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  • Okeechobee Update

    Our sincere thanks to Captain Greg Allard for this excellent report and photos of the Okeechobee Waterway. Greg is an experienced cruiser and his observations and advice are definitely to be trusted and heeded.

    Okeechobee Update – June 24, 1016

    We just finished crossing the Okeechobee waterway from east to west.  Some observations:
    1) Obstruction report at MM34:  On January 12, 2016 the Cruisers Net contained a report of a vessel which hit an object and sustained damage in the vicinity of MM 34 on the St. Lucie Canal.
    On June 22, 2016, while we were underway we observed the scene below, at approximately MM34:
    This bird was perched on the limb of a tree, on the south side of the waterway.  The water was very murky, so we could not see any other parts of the tree or limb to be able to tell how far it extended into the waterway. The bird is approximately 30’+ from shore.
    I hit the MOB button, and recorded the location as we passed:  27 degrees 00.8582’N; 080 degrees, 32.8102′ W.
    In re-reading the report about the damaged vessel from January 12th, it appears that the vessel was “along the side of the canal which is the starboard side coming East from Port Mayaca,”which would have put it in approximately this location.  Of course we can’t be certain that this was the earlier reported obstruction.
    This type of hazard is not unusual along this portion of the St. Lucie Canal.  Just a mile further west, we took this photo:
    On both sides of the canal, there are stands of trees, including some tall casuarinas on the right side.  If one of them fell into the canal, it could easily become a hazard. The lesson here is to “stay in the middle”.  That won’t protect you from free-floating logs or pilings, but it will minimize the risk of contacting fallen trees.
    2) Lake Okeechobee water levels:  The water levels in the lake have been high, due to heavy rains.  Most cruisers use “Route 1” to cross (as opposed to Route 2, the southern rim route).  This link takes you to the Corp of Engineers site, showing you the current depths for each route:
    According to the Corps, the shallowest part of Route 1 is in the SW corner of the lake, from Clewiston out to where the channel stops its zig-zags. Follow the markers carefully, and don’t drift off.  When we crossed on June 22, the level was over 8.8’.
    It’s important to try to cross the lake as early as possible in the morning, before any strong winds develop, especially if the winds come from the north/northeast, or east. Where the water is only 8’ deep, if winds cause waves in the lake 2-4’ in height near the SW corner of the lake, a boat with a 5’ draft may start to bottom out in those conditions.  The bottom there is rock, not sand.
    3) Algae conditions:  
    Due to the heavy rains, there are severe algae blooms in the St Lucie canal, lower St. Lucie River, and the lake.  We saw none on the Caloosahatchee River side.  The algae is kelly green in color. Here’s what it looks like:
    According to local news reports, samples have been sent to
    Florida’s health lab for testing, so as of the time of this report it is unknown whether it will be considered toxic or not.  We observed no cooling issues with our engines as we passed through these patches. It is thin and “whispy” and did not accumulate at all in the engine strainer baskets.
    Favorite places to stay overnight:
    1) To position yourself for an early morning Okeechobee crossing, going west to east:
        a) Moore Haven docks (just before the lock). $1.00 a foot; electric available.
        b) Roland Martin’s Marina, in Clewiston.  Probably the best layover place; right on the edge of the lake.  The outdoor bar is terrific: it reminds us of the bar scene in the first Star Wars movie.
    When we stayed there in March on the way east, the small lock at Clewiston was actually in operation (the first time we have ever seen that.)  Our 65’ LOA boat barely fit into the lock.  On our most recent return trip, the lock was fully open, not in operation, and allowed full pass-through to the marina.   The Clewiston lock is not operated by the Corps of Engineers – it is private, and the people who run it are well intentioned, friendly amateurs.  Just because they tell you to do something, it doesn’t mean they know what they are talking about.  They put about 20 bass boats into the chamber with us, and they were hanging all over us, banging into us, and cutting us off as we entered the chamber; it was bedlam.
    Roland Martin’s is still the best place to stay on a west to east trip.  The dockmaster Sam is excellent.  Call for a reservation.
    2) To position yourself for an east to west crossing of the lake in the morning:
         a) Indiantown Marina: A true old fashioned time-warp. They have limited slip space, but at $1.00 a foot, it is a bargain.  It’s about 9.9 Statute Miles from the Port Mayaca lock, where you would begin to cross the lake.
         b) If Indiantown can’t take you, the River Forest marina, just 1/2 mile west of the St. Lucie lock, is a good alternative, at $1.35 a foot.  It will take you longer to get to the eastern edge of the lake in the morning, but there aren’t any other choices.
    4) Ortona Lock Restrictions:
        The Ortona lock is undergoing repairs, and there are restricted openings which have been reported on the Cruisers Net.
    Note that the restricted openings do not apply on weekends, when the lock will open on demand from 7:00 AM to 4:30 PM.
    On our recent trip across the waterway from east to west, we stayed at the River Forest location in Moore Haven, just 1/4 mile east of the Ortona lock. It’s perfectly positioned to allow us to arrive at the Ortona lock in time for the 7:00-7:30 limited opening.  We did hear the lockmaster, on the VHF, allowing a boat to lock through at a time other than the restricted windows, so it does not hurt to ask.  It depends on whether construction is actually going on.
    Corp of Engineers Contact:
    The day before we begin any Okeechobee crossing, we call the local Corp of Engineers office directly (they are in Clewiston), to be sure there aren’t any lock shutdowns or bridge problems. They are always very helpful.
    Here’s the phone number:  863-983-8101
    Many of our cruising friends would never consider using the Okeechobee.  We enjoy the trip.  It’s much shorter than going down through the Keys and then heading north, up through the endless and tiresome Florida Bay, which can be loaded with crab traps.  It is also easier to run the waterway in bad weather.  It presents a fascinating slice of old time Florida.  Scenes like this sunrise make it worthwhile:
    Greg Allard
     M/V “Meander”
  • Destroyed Entrance Light, Moody Channel, Okeechobee Waterway Statute Mile 140, 6/23/2016


