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  • LNM: Sunken Vessel West of Ortona Lock, Okeechobee Waterway Statute Mile 95, 9/21/2017


    As stated below, this sunken vessel is one mile west of Ortona Lock. Noted also is the possibility of other submerged debris. Our thanks to Specialist Erica Skolte for this Local Notice.

    usace_logo
    Sunken sailboat creating hazardous navigation on Okeechobee Waterway

    Notice to Navigation 2017-011: http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Portals/44/docs/Navigation/Notices/NTN2017/NTN2017-011CaloosahatcheeRiverSunkenSailboat.pdf
    READ MORE!

    Notice is given that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is advising commercial and recreational vessels to use extreme caution traveling the Okeechobee Waterway in the Caloosahatchee River 1 mile west of Ortona Lock where a sailboat has sunk. Recreational and commercial vessels are asked to use caution and be aware of shallow water and submerged objects when navigating through this section of waterway. FWC and U.S. Coastguard have been notified. Actions to remove the vessel are ongoing.

    Point of contact is Gary Hipkins or Carl Williams at 863-983-8101.

    Sign up to receive updates on Notices to Navigation at:
    http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/Navigation/NoticestoNavigation.aspx

    Thanks for getting the word out!
    Erica

    Erica Skolte
    Public Affairs Specialist
    Corporate Communications Office
    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District
    Palm Beach Gardens
    NOTE: NEW OFFICE PHONE 561-340-1527
    Cell:  561-801-5734
    erica.a.skolte@usace.army.mil
    Twitter @JaxStrong
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    Jacksonville District: A team of professionals making tomorrow better

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

     

  • City Report of Irma Damage, Fort Myers, FL, Caloosahatchee River/Okeechobee Waterway


    Located at Mile Marker 135 on the Okeechobee Waterway, 15 miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico, Fort Myers Yacht Basin is a well designed and protected marina. It is owned and operated by the City of
    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.
    Gulf Harbour Marina    
			ICW Marker 73, 4.5 miles from Gulf of Mexico  
			14490 Vista River Dr.,
			Fort Myers, FL 33908
			239-437-0881
			gulfharbourmarina@comcast.net

    Fort Myers is home to three SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSORs, Fort Myers Yacht Basin, Legacy Harbour Marina and Gulf Harbour Marina, which lie along the banks of the Caloosahatchee River.

    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

    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 Gulf Harbour Marina

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

  • Okeechobee Crossing – post Irma

    Our thanks to AGLCA member, Gary Reed, for sharing his Forum report, which, by in large, is good news for cruisers needing to make the coast to coast run.

    We came across (west to east) this past Thursday and Friday (September 14th and 15th). No major issues at all. All locks operational as well as bridges. Some were still on generator with one only able to raise one span at a time. All operating on normal schedule. (Note, we drove from St. Lucie to Cape Coral on Wednesday, 13th, the amount of water in the area was astonishing as well as the significant downed power lines.)
    READ MORE!

    Debris in the water was mostly ‘soft’ (leaves, vegetation, etc.) … some rather large mats but easily avoidable. We only had to run through one large mat shore to shore. Surprisingly, we saw virtually no deadheads, remnants of docks or piers, etc. A couple of the locks had some debris either on the upper gate on the western side or in the lock itself. We limited thrusters in these locks for obvious reasons and sprung off the stern line.

    The runoff into the waterway on both sides of Lake O was significant at some of the inlet spillways (not lock spillways but drainage into the waterway). Several moved the boat around quite significantly and unexpectedly until we began looking for them.

    Gary Reed

  • LNM: USCG Storm Lock Procedures

    Cruisers’ Net has posted these storm procedures recently, but this Local Notice is posted for this week 37 and should be reviewed if you are in the Okeechobee or Canaveral areas.

    OKEECHOBEE WATERWAY AND CANAVERAL HARBOR LOCK OPERATIONS DURING TROPICAL STORMS AND HURRICANES READ MORE!

