauderdale. We go outside here due to a 55 ft bridge in Miami, the lowest bridge on the Atlantic ICW. Why they were allowed to put in a bridge that's lower than the 65 ft standard for the ICW I'll never know.

At night, the lights are stunning
We also have to pass by President Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach Florida. We are on schedule to get by before the visit of the Chinese president, Xi on April 6 and 7. The ICW is usually either closed off or severely restricted whenever President Trump is present. So for Saturday we are aiming for Ft Lauderdale and the mooring field by the Los Olas Marina.

8 comments:

Fred Brillo said...

Bob,

That causeway was built back in the late 1950's... Not sure that there was a standard ICW bridge height set back then.. I can tell you from memory that when it was built, they dredged and filled the center portion with crushed coral like they did in the South Pacific during WW2...then they built the bridges.... smugglers used that crushed coral center part as a runway for gun runners flights taking guns into Cuba.

Dawn Ritter said...

On our trek south we noticed many more abandoned or derelict boats in anchorages where they weren't in the past, Florida isn't dealing with the problem with these boats and unfortunately the cruisers are playing the price with ridiculous anchoring laws.
On another note crossroads at Pt.St.Lucie inlet has been dredged.

Bob423 said...

Dawn, we counted 8 derelict boats and one up on shore. Still, it's a big anchorage, we just avoided anchoring close by.

Bob423 said...

Fred, if you're around, drop by. We serve wine at 5:00 today and Sunday. I can pick you up at the marina.

Bob423 said...

Fred, we're at the Los Olas mooring field.

Fred Brillo said...

Bob...I ll be out on my Boston Whaler cruising Ft. Lauderdale tomorrow...Ill try to swing by...

Bob423 said...

Fred, that's fine. We'll be doing a wash but we'll be around.

Fred Brillo said...

Bob,

Sorry I couldnt make it over to see you today... family issues kept me tied up for the better part of the day... hope to see you next time around.