Alex Lazar (left) and Ross Lazar with Jose Fernandez at u-Tiki Beach Waterfront Restaurant & Bar in Jupiter during spring training, 2016 (Photo provided)
Jose Fernandez docked his boat, the 32-foot Kaught Looking, at the dock next to Jupiter’s u-Tiki Beach Waterfront Restaurant & Bar restaurant on the south side of the Jupiter Inlet during this year’s spring training season, said owner Jim Taube.
“You know all the nice things people are saying about him? Well, they are understated. My bus boys, food crew, waitresses – he went out of his way to be nice to everyone of them. He would shakes hands with everyone. We were devastated when we got the news,” said Taube.
Fernandez competently handled docking his boat in and out of u-Tiki. That’s no easy task with the strong current in and out of the Jupiter Inlet, said Taube.
“He didn’t have a captain. He did it all himself. You got to know what you are doing with this current,” said Taube.
Fernandez, 24, a two-time All-Star, died early Sunday along with two friends in a boating accident off Miami Beach.
Fernandez would often call ahead to u-Tiki to reserve a table while he was powering back from a day at sea with his pals.
“His friends were all so nice. So was his girlfriend. I met her once. Nice people attract nice people,” said Taube.
One day Taube was standing at the dock. Another boater turned his craft the wrong way. He hit the Kaught Looking, scratching the hull.
The boater apologized. He told Fernandez he would pay for the damage.
“(Fernandez) said no. Don’t worry about it. Life is too short, he told the guy,” said Taube.