|Good friends, Debbie and Craig met us at Marina Jack's|
IP440 CHARMED former IPY owners
|The Selby Public Library of Sarasota|
Ever since we earned our new master's degrees online via Drexel University, I gained a new love of and respect for public libraries. We worked on these degrees from the boat, as we traveled up the AICW in the spring of 2008. Along the way, we spent many full days in public libraries from Vero Beach, FL to Rock Hall, MD. We really enjoy spending time in nice public libraries and Sarasota has built one of the best.
|The Mooring field and the no anchor area, Sarasota, Fl|
Sarasota has also worked hard at ridding the harbor of derelict boats that ruin a waterfront. To accomplish this, they have installed a large mooring field (phase 1 now) and they have marked off a no anchoring section in the rest of the harbor. The remaining area for anchoring is far away and is in 4 foot to 7 foot water depths. If you ARE anchored, you have a very rocky shore line for landing the dinghy.You are not allowed to dock at their dinghy dock because you are NOT on their moorings!
So there are a few challenges to the cruising boater if you want to anchor. If you move in and take a transient mooring, of which there are only four, then you are directly up against the high speed channel leading boats into Marina Jack's. The obvious solution to this, is to move the NO WAKE ZONE out beyond the mooring field.
|Town Center and the Whole Foods Market|
I can see spending much more time exploring and learning about the Sarasota area.....
|...Sarasota Dolphins and Water Fountain...|
|Our view from Mooring Ball #1 with Jack's Marina and Island Park off our stern|
|Jack's with the Dolphin Sculpture and Water fountain|
|Those palm trees are on the BOAT....a big tour boat|
|The No Wake Zone needs to be expanded!|
|Where we anchored in the center of the harbor, before we were asked to move|
|Radeen handled this officer's notification of our anchoring error FAR BETTER than I would have.|
I was working in the bilge on B&G wiring issues....
So, we have had a wonderful and a diverse time here in Sarasota. We have really enjoyed the town, the waterfront, and most of all, visiting our friends Debbie and Craig, whom we will continue to see as we move on 20 nautical miles to Bradenton and Snead Island Boat Works...