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Marinegirl, when in doubt, your best bet is always to send a written letter to the appropriate authority and try to get a written reply. (Antigua consulate, embassy, port authority, coast guard, etc.) then when you enter, if someone says "That's not right" you don't have to argue with them, you show them the letterhead from their own country or agency saying that it IS right.
Many bureaucrats, in and out of the US, are either poorly trained or looking for a little extra money off the books. Having things documented from their superiors often ends that problem.
Similarly, a letter to USC&I and the USCG asking "Can I obtain a letter of clearance outbound before leaving the US?" would help. If someone says "but you must have a letter" and the US authorities state "we do not issue them", you know someone is fishing for mordida.
Email? Nice. Phone? Nice. Letterhead in hand? Priceless!