    Notice is given that 72 hours prior to a Tropical Storm or Hurricane making local landfall locks will be open 7:00 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 and 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 to 5:00 PM at:
    Canaveral Lock 321-783-5421
    St Lucie Lock & Dam 772-287-2665
  • River District September 2017 Connections, Caloosahatchee River/Okeechobee Waterway Statute Mile 135


    Located at Mile Marker 135 on the Okeechobee Waterway, 15 miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico, Fort Myers Yacht Basin is a well designed and protected marina. It is owned and operated by the City of
    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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    Melissa Moore
    Web/Graphics Technician
    Anniversary Logo-03
    1631 Hendry Street
    Fort Myers, Florida 33901
    T: 239.337.1071 – F: 239-337.1076
    mmoore@cella.ccwww.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

  • Local Knowledge Sought on Owl Creek Boat Works, Caloosahatchee River, OWW Statute Mile 125


    Skipper Pestik is seeking local knowledge on the entrance channel into Owl Creek Boat Works and Storage which is located 10 miles east of downtown Ft. Myers on the Caloosahatchee River between markers 5 and 6. Can you help?

    What’s the chance of boat with 50′ mast and 6′ draft making it in there and out?
    George Pestik

    Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Owl Creek Boat Works and Storage

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Owl Creek Boat Works

  • Grounding Reported East of Clewiston, FL, Okeechobee Waterway


    From the description below, we assume that Hunky Dory was taking the direct Lake Route and not the Rim Route. Our thanks to Dan and Peggy for sharing their experience. See http://cruisersnet.net/165580 for advice given to Dan and Peggy by fellow Loopers.

    For those that asked about Lake Okeechobee crossing….. In the Clewiston Channel heading East…. We hit rocks about 1 mile out from the lock. READ MORE!

    Apparently, the locals know which side of the channel to favor when you head out. We were definitely between the markers and were trying to stay right in the middle. According to Bill with Lake Tow, who got us safely back to the lock, you have to favor the green marker. Fortunately, the Roland Martin Marina is right inside the lock. The lock is open 24 hours a day right now. It’s a small marina with services, fuel, a restaurant and to top it off, The Tiki Bar. The restaurant and bar have very good southern comfort food, so all was not lost on this part of our adventure.

    We’re not going to chance another try at the Lake. We are heading around through the Keys when we get all of the repairs completed. We were just the first to arrive at River Forest Yachting Center with damage from the Lake. Just as few hours later, a boat that was totally disabled arrived from hitting the bottom.

    Very helpful information on the Keys. We were trying to plan out our stops from Fort Myers to Miami and realized that we will have to take the Hawk Channel because of the shallow water on the inside. The lack of anchorages and many miles from Marathon to Key Biscayne had us wondering what to do. Now we know that Channel 5 can be a stop over if we need it.

    We are a 50′ Ocean Alexander with a 4.5′ draft, if this info will help anyone else.

    Thanks to everyone from Dan and Peggy Stricklin, aboard Hunky Dory.

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Clewiston Lock and Roland Martins Marina

  • Good News re Florida Anchoring

    Our thanks to Kim Russo for sharing this good news via AGLCA‘s Forum and also to Mike Bodin of MTOA. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that in the future this law will stand up to the pressure on legislators from wealthy landowners to restrict anchoring.

    Great news! I was just notified by our lobbyist that HB 7043 was approved by the Governor. It is law. As of now, no local municipality or county in the state of Florida may ban, restrict, or otherwise regulate an anchorage in Florida coastal waters. READ MORE!

    Loopers’ interest in this issue and financial contributions helped prevent the enactment of any setbacks that could have resulted in the elimination of any existing anchorages state wide.

    Congratulations to all Loopers, members of MTOA, SSCA, and others who supported this effort, stuck with it, and made your voices heard! You have made a difference to the boating community. Special thanks goes out to Jerry Paul of Capitol Access for his diligent efforts on our behalf. His guidance and hard work made all the difference.

