Marina Jack is a modern well maintained marina with a number of very nice amenities:
- Floating concrete docks
- Excellent security
- Protected waters
- Close to Sarasota downtown (less than an 1/16th of a mile to Main Street)
- Three restaurants at the marina (four if you count O'Leary's Tiki Bar)
- Pump-out facilities on the dock
- Adjacent to Sarasota Bayfront Park (where Kodi can run off leash)
- Close to Selby Gardens Botanical Gardens (3/4 of a mile)
|Marina Jack and adjacent Bayfront Park that provides protection from wind and waves on Sarasota Bay|
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|Marjorie, Dick and Diana in January 2011|
|Kodi and Wolfie (November 2011)|
|Our Palm Aire rental home|
|Plans for Guided Discovery taped to the walls (March 2013)|
|Guided Discovery showing Sarasota as her hailing port|
|Sarasota officially becomes are new home as the champagne bottle breaks (on the 1st try)|
Let's start with the Bayfront Park. 75% of the park surrounds Marina Jack providing shelter from wind and waves. At the north end of the park is a lighted fountain visible from our boat and the marina restaurants. Kodi loves the park and especially the squirrels that she constantly chases and does not catch. There's a tiki bar (O'Leary's) and a jet ski / kayak rental on the south end. Walking the loop at Bayfront Park is a distance of a 1/2 mile.
|Marina Jack in relation to Sarasota downtown and the Ringling Bridge to Longboat Key|
Selby Garden is in the lower left hand corner
|Selby Gardens grounds map|
Walking north toward the Ringling Bridge you pass Unconditional Surrender, a statue by J. Stweart Johnson based on an iconic photo that marks the Japaneses surrender and the end of WWII. The walk north leads to a neighborhood by the bay called Golden Gate where we can walk with no traffic. Up and back to the marina is 2 miles.
Cross the Tamiami Trail (Route 41) and you are at the foot of Main Street and Sarasota's lovely downtown shopping district. Within easy walking distance are at least 40 restaurants, a Regal 20 screen movie theater, three playhouses and a Whole Foods Market.
Back to Marina Jack. This is a destination marina due to it's proximity to downtown stores, restaurants and culture. Most recently, the Boca Grande Yacht Club held a rendezvous. I snapped photos of two unique boats.
|Down east style cruiser built in Maine in 1980|
Wood transom on a fiberglass hull
|The Eagle, a 1960 Hinckley 68 foot wooden motor yacht in pristine condition|
|She shows a Woods Hole Massachusetts hailing port|
The captain sailed her down in October
Written by Les.