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  • Announcement: All Eastern Florida Cruising News

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    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!

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  • Safety Zone, Miami Beach, May 26-28, 2017, east of AICW Statute Mile 1090



    News Release
    May 25, 2017
    U.S. Coast Guard 7th District Southeast
    Contact: 7th District Public Affairs
    Office: (305) 415-6683
    After Hours: (786) 367-7649

    Coast Guard to establish safety zone for Miami Beach Air and Sea Show

    MIAMI – The Coast Guard is scheduled to establish a safety zone during Memorial Day weekend for the 2017 Miami Beach Air and Sea Show. READ MORE!

    The safety zone is scheduled to begin Friday at 8:30 a.m. until Sunday at 5 p.m., while aircraft and show boat crews are performing or practicing. No vessel or person will be permitted to enter the zone without obtaining permission from the Caption of the Port Miami or a designated representative.

    The zone will consist of the waters of the Atlantic Ocean starting from approximately a half mile east of Collins Park, then directly south approximately 3 miles to the government cut north jetty, west to the shoreline South Pointe Park and north along the shoreline to Collins Park.

    Contact Coast Guard Sector Miami Waterways Management Division at 305-535-4317 if you have any questions.

  • LNM: Fender Damage, Main Street Bridge, Daytona Beach, FL, 5/25,2017


    With a closed vertical clearance of 22ft, Main Street Bascule Bridge crosses the Waterway at Statute Mile 830. See an earlier on-scene report of this damage from Captain Chris Caldwell.

    FLORIDA – AICW – TOLOMATO RIVER TO PALM SHORES – HALIFAX RIVER – MAIN STREET BRIDGE: Fender Damage/Hazard to Navigation.
    A section of the Fender System of the Main Street Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Daytona Beach, Florida has collapsed and poses a hazard to navigation. Portions of the fender system may be submerged at high tide and is leaning into the navigable channel. All vessels are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11485 LNM 21/17

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Main Street Bridge

  • Safe Boating Week in Florida, May 20-26, 2017

    In conjunction with National Safe Boating Week, Gov. Rick Scott has issued a proclamation declaring May 20-26, Safe Boating Week in Florida.


    FWC: Safe boating saves lives

    In conjunction with National Safe Boating Week, Gov. Rick Scott has issued a proclamation declaring May 20-26, Safe Boating Week in Florida. Although Florida’s boating season never really ends, the traditional start is marked by National Safe Boating Week – a time for boaters to focus on simple and effective steps that make boating safer. Leading the nation with nearly 1 million registered vessels across the state, Florida is the boating capital of the world and is world-renowned as a prime boating spot for residents and visitors. Each year, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officers respond to far too many tragic and preventable boating accidents, so they want all boaters to remember to boat safely.

    “Boating year-round is just one of the things that makes Florida special,” said Maj. Rob Rowe, leader of the FWC’s Boating and Waterways Section. “And even more people will be out on the water for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend. The holiday and National Safe Boating Week, May 20-26, present an opportunity to emphasize the importance of remaining safe while boating.

    “Our officers are committed to keeping people as safe as possible, but we need the public’s help,” Rowe said. “We want to reach as many boaters as we can, to help them understand that most boating accidents are preventable.”

    Boaters can enjoy their time on the water even more by taking a few safety precautions such as wearing a life jacket, using an engine cut-off switch lanyard, designating a sober boat operator, paying attention and keeping a proper lookout, having an emergency locator beacon, filing a float plan and taking a boating safety class.

    The FWC’s 2016 Boating Accident Statistical Report indicates there were 714 reportable boating accidents in Florida last year, resulting in 67 fatalities. This represents a 3 percent decrease in the number of accidents, but a 22 percent increase in fatalities as compared to 2015. The leading cause attributed to boating accidents in 2016 was the operator’s inattention or lack of a proper lookout (29 percent). Falls overboard have been the leading type of fatal accident since 2003, with drowning as the leading cause of death.

    Many of these accidents could have been prevented if the boat operators had paid attention to everything going on around their vessel, maintained a proper lookout and if everyone on board had been wearing a life jacket. Sixty percent of boating-related deaths last year were attributed to drowning, which life jackets are designed to prevent.

    “A lot of people say they don’t wear life jackets because they are uncomfortable,” said Rowe. “However, with the inflatable models that are belt packs or suspenders, you hardly know you have one on. FWC officers wear inflatable life jackets all the time while on the water.”

    For National Safe Boating Week, the FWC is releasing compelling life jacket testimonials from three north Florida families whose lives have been changed by wearing – or not wearing – a life jacket when things went wrong on the water. These dramatic accounts provide vital information and a call to action for every boater to enjoy Florida’s beautiful waters safely while wearing a life jacket.

