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  • Announcement: All Eastern Florida Cruising News

    PLEASE CAREFULLY READ OUR DISCLAIMER!

    Below, you will discover our COMPLETE listing of Eastern Florida cruising news/postings from fellow cruisers, arranged in chronological order, based on publication date. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO NARROW YOUR SELECTION of EF cruising news to those messages which pertain to a specific geographic sub-region, locate the RED, vertically stacked menu, on the right side of this, and all Cruisers’ Net pages. Click on “Eastern Florida.” A drop down menu will appear, with a blue background, Now, click on “EF Regional Cruising News.” A sub-drop-down menu will now appear, listing 12 Eastern Florida geographic sub-regions. Select your waters of interest, and after clicking on your choice, a list of messages will appear, confined to the sub-region you have picked!

    Yellow Background Denotes Navigation Alert Postings

    Light Blue Background Denotes Postings Concerned with “AICW Problem Stretches”
  • Online Survey on Florida Anchoring and Mooring Available, October 1-9, 2016

    This is one very important survey that cruisers definitely will want to take. We can only keep our fingers crossed that the right questions will be asked and that our answers, observations and suggestions will be heeded, unlike past conversations with the FWC.

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    FWC seeks public input on anchoring and mooring rules, pilot program
    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is seeking feedback from cruising boaters, local boaters and other residents in evaluating the state’s Anchoring and Mooring Pilot Program and related ordinances.

    The FWC has posted a brief online survey to accept this feedback. It should take approximately five to 10 minutes to complete and will be available to the public Oct. 1-9. Read More for Survey Link

    Any input is greatly appreciated in evaluating and improving boating in Florida.

    The Florida Legislature established the Anchoring and Mooring Pilot Program in 2009. The intent was to explore potential options for regulating the anchoring or mooring of non-live-aboard vessels outside the marked boundaries of public mooring fields throughout the state.

    After public input, the FWC selected the cities of St. Augustine, St. Petersburg, Sarasota, Stuart (in conjunction with Martin County) and the cities of Key West and Marathon (in conjunction with Monroe County) as five sites for the pilot program. They were granted temporary authority to regulate mooring in their jurisdictional waters through local ordinances.

    All ordinances enacted under authority of the pilot program will expire on July 1, 2017, and will be inoperative and unenforceable thereafter, unless re-enacted by the Legislature.

    Participation in the survey will help determine the effectiveness of the program, developed ordinances, and a variety of concepts related to specific restrictions on anchoring of vessels which may be considered in the future.

    To access the survey and for more information, go to MyFWC.com/Boating.

  • Praise for Ortega River Marina, off the St. Johns River, Jacksonville, Fl


    Located on the Ortega River just above the Roosevelt Blvd. Bridge and just upstream of the intersection of the Ortega and St. Johns Rivers, Ortega River Marina is especially convenient to the Riverside section of Jacksonville. This report comes from our friends at America’s Great Loop Cruisers’ Association.

    Ortega River Marina. Paul Howe is the dock master at 912-661-3437. We keep our PDQ there in the summer and fall and are very happy with it. ORM (it used to be Ortega Yacht Club Marina) is a smaller marina than “Landing”, with clean bathrooms and laundry, a small pool, and friendly, helpful boat owners. ”Read

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Ortega River Marina

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Ortega River Marina

  • Good Words for Ortega Landing, off St. Johns River, Jacksonville, FL


    Only a mile or so upstream from downtown Jacksonville, Ortega Landing is the first facility on your starboard as you enter the Ortega River from the St. Johns. This report is from our friends at America’s Great Loop Cruisers’ Association

    The Ortega Landing Marina is a great spot. I have kept my boat there for the past three years and am very pleased. Modern floating concrete docks, spotless bathrooms, swimming pool, and an experienced staff make this an excellent choice. Contact the Dockmaster, Bruce, at 904-387-5538.
    Howard Entman

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Ortega Landing Marina

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Ortega Landing Marina

  • Increased Naval Traffic at St. Johns River/AICW Intersection, October 19-27, 2016, Statute Mile 741


    The Waterway crosses the St. Johns River between Mayport and Blount Island, so keep a sharp watch while navigating the intersection where strong cross currents can affect the course of your vessel or while traveling upstream to downtown Jacksonville.

