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July 15, 2019

1:30 am

Lobster Season Guide

NorthBeach Marina Welcomes the Start of the 2019-20 Lobster Season in Miami

One of the most highly-anticipated events in Miami, lobster mini-season, officially begins at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, July 24 and ends at midnight the following day. This two-day event gives recreational fishermen the opportunity to get lobsters before the commercial season begins. The regular eight-month season starts shortly after on August 6th and runs through March 31, 2020. 

Before you head out on the water, check out our tips below to ensure a safe and successful hunt!

SAFETY FIRST

There is always a risk associated with scuba diving, especially during mini-season. With thousands of recreational boaters on the water at one time, make sure to have your dive flag visible, bring a spotter, and keep your eyes and ears open. Also, if you are tempted to reach into a hole or under coral to grab a bug, don’t. You risk getting stuck or bitten by an unknown fish lurking below.

BRING THE CORRECT EQUIPMENT

There is nothing more frustrating during a dive than malfunctioning equipment. From a leaking mask to a broken regulator, make sure to avoid the hassle by having your gear tested and prepped for the season.

Common Lobstering Equipment 

  • Dive flag: All divers in Florida waters must display a dive flag and stay within 300-feet of open water.
  • Lobster net and tail snare: Nets are used on sand flats, while snares are best for reefs.
  • Tickle stick: A thin fiberglass rod about 24-inches long used to coax lobsters out of holes without harming the reef.
  • Gloves: For the lobster, not the reef.
  • Mesh bag: Used to hold your catch. Look for models that have a convenient way to attach to your weight belt or gear, and a locking enclosure. Be sure to put your name on all of your equipment.
  • Lobster gauge: Every diver must carry a lobster gauge and must measure the lobster under-water before it’s placed in the game bag.
  • Mask, fins, snorkel or dive gear

Be sure you are familiar with the rules of the lobster season before heading out on the water: 

KNOW YOUR LIMITS

During the mini-season, recreational divers and snorkelers can take a maximum of 12 lobsters per person, per day in South Florida, except for Monroe County and Biscayne National Park where the limit is six per person, per day, and the Biscayne Bay/Card Sound Lobster Sanctuary where the taking of any lobster is prohibited. Possession limits are strictly enforced on and off the water. During the regular season, the maximum limit for all locations is six lobsters per person, per day.

SIZE MATTERS

It is important to remember that the body of the lobster, excluding the tail, should be larger than three inches, measured in the water. Have a measuring device on you at all times – it’s required by law. Be sure you are familiar with how to measure a lobster properly. 

BUY A LICENSE OR GET FINED

Anyone taking or attempting to take a lobster must have a recreational saltwater fishing license and a spiny lobster permit to participate in the lobster season. These can easily be picked up at your local Publix Super Markets or online at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com.

KEEP THE LOBSTERS INTACT

Do not remove the tail. Lobsters must be kept intact from catch to arrival on shore.

WHERE TO LOBSTER IN SOUTH FLORIDA

While the Florida Keys draw the biggest crowds, there are a number of advantages to enjoying mini-season right here in your own backyard. One of the biggest perks is your overall catch. In the Keys and Monroe County, the limit per person, per day is six as opposed to South Florida which is 12. There are also plenty of lobster-heavy sites to choose from in Miami and the tri-county area. Also, since mini-season rules are looser, it’s legal to dive at night for lobster, so some dive operators offer a 24-hour charter schedule.

In Miami, you can start your hunt right from the beach. Legal-size lobster can be found within just 50-yards of the sands of South Beach, or you can join lobster charters to natural reefs, ledges, grass beds, and man-made, state-approved rubble reefs.

In Broward and Palm Beach counties, the first reef line is an easy swim from shore and is home to plenty of bugs at the start of the season. If you’re looking for an adventure, there are numerous sites further offshore that local charter boats can take divers to. In Palm Beach, a popular spot for spiny lobster are the deep ledges off Jupiter Inlet. If you want to go a bit further, charters out of Palm Beach Inlet offer a selection of both deep ledges and shallow reef lines that hold plenty of big bugs for drift divers

Stay safe and enjoy the lobster season!


