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Images of Working Waterfronts: Tarpon Springs
« on: January 27, 2015, 03:00:04 AM »
Images of Working Waterfronts: Tarpon Springs



A working watefront is a district where water-dependent activity, such as ports and fishing docks, are in great abundance. Just about every city on the coast or a river has their own version. However, as time goes on, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find those that have been able to maintain their historic character. Tarpon Springs' Sponge Docks, along the Anclote River, is one of those special places.

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Re: Images of Working Waterfronts: Tarpon Springs
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2015, 04:08:21 AM »
Visit Tarpon Springs!
 
Just the opposite in Downtown Jacksonville. Anybody else feeling sorry for the Baltimore guys 2014-412?
Let's not forget new Docking Rules and Penalties 2014-305 Scott Wilson and Don Redman feel free to jump in here.
2014-190 OH WOW! Our Southbank Riverwalk is 900'short and the city council just found an EXTRA, EXTRA $2,000,000 to complete it and we will now have two floating docks and we will be giving one vendor a 10 year no compete clause. Councilman Redman and Scott Wilson feel free to jump in here. This is still your district and a working Waterfront from Downtown Jacksonville can still happen with an amendment to active legislation 2014-560 our CRA/DIA.
Tonight everyone watch the Jacksonville city council meeting. 2015-3 and 2015-38 are both ready for a  council vote. Atlantic Beach is special.
Palms Fish Camp next to a FIND project. We are so Lost.

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Re: Images of Working Waterfronts: Tarpon Springs
« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2015, 12:22:22 PM »
While hanging out in the Sponge Docks, Mayport and the Trout River around Main Street in Panama Park continued to pop up in my mind.

The vibrancy is something I wondered if it were possible for Jax's working waterfronts. Mayport, in particular, has seemed to be pretty dead outside of a few popular seafood restaurants.

For all you long time Jaxsons out there, was Mayport ever like the scene shown in the Sponge Docks images?  If so, when? Also, what would be your suggestion for the future of Mayport's working waterfront?

Mayport






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Re: Images of Working Waterfronts: Tarpon Springs
« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2015, 10:47:13 PM »
see also  www.jacksonvillemarinamile.com    Jacksonville Marina Mile  I was a co-founder

Ortega River. Three (once four) truly "working" boat yards.....'water dependent' vessel haul out facilities,Lambs Yacht Center 100 Ton Lift,Service, covered slips and long established prominent boat sales,"Floating Show Room",Hansen Yacht Sales,Holmes & Owens Yacht Sales,Mark Zieglar Yacht Sales, Independent marine service providers companion with the boat yards, Ortega Landing ,world wide renowned Yacht Builder Huckins and busy service,Saddler Point (owner Brooks Busey involved with River Keeper)....local boaters and cruisers from around the world head to the Shoppes of Avondale and other local attributes.

 Sadly,there is no general public access or intertwine of the Ortega waterfront and general public experience,access.Out of sight and mind for most,even when traveling the roadways adjacent to the waterfront.It's a Boater's World,largely shielded from the public,yet accommodating an impressive economic component,placement and dare say,promotion.

 The state's boating industry and boating public have long recognized Jacksonville's limitations,attributes and as always for Jacksonville, "potential".

Perhaps sometimes just recognizing what we already have is cause for celebration and promotion. As The Prop Turns.

 Vessel haul out and launch facility is a true characteristic of a "Water Dependent" 'Working Waterfront'. Some envision replacing existing Marina Mile boatyard haul out facility with  restaurant and retail (which after all, is lacking,a subject of amazement with many well travelled visitors) however things like haul out lifts and boat "Yards" are critical cogs in the working wheel-the marine industry and related is dependent on such facility,for which there is no alternative replacement when lost. (Just imagine flipping boat yard and related a few hundred yards across the Creek to Ortega.....or anywhere else  >:( )  A whole new definition of "Highest and Best Use". By Rule.

 Interesting to note that neighborhoods around Florida have rallied for support of working waterfronts in the face of development 'conversion'. There can be potent legal arguments in favor of retaining water dependent land facility and features.

 The Ortega River lost a boat yard haul out facility with the Ortega Landing Condo & Marina development of the Ortega Boat Yard (formerly Grahams).There were local marine and boat yard persons who would have purchased the Ortega Boat Yard (again, local owners/sellers,names hit close to home...) however the prospective local buyers could not justify the speculative $9,000,000 purchase price the Development Group was paying.The properties are "Worth" what they generate in income(And the whole bloated $20,000,000 project eventually sunk;defaulted).
 The Land Use & Zone  proposal was nearly appealed to DCA,Rule 9J-5 ('no alternative' etc).
The Ortega Landing experience was a consideration in the creation of Jacksonville Marina Mile.
We did end up with much needed expanded quality boat docks at Ortega Landing (even a swimming pool  8) ),a destination in itself,and Huckins,Saddler and Lambs have even upgraded haul out facilities.

 I recall Thousand Friends Of Florida focus on our own Mayport many years ago. Not sure what the viable outcome has been,or will be as a result of Thousand Friends attention. Something happened.......

 Tarpon Springs within an entirely different weather zone and magnificent,diverse and evolved boating and waterfront world.
 I recently sold a 38 footer displayed at my docks on the Ortega- buyer resides in the Tampa area and is trucking the boat from Jacksonville to Tarpon Springs.
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Re: Images of Working Waterfronts: Tarpon Springs
« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2015, 12:22:15 AM »

........nobody has inquired as to why formal Appeal of Ortega Boat Yard Conversion did not proceed.....