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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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    Light Blue Background Denotes Postings Concerned with “AICW Problem Stretches”
  • Death in Sunken Barge Incident, Fort Pierce Inlet, off AICW Statute Mile 966

    Fort Pierce Inlet remains closed to navigation. See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=147108 for the events related to this tragic death.

    Death in Fort Pierce Inlet prompts establishment of safety zone

     2:31 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015 | Filed in: Treasure Coast

    The U.S. Coast Guard has established a safety zone in the Fort Pierce Inlet after a person died in the water Tuesday, according to a news release.
    Coast Guard officials responded to the waterway Tuesday for reports of a sinking barge. They rescued three people and a dog, but one person was found dead. He has not been identified.
    The safety zone restricts the following:
    •swimming
    •diving
    •fishing
    •mooring
    •anchoring
    •passing and overtaking other transiting vessels
    There is no timetable for when the inlet will fully re-open.

    Courtesy of PalmBeachPost.com

  • Destroyed Light, Indian River, AICW Statute Mile 944

    This destroyed Light 82 marks the southwest corner of a dogleg turn just south of the Wabasso Bridge at mile 943.

    FLORIDA – AICW – PALM SHORES TO WEST PALM BEACH – INDIAN RIVER SOUTH SECTION: Hazard to Navigation
    Indian River (South Section) Light 82 (LLNR 43790) is destroyed. The remains of the steel pile pose a hazard to navigation and are marked with a TRLB WR82, Fl Q R characteristics 5 yards channelward in position 27-45-31.065N/080-24-48.994W. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution. Chart 11475 LNM: 08/15

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

  • Sunken Barge Closes Fort Pierce Inlet, off AICW Statute Mile 966

    The inlet remains closed and the exact location of the sunken barge is not yet available from the Fort Pierce USCG, but a CG vessel is currently on location diverting traffic to inlets north and south of Fort Pierce. This report is from TCPalm and this alert is brought to you by Fort Pierce City Marina, a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    UPDATE 2/26

    FORT PIERCE — The Army Corps of Engineers has hired an international marine salvage firm to work as quickly as possible on removing a sunken barge blocking the Fort Pierce Inlet.
    “It’s an emergency,” Army Corps spokeswoman Susan Jackson said of hiring Resolve Marine Group of Fort Lauderdale, overnight Wednesday night. The company worked with the oil rig fire and spill in the Gulf of Mexico and with the recovery of the passenger ship Concordia off Italy.
    Coast Guard spokesman Petty Officer Jon-Paul Rios said it is too early to say when the federal navigation channel at Fort Pierce Inlet will be reopened.

    FORT PIERCE — While federal officials continue looking into how to remove a barge that sank in the heavily used Fort Pierce Inlet, boaters are being diverted 20 miles north or south to other ocean inlets, according to Coast Guard officials.
    The 100-foot by 40-foot barge broke up and sank Tuesday, claiming the life of a man who lived in a cabin on it. The barge went down in the middle of the ship channel, about 100 yards inside the end of the ocean jetties.
    That was in 40 feet of water, but the wreckage — including the cabin and other gear — could be as close as 10 feet from the surface, officials said.
    Coast Guard spokesman Petty Officer Jon-Paul Rios said it is too early to say when the Fort Pierce Inlet will be reopened. A team from the Army Corps of Engineers is to be at the inlet today to help out.
    The hundreds of boats that regularly use the inlet are being diverted either to the Sebastian Inlet near Sebastian or to the St. Lucie Inlet in Stuart. However ships at the Coast Guard Station, at the Fort Pierce Inlet, can still get out if need be.
    At the Indian River Terminal, the closure is delaying deployment of a dredge into the ocean to help with renourishing beaches south of the inlet, said terminal spokesman Ken Roberts.
    It also could delay the arrival of a barge through the inlet that’s coming in for repairs Friday.
    “Can I put a number on economic impact, no,” said city of Fort Pierce Marina Director Dean Kubitschek. “It is having an effect on commercial charter boat operations and marinas.”
    The barge was being towed along the coast from Key Biscayne to Georgia. When it began taking on water, it diverted into the Fort Pierce Inlet, ran into strong tides and sank.