    SEACOAST – FLORIDA – JACKSONVILLE: U.S. NAVY BRIGHT HORIZON 16 EXERCISE
    The Navy will be offloading the USNS BOBO from October 19 – 27, 2016 in the vicinity of 30.41N/81.37W anchorage areas in Jacksonville, Florida. There will be increased Navy craft operating in the Mayport operations area to include the Saint Johns River to Blount Island during this time from 0600 till 2400 daily. Mariners are advised to avoid close proximity, or any other interference of these operations. Chart 11491 LNM 39/16

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of AICW/St. Johns Intersection

  • Skipper Seeks Information on Ponce de Leon Inlet Area, near AICW Statute Mile 840-843


    The “Ponce” is a popular, heavily traveled inlet which intersects the Waterway at Statute Mile 839.5, with a second southerly intersection near St. M. 843. Other than the Nav Alerts currently posted on SSECN, Rick is asking for “local knowledge” for the area around the Inlet. If you are a frequent navigator of the Inlet and the ICW/Inlet intersection, let us hear from you.

    Thanks for your quick reply. A few years ago we were traveling around Ponse Inlet or New Smyrna Beach where there was reported shoaling and frequent marker relocations, is this still a problem and can the area be identified?
    Thanks again
    Rick Scheinert
    43’ Tiara “Rock On”

    SSECN’s answer:
    Hi Rick,
    There were reports of groundings in the Ponce back in July (http://cruisersnet.net/157074) which resulted in our posting a Nav Alert (http://cruisersnet.net/158393) immediately after the initial report.
    Note that these groundings are in the ICW west and south of the Inlet proper. We have not received reports of shoaling in the Ponce Inlet itself.

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Ponce de Leon Inlet

  • AGLCA Discussion on Florida’s No Wake Zones

    These words of wisdom come from our good friends on America’s Great Loop Cruisers’ Association’s Forum. The real issue is “destructive wake” as from sports fishermen and hurricanes. Sailing vessels and trawlers, except maybe the newer fast trawlers, are rarely guilty of wake that endangers lives, disrupts navigation or destroys property. High powered, short waterline vessels designed to get to fishing grounds 60 miles offshore as quickly as possible are the usual suspects. Even smaller pleasure craft that slow down, then plow through an anchorage with bow up in the air, can be almost as dangerous and destructive. As pointed out below, no wake speed adds very little time to the trip and teaches what boating is all about: patience!

    I admire your courage and fortitude to make the journey in such a small and open boat and understand the need to stay in protected waters as much as possible not just for comfort, but for safety. Read More

    If such publications exist, I am not aware of them. Assuming you are transiting Lake Okeechobee, and not going around to the Keys to get to the east coast of Florida, you will miss the longest no-wake, slow speed, minimal wake zone in Florida. It is basically most all of the ICW water south of Palm Beach all the way to Biscayne Bay in Miami. Florida has a confusing mix of speed zones and it is hard to precisely define what they mean. Sometimes they will give you a speed limit in the channel and a different one out of the channel. “Slow speed” (not sure what that means) and “minimal wake” (same imprecise definition) are just two posted restrictions that are hard to define. “No wake” is much easier to define – it means you do not put out a bow wave or a stern wave as you move through the water – a much more precise definition. In Florida, you will have “Manatee Zones” with different speeds during different calendar months. All in all – very confusing to track all of this.
    Anytime we were near an inlet, a bridge, a boat ramp, or a marina, we reduced speed to minimal or no wake speed depending on how narrow the channel or proximity to other boats or to structures. Not always was this required with posted signs, but we do this out of courtesy for others and for an additional margin of safety. Remember that you are responsible for damage to other boats, persons, or structures caused by your wake. Far too many skippers have no idea how much wake they put out and how disruptive and damaging it can be. Having said that, your 15 foot dinghy won’t move a lot of water making a big wake, but you may run into speed issues from place to place. My only advice is to look out for signage that tells you about restrictions.
    Sorry for a less than satisfactory answer to find a resource to help you plan. Best of luck with your adventure – be safe and have fun.
    Dave & Nan Ellen Fuller

