Welcome to Dana Shores, where the waters of Tampa Bay serve as your backyard.
Favorite Restaurants Reached by Boat (ordered by distance): Bahama Breeze, Various locations within Safety Harbor* (Bar Fly, Pizza Gregario, Southern Fresh, The Tides Seafood Market and Provisions, and Others) and Hula Bay
(*) Safety Harbor provides public parking along the seawall that extends from the harbor’s boat ramp and borders the picnic area.
Favorite Places to Kayak: Weedon Island
Florida Artificial Reefs: click here
Florida Public Boat Ramp Finder: click here
The weather plays a significant role in your fun, safety, and ability to catch fish. Here are some of our favorite resources from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Intellicast, and others.
Wave Modeling (NOAA) (Zulu conversion timetables) [a useful resource for offshore trips]
Beach Conditions and Red Tide Status or call 866-300-9399
National Data Buoy Stations (NOAA)
Tide Chart (NOAA) / Tide Charts and Lunar Phases (Tides4Fishing)
How to Rescue Hooked Pelicans (Audubon Society): short & long version
Seabird Rehabilitator: click here
Injured Manatee (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)): (813) 558-5050 Ext. 7
Other Injured Wildlife (Owl’s Nest Sanctuary for Wildlife): (813) 920-5495 or 598-5926
Recreational Saltwater Licenses and Permits: click here
Saltwater Fishing Regulations: click here
Sea Tow Membership: If you have a breakdown and are able to call on a neighbor qualified to tow you, great. When that’s not an option, an annual Sea Tow membership can be very handy. (Membership cannot be applied to a tow within the first twenty-four hours of activation. Non-members pay substantially higher rates for service.)
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission: Florida law requires that persons born on or after January 1, 1988, complete a NASBLA-approved boater education course prior to operating a vessel powered by a motor of 10 horsepower or more. The law requires that persons affected by this legislation have in their possession a Boating Safety Education I.D. Card issued by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission and photographic I.D. while operating a vessel. Even if not required by law to get the Florida boating license, many boaters take the boat safety course in order to save on their PWC or boat insurance.
US Coast Guard Auxiliary: The US Coast Guard Auxiliary sponsors a large number of courses from Basic Boating to Advanced Navigation. Most courses are free with minimum cost for materials, are taught by volunteers and are NASBLA-approved.
US Power Squadrons: The US Power Squadron sponsors a large number of courses from Basic Boating to Celestial Navigation, Engine Repair, and Seamanship. Most courses are free with minimum cost for materials, are taught by volunteers and are NASBLA-approved. Contact the USPS at 888.367.8777.
Other Online Materials/Courses: http://www.boatsafe.com/
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