    An engine cut-off switch lanyard is a safety device that is attached from the boat operator to the ignition. If it is disconnected, the engine will shut down, potentially preventing a boater who has fallen overboard from being injured by the moving propeller of a runaway boat.

    Boating education is critical. In 2016, 70 percent of boat operators involved in fatal accidents had no formal boater education. Florida’s current boating safety education law applies to boaters born on or after Jan. 1, 1988, and who operate a vessel of 10 hp or greater.

    “We live in a great boating state,” said Rowe. “And we believe that safety truly is the key to enjoyment.”

    FWC officers patrol our waterways in an effort to keep all boaters safe by checking that they have the required equipment and are operating safely. Ensure your encounters with FWC officers are positive ones by planning ahead and paying attention while on the water.

    To report people who are operating boats dangerously, call 888-404-FWCC (3922) or text Tip@MyFWC.com. More information can be found by visiting MyFWC.com/Boating. You can even search there for the Florida Public Boat Ramp Finder to help you find a great place to launch your boat.

  • Fish Where the Fish Are… in Martin County, Florida


    Martin County Florida

    At the intersection of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway and the Okeechobee Waterway, Martin County, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is a hub of boating activity and of events of interest to boaters.

    Fish Where the Fish Are…
    in Martin County, Florida

    Martin County, Florida, is popular with fish. Lots of fish. More than 800 different species within a ten-mile radius of the St. Lucie Inlet, to be exact, according to Dr. Grant Gilmore, a renowned marine scientist.
    READ MORE!

    On the Atlantic coast, Martin County is just 85 miles north of Fort Lauderdale, in the overlap of two climate zones. This environment, along with a healthy reef system and the warm Gulf Stream current, bring lots of fish to these waters.

    Which makes for excellent fishing here, regardless of what type of angler you are and what type of fish you like to catch.

    Stuart, the county seat, has been called “Sailfish Capital of the World” since the 1950s, and with good reason. A 1949 Palm Beach Times article tells the tale of a fishing captain who ran out of bait and had to turn back after boating 19 ‘sails in a single outing. Sailfish are the fastest marine predators, and in winter months, it’s not uncommon to hook multiple sailfish at one time.

    One recent angler tells the story of reeling in a mahi when a marlin came up and ate it. An hour and a half later, the fisherman landed the marlin on a line meant for a mahi. Other salt-water species that lead to mighty fish tales include Wahoo, pompano, grouper, snapper, cobia, sea bass and kingfish.

    Martin County is renowned for its fresh-water fishing, too. The county stretches from the Atlantic Ocean on the east to the fresh waters of Lake Okeechobee on the west, with a rich system of rivers and canals in between. It’s possible to fish from Stuart all the way to Fort Myers and the Gulf of Mexico via the Okeechobee Waterway. Snook, tarpon, bass, redfish and seatrout are just a few of the fish that are plentiful and fun to catch inshore.

    They call this area Florida’s Treasure Coast. Fishing enthusiasts who visit know why. It’s enough to make you say Wahoo!

    Fish Here!

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Intersection of AICW/Okeechobee Waterway

  • News and Events from Martin County, Stuart, FL, May 17, 2017


    Martin County Florida

    At the intersection of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway and the Okeechobee Waterway, Martin County, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is a hub of boating activity and of events of interest to boaters.

    CLICK HERE FOR NEWS from Boatlines

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Intersection of AICW/Okeechobee Waterway

  • Maritime Fun Fest, May 20-21, St. Augustine Maritime Heritage Festival, St. Augustine, FL

    Fun for your kids and your dog, too. What more could you want?

    A Florida Not for Profit Corporation, and 501(c)(3)

    Besides games for kids, the Fest includes a contest developed especially for the festival: Astillero de Perro, our amateur dog agility contest. The term Astillero de Perro is Spanish that translates the Dog Who Owns the Boatyard, with many cruisers now having canine companions on their boats, we especially want to peak their interest in participating or joining with their pups as spectators. The festival is a dog friendly venue. Of note, the Scottie dog in the first boat is a caricature of our First Mate, Sassy, who traveled aboard our Ingrid 38. She was a 1st Place 2015 winner in the “Diving for Treasure” competition.
    Linda R Allen

    4TH MARITIME FUN FEST St Augustine Maritime Heritage Festival
    Dates: Saturday May 20, 2017 and Sunday May 21, 2017
    Location: Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park, 11 Magnolia Ave, St Augustine FL 32084
    Time: Saturday, May 20 9am to 5pm Sunday, May 21 9am to 5pm READ MORE!