    Kim Russo
    Director
    America’s Great Loop Cruisers’ Association
    krusso@greatloop.org 

    And this from Mike Bodin, MTOA Public Affairs:

    Thank you AGLCA, SSCA, MTOA and DeFever, for
    your continued support. Florida’s anchoring Bill now
    is law.
    Florida’s new Mooring & Anchoring bill has become law. The Governor just approved HB 7043.
    It is law. As of now, the new law explicitly states no local municipality or county in the state of
    Florida may ban, restrict, or otherwise regulate an anchorage in Florida coastal waters. This
    plainly worded section of the new law eliminates each community from setting its own
    regulations. If this section was not plainly worded it would have resulted in many lost
    anchorages over time with boaters challenging cities for the right to anchor. Instead, we got
    the pre-emotion provision … preventing any local government from banning an anchorage.
    It was important for us to ensure there were no unreasonable setbacks in this bill. But, as I have
    said in the past, the single most valuable piece of this bill is the preemption provision. This seals
    off local governments. The only way that a new anchorage can be banned is by an Act of the
    entire Legislature and Governor. We can almost always kill such a bill. Moreover, we can likely
    kill any future effort to overturn the preemption or add new band and ranges in state statute.
    With the state level preemption and no local control, we are now in a position of strength. It is
    a home-field advantage for our side. Without preemption, however, the entire issue is a home
    game for all the anti-cruisers in EACH of their local communities… an infinite number battles
    that we would not be able to fight piecemeal.
    Moreover, SSCA, AGLCA, MTOA and DeFever prevented the enactment of any setbacks that
    could have resulted in the elimination of any existing anchorages state wide.
    Finally, you did a lot to rehabilitate some of the negative imagery about anchoring cruisers that
    had made its way to the Capitol.
    Congratulations to each of you, this team, and all the members of MTOA, SSCA, AGLCA,
    DeFever who supported your effort, stuck with you, and made your voices heard… to protect
    the freedoms of cruisers.
    The above is from our Tallahassee “Boaters Rights” Lobbyists Jerry Paul of Capitol Access who
    skillfully guided this legislation through six committee hearings with unanimous approval.
    Of major importance was the fact this was the accumulation of Florida’s 9-year, multi-million
    dollar, anchoring study resulting in a 256 page report. It was thought Florida’s new law may be
    a precedent for other states along the waterway. This was a primary cause to eliminate as
    much as possible harmful to boater’s language which would be in the new law. Counties, cities,
    waterside home owners and condominium groups were for local control to establish nonanchoring
    zones. Local control was totally defeated. Today the new law requires very high
    standards for counties to satisfy to even approach the state to establish new non-anchoring
    zones.
    Another major accomplishment, within the original FWC report, waterside residents were
    insistent for non-anchoring setbacks of 150’ up to 300’ along the waterway. This would have
    eliminated many now popular anchorages. The new law eliminated these setbacks for boaters.
    During this same time, we were instrumental with Florida’s new Derelict Vessel law, the
    previous bill was defeated because we felt it was too harsh for the boat owner, fines to high
    and did not give adequate time for owner removal. The new Derelict Vessel Law corrects these
    items.
    Mike Bodin
    MTOA Public Advocate

    And this from BoatUS

    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

    Florida Bill Strengthens Derelict Vessel Fight,

    Promotes Environmentally Sound Public Access

    BoatUS thanks governor and legislature

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 27, 2017 – The results of an eight-year pilot program are in, and Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Legislature have acted. Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) congratulates the governor and legislators on Friday’s passage of HB 7043 that promotes environmentally sound public access and helps address the issue of improperly stored, abandoned or derelict vessels. “These are sound regulations supported by responsible boaters,” said BoatUS Manager of Government Affairs David Kennedy.

    When the pilot program was enacted in 2009, a patchwork of local anchoring regulations sometimes made stopping difficult. Some boaters reported fearing a visit from law enforcement advising that they had “overstayed” their visit and needed to move on.

    Conducted by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and five local governments including the City of St. Augustine, City of Stuart/Martin County, City of St. Petersburg, City of Sarasota and Monroe County/Marathon/Key West, the pilot tested a variety of methods of regulated anchoring, while still protecting the anchoring rights of the active cruising public. It also sought to reduce the growing population of derelict vessels in the state.

    BoatUS expressly thanks Gov. Scott, Reps. Matt Caldwell (Lee County) Holly Raschein (Monroe County), Sen. Lauren Book (Broward County) and the FWC for their work on the bill.

