Granted these posts are two years old. But it pains me to read this lack of information. Here is an updated account of what is going on at Dinner Key Marina/Mooring Field.
First off, The City of Miami
got funds to build the mooring
field and had to act quick. IMO they put out way too many balls, and yes they should have accounted for bigger boats. 60 foot is the max in Marathon and it works. Again the planning stages were VERY rushed.
That being said, they have learned a lot about how to accommodate the kind of crowd they are attracting in this area. Miami
is a very popular stop off for cruisers provisioning
before heading out to the Bahamas
Coconut Grove is a great stop for provisioning
as Miami's public transportation is out of this world. We used to dock
at Bayside's City Marina, but after we found Dinner Key we have never gone back.
kind of got "stuck" here as cruiser's do when we had to put in a new engine
. At first our ball assignment was in the 180 zone which was really far out there! In the Winter months it can get pretty choppy out there. We asked to move in and were allowed to move in to a much closer spot. We are 36' with a 6' draft
. After we swung around for a while we cleared a nice little patch of deep water
under our keel
, bottom is soft; no big deal.
We ended up living there for almost one year. I have seen just about every kind of weather
pass through here. I have seen employees come and go and I have seen the staff learn and adjust to the needs of their customers.This marina went from having it packed full of weekenders to having people in their office everyday asking for questions like where can I get Internet
, Groceries etc. They were sooo not ready for us! Ha ha ha
When we first got there they had the crappiest dinghy dock
, and I was always complaining to the Staff (but the still love me) about the dinghies that were locked to the dock who never even bothered to show up once a month let alone once a week to bail their dinghy
. My family
and I had to fight with these dinks with short painters every single
day! It was very aggravating. But sure enough they made the switch to the boat ramp
side, where the dock is much larger. The Mooring
Field Offices are separate from the Marina side, which annoyed me at first but we rolled with the punches and it really does work out best for all involved. The more people come to the Grove and find this awesome Mooring field the better the services will become!
I recently had an article published by The Salty Southeast Cruiser's Net
about our beloved home. To put it mildy, I think mooring fields are great. I'd much rather have the safety
of a mooring. I'm happy to receive pump outs, mail service
and shuttle service
for the LOW cost of $300 a month. Do you know where I live??? Coconut Grove is THE best place in Miami to visit, work, play and provision before heading out to other ports
. If you don't want to leave your welcome to stay.
Hope to see ya around