Fishing Update From Your Central Florida Marina

Fishing Update From Your Central Florida Marina

Top updates from your Central Florida Marina: Activity has been sluggish this week, mainly because fishermen are exhausted under extreme temperatures.

The biggest news this week? The best tarpon fishing in the county may be from Doctors Lake to Green Cove Springs. The tarpon are being followed south into the river by jack crevalle and ladyfish. This saltwater activity in a freshwater river is unusual, but it’s becoming more common.

Catfish are still spawning, and some giant ones are being taken out of Lake George. The big lake also has the best bluegill and shellcracker fishing in the area. Bass fishing is slow.

It’s been tough on the Intracoastal Waterway. Guides are picking up a few fish, but nothing impressive. The flounder numbers remain high, but the fish are tougher to find. The trout bite is slow, but the fish are a nice size. The mangrove snapper bite is getting better.

The Atlantic: The kingfish that disappeared last week are starting to appear again. Pogies were easy to find. It’s been very slow for the beach kings.

Bottom fishing has remained good, with mangrove snapper, a few grouper, lots of red snapper, beeliners, triggerfish, and pink porgies.

No one has been out trolling the 21-bottom, but that will change this weekend with the Ancient City Game Fish Association’s Kingfish Challenge. Boats can continue to register through the captain’s meeting Friday night. It begins at 7 p.m. For gawkers, weigh-ins will be from 3-5 p.m. Saturday and 2-4 p.m. Sunday. Entry is $320.

Of course if you are looking for just a relaxing peaceful time out on the Manatee River this weekend, be sure to stop by your Central Florida Marina, Riviera Dunes Marina. As the luxury marina in Central Florida, we have your yacht in mind with our floating docks and safe waters. Come stop by this weekend and enjoy our beautiful waters and we know that you will want to rent a slip immediately!

Top Tips For A Safe Swim This Summer In Palmetto

Top Tips For A Safe Swim This Summer In Palmetto

Adventure Landing Water Park is often packed with families. According to the Department of Children and Families, Florida loses more children under the age of five to drowning than any other state in the nation. News4Jax spoke with the Jeremy Christian, Manager at Adventure Landing, about how they keep families safe in the water.

If you’re not a strong swimmer, but still want to cool off in the water, wear a life jacket. Floaties and tubes won’t cut it when it comes to water safety. Adventure Landing has dozen of lifeguards on duty in case of an emergency, but Christian said it’s the parents who are the first line of safety, by keeping an eye on their kids. Parents should also make sure they’re in the right pool for their age and swimming abilities. Each pool at Adventure Landing is different, with some being shallow for young children, while others are deep for more experienced swimmers.

DCF offers water safety tips to prevent drowning deaths:

-Supervision: Someone should always be actively watching children when they are in the pool.

-Designate a “water watcher” to keep an eye on swimmers.

-Barriers: A child should never be able to enter the pool area unaccompanied by an adult. Physically barriers should block a curious child from the pool.

-Swimming lessons: The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children ages 4 and older learn to swim in order to help prevent drowning.

-Be prepared: It’s important to learn and know CPR, in case of an emergency.


As the summer starts to heat up, the beach, the pool and the marina are a few of the top destinations to visit. Safety should always be a top priority and making sure that our children stay safe can help to save a life. If you run across any additional tips you would like to share, let us know! Visit the Riviera Dunes Marina Facebook Page and leave us a comment on how you are staying safe this summer!

Top Ways To Stay Safe This Summer In Palmetto

Top Ways To Stay Safe This Summer In Palmetto

Summer’s finally here! In Palmetto, that means summer camp, pool days, beach visits, vacations, and spending plenty of time on your boat. While you’re having fun, don’t forget to stay safe outside this Summer in Palmetto.

Staying Safe in the Heat

The most prominent concern for summer safety is heat and dehydration. While eight glasses of water a day might be fine for office workers, an active child needs a glass of water every 20 minutes. Hydrate before, during, and after exercise.

Be aware of these signs of dehydration:



-Poor heart rate

-Pale, moist skin




-Muscle cramps

If you think you or someone else is dehydrated, get the victim in the shade or indoors, sponge their body with cold water, drink cool beverages, and get medical assistance immediately.

