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    • 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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    • Gateway to the Gulf Newsletter from the City of Gulfport, Fl, October 15, Boca Ciega Bay


      Gulfport Marina includes dry boat storage, ship store, bathroom, public boat ramp, parking, fueling stations, lighted range markers and guest docking facility.

      Gulfport Municipal Marina, A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, and the City of Gulfport always have a full calendar of events for all ages. The marina and harbor, found on the northern shores of Boca Ciega Bay, are easily accessible from the Western Florida ICW, just north of Tampa Bay.

       

      Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Western Florida Marina Directory Listing For Gulfport Municipal Marina

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

      Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Gulfport Anchorage/Mooring Field

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Gulfport Anchorage/Mooring Field

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    • Boatlines October 11 from Marine Industries of the Treasure Coast, Martin County, FL


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

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

      [expand title=”CLICK HERE FOR Boatlines October 11 !“]

       
      Stuart Boat Show – January 11 – 13, 2019
       
      Stuart Boat Show Land & Tents Sold Out
       
      2018 BDBMC Annual Business Appreciation Luncheon
       
      The Business Development Board of Martin County is hosting its Annual
      Business Appreciation Luncheon on Friday, October 26th.   Please join them as
      they recognize local businesses and celebrate their achievements this year. 
      The event sells out quickly, so please reserve your spot today! They look
      forward to great event with Keynote Guest Speaker, Dr. Sean Snaith.
       
      St. Lucie EDC
       
      Leaders on the Links Reception
       
      The EDC, Southern Eagle Distributing / Corona PREMIER, title sponsors, 
      A & G Concrete Pools, Oculus Surgical, Tambone Company and Toshiba invite
      you to the 4th annual Leaders on the Links Harvest Celebration at the prestigious
      PGA Golf Club ─ an event not to be missed! Enjoy stations of delectable cuisine,
      passed hors d’oeuvres, music and amazing silent auction items!
       
      Florida Tax Watch
       
       
      SBA Recover
      Center Information
       
      FPYC Fall Regatta
      Nov 11 – 13th
       
       
       
      October Classes at Chapman School of Seamanship
       
      Career Classes:
      Upgrade from OUPV to MASTER of Less than 100 GRT – 10/18/18 – 10/20/18
       
      Recreational Classes:
      CPC 100 Boating Essentials 10/13/18 – 10/14/18 (Weekend Class)
      CPC 1000 Basic Power Boating 10/15/18 – 10/19/18
      CPC 200 Powerboat Handling 10/20-10/21/18 (Weekend Class)
      CPC 2000 Coastal Cruising 10/22/18 -10/26/18
       
      MIATC Board of Directors
       
       President:       John Yudin of Guy Yudin & Foster
      Vice President:   Bill Biggs of Riverwatch Marina
      Secretary:       Artie Olson of Vero Marine Center
      Past President:   Mike Kiefer of Kimley-Horn & Associates
         Director:         Gail Byrd of Coastal Realty of Stuart
         Director:         Dan Dietz of Dietz Enterprises
         Director:         Gary Geurtin of Coastal Angler – Treasure Coast/Bahamas
         Director:         Eric Hruska of Hinckley Yachts   
         Director:       Mike Kiefer of Kimley-Horn & Associates
         Director:          Butch Olsen  of Pt. Salerno Commercial Fishing Dock Authority
         Director:        Debbie Skidmore of Water Pointe Realty Group
         Director:         Jim Truslow of Boat Owners Warehouse
       
      Michele Miller                                        Debbi Czerniak    
       Director of Operations                              Communications Coordinator
       mmiller.miatc@gmail.com                dczerniak.miatc@gmail.com 
       
      MIATC | PO Box 1639Stuart, FL 34997

       

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    • LNM: Main Street Bridge Closure, Oct 20, 6:30 – 11:00 AM, St. Johns River, Jacksonville, FL


      With a closed vertical clearance of 38ft (charted at 40ft) the Main Street Bridge crosses the St. Johns River just east of the Jacksonville waterfront.