    Festival highlights: Quick N’ Dirty Boat building teams and Race Competition, Astillero de Perro (Amateur Dog Agility) Contest, San Agustín Bartender’s Rum Challenge, Kids Maritime Games/ Activities, Food, and Beer/Wine Tents, along with the park’s living history heritage exhibits, cannon firing demonstrations and more all taking place on 15 acres of St Augustine prime waterfront. This is a Dog Friendly event.
    For additional info: http://staugmaritimeheritage.org/

    A Saturday (5/20/17) 6pm-8:30pm evening event is offered:
    The 14th Colony’s Evening with Governor James Grant. Food menu by sponsor S.A.i.R.A. Live music and dancing under the stars at the Pavilion transports to a time in the 18th century when Governor Grant wined and dined with the good people of St Augustine. Tickets are $30 per person and are available for purchase on line at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/14th-colonys-evening-with-governor-james-grant-tickets-34263798945?aff=es2

    Submitted by:
    Linda R Allen
    SAMHF Media Director
    info@staugmaritimeheritage.org
    904-501-8597

  • Fender Collapse, Main Street Bridge, Daytona Beach, FL


    With a closed vertical clearance of 22ft, Main Street Bascule Bridge crosses the Waterway at Statute Mile 830. Our thanks to Captain Chris Caldwell for this notice.

    And other news, Main Street Drawbridge west north side fender system collapsed. It FELL DOWN BY ITSELF, no collision or exciting wreck to talk about.
    See you on the water…
    Chris & Alyse Caldwell

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Main Street Bridge

  • Elske visits Marineland Marina, AICW Statute Mile 796


     The Town of Marineland has opened its ports with a brand new marina facility creating a destination for boaters on the Intracoastal Waterway between Daytona Beach and St. Augustine, FL.

    Good reports keep pouring in for SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Marineland Marina which lies south – southeast of AICW marker #87, along the Waterway’s eastern shore. Our thanks to David and Jaculeyn for sharing their delightful blog.

    Folks at Vero Beach has recommended Marineland Marina to us as a “must do” layover. We are very glad we did. This marina is undergoing renovations. Brand-new floating docks have been installed. A new dock-master’s office is under construction. The staff are delightful highly customer-service focused young men who are enthusiastic about meeting the needs of boaters. Read More

    The Atlantic Ocean is directly across the road A1A from the Marina. We were able to enjoy walking on the sand but did not go in the water as it was quite rough.

    We toured Marineland. The experience can best be described as a “blast from the past.” It is a simple place full of history and yet an active living aquatic experience for visitors today. Jackie remembers going to Marineland as a child, so this was a bit of a memory jogger for her. We had the honor of a “private” 45-minute tour with 2 delightful young women who clearly love what they do. Marineland was started in 1938 as a movie studio and then grew and changed over the years. It was the sight for WWII Naval training exercises. It was the first oceanarium and provided early training of dolphins. The first of whom was Nellie who lived to a very old age, the oldest known dolphin in captivity. Marineland now has an educational and research focus thanks to funding by the Vanderbilt Whitney family, the University of Florida and the Georgia Aquarium. There are no longer “dolphin shows” like Sea World or other amusement parks. It was fun to see pictures of the old TV shows and movies that have been filmed here. Jackie’s favorite was SEA HUNT with a very young Lloyd Bridges. We also got to see the educational part in action with a group of elementary school children on a field trip. They clearly were learning about the aquatic world and showed great enthusiasm for the dolphins and the other sea creatures here.
    David and Jaculeyn

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

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

  • News and Events from Martin County, Stuart, FL, May 8, 2017


    Martin County Florida

    At the intersection of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway and the Okeechobee Waterway, Martin County, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is a hub of boating activity and of events of interest to boaters.

    CLICK HERE FOR NEWS from Boatlines

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Intersection of AICW/Okeechobee Waterway

  • Dredging Near Fort Pierce City Marina, AICW Statute Mile 966.5


     Fort Pierce City Marina 1 Avenue A, Ft. Pierce, FL 34950 Toll Free (800) 619-1780 (772) 464-1245 Facsimile (772) 464-2589

    Our thanks to Captain Chris for this notice of dredging and shoaling near Fort Pierce City Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!. The entrance channel runs to the west, just south of the Fort Pierce high-rise bridge, and well north of unlighted daybeacon #188.

    South of temporary buoy 188A. Sand bar off FP City Marina
    Discharge pipeline goes north to ship channel then out to sea and onto beach south of jetties.
    Captain Chris Caldwell CLICK TO SEE PHOTOS


    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Fort Pierce City Marina

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Fort Pierce City Marina

  • Submerged Hazard, Loggerhead Marina, Vero Beach, FL, AICW Statute Mile 948.5


    This water hazard warning comes to you from John Ellor via AGLCA’s Forum. Thank you John. Loggerhead Club Marina lies west and a bit south of the AICW’s marker #122 in Vero Beach, FL.