    Some of bill’s measures include:

    providing commonsense anchoring regulations in and around mooring fields and waterway infrastructure.
    broadening the definition of a “derelict vessel”; for boats in use, adding new penalties for those whose vessel registration is expired beyond six months; and making it illegal to affix a vessel to an unpermitted, unauthorized or otherwise “unlawful object,” affixed to the bottom of the waters of the state. This could include an unpermitted mooring or an old engine block.
    giving local governments the option to require proof of pumpout after vessels have been anchored for 10 days or longer in federally managed no-discharge-zones (portions of the Florida Keys and waters off Destin).

  • Special Group Dockage Rates at 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.

    As a recent report attests, groups, such as Cape Coral Cruise Club, love Legacy Harbour Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, which 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!

    CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS ON GROUP DOCKAGE RATES

    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

  • Okeechobee Update by Greg Allard

    Our thanks to regular contributor and experienced cruiser, Greg Allard, for this log and photos of his recent west to east crossing of Lake Okeechobee and the Okeechobee Waterway.

    Okeechobee Update – June 19, 2017

    The water levels in Lake Okeechobee and the Waterway have been very low this spring, prompting an earlier request by the Corp of Engineers to avoid using the waterway if possible.
    Recent rains have restored the water level to some extent, and boats are using the Okeechobee waterway. All of the locks are fully operational, with no reduced operating schedule.
    Here is a report based on our crossing of the lake on Sunday, June 18, 2017; we crossed from east to west. READ MORE!

    The latest Corp of Engineers report (on 6/17) showed the lake level for Route 1 was 5.93 feet. Route 1 is the deeper, more preferable route across. It runs from Clewiston (in the SW corner of the lake) to the Port Mayaca lock on the eastern shore.

    Here is a link to the Corp of Engineers site, which gives the daily report of lake levels:
    http://w3.saj.usace.army.mil/h2o/currentLL.shtml

    This aid to navigation shows that the lake level is quite a bit lower than its “highest”, based on the markings on the steel beam. An osprey sits on the marker.

    Our boat has a 4’7” draft. With our carefully calibrated depth finders (3 of them), adjusted for their mounting positions in the hull, during our entire crossing the actual depth of the water from the western side of the Port Mayaca lock to Clewiston was never less than 6.6 feet. (Remember, the report for Route 1 indicated 5.93’) The shallowest section was, as expected, in the zig-zag channel which runs between Clewiston, and ends at green marker #7 – (which is at the north-eastern end of the zig-zag channel, out in the deeper portion of the lake.)

    Two days earlier, another boat, with a 4’8” draft, and a careful observer aboard, noted that the shallowest water along the same route was 6.25 feet; the Corp of Engineers report for that day was 5.78 for Route 1.

    You can used these reports, in combination with the latest Corp of Engineers report of lake depth, to
    help you evaluate whether you have sufficient water to cross. Remember, these reported depths are
    along the exact route which those boats took; if your position differs even a little, your depths readings may differ.

    There has been some discussion on this site about an obstruction in the marked entry/exit channel between the western end of the Port Mayaca lock and the lake. I questioned the lock master at Port Mayaca, and he advised that we should “keep close to the the green markers.” We stayed within 50-75 feet of the greens, and the shallowest water we observed was 7 feet.

    It is critical to stay within the marked channel, especially in the Clewiston channel, which is unforgiving.
    It is not mud, it is not sand, it is rock. It’s the same for the channel from the lake into the Port Mayaca lock… all rock.

    We have used the Okeechobee for many years, and this year the low lake levels revealed what is along side the channel. Those rocks are also on the bottom.

    Missing Marker

    Since we were traveling generally west-bound in the waterway, this was our view of “G7” which is the first marker for west-bound boats at the start of the Clewiston zig-zag channel. This marker is at the NE end of that cut, and normally there would be a green day board facing north-east. That marker is missing from the structure. This can make the west-bound approach deceptive, since there are other structures and aids to navigation in the area. The other green day board is in place (upper right corner of structure) and visible if you are coming towards this structure, generally eastbound from Clewiston.

