|Your Guide to Florida’s East Coast—after the Hurricanes|
The most destructive hurricane season in recent history has left many boaters dubious about their cruising options for winter. Arguably, the hardest hit area has been Florida's Treasure Coast, gateway to South Florida and the Bahamas. With fewer functioning marinas, each with limited dockage, boaters are having trouble sifting through the rumors and reports to evaluate the cruising, dockage, and repair options. To make the job easier, PMY has compiled the following directory of marinas from Daytona to the Palm Beaches (the area on the East Coast where damage has been most severe) to give you an idea of what’s open, what’s not, and what to expect on your trip south.
Due to the volume of marinas in this area, we're able to list only public marinas that typically offer transient space. Regardless of the information provided here, it's still prudent to call ahead, as even these marinas may have sacrificed transient space for local and seasonal customers.
Difficult as this season has been, the good news is that you will find havens in even the hardest-hit places. There's no need to scratch those winter plans. Bring your boat south. Florida is open for business.
This article originally appeared in the November 2004 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.