There’s some bad news if you’re thinking of anchoring out and want to take your dinghy ashore to visit Miami Beach. The City of Miami Beach has passed an ordinance prohibiting anchoring along Collins Canal, a beautiful, upscale stretch of water that runs northeast from Biscayne Bay starting at mile 1088. The good news is that the bay there is fairly protected and has good holding, sensational views of the Miami skyline and access to Miami Beach’s famous beach, restaurants and other tourist attractions.
The ordinance makes it illegal to tie a dinghy to the public sections of the seawall along the canal; the local police have hired SeaTow to remove any offending dinks. The city also is enforcing a 20-minute limit for access to the dinghy dock at the end of 17th Street. It seems that you can leave your dink at the dock at the old Publix store on the canal, and you can tie up at the police dock for 20 minutes. Otherwise you’ll have to drop off any passengers who want to enjoy the beach and its many attractions, return to your boat, and then pick them up again when they’re done.