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View Poll Results: Who agrees, City maintained mooring fields are better than no oversight?
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Disagree Open to freely anchor at will. 13 31.71%
State should address the real problem. Abandoned boats 19 46.34%
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ha ha, I guess my point was more to say that even if there's some derelicts in your anchorage there, the Condo Commandos have far uglier things to see when they look out the window. You're luckier to be lower to the water so those high-dollar homes on the little isles there will obscure your view of the 'industrial' port things

The last time we passed through, we had a north wind so we could anchor between Fisher Island and Virginia Key. One of my best Miami anchorage experiences: quiet (we were by ourselves); and a great shot of the night skyline. I have to agree, Miami's night skyline is the prettiest I've seen.

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The last time we passed through, we had a north wind so we could anchor between Fisher Island and Virginia Key. One of my best Miami anchorage experiences: quiet (we were by ourselves); and a great shot of the night skyline. I have to agree, Miami's night skyline is the prettiest I've seen.
Just curious, how long did you linger off Fisher Island? I've had a look in there, but never stayed, but it would definitely be the most convenient if you just wanted to pop into Government Cut for the night... The downside of that location, of course, is convenient shore access...

Yours is a fine looking boat, so I would imagine the folks at Fisher Island would 'tolerate' your presence there for at least a while... that guy whose boat burned up the other day however, with dogs that were barking incessantly, well... I would imagine the powers that be at Fisher Island would soon find a way to 'encourage' him to move on... :-)


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Just curious, how long did you linger off Fisher Island? I've had a look in there, but never stayed, but it would definitely be the most convenient if you just wanted to pop into Government Cut for the night... The downside of that location, of course, is convenient shore access...

Yours is a fine looking boat, so I would imagine the folks at Fisher Island would 'tolerate' your presence there for at least a while... that guy whose boat burned up the other day however, with dogs that were barking incessantly, well... I would imagine the powers that be at Fisher Island would soon find a way to 'encourage' him to move on... :-)


Knowing first hand, how protective Fisher Island is of it's residents, even from law enforcement (it was difficult, to say the very least, to try and investigate anyone living there), and knowing who some of the people who live there are, I would not expect them to let any boat linger long without someone approaching them to find out who they were.

One of the weird things about south Florida (and there are many weird things about south Florida ), are the quasi-police forces a lot of the smaller, super wealthy, towns, and even private subdivisions got away with running down there. Most would actively work against us and are not really police the way we traditionally think of them.

On the northern Gulf of Mexico.


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We just overnighted. We were just about where in your picture, in the lower right corner, the seagrass ends as you move from lower right to upper right of the picture. We were arguably closer to Virginia Key. There is, though, an enclosed area if you were to continue along out of the photograph right and top. A little embayment at Virginia Key, apparently there used to be a bar there or something. The satellite pics show boats anchored up in there. We found the spot we were in via ActiveCaptain, and yes, we popped in there late after a sunset entry to Government Cut. Elsewhere here at SN I've put up a picture of the sunrise we saw anchored here.

This anchorage, as I'm sure y'all know, it is open from what I would think is the typical fetch in the area (southeast) so I wouldn't think anyone in their right mind would want to anchor there unless the conditions were just so. I should think that, and the lack of access, would limit anchoring as much as po-po from Fisher Island
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