      FLORIDA – ST JOHNS RIVER – JACKSONVILLE – MAIN STREET BRIDGE: Bridge Closure.
      The Main Street Bridge across the St Johns River, Jacksonville, Florida will be closed to navigation from 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on October 20, 2018 to facilitate the USO Armed Services Half Marathon & Freedom 5K event. Vessels that may pass through the bridge without an opening may do so at any time. LNM 41-18 Chart: 11491

      Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Bridge Directory Listing For Main Street Bridge

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    • St. Augustine Cruisers’ Net VHF Back on the Air, October 25, St. Augustine, FL


      Welcome to Camachee Cove Yacht Harbor! Located in America’s oldest city- St. Augustine, Florida- Camachee Cove is a fully protected marina adjacent to the ICW, and less than a mile from the St. Augus
      Port of Call, St. Augustine

      St. Augustine Cruisers’ Net is a VHF broadcast service on Channel 72 offering welcome events, news, advice and other local information for visiting cruisers. And although this service is not related our website, Cruisers Net, we are proud to share their name, in part at least. For more on this dedicated group of boaters, see St. Augustine Cruisers’ Net.  St. Augustine is home to two CRUISERS NET SPONSORS: Camachee Cove Yacht Harbor and Port of Call.

      Saint Augustine, Florida – the St Augustine Cruisers Net will start back up their morning vhf broadcast on October 25th, tune in to channel 72 at 8am. The group hosts regular gatherings for cruisers in the area, more info can be found at www.facebook.com/groups/CruisersNet.
      Thanks for passing along the info to your readers.
      Best regards,
      Michelle Bennett
      s/v Aquamarine

      Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Camachee Cove Yacht Harbor

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    • FWC Interactive Daily Sampling Map for Red Tide

      The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission Interactive link is at the bottom of this posting.


      FWC will provide interactive Daily Sampling Map for red tide

      The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will provide an enhanced, interactive map updated daily of water samples to inform the public on the status of naturally-occurring red tide throughout the state.
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      The online Daily Sampling Map will be offered in addition to FWC’s current Wednesday and Friday updates on the status of Florida’s red tide blooms. This will provide the public with more immediate and accurate red tide data, as researchers process the many water samples from across the state.

      “We are pushing out all we can, when we can, in the spirit of providing the most timely and beneficial information to the public and partners,” said FWC Executive Director Eric Sutton. “We will continually expand efforts to assist during this difficult event.”

      The FWC works with a large network of partners, including private organizations, local governments and citizen volunteers, to continue research and sampling efforts and has conducted meetings and phone calls to develop a course of action for affected areas. This strong collaboration is critical to response efforts in coastal communities throughout the state.

      Additional information is at MyFWC.com/RedTide.
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      Click Here for Red Tide Map of Florida Gulf and Atlantic Coasts

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    • October Newsletter from Marineland Marina, Marineland, FL, 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.

      Marineland is home to Marineland Marina, A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, with many recent facility upgrades and consistently good words from cruisers.

      Click Here for What’s new at the Town of Marineland Marina?

       

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

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    • 5th Annual First Coast Nautical Flea Market, November 3-4, St. Augustine, FL

      Annual First Coast Nautical Flea Market

      HOSTED BY SAILORS EXCHANGE, INC

      FREE TO THE PUBLIC

      DATES: NOVEMBER 3 & 4, 2018

      TIMES: SATURDAY 8 AM – 4PM SUNDAY 9AM – 3PM

      LOCATION: 7 ½ SAN BARTOLA DRIVE, ST AUGUSTINE, FL 32086   

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      **$20 SELLERS 10X10 SPACE**

      RESERVE YOURS NOW SPACE IS LIMTED

      CALL JOHN @ 904-808-0667 M-F: 9AM-5PM Sat: 9AM-2PM

      SUBMITTED BY:

      LINDA ALLEN

      SAILORS EXCHANGE, INC

      222 West King St

      St Augustine, FL 32084

      904-827-9135

      EMAIL: sailorsexchange.inc@gmail.com
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    • Cooking Demo Series, Sandpiper’s Cove Restaurant, Old Port Cove Marina, AICW Statute Mile 1014


      Old Port Cove Holdings

      Sandpiper’s Cove Restaurant and Bar, a premier restaurant at Old Port Cove Marina, A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, located on the western shore of the northern Lake Worth channel, near unlighted daybeacon #7.

      [expand title=”October Highlights!“]

       
      Our Popular Cooking Demo Series is Back…..
      Wednesday October 10th!
       
