It's called a channel marker and depending on the color and shape, it tells boats what side of it they should pass on to avoid being grounded. You will find them all over the Keys. The marine rule is "Red, right, return" meaning keep the marker on the right side of the boat when returning from open sea. Another way to remember: Left is port. Left is a short word like red. Starboard or right is a longer word as is green. The other sign is green which is also a longer word than red. So keep your boat with the red sign to the port side when going out. (red, port, left. All shorter words than Green, starboard & right. The numbers are used by captains on the radio (marine stand by channel 16) to let each other know where they are. FYI.. The tight corner before heading out into this channel is call "crash corner" by the locals and when you look at it from the air you can see why!
heygtrgar: Thanks for your info about this picture. greetings from Miami.
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