    This destroyed daybeacon marks the entrance of a channel into one of the canal communities of Cape Coral on the northern shore of the Caloosahatchee River/Okeechobee Waterway.

    FLORIDA – GIWW – FORT MYERS TO CHARLOTTE HARBOR AND WIGGINS PASS – MOODY CHANNEL Private Aid/Hazard to Navigation.
    Private aid Moody Canal Daybeacon 2 (LLNR 53295) has been reported destroyed and the remains pose a hazard to navigation. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11427 LNM 25/16

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Okeechobee Waterway Mile 140

  • Log of the Ideath, Captain Randy Mims, June 14, 2016

    You only have to spend a short time talking with Randy Mims to know that he has the soul of a true sailor. Randy not only built his 27ft gaff-rigged cutter, Ideath, but each year he single-hands the cutter from North Carolina to the Northern Gulf Coast and back again. “Ideath” is pronounced Idea-th and loosely translates as “house of ideas”. Randy stops along the way to visit maritime museums and, indulging his passion for music, he volunteers to sing in church choirs along the way. He also takes time to share his travels with his friends and has agreed to allow SSECN to post his emails. For more photos and more on Randy, go to http://towndock.net/shippingnews/ideath?pg=1 from TownDock.net in Oriental. See previous installment: http://cruisersnet.net/156986.

    Dear Friends,
    I am sending this update from LaBelle, Florida. It is located on the Caloosahatchee river in the Okeechobee waterway. I have crossed Lake Okeechobee numerous times both under sail and power depending on the wind. The first time, the wind quit completely and I anchored for the night. The next morning it was so absolutely calm that I spent half a day marveling at how quiet it was. When you are in the middle of a vast body of water and it is so still there is nothing to reflect sound , you can yell as loud as you can and as soon as it leaves your mouth it is like it is just absorbed by the universe. There are two possible routes to the a other side. There is the directly across way which I have always taken and what is called the rim route. Because of disastrous floods in the 1920’s, a channel was dug around the lake and the rock and dirt was used to build the “Herbert Hoover Dike”. This channel has always been too shallow to allow Ideath to try. This year I was pleased to learn that the lake is over two feet above the normal full pool. I have always wanted to experience this route even though it is eleven mile further. Many marsh islands and habitats dot the length of this channel. Near Belle Glade there is a park on Torry Island which is reached by an antique “hand operated” swing bridge. After calling the bridge tender and requesting an opening, a young man walked to the center of the bridge and inserted what looked like about an eight foot long metal tube into the deck of the bridge at about a 45 degree angle and began pushing it around in a circle. Obviously pretty hard to get moving, once he got it going it seemed pretty easy to get it all the way open. One added bonus was that during the entire operation no cars were waiting behind the swing arm barricades. I spent a wonderful day watching clouds of birds and aquatic flowering plants of all descriptions glide past. One of the best things about voyaging on Ideath is that no matter how long I have been doing it, there are always the opportunities to go somewhere or do something that I have always wanted to do but was prevented by some circumstance. Always be ready to take advantage of of an opportunity to do something or be someone when the universe makes it possible. I am starting to get close enough to the end of the voyage that I find myself longing to be there and wishing that it would never end. I hope your adventure is just as fantastic.
    Love and Peace to you all,
    Randy

  • River District June 2016 Connections, Caloosahatchee River/Okeechobee Waterway Statute Mile 135