Hidden Dangers

During the summer, we often hear news about children accidentally left in hot vehicles. Never leave your child alone in a car. Earlier this year, Florida legislature passed a law protecting people who see an animal or person locked inside a hot car. People can now smash a window to rescue them without facing legal action. The law requires that rescuers call 911 right after they break in, and stay with the vehicle until help arrives.

Drowning is also a prominent danger during the summer. It’s important to teach children to only swim in designated areas with friends, and never dive headfirst into shallow water. Always keep safety equipment nearby for emergencies, supervise children in and around water, and learn CPR.

Sun exposure is a concern for all ages. Just a few sunburns can increase the possibility of skin cancer later in life. Cover up with sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 that protects against ultraviolet rays.

Food Safety

People in spending the Summer in Palmetto often enjoying grilling outdoors in the summer. However, it’s important to keep food safety in mind during this time of the year. Food poisoning can be life-threatening to children and those with compromised immune systems.

Some recommendations to avoid spoiled food? Wash your hands, use a food thermometer, clean surfaces and food thoroughly, safely store leftovers, make sure your grill is clean, refrigerate perishable items immediately, and never leave the grill unattended.

Mosquito Dangers

During the wet summer season, mosquito bites and infections are a concern. To avoid mosquito bites while outdoors, wear long sleeves, pants, and mosquito repellent. Don’t apply mosquito repellant to open wounds or near the eyes or mouth.

While mosquito bites are annoying, the major problem is viruses that mosquitoes can carry. The CDC has issued a travel notice for people traveling to places with the Zika virus. Since Zika can cause birth defects, pregnant women should not travel these areas. Pregnant women who must travel to those areas should talk with their doctor first and follow strict steps to prevent mosquito bites.

To help stop mosquitoes from multiplying, take these precautions: Drain still water from garbage cans, gutters, and other areas around the house; discard old, unused items; empty and clean bird baths and pet water bowls; protect boats and vehicles from rain with tarp; empty plastic swimming pools when not in use; and repair screening on windows and doors.


Stay safe and have some fun this Summer in Palmetto and of course, be sure to stop by Riviera Dunes Marina for a bite to eat and to enjoy the beauty of the Manatee River.

How to Protect Your Palmetto Boat from a Hurricane

How to Protect Your Palmetto Boat from a Hurricane

Tow Captains are among the most experienced marine professionals on the water. They have seen the horrendous damage that can happen to boats when a hurricane hits, and they know how to prevent it. With this in mind, Sea Tow Services International, Inc. offers boaters the following six tips to prepare your vessel for a hurricane. When hurricane season is at it’s peak, here are some great ways to protect your Palmetto boat from terrible weather.

1. Remove all loose items from your boat, such as sails, cushions, fishing poles, electronics, and antennas. Lash down everything you can’t remove. Don’t leave important documents on board.

2. Disconnect the shore power. If your boat is in a slip, be sure all power is turned off and all power cords are stowed securely.

3. If your boat is on a trailer, secure it. Use tie-downs to anchor the trailer to the ground, let the air out of the tires, and weigh down the frame. If your boat is on a lift, remove it. If possible, store the boat in a safer location on land.

4. If your boat is in a marina, center it on the slip. Check that the boats docked near yours are securely double-tied, too. A boat that breaks loose in a hurricane could severely damage your boat and others.

5. If your boat is at anchor, put out extra scope. Inspect all anchor rodes and chain, and use only good gear. Set extra anchors, as necessary.

6. Resist the urge to stay with your boat. No matter how valuable your vessel may be to you, it’s not worth risking your life.

Of course if you are looking for protection this hurricane season on the Manatee River, then be sure to stop by Riviera Dunes Marina. As the premier luxury marina of Central Florida, Riviera Dunes Marina is one of the most protected marinas in the state. Be safe, and be protected during all weather with our available slips. Contact us today to see just how Riviera Dunes Marina can protect your Palmetto boat!

Don’t Ruin Your Day At The Beach In Palmetto

Don’t Ruin Your Day At The Beach In Palmetto

When you think of the beach, you probably think about palm trees, bathing suits, and sand castles. But a day in the sun can pose many unexpected dangers. Here are some things to keep in mind to avoid ruining your day at the beach in Palmetto.


The body typically cools itself off by sweating. But sometimes, that’s not enough. During heatstroke, the body’s temperature rises rapidly and quickly. This can damage the brain and other vital organs.

