surprise storms are more likely in the summer. Mostly predicted this time of year --ie fronts.
Go to the Landing at Jacksonville
and use the public dock
there, outside Hooters (who has a great cod sandwich plate and the burgers are out of this world), the Main Street Bridge will open for you, but there is also a rail trestle there, which would have to open as well. The same operator seems to run them both. There was some work
going on with those earlier this year, and I seem to recall
the openings were going to be restricted, but that may be over with now. I don't know, and have not heard anything updating that since our trip. Regardless, the docking
of your vessel at Hooters overnite is free, and you can walk less than 30 feet to lunch or dinner. ATM is around the corner, outside the restaurant street entrance, perhaps 50 feet away on the port side as you leave the restaurant on that side (the part of the structure opposite the dock).
I will also say that if you go then into the Palatka area, on the St. John's (south of the Main Street Bridge), the owner of the Crystal Cove Marina rented us a transient slip for ten bucks a nite, and even with no power
at the dock
for that price
, it was a great deal. He may do the same for you or not, I don't know, but they are a great bunch there. Ask for Kelly or his wife (cannot recall
her name, but she is also nice).
The docks at the landing were damaged by Matthew. We were there a few weeks ago and docking
was prohibited at that time. Don't think they have been fixed yet. There was less availability on the Main street bridge, but think it was only nighttime restrictions on the weekend. The railroad bridge is open 95 percent of the time. Only closes for a 15-30 minute window to allow a train to pass. But that is very rare.
Second the cute marina North of Palatka-very helpful and nice staff. There is also a nice help yourself marina in Green Cove Springs. You voluntarily pay at the police dept--believe it was only 15 per night and had electric
.. But there's a nice park just ashore, and it's a 2 block walk to the business section with a couple nice restaurants. Also just south is one of the best do it yourself marinas