    Finally, with the lake in such a shallow condition, it is more important than ever that you cross the lake when it is calm. Usually that means early in the morning, when you can depart from either Indiantown marina (if you are westbound) or, if you are eastbound, plan to depart from either Clewiston (Roland Martin marina) or from the docks at Moore Haven. It is surprising how rough it gets in Lake Okeechobee, even in relatively light winds. Here’s the problem: if the winds produce 2-3′ waves in the lake, that gives you 2-3’ less water under your keel. In shallow conditions you could easily bottom-out. If winds are coming from north through east, the problem develops in the SW corner of the lake….right in the Clewiston cut. If the winds are from the north through southwest or even the south, the shallow channel from the lake into Port Mayaca lock can become a problem.

  • FL Anchoring Legislation Summary

    Our thanks to Kim Russo of AGLCA for posting this summary on Forum.

    Here’s a very helpful summary prepared by our lobbyist, Jerry Paul, out-lining the action to date on the current bill and what it includes. [exoand title=”Read More!“]

    HB 7043 – “Vessels”

    2017 Florida Legislative Session

    _______________________________________________

    Pursuant to Florida Statutes adopted in 2009, Florida’s FWC (Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission) conducted an Anchoring & Mooring Pilot Program which concluded in 2017. The 2009 law also required the FWC to issue a report and required the Florida Legislature to act on recommendations from the pilot program. It is this mandate that HB 7043 addresses. The bill incorporates many of the findings and recommendations from the pilot program. As of May 1, 2017, the bill has been adopted by the Florida House of Representative and the Florida Senate. The bill has been “enrolled” and sent to the Florida Governor for consideration.

    Summary of the bill:

    Prohibits local governments (cities and counties) from adopting new laws that ban or restrict anchoring and mooring outside the boundaries of existing mooring fields.This regulatory authority is reserved to the State so that local governments cannot create a confusing patchwork that varies by location.

    Provides more flexibility for removal of derelict vessels. For example, a vessel is at risk of becoming derelict if the vessel does not have effective means of propulsion for safe navigation within 72 hours after the owner or operator of the vessel receives notice of such from a law enforcement officer and cannot provide proof of purchase of parts necessary for repair.

    The bill does not create any new anchoring restricted areas.The bill does not include the drastic anchoring “set-backs” had been proposed by some local governments and anti-anchoring activists.The bill does, however, include the following setbacks:

    Prohibits a vessel or floating structure from anchoring or mooring within 150 feet of a marina, boat ramp, boatyard, or other vessel launching or loading facility, within 300 feet of a superyacht repair facility.
    Prohibits anchoring within 100 feet outward from the marked boundary of a public mooring field. A local government may establish a distance less than this (but not more) upon notification to FWC.
    Provides exceptions to these restrictions in situations such as when weather requires temporary anchoring for safety.

    Note: As stated above, the bill does not create any new anchoring restricted areas. Remember, however, that a bill was adopted during the 2016 legislative session that established anchoring restricted areas in the following locations: (a) The section of Middle River lying between Northeast 21st Court and the Intracoastal Waterway in Broward County; (b) Sunset Lake in Miami-Dade County; (c) The sections of Biscayne Bay in Miami-Dade County lying between: 1. Rivo Alto Island and Di Lido Island, 2. San Marino Island and San Marco Island, and 3. San Marco Island and Biscayne Island.

    Prohibits a vessel or floating structure from anchoring, mooring, tying, or otherwise affixing to an unpermitted or unauthorized object that is on or affixed to the bottom of waters of the state.

    Allows local governments to adopt the Monroe County/Florida Keys standard program for requiring proof of pump-outs within 10-14 days in certain locations such as no-discharge zones and mooring fields.

    Kim Russo
    Director
    America’s Great Loop Cruisers’ Association
    krusso@greatloop.org
    843.879.5030

    Wally Moran adds his thoughts on this legislation via his blog, LiveBloggin’ the ICW

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  • LNM: Low Water in Pahokee Marina Entrance Channel, OWW Rim Route, Statute Mile 50, 5/4/2017


    Pahokee Marina is on the Lake Okeechobee Rim Route just west of Mile 50. Pahokee Marina/Lake Okeechobee KOA is part of Pahokee State Park, north of Bacom Point.

