Gasparilla Pirate Fest
GASPARILLA CALL CENTER
DOCKING MY BOAT AT GASPARILLA Can I dock my boat at Gasparilla? Docking space in and around downtown Tampa for Gasparilla is extremely limited. Boaters attempting to â€œcome ashoreâ€ along the Bayshore Boulevard balustrade or any other property without a permit are strictly prohibited. There is limited docking space available at The Tampa Convention Center or in the Marina area along Bayshore between Platt Street and the Davis Island Bridge, available through the City of Tampa Parks Department (Phone: 813-259-1604)
Questions and Answer
Can I participate in the Gasparilla invasion Flotilla?
Boats larger than 65â€™ in length must have dock space secured and must also be permitted to participate in the Gasparilla Invasion of the Pirates, presented by Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla. For more information, call the Kreweâ€™s office at (813) 251-4500 in Tampa.
Are there any boating safety rules, regulations and/or guidelines for Gasparilla?
Yes! About 40 law enforcement vessels will be on the water, including boats from the Coast Guard, Tampa Police Department, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and the Hillsborough County and Pinellas County sheriff's offices.
PLEASE HAVE A DESIGNATED DRIVER ON YOUR BOAT. Impaired boaters will have their vessel towed unless there is someone onboard who can operate it.
Heightened boating regulations in place during Gasparilla include:
- Personal watercraft and vessels without motors are barred from the invasion and along the invasion route, which is an idle-speed, no-wake zone.
- Anchoring and loitering is prohibited along the route or within the Seddon Channel turning basin.
- Northbound vessels longer than 80 feet without mooring arrangements are prohibited from entering Seddon Channel between 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
- A staging area has been established for participating vessels just east of Ballast Point and the Tampa Yacht Club. Only registered participants can enter the area from 9 a.m. until the last vessel in the flotilla leaves the zone.
- Vessels are barred from the zone from 1 to 2 p.m. Anyone seeking latitudes and longitudes for safety and security zones can call the Coast Guard Marine Safety Office at (727) 824-7598.