      Chef Joe is Kicking off the First Demo of Season with
      “A look at our New Menu Offerings”
      Members and Guests will enjoy 4 Specialty Courses demonstrated by Chef Joe and Staff!
      Not only do you get to try each Delicious course, but the Printed Recipes are also included for you to Take Home!
       
      Join us!
      Wednesday October 10th
      Demo Begins at 6pm
      Price: $55pp++ 
      Advance Reservations Required, Seating is Limited!
      Call (561)626-2280 to Reserve!
       
      October 10th Demo Menu:
      I
      BERRY AND GOAT CHEESE SALAD
      Fresh berries, chèvre, walnuts, shaved fennel, arugula and
      vanilla bean vinaigrette
       
       
      II
      CRISPY BRUSSELS SPROUTS
      Truffle infused honey, smoked salt, walnuts,
      aged balsamic and shredded parmesan
       
       
      III
      CHICKEN TORTELLINI à la VODKA
      Quattro formaggio tortellini, grilled chicken and sauce à la vodka
       
       
      IV
      STRAWBERRY SHORTBREAD NAPOLEON
      Shortbread cookies, champagne macerated strawberries
       
      This Event will Sell Out!
      Reserve Your Seat Today!
      (561)626-2280

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      Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Old Port Cove Marina

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    • This Week’s Fun at Sandpiper’s Cove Restaurant, Old Port Cove Marina, AICW Statute Mile 1014


      Old Port Cove Holdings
      Old Port Cove Holdings

      Sandpiper’s Cove Restaurant and Bar, a premier restaurant at Old Port Cove Marina, A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, located on the western shore of the northern Lake Worth channel, near unlighted daybeacon #7.

      CLICK HERE FOR This Week’s Fun!
      Last week of Flavor, National Taco Day, Prime Rib Fridays & The Return of Chef Demos

      Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Old Port Cove Marina

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    • A Boater Grieves the Loss of Anchorages

      Sadly, as Steve Ramsay bewails, what seemed unthinkable ten years ago is now a reality, not only in Florida, but along much of the east coast: free, public anchorages are becoming pay-for-use municipal mooring fields. (Enter “mooring” in the Search window above for a perspective on the battle that was waged against mooring fields in Florida several years back.) While welcomed by some who see the moorings as an alternative to ever rising dockage fees, those of us who boat on a budget and find the moorings restrictive, along with the prohibitive cost of boating in general, are in agreement with Steve, to the point that we can no longer afford to spend much, if any, time cruising. Steve is replying to A Disturbing Message about Anchoring.

      Like so much of our culture today, it is a case of the “HAVEs” versus the “HAVE NOTs.” We hear you Steve!

      I moved here from New England and as a boater since age 2, I am very disappointed with the availability of moorings here (Tampa area). Boating is such a healthy outdoor activity for the whole family. Go to New England, you will see boats on moorings as far as the eye can see, and they only have a 4 month season. [expand title=”READ MORE!“] I had planned on buying a 24 ft. sloop, but I am afraid I will have to abandon the idea altogether. Personally, at $400 per month for a mooring, I am forced to leave my favorite past time to a high end class of people who will continue to enjoy sailing as much as I did. I have been priced out. It seems like boating here is discouraged rather that encouraged and fully advocated for.
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      Comments from Cruisers (1)

      1. Jerry -  September 28, 2018 - 12:36 pm

        You are absolutely correct,Steve. I traveled in a trawler from North Carolina to Louisiana for many years and enjoyed the many towns and anchorages along the way. Not nearly as many anchorages as there used to be. And many more restrictions on the ones that are left. Florida, especially , seems to discourage boating. Especially transient boating. I got tired of the hassle and high cost of marinas, moorings, and dockage and got out of boating. It’s not affordable for the average pocketbook anymore. It’s just one more thing that belongs to the people with a lot of money. The middle class will soon be no more.
        My opinion,
        Jerry

        Reply to Jerry
    • Boatlines September 20 from Marine Industries of the Treasure Coast, Martin County, FL


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

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

      [expand title=”CLICK HERE FOR Boatlines September 20!“]

       
      Eco-Evenings: A Monthly Lecture Series
       
      Launching on Thursday, Sep 20th
       
      The Fort Pierce Yacht Club and partner Manatee Observation and Education Center presents 3rd Thursday Eco-Evenings. Register and bring your friends and neighbors for the kickoff of this community event as the Marine Resources Council Executive Director Dr. Leesa Souto, will discuss the first-ever comprehensive health analysis of the entire Indian River Lagoon. The evening begins with a brief social, followed by Dr. Souto’s presentation at 6:30 p.m., followed by a question and discussion session.
       
