Anchoring Laws in Florida May Be Tightening

Boaters in Florida may find the anchoring laws get tighter in the very near future. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission closed a public survey on Dec. 7, 2014 examining proposed changes to anchoring.

The FWC is examining new restrictions that could force anchored boats to move 150 feet offshore, ban boats “in a condition of disrepair or poor maintenance” or require that permanently anchored boats be moved several miles every few weeks. That could have a major impact on liveaboard boaters who choose not to dock at a liveaboard marina (like Regatta Pointe Marina). 

“Issues related to anchoring boats continue to be a challenge,” said Maj. Richard Moore of the FWC’s Boating and Waterways Section in a video placed on the FWC website.

“Boat owners, marina owners and owners of waterfront infrastructure constantly fear damage to their property when a thunderstorm blows through, because of the likelihood that boats anchored nearby may become adrift.”

The officer also cited complaints about popular water-skiing areas made unusable because of boats anchored there; “public nuisance” boats left to sink and become derelict; and boats anchored “for extended periods of time, a bit closer to waterfront residences than many people would agree is appropriate.”

According to Moore, there is no way to know when or in what form potential anchoring legislation could change.


Medicare Enrollment Ends Dec. 7: Speak to Leslee Vandegraft

Any Regatta Pointe Marina customers interested in exploring their Medicare options should be aware the end of the Annual Enrollment Period is this Sunday, December 7th. Leslee C Vandegraft is a resident of Regatta Pointe Marina and is available to answer any questions that you might have.

Please give her a call today to look into what your options are. There are multiple plans to choose from including plans for those with chronic conditions and even special plans available for people with Vet benefits that actually put some money back into your pocket each month while providing benefits over and above the VA.

Also, the Open Enrollment Period for ACA (Obamacare) is in full swing. In order to receive a 1/1/15 effective date you are required to enroll no later than 12/15/14. The Enrollment Period does continue until mid-February however the later that you wait the later it would take effect. The rates are dependent upon your projected 2015 income, how many are in your household and whether or not you are a smoker. There are NO HEALTH QUESTIONS. You may even be eligible for a $0 monthly premium plan while avoiding the 2015 penalty. The 2015 penalty is 2% of your total income or $325 per person, $162.50 per child (under 18) or a max of $975 per family whichever is greater for your 2015 tax return.  

Leslee is here to help you understand all of what seems too overwhelming and to try to put it into English! 

Please feel free to call Leslee or even shoot her a text.

Leslee C Vandegraft
L.C. Insurance Services
Independent  Agent
941-527-7686 or 812-216-7213 
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Merry Christmas At Regatta Pointe Marina

Regatta Pointe Marina is very happy to be the preferred marina of Manatee County (Bradenton, Palmetto, Lakewood Ranch) boaters.  In 2014, dozens of new boaters joined our vibrant boating community and thousands more were customers of our ship store and other marina businesses.  

We’d like to wish all of our customers, friends and fellow boaters a VERY merry Christmas!   

It’ll be another exciting Christmas at Regatta Pointe Marina. Here are some of the exciting events happening this holiday season:

HOLIDAY BOAT PARADE (Dec. 13): Our docks will be packed with onlookers enjoying the annual Holiday Boat Parade – organized by the Bradenton Yacht Club – as it comes east on the Manatee River and stops along our southern docks before turning along the Green Bridge and pivoting back to the west.  

CUSTOMER CHRISTMAS PARTY (Dec. 14): The party experts at the Riverhouse will host the Regatta Pointe Marina customer Christmas party in the Eagle’s Nest above the Riverhouse Reef & Grill.  There’ll be a cash bar and heavy appetizers provided.

KINDLE FIRE HDX GIVEAWAY/DRAWING (All month): New customers signing a new lease of at least 6 months will get a Kindle Fire HDX for FREE this month! CLICK HERE FOR MORE  For everyone else, you can get your free Kindle Fire HDX by entering and winning our drawing at the Regatta Pointe Marina ship store or on our Facebook page by CLICKING HERE


The Spanish Galley Now Open at Regatta Pointe Marina

Regatta Pointe Marina welcomes a new member to it’s business community – The Spanish Galley.  The Spanish Galley (located at the marina’s street entrance) offers groceries, home goods and spirits. 

