Please Note That Postings Below From Fellow Cruisers Are Listed in Chronological Order, Based on Publication Date
Please Note That Postings Below From Fellow Cruisers Are Listed in Chronological Order, Based on Publication Date
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.
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.
1631 Hendry Street
Fort Myers, Florida 33901
T: 239.337.1071 – F: 239-337.1076
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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
This destroyed daybeacon is on the west side of the Okeechobee Waterway channel midway between the St. Lucie/Evan Crary Bridge and the waterway’s 90 degree channel turn west at Marker #21.
FLORIDA – ST LUCIE TO FORT MEYERS TO LAKE OKEECHOBEE – ST LUCIE RIVER: Hazard to Navigation.
Woods Point Daybeacon 1 (LLNR 50760) is destroyed. Wreckage is marked with a TRLB, FL Q G, 3NM in temporary position 27-12-15.657N/080-12-45.285W. Mariners are advised to exercise caution while transiting the area.
Chart 11428 LNM 14/16
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
NOTICE TO NAVIGATION INTERESTS
US Army Corps of Engineers
US ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS
PO Box 4970
JACKSONVILLE, FL 32232·0019
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
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.
Chief Navigation &
Flood Risk Management
South Florida Operation
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:
And this 2/23 article from Mother Jones:
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
CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL STORY
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Our thanks to experienced cruiser, David Burnham for this warning. This is the second Okeechobee obstruction to appear in the last week, see http://cruisersnet.net/154712
CAUTION…Synergy’s 3’9″ wing keel struck a HARD object at 5.5 kts in mid channel while eastbound at 0830 this morning on the Rim Route of the Okeechobee Waterway. We were approaching the cofferdam/dike construction east of Clewiston, FL. N 26 43.748′ W080 51.176′
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.
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.
1631 Hendry Street
Fort Myers, Florida 33901
T: 239.337.1071 – F: 239-337.1076
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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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Rim Route along the southern shore of Lake Okeechobee avoids the sometimes choppy waters of a direct crossing, but has the reputation of being unsafe due to debris and construction. See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=147301 for a rim route report from March of this year. Let’s hope the rains from Erika will help alleviate the low water levels before the Fall Migration begins.
FLORIDA – OKEECHOBEE WATERWAY: Low Lake Levels Creating Hazardous Navigation.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is advising commercial and recreational vessels to use extreme caution traveling the Okeechobee Waterway Route 2 from Port Mayaca to Clewiston and Rim Canal from Clewiston to Moore Haven due to low lake levels. Recreational and commercial vessels are asked to use caution and be aware of shallow water and submerged objects when navigating through these sections of waterway. Point of contact is Carl Williams at 863-983-8101. REFERENCE: a. 33 CFR Navigation and Navigable Waters. Chart 11428 LBNM 35/15
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
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.
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 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.
SOURCE Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina
This culvert replacement has been ongoing for several years and is slated to be completed in 2017. The repairs involve some portions of 39 miles of the south rim route and were originally set as a Navigation Alert, but we have not heard of any difficulties passing through the construction sites. See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=147735, http://cruisersnet.net/?p=143557 and http://cruisersnet.net/?p=81398 for reports on earlier and on-going culvert repairs.
FLORIDA – OKEECHOBEE WATERWAY ROUTE 2: Culvert Construction Restricting Navigation
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has multiple contracted companies in the process of replacing culverts along Route 2 of the Okeechobee Waterway from Port Mayaca to Moore Haven as part of the Herbert Hoover Dike Rehabilitation Project. Construction consists of steel and earthen cofferdams on the lakeside and landside of the dike to create a self-contained work area. The waterway will be obstructed during installation and removal of the cofferdams and during the process of replacing culverts. Recreational and commercial boaters are asked to use caution when navigating through these sections of waterway. Buoys, lights and reflectorized hazard signs will be placed at each cofferdam to delineate its location and assist boaters through the work zone. Once culvert replacements are complete, the cofferdams will be removed and waterway restored. Construction will occur 5 to 6 days a week with the possibility of night time work. The projects are anticipated to be completed in 2017. Point of contact is Carl Williams at 863-983-8101. Chart 11428 LNM 28/15
Our thanks to Skipper Susan Parker for notifying us of this change of schedule and to Officer Lieberum for clarifying this “Old Bridge” – “New Bridge” situation. Our bridge directory has been updated.
Good Morning Larry,
Even I’m a little confused, mostly due to wording. Roosevelt Bridge use to be US 1 and Dixie in this area. When they built the new high level fixed US 1 Bridge the US 1 designation was removed from the Roosevelt Bridge; however it was never removed from the CFR verbiage therefore, the description in 33 CFR 117.317 makes it sound like the old US 1 bridge, this is incorrect as this is the NW Dixie Hwy regulation below – at some point the CFR will need to be corrected to reflect the correct roadway. As the bridges in this portion of the CFR are listed from east to west you will note that the FEC R/R comes before the US 1 bridge; therefore, one can determine that this is the correct regulation for this bridge.
According to 33 CFR 117.317 (d) Roosevelt (US1) bridge, mile 7.4 at Stuart. The draw shall open on signal; except Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. the draw need open only on the hour and half hour. However, the draw need not open between 7:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. except at 8:15 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. On Saturdays, Sundays, and federal holidays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. the draw need open only on the hour, 20 minutes after the hour, and 40 minutes after the hour. When the adjacent railway bridge is in the closed position at the time of a scheduled opening the draw need not open, but it must then open immediately upon opening of the railroad bridge to pass all accumulated vessels. Exempt vessels shall be passed at any time.
Hope this explanation helps.
Seventh Coast Guard District
Bridge Management Specialist