Crews continue to mitigate pollution threats from vessels displaced by Hurricane Irma
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Crews continue to mitigate pollution threats from vessels displaced by Hurricane Irma
Gulfport Municipal Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, and the City of Gulfport always have a full calendar of events for all ages. The marina and harbor, found on the northern shores of Boca Ciega Bay, are easily accessible from the Western Florida ICW, just north of Tampa Bay.
This 65ft high-rise fixed bridge was begun in April of 2014 and will cross the Waterway just south of the two new high-rise bridges at Socastee. See http://cruisersnet.net/135939 for background on this bridge.
Please be advised, USCG Sector Charleston is issuing the attached Marine Safety Information Bulletin informing boaters of an established safety zone for the waters of the AICW in Socastee, SC. Please call or email if you have any questions.CLICK HERE FOR UPDATES TO RECENT MSIB!
Sector Charleston received schedule change notice from contractor in charge of Carolina Bays Parkway Project. New dates noted below .
The Coast Guard is establishing a safety zone during overhead construction activities related to the Carolina Bays Parkway Project (SC-31) located in Socastee, SC. A 200-yard safety zone will be established on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AICW) in the vicinity of mile marker 372.3 encompassing all waters directly under the SC-31 project as well as vessels and machinery associated with construction efforts. Enforcement will take place during overhead construction activities on the dates listed below. Entry of vessels or persons into the safety zone is prohibited unless specifically authorized by the Captain of the Port or a designated representative.
Mariners are urged to plan transits accordingly to avoid unnecessary disruptions. Project site can be found on NOAA Chart 11534-Myrtle Grove Sound and Cape Fear River to Casino Creek. Location currently noted as “Bridge Under Construction”.
Friday November 3rd 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday November 10th 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday November 17th 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday December 12th 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday December 19th 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday December 28th 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Coast Guard will provide notice of any date or time changes to the regulated area by Local Notice to Mariners, Broadcast Notice to Mariners, Marine Safety Information Bulletins and on-scene designated representatives.
For questions or concerns regarding this MSIB, please contact Sector Charleston Waterways Management Division at (843)323-7761 or the sector’s 24-hour Command Center Line at (843)740-7050.
Waterways Management Division
As Robert Sherer reminds us, shoaling and groundings are always possible in the constantly shifting sands of the New River Inlet/AICW Intersection area. See http://cruisersnet.net/165669 for a July report from this Problem Stretch. Thank you, Bob, for sharing your expertise.
The “Dip Route” for New River to avoid shoaling on the ICW in the spring is no longer valid. Shoaling has occurred on that route too. See survey below:
A GPX route is available at BNewRiver10202017
I took the old “Dip Route” today and ran into the shoaling pictured above near R74. I got into 5 ft of water at low tide so I can attest to it being there. I only draw 4 ‘ 9” so I was okay.
There is always plenty to do around Charlotte Harbor, as you will see in the calendar below. Whether you are moored in Punta Gorda’s mooring field or berthed at Fishermen’s Village Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, you will enjoy your visit to beautiful Charlotte Harbor, where Punta Gorda, also A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, lies on Western Florida’s Charlotte Harbor/Peace River.CLICK HERE FOR NEXT WEEK'S HAPPENINGS!
Fishermen’s Village Resort and Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is absolutely the most event active marina on the Gulf Coast for all seasons. With year-round family friendly celebrations, you will feel right at home on your visit to Punta Gorda, also A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, on beautiful Charlotte Harbor.
For Immediate Release: Annual “Lighting of The Village” to be held November 18, 2017
Punta Gorda, FL—Fishermen’s Village will herald in the Holiday Season with a spectacular “Lighting of the Village” Saturday, November 18. This celebration is the official kick off
of the annual “FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS”, a display of more than ONE MILLION LIGHTS and themed decorations. Local residents and visitors will enjoy beautiful traditional themed holiday décor and lights both inside and outside Fishermen’s Village.