    We entered the channel to the marina. We had to slow down for a rowing crew that cut in front of us. We were pushed to the south edge of the channel by a strong current and NW wind. All of a sudden we hit something and were unable to move. It was the submerged concrete daymark # 11. We had to be towed to Ft. Pierce having sustained a bent prop. Evidently the marker has been down for some time . There is nothing to mark this hazard, nor did anyone warn us of its existence. The maximum depth of the channel is 6′ with solid rock under the layer of silt. The daymarks have been tipped over twice in the last year because there is no way to anchor the posts on the underlying rock. We will NEVER stay here again. Marina took no responsibility whatsoever.
    John Ellor

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Loggerhead Club Marina-Vero Beach

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Loggerhead Club Marina-Vero Beach

    CLICK HERE FOR AREA SPONSORING MARINAS
  • 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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  • Suntex Purchases Loggerhead Marinas

    Loggerhead Marinas on the east coast of Florida have been popular with boaters for a number of years and SSECN wishes the new owners the very best.

    We are proud to announce the acquisition of eleven Loggerhead Marinas by Suntex Marinas, a Dallas based owner and operator of premier waterfront destination properties. Read More

    Suntex has owned and operated 37 marina properties across the United States and Caribbean, and we are very excited about adding these properties to our current portfolio of 32 Marinas in Texas, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Virginia, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Massachusetts, Maryland, Iowa, Oklahoma and Kentucky.

    The Properties that will now be part of Suntex Marinas family:

    Loggerhead Marina – South Miami
    Loggerhead Marina – Riviera Beach
    Loggerhead Marina – Aventura
    Loggerhead Marina – Jupiter
    Loggerhead Marina – Hollywood
    Loggerhead Marina – Vero Beach
    Loggerhead Marina – South Lantana
    Loggerhead Marina – Daytona Beach
    Loggerhead Marina – Lantana
    Loggerhead Marina – St Petersberg
    The services and quality standards you are accustomed to will remain the same, sustaining the quality reputation that Loggerhead has built over the years. Additional operational support will be provided to the property by Suntex Marinas, which is led by our team of industry professionals. Everyone will be working to make your experience as enjoyable as possible. It is our goal each day to facilitate unforgettable life long memories.

    At Suntex our culture drives our daily behaviors. We have a unique set of core values that are essential in every marina we own and manage.

    MAKE IT HAPPEN
    We hold ourselves and each other accountable.
    Find solutions, not excuses. Measure performance to drive improvement. Roll up your sleeves, get your hands dirty, and get the job done.
    MAKE IT RIGHT
    We act with integrity, especially when no one is looking.
    Commit to quality. Say what you mean, do what you say. Honor your faith and your word.
    MAKE IT TOGETHER
    We succeed as one Team.
    Put the Team before yourself. Seize opportunities and face challenges collectively. Do what has never been done…together.
    MAKE IT FUN
    We love what we do and it shows.
    Work hard play hard. Bring energy and passion to everything you do. Be the reason someone smiles today.
    With the change in ownership, many of the properties will see exciting changes in the coming months, such as new dock construction and additional merchandise offerings to name a few. Announcements with more specific information and timing regarding our changes will be coming to you in monthly newsletters beginning soon. We hope you look forward to being part of the Suntex family and partnering together to continue making these marinas THE destination in Florida.

    Should you have any questions or concerns regarding this change, please feel free to give us a call at your local marina office.
    Sincerely,
    Stephen Lehn
    Suntex Marinas, Head of Operations

  • All Aboard Florida RR to Impact OWW Boaters

    The issue of RR bridge closures by additional All Aboard Florida trains in south Florida was protested and discussed by a number of folks in 2015. See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=153595 and http://cruisersnet.net/153911. The additional Brightline service is scheduled to begin operation in mid-2017. Our thanks to Ted Guy for reminding us of this potential problem for cruisers.

    A big threat to OWW cruisers and local Stuart/Palm City boat owners is AAF’s plan to add 32 trains a day through Stuart over the FEC railroad draw bridge. 32 more trains per day; 20 minute closures for each; you do the math. The bridge will be closed more time than open. Most of the day!

    You may want to contact C.A.R.E. for more info: http://www.stuartmartinchamber.org/member_profile.asp?memID=11085

    W.E. “Ted” Guy, Jr.

    CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON AAF FROM MARTIN COUNTY

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