    239 461-0775 Legacy Harbour Marina entrance is located on the Okeechobee Waterway East of Marker #49 on the Caloosahatchee River. The Marina is situated two blocks from historic downtown Fort Myers and three blocks from the historic Edison-Ford Winter Estates. The Marina's 131-Slips range in size from 40 feet to 80 feet and can accommodate Transient Boats of 100 feet plus. The large Fairways make our slips easily accessible. Our slips are surrounded by one of the largest 'floating breakwaters' on the Gulf of Mexico. The floating docks are state-of-the-art. Legacy Harbour Marina is a full-featured facility with all the modern conveniences of home including pump-out station, heated pool, fitness center, full electric metered at the slip, cable TV, laundry, air-conditioned showers and wireless Internet connections available. The Boaters' Lounge is available for relaxing after a cruise or for private parties. The view from the lounge is spectacular! Our grounds are beautifully manicured and provide great strolling along the river with benches, Chickee Hut, and excellent access to all of historic Fort Myers. Please take a few moments to browse our website and see for yourself what our beautiful boating facility can offer you the next time you are cruising in Southwest Florida.

    The river is Caloosahatchee and the Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net Sponsors are Legacy Harbour Marina and Fort Myers Yacht Basin. Legacy Harbor Marina entrance is located on the Okeechobee Waterway East of Marker #49 on the Caloosahatchee River. Fort Myers Yacht Basin lies along banks of the Caloosahatchee River, between the 3rd and 4th bridges from west to east.

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    Just a reminder, this is a free courtesy from Cella Molnar & Associates, Inc. and Lit and More to provide a calendar of events for the River District.

    Melissa Moore
    Web/Graphics Technician
    1631 Hendry Street
    Fort Myers, Florida 33901
    T: 239.337.1071 – F: 239-337.1076
    mmoore@cella.cc – www.cella.cc

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Western Florida Marina Directory Listing For Legacy Harbour Marina

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Legacy Harbour Marina

    Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Ft Myers Yacht Basin

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Ft Myers Yacht Basin

  • Destroyed Daybeacon, Okeechobee Waterway Statute Mile 12, 6/2/2016


    This destroyed daybeacon 37 is on the eastern side of the canal north of St. Lucie Lock

    FLORIDA – ST LUCIE CANAL TO FORT MYERS AND LAKE OKEECHOBEE – ST LUCIE INLET: Hazard to Navigation
    St Lucie Canal Daybeacon 37 (LLNR 51115) is destroyed. The remains of the concrete pile may pose a hazard to navigation. Wreckage has been marked with a TRLB, FL Q G, 3M light on its assigned position. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11428 LNM 22/16

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at St. Luce Canal

  • Repairs Impact Ortona Lock, Okeechobee Waterway Statute Mile 94


    Ortona Lock is just east of unlighted daybeacon #1 and flashing daybeacon #2 and normally opens on demand. These opening restrictions have been ongoing for most of this year, see http://cruisersnet.net/156232.

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Repairs impact operations at Ortona Lock

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District is advising boaters on the Okeechobee Waterway that they could encounter delays as they navigate through Ortona Lock due to repairs. The Corps has developed an alternate locking schedule that will be in effect during replacement of guide walls on either side of the lock.  The schedule
    will be in effect when work obstructs the navigation channel or whenever divers are in the area.  The repair work is expected to last through the rest of the summer.
    “These adjustments are necessary to facilitate replacement of these aging guide walls east and west of the lock structure,” said Steve Dunham, chief of the Corps’ South Florida Operations Office, which has oversight of the
    facility.  “We recognize this may cause some inconvenience to boaters, but it represents the best compromise to allow traffic to pass while still undertaking these necessary repairs.”

    As necessary during the repair period, the Corps will operate the lock on the following alternate schedule:
    .       7 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.                     Lock open
    .       7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.         Lock closed for repair work
    .       11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.                Lock open
    .       12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.         Lock closed for repair work
    .       4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.                     Lock open

    The alternate schedule above only applies Monday through Friday.  The Corps will operate the lock on demand from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends and holidays, with last lockage beginning at 4:30 p.m.

    Ortona Lock is located on the Caloosahatchee River in Glades County about 15 miles west of Moore Haven and about 40 miles east of Fort Myers.  The Corps finished construction on the structure in 1937 as part of a project that
    created the Okeechobee Waterway, a 154-mile route that connects the Gulf of Mexico with the Atlantic Ocean.  Ortona is one of five locks on the waterway, and one of six operated by the Corps’ Jacksonville District.

