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JUNE 2021
Be in the know before you go!

Pro Tips: Storing Your Boat in SWFL

Indoor or outdoor. Wet or dry. Dry stack or trailer. If you’re not keeping your boat at home, you’ll face some important decisions about where and how to store your vessel. Brandon Mayer from Sweetwater Landing Marina and Brian McMurphy from BigToy Boat Sales provide helpful insight into what you should look for in a boat storage facility.

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Live to See July 5th

Everyone with a boat will be on our waterways this weekend, so please celebrate with a SOBER captain, RESPECT the navigation rules, be COURTEOUS to other boats, and remember there are ZERO places on your boat suitable for fireworks so leave the show to the pros.

 
NAVIGATION TIPS

Gulf Red Snapper Season

The 2021 season runs through July 28 for recreational anglers fishing from private vessels in Gulf state and federal waters. Before you go, be sure to register as a State Reef Fish Angler and learn how to relieve barotrauma in reef fish to prevent post-release mortality.

 
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WHERE TO SEE FIREWORKS FROM YOUR BOAT

Bonita Springs

For boats that can navigate the Imperial River, Star Spangled Bonita in Riverside Park includes sunset fireworks.

Bradenton

Fireworks kick off after dark over the Manatee River near the Green Bridge downtown.

Cape Coral

City of Cape Coral Red White & Boom fireworks start at 9:30pm and will be visible from the Caloosahatchee River.

Englewood

The fireworks begin around 9pm over Blind Pass Beach and can be seen from anywhere along the Lemon Bay Intracoastal Waterway.

Fort Myers

Freedom Fest in downtown Fort Myers will launch fireworks after sunset from Lofton Island that can be viewed from the Caloosahatchee River.

Fort Myers Beach

Times Square fireworks begin at 9pm and will be visible from Matanzas Bay and the Gulf on the north end of the island.

Naples

The City of Naples show begins at 9pm with fireworks launching from a barge just north of the Naples Pier.

Punta Gorda

Fourth Fest at Laishley Park culminates with a firework display over the Peace River beginning at 9pm.

Sarasota

Fireworks begin over Sarasota Bay just after dark, so anchor in the bay for best vantage point.

Siesta Key

If you’re heading in via the Gulf or ICW, find a spot near Crescent Beach for the fireworks display scheduled to begin after dusk.

St. Petersburg

The 9pm fireworks display at the St. Pete Pier will be visible from the entire Downtown waterfront.

Tampa

Boom by the Bay will feature six simultaneous fireworks displays around the bay, so check here for boat access details.

Venice

The fireworks begin at 9pm from the South Jetty and can be seen from the Gulf as well as the Intracoastal Waterway.

STAY IN THE KNOW

Remember to follow @GoBoatingFlorida on Facebook and Instagram for the latest photos from the water and special updates for boaters across our coast!
 

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