    FORT PIERCE — The Fort Pierce Inlet is closed Wednesday after a barge that was being towed sunk early Tuesday evening in the inlet, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.
    Fireman Mark Umphrey with the Coast Guard Station in Fort Pierce said as of 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, the inlet is closed and that boats can’t go in or out.
    Fishing charter operators were turned back Wednesday morning. Capt. Tris Colket of Last Mango charters said the Fort Pierce Police Department Marine Unit turned 21 boats around Wednesday morning.
    Umphrey did not know when the inlet would reopen.
    The barge began sinking about 6:30 or 7 p.m. Tuesday, as it was being towed by a tug named the Main Office, said Petty Officer Jon-Paul Rios.
    Rios said the Coast Guard sent boats and a helicopter, and recovered one person and a dog out of the water. The Coast Guard continued looking for a second person. The condition of that person wasn’t clear.
    Rios said the barge already was submerged when Coast Guard officials arrived.
    Catherine Chaney, St. Lucie County Fire District spokeswoman, said rescue crews treated a man in his late 50s at the Coast Guard station, but she said he declined to be taken to a hospital.
    Rios, based in Miami, said officials used markers to designate the location of the submerged barge and alert others to the hazard to navigation.
    Rios could provide little other information, such as the origin or destination of the vessels.
    Staff writer Ed Killer contributed to this report.

    FORT PIERCE — Two people and a dog were rescued from a sinking barge by U.S. Coast Guard crews Tuesday near the Fort Pierce Inlet.
    Coast Guard crews went to the mouth of inlet after 6:30 p.m., said spokesman Petty Officer Jon-Paul Rios.
    Markers have been around the sunken barge to help prevent boaters from hitting it.
    One person was missing and later found by the Coast Guard. The person was taken to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center & Heart Institute in critical condition.
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    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Fort Pierce Inlet

  • Biscayne Bay Light 33 Extinguished, AICW Statute Mile 1086

    This extinguished light is on the eastern side of the channel and marks a slight turn in the Waterway to the southwest.

    FLORIDA – AICW – WEST PALM BEACH TO MIAMI – BISCAYNE BAY: Hazard to Navigation
    Biscayne Bay Light 33 (LLNR 48330) is extinguished and missing daymarks. The steel pile is marked with a TRLB, WR33, with Fl Q G characteristics. Mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. Chart 11467 LNM: 07/15

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

  • Military Exercises, Canaveral Turning Basin, off AICW Statute Mile 894

    These training exercises are some distance east of the Waterway and north of the Canaveral Inlet and Barge Canal. They will in no way affect navigation except for the noise of the explosions and the pyrotechnic displays.

    FLORIDA – CAPE CANAVERAL – PORT CANAVERAL: JOINT MILITARY TRAINING EXERCISE
    There will be a Joint Military Training Exercise conducted in the East Turning Basin (Trident Basin) of Port Canaveral, FL from 02-06 March, 2015. The exercise will involve the firing of blank ammunition, the detonation of improvised explosive devices and pyrotechnics. Role play vessels will transit from the Poseidon Wharf of the Middle Turning Basin to the Trident Basin each day of the exercise. All exercises will be conducted within the confines of the Trident Basin. Mariners are advised to exercise caution while transiting this area. Further information contact the U.S. Coast Guard, Marine Safety Detachment Port Canaveral, LCDR West or CWO Corr at (321) 784-6780. LNM: 07/15

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Trident Turning Basin

  • Good Report on St Augustine Inlet Buoys, near AICW Statute Mile 776

    Our thanks to Skipper Newsome for the link below showing the placement of markers in June of 2013. Since that date an additional red marker has been added, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=145360. With other possible changes in mind, the report Buoy Assessment is a handsome report and still well worth the time to read.

    The link below to a power point presentation title STA Inlet Buoy Assessment 01-Jun-2013 seems to correlate to the April 16, 2013 meeting notes and provides a good visual and reference to the buoy positions and inlet in general.

    http://www.staugustineport.com/projects/04JUN2013_InletAssessment.pdf

    James Newsome

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

  • SSCA’s Position on FWC Anchoring Summary Released

    The Seven Seas Cruising Association has long been a strong advocate for boaters’ rights, especially the right to anchor without undue restrictions. SSECN applauds SSCA’s publication of their position on FWC’s recent summary of anchoring rights, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=146797, and urges Florida boaters to contact their respective legislators asking for support for anchoring rights.