    Dave,
    I actually quite like the Florida system, especially when compared to other East Coast states where the system is either not marked at all, or not at all well. Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia…
    Florida’s definition of ” Idle Speed, No Wake” is: “… proceed at a speed no greater than that which will maintain steerage and headway. At no time is any vessel required to proceed so slowly that the operator is unable to maintain control over the vessel or any other vessel or object that it has under tow (Rules 68C-22.002(1) and 68C-23.103(2)(a), FAC).
    “Slow Speed, Minimum Wake” is not about sailboats and trawlers. It’s about Sea Rays and Sportfish. Florida’s definition of ” Slow Speed, Minimum Wake” is actually VERY HELPFUL TO ME:
    “… [the] vessel be fully off plane and completely settled into the water. The vessel must proceed at a speed that is reasonable and prudent under the prevailing circumstances so as to avoid the creation of an excessive wake or other hazardous condition that endangers or is likely to endanger other vessels or persons using the waterway. Due to the varying speeds at which vessels of different sizes and configurations may travel while in compliance, there is no specific numeric speed assigned to “SLOW SPEED” (Rules 68C-22.002(4) and 68C-23.103(2)(b), FAC).”
    As I say, this not about sailboats and trawlers. For me on our boat, what it means is that I slow enough so that my wake does not visibly break or foam. There is still a wake, but not a hazard to anyone. For me on my boat that only amounts to about 1-1/2 mph. Even over the huge six-mile long run south of New Smyrna to Mosquito Lagoon, it only adds about 1/2 hour to the transit time over that distance.
    NOW THAT SAID, the locals will yell at you that you’re in a “No Wake” zone. It’s on you to understand that you are not. NOT! Even the bridge tender at Haulover Canal will yell at you. I just remind the bridge tender – on VHF 13 with the world listening – that the canal is marked as “Slow Speed, Minimum Wake,” not “Idle Speed, No Wake.” That immediately shuts him up, because he does not want others to actually understand the difference.
    And that same phenomena applies south of West Palm, in the concrete canyon. The locals and some bridge tenders will yell at you. But even the signage there says “Slow Speed – Fully Settled in the Water.” And speaking of the concrete canyon, some of that distance is NOT “Idle Speed, No Wake.” Even at “Slow Speed, Minimum Wake,” it can be very choppy and difficult for truly small vessels.
    And if a LEO objects to my view of “Slow Speed” and flags me to slow, well certainly I comply. I’m not looking for trouble. Anyway, it definitely does help to understand what the signs actually mean!
    Hope this helps!
    Jim Healy

    Adagio received a ticket in a minimum wake zone last year, Broward County Sheriff.
    Their definition for minimum wake was more strict than you could reasonably expect, but we didn’t argue. Probably going about 8~9 mph, barely above hull speed, friend was driving. We have been boarded several times over the years by both USCG and locals, this was the only stop where officials were actually rude.
    Ron & Jan Matuska

    Chris,
    Of course it applies to trawlers; it applies to all boats; even kayaks and canoes. But it wasn’t kayaks and canoes, or sailboats or trawlers, that caused the legislature to craft this jewel…
    At my top SOG, even the Manatees laugh at me!
    Jim Healy

  • US Army Corp of Engineers to Increase Water Flow from Lake Okeechobee

    This release of water has to be attributed to rains from Hermine. Increased water releases from Lake Okeechobee earlier this year resulted in massive fish kills downstream of the release.

    Corps of Engineers increasing Lake Okeechobee discharges
    by Scott Sutton
    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Thursday plans to increase the amount of water flowing from Lake Okeechobee over the next week….

    CLICK HERE for the full report from WPTV, West Palm Beach

  • Leonard B Knox Bridge on Single-Leaf Openings through November 2016, AICW Statute Mile 816


    L. B. Knox/Bulow/High Bridge, a bascule bridge with a closed vertical clearance of 15ft, crosses the Waterway at Statute Mile 816, south of unlighted daybeacon #24.

    FLORIDA – ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY – TOLOMATO RIVER TO PALM SHORES – HIGHBRIDGE (LEONARD B KNOX)
    BRIDGE: Bridge Repairs.