    The Corps has issued a Notice to Navigation this subject.  For more information on navigation notices concerning Ortona Lock or any other structures on the Okeechobee Waterway, please visit the following website:
    http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/Navigation/NoticestoNavigation.aspx

    John H Campbell
    Public Affairs Specialist
    Jacksonville District, US Army Corps of Engineers
    Jacksonville, FL
    Office:  904-232-1004
    Mobile:  904-614-9134
    Join our online communities: http://about.me/usacejax/

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Ortona Lock

  • UPDATE: Expect Lock Closures at Ortono Lock, Okeechobee Waterway, Statute Mile 94


    Our thanks to Milt Baker for this update and good news for current travelers. See http://cruisersnet.net/155843 for the original Nav Alert. Ortona Lock is located at Okeechobee Waterway Statute Mile 94, just east of unlighted daybeacon #1 and flashing daybeacon #2

    We passed through the lock two days ago and were told that the lock will continue to operate on a normal schedule until April 13 when work is expected to begin. At that time, the lock will operate as construction permits Mondays thru Fridays but the lock will be open on a normal schedule Saturdays and Sundays. Further information is available from ACE at 863-983-8101 Monday thru Friday or from the lockmaster (who seems to rarely answer the phone) during normal operating hours at 863-675-0616.
    Milt Baker, Bluewater IV

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Ortono Lock

    Click Here To View the Okeechobee Waterway Bridge Directory Listing For Ortono Lock

  • Expect Lock Closures at Ortona Lock, Okeechobee Waterway, Statute Mile 94, 3/19/2016


    Note that closures are planned for the hours indicated and may vary as to frequency. To determine if a lock-through is possible during those hours, contact the lock operator on arrival on VHF 13. A call to USACE confirmed that on-demand openings between 7:30-11:30 and 12:30-4:30 are possible only if construction work has stopped at that moment. Your only sure course will be 7:00 -7:30, 11:30-12:30 and after 4:30. At least, DST will assist you early and late.
    This long period of construction will certainly affect the spring migration. The project was originally scheduled for December, but had to be delayed due to high water. Just another opportunity to test your patience quotient! Ortona Lock is located at Okeechobee Waterway Statute Mile 94, just east of unlighted daybeacon #1 and flashing daybeacon #2

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    NOTICE TO NAVIGATION INTERESTS
    US Army Corps of Engineers
    Jacksonville District
    Date: 3/14/2016
    US ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS
    JACKSONVILLE DISTRICT
    ATTN: CESAJ·OD·SN
    PO Box 4970
    JACKSONVILLE, FL 32232·0019
    863·983·8101
    NOTICE NUMBER: 006
    LOCAL NUMBER: 2016314
    WATERWAY: OKEECHOBEE WATERWAY, ORTONA LOCK
    EFFECTIVE: 03/16/2016 00:00 thru 07/29/2016 24:00 EST
    OKEECHOBEE WATERWAY ORTONA LOCK APPROACH WALL CONSTRUCTION
    REVISION 1
    REFERENCES:
    a. 33 CFR Navigation and Navigable Waters
    b. NTN 2015·18 Ortona Lock Approach Wall Construction Closure
    1. Notice to Navigation
    Notice is given that Ortona lock will have scheduled lock closures 16 March to 29 July 2016 to support east and west lock approach guide wall replacement. During construction barges, cranes, pile driving equipment and divers will be working in the lock entrance requiring operations will be restricted for safety, Vessel operators are advised to use minimal speed and caution operating in the area of barges and floating cranes. Normal Lock hours are 7 AM to 5 PM with planned closures between 7:30 AM to 11:30 AM and 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday, additional locking hours may be available based on the contractors work. call the Ortona Lock shift operator at 863·675·0616 between 7 AM and 5 PM for current Information.
    WILLIAMS.CARL.MA
    BRYN.1091240960
    Chief Navigation &
    Flood Risk Management
    South Florida Operation

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Ortono Lock

    Click Here To View the Okeechobee Waterway Bridge Directory Listing For Ortono Lock

  • State of Emergency: Lake Okeechobee at Highest Levels Since 2005

    February 27: As reported in the article below from WPTV of West Palm Beach, Gov. Scott has declared a State of Emergency regarding Lake Okeechobee discharge:

    http://www.wptv.com//news/region-st-lucie-county/gov-scott-declares-state-of-emergency-in-martin-st-lucie-lee-counties-over-water-discharges?audiencePageId=1530394695

    And this 2/23 article from Mother Jones:

    http://m.motherjones.com/environment/2016/02/florida-water-pollution-lake-okeechobee

    Except for the possibility of floating debris, the high levels are good news (well, maybe not good for all boaters: see Philips Lange’s comments below!) for boaters transiting the Okeechobee Waterway, but bad news for fishermen in the St. Lucie River.