Regatta Pointe Marina residents Lucy and Carlos Perez officially opened the Galley on Dec. 1, 2014.  As liveaboard residents, the Perez’s hope to help other liveaboard residents and marina customers fulfill their home need without regular trips to large grocery retails stores. 

Please stop in and help us welcome The Spanish Galley to Regatta Pointe Marina!!

The Spanish Galley at Regatta Pointe Marina

Free Kindle Fire HDX With Slip Lease – Holiday 2014

You give so much during the holidays.  But 2014 is your year to receive something incredible!  Regatta Pointe Marina is excited to announce we’ll be giving away Kindle Fire HDX’s this Christmas season with every new lease.

NEW CUSTOMERS: Sign a new slip lease of at least 6 months and fulfill the deposit requirements by Dec. 31, 2014, and we’ll give you a Kindle Fire HDX for FREE!  

Regatta Pointe Marina slips start at just $8 per foot. Our customers enjoy the most resort quality amenities (including a pool, hot tub, fitness center, boaters lounges, free WIFI, and more), and easy access to the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay, free of any bridges. 

Join our boating community by the end of this year, and enjoy your a brand-new Kindle Fire HDX.  Just check out these special features:

  • Exclusive 7″ HDX display (1920×1200), high pixel density (323 PPI), and perfect color accuracy (100% sRGB) for vivid, lifelike images that go beyond standard HD
  • Ultra-fast 2.2GHz quad-core processor—3x more powerful than previous generation—with 2GB of RAM and Adreno 330 GPU for fast, fluid gaming and video
  • Introducing the “Mayday” button—revolutionary, on-device tech support, exclusive to Kindle Fire HDX tablets. Connect for free to an Amazon expert 24×7, 365 days a year
  • Stay productive on the go with ultra-fast web browsing, built-in OfficeSuite, and updated e-mail and calendar support for Gmail, Outlook, and more
  • Immersive entertainment experience—see trivia and character backgrounds with X-Ray for Movies and TV, follow along with lyrics with new X-Ray for Music, fling videos to your TV with Second Screen, and more
  • Over 100,000 apps and games available in the Amazon Appstore, including a new paid app for free every day

Speak to a member of our staff for questions and additional details (941) 729-6021.  CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT A SLIP QUOTE REQUEST NOW

DISCLAIMER: This promotional offer is for new customers signing a new lease.  Cannot be combined with other offers or discounts. Customers must fulfill deposit and insurance requirements. If you default on your lease, we reserve the right to apply the cost of your Kindle Fire HDX to your balance.  

Regatta Pointe Marina Welcomes First-Time Live Aboard Boaters

Regatta Pointe Marina is pleased to be home to a thriving live aboard boating community, including many first-time live aboard boaters.

Many serious boaters dream of a life on the water, and Regatta Pointe Marina’s amenities and friendly staff are happy to help make that dream come true. Our boating community enjoys resort-style amenities, including comfortable boaters’ lounges, on-site laundry, pristine showers, an on-site fitness center, free internet access, and much more.  Not to mention, Regatta Pointe Marina is home to a day spa, salon and two restaurants, including’s #1 rated restaurant in Palmetto, FL, Riverhouse Reef & Grill. 


Regatta Pointe Marina at Fort Myers Boat Show

Come see the Regatta Pointe Marina Booth at The 42 Annual Fort Myers Boat Show on Nov. 13-16, 2014.  Our staff will be on hand with information on dockage and boating in the Bradenton / Tampa Bay region. 

The Fort Myers Boat show is among the largest in west Florida, and will feature a wide range of boats, marine products and services.  The show includes seminars on fishing, boat safety, kayaking and more. The Boat Show is located in downtown Fort Myers. The main entrance is at the corner of Bay Street and Dean Street. The show is spread out through the Harborside Event Center, along Edwards Drive and Centennial Park to The Fort Myers Yacht Basin.

Regatta Pointe Marina is the premier marina in Manatee County, with direct access to the Manatee River, Tampa Bay, the Gulf of Mexico and other beautiful waterways. With boat slips starting at only $8, premier resort amenities, on-site dining, a salon, day spa, ship store and great customer service, Regatta Pointe Marina is the 2013 & 2014 Bradeton Herald People’s Choice award winner “Best Marina.” 


Living Aboard Your Boat Full Time


Have you ever dreamed of waking up in the morning to the smell of the ocean, to the sound of waves, to the peaceful serenity of nature and sailing into the sunset? This could be an option that many people would want, but would not know where to start.

