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Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 1776, Georgetown, South Carolina 29442Port City Marina - Wilmington, NCOur focus is to assist boaters with the purchase or sale of their powerboats. All our yacht owners are trained and educated on the handling and systems of their new vessel as part of our service. We want to make sure your experience with us is easy by being thorough with your needs. Through aggressive internet marketing, publication ads, and our long term networks we also have the resources to get your yacht sold! Our experience allows us the understanding of the market place.International  Marine  Insurance  Services is the source of choice for insurance coverage for your watercraft. After nineteen years of incomparable service to our clientele, we'd like to welcome you aThe FROLI System, developed in Germany has made a big hit with the USA  recreation and leisure travel market. Nickle Atlantic will be at the Annapolis Sail Boat Show, October 8 - 12, in Booth Key Lime Sailing Club in Key Largo, 305-451-3438, www.keylimesailingclub.comGeorgetown County Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 1776, Georgetown, South Carolina 29442
Boat U.S. Fort Pierce City Marina 1 Avenue A, Ft. Pierce, FL 34950 Toll Free (800) 619-1780 (772) 464-1245 Facsimile (772) 464-2589Click to learn more about our Carolina Loop program910-269-2380 The new 82-slip Deep Point Marina is located on the Cape Fear River in Southport, NC, and offers fuel and transient dockage, as well as daily, monthly and annual slip rentals. The marina is adjacent to the new Bald Head Island Ferry Terminal, which houses a snack bar (open seasonally) that offers grab-and-go food options, soft drinks, beer, wine and coffee. In addition, the Deep Point Marina is convenient to Southport's shopping, restaurants and historic district, and offers easy ocean access. 910-457-7380The Town of Fort Myers Beach proudly operates and maintains the Matanzas Harbor Municipal Mooring Field. The field boasts 70 mooring balls available for public rental year-round, and accommodates vessels up to 48 feet in length. The mooring field is located east of the Sky Bridge between San Carlos and Estero Islands in Matanzas Pass. For recreational cruisers, the Fort Myers Beach Mooring Field is a wonderful destination. Coming ashore at the Town’s dinghy dock puts boaters in walking distance to beaches, restaurants, shopping, nightlife, and public transportation. Mooring ball rental fees are $13/day or $260/month. All renters MUST register with Matanzas Inn upon arrival. The dinghy dock is available for public use to tie up dinghies 10’ or less (no overnight tie-ups). The dock is located beneath the Sky Bridge between Matanzas Inn Restaurant and the public fishing pier.
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  • Charlotte Harbor Events, Week of March 28, Punta Gorda, FL

    Punta Gorda, Florida - a GREAT cruising destination

    Spring has sprung here in Punta Gorda, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, on Western Florida’s Charlotte Harbor/Peace River, and you are sure to find plenty to do on the list of events below. Whether you are moored in Punta Gorda’s mooring field or berthed at Fishermen’s Village Marina, also A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, there is always something special to do!

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    For listing of all events, go to:

    http://www.charlotteharbortravel.com/events/charlotte-harbor-events
    or
    http://www.charlotteharbortravel.com/events/
    Deanna Fritz
    Charlotte County Visitor & Convention Bureau
    18500 Murdock Circle, Suite B-104
    Port Charlotte, FL 33948
    941-743-1900
    Elizabeth.parker@charlottefl.com
    www.CharlotteHarborTravel.com

    Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Punta Gorda Waterfront Anchorage

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    Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Fishermen’s Village

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  • Port Mayaca Lock Change of Operating Schedule, April 6-15, Okeechobee Waterway Statute Mile 39

    Our thanks to good friends Chuck Baier and Susan Landry for this navigation update. The Port Mayaca Lock will be encountered at the eastern end of the St. Lucie Canal, and marks the Okeechobee Waterway’s entry into the easterly reaches of Lake Okeechobee.