    Lake Okeechobee discharges could last for months
    Monday level was 16.14 feet
    Jon Shainman
    CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL STORY

  • Cape Coral Cruise Club Visits Legacy Harbour Marina, Fort Myers, Okeechobee Waterway Statute Mile 135


    239 461-0775 Legacy Harbour Marina entrance is located on the Okeechobee Waterway East of Marker #49 on the Caloosahatchee River. The Marina is situated two blocks from historic downtown Fort Myers and three blocks from the historic Edison-Ford Winter Estates. The Marina's 131-Slips range in size from 40 feet to 80 feet and can accommodate Transient Boats of 100 feet plus. The large Fairways make our slips easily accessible. Our slips are surrounded by one of the largest 'floating breakwaters' on the Gulf of Mexico. The floating docks are state-of-the-art. Legacy Harbour Marina is a full-featured facility with all the modern conveniences of home including pump-out station, heated pool, fitness center, full electric metered at the slip, cable TV, laundry, air-conditioned showers and wireless Internet connections available. The Boaters' Lounge is available for relaxing after a cruise or for private parties. The view from the lounge is spectacular! Our grounds are beautifully manicured and provide great strolling along the river with benches, Chickee Hut, and excellent access to all of historic Fort Myers. Please take a few moments to browse our website and see for yourself what our beautiful boating facility can offer you the next time you are cruising in Southwest Florida.

    The Cape Coral Cruise Club is a group of dedicated cruisers who always provide unique reports from the marinas they visit. Legacy Harbour Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR,  is located on the Caloosahatchee River/Okeechobee Waterway, in the heart of downtown Fort Myers, Florida. Multiple dining and shopping opportunities are found within easy walking distance of this absolutely first-rate marina!

    Cape Coral Cruise Club Cruises to Legacy Harbour Marina
    By John Queen, Commodore, Cape Coral Cruise Club

    Legacy Harbour - Feb March 014

    Legacy Harbour Welcome Sign

    Each month, the Cape Coral Cruise Club makes a scheduled cruise to a different marina in SW Florida and stays for several days enjoying the amenities and hospitality of the marina. We do this nine times a year along with an extended cruise each spring. We take a break during the summer months of July and August, as many members return north. This January vessel compasses pointed towards Legacy Harbour Marina in downtown Fort Myers.

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    Moonlighter arrives at Legacy Harbour.

    Club boats headed out on Tuesday, January 26th on what was actually a nice dry day, and boats headed home on Friday, January 29th, also a nice dry day. Everything in between – fergetaboutit!  It was rain, rain, and more rain. Did I mention it was wet? The Club plans its monthly cruises months ahead of time and cannot of course control Mother Nature, but did she really have to rain on our parade all that week?

    Seven Cape Coral Cruise Club member boats made the journey plus 2 club members live-aboard and reside at Legacy Harbour year round (they didn’t have to go far). On Tuesday night, club members gathered at the Tiki Hut for drinks and a potluck dinner. That’s when the rain began. It didn’t stop until Friday morning.

    Wednesday morning, after serving up a breakfast of scrambled eggs, sausage and Bennett’s doughnuts, a tour was planned at the Edison-Ford Estates Museum and Laboratory. Seven club members made the trip only to find that Edison-Ford had closed the estate tours and grounds due to inclement weather. We toured the museum and laboratory, but it was disappointing that that the main estate was not accessible.

    Wednesday night, several members brought out their best chili recipes for a chili cook-off contest. The Tiki Hut at Legacy was lined with 7 crock pots, each vying for attention. After scouting the marina to find a person who would serve as our ‘official’ chili judge, as luck would have it, Eric, the Legacy Dock Master volunteered. At the time, we didn’t realize what a true chili aficionado Eric was.

    At the stroke of 6:00 PM, Eric showed up with a clipboard and judging sheet divided into 5 or 6 categories of aroma, texture, and consistency…, from which to judge. Before judging, Eric also gave an impromptu verbal lesson on the history of chili. Eric was the perfect judge! After carefully writing notes and quickly sampling each offering, Eric rose from the steam laden crocks and declared victory: Pati Queen was declared the winner followed by 2nd place to Stephanie Carrico, and 3rd place going to Bonnie Martin.

    On Thursday morning, we laid out a nice breakfast of scrambled eggs, sausage, dry cereals and juices for everyone. Of course it rained the night before, and the rain continued throughout the day.

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    Over 40 members enjoy dinner at Pinchers Crab Shack in Ft. Myers.

    Thursday evening about 45 club members converged on Pincher’s Restaurant a few blocks west of Legacy Harbour. Since several members came to Pincher’s by car, they helped shuttle boaters stay out of the rain. It’s always nice to have non boating club members join the boaters for the group dinner. Pincher’s was quite hospitable by housing all club members in a private dining area.

    On Friday morning the rain finally stopped and the boaters headed out to the Caloosahatchee returning to their home slips scattered around Cape Coral. The Club certainly thanks the staff of Legacy Harbour Marina for their hospitality, as well as Pincher’s Restaurant for accommodating us on this event. We thank Mother Nature for giving us a dry trip back home on Friday.