Many have given up inner city living in order to live on a boat. The way this is done is by obtaining a live aboard slip at Regatta Pointe Marina or a similar marina. There are a limited number of slips issued to boat owners, and this is to ascertain that others do not overstay their sleep over aboard their boats. It is known that the privileges are so in demand.

Staff that work at the marina may also come and clean out a slip holders waste from their holding tanks, once or twice per week. Wireless internet is offered as well. You will find showering facilities, restaurants on site, anda pool. There are convenient stores even clubs where you can get to know other boat owners, like Regatta Pointe Yacht Club.

What do I have to compromise to live aboard?

There is less breathing space than in a house or flat, and a lot of boaters get rid of their dishwashers, bathtubs and so forth.

Boat maintenance?

This is considered to be costly. You will notice that those talented professionals that repair boats are in high command in certain areas. They do charge a reasonable fee, despite their experience.

The up side…

Living aboard is so cost effective should you have an older vessel and you are able to do the little touch up jobs on your own. A boat of this caliber would cost a bit, but at the end of it all, maintenance costs would charge you nothing.

Those living on their vessels are found to be friendly and this is where you could find the best neighbors. It is amazing what nature does to one. Regatta Pointe Marina and other live aboard marinas have special activities for boaters. One thing that is good about this type of living is that they always look after each other. Should you be out and a stranger is on your deck, the neighbors know who belongs on your boat and who does not. It is like having your own personalized alarm system.

The upside that is so admired by many passers by is that when you live aboard you may possibly untie your boat and be on your way. This may sound so surreal and it most likely is to some, but for the experience many would want to give this a try, even on a short term basis.

If you are looking for an easy and cost effective way to get around when you’re ashore, then read more about an electric folding bike. You can stow them away without much trouble and you’ll always have a way to go see the sights.

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The 6th Annual Turkey Run Regatta on the Manatee River

The 6th annual Turkey Run Regatta, hosted by Regatta Pointe Yacht Club, has been scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014.  All event meetings and ceremonies will be held a Regatta Pointe Marina.

The race will be held on the Manatee River in a reverse handicap format.  Call the Regatta Pointe Marina ship store for details (941-729-6021).  

Notice of Race/Entry Form and additional details to follow:

2014 Turkey Run Notice of Race & Entry Form

Where—All races on the Manatee River.
Event hosted at Regatta Pointe Marina (1005 Riverside Dr., Palmetto, FL 34221); staged by
Regatta Pointe Yacht Club
When—Race held Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014
Expected Classes—Multi-Hull, Spinnaker, Non-Spinnaker and Cruiser
Entry Fee—Early registration is $45 if received by Nov. 14; late registration is $55
Schedule (At Regatta Pointe Marina)
Friday, Nov. 21
1800-1900 – Check-in/On-site Registration
1930 – Skippers Meeting
Saturday, Nov. 22
1030 – Warning Signal for Race
1700 – Awards Ceremony & Party
Dockage—Free for entries. Boat ramp located next to main dock

Boat Sales Up in Florida: In-Water Boat Show Bradenton/Palmetto Oct 2014

If you have noticed the increase in traffic on local waterways, it’s likely due to the recent increase in boat sales.  Brokerage and owner-listed boats for sale at Regatta Pointe Marina have steadily grown over the last year as boaters continue to flock to the Bradenton and Palmetto region to purchase new vessels. 

We found a very good article about boat sales in Florida written by the Orlando Sentinel recently.  Report Caitlin Dineen wrote:

Riding the crest of an improving economy, boat sales are up in Central Florida and across the state, dealers and customers say.

“All of the scare of the economy is wearing off,” said Manny Messegeur of Winter Park,who recently bought a second boat. “People are realizing the United States is not doomed.”  CLICK TO READ FULL ARTICLE

Boat shows will keep sales in this region high.  The Tampa Boat Show just completed earlier this month, and the Tampa Bay Boat Show will start up in a couple of weeks. Between the two, Regatta Pointe Marina will host the largest in-water boat show at the Autumn Open House on Oct. 4 & 5.  More than 50 in-water boats and yachts will be available for tours and information thanks to the efforts of Massey Yacht Sales, Whiteaker Yacht Sales, American Marine, and Shippey Marine. CLICK TO SEE SOME OF THE BOATS ON HAND