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  • 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”
  • Fort Pierce City Marina Happenings, AICW Statute Mile 966.5, September 11, 2014

    The entrance channel leading to Fort Pierce City Marina, a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!, runs to the west, just south of the Fort Pierce high-rise bridge, and well north of unlighted daybeacon #188.

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    The Entire store (except food and drinks) is on sale for 25% Off!
    Please help us clear out our inventory so we are able to bring in new stock.

    Anne Maurer
    Fort Pierce City Marina
    772-464-1245
    FPCM@city-ftpierce.com

    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

  • Important USCG Survey Requested on “All Aboard Florida” Railway Bridges

    Our thanks to Dave Legrow for sending us this Public Notice concerning the proposed “All Aboard Florida” railway, an issue first reported on in April of this year, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=143201.

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    Written comments can also be received via email at:  USCGD7DPBPublicComment@uscg.mil    Written comments will also be received at the locations and dates listed above.

    LINK TO SURVEY:
    www.navcen.uscg.gov/pdf/bridges/publicNotices/D07DPB-11-14_FEC%20RR%20Bridge_St%20Lucie%20River.pdf

  • Seventh District False Flare Cases are Costly Events

    As detailed in this article by Adam Linhardt in KeysNews.com, this is a real No-Brainer, and surely no SSECN reader would ever be guilty of abusing the use of emergency flares. However, it is a good topic of conversation to have in public places where some of the less-informed might overhear!

    False flare cases plague Coast Guard
    BY ADAM LINHARDT Citizen Staff
    alinhardt@keysnews.com

    Misuse of emergency marine flares is giving the Coast Guard headaches and costing taxpayers a ton of money, the agency said last week.
    Since June, the Coast Guard Seventh District headquartered in Miami, of which Sector Key West is included, reported more than 60 flare sightings. Watchstanders then launched air and boat crews in every instance at a total cost of more than $5 million, according to the Coast Guard.
    Each search typically costs between $60,000 and $90,000 when fuel and manpower needs are totaled, according to data released by the Coast Guard.
    “Shooting a flare in a nondistress situation is no different than dialing 911 and hanging up,” said Capt. Todd Coggeshall, chief of response management for the Coast Guard Seventh District.

    To read more, go to:

    http://keysnews.com/node/57961

  • Report from Anchoring Regulations Forum in Vero Beach, FL

    This report is from the first of two public forums scheduled for September, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=143945.
    Our thanks for Skipper Waln for this excellent report.

    Florida Anchoring Meeting, Vero Beach (And the Beat Goes On)
    Tonight I attended the FWC hosted Vero Beach meeting on regulatory Concepts for anchoring in Florida. The meeting was well run by Maj Moore of the FWC who was supported by Capt Klein and a staff of non-uniformed personnel. Seven regulatory Concepts were presented with repeated requests throughout the meeting for the attendees to put their thoughts in the comments sections of the questionnaires provided. A similar meeting is scheduled for Bradenton tomorrow evening. A regulated open mike session allowed time for cruisers, other boaters, home owners, members of the boating industry and locality representatives to speak.

    The core purpose of the meeting was to provide the FWC access to a broader thought base when developing regulatory alternatives to respond to legislative attempts to return to locally controlled anchoring. While the FWC Anchoring Pilot Program was extended for three years in the last session, there is no reason to believe it won’t come up again this next session.

    The elephant in the room issue is a regulatory concept allowing anchoring keep out zones in the vicinity of waterfront residences. The initial language proposes expansive keep out zones which would largely eliminate anchoring in Florida’s most populous and/or geographically constrained waterfront regions — a boon to marina owners and mooring field operators — and quite possibly unconstitutional if not simply illegal.

    As is usual in cases like this, the public comment was all over the map. About 75% of the comments were on topic, the rest were either meandering or sales pitches or diatribes of some sort. Some comments were more appropriate to a legislative comment environment. Of the on topic comments, about half were polite rants [actually this was a very polite crowd, considering the potential downside of both legislation and the FWC keep out concept] the other half contained a few useful ideas and raised issues that will likely require a court challenge to ever see settled. Several people spoke in favor of uniformity in application — but several worried one size may not fit all considering Florida’s geographic variety.

    About 100 people attended. Roughly a third spoke. A couple of people on both sides of the issue behaved badly, but they failed to ignite audience passion or participation.

    I agree with Major Moore. It is better to have this dialog now and concepts in hand when the legislative juggernaut starts up again than it is to respond to proposed legislation with “duh.”