    The Cape Coral Cruise Club is open to new members who own a boat with overnight accommodations and reside in the Cape Coral / Ft. Myers area. For membership information please contact Phil Kryger at 239-541-0236. The Club website is being updated so the short video of recent Club activities and additional Club information may not be accessible. Club website, www.c-c-c-c.org

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Western Florida Marina Directory Listing For Legacy Harbour Marina

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Legacy Harbour Marina

  • Good Words for Fort Myers Yacht Basin, Caloosahatchee River/Okeechobee Waterway Statute Mile 135


    These two reports on City of Fort Myers Yacht Basin, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, come from our friends at AGLCA Forum. Fort Myers Yacht Basin lies along the southeasterly banks of the Caloosahatchee River, between the 3rd and 4th bridges from west to east.

    We spent a lovely month at Fort Myers municipal marina last year about this time.
    They were helpful, and kind. Legacy is closer to the Publix grocery. But if you need some exercise, the Publix is a 22 minute brisk walk from the city marina. We walked up to restaurants downtown and enjoyed the many festivals that abound on the area. There were car shows, parades and the like.
    An added advantage was the saxophone player who serenaded us and the rest of the marina from under the highway bridge. Hope you are there when he is.
    Because it is close to a city street , there are early morning runners if you are docked by the street. We have also found that docking close to the city walk invites ants to join you…depending on your thoughts, you may want to spray your dock lines with a Raid like thing.
    But we loved it. Stayed a month.
    Kathy Anderson
    Sea Fever

    Just stayed a month there, great experience. Very friendly and helpful staff, reasonable rates, and metered elec only totaled 25 bucks for the whole month.
    Was not on the street side so can’t comment on that. Did hear the sax player a few times, very pleasant sounds. Close to most things you might need and a free shuttle to get you around the area. Highly recommended facility.
    David and Barbara Doyl

    Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Ft Myers Yacht Basin

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Ft Myers Yacht Basin

  • Okeechobee Waterway East to West Report


    Our thanks to SSECN Team Member, Curtis Hoff, for these navigation notes along the Okeechobee Waterway.

    I just crossed the Okeechobee from Stuart to Ft. Myers the past two days and these are the items I noted during my trip.

    Indiantown Railway Bridge was down as I approached with no signs of a train. Had to call on channel 9 to have it opened. Therefore don’t assume it will be ‘normally’ open unless a train is expected.

    *** IMPORTANT ONE ***
    Regarding this recent  SSECN post.  The obstruction is clearly visible at MM 33.5 less than halfway between the centerline and the south edge. Looks to be 6-8″ dia wood sticking vertically up only an inch or two above the water. Stay on center or slightly north.

    Also, found two similar hazards at MM34.3 and 35.2. Both are a bit further off center maybe 20% channel width from the north (Note: north, not south) edge but could be hit in a passing condition or if someone drifted off the centerline. They are a bit smaller, maybe 6″ dia but also just slightly above the water – a bird was perched on one of them when I passed.

    Construction just east of Moore Haven (26°49.594’N, 081°03.890’W). Nothing to worry about right now – channel is currently very wide. Some web resources are reporting it is very narrow (20 ft) – currently at least 50 ft wide. No other construction trouble spots, but I crossed the lake and didn’t take the rim route.

    Ortona Lock
    – at least one other web resource is incorrectly stating there is a limited schedule from mid-December to mid-June That is currently incorrect – on demand according to the lock tender and he wasn’t sure if/when it would become restricted. He even checked the notices on line since he was unaware – but he did think that it could occur at some point – I believe it may be due to construction. Since the schedule could change it would be best to either check the notices online or call the lock since it could be restricted to a few openings a day at some point. But at this point don’t assume it is restricted since it wasn’t today, 1/29.
    Curtis

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  • Obstruction Reported in Okeechobee Waterway, c. Statute Mile 34, 1/12/2016


    Our thanks to Sue Ward for sending this alert. As soon as we receive more specific information as to location of the obstruction, it will be posted. Indiantown Marina is at statute mile 29.5, so the obstruction would be at roughly mile 34 in the St Lucie Canal.

    Sue Ward 1:43pm Jan 12
    Hi. We are in Indiantown marina on the St Lucie waterway. A motor yacht has just come and been lifted from the water as an emergency. There is some sort of underwater obstruction submerged about 4-5 miles west of here on the way to Port Mayaca. The guy thinks he hit a tree but it got caught up in his propellers and has demolished the starboard prop and damaged a blade on the port prop. It is not clear whether the obstructions is attached to the bottom of canal or floating free but it has caused a huge amount of damage. He was traveling along one side of the canal which is the starboard side coming East from Port Mayaca. Hope this of help.
    Sue Ward

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  • River District December Connections, Caloosahatchee River/Okeechobee Waterway Statute Mile 135


    239 461-0775 Legacy Harbour Marina entrance is located on the Okeechobee Waterway East of Marker #49 on the Caloosahatchee River. The Marina is situated two blocks from historic downtown Fort Myers and three blocks from the historic Edison-Ford Winter Estates. The Marina's 131-Slips range in size from 40 feet to 80 feet and can accommodate Transient Boats of 100 feet plus. The large Fairways make our slips easily accessible. Our slips are surrounded by one of the largest 'floating breakwaters' on the Gulf of Mexico. The floating docks are state-of-the-art. Legacy Harbour Marina is a full-featured facility with all the modern conveniences of home including pump-out station, heated pool, fitness center, full electric metered at the slip, cable TV, laundry, air-conditioned showers and wireless Internet connections available. The Boaters' Lounge is available for relaxing after a cruise or for private parties. The view from the lounge is spectacular! Our grounds are beautifully manicured and provide great strolling along the river with benches, Chickee Hut, and excellent access to all of historic Fort Myers. Please take a few moments to browse our website and see for yourself what our beautiful boating facility can offer you the next time you are cruising in Southwest Florida.

