20-NOV-2020 Friday – Belleview Island, Belleair, FL to St Pete Municipal Marina, St Pete FL (29.9 nautical miles 34.4 statute miles)
Elevation: Sea Level
States (1): Florida
Along the Way
Sand Key runs ~14 miles along the ICW from Clearwater Beach, Belleair, Indian Shores, Redington Beach to Madeira Beach.
There are many vestiges of Old Florida along this stretch. Old Florida is alive and well if you look closely.
Looks like Hurricane Eta cleared out a few boats around here.
The Florida Finger
Canal depths in the ICW aren’t as deep as the canal depths on the rivers. I suspect it’s because there are no tows through this area.
St Pete’s Beach – Once again I am astounded by how many rich people there are in Florida
Dale hailed the bridge before we crossed under. They requested he wait for the crane barge to move to the other side before we went through. After our slow pass through BOTH the bridge workers and the crane hailed him to thank him for his consideration in hailing them and his courteous slow passage.
Boca Ciega Bay – You know it’s a shallow bay if there is a heron standing in middle of it.
I got to thinking about the name of the bay, Boca Ciega, and wondered what it translated to. Blind mouth. Hum. That then got me thinking about what Bota Roton translates to, rat’s mouth. The untranslated names see so much more romantic.
There ain’t no sunshine on the Sunshine Bridge.
and into the evening….. By 8:00PM you’d never know there’s a COVID-19 pandemic in Florida!
St Pete’s Pier – The 26-acre Pier District just opened on July 6, 2020. This year! The old pier closed in 2013. The walk to the end of it is about .3 miles.
If you want to be hip and cool DON’T call St Petersburg the ‘St. Pete.” Call it “The Burg.” And yes, you call the locals “Burgers.”