    All seven concepts can be found at. http://myfwc.com/media/2847550/anchoring-public-meeting.pdf

    Chris Waln

  • Destroyed AICW Light in Biscayne Bay, Miami, Statute Mile 1088, 9/4/2014

    This destroyed light and ICW marker is on the west side of the Waterway, just north of the Venetian Causeway Bridge which is north of the Miami turning basin.

    FLORIDA – AICW – WEST PALM BEACH TO MIAMI – BISCAYNE BAY: Hazard to Navigation
    Biscayne Bay Light 48 (LLNR 48390) is destroyed and poses a hazard to navigation. A TRLB “WR48” with Fl Q R characteristics is marking the remains of the steel pile. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11467 LNM: 35/14

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position in Biscayne Bay

  • Missing Daybeacon, Cook Point Channel, Fort Pierce, AICW Statute Mile 964.5, 9/3/2104

    This missing daybeacon marker #15 is on the south side of a channel that reaches Cook Point Anchorage and the beaches of the Banty Saunders Recreational Area. The channel exits the Waterway at statute mile 964.5 with marker #21 on the north side of the North Fort Pierce bascule bridge. Going east from the Waterway, the channel markers are in descending order, because the channel originates from the Fort Pierce Inlet Channel.

    FLORIDA – FORT PIERCE HARBOR – BANTY SAUNDERS RECREATIONAL AREA: Private Aid Hazard to Navigation
    Private Aid Banty Saunders Recreational Area Daybeacon 15 (LLNR 9905) is destroyed. The remains of the pile is submerged and poses a hazard to navigation. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11475 LNM: 35/14

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Cook Point Anchorage

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Cook Point channel.

  • Vessel Insurance in Florida

    One of our readers is looking for recommendations for an insurer for a 40ft trimaran while in Florida. While SSECN is happy to pass along this request for advice, we cannot serve as a broker or even a kiosk for various insurers. Please offer Skipper Laletin your suggestions via a personal phone call to the number listed below or by email at chrislaletin@mac.com. Thanks!

    I recently relocated my 40 foot trimaran from the Chesapeake to Florida for this winter. Enough freezing snow last year and I don’t want my baby freezing again. Progressive Insurance will not renew my policy in Florida since i’m over 35 feet. Boat US wants 10% of my policy value as a premium. Any suggestions on an insurance company that will insure a 40 foot trimaran. I have never made a claim and never used my Boat US towing. JAZ is presently stored on the hard in Saint Augustine. I can be contacted directly by text or voice call at 808 seven seven two 2133.
    Chris Laletin

  • Sailor Requests Advice on Off-Shore Leg off Florida East Coast

    If you have experience sailing south against the Gulf Stream from Lake Worth Inlet to Boot Key Harbor in Marathon and can answer Skipper Yeager’s concerns about this c.175 mile trip, please let us hear from you!

    Hello All,
    I’m going to move my 38 ft sailboat from Lake Park, FL to Marathon, FL for the winter, I’m concerned that the Gulf Stream is going to make a very long passage from Lake Worth Inlet to Marathon. Should I cut the trip into several stops, and if so what are the better ports, marinas to use? Or should I just go for it and do it in one long stretch? When I moved my boat from Sarasota I stopped in Marathon and then the passage from Marathon to Lake Worth Inlet in one stretch. But I was going with the Gulf Stream. Any advice or suggestions would be appreciated!
    Thanking you in advance for your time and help.
    Vaughan Yeager

  • Destroyed Daybeacon, AICW/Sebastian Inlet Intersection, Statute Mile 936, 8/27/2014

    This missing daybeacon is the next to last marker at the western end of the serpentine channel connecting the Waterway to Sebastian Inlet.

    FLORIDA – PALM SHORES TO WEST PALM BEACH – SEBASTIAN INLET: Hazard to Navigation
    Private Aid Sebastian Inlet DBN 24 (LLNR 9810.8) is reported destroyed. The remains of the structure is sitting 1ft above the water and poses a hazard to navigation. Chart 11472 LNM: 34/14

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at AICW/Sebastian Inlet Intersection

  • Aqua Marina has a New Owner and a New Name, AICW Statute Mile 831

    Aqua Marina is now Daytona Marina and Boatworks. The entrance channel runs west-southwest from the Waterway south of marker #39A and the southerly entrance cut for Halifax Harbor Marina. The Office Manager is Linda Grant and their new website is http://www.thedaytonamarina.com/
    SSECN wishes the new management the very best!

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Daytona Marina and Boatworks

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Daytona Marina and Boatworks

  • Good Words for Ortega Landing Marina, Ortega 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. These words of praise come from our friends on the AGLCA Forum.

