Re: east coast icw
If you do decide to go the Okeechobee route then you will see a different side of Florida than the coastal areas present. Motoring the canals is a treat. Dozens of Florida's waterbirds... storks, herons, cormorants, anhingas and osprey plus an abundance of gators especially between Moore Haven and Roland Martin's laid back marina. Lots of cattle grazing right down to the water's edge typify the rural nature of much of the route. There are several marinas along the way if you need service or a nights dockage. There are also a few park areas with limited, inexpensive dockage as well. One marina that stood out in my mind was the Rialto Harbor marina some 20 miles east of Fort Myers. It is located in a oxbow on the Caloosahatchee and is worth a stop. The Legacy Harbor marina in Fort Myers is super nice and is within a short walk of the Ford-Edison Museum grounds. Enjoy the trip, whichever way you choose.
(ps. from one of the slackers)