    Okeechobee Waterway Delays…Notice to Navigation Interests
    Port Mayaca Lock (Okeechobee Waterway)
    Manatee Protection Screen Repairs
    http://1.usa.gov/1F1cWJZ

    Port Mayaca Lock will have scheduled four-hour lock closures 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 12 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday beginning April 6 through 15 April 2015. Scheduled closures are to support divers repairing manatee protection screens on all four sector gates. For up-to-date Port Mayaca Lock information, contact the lock operator at 561-924-2858 between 7 a.m and 5 p.m.

    Chuck Baier and Susan Landry
    The Great Book Of Anchorages
    Navigation Notices
    Our Blogs
    Trawler Beach House
    Voyages of Sea Trek

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    Click Here To View the Okeechobee Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory Listing For Port Mayaca Lock

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  • Delays to the Reopening of Franklin Lock Park, Okeechobee Waterway Statute Mile 121

    The campgound and docks was closed in August of 2014 and now it seems there will be a delay until they are reopened. For an excellent description of Franklin Lock and Dam Park by our good friends Susan Landry and Chuck Baier, go to: http://cruisersnet.net/?p=142643

    According to John Campbell at USACOE, the contract for repairs of the “boat in” docks at the Franklin Lock and Dam Campground has not been awarded yet and the docks may not be open again until the fall of this year. This is one of our favorite stops on the Okeechobee Waterway and we’re sorry to hear about this delay. Officials at the campground identified structural issues with the docks that require significant repair. The W.P. Franklin Campground along the north side of the Caloosahatchee River offers 30 RV/tent campsites and is open year round. The W.P. Franklin Recreation Area offers a swimming beach and boat ramp for daily use. There are areas to anchor on both sides of the lock with easy shore access at the park.

    Chuck Baier and Susan Landry
    The Great Book Of Anchorages
    Navigation Notices
    Our Blogs
    Trawler Beach House
    Voyages of Sea Trek

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    Click Here To View the Okeechobee Waterway Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory Listing For Franklin Lock

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  • Keys Free Pumpout Service Renewed

    This free pumpout service was initiated in 2012 and has been a real blessing for visiting cruisers. The program has been renewed for two years, but its future beyond this extension is uncertain as outlined in this article from KeyNews.com sent to us by good friends Chuck Baier and Susan Landry .  See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=144790 for news on other pumpout service in the Keys.

    Long-term future of pumpout program remains uncertain
    BY BRIAN BOWDEN Free Press Staff
    bbowden@keysnews.com
    KEY LARGO — The county commission gave the OK on a new two-year agreement with the contractor tasked with providing a free Keys-wide mobile vessel sewage disposal service for liveaboards at its most recent meeting, but following expiration boat owners could start incurring fees.

    The county currently contributes $380,000 to the program which comes at no cost to individual vessel owners. The dollars used to offset the cost of the program are pulled from boating improvement funds generated via annual vessel registrations.

    The commission previously gave county officials direction to develop a new program that would begin to charge customers on a per pumpout basis come 2017.

    “It’s going to be hard to start charging people,” County Administrator Roman Gastesi told commissioners at the March 18 meeting.

    Gastesi said his staff was still looking at funding the program through state dollars or elsewhere before the agreement expires.

    “There are a lot of people who do not agree with that position,” Mayor Danny Kolhage told Gastesi.

    Kolhage and Commissioner Sylvia Murphy seemed to be in agreement that a new program charging individuals at least a nominal fee would be preferable. Kolhage pointed out that the funding spent offsetting the cost of the program could be put toward the removal of several derelict vessels the county has had on its radar for some time.

    Pumpout USA Inc. has had the contract with the county since 2012. It pumps out up to 1,500 vessels a month under the new agreement.

    The commission also unanimously approved acceptance of a Florida Department of Transportation easement in regards to a pedestrian bridge planned for construction over Marvin D. Adams Waterway at mile marker 103. The easement, at no cost the county, will give it jurisdiction over the bridge. Construction of the bridge is expected to begin in the fall.

    A design outlining a boardwalk and other amenities, including a parking lot and bathroom facilities, at the Rowell’s Marina property at mile marker 104 was unanimously approved by the commission as well.

