US Coast Guard Station Ponce de Leon Inlet
ANT Ponce de Leon
2999 N. Peninsula Ave., New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169
US Coast Guard Station Ponce de Leon Inlet is a Small Boat Station which forms part of the US Coast Guard’s 7th District, Sector Jacksonville. The station performs Search & Rescue, Law Enforcement and fisheries patrols. Located in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, Station Ponce de Leon has a modest crew of 31 active and 15 reserve personnel.
Sector Jacksonville was established on August 16, 2005 from the reorganization and consolidation of Group Mayport, Base Mayport. Sector Jacksonville is located on six acres of land adjacent Naval Station Mayport, along the St. Johns River in Mayport, FL. The mission of Sector Jacksonville is to provide unified command and control for accomplishing Coast Guard mission objectives. Sectors provide strategically guided, goal focused, and high performance service delivery across the full range of Coast Guard missions.
Sector Jacksonville’s Area of Responsibility (AOR) encompasses 40,000 square miles of ocean and inland waterways. Within the Sector’s AOR are 190 miles of coastline stretching from King’s Bay, GA to Port Malabar, FL. Along this coastline are 10 inlets, most of which provide safe passage to inland waterways. Inland waters within the AOR include 248 miles of the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW), 161 miles of the St. John’s River, and numerous rivers, creeks, and marshes.
To cover this diverse and challenging AOR, Sector Jacksonville utilizes Multi-Mission Station Mayport, Station Ponce de Leon Inlet, and Station Port Canaveral, FL. In addition, Sector Jacksonville is parent command to five cutters, MARIA BRAY, SAWFISH, RIDLEY, SHRIKE, HAMMER, two Aids to Navigation teams located at Ponce de Leon and Jacksonville Beach and MSD Canaveral.
Located within Sector Jacksonville’s AOR are five Department of Defense installations, U.S. Eastern Space and Missile Center, the Naval Ordnance Test Unit and Kennedy Space Center.
Sector Jacksonville is responsible for all Coast Guard missions in the Jacksonville Captain of the Port (COTP) zone and AOR including Search and Rescue, Ports Waterways and Coastal Security, Waterways Management, Maritime Homeland Security, Marine Science Activities, Aids to Navigation, and finally Command and Logistical Support.
Arriving at US Coast Guard Station Ponce de Leon Inlet
The nearest major airport is Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP / KECP). This airport has domestic flights from Panama City, Florida and is 41 miles from the center of Ponce de Leon, FL.
Another major airport is Northwest Florida Regional Airport (VPS / KVPS), which has domestic flights from Valparaiso, Florida and is 53 miles from Ponce de Leon, FL.