I'll second Ft Myers beach and Gulfport. at Ft myers beach there is anchorage to the far end of the mooring
field....southeast... and lots of free dinghy
dockage. good bus services too. lots of marine
supply stores in the area.
if you anchor
in Gulfport, don't crowd the pier or shore line out of respect to the land owners. That's what spoils them to us cruisers and then ordinances get made to run us out or charge us ungodly amounts of money
. use the pump
out at Gulfport marina, it's free along with water
and the fuel
is reasonably priced. you can also dock your boat at the casino pier at day to load large stuff. Thats also free.
if you give respect you'll receive it. This to the community of cruisers, its a responsibility for all of us.