    The contractor Atlas Steel Coatings is working on the Highbridge Road (Leonard B. Knox) Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 816.0, South Bulow, Volusia County, Florida. Starting September 22, 2016 this bridge will be allowed to open a single-leaf only with a four hour notice to the bridge tender for a double-leaf opening. This work will continue until the end of November 2016. Chart 11485 LNM 37/16

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory Listing For L.B.Knox/Highbridge

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of L. B. Knox Bridge

  • Daybeacon 1 Destroyed, Sebastian, FL, AICW Statute Mile 939, 9/15/2016


    This private Daybeacon #1 is just off the west side of the channel through the Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge.

    FLORIDA – AICW – PALM SHORES TO WEST PALM BEACH – CHANNEL 69 MARINA: Private Aid to Navigation/Hazard to Navigation
    Private Aid Channel 68 Marina Daybeacon 1 (LLNR 43685.1) is reported destroyed and leaning. The aid poses a hazard to navigation. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11472 LNM 37/16

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Mile 939

  • Question re Mooring in St. Augustine Harbor, AICW Statute Mile 778


    A fellow boater asks for your opinion on long term mooring in the St. Augustine harbor. The mooring field has a northern portion and a southern portion. General consensus is that the southern portion, below the Bridge of Lions, is more protected from wind and wake. Let us hear from your experience anchoring there. For more opinions, go to http://cruisersnet.net/112455.

    I am considering mooring my 43′ pontoon houseboat here long term, but am concerned about wake from winds, boats, and the current. What are your opinions of how this would work out?
    Laura

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Anchorage Directory Listing For the St. Augustine Northern Mooring Field

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Anchorage Directory Listing For the St. Augustine Southern Mooring Field

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of the St. Augustine Mooring Fields

  • Question re Anchorage near Haulover Canal, AICW Statute Mile 869


    Charted depths in this area do not suggest good anchorage. However, if you have found suitable depths, let Jerry and SSECN hear from you. The nearest SSECN recommended anchorage in that area is ten miles south of Haulover Canal at Titusville/Mwx Brewer Bridge.

    Good morning,
    Would anyone know if anchorages are still available in the Haulover Canal, Florida @ Mile 869.5 in the basin just past the bridge southbound?
    Best regards,
    Jerry
    Gerald Gerlitzki
    33’ Pearson with a 4’ 2” draft.
    jerry@gerlitzkidesign.com
    410-546-9685

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Haulover Canal

  • Yacht Stranded on Beach at Palm Beach Inlet

    Definitely not a good day!! He should have drunk plain old Sweet Tea!

    Boater admits to drinking Long Island Ice Teas before stranding 72-foot yacht on Palm Beach
    WPTV Webteam
    8:56 AM, Sep 7, 2016
    1 min ago

    Man admitted to drinking Long Island Ice Teas

    PALM BEACH, Fla. – A boater, who said he had been drinking Long Island Ice Teas before the incident, was arrested Wednesday morning after an 80-foot yacht washed ashore on Palm Beach.

    Thomas Henry Baker, 63, Belle Isle, Fla., a suburb of Orlando, told police he “failed to navigate his vessel into the Palm Beach Inlet and ran the vessel into the beach.”

    The 72-foot yacht named “Time Out” was spotted floating at the shoreline right next to the Palm Beach Inlet.

    CLICK HERE for the full report from WPTV.COM

  • Groundings South of Fernandina Beach , AICW Statute Mile 719.5, 9/4/2016


    Reports of shoaling south of Fernandina Beach have been coming in for several years and prompted a USCG Hazard Warning in May of 2014 (http://cruisersnet.net/?p=140702).This shoaling lies c. two miles south of Fernandina Beach harbor just north of the Waterway’s turn into Kingsley Creek. Our thanks to Joe Plunkett for sending this report.

    Encountered less than 3′ at near high tide 300 meters north of Temporary Red #2. Time was Approximately 1330 Hours on 9/4/16. Pulled out port shaft attempting to get off. About ninety minutes later while awaiting tow, observed outboard run aground near same spot. With outboard trimmed up, operator was blowing substantial amounts of sand.
    You must favor the green side when approaching Green #3 from the north or departing Green #3 from the south. Came through this area northbound in late June and did not have any trouble.
    Joe Plunkett aboard Happy Hagar

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Light #3

  • Destroyed Waterway Daybeacon, AICW Statute Mile 958, 8/31/2016


    This destroyed Waterway marker 168A is on the west side of the narrow channel in Indian River south of Vero Beach.