      Fall for Safe Boating with a Safety-Skills Course
       
       
      WHAT: ABC3 America’s Boating Course, 3rd Edition
                   Presented by St. Lucie River Power Squadron,
       America’s Boating Club of Martin County
                   Comprehensive course focuses on family boating
      safety to include “Rules of the Road,” seamanship,
      piloting, navigation and more. Completed course
      qualifies for Florida Boating Safety Education ID Card.
       
      WHEN: October 13-14, 2018 – SaturdaySunday9 am-4 pm
       
      WHERE: St. Joseph Parish Life Center
                       (Room 7 on far eastern side of campus)
                      1300 E. 10th Street, Stuart Parking across from
      Parkway Drive on eastern side of campus)
       
      COST: $50, cash or check made payable to SLRPS
                 Includes instruction and materials
                 Families may share materials – $10 fee for each
      additional family member
       
      FURTHER INFORMATION: St. Lucie River Power Squadron website: www.slrps.org  (Click on Event or Education Links)
       
      QUESTIONS and REGISTRATION: Paul Vallier, (772) 678-2468, pavallier@aim.com
       
      Martin County Marine Transportation Route Information
       
       
      Marine Industry Partners – Please Complete This Form!
       
      The Martin County Board of County Commissioners and the Business Development Board have been working for years on creating a designated marine transportation route in the Stuart Park of Commerce and Manatee Pocket areas. This will allow easier access for larger vessels being transported by truck to get in the water. We are applying for grant funding that would cover the cost of potentially burying electrical/cable/etc. overhead lines and adjust traffic signals. The proposal also includes an overlay district that would not allow new developments the ability to construct overhead powerlines.
       
       
      In order for the County to submit the application, we would like for you to take a
      few minutes to complete the attached beneficiary form. This is NOT a commitment, but rather a good faith estimate that if all goes well this project would allow your business to grow by jobs and money.
       
      Use the following information for the first two questions: (1) Proposed EDA Project Title: Marine Transportation Routes (2) Lead Applicant: Martin County Board of County Commissioners
       
       
      International Coastal Cleanup Day,
      September 15th
       
      Ais on the Lagoon,
      September 30th
       
       
       
      October Classes at Chapman School of Seamanship
       
      Career Classes:
      OUPV (Less than 100 GRT) 10/8/18 – 10/17/18
      MROP Marine Radio Operator’s Permit 10/11/18
      Professional Mariner Training 10/4/18 – 12/14/18
       
      Recreational Classes:
      CPC 100 Boating Essentials 10/13/18 – 10/14/18 (Weekend Class)
      CPC 200 Powerboat Handling 10/20-10/21/18 (Weekend Class)
      CPC 2000 Costal Cruising 10/22/18 -10/26/18
      Mariner Training 10/4/18 – 11/30/18
       
       
      MIATC Board of Directors
       
       President:       John Yudin of Guy Yudin & Foster
      Vice President:   Bill Biggs of Riverwatch Marina
      Secretary:       Artie Olson of Vero Marine Center
      Past President:   Mike Kiefer of Kimley-Horn & Associates
         Director:         Gail Byrd of Coastal Realty of Stuart
         Director:         Dan Dietz of Dietz Enterprises
         Director:         Gary Geurtin of Coastal Angler – Treasure Coast/Bahamas
         Director:         Eric Hruska of Hinckley Yachts   
         Director:       Mike Kiefer of Kimley-Horn & Associates
         Director:          Butch Olsen  of Pt. Salerno Commercial Fishing Dock Authority
         Director:        Debbie Skidmore of Water Pointe Realty Group
         Director:         Jim Truslow of Boat Owners Warehouse
       
      Michele Miller                                        Debbi Czerniak    
       Director of Operations                              Communications Coordinator
       mmiller.miatc@gmail.com                dczerniak.miatc@gmail.com 
       
      MIATC | PO Box 1639Stuart, FL 34997
       
       
       
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    • LNM: Fender Repairs, Julia Tuttle Causeway Bridge, AICW Statute Mile 1087


      With a fixed clearance of 56ft, the Julia Tuttle Causeway Bridge crossed the Waterway in Miami Beach.