    The river is Caloosahatchee and the Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net Sponsors are Legacy Harbour Marina and Fort Myers Yacht Basin. Legacy Harbor Marina entrance is located on the Okeechobee Waterway East of Marker #49 on the Caloosahatchee River. Fort Myers Yacht Basin lies along the southeasterly banks of the Caloosahatchee River, between the 3rd and 4th bridges from west to east.

    rdcdec
    Melissa Moore
    Web/Graphics Technician
    1631 Hendry Street
    Fort Myers, Florida 33901
    T: 239.337.1071 – F: 239-337.1076
    mmoore@cella.cc – www.cella.cc

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  • Report from Okeechobee Lake Route and Franklin Docks, Statute Mile 121


    Our thanks to veteran cruiser David Bell for this good report from the Okeechobee Waterway. The popular Franklin Lock Boat-in Docks, which were closed for repairs in August of 2014, are open for business.

    Left Stuart for Fort Myers with the lake level at 14.78′. Never saw less than 10′ of water the entire trip. We took the lake route instead of the rim route. All of the lock tenders were right on the ball. Never had a delay. But one quick note. The locks shut down at 1640. If you are not in the lock by then you will have to wait for a sunrise before you can pass. The Franklin lock docks on the NE side were empty. At $24.00 per night it is a great place to lay over and very protected.
    David Bell

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  • Culvert Replacement at Clewiston, Rim Route, Okeechobee Waterway


    All rim route users are aware that culvert replacement has been and will continue to be an ongoing process (November of 2017!). However, here is another construction site for your logbook.

    FLORIDA – OKEECHOBEE WATERWAY: Herbert Hoover Dike Rehabilitation Project Culvert 2 – CLEWISTON
    Harry Pepper & Associates, Inc. will be replacing one culvert along the Okeechobee Waterway near Clewiston (Culvert C-2) as part of the overall Herbert Hoover Dike Rehabilitation Project sponsored by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Construction will occur 5 to 6 days a week, with the possibility of night time work. Construction consists of steel and earthen cofferdams on both the lakeside and landside of the dike to create a selfcontained
    work area. The coordinates for the work site are as follows; 26°45’51″N, 80°55’32″W. Recreational and commercial boaters are asked to use caution when navigating through this section of the waterway west and adjacent to the Hoover Dike Road City Boat Ramp and Clewiston City Marina and Boat Ramp. All vessels should operate as slow to idle speeds with only enough forward movement to maintain control of the vessel. Boaters are responsible for any damage from boat wakes they create. Two (2) obstruction buoys with solar powered lights, reflectorized hazard warning and symbol will be placed at the outermost edge of cofferdams obstructing the waterway to delineate the cofferdam location and guide boaters through the work zone area. Once the culvert replacements are complete, the cofferdams will be removed and waterway restored. The project is anticipated to be completed in November 2017. For further information contact Mike Nelson, 863-902-1303 or mnelson@hpepper.com

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  • Okeechobee Lock Procedures in Hurricane Conditions

    Let’s hope we never need this information, but it should definitely be included in your Hurricane Procedures folder.

    OKEECHOBEE AND CANAVERAL LOCK OPERATIONS DURING TROPICAL STORMS AND HURRICANES: EFFECTIVE: 08/26/2015
    00:00 thru 12/31/2015 24:00 EST (REFERENCES: a. 33 CFR Navigation and Navigable Waters

    Notice to Navigation – 72 hours prior to a Tropical Storm or Hurricane making local landfall locks will be open 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM supporting vessel safe harbor passage. Lock operations will stop 8 hours prior to land fall as Rail Road and Drawbridges will be lowered or rotated and locked into a secure position. It’s important that all vessels are at their intended destination before bridges are secured as passage across the waterway suspended.
    For Lock Operator safety the locks will:
    1. Stop locking vessels or working outdoors if lightning is observed within five miles of the lock and operations will not resume until lightning has not been seen in the area for 30 minutes.
    2. Stop locking vessels when winds exceed 35 MPH.
    After a storm it could be days or weeks before the waterway is reopen depending on damage to structures and how quickly debris creating navigation hazards can be removed.
    For up to date Lock information contact the shift operator 7:00 AM and 5:00 PM at;
    Canaveral Lock 321-783-5421
    St Lucie Lock & Dam 772-287-2665
    Port Mayaca Lock & Dam 561-924-2858
    Moore Haven Lock & Dam 863-946-0414
    Ortona Lock & Dam 863-675-0616 WP
    Franklin Lock & Dam 239-694-5451
    Chart 11428 11478 LNM 35/15