    Our boat is currently in Jacksonville at the Marina at Ortega Landing while we take care of personal business back home in Atlanta. In my humble opinion, it is impossible to beat Ortega Landing as a great place to stay in
    Jacksonville. The marina itself is superb and superior to many Yacht Clubs in both amenities and their social calendar. The Wi-Fi on the docks is fed by fiber optic and is just about as fast as my home Wi-Fi. It is hands down
    the fastest Wi-Fi I have ever experienced in a marina. Our insurance (Boat US) recognizes this marina as a hurricane hole which saves us a bunch of money on insurance.
    Dave Fuller

    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

  • Fort Pierce City Marina Happenings, AICW Statute Mile 966.5, August 21, 2014

    The entrance channel leading to Fort Pierce City Marina, a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!, runs to the west, just south of the Fort Pierce high-rise bridge, and well north of unlighted daybeacon #188.

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    Anne Maurer
    Fort Pierce City Marina
    772-464-1245
    FPCM@city-ftpierce.com

    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

  • Dredging Operations in Taylor Creek, AICW Statute Mile 965, Ft. Pierce, FL

    Taylor Creek intersects the Waterway at Mile 965 just north of the Fort Pierce turning basin and South Fort Pierce Bridge.

    FLORIDA – AICW – FORT PIERCE – TAYLOR CREEK CHANNEL: Dredge Operations.
    Dredging & Marine Consultants will be conducting dredge operations upstream of the US1 Bridge in Taylor Creek, Fort Pierce, Florida. Operations will be from 0700-1900 daily beginning on or about August 12, 2014. The dredge will monitor VHF-FM channel 13 and 16 for passing arrangements. Operations will run until approximately October 31, 2014. Mariners are advised to use caution when transiting the area. Point of contact for the project is Niles Cyzycki, 386-304-6505. Mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. Chart 11472 LNM: 32/14

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Taylor Creek

  • Missing Light, AICW Statute Mile 908.5, 8/13/2014

    This missing light is on the east side of a long straight channel of the Waterway, just north of the Palm Shores Pineda Causeway Bridge at Statute Mile 909.

    FLORIDA – AICW -TOLOMATO RIVER TO PALM SHORES – INDIAN RIVER NORTH SECTION: Hazard to Navigation.
    Indian River (North Section) Light 95 (LLNR 42285) is destroyed and remains may pose a hazard to navigation. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution. Chart 11485 LNM: 32/14

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Mile 908.5

  • Lake Worth/Lake Avenue Bridge, 7-11AM Construction Closures, AICW Statute Mile 1029

    With a closed vertical clearance of 35ft, reduced to 30ft in September, the Lake Worth/Lake Avenue bascule bridge crosses the ICW at Statue Mile 1029, south of unlighted daybeacon #33.These 4-hour morning closures will certainly impact the annual fall migration.

    FLORIDA – ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY – WEST PALM BEACH TO MIAMI – WEST PALM BEACH – LAKE
    AVENUE/ROBERT HARRIS BRIDGE: Temporary Bridge Regulations/Bridge Repair.
    The Florida Department of Transportation has initiated coordination with the Coast Guard to consider regulations on the Lake Worth/Lake Avenue/Robert Harris Bridge, across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 1028.0, Lake Worth, Palm Beach County, Florida, which will allow for some bridge closures and temporary regulation changes to order to facilitate construction/repair activity on this bridge. The Coast Guard has agreed to allow this bridge to remain closed to navigation from 12:05 a.m. to 4:59 a.m. and from 7:05 a.m. to 10:59 a.m. daily, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. This bridge will be allowed to open once an hour on the top of hour for the remainder of the day. The vertical clearance of the bridge will be reduced by 5 feet which will allow for a vertical clearance of 30 feet in the closed position.
    Coastal Gunite Construction Company has advised the Coast Guard that they will start this project on September 2, 2014 and will continue until May 15, 2015. Chart: 11467 Ref: LNM 45-13 through 30-14

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory Listing For Lake Avenue Bridge

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Lake Avenue Bridge

  • Good Words for Cocoa Village Marina, Cocoa, FL, AICW Statute Mile 897

    Cocoa Village Marina occupies the mainland side of the Waterway, just north of the Cocoa bridge and only a few quick steps from the downtown Cocoa business district!