    The commission’s next meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 15, at the Harvey Government Center in Key West.

    bbowden@keysnews.com

  • BoatUS Media Alert: Anchoring Restrictions Under Review

    BoatUS remains the premiere advocate for boaters’ rights in all states and we are proud to have them as SPONSORS!

    NEWS From BoatUS
    Boat Owners Association of The United States
    880 S. Pickett St., Alexandria, VA 22304
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Press Contact: D. Scott Croft, 703-461-2864, SCroft@BoatUS.com
    March 25, 2015 / Updated March 25 2:00PM EDT
    MEDIA ALERT UPDATE:
    BoatUS: Anchoring Restrictions Under Review by Florida Legislature
    FL House Committee Bill HWSS 15-06 Has New Number: HB 7123

    UPDATE: March 25, 2:00PM EDT: Earlier this morning BoatUS sent the following media alert that includes a discussion of Florida House Committee Bill HWSS 15-06. This bill has been updated by the House and is now named House Derelict Vessel Bill and known as HB 7123. For your reference, this change has been annotated in the copy below and BoatUS continues to urge recreational boaters have their voice heard on this important issue.

    THE ISSUE:

    The 2015 Florida legislative session is underway, and the regulation of boat anchoring and how to take care of derelict boats remain hot topics in both the Florida Senate and House. Each are taking very different approaches that could affect how Florida boat owners as well as visiting cruisers use their boats in state waters:

    FL Senate Bill 1548, introduced by Senator Charles Dean (District 5), would impose a substantial statewide restriction on overnight anchoring within 200 feet of the high water mark of residential property. Additionally, it would prohibit statewide anchoring or mooring a vessel that is incapable of moving under its own power, or exhibits other specific characteristics like being partially sunken, demonstrating it is at-risk of becoming derelict.

    Over the last decade, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) has understood that derelict boats in Florida have muddied the waters with regard to rational conversations about anchoring. As a result, BoatUS wholeheartedly supports any effort to reduce the state’s derelict vessel population. However, BoatUS is very concerned over the chilling effect that a significant, statewide anchoring restriction could have.

    In the Florida House, Derelict Vessel Bill HB 7123 introduced by Representative Holly Raschein (District 120) deals with derelict vessels without changing current anchoring law. The bill creates an “at risk” category of boats and gives local governments new tools to take care of these boats. Because local governments have sought anchoring restrictions to address problems with derelicts, BoatUS believes that Derelict Vessel Bill HB 7123 is a common sense step in providing new tools to deter vessels from becoming derelict in the first place.

    TWO ACTIONS NEEDED NOW:

    1. Because of its onerous 200 foot statewide anchoring restriction, BoatUS urges boaters to request that their Florida State Senator reject SB 1548 by emailing them at: http://goo.gl/TUscmr.

    Read Senate Bill 1548 at: http://goo.gl/lBnzeP.

    2. Because of its common sense approach to derelict vessel issue, BoatUS urges boaters to voice their support of Derelict Vessel Bill HB 7123 by emailing their FL Representative at: http://goo.gl/wDZKUO.

    Read Committee Bill HWSS 15-06 at: http://goo.gl/XYp6Ip.

    WHO:

    Boat Owners Association of The United States remains actively engaged with state lawmakers to ensure that active, responsible boaters will continue to enjoy the Sunshine State. BoatUS is the nation’s leading advocate for recreational boaters providing its over half million members with government representation, fighting against unfair federal taxes, fees and regulations that single out boat owners, and keeps boaters safe. BoatUS is also non-partisan. Additional information on Florida anchoring is at: BoatUS.com/gov/floridaanchoring.asp.

  • SB 1548 Florida Anchoring Rights Bill, Updates and Editorials

    This is another legislative attempt to restrict anchoring rights in Florida and this request for support comes from M. F. “Sully” Sullivan, Past Commodore of the Hillsboro Inlet Sailing Club in Lighthouse Point, FL. You can read the Florida SB 1548 bill at https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2015/1548/BillText/Filed/PDF and, in addition to the faxes and emails suggested by Commodore Sullivan, make your own decision regarding other action to be taken. Read very carefully the underlined passages. The bill and its restrictions would take effect July 1, but there is no indication as to if or when the bill will be presented to the senate for a vote.

