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Old 04-22-2018, 01:32 PM   #1
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May be repositioning to west coast of Fl.

I have an opportunity of a lifetime. It would require me to be in Lakeland Fl. Most of the time. Can anyone that is familiar with marinas on the west coast of Florida tell me which would be the closest and most secure, meaning, security patrol, gated, etc.?
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Old 04-22-2018, 02:21 PM   #2
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Dona that was extremely misleading.
West coast is SanFrancisco ect.
West coast of Fl is the west side of Florida.

Love your opportunity though.
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Old 04-22-2018, 02:41 PM   #3
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I have an opportunity of a lifetime. It would require me to be in Lakeland Fl. Most of the time. Can anyone that is familiar with marinas on the west coast of Florida tell me which would be the closest and most secure, meaning, security patrol, gated, etc.?
Wifey B: YAY Donna. Go woman go.
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Old 04-22-2018, 02:48 PM   #4
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Sorry Nomad. I thought saying the west coast of Florida was clear enough. That’s what we call it here! Lol!

Thank you and wifeyb for the congrats!
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That is what it is called, not confusing at all.

Also Gulf coast.
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Old 04-22-2018, 03:13 PM   #6
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Check out marinas with Active Captain. Never been to a gated marina, maybe gates on piers at best.

The closest salt water marina to Lakeland is about 30 miles away.

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Old 04-22-2018, 03:23 PM   #7
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I would go over there and look at the traffic when you'll be driving to determine where I would or wouldn't want to be... I-4 is a nightmare in some places.

Or get a condo somewhere near work and commute back home regularly...
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Sounds great Donna! - Get it on!!

Now, I wonder what "IT" is... ??
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Congrats Donna - Good luck! BTW we are looking at a 36' just like yours
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I have an opportunity of a lifetime. It would require me to be in Lakeland Fl. Most of the time. Can anyone that is familiar with marinas on the west coast of Florida tell me which would be the closest and most secure, meaning, security patrol, gated, etc.?
Coupe questions for you are you a intercoastal type cruiser or does location to the Gulf not matter and you are looking for close and secure
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Old 04-22-2018, 05:12 PM   #11
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Coupe questions for you are you a intercoastal type cruiser or does location to the Gulf not matter and you are looking for close and secure
Secure. The marina I am at now is gated to vehicles with maned security and patrols.
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Congrats Donna - Good luck! BTW we are looking at a 36' just like yours
Get her! Lol! I totally love mine!!
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Old 04-22-2018, 05:14 PM   #13
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Sounds great Donna! - Get it on!!

Now, I wonder what "IT" is... ??
Letís just say I may have to change my name on here to ambassador.
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Let’s just say I may have to change my name on here to ambassador.
COOLIO!! Congrats... I Guess... ??
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Lakeland to FL West Coast Marinas?

Hi! My Dad lives in Lakeland. We started our Great Loop from Bradenton - Twin Dolphin Marina. I wasn't clear if you're living aboard and driving to Lakeland daily? If so, Bradenton may be too far - it's about an hour & 15 minutes, depending on traffic on I-4 & I75. It's not a "gated community" but we always felt it was very secure - several live-aboards, plus steps to the cute downtown with all the local festivals, weekly farmers market, river walk, restaurants etc. Like being in a small town, not Tampa or St Pete. Good luck & enjoy!

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Good luck, hope it works out for you.
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Hi Donna. My wife and I live in Lakeland and we kept our boat (before we sold it and started looking for the next one) in Riviera Dunes Marina in Palmetto. Beautiful, 16' deep basin with concrete floating docks, great staff, locked gates to the docks, security cameras, several liveaboards, and a number of other amenities. Frequently voted as the safest marina on the Gulf Coast. If you'd like more information, feel free to PM me.
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Hi Donna. My wife and I live in Lakeland and we kept our boat (before we sold it and started looking for the next one) in Riviera Dunes Marina in Palmetto. Beautiful, 16' deep basin with concrete floating docks, great staff, locked gates to the docks, security cameras, several liveaboards, and a number of other amenities. Frequently voted as the safest marina on the Gulf Coast. If you'd like more information, feel free to PM me.
John Regatta point would be high on my list of recommendations, as would twin dolphins also mentioned.

Donna several in Tampa would be safe the issue is in a trawler just to get to the mouth of Tampa Bay takes up a good bit of time
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Which side of Lakeland?

It's growen so large over the years that some refer to the Lakeland areas as "Orlampa" aka Orlando and Tampa.

As was mentioned, you are going to be at least an hour from water.
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As was mentioned, you are going to be at least an hour from water.

On the other hand, youíre only going to be an hour from water!
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