    FLORIDA – ST. LUCIE INLET TO FORT MYERS AND LAKE OKEECHOBEE – PAHOKEE MARINA: Hazard to Navigation/Marina Entrance Waterway Levels
    The U.S Coast Guard has received a report of extremely shallow water levels in the marina entrance to Pahokee Marina in Lake Okeechobee in approximate position 26-49.36N, 080-40.54W. When the lake water levels fall below 12.5ft the water depths in the marina entrance become extremely shallow, less than 6ft. Vessels that draw greater than 4ft should exercise extreme caution until water levels rise to greater than 12.5ft.

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

  • FOCUS ON Legacy Harbour Marina


    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.

    Legacy Harbour Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR,  is located at Statute Mile 135 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!


    THE SAFE HAVEN AT THE CENTER OF IT ALL

    Situated just east of Marker 49 on the Okeechobee Waterway is Legacy Harbour Marina. Its central location along the Caloosahatchee River makes it the ideal spot for stopovers or extended stays. Just a few blocks from the historic Edison & Ford Winter Estates and just a short walk from the diverse nightlife of downtown Fort Myers, Legacy Harbour Marina is both a safe haven and a safe bet for those looking to make the most of their visit.

    For starters, our marina is protected by one of the largest floating breakwaters on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Its 131 floating slips are easily accessible by your vessel regardless of tide conditions. While the tidal range is very small in this part of the world, wind-driven tides can be a factor, with winter bringing wind-driven (NE) low tides and summer wind-driven (SW) high tides. This makes our floating docks very desirable for easy boarding and docking. To see a layout of our docks click here.

    This 131-slip marina features state-of-the-art floating docks that accommodate boats up to 120 feet. Surrounded by one of the largest ‘floating breakwaters’ on the Gulf of Mexico, its open layout and large fairways make its slips easily accessible to almost any size craft.

     

     

    If you feel right at home on the water, you’ll feel right at home with us.
    From its many amenities to its convenient location, Legacy Harbour Marina is the ideal place to dock your boat. Whether your plans call to stay for just a few days, months or on an annual basis, you’ll find our facility—and our rates—to be as accommodating as any of Florida’s finest marinas.

     

     

    Once here, you’ll enjoy a full-featured facility with all the conveniences of home. Relax in our heated pool or work out in our fitness center. Enjoy spectacular views from The Boaters’ Lounge; perfect for everything from after-cruise cocktails to private parties.  Our beautifully-manicured grounds provide great riverfront strolling and excellent access to all of historic downtown Fort Myers.
    Other conveniences include cable TV, laundry, air-conditioned showers, metered-at-the-slip electric, wireless internet connections and in-slip pump-out station.

     

    In addition to its well-equipped dock area, Legacy Harbour Marina offers skippers and their guests the Boaters’ Lounge where the entire crew can relax and unwind after a day on the water to some of the most spectacular sunsets in the world.
    Or, enjoy The Chickee Hut and relax by the refreshing pool. Hungry? Joe’s Crab Shack is located on the adjacent property just a short stroll down our beautiful walkway and the downtown River District is just a few blocks to the east.
    Need to provision your boat?  A grocery store is within walking distance as well as several restaurants, a liquor store, beauty and nail salons and retail shops. For your landlubber guests, the Legacy Harbour Hotel & Suites offers waterfront suites and hotel rooms. Just click on the link above for more information.

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  • LNM: Damaged Marker, OWW 135, Fort Myers, FL, 4/20/2017


    This damaged, unspecified Florida Wildlife Commission marker is on the south side of the Okeechobee Waterway west of the fixed bridge at OWW Mile 135.

    FLORIDA – OKEECHOBEE WATERWAY – CALOOSAHATCHEE RIVER – Hazard To Navigation:
    The U.S. Coast Guard received a report from FWC that one of their markers is damaged in position 26-38-47N, -81-52-38W and may pose a hazard to navigation. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution when transiting the area.
    Chart 11428 LNM 16/17

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  • LNM: Further Information on Torry Island Bridge Closure, Okeechobee Waterway Statute Mile 60


    This closure began several weeks ago as a Navigation Alert, still active, from Sue Ward and updated by Janice Callum and USACE on 3/8/2017.