    And this 3/25 News Alert from BoatUS: http://goo.gl/Avg985

    And this 3/25 article by our friend Mike Ahart of Waterway Guide:

    http://www.waterwayguide.com/latest-news/news/4906/new-florida-house-bill-targets-derelictat-risk-vessels

    And this additional information from AGCLA Forum:

    An update for those wanting more information on contacting their Florida representatives:

    First, below is a list of the members of the Environmental Preservation Committee, including their contact information. This is the committee handling the bill at this time. The Chair is Charlie Dean however, he
    introduced the bill. So, it’s been suggested that contacting committee members directly is a better option. Be sure to reference SB 1548 in your communication. The SSCA has also provided information on contacting your
    legislators. Their brochure can be downloaded here: http://www.ssca.org/downloads/ccc/SSCA_Anchoring_brochure.pdf

    Further down in this post is the text of a letter opposing the bill sent by one of our members to his representative. Please feel free to copy and paste this when writing to your state legislators.
    Many thanks to Bill Griffin and Rick O’Connor for providing this information.

    Florida Environmental Preservation Committee Members:      See list below in earlier posting.

    Sample Letter:

    March 23, 2015
    The Honorable (State Senator)
    State Senator District (XX)
    XXX Senate Office Bldg
    Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100

    Via email to: (Senator info)@flsenate.gov

    Re: Senate Bill 1548 “Vessel Safety”

    Dear Senator (Last Name):

    I strongly urge you to oppose Senator Dean’s proposed Senate Bill 1548 “Vessel Safety,” which contains a provision that prohibits “anchoring a vessel within 200 feet of the shoreline of developed waterfront property between the hours of one hour past sunset and one hour before sunrise.”

    While the Bill contains various other provisions prohibiting the mooring of unsafe vessels (such as derelict, inoperative, leaking, hazardous), it appears a principal purpose of the Bill is to prohibit the safe anchoring
    of well-founded vessels that cruise and anchor along the Florida intracoastal waterways.

    I am a member of the American Great Loop Cruisers’Association, an organization of over two thousand members who cruise the Florida waters, the Atlantic coastal waters, and the Great Lakes. We have hundreds of boaters who safely cruise Florida waters every year. Our members provide millions of dollars of economic benefit to the Florida marine and tourism industries. Our cruising boats stay at marinas, visit the many waterfront restaurants and stay in the countless, beautiful anchorages all along the Florida intracoastal waterway.

    As you know, Florida waterfront property is highly developed, valuable and exclusive, affording its owners beautiful sunrises and sunsets over the water, among many other benefits. But upland residential property owners
    do not own the water! Florida waters are held in trust for the benefit of all Floridians and visitors who come here to enjoy our great state and its unique coastline.

    The “Vessel Safety” Bill has no business including an anchoring prohibition of well-founded yachts cruising our shores. Senator Dean’s bill is a flagrant attempt of well-healed property owners (and their state legislators) to claim ownership of the water they have the privilege to look at!

    Again, I urge you to defeat Senate Bill 1548
    (Your Signature and contact info)

    Kim Russo
    Director
    America’s Great Loop Cruisers’ Association

    Update from Perry McDonald, 3/23, 2015

    Here is a copy of the reply I received from my State Representative:

    Dear Mr. McDonald,
    I thank you for your support and look forward to continuing to represent Northeast Florida! Regarding SB 1548, it is not gaining much traction and has not even been presented to its first committee, which is not a good sign. My district staff can explain this more to you if you would like. I have also attached the web page that shows some more detailed information on the bill. As you can see, it has not had movement since March 3rd.

    http://myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=543844

    Kindest regards,
    Travis Hutson

    Florida Senate – 2015 SB 1548

    There is currently a bill in the Florida Senate that will prohibit overnight anchoring within 200 feet of shore in a developed area. This will significantly affect virtually every safe anchorage in Florida.
    Unless action is taken, this law will pass.
    We are attempting to flood faxes and phones of the Committee Senator members reviewing this bill.
    I encourage all cruisers to fax their protest and/or call insuring you reference Senate Bill SB 1548.

