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Old 01-08-2013, 06:05 AM   #1
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Florida hurricane hole--storage

I hope this will be considered a service for cruisers , rather than an advert.

I am located in Ortona Florida ,off the Caloosahatchie Waterway which is about 100 miles from the East Coast and 50 from the West coast , Ft Myers .

This is considered a natural Hurricane Hole , and with homes on dug canals the boats are about 10 ft down from the land surface level..

The great location was noticed by commercials , who constructed storage facility a few blocks away.

River Forest Yachting Center,

"La Belle" is what they call the facility at Ortona , it shows better on maps.

The local home owners are frequently willing to let out their docks for storage.

The usual charge is $50 a week during the off season , when loads of Canadians and cruising Yankees go home for the Holiday season.

During the Hurricane season most will charge the same $200 a month but will require a minimum of 4 or 5 months.

NO you cant just come in in the day of the Hurricane!

Usually Battery Maint electric is available , no air cond or de humidifiers with most owners , tho a few have electric meters .

Anyone interested should PM me and I will send a list of phone contact info.

Its been half a decade since the last big breeze , BE Prepared.

Overnight free docking is always at our place to any and all cruisers, space available , usually all winter.


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Old 01-08-2013, 06:12 AM   #2
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Great info and a very kind offer!!!!

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Old 01-08-2013, 06:23 AM   #3
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Fred: Thanks. We're heading to FL for this hurricane season and have just started looking at options. Good info.
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Fred: Thanks. We're heading to FL for this hurricane season and have just started looking at options. Good info.
It is easy to tell from this that LarryM is working from a different perspective.
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Old 01-08-2013, 10:47 AM   #5
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I have overnighted at Freds dock very nice and i'd say safe spot

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Old 01-08-2013, 03:14 PM   #6
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A pretty good deal, I would say. Not too many protected areas on either the West coast of Florida nor the East coast. Especially in the areas which would be most likely to go into the Okeechobee Waterway -- Stuart on the East and Ft. Myers/Tampa/St. Pete on the west. One thing I might mention is that when the powers-that-be begin shutting things down for an oncoming hurricane, two of the things which get shut down pretty early are drawbridges and locks. So a word to the wise!
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La Belle is a nice part of old Florida. My favorite restaurant, Flora and Ella's was in La Belle until recently. They had the worlds best fried green tomatos and pies. FF, any chance they'll reopen?
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Old 01-10-2013, 05:42 AM   #8
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Flora and Ella's was in La Belle until recently,any chance they'll reopen?

Probably not , usually when a family business folds it stays dead.

La Belle is a great cruising stop , the library has free wi fi , that many can use at the slip.

It has a PO for general delivery mail pick up and a fair to middling Ace Hardware .

They give 3 days free , with 15A 120V .Garbage dumpster nearby.

The downdide is its popular so requires a stern to tie up a "Med Moore".

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