    Bridge maintenance impacts boaters on Okeechobee Waterway  Read More!

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District is alerting boaters of a route closure that will impact
    travel along the southern part of Lake Okeechobee.
    The Corps learned today that crews from Palm Beach County will conduct emergency maintenance on the
    Torrey Island Bridge which crosses Okeechobee Waterway Route 2 near Belle Glade. While the repairs are
    underway, crews will suspend operations of the swinging bridge, effectively closing the route to most vessels.
    Officials estimate impacts from the work will continue through the rest of March.
    “During this period of emergency maintenance only small vessels, like bass boats, will be able to pass through
    this area using Route 2 or the Rim Canal,” said Carl Williams, Deputy Chief of the Jacksonville District’s South
    Florida Operations Office in Clewiston. “The bridge deck isn’t high enough to allow larger vessels to pass when it’s not operating. Okeechobee Waterway Route 1, which goes across the heart of the lake, remains open and isn’t
    impacted by this activity.”
    The Okeechobee Waterway is 154 miles long and allows boaters to travel from the Gulf of Mexico at Fort
    Myers to the Atlantic Ocean at Stuart using the Caloosahatchee River, Lake Okeechobee, the St. Lucie Canal and the
    St. Lucie River. The Corps operates five lock and dam structures on the waterway daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., with
    last lockage starting at 4:30 p.m.
    A notice to navigation has been issued on this subject. For more information on navigation notices concerning
    the Okeechobee Waterway, please visit the Corps’ website at http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/Navigation/Notices-to-Navigation/.

    Date: 03/07/2017 NOTICE NUMBER: 003
    US ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS LOCAL NUMBER: 201703017
    JACKSONVILLE DISTRICT WATERWAY: OKEECHOBEE WATERWAY ROUTE 2
    ATTN: CESAJ-OD-SN EFFECTIVE: 03/07/2017 00:00 thru 03/31/2017 24:00 EST
    PO Box 4970
    JACKSONVILLE, FL 32232-0019
    863-983-8101
    POC: http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/Navigation/NoticestoNavigation.aspx
    OKEECHOBEE WATERWAY (OWW)
    ROUTE 2
    TORREY ISLAND BRIDGE CLOSURE
    REFERENCE:
    a. 33 CFR Navigation and Navigable Waters
    1. Notice to Navigation
    Notice is given that Palm Beach County, Florida has closed the Torrey Island Bridge crossing the Okeechobee
    Waterway Route 2 at Chosen Point near Belle Glade for emergency maintenance until 31 March 2017. The Torrey
    Island Bridge when closed has water to bridge deck clearance for only low profile vessels like bass boats.
    Okeechobee Waterway Route 1 is clear and open to all vessel traffic.
    POC: Palm Beach County construction Div. Stephen O-Neal 561-684-4180
    Torrey Island Bridge Operator 561-996-3844
    //signed//
    Chief Navigation &
    Flood Risk Management
    South Florida Operations

    Click Here To View the Okeechobee Waterway Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory Listing For Torry Island Bridge

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  • Grounding at Destroyed Daybeacon, Matlacha Pass, San Carlos Bay, Okeechobee Waterway, 2/14/2017


    Our thanks to Chris Shields for this warning. He is responding to an earlier Nav Alert about the destroyed daybeacon.

    It [destroyed daybeacon] has been replaced with a temporary Red buoy and marked as “8 WR”. Steer clear of it and don’t get near to it . According, to the markers, I was clearly in the channel by at least 15 feet. However, I ran aground into only 2.8 feet of water. I called the Coast Guard as did Sea Tow. It needs to be moved asap.
    Chris Shields

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

  • Cape Coral Cruise Club Returns to 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!