Heatstroke often happens when humidity is high. Other risk factors include old age, young children, obesity, fever, dehydration, heart disease, sunburn and alcohol use.

Symptoms include red, hot and dry skin; rapid pulse; throbbing headache; dizziness; nausea; confusion; and unconsciousness.

Algal blooms

Who knew something so small could be so dangerous? Algal blooms, also known as red tides, happen when a colony of algae grows out of control. These blooms can release toxins that harm people and marine life.

One of the most well-known algal blooms happens almost every summer along Florida’s Gulf Coast, and it usually ends up killing fish and making shellfish unsafe to eat.

Waters affected by algal blooms are fairly safe to swim in. However, if you experience skin irritation and burning eyes, get out of the water immediately.

Shark attacks

Shark attacks get a lot of attention, but they are very rare.

Here are some tips for preventing these terrifying events.

● Avoid swimming near fish.

● Avoid deep channels and underwater drop-offs. Fish gather in these areas, attracting sharks.

● Stay out of murky water that makes it hard for you to see marine life.

● Don’t swim alone. Sharks are less likely to go after people in groups.

● Don’t swim at dawn or dusk, when sharks are more likely to be feeding.

● Avoid wearing shiny jewelry in the water. They gleam like fish scales.

Rip currents
Strong rip currents can pull even the most athletic swimmers away from shore. Also called riptides, rip currents frequently form at breaks in sandbars or structures such as piers. People can spot them by looking for a break in the pattern of incoming waves, choppy water, or a place with different water color.

If you get caught in a rip current, don’t fight it. Instead, swim in a direction that follows the shoreline, and return to land once you’re out of the current.


Jellyfish may look squishy and harmless, but some are deadly, and others can leave swimmers in pain. Look for jellyfish warning signs before you get in the water, and avoid jellies that wash up on the shore.

It’s a myth that urinating on a jellyfish sting will reduce the burn. Instead, find a lifeguard who can give first aid, and see a doctor if you have an allergic reaction. To deactivate the stinging cells, splash vinegar or another acidic solution on the wound.


Always use sunscreen and take cover under shade while at the beach. It only takes 15 minutes to get a sunburn, and sunburn can increase your risk of skin cancer.

To protect your skin, wear long-sleeved shirts, long skirts, or pants. In addition, make sure to reapply sunscreen regularly.

Gross Water

Avoid contaminated water by checking for closure notices. Advisories are usually posted because of water that’s contaminated by sewage, fertilizers, and hazardous spills. In addition, bacteria and harmful chemicals in the water can cause gastrointestinal illness.

Collapsing Sand Holes

Kids often enjoy digging deep holes in the sand. But the holes can unexpectedly collapse and bury people. These collapses are often triggered by tunneling, jumping, or even falling.

Typically, victims are completely submerged in the sand, and there’s little to no evidence of the hole or the location of the victim.

Be aware of sand holes at the beach. If you see one, avoid walking near it, but if you must, be careful not to jump around or move in a sudden way that could cause it to collapse.


Of course the best way to stay safe is to lounge around our marina all day long. Riviera Dunes Marina is the premier marina of Palmetto. As one of the safest marinas in Central Florida, we pride ourselves on our luxurious atmosphere and 5 star amenities. Come stop by Riviera Dunes Marina today and enjoy all of the luxury you deserve for your yacht.

Top 5 Palmetto Boating Safety Tips

Top 5 Palmetto Boating Safety Tips

Carelessness and lack of attention are the leading causes of boating accidents in Florida, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Pay careful attention to your surroundings while on the water for a safer, more enjoyable outing.

1. Wear a life vest. Modern life jackets are available in a wide variety of shapes, colors, patterns, and sizes. Many are thin and flexible. Don’t complain that it’s uncomfortable or unattractive. Wear one. It could save your life.

2. File a float plan. Leave it with a person who you can depend on to notify officials if you do not return from your journey as scheduled. If you are delayed, and it is not an emergency, tell those with your float plan to avoid unnecessary panic. Also, make sure those on the boat with you are familiar with the plan.

3. Have safety equipment on board. All recreational vessels are required to have safety equipment on board. Make sure you know what you’re supposed to have, in case of an emergency.

4. Pay attention. About 34% of boating accidents were due to inattention or the operator failing to look out properly. Make sure your eyes are on the water. In addition, stay sober while operating your vessel.

