Marina Weather Signs

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Over 100 marinas operate in the Florida Keys, each representing an important center of maritime activity.  In marinas, various watercraft are stored, put in and out of the water, maintained, serviced, and fueled.  In addition, many marinas are “communities” where people gather to share a meal or a story, help each other out, socialize, communicate, and make decisions about vessel preparation, gear, or where and when to fish.  Often, the weather is a popular topic of conversation at marinas, not surprising given the influence of wind, sea, and sky on passenger safety, marine navigation, boat handling, docking, fishing, client comfort, and the like. wc-KEY_Marina_Sign_Project_v4Recently, the Florida Keys National Weather Service embarked on a project to reach out to marina owners, managers, and dockmasters in the Florida Keys in an effort to build relationships with whom we feel are important partners and constituents in our mission to provide weather information that may potentially save lives and protect property.  To this end, we designed and had manufactured highway-grade signs with a clean, professional look that we are distributing to interested marina operators in the Keys.  These signs are intended to provide marina patrons with ready references for *local* marine weather information, including web, smartphone, VHF, and social media sources.  These NOAA marine weather information sources will serve to point marina patrons toward marine weather warnings, advisories, forecasts, and supporting graphics. If you are a marina owner, manager, or dockmaster, and you are interested in receiving a sign, please contact Chip Kasper at kennard.kasper@noaa.gov.  We would be grateful for your participation! Remember to check the weather (and ocean) before heading out on the water, and as always, be weather-ready, and stay safe!


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