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Old 01-08-2012, 15:00   #31
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Charts will not help much with depths here. You have to rely on local knowledge. Call TowBoatUS. They know. As for getting into Crandon Park Marina on Key Biscayne, no problem. Well marked channel.
Crandon Park's mooring balls are only up to 40ft, but they offered us a wet slip for $103/night. Not bad considering our size. Their low tide clearance is for 6', but there is a margin in there so we'd be ok if we came in at a few hours either side of low tide.
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Old 01-08-2012, 15:02   #32
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not sure og depth, check a chart as I do not have one handy

here is a photo of virginia key. if you go there do not forget to go to Jimbos,,,a part of florida you will never see again. i know you can get into the state park in key biscayne, I have been there in a 6'6" 44 foot boat
Are you referring to the anchorage at the State Park?
And what is Jimbo's?
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Old 01-08-2012, 17:40   #33
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Pretty sure that would be Dinner Key Marina. They only have 2 mooring balls that could take us and they're both taken. None of the other Miami City Marinas have mooring balls.
If there are options nearer the Imigration offices in Kendall I'd sure like to know about them.
Kendall, eh? The rental car option is looking more and more attractive.

Even if you can get close to Kendall, you will still (a) be sailing out of your way, unless you are able to navigate the north side of the Keys (b) still need transportation into the city and (c) be spending as much or more time and money trying to go the sail-in route as the drive-in route.

There is also some kind of bus from the keys.

Key Largo is a bit closer to Miami (for driving), and has space, but suffers from shallow depths and high marina fees.
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If you can do the immigration thing in Ft. Lauderdale it will be a lot easier for you. Kendall is a long ways south of Miami. You can stay at either the Las Olas moorings or one of the city marinas.
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I have a good friend with dockage available on the Miami river. PM me and I will pass along contact informationl
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And what is Jimbo's?
Jimbo's Shrimp shack, on Virginia Key, is no more.

Jimbo's Place is closing, and a crazy family feud is to blame:
Jimbo's Place is closing, and a crazy family feud is to blame - Page 1 - News - Miami - Miami New Times

Demolition Of Jimbo's Place
City Of Miami Starts Demolition Of Jimbo's Place (VIDEO)
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There is a great FREE anchorage in this area (see Opn CPN). The problem I found was that it is on the exit path of planes leaving MIA. Although the planes have gotten some altitude by the time they pass over.

THEY REALLY SOUND LOUD AT 23:00. Next time I head down that way, if conditions permit, I will drop a hook south of the Rickenbacker to get a tad more peace and quiet.

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Free also farther north in West Palm I belive and at Peanut Island.. maybe..good luck..DVC
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The Kendal office of the USCIS is at 14675 SW 120th Street. This is pretty far south and west of downtown Miami. It's also pretty far from the coast. You should probably plan to rent a car. Matheson Hammock Marina would be the closest marina but I don't think you could get in.
Miami-Dade County - Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces - Matheson Hammock Marina
If you can't get into the marina, you could anchor out side it and dinghy in.

Enterprise Rent a Car will pick you up and take you to their office and when you return the car they'll bring you back.

Too bad your boat doesn't fly. The USCIS office is right next to the Kendall-Tamiami Airport.
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Jimbo's Shrimp shack, on Virginia Key, is no more.

Jimbo's Place is closing, and a crazy family feud is to blame:
Jimbo's Place is closing, and a crazy family feud is to blame - Page 1 - News - Miami - Miami New Times

Demolition Of Jimbo's Place
City Of Miami Starts Demolition Of Jimbo's Place (VIDEO)
It's a bugger when iconic places fall off the map.
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The Kendal office of the USCIS is at 14675 SW 120th Street. This is pretty far south and west of downtown Miami. It's also pretty far from the coast. You should probably plan to rent a car. Matheson Hammock Marina would be the closest marina but I don't think you could get in.
Miami-Dade County - Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces - Matheson Hammock Marina
If you can't get into the marina, you could anchor out side it and dinghy in.

Enterprise Rent a Car will pick you up and take you to their office and when you return the car they'll bring you back.

Too bad your boat doesn't fly. The USCIS office is right next to the Kendall-Tamiami Airport.
Car rental is sounding like the best option from wherever we end up.
I'll check Enterprise rates.

I'll also ring Matheson Marina and find out their limits.
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If you can do the immigration thing in Ft. Lauderdale it will be a lot easier for you. Kendall is a long ways south of Miami. You can stay at either the Las Olas moorings or one of the city marinas.
Unfortunately the appointment is already set, and it's a nightmare trying to change things with government bodies.
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I have a good friend with dockage available on the Miami river. PM me and I will pass along contact informationl
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Good thing that you didnt go to Jamaica!....DVC
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Jimbo's Shrimp shack, on Virginia Key, is no more.

Jimbo's Place is closing, and a crazy family feud is to blame:
Jimbo's Place is closing, and a crazy family feud is to blame - Page 1 - News - Miami - Miami New Times

Demolition Of Jimbo's Place
City Of Miami Starts Demolition Of Jimbo's Place (VIDEO)


THAT SUCKS,,,, It was a fun place, a part of history
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Enterprise Rent a Car will pick you up and take you to their office and when you return the car they'll bring you back.
Be sure you call an office within 5 miles of your boat's location or else they will not pick you up. Each office is a franchise and will not serve you in this way if you are too far.

I had a bad experience in Nashville.
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