    Cruise Club returns to Legacy Harbour  READ MORE

    by Michael Stewart

    It was bluebird weather for the Cape Coral Cruise Club members taking part in the 2017 Legacy Harbour Cruise. All nine boats made it in, one boat being late while waiting for refurbished props to be reinstalled. First time Club cruisers, Bobby and Joyce Miller arrived is style with their prospective member pennant proudly displayed. Welcome to the Club!

    First night post docktail food was provided by the cruisers – just too much and too sumptuous to list. If anyone goes hungry on one of our cruises, they only have themselves to blame.

    Wednesday morning started with a breakfast of toasted breakfast bread and butter, fresh fruit, quiche mini-muffins, orange juice and tomato juice. Attendees brought their own coffee. Following a short break after

    Legacy Harbour’s Chickee Hut

    eating, everyone reassembled at the Legacy Harbour chickee hut to begin a scavenger hunt. There were three outstanding prizes to be awarded, consequently, competition among the CCCC members can get quite intense…! Fierce competition ensued as the boaters returned to their respective vessels in search of the listed items. Would you allow two mismatched oven mitts as “work gloves”? How about a jar of “teak oil” that looked suspiciously like vegetable oil? And did the same miniature sewing kit get passed around with the teensy baby pin in it? Anyway, a lot of fun was had and Moonlighter, Hardee II, and Happy Ours triumphed as the successful winners. The prizes were wrapped so that no-one could tell what was inside (contestants were not allowed to touch the packages). First place got to pick, then second, then third. Then everyone hauled their collections back to their boat and split to various downtown Ft. Myers restaurants for lunch.

    A non-cruise related Club function occupied many of the cruisers for Wednesday dinner, however, the remaining cruisers held their own docktails and happy hour before heading on the town for dinner.

    Thursday morning breakfast, included a breakfast quiche (imagine a casserole of eggs, diced potatoes, spinach, diced ham and spices), fresh fruit, breakfast bread and juices. It was a game day for many attendees, lunch on your own, followed by dinner at Pinchers Crab Shack. The boaters were joined by some 15 club members who arrived at Legacy by land yacht that night to join in with us.

    Prior to departure on Friday for their home ports, many boaters used the pump out facilities in preparation for the next month cruise to Pink Shell Resort. It is a LOT of fun cruising and being with fun people!

    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. Read additional Club information on its website, www.c-c-c-c.org Like us on Facebook.

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  • LNM: 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 until November of 2017!. So, here is another construction site for your logbook.

    FLORIDA – OKEECHOBEE WATERWAY: Herbert Hoover Dike Rehabilitation Project Culvert 2 – CLEWISTON    READ MORE

    Ebsary Foundation will commence operations from January 27, 2017 thru May 31, 2017 in Clewiston, FL. Equipemt: 48’ x 120’ Deck Barge, EB 120 with a 150 Ton crane mounted on it, and a 25’ x 14’ Tug Boat, MACK will work in the waterway adjacent to the Herbert Hoover Dike. The GPS Coordinates of the work area are; N 26° 43′ 40”, W 80° 51′ 6”. The scope of work involves removing the steel cofferdam structure at Culvert-3 of the Herbert Hoover Dike. The barges and tug boat will be located inside the construction area and will monitor VHF Channel 16. The canal will be restricted to marine traffic during construction operations. Operations will be Monday through Saturday from 7:00am to 5:00pm. Recreational and commercial boaters are asked to use extra precaution when navigating through this section of the waterway. Further information contact Brent Huffman, 305-986-7414. Chart 11428 LNM 05/17

    And this one:

    FLORIDA – OKEECHOBEE WATERWAY: Herbert Hoover Dike Rehabilitation Project Culvert C3 & C4a
    Archer Western will be replacing two culverts along the Okeechobee Waterway near Clewiston (Culvert C-3) & near South Bay (Culvert C-4a) 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 & obstruction (Steel Cofferdam /or Barge) during the installation and removal of the cofferdams on both the lakeside and land side of the dike. Recreational and commercial boaters are asked to use caution when navigating through this section of the waterway and adjacent to the Hoover Dike Culvert C-3 & Culvert C4a. 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, with reflective 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 by the end of July 2017. Further information contact Yankyer Gomez, 239-634-7804 or at ygomez@walshgroup.com.

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