    The following is a list of fax and phone numbers. Be sure to reference SB 1548.

    Environmental Preservation The Chair is Charlie Dean however, its his bill. I suggest contacting committee members:

    Christopher Smith Fax 954-321-2707
    Phone 850-487-5031
    EMAIL: CSMITHD93@AOL.COM

    Thad Altman Fax 888-293-3815
    Phone 850-487-5016
    EMAIL: ALTMAN.THAD.WEB@FLSENATE.GOV

    Greg Evers Fax 888-263-0013
    Phone 850-487-5002
    Email: EVERS.GREG.WEB@FLSENATE.GOV

    David Simmons
    Phone 850-487-5010
    Email: SIMMONS.DAVID.WEB@FLSENATE.GOV

    Darren Soto Fax 407-846-5188
    Phone 850-487-5014
    Email: SOTO.DARREN.WEB@FLSENATE.GOV

    Appropriations – General Government
    Chair Alan Hays Fax 888-263-3677
    Email: HAYS.ALAN. @FLSENATE.GOV

    Fiscal Policy
    Chair Anitere Flores (Miami) Fax 305-270-6552
    Phone 850-487-5037
    EMAIL: FLORES.ANITERE.WEB@FLSENATE.GOV

    M. F. “Sully” Sullivan, Past Commodore of the Hillsboro Inlet Sailing Club in Lighthouse Point, FL.

  • April in Elizabeth City, NC, Alternate Route Statute Mile 50

    April will be another exciting month in Elizabeth City and another reason to visit the friendliest-to-boaters community on the Waterway and A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! These fine folks have a full calendar of events to help you welcome in Spring! Elizabeth City and Mariner’s Wharf are located at the southern end of the Dismal Swamp Canal.

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    http://www.discoverelizabethcity.com/

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For the Mariner’s Wharf Elizabeth City Docks

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  • Jetty Construction, Baldhead Island, near AICW Statute Mile 309

    Baldhead Island is home to Baldhead Island Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, found hard by the seaward mouth of the Cape Fear River, within sight of the “Old Baldy” lighthouse!

    NC – BALD HEAD ISLAND ENTRANCE CHANNEL – JETTY CONSTRUCTION
    Mariners are advised that the Orion Construction Inc. will be commencing construction of a jetty at the Bald Head Island Entrance Channel at Bald Head Island, North Carolina commencing on or about March 20, 2015 and ending approximately November 15, 2015. Mariners are requested to stay clear of the construction barges, tugs and work boats. Mariners are requested to exercise extreme caution when approaching, passing, and leaving the construction area. Orion Construction Inc. monitors VHF channels 13 and 16. Mariners are cautioned to strictly comply with the rules of the road when approaching, passing and leaving the area of operations. Construction will be conducted Monday through Friday during daylight hours. Chart 11537 LNM:12/15

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Bald Head Island Marina

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  • BoatUS Urges Immediate Action on E-15 Gasoline

    Once again, BoatUS is asking all boaters with gasoline fueled engines to take action to support S.577 to eliminate E-15 gasoline, through changes being proposed to the Renewable Fuel Standards. See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=146868. The use of ethanol added fuel in marine engines has been a point of contention for everyone in the boating industry from users to repair services and manufacturers. BoatUS is one of the strongest advocates for boating safety including the risk of engine failure and fire due to ethanol damaged fuel lines. Now BoatUS is urging you to help get a new legislation initiative enacted, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=146850. You do not have to be a BoatUS member in order to contact your legislator!

    NEWS From BoatUS
    Boat Owners Association of The United States
    880 S. Pickett St., Alexandria, VA 22304
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Press Contact: D. Scott Croft, 703-461-2864, SCroft@BoatUS.com
    March 23, 2015
    Media Alert:

    If You Don’t Want More Corn In Your Gas Tank, BoatUS Says Boaters Need to Speak Up Now

    THE ISSUE: The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is the 2005 federal law that requires the blending of biofuels such as corn-ethanol into our gasoline. When it was written, it assumed that America’s use of gasoline would continue to rise and mandated escalating amounts of biofuels to be blended with our fuel. Since 2005, however, gasoline usage has actually declined steadily, which today forces more ethanol into less gasoline.

