Originally Posted by Group9
The Manatee river is nice with plenty of places to anchor...
Agree with that--I have a friend who live on the Manatee near the RR bridge and there is plenty of room to anchor.
If you belong to a Yacht Club, there might be reciprocity privileges at the Sarasota Sailing Squadron, just inside New Pass Inlet.
I have crewed in a number of regattas there, and it is a very "down-to-earth" club--low cost membership
and plenty of volunteers. Great atmosphere--definitely not the stereotypical "stodgy" YC.
I'm pretty sure they have a mooring field--you may be able to rent one there. The closer you can get to the bridge, the more protected you are and the closer you are to town and shops. Check the charts
to see if they show any anchorages.