    PRESS RELEASE
    For More Information Contact: For Immediate Release
    Barbara Theisen, Editor 2/12/2015
    Seven Seas Cruising Association, Inc.
    2501 East Commercial Blvd., Suite 203
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308
    954-771-5662 – Home Base
    editor@ssca.org
    SEVEN SEAS CRUISING ASSOCIATION RELEASES
    FLORIDA ANCHORING RIGHTS POSITION
    The Seven Seas Cruising Association (SSCA) has published its position on the new Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Anchoring Survey results. The FWC will propose legislative changes to anchoring rights. Some are positive, but some will prevent Florida boaters from anchoring, only to preserve the waterfront view of a very few landowners. Every Florida Boater needs to contact their elected representatives to preserve their Florida anchoring rights.
    SSCA approves the following FWC proposal: (Numbering preserved from the FWC Executive Summary. )

    3. The storing of vessels on the water in deteriorating condition would be prohibited. (However, SSCA’s position is that Florida legislators must approve funding for the regulation and removal of these “derelict” boats).

    However, SSCA does not approve of the following FWC anchoring rights proposals as reasonable concepts:

    2. A setback distance where anchoring of vessels overnight in close proximity to waterfront residential property would be prohibited.

    5. If authority was granted to local governments to regulate anchoring in their jurisdiction, an allowance could be created for other anchoring regulations where need is demonstrated.

    Florida anchoring rights are important to all boaters. Florida is a bellwether state for water rights, and if
    Florida restricts federal rights of boats to travel and anchor on public waters, just to preserve the view of a
    few landowners (residential setback), other states may follow. Also, proposal 5 (approval of local regulation) would create an impossible patchwork of differing regulations across the state, subject to the whims and enforcement of local cities and counties. This is what the current mooring field regulations were enacted to eliminate. But SSCA agrees with FWC’s proposal to define and remove derelict boats, if funding is also approved for this regulation and removal.
    Seven Seas Cruising Association, Inc. is the oldest and largest non-profit organization of voyaging cruisers
    in the world. SSCA has nearly 8,000 members sharing the dream of sailing the seas as a lifestyle. The goals of the original founders are still the goals of SSCA today: sharing cruising information, camaraderie, and leaving a clean wake. For more information, go to www.ssca.org

    See: Executive Summary of FWC Anchoring Survey Results at:
    http://myfwc.com/media/2981012/Anchoring-Survey-Executive-Summary.pdf

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  • Work Vessels South of Donald Ross Bridge, AICW Statute Mile 1010

    Although this project involves the Juno Beach shoreline, work vessels will be in the Waterway south of Donald Ross Bridge (see bold print below). The Waterway stretch cited below through Juno Beach is straight and narrow with no markers. The work vessels mentioned are most likely active during the week, so observe caution when passing.

    FLORIDA – AICW – PALM SHORES TO WEST PALM BEACH: Juno Beach Shore Line Protection.
    The Vance Construction Company will begin placing rip rap material along the shoreline of Juno Beach on or about 05 February until approximately 01 August, 2015. Hours of operations will be daylight hours only – Monday through Friday (8:00am to 5:00pm) barges will be moored 24 hours a day/7 days a week. Vessels involved: (3) barges- Lucas One, Mobro ZT111 and Joe’d, (1) tug- Blaise and (1) push-boat-Sea Lion II. Tug Blaise and Push-boat Sea Lion II will monitor channels 16 and 10. The tugs and barges will be operating in the AICW south of the Donald Ross Bridge which may affect some boaters traveling northbound. One barge will be transiting north to the Juno Dunes Natural Area north to the Bluffs at Marcinski. Mariners are urged to transit at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. Contact James Vance (973) 896-8428for further information. Chart 11472 LNM: 06/15

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Bridge Directory Listing For Donald Ross Bridge

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Area South of Donald Ross Bridge

  • Sisters Creek High Rise Bridge Under Construction, AICW Statute Mile 739

    This new fixed 65ft bridge will be north of the existing Sisters Creek bascule bridge with a closed vertical clearance of only 24ft at mile 740.