    To keep up with this RFS mandate, in 2010 the EPA permitted E15 (fuel containing up to 15% ethanol) into the marketplace. Even though E15 is prohibited from being used in marine engines, snowmobiles, motorcycles, small engines like lawnmowers and leaf blowers, as well as any vehicle made before 2001, this fuel can now be found at over 100 stations in 16 states at the very same pumps as E10 and ethanol-free gasoline.

    Over 60% of Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) half million members as well as millions of recreational boaters fill their boat’s fuel tanks at roadside gas stations where the higher blend ethanol fuels are often the cheapest fuel at the pump. This creates a huge potential for misfueling and puts boaters at risk.

    ACTION NEEDED NOW: For years, BoatUS has been battling in Washington to make sure recreational boat owners can buy gasoline that works with their recreational boat engines. Senators Diane Feinstein and Pat Toomey have now introduced S. 577, the “Corn Ethanol Mandate Elimination Act of 2015” in the US Senate.

    This bill, which has both Democrat and Republican support, will effectively remove the government mandate for higher blends of corn-based ethanol fuels (more than 10%) and allow for investment in other more compatible biofuels. BoatUS believes it is a critical step to solving the ethanol issue and urges America’s boat owners to contact their Senator now to become a co-sponsor and supporter of S. 577. Boaters can easily do this at: http://goo.gl/S4bWMu. For more on the Renewable Fuel Standard go to www.BoatUS.com/gov.

    WHO: Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) is the nation’s leading advocate for recreational boaters providing its over half million members with government representation, fighting against unfair federal taxes, fees and regulations that single out boat owners. BoatUS is also non-partisan working on both sides of the aisle as well as with state agencies to promote boating laws that make sense.

  • Changes in Store for Ladys Island Swing Bridge? AICW Statute Mile 536

    Ladys Island Swing Bridge has had conflicts between road traffic and vessel openings for several years, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=35995. Our thanks to good friend, John Kettlewell, for sending along this article from Sounding’s Trade Only section. With a closed vertical clearance of 30ft, Ladys Island Bridge crosses the waterway at Statute Mile 536.

    Coast Guard seeks limits on bridge openings in South Carolina
    Posted on March 23rd, 2015
    Motorists won’t have to stop as much for openings of a major South Carolina barrier island swing bridge, but operators of large recreational vessels might have to find a new route.
    The Coast Guard is planning a trial run in April to limit the number of large boats that pass through the Richard V. Woods Memorial Bridge in tourist destination Beaufort, S.C.
    Known locally as the Woods Bridge, the swing bridge connects downtown Beaufort with Lady’s Island and the outer Sea Islands in Beaufort County. Because of the presence of the Intracoastal Waterway, the bridge is required to open frequently for boat traffic to pass through.
    Details of the trial period are pending from officials with the Coast Guard bridge division in Miami. However, local officials believe it will include restrictions on the hours when non-commercial vessels can pass through.
    “If it’s a commercial vessel, it’s one thing, but if it’s a pleasure boat, it’s another,” city interim manager Bill Prokop told The Beaufort Gazette.
    Log-book records show that the swing bridge opened nearly 4,000 times during a two-year period, with 660 of those for commercial boats.
    In October, Beaufort County and Beaufort city officials sent a letter to the Coast Guard bridge branch requesting a change in when and why the bridge opens, county engineering director Rob McFee said. The vehicle traffic delays cause an estimated $2 million loss annually for the community because of lost time and other economic factors, the letter said.
    County and city officials requested restrictions on the passage of non-commercial boats during daytime rush hours.
    “Not only do the drawbridge openings affect daily traffic and local economics, it also has a dramatic effort on emergency response. A revision in the opening schedule could potentially resolve many of the resulting daily impacts,” the letter stated, according to the paper.

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