Re: Manatee Pocket, Stuart, Florida Anchorage
Stayed in Manatee Pocket lower anchorage for a week in late Oct 2015. Lower anchorage is crowded with lots of local boats. Upper anchorage was pretty open at that time. Good 8' channel all the way down the pocket, watch your depths and channel locations in the lower anchorage.
Floating dock at Manatee Park is restricted to 4 hrs, but fixed finger dock is usable all day with no problems. Never tried over night. Short walk from Manatee Park to Coconut Bar (Local Dive) and the Sub Shop next door has a great breakfast starting at 6 am. Bout a mile to the grocery, which is also the closest bus connection to the Stuart bus system.
Watch your approach from the St Lucie "crossroads" up the river to the pocket. Bars and markers move often.
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