    FLORIDA – ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY – ST SIMONS SOUND TO TOLOMATO RIVER – HECKSHER DRIVE/SISTERS
    CREEK BRIDGE: Bridge Construction.

    Archer Western Contractors, LLC has advised the Coast Guard that they are working on constructing the new High-Level Fixed Sisters Creek Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, mile 739.2, Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida. This plan includes two temporary trestles placed outside the navigable channel. There will be various floating equipment outside the main channel during most of this construction. The bridge waterway construction will start in February. The main girder span construction and fender system is currently planned for Fall 2015; which will result in waterway closures/restrictions. The exact dates will be published in future Local Notice to Mariners. This project is anticipated to be completed by November/December 2015. The demolition of existing bridge is planned for January 2016 through July 2016.

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  • Destroyed Daybeacon, Melbourne Harbor Marina Channel, AICW Statute Mile 918.5

    This destroyed daybeacon marks the north side of the entrance channel into Melboure Harbor Marina off the western edge of the Waterway just south of the Melbourne fixed bridge.

    FLORIDA – AICW – PALM SHORES TO WEST PALM BEACH – FRONT STREET CHANNEL: Private Aid/Hazard to Navigation
    Private aid Front Street Channel Daybeacon 2 (LLNR 43180) was reported destroyed. The remains of the pile is broken in half and poses a hazard to navigation. Mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. Chart 11472 LNM: 05/15

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

  • Eau Gallie Channel Daybeacon Destroyed, AICW Statute Mile 915

    This destroyed daybeacon marks the south side of the Eau Gallie River entrance channel off the western edge of the Waterway just south of the Eau Gallie fixed bridge.

    FLORIDA – AICW – PALM SHORES TO WEST PALM BEACH – EAU GALLIE CHANNEL: Hazard to Navigation
    Eau Gallie Channel Daybeacon 1 (LLNR 43060) is destroyed. The remains of the pile is sticking out of the water by 1ft and poses a hazard to navigation. Mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. Chart 11472 LNM: 05/15

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Eau Gallie River Entrance

  • Lake Worth Inlet Dredging to Begin, near AICW Statute Mile 1018

    This dredging will be done in the Inlet proper and not the inlet’s intersection with the Waterway. Note the directive regarding the entire channel width. Light 6 is between Singer Island and Palm Beach.

    FLORIDA – PALM SHORES TO WEST PALM BEACH – LAKE WORTH INLET: Dredge Operations
    Cashman Dredging and Marine Contracting will begin dredging operations in Lake Worth Inlet, Palm Beach County, FL on or about February 23, 2015. Dredging operations will be conducted within the Federal Navigation Channel encompassing the entire channel width from Lake Worth Inlet LB 6 (LLNR 10205.5) extending eastward 1000’ past the northern jetty. The project will involve the Trailing Suction Hopper Dredge ATCHAFALAYA removing shoaled material from the Federal Channel and then transiting around the south jetty to dispose of the material in the nearshore disposal area directly to the south of the Lake Worth Inlet’s southern jetty. The dredge will be supported by the survey vessel “SURVEY 2”. All vessels will monitor VHF channels 16, 14, and use 74 as the working channel. The dredge will operate 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. The work is scheduled to be completed on or about March 24, 2015. Mariners are urged to transit at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. Contact the Project Manager, Aaron Barton at (617) 645-3697 for further information.
    Chart 11472 LNM: 05/15

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Lake Worth Inlet

  • Daytona Marina and Boatworks, AICW Statute Mile 831

    This excellent report by Skippers Valentine comes to us via the AGLCA Forum. The entrance channel to Daytona Marina runs west-southwest from the Waterway south of marker #39A and the southerly entrance cut for Halifax Harbor Marina.