June 28, 2019

2:20 am

4th of July Fireworks Miami

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Top Places in Miami to Watch Fireworks by Boat This July 4th

Happy Independence Day! With July 4th falling on a Thursday, many of you will be enjoying a long weekend celebrating America’s birthday. We live in one of the most amazing places on the planet to watch Fourth of July fireworks soar over the Atlantic by boat. So it’s no surprise that everyone wants to take to the water to view the colorful explosions along the coastline. Inexperienced boaters can make the waters dangerous so ensure the safety of you and your passengers by exercising additional caution this July 4th weekend.

Here’s our list of the top destinations in Miami for boat owners to watch the fireworks. Be sure to schedule your boat launch in advance to avoid delays getting out on the water.

All fireworks displays begin at 9 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Key Biscayne’s Fourth of July Parade

Runs along Crandon Boulevard from Harbor Drive to West Enid Drive.
Key Biscayne Biscayne Bay offers a front row seat to several fireworks shows from Key Biscayne, South Beach, Downtown Miami, and Coconut Grove.
Parade: 11:00 a.m.

Bayfront Park: “Americas Birthday Bash”

301 N. Biscayne Blvd.; view from Biscayne Bay
Downtown Miami
One of the largest fireworks shows in South Florida.

Miami Beach’s “Fire on the Fourth” Festival

Collins and 73rd St., at the North Shore Bandshell Park
Miami Beach
Live concerts begin at 5 p.m.
Be sure to look to the south for fireworks over the Atlantic along Ocean Drive at Lummus Park, between 5th and 15th streets, on Miami Beach.

South Pointe Park

South Jetty, 1 Washington Ave.
Miami Beach
Government Cut is one of the best spots in Miami to catch a variety of fireworks shows at once! This quiet spot at the southern tip of South Beach offers another perfect perch to watch the sky light up, with views of fireworks on the Atlantic, Downtown Miami and Coconut Grove.

Haulover Beach Sandbar

10800 Collins Ave.
Bal Harbour
Haulover Beach Sandbar is a great place for daytime water activities. When the sun sets, catch the fireworks display on the southern jetty of Baker’s Haulover Cut.

Black Point Marina 4th of July Spectacular

24775 SW 87 Ave.
Homestead
Grab a bite or beverage before the night lights up at Black Point Ocean Grill, an award-winning waterfront restaurant and bar

North Miami Celebration by the Bay

FIU Biscayne Campus
3000 NE 151st St.
North Miami Beach
Fireworks begin at sundown

Can’t make up your mind? Then sail along the Intracoastal to catch the 9 p.m. fireworks displays in Miami Beach, Key Biscayne, Downtown Miami, and Coconut Grove.


May 16, 2019

2:09 am

Sea Turtle Season Tips Miami

Sea Turtle nesting season in Miami occurs between April 1st and October 31st

Where to See Sea Turtles in Miami

Sea Turtle season in Miami starts earlier than most places in Florida and runs from April 1 to October 31st to account for the arrival of the leatherback-turtle nesting.

It is important to protect the safety of sea turtles and their hatchlings. According to sunny.org, “nearly 90% of sea turtle nesting in the U.S. occurs in Florida. From March through October the turtles return to their home beaches to nest, and only one in 1000 hatchlings will survive to live past 2 years. Florida laws protect all sea turtles. It is illegal to touch the sea turtles, hatchlings or their nests. Be sure to stay mind the pink ribbons along the beaches that mark of the nesting areas. If you want to experience this incredible phenomenon in person, we have some handy tips below to ensure the safety of these fragile animals while having a great time.

Types of Florida Sea Turtles

There are five species of sea turtles:

  1. Kemp’s Ridley (Rarest sea turtle in the world, can be found in Mexico, Texas, Southwest Florida)
  2. Hawksbill (Critically Endangered, common the Florida Keys)
  3. Leatherback (Common in South Florida; largest sea turtle, can grow up to 1,300 lbs)
  4. Green (Common in Puerto Rico, Mexico, Hawaii)
  5. Loggerhead turtles (Common in Southwest Florida)

Safety Tips for Viewing Sea Turtles

  • Never Touch the Turtles: Never disturb or disrupt the path of a sea turtle, and NEVER pick up hatchlings.
  • Lights Out: If you live on the beach, turn off outdoor lights at night when not needed.
  • No Camera Flash: Don’t take pictures of sea turtles with a flash. Take pics without a flash, and leave only footprints.
  • Clean Up Trash: Nesting turtles and hatchling can get trapped or confused by beach trash. Be sure to clean up when you leave.  
  • Turn on on the Red…Flash Light that is: with “turtle safe flashlights”– like red lights that emit a very narrow stream of visible light. Or shield your flashlight with paper or tape so the strong light does not disorient turtles.