  • Question Regarding Lake Level in Lake Okeechobee


    Those of you who are frequent Lake Okeechobee Waterway cruisers are certain to have answers for Skipper Bill’s questions. Let us hear from you! USACE daily lake level reports can be found at http://w3.saj.usace.army.mil/h2o/currentLL.shtml. However, Bill’s questions refer to ARGUS soundings for Lake Okeechobee. See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=148612. ARGUS soundings are shown on all SSECN Chartview pages by clicking the ARGUS button at the top of the chart.

    What lake level are the soundings in Lake Okeechobee corrected to, or what lake level were they observed? Since there is no “MLLW” the lake level at observation or correction to the standard lake level is essential.
    Thanks,
    Bill

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  • Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina Recognized As One Of The Best in Florida


    Pink Shell Beach Resort and Marina

    Pink Shell Beach Resort and Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!, overlooks the westerly banks of the Mantanzas Pass channel, west of marker #13.

    Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina has been named to the 17 Best Resorts in Florida list by Traveluto, a rapidly growing travel blog. The resort was praised for its idyllic location, lagoon-style pool and waterfall, on-site marina, spa and tropical surroundings.

    Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina Recognized As One Of The 17 Best Resorts in Florida

    FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla., July 9, 2015
    Travelers heading to the Sunshine State this summer will find one more exciting reason to stay at Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina.

    One of the premier resorts on Fort Myers Beach recently made the list of 17 Best Resorts in Florida by Traveluto. A rapidly growing travel blog covering exciting destinations all over the world in addition to other travel-related topics, Traveluto searched the Sunshine State’s most popular resorts – from the Panhandle to the Florida Keys to the infamous home of Walt Disney World – to honor 17 must-visit hotel destinations in the state.

    Situated on the beautiful tip of Estero Island, the full-service Fort Myers Beach hotel was praised for its lagoon-style pool and large waterfall, convenient on-site marina, spa and tropical restaurants, making it the ideal setting for spurring romance or making memories with the whole family.

    In addition to the resort’s on-site amenities, the travel blog referenced its outstanding reviews on TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel website. Pink Shell received numerous guest reviews raving about “amazing rooms with lanais,” “incredible views,” the “luxurious spa” and “friendly and accommodating staff.”

    On top of making the list of 17 Best Resorts in Florida, the renowned Fort Myers Beach resort has been recognized with numerous awards including the 2014 Best of Weddings by The Knot, 2015 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and Hall of Fame Award. Pink Shell also was voted the “Best Resort and Hotel of Fort Myers Beach” by Fort Myers Beach Observer and “Top 25 Best Places to Tie Up in North America” by the editors and readers of Power and Motoryacht magazine.

    Starting off with a single cottage in 1953, Pink Shell has expanded across 12 lush acres and features 213 one- and two-bedroom condos, each offering sweeping ocean views from sunrise to sunset. Though it has grown, been renovated and rebranded since the original beachfront property that first sat on the sun-kissed sand, the resort celebrates the memories that were once made on Fort Myers Beach while providing all the amenities necessary for friends and families to make new ones.

    About Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina
    Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina at 275 Estero Blvd. in Fort Myers Beach, FL is on 12 lush acres of sugary white sand facing the Gulf of Mexico. The full-service destination resort features 213 one- and two-bedroom condos, all offering sweeping ocean views. Additional amenities include a 41-slip marina, full-service spa, 3 heated outdoor pools, 2 restaurants, 2 ballrooms, on-site sailing school and water sports. For information, visit www.PinkShell.com or call 1-888-222-7465. Like Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina on Facebook, follow the resort on Twitter and add it to a circle on Google Plus.

    About Boykin Management Company
    Boykin Management Company, a leading hospitality management company with offices in Charlotte, NC and Fort Myers Beach, FL, is consistently recognized for excellence in delivering value-added lodging operations. Since 1958, BMC has been developing, managing and operating hotels, resorts, condominium hotels and conference centers. In addition to BMC’s long-standing relationships with the industry’s leading hotel brands including Marriott, Hilton, DoubleTree, Embassy Suites, Radisson, Crowne Plaza, Hampton Inn and Holiday Inn, BMC has operated numerous independent and resort hotels. BMC has managed more than 20,000 rooms in 23 states since its inception. For information, visit www.Boykin.com.

    PRESS CONTACT
    Ellis Etter
    1-239-463-6181
    eetter@pinkshell.com
    SOURCE Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina

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