    I would like to report excellent service that we received at Daytona Marina and Boatworks (http://www.thedaytonamarina.com). After an unplanned meeting with the bottom we limped into their yard with damaged running gear. Both Kevin Mooney, the manager at Daytona Boatworks and Mark, the owner of Tomoka Propeller were very responsive and efficient. They were also considerate of our status as transients, and went out of their way to keep us floating while work progressed, including a couple of short hauls. We can’t say enough about how pleased we were with this facility and with the entire staff. If you are a cruiser needing some maintenance do yourself a favor and consider having it done here. They did what they said, when they said, and, even with a couple of surprises, stayed pretty darn close to the estimate. The transient docks are in great condition- fixed wooden lay alongs, the laundry and showers are clean and the dockmasters are efficient and helpful. If you need repairs or maintenance consider this your stop. If you just want a nice stop, with a restaurant on the premises and a short walk from the downtown area, give them a try.
    Larry & Theresa Valentine m/v Lauren Grace

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

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

  • Unhappy Stay at Fort Lauderdale Municipal Docks at Las Olas Bridge, AICW Statute Mile 1064

    One of three municipal docks in Fort Lauderdale, the Las Olas docks lie off the Waterway’s eastern shoreline immediately north and south (mostly on the north side) of the Las Olas bascule bridge. Skipper Finley’s report is in contrast to other reviews posted on SSECN. However, with municipal budget cuts, it is possible that conditions at the marina have deteriorated in the last year or so.

    This facility is not being maintained in accordance to the prices being charged. The restrooms are NASTY and not being cleaned regularly. Feces on the toilet seats for 3 days now. toilet paper out. Security I have seen 2 times in 10 days.. People come in at night by walking in with paying customers. Boats come in after dark and leave before dawn. I had a guy urinating off the bridge behind my boat and called security, he was at the fisheries and I never saw him that night. Boaters communicate through the web. I like to be persistent to foster change for a better future for the mariners. I cannot agree I paid $1500 to park a 34ft. boat for this kind of treatment. We need to do better people!
    Scott Finley

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Las Olas Municipal Docks

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Las Olas Municipal Docks

  • US Power and Sail Squadrons Honored by BoatUS

    Boat U.S.USPower and Sail Squadrons provide valuable local community services with their public boating safety inspections and boat handling courses, as recognized here by BoatUS, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    NEWS From BoatUS
    Boat Owners Association of The United States
    880 S. Pickett St., Alexandria, VA 22304

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    (L to R) C/C Robert Baldridge; Cdr. Sterling Wyland, Ocean City; Lt/C. Bonnie Kanoy, North Strand; Cdr. JB Bagby, Ft. Macon; Cdr. Dick Todd, Lake Norman; Cdr. Jim Strothers, Sanibel-Captiva; D/C Mary Dodd, USPS District 8: Ted Sensenbrenner, BoatUS.

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Press Contact: D. Scott Croft, 703-461-2864, SCroft@BoatUS.com

     

    MD, NC, SC and FL United States Power Squadrons Bestowed With Honors

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., February 5, 2015 — At the US Power Squadrons (USPS) Annual Meeting held recently in Jacksonville, Florida, five Squadrons from across the country and one District were honored with Distinguished Civic Service Awards. Sponsored by Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), the awards are given annually to the USPS District and Squadrons in recognition of exceptional service and public boating safety education and service to the boating community.

    “While America’s recreational boaters are enjoying the water with friends and family, Power Squadron members work hard giving up their own time to help make boating safer. They offer boat owners free vessel safety checks, provide boating safety instruction, and more. We greatly appreciate their commitment to ensuring everyone has a safe day on the water,” said BoatUS Foundation for Assistant Director of Boating Safety Ted Sensenbrenner.

    Top Squadron honors went to Sanibel-Captiva Sail and Power Squadron, Florida. Some of their activities included: participating in an on-water wreath laying ceremony honoring lost members of the armed forces, helping a local food pantry, and working to increase safety for paddlers. “They showed how difficult it can be to see kayakers at dusk and in times of limited visibility, and how simply adding white reflective tape to paddle blades can be a real lifesaver,” said Sensenbrenner.

    Second Place for Top Squadron went to Lake Norman Sail and Power Squadron, North Carolina, for their work with youth and bringing a new Sea Scout Ship to the area, as well as support of the “The Dolphin Project,” a local non-profit that performs surveys to monitor the health of dolphin populations.

    Third place went to North Strand Sail and Power Squadron, South Carolina, which hosted shoreline clean up events, collected donations for their local Helping Hands charity and Sea Haven, a residence for homeless teens offering crisis services.