      FLORIDA – ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY – BISCAYNE BAY – JULIA TUTTLE CSWY (I-195) BRIDGE: Fender Repairs
      Shoreline Foundation, Inc. has been contracted by Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to remove and install new sections to the fender system on the Julia Tuttle Cswy Bridge. The project will begin approximately on 10/10/2018 and will continue thru 12/10/2018. [expand title=”READ MORE!“]During this time construction will consist of removing and installing approximately 30-40 lineal feet of the fender system. Tentative hours of operation will be 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., Monday thru Saturday. During construction, a barge will be located on the northwest side of the fender system outside of the navigational channel. The barge may be located on the west side of the channel blocking ½ of the channel on occasion for removal and installation of the fender system. During non-working hours, the channel will be clear. For waterways information or concerns, call or e-mail LT Samuel Rodriguez-Gonzalez, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Miami, Waterways Management Division; telephone 305-535-4307, email; Samuel.Rodriguez-gonzalez@uscg.mil.
      Ref: LNM 38-18 Chart: 11467
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      Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory Listing For Julia Tuttle Bridge

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    • LNM: Damaged Manatee Zone Sign, near AICW Statute Mile 1083, Miami, FL


      This damaged and partially submerged sign is east of the Waterway and north of Biscayne Point.

      FLORIDA – WEST PALM BEACH TO MIAMI – MIAMI BEACH – INDIAN CREEK: Hazard to Navigation.
      The U.S. Coast Guard received a report of a submerged Manatee Protection Zone waterway marker in Indian Creek, Indian Creek Village, Miami Dade County in position 25-52.131N / 080-08.613W (25°52.1310N / 080°8.6130W, 25.868850 / -80.143550) . At low tide the marker is roughly 12″-16″ below the waterline. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11467 LNM 38/18

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    • LNM: Okeechobee Lock Procedures in Hurricane Conditions

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

      OKEECHOBEE AND CANAVERAL LOCK OPERATIONS DURING TROPICAL STORMS AND HURRICANES: EFFECTIVE:08/26/2018 00:00 thru 12/31/2018 24:00 EST (REFERENCES: a. 33 CFR Navigation and Navigable Waters
      Notice to Navigation – 72 hours prior to a Tropical Storm or Hurricane making local landfall locks will be open 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM supporting vessel safe harbor passage. Lock operations will stop 8 hours prior to land fall as Rail Road and Drawbridges will be lowered or rotated and locked into a secure position. It’s important that all vessels are at their intended destination before bridges are secured as passage across the waterway suspended.
      For Lock Operator safety the locks will: [expand title=”READ MORE!“]
      1. Stop locking vessels or working outdoors if lightning is observed within five miles of the lock and operations will not resume until lightning has not been seen in the area for 30 minutes.
      2. Stop locking vessels when winds exceed 35 MPH.
      After a storm it could be days or weeks before the waterway is reopen depending on damage to structures and how quickly debris creating navigation hazards can be removed.
      For up to date Lock information contact the shift operator 7:00 AM and 5:00 PM at;
      Canaveral Lock 321-783-5421
      St Lucie Lock & Dam 772-287-2665
      Port Mayaca Lock & Dam 561-924-2858
      Moore Haven Lock & Dam 863-946-0414
      Ortona Lock & Dam 863-675-0616 WP
      Franklin Lock & Dam 239-694-5451
      Chart 11428 11478 LNM 35/18
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    • Report from South Boulevard Bridge, AICW Statute Mile 1024.7, Palm Beach, FL


      Our thanks to Rebecca Maxwell for this report and anchorage recommendation. The Bingham Islands mentioned as a possible anchorage are on the eastside of the ICW immediately south of the bridge. Flagler Memorial. Royal Park and Southern Blvd bridges were under schedule deviations earlier this year. See Directory Listing below for background information.