Festivities begin at 5:30 pm. with an official ribbon cutting with Santa and City of Punta Gorda officials. The Lee County Pipes and Drums Band will then parade through the Village, followed by a rousing performance in Center Court. Other festivities include holiday music by The Suncoast Statesmen Barbershop Harmony, live music/dancing with the Shane Duncan Band, Juggling/balloon creations by Jeff the Juggler, Finest Face Painting by MaryRose, pictures with Santa (bring your camera!), complimentary refreshments courtesy of Village Merchants, and live radio remote with Jeff Collins “The Golden Hippo”.
YOUR ADMISSION: Patrons are being asked to bring toilet paper, toiletries and canned goods to be donated to “Share The Blessings Ministry”, an all-volunteer, nonprofit charity benefiting those in need in Charlotte County. Their mission is to provide hygiene, cleaning and non-perishable food items which serve over 500 individuals and 150 families each month. Their current critical need is for paper hygiene products.
Due to the popularity of this event, parking will fill up fast, so arrive early.
Fishermen’s Village Waterfront Mall, Resort and Marina is located on Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda. From I-75, take exit 164, turn left and proceed 3 miles to Fishermen’s Village.
Call 941 639-8721 for more information or visit on line at www.fishville.com.
1200 W. Retta Esplanade #57A
Punta Gorda, Florida 33950
P 941 575-3007
M 941 258-1327
F 941 637-1054
Port Royal Landing Marina, A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is a perfect example of true Southern hospitality and of a marina family that cares about boaters! Port Royal Landing Marina guards the western banks of Beaufort River just south of marker #244. See also FOCUS ON Port Royal Landing Marina
Stay two nights and get the third night free at the Waterway’s most welcoming marina.
Rion Salley, General Manager
This warning was issued earlier this year regarding a company promising to save boat owners money by renewing their vessel documentation through their website. See http://cruisersnet.net/164085. Cruisers’ Net is glad to have the warning raised again by Soundings’ Trade Only Today.
Coast Guard issues scam warning
By NORM SCHULTZ
Coast Guard warning
A new scam targeting boat owners, claiming they can save time online, is costing them hundreds of dollars, the Coast Guard says. These are websites offering documentation renewal services for a fee.
Why? The Coast Guard’s National Vessel Documentation Center, located in Falling Waters, W.Va., is the only authorized entity to issue certificates of documentation required for vessels engaged in commercial trade and optional for vessels weighing 5 or more net tons engaged in recreational use and activities.
Further, although the Coast Guard is aware of these websites, no companies are authorized to operate on its behalf in any way. The services they provide are not illegal, but they cannot issue any form of documentation, including travel letters and/or permits that authorize the operation of any vessel.
Any fees charged beyond the $26 renewal fee or any other agreements offered by such websites are not associated with the NVDC certification process. These companies cannot issue the certificate, but are middlemen who charge a fee for processing the paperwork on a boater’s behalf.
So if you, as a dealer, have customers with documented boats, be proactive and tell them: When it comes time to renew, always remember that the Coast Guard website offering documentation uses a .mil domain name. Websites using .us, .com and .org aren’t the real thing.
At the intersection of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway and the Okeechobee Waterway, Martin County, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is a hub of boating activity and of events of interest to boaters.
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Bahamas Chatter: Chicken of the Sea, a story where ‘nothing is what it seems.’
Chicken of the Sea, a story where ‘nothing is what it seems.’
Posted: 18 Oct 2017 05:42 AM PDT READ MORE!
You can read the first chapter at www.neilbarrybooks.com Click on ‘Books.’ (Warning: beware of the crazy chicken)
After Chicken of the Sea, you’ll want more. Lucky for you, it’s also a trilogy with Chicken Too and Free Range Chicken. Adventurous readers from nine to ninety can find all three books on Amazon in paper and digital versions.
Look for the author on S/V Imagine and get your books personally autographed.