5. Get a Boater Safety Education card. Anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1988 is required to have a Boater Safety Education card to legally operate a boat in Florida.


Being safe this summer in the Manatee river should always be a top priority. Whether you are a new beginner or a seasoned boater, taking these 5 tips to heart can help you to stay safe. Now that June is here and summer is upon us, be sure to be prepped for an increase of traffic on the water. The best way to stay safe is to be prepared and Riviera Dunes Marina is here to make sure that everyone on the Manatee River does just that!

Swimming, Boating, Wildlife Safety In Palmetto

Swimming, Boating, Wildlife Safety In Palmetto

Summer is right around the corner! This is the perfect time to think about summer safety, whether you’re planning to hit the beach, take the boat out, relax in the sun, or take a walk in the woods. Here are some of our top tips for being safe this summer in Palmetto.


Beach visitors should notice a flag warning system to alert swimmers about water conditions. Red flags indicate a high hazard, including strong rip currents. If two red flags are raised, deadly rip currents are threatening the area. A yellow flag indicates medium hazard, including moderate currents. Green means low hazard and calm conditions. A purple flag indicates dangerous marine life in the area.

Local police and safety officials constantly monitor water conditions to adjust the flags. But keep in mind that flags might not always be placed correctly or in a timely manner. It’s wise to exercise caution any time you enter the water.

In addition, be aware that most stretches of beach have no lifeguards on duty.


National Safe Boating Week is May 21-27, which is especially important for Florida. As the boating capital of the world, the state is known as a prime boating spot for residents and visitors.

One of the best things people can do is wear a life jacket. Many people say they’re uncomfortable, but wearing one could save your life.

In addition, boaters should know what to do in case of an emergency. Getting educated about boating safety, paying attention while on the water, and designating a knowledgeable, sober boat operator are all smart ways to be safe while boating. In addition, make sure to tell someone where you’re going and when you plan to be back.

If you encounter deer, birds, or other wildlife while outside, look, but don’t touch. Sometimes, rescue efforts do more harm than good to the animal. If you are certain that an animal needs assistance, contact your local wildlife rehabilitator.

Raptors are also nesting and active this time of year. Sometimes hawks dive at people who come close to their nest. You should avoid areas near nests, just to be  safe. However, if you must go through an area, move quickly and use an umbrella to deter the bird.

Another creature commonly located near any body of water in the state is the alligator, which is found in all of Florida’s counties. In addition, the crocodile lives in coastal areas of the Keys and in Southeast and Southwest Florida. Both species have shared Florida’s waters with people for decades and play a valuable role in the habitats where they live. To be safe, though, keep pets away from bodies of water.

The next time you are out on the water in Palmetto, be sure to be to be safe out there!

Top Tips For Towing Boats In Florida

Top Tips For Towing Boats In Florida

A center console boat over 32’ used to be a rarity, but now you see them at the boat ramp more and more often.

The biggest concerns about towing boats in Florida are adhering to state requirements and having the right size tow vehicle.

First, let’s sort out the legal stuff. Florida state law requires any trailer over the weight of 3,000 lbs to have brakes on each axle, and if the beam of your boat is over 8’ 6”, you’ll also need an over-dimensional permit. Many of the boaters I’ve spoken to who own an oversized center console in this category don’t have a permit, but this is a risky decision. The DOT (Department of Transportation) issues permits in an attempt to protect motorists from traffic hazards from oversized loads and to prevent traffic delays. Obtaining an over-dimensional permit is a simple process by going to the Florida State DOT website and filling out an application through the Permit Application System (PAS). Depending on how often you plan on trailering, you can get a blanket permit or a trip permit. If you’re caught without a one, you can be fined as much as $1,000.

Sizing the trailer to the boat is the most important factor in safety, comfort, and the longevity of your tow truck. Be sure that the trailer’s weight capacity is sufficient to not only carry the weight of the boat but also fuel and additional gear you may need. Remember, the actual weight of the trailer has to be included in this equation. Towing with a trailer that’s near its maximum capacity will wear on your tires and brakes.

When it comes to trailer brakes, one popular option is electric overhydraulic brakes. The main appeal is how smooth they are. They’re controlled electronically and can be fined tuned, so the truck and boat trailer both stop equally. An additional safety benefit is the ability to activate just the trailer brakes in case the trailer starts to sway.

