Bridge of LionsSt. Augustine's bascule Bridge of Lions is located 777.9 miles south of Norfolk, VA, and 60.9 miles south of Fernandina Beach, FL. As a transient vessel, you must notify the bridge that you request an opening; the Bridge of Lions monitors VHF Ch. 9. The bridge opens for boat traffic, Monday thru Friday, 7 am to 6 pm, on the hour and half-hour; with NO openings at 8 am, 12 noon and 5 pm. On Saturday, Sunday and Federal holidays, the bridge opens 7 am to 6 pm, on the hour and half-hour, INCLUDING 8 am, 12 noon, and 5 pm, if requested. The Bridge of Lions will open upon request, Monday through Sunday, 6 pm - 7 am, without exception to the hour and half hour.
The Code of Federal Regulations 33 section 117 (CFR 33-117.261 a and d) reads as follows:
(a) General. Public vessels of the United States, tugs with tows, and vessels in a situation where a delay would endanger life or property shall, upon proper signal, be passed through the draw of each bridge listed in this section at any time.
(d) Bridge of Lions (SR A1A) bridge, mile 777.9 at St. Augustine. The draw shall open on signal; except that, from7 a.m. to 6 p.m. the draw need open only on the hour and half-hour; however, the draw need not open at 8 a.m.,12 noon, and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday except Federal holidays. From 7a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and Federal holidays the draw need only open on the hour and half-hour.
Dinghy DockageDinghy dockage permits are available for boats at anchor as follows:
Stays of less than one month will be charged at the lesser of the full monthly rate or the weekly and daily rates combined; motorized vessels with length-over-all of 12-feet for greater will not be considered for dinghy dockage.
Permits for dinghy dockage grants the permit holder access to the secured restrooms, showers, laundry and lounge. Pump-out at anchor is available for $5 and must be arranged before 9 AM on the day of requested service. Water tender service is not available to anchored vessels.
- Ticket Booths: With City Manager approval, the Harbormaster establishes ticket booth rates, which are only available for use by commercial boats docked at the marina.
- Group Rates: With City Manager approval, the Harbormaster may adjust rates to accommodate boating and/or fishing groups.
- Off-Season Rates: With City Manager approval, the Harbormaster may adjust rates during off-season periods. Off-season is defined as January 15 - March 15 and July 15 - October 15. Holidays and special events within these dates are excluded.
PetsWe are a pet-friendly facility, but we ask that you keep your pets on a leash when walking on Municipal Marina property. There is a pet park at the top of our central basin ramp, as well as a small green space to the southern end of the main building on shore. We ask that you accompany your pet while they are tending to their “business”. Disposable bags are available for you to clean-up after your pet. (See Ord. No. 07-05, § 1, 3-12-07)
Fishing in the MarinaYou may fish from your vessel, but you may NOT stand on any dock, ramp, bulkhead, or sea wall to fish. If you wish to fish from your tender in the marina basin, you may NOT secure the tender to the dock, but you can toss out an anchor line. You may also float in the basin, but be aware of boat traffic around you.
If the Marina staff feels that you are creating a safety hazard, you will be asked to relocate to a safer position, or cease fishing at that time.
BicyclesNo bicycle riding on the docks! We welcome you to have bicycles, and we offer a bike rack for storage. Please keep bicycles off the main docks as a place for storage.
The Municipal Marina is not responsible for damage or loss of personal property from the marina property, to include marina slips and moorings.
Oil DisposalThere is a large green disposal tank under the trees, on the south end of the main marina building on shore. You can pour oil/fuel liquid into the tank and dispose of used oil filters and soiled rags in the adjacent barrel. Empty petroleum containers should be placed in the garbage compactor, located just to the south of the disposal tank. See any Marina Attendant for assistance, if necessary.
Marine Hurricane Preparedness- Boat US article with helpful tips when preparing for a hurricane.
St. Augustine Port, Waterway & Beach District – website for regional organization whosemission it is “to promote and facilitate the development of St. Augustine as the major center for commercial and recreational marine activity in Northeast Florida”
St. Augustine Yacht Club – Founded in 1873, and still one of the oldest yacht clubs in America, promoting boating and water related activities, cruising, sailing and racing.
Municipal Marina Hurricane Plan – Municipal Marina’s hurricane preparation recommendations and policies for mooring customers.
Clean and Resilient Marina – designation and recognition that our marina promotes and expands resilient and environmentally responsible operations and best management practices. Visit the Florida Department of Environmental Protection website for more information.