    Great place to dock and enjoy the Historic Cocoa Village area, there plenty to do including shopping, dinning and relaxing in the park!
    Alex Jackson

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Cocoa Village Marina

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

  • Comments on the Report from the FWC Meeting in Tallahassee, July 22-23, 2014

    These discussions and future meetings are extremely important to cruisers who prefer anchoring to docking. Please note that the mention of derelicts, a major cause of the new regulations and a real issue for coastal communities, is not found in this report. The newly established mooring field program and other anchoring restrictions, intended to solve the derelict problem, have not worked in most cases and have, in fact, severely limited the rights of legitimate boaters.

    For an interesting Public Opinion Survey taken by the FWC, go to page 157 of a 220 page report at http://myfwc.com/media/2704721/FindingsRecommendations.pdf

    NOTE: For comments from a landowner/boat owner, see Michael Bodin’s remarks below. His contribution is lengthy, but well worth reading.

    FWC holds public meeting to discuss the future of anchoring regulations in Florida
    In response to increasing concerns between local governments and boaters related to anchoring in state waters within local jurisdictions, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) conducted a public meeting in Tallahassee on July 21-22, 2014, to discuss anchoring issues and potential ways forward to resolve the conflicts.
    Attended by interested persons representing the boating industry, resident and visiting boaters and local and state governments, the two-day meeting focused on complex issues.
    “Protecting the rights of people to use the waters kept in public trust by the state is very important,” said Lt. Colonel Jack Daugherty. “We all want to keep Florida a boater-friendly state and maintain that great part of the Florida lifestyle and economy. On the other hand, local governments have the duty to respond to the needs of their citizens. We are committed to a robust dialogue and to seeking balance between boating interests and local governments in an effort to identify points of consensus and to help resolve some of these issues.”
    This year, Florida’s Legislature extended the Anchoring and Mooring Pilot Program, which was authorized in 2009 to look for solutions to these problems, for three additional years in order to allow for more time to test various anchoring strategies and to engage stakeholders in exploring possible legislative solutions. During the public meeting, a framework for potential future anchoring legislation was discussed along with several draft regulatory provisions based on components of the pilot program, each aimed at solving or minimizing specific anchoring challenges.

    FWC staff will draft language based on comments from this meeting, distribute that language to interested parties and hold at least two additional public meetings to further refine a possible legislative proposal. Meeting notices and reference documents will be posted by mid-August on FWC’s Anchoring and Mooring web page, found at http://myfwc.com/boating/anchoring-mooring

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    Those promoting anti-anchoring laws often use the argument that it is about eliminating derelict boats, but the reality is very different. For example, many of the laws exempt local boats that are stored–the vast majority of so-called “derelicts.” In some cases the laws have been pushed by local influential home owners who don’t want people anchored near their property, and in other cases they are pushed by marina and mooring field owners who want to force people to pay for using public waterways. The arguments about safety and derelicts are a smokescreen. Note that boats have broken loose from so-called safe moorings in places like St. Augustine, and yet users must sign an agreement that absolves the city of all liability.
    John Kettlewell

    I’m still not buying the party line from the real estate people that this is about derelict boats. The problem is that waterfront property owners pay a lot for that property, and believe with all their little black hearts, that those high prices mean they should control everything they see from that high priced property. The bigger problem is that people who can afford to buy high priced property, can also afford to buy high priced politicians, through high priced campaign contributions. Another problem is that it doesn’t matter how many times they get these laws or regulations brought up unsuccessfully, or lose, they can get as many bites at the apple as they can afford. And, for a lot of these people, that is a lot of bites.
    In a way we’re lucky that they didn’t just decide that they wanted boats banned, because the same legislators that are carrying the water for them on anchoring restrictions, would be more than available to do it for banning boats, too.
    R. Holiman

  • Possible Threat to Manatees by Protected Status Change

    This article/opinion by Katie Tripp of KeysInfoNet.com highlights how this ruling to reduce their protected status might affect manatees on the East Coast and the Florida Keys.

    Odds already stacked against manatees in federal study for possible downlisting
    By KATIE TRIPP

    In response to a lawsuit by the Pacific Legal Foundation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has decided downlisting manatees from endangered to threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act may be warranted, and the agency is embarking on a five-year status review as part of the process.
    Let me be very clear about the seriousness of the situation.
    From 2010 to 2013, 2,441 manatees died in Florida waters, which is 48 percent of the highest minimum population ever recorded (5,077 in 2010), but we’d have to wait until after 2015 to be able to include this data. However, ignoring this information would also constitute a substantial and unacceptable bias.

    For the complete story, go to:
    http://www.keysnet.com/2014/07/23/497910/odds-already-stacked-against-manatees.html?sp=/99/116/

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