Obviously, because of the greater width, proper clearances have to be considered. Toll plazas are difficult to navigate. Extra caution needs to be taken when turning corners. U-turns are pretty much impossible.These are all things to keep in mind.

Stopping a Heavy Load

Much like sizing the trailer to the boat, your truck needs to have the sufficient capacity to handle the weight of the entire haul you are towing. Towing near the maximum manufacturer’s suggested ratings of your vehicle can lead to several mechanical issues. To make sure your vehicle, hitch, and trailer can safely handle your oversized boat, refer to the manufacturer’s suggestions for these four limits:

Gross Trailer Weight – Weight of the fully loaded trailer

Tongue Weight – Weight applied to the hitch ball created by the trailer tongue

Gross Vehicle Weight Rating – Maximum weight of a vehicle when fully loaded

Gross Combination Weight rating – Weight of the loaded tow vehicle and trailer


When you are ready to relax from towing boats in Florida, be sure to stop by the premier luxury marina of Palmetto, Riviera Dunes Marina.

Top Palmetto Boating Safety Tips

Top Palmetto Boating Safety Tips

Each time you take your boat out on the water is a new adventure. No matter how many voyages you’ve taken, it’s best to freshen up on boat safety before each journey. Be sure you and your passengers follow these safe boating tips and practices to help ensure a safe trip. Here are some of our top Palmetto Boating Safety tips to make sure that you are safe on the water.


Before Setting Out on Your Palmetto Boat

-Share your destination and expected time of return with a friend or relative.

-Check fuel levels, and fill up, if necessary.

-Check your engine. For in-board engines, open the hatch to look for fuel or fluid leakage or excess water in the bilge. For outboard engines, check the fuel system for leaks or heavy gas odor.

-Make sure all lights are functioning.

-Check for any electrical issues, such as loose or corroded conductors.

-Test radio/communications devices.

-Run blowers to evacuate fumes and vapors from the bilge before you start your engine.

-Attach your boat and vehicle keys to a floating bobber.

-Check the local weather.

-Have an emergency/evacuation plan in place, and go over it with your passengers.

-Review the vessel’s controls, location of life jackets, and location of fire extinguishers with your passengers.


What to Take Aboard on Your Palmetto Boat

-Boat certificate and registration

-Towing policy paperwork (if you have one)

-Personal flotation device (PFD) for each passenger

-Functioning fire extinguisher

-Fully-stocked boating emergency/survival kit


Staying Safe on the Water

Having a good time on the water includes getting everyone back to shore safely. Whether you’re navigating or simply enjoying the ride, everyone plays a critical role in boating safety.

-Do not exceed the number of passengers safely allowed on your vessel.

-Make sure all passengers remain in seated positions on the boat while it’s in motion.

-Children should wear a PFD at all times. This is required by low. Adults should consider wearing them, as well.

-Shut off the engine while passengers are loading and unloading.

-Monitor gauges at the helm to help promote safe operation.

-Be aware of your surroundings, like water conditions and other vessels.

-The primary operator should abstain from consuming any alcoholic beverages prior to or during the trip.

Uber Is Now Renting Party Yachts

Uber Is Now Renting Party Yachts

Uber has benefited our lives by making everything from taxi rides to puppies just a simple click away. On Saturday though, the ride-sharing app will launch its latest convenience, UberYACHT, which will allow users to request a party yacht through the app.

UberYACHT will allow customers to reserve a yacht two days in advance, CNN reported. The luxury boat comes equipped with food, drinks and an on-board DJ—for just $82 per person.

Unfortunately, the service will only be available in Dubai, since UberCHOPPER has been so successful there. Here is to hoping that this will take off in the Palmetto area to see this around our marina as well.

Not interested in using Uber to brave the ocean? The app will also let you rent a helicopter in Dubai, and get kittens, ice cream or food delivered in other locations around the world.

Of course, if you are not in need of an UberYacht because you already have a yacht, feel free to rent your slip with Riviera Dunes Marina. We are the premier luxury marina of the Central Florida area and pride ourselves on keeping our slip owners and renters as top priority. With our floating docks, you know that your yacht will be well protected  and accessible. Contact our talented staff today to see just how we can help you to rent your next slip and enjoy the luxurious sites of our protected Manatee River Marina.