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Old 08-02-2014, 06:27 PM   #1
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Dinghy Dock

We just added a floating dock behind the store. It is available for people who want to visit my store by dinghy. We're about an hour, maybe less, up the Miami River by boat. It's an interesting ride as the Miami River is a working river with lots of unusual vessels to see.

We'll also be using the dock to demo small boats, kayaks, SUP's and Lehr outboards.
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Old 08-02-2014, 07:34 PM   #2
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I attended the Miami Boat Show eight years running. Whenever the plane would fly over that part of town with the river running through it, I always thought that would be so cool to check out! Alas, I no longer go... Looks good, though, your dinghy dock.
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Old 08-02-2014, 09:52 PM   #3
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I'm coming as soon as possible, although my Dusky might take up the whole dock.
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Looks great, Parks!! How deep is the water access?
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Old 08-02-2014, 11:02 PM   #5
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Oliver I think we'll be good up to thirty feet on the dinghy dock if we let the stern stick over into the neighbors part of the river.

Al, right next to the dock it's about six feet at low tide. We have had lots of power boats in the forty foot range stay there. Richard on Dauntless lived there for about a month while he installed his paravanes. The only time we couldn't make it work was when we tried to put a fifty something foot deep keel sailboat there. He could get up river to us, he just couldn't get to the dock.
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Old 08-05-2014, 06:54 PM   #6
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Seeing the Miami River reminded me of a seafood restaurant/market I used to go to in the late 80s and early 90s. I couldn't remember the name so looked around on mapquest and found Garcia's and Casablanca. They look to be in the same general area but neither name rings a bell mayeb a name change?. Maybe you know, it was near downtown right on the Miami river near some overpass or bridge and we had to drive through a very rough neighborhood to get there. The fishing boats used to unload right on the dock. It was kind of a "rustic' looking place, nothing fancy but excellent seafood. Any idea?
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Old 08-05-2014, 11:41 PM   #7
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Hi Steve, You're remembering East Coast Fisheries. Out of business now but there is talk of trying to save the building. East Coast Fisheries had been in that building since 1933. It was built in 1926 as a fish market.
Here is a report on the building and it's history.
http://www.historicpreservationmiami...0fisheries.pdf

I'm a bit of a Florida history nut so don't get me started on these things!
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Old 08-06-2014, 09:29 AM   #8
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Hi Parks yes, that is the place. Closed for code violations, I don't doubt that for a minute, but it had some of the best seafood around!
Miami is one of my favorite cities, when I was working we did a lot of entertaining of customers from Latin America there, El Cid, Casa Juancho, often winding up at the Mutiny in Coconut Grove what a place!
Even visited your place Near Coconut Grove a few times when I was there in Gumbo in 2010 you had moved.
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