    FLORIDA – AICW – PALM SHORES TO WEST PALM BEACH – INDIAN RIVER SOUTH SECTION: Hazard to Navigation
    Indian River South Section Daybeacon 168A (LLNR 44820) is destroyed. A temporary unlighted Buoy (TRUB) has been placed on its assigned position. The piling was unable to be recovered due to water depth and is currently in approximate position 27-33-32.4N/080-21-03.2W and poses a hazard to navigation. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution. Chart 11472 LNM 35/16

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Statute Mile 958

  • More from ACOE on Tropical Storm and Hurricane Preparations

    With the 2016 hurricane season underway, this is additional information for boaters navigating the waters of South Florida. This notice comes to us from our good friend, Specialist Erica Skolte, US Army Corp of Engineers.

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    For Immediate Release, August 26, 2016
    Corps prepares for tropical activity; issues guidance to boaters & campers
    With the possibility of tropical activity in south Florida in the coming days, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District is preparing to respond as needed and providing information to boaters and campers on operational adjustments that will take place at navigation locks and recreation facilities.
    The Jacksonville District activated its emergency operations center (EOC) at noon today (Aug. 26). This
    action allows district staff to devote added attention to the response actions that might be necessary should a tropical cyclone or heavy rain develop.
    “Our staff is coordinating with state and local officials,” said Candida Bronson, Acting Operations Division
    Chief for Jacksonville District. “We will staff our EOC over the weekend, and dispatch liaison officers to the state EOC and other locations as appropriate.”
    READ MORE

    Jacksonville District is issuing the following guidance on its operations in south Florida:
    • For boaters, the Corps plans to extend operating hours for its navigation locks when a storm is 72 hours out. The extended hours will remain in place until a storm is eight hours from landfall. To ensure safety of lock operators, the Corps will suspend operations when lightning is in the area, or when winds exceed 35 mph.
    • For campers and visitors to recreation sites, Jacksonville District park rangers will monitor conditions at Corps’ campgrounds and recreation areas. If a county government issues an evacuation order for mobile homes or RV parks in an area where there is a Corps’ campground or recreational facility, rangers will order an evacuation of the facility and advise on shelter locations. Visitors should move all campers, motor homes, tents, vessels, and trailers from facilities under evacuation orders.
    • Field staff will conduct pre-storm evaluation of the Herbert Hoover Dike surrounding Lake Okeechobee. Significant rain on the lake or in the Kissimmee basin to the north could cause a rapid rise in the lake over the coming weeks. The current lake stage is 14.67 feet. While no imminent threat of failure exists, the lake stage is in the upper end of the Corps’ preferred range of 12.5-15.5 feet.
    More information on Jacksonville District response actions can be found at www.saj.usace.army.mil.
  • Banana River Marina, near Cocoa Beach, FL off AICW Statute Mile 894


    Banana River Marina flanks the Banana River’s western banks near unlighted daybeacon #24 off the Waterway via Canaveral Barge Canal. Our thanks to Cap’n Parky for this detailed report and advice.

    Banana River Marina, Florida. A Five Star Rating.
    Up and down the ICW and Chesapeake Bay there are nice smaller marinas at much lower costs than average. The Banana River Marina just south of Cape Canaveral is one of them. Only $7.50 per ft per mo plus metered power. No liveaboard fees or any other hidden charges.
    There are certain things to be aware of however – as always. READ MORE

    1) Any sailboat with a mast higher than 43 ft cannot get under the three Banana River bridges fixed at 43ft clearance. Currently the river is about 14 inches lower than normal but that also means trouble for any boat with a draft exceeding 4ft 6 ins.
    2) Shallows are everywhere but markers very difficult to find. One moment you have 5ft of water and the next second you’re suddenly stuck on a 3ft shoal. Doesn’t matter if you come into the river from the south or the north, you face the same hazards.
    3) I strongly recommend you come in from the north via the Cape Canaveral Barge Canal. Stop off briefly at the Harbourtown Marina and with a short bike ride go to the nearby WalMart and buy a fishing chart – which at least gives you some idea of both water depths and markers.
    4) You can find the location of the Banana River Marina both on the chart and Google Earth. (Type in Banana River Marina). The approach channel to the marina is very narrow and around 5ft depth. But when you arrive at a small bridge, (which has to be opened by the Dockmaster (Tel (321) 453 7888), stay on the starboard side which is around 4ft 6ins at best.
    5) Don’t want to give you the impression that this is too much risk. Just take it easy and keep a close eye on your depth finder and you’ll be fine.