Where Can I see Sea Turtles in Florida?

There are many parks in Florida that offer nighttime sea turtle walks in June and July. You can see them anytime too with by walking the beach at night along Miami and Fort Lauderdale. However, if you want to see a Florida sea turtle in action it will take some careful planning. As you can wait up to 3+ hours, and sometimes never see one at all. Here are some places to see the magical turtles:

  • Along Miami Beach
  • Along Fort Lauderdale Beach
  • Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park
  • Sebastian Inlet State Park Fishing Museum
  • Barrier Island Sanctuary
  • Sea Turtle Preservation Society
  • John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

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March 11, 2019

4:35 am

Top 3 Places to See a Manatee in Miami

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If you are looking to spot the majestic manatee this winter, see out top three viewing locations in Miami below

It’s that time of year when Florida’s most endearing snowbirds make the trek to Miami, flocking to warmer waters to escape the winter chill. Manatees, or “sea cows” as they’re affectionately called by us locals, congregate in the warm waters of South Florida’s power plant discharge canals and many of the state’s crystal clear springs farther north when the water temperatures drop below 68 degrees. Although they are massive in size, manatees have very little body fat, so they can often be found huddling together for refuge in warmer waters during manatee season (November 15-March 31).

Here are a few local spots where you can catch a glimpse of these majestic sea mammals in Miami before they head north for the summer, along with some road-trip worthy destination in Palm Beach.

Black Point Marina, Miami

Manatees traverse Miami’s extensive canal system during the winter months. A popular spot for them is the area from Black Point Park & Marina near Biscayne National Park to Biscayne Bay. Manatees typically poke their whiskery snouts out of the water every 2 to 5 minutes, but can stay submerged for as long as 20 minutes, so be sure to pack your patience.

Biscayne Bay

This is a treasure of a natural area for people who are interested in seeing protected, clean areas that have an abundance of mangroves, diverse fish, birds and manatees, in their natural environment. A half mile to 1.5 mile walking distance from the entrance of the park you can regularly see manatees swimming, playing around, blowing bubbles, and enjoying the warm waters. There is a short walking trail and plenty of space to paddleboard, kayak or canoe and explore.

Manatee Lagoon – Florida Power & Light Eco-Discovery Center, West Palm Beach

Power plants are a hot spot for manatees, so its no surprise the warm-water outflows of Florida Power & Light Company’s (FPL) Riviera Beach Next Generation Clean Energy Center is an ideal location for manatee watching. For the most ideal viewing opportunities, visit when cooler temperatures continue over a period of two to three days with minimal cloud cover. If you can’t make it to the lagoon, be sure to check out their Manatee Cam live stream. (Open Tuesday-Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)


February 6, 2019

3:36 am

2019 Miami International Boat Show

Everything you need to know about the Miami Boat Show to have a great time

The Miami International Boat Show runs from February 14 through 18 at the Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin, Virginia Key. Explore more than 3,000 boats and 2,000 exhibitors showcasing the latest and greatest in marine technology, gear, and accessories.

The Miami Boat Show takes place in two locations; the Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin and Miamarina at Bayside. At Miamarina at Bayside is the Strictly Sail Boat Show. You do not want to miss this incredible event. There is truly something for every boating lifestyle and budget.

Ticket Info

Premier Day (Thursday): $40 Adult (age 13+): $25 Two-day pass (Friday–Monday, February 12–15): $45 Five-day pass: $100 Children (12 & younger): FREE with a paid adult admission.

Getting to the Event

There is limited parking near the event site and only one road in and out. It is strongly recommended to take an UBER or the free water taxi or shuttle bus to the event. You can access both from the American Airlines Arena and Bayfront Park.

For more details, visit the Boat Show Website at http://www.miamiboatshow.com/.