      Bridge is under construction. Clearance is 65’ at lo tide and variance can be 3+’. Bridge openings are on :15 and :45. Our 63’ mast kept us on the southside awaiting low tide. We anchored overnight in 7’ just north of a small cut off Bingham Island. We were far enough out of the waterway for traffic and the holding was good. If you get caught on the southside of this bridge waiting for the next opening, this is a welcome anchorage.
      Rebecca Maxwell

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      Comments from Cruisers (2)

      1. glenn -  September 18, 2018 - 6:43 am

        The temporary bridge will have a vertical clearance of 14 feet in the closed position and 65 feet in the open position with a 125-foot wide navigable channel. The bridge will maintain an opening schedule of twice per hour at 15 minutes and 45 minutes past the hour. There may be half-channel closures during construction.

        Reply to glenn
      2. glenn -  September 17, 2018 - 8:55 pm

        Subject line should read “Southern Blvd Bridge” And this is a temporary lift bridge, with two vertical clearance distances — one in the down position and one in the up position. See photo in website link below

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    • Camachee Cove Yacht Harbor – Halloween Spooky Cruise, AICW Statute Mile 775.5


      Welcome to Camachee Cove Yacht Harbor! Located in America’s oldest city- St. Augustine, Florida- Camachee Cove is a fully protected marina adjacent to the ICW, and less than a mile from the St. Augus

      Camachee Cove Marina, A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is located just off the Waterway’s western shoreline, south of unlighted daybeacon #7 and north of the Vilano Beach Bridge.

      [expand title=”CLICK HERE FOR Halloween Spooky Cruise!“]

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      Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Camachee Cove Yacht Harbor

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    • Monroe Harbour Marina Recommended as a Hurricane Hole, St. Johns River, Sanford, FL

      It’s a fascinating cruise of some 140 nautical miles from the St. Johns River’s inlet at Mayport, to the city of Sanford on Lake Monroe. And here, cruisers will discover Monroe Harbour Marina, a long-time, cruiser friendly spot!

      The safest place I can think of is almost anywhere on the St. Johns river. Monroe Harbour marina is one that I like. It is located in Sanford, which is about 20 miles from Orlando.
      Dick
      M/V “Ladyhawke”

      Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Monroe Harbour Marina

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    • LNM: Schedule Variation, North Fort Pierce Bridge, Fort Pierce, FL, AICW Statute Mile 965


      With a closed vertical clearance of 25ft, the Fort Pierce North Bridge crosses the Waterway in Fort Pierce.

      FLORIDA – ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY – PALM SHORES TO WEST PALM BEACH – INDIAN RIVER – FORT PIERCE
      NORTH CAUSEWAY A1A (BANTY SAUDERS) BRIDGE: Rule Making.

      The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the Fort Pierce North Causeway A1A Bridge (Banty Sanders) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AICW), mile 964.8 at Fort Pierce, St Lucie County FL. This deviation will test a change to the drawbridge operation schedule to determine whether a permanent change to the schedule is needed. [expand title=”READ MORE!“] This deviation will allow the bridge to remain in the closed to navigation position from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Fort Pierce North Causeway A1A Bridge (Banty Sanders) across the AICW, mile 964.8 in Fort Pierce, St Lucie County, FL is a bascule bridge. It has a vertical clearance of 26 feet at mean high water in the closed position and a horizontal clearance of 90 feet. The bridge currently operates under CFR 117.5. There has been a large increase in vehicular traffic over the bridge in recent years due to
      large areas along the beach being developed for residential homes. This test deviation would provide for the bridge to operate on an advertised schedule for openings. The draw shall open on signal; except that, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday except Federal Holidays, Saturdays and Sundays, the draw will open three times per hour: on the hour, 20 minutes past the hour and 40 minutes past the hour. Vessels in distress, public vessels of the United States, and tugs with tows must be passed at any time. This deviation is effective from 7 a.m. on September 1, 2018 to 7 a.m. on February 28, 2019. You may submit comments identified by docket number USCG-2018-0729 using Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov. If you have questions on this test deviation, call or e-mail LT Samuel Rodrigues-Gonzalez, Sector Miami Waterways Management Division, U.S. Coast Guard; telephone 305-535-4307, e-mail Samuel.Rodriguez-Gonzalez@uscg.mil. Chart 11485 LNM 35/18
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    • More from USACE on Tropical Storm and Hurricane Preparations

      With the 2018 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, 2018
      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.”
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      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.
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