    Once safely docked, you will find this marina a very friendly laid back place indeed. With around 60 slips of differing widths, you will find at least 10 liveaboards here – many have been here for years. The toilets and showers are clean but not air conditioned. The laundry is good along with a fine exchange library. Soft drink machines are available but no marine store. There is an adjacent haul out crane and DIY yard with mechanics and other experts available for hire. There are picnic tables – but in the late afternoons the ‘no see ums’ will try to eat you alive. Inside the docks are around 6 huge manatees quietly grazing. Because of the enclosed nature of the marina, it is a fine local hurricane hole – bear this in mind should one be approaching as you too are approaching – you might find no room at the inn……

    Within an easy bike ride is a Walmart, other stores and restaurants – though liveaboards with cars will often offer a ride. I’m told there is a free shuttle bus to and from Orlando but haven’t as yet tried it. This is a great spot to see any rocket launch from the Space Center – alas not as frequently as in the heady days of Apollo.

    This is a nice peaceful old style inexpensive marina with always someone around to have a chat with or help you with some problem. My intent is to stay here at least for the winter but who knows – maybe I’ll stay around for years and feed the manatees. I could do a lot worse.

    Low slip rates, friendly environment, hurricane hole – gets a Five Star Rating in my log.
    Cap’n Parky
    MV Pisces

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Banana River Marina

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Banana River Marina

  • Ineffective Anchoring Ban, Broward County, FL

    As this report by Susannah Bryan Contact Reporter at Sun Sentinel states, the anchoring ban put into effect July 1st is not working in Broward County. Go to http://cruisersnet.net/156265 for more on the anchoring ban.

    “No Beaching, No Landing, No Launching, No Tying Up,” say the signs that went up in April.

    But so far, the signs don’t seem to be working. The dozen or so live-aboard boaters anchored in the cove at North Beach Park are not only coming ashore on their dinghies, they’re using the signs as tie-up posts.

    Signs at North Beach Park in Hollywood warn boaters against tying up, but they do it anyway. (City of Hollywood, courtesy)

    Signs at North Beach Park in Hollywood warn boaters against tying up, but they do it anyway. (City of Hollywood, courtesy)

    CLICK HERE for the full report from Sun-Sentinal

  • 2016 Tropical Storm and Hurricane Operations at South Florida Locks

    With the 2016 hurricane season underway, this is valuable information for boaters navigating the Ockeechobee Waterway or the Canaveral Barge Canal in South Florida. This notice comes to us from our good friend, Specialist Erica Skolte, US Army Corp of Engineers.

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    OKEECHOBEE WATERWAY AND CANAVERAL HARBOR LOCK OPERATIONS DURING TROPICAL STORMS AND HURRICANES

    1. Notice to Navigation
    Notice is given that 72 hours prior to a Tropical Storm or Hurricane making local landfall locks will be open 6 AM to 10 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 AM to 5 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
    //signed//
    Digitally signed by WILLIAMS.CARL.MABRY.IV
    Date: 2016.08.22 14:57:47 -04’00’
    Chief Navigation & Flood Risk Management
    South Florida Operations

  • South Florida Boat Show, 9/23-25, West Palm Beach

    Aren’t boat shows fun? The best “shoppin’, shoppin’, shoppin'” there is!

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    South Florida Fall Boat Show 2016
    SouthFloridaFallBoatShow.com
    The South Florida Fall Boat Show is set to sail into West Palm Beach Friday September 23rd through Sunday September 25, 2016 at the South Florida Fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach, Florida. 33441

    While boats are the main attraction, this show offers much more. The Fairgrounds will be packed with an impressive display of marine accessories.

    Click Here for more information.

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