    Runners up for Top Squadron included Ocean City Power Squadron, Maryland, for their community participation in parades, clean up events and their work with a respite care home to take families fishing and sightseeing. Another runner up was Fort Macon Sail and Power Squadron, North Carolina, for their work with the local visitors center to spread safety message as well as publishing boating safety stories and reaching out to boating families.

    Top USPS District Award, which recognizes the collective efforts of all of the squadrons within a region, went to USPS District 8, which includes South Florida and the Keys. The award is based on the amount of classroom hours logged, community outreach hours and number of vessel safety checks performed. These voluntary and free safety reviews are designed to educate boaters about recommended and required safety equipment aboard recreational vessels and to assess the condition of the safety equipment they have aboard.

    US Power Squadrons began with the efforts of Charles Chapman, who in 1914 realized that owners of recreational powerboats needed instruction on how to operate safely and with confidence. Today, the USPS has over 400 regional Squadrons for owners of both sail and powerboats.

    About United States Power Squadrons:

    Organized in 1914, United States Power Squadrons (USPS) is a non-profit, educational organization dedicated to making boating safer and more enjoyable by teaching classes in seamanship, navigation and related subjects. Our members are boating families who contribute to their communities by promoting safe boating through education. We enjoy participating with our fellow members on the water and in the classroom. USPS has nearly 40,000 members organized into over 400 squadrons across the country and in some US territories. USPS is America’s largest non-profit boating organization and has been honored by three US presidents for its civic contributions. Each squadron’s activities involve the three primary objectives of USPS: community service, continuing education, and enjoying the friendship and camaraderie of our fellow members. For more, go to USPS.org.

    About BoatUS and BoatUS Foundation:

    Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) is the nation’s leading advocate for recreational boaters providing its over half-million members with government representation, services such as 24-hour dispatch, on water boat towing as well as roadside assistance for boat trailers and tow vehicles, feature-packed boat insurance programs, money-saving benefits and vital information that improves the boating, fishing and sailing lifestyle. Its 501(c)(3) nonprofit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water is a national leader promoting safe, clean and responsible boating, and provides innovative educational outreach directly to boaters and anglers with the aim of reducing accidents and fatalities, increasing stewardship of America’s waterways and keeping boating safe. For more, go to BoatUS.com or BoatUS.org.

  • Florida Wildlife Commission 2014 Anchoring and Mooring Survey Results

    Here are the long awaited and much debated results of FWC’s survey on anchoring and mooring in Florida’s waterways. See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=145783 for background information.

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    2014 Anchoring and Mooring Public Survey Results and Analysis

    This page contains the results of the Anchoring and Mooring Public Survey which took place November 21st – December 7th 2014. Below you will find an Executive Summary of the overall results. The Full Analysis of the surveyed concepts with public comments attached and a document form of the Original Survey are also available for viewing. In the specific analysis of the surveyed concepts, you will find links to view the free text public comments given for each concept. Thank you for your input and interest in this matter.
    The referenced documents may be accessed at this site: http://myfwc.com/boating/anchoring-mooring/survey-results/

  • Report from USCG Hearings on Proposed RR Bridge Closings

    Our thanks to Captain Wright for this first hand report from USCG public hearings concerning the proposed All Aboard Florida railway service from Miami to Orlando, as described earlier this month in http://cruisersnet.net/?p=146374.

    I attended and spoke at the USCG hearings in Stuart re: St. Lucie River RR Bridge [http://cruisersnet.net/?p=5739] closings issue.
    While the USCG did state that they have no jurisdiction over the railroad, and therefore cannot take a position on the viability (or not) of All Aboard Florida’s (AAF) attempt to add 32 highs speed trains per day to the tracks between Miami and Orlando, USCG did say they are responsible and have jurisdiction over the waterways in so far as safe navigation is concerned. They can (and did in CT at the CT River Amtrak bridge in the 80′s) limit the closing of RR bridges if they interfere with the safe passage of vessels.
    The proposed AAG 32 high speed trains between Miami and Orlando would increase the “bridge close time” to a total of 75 minutes every hour (greater than one hour for those not mathematically inclined) which represents not only a navigation safety issue, but is in actuality a “BLOCKADE”.
    To be successful with the USCG in this matter, we must focus on what the USCG can affect, which is the impact of the bridge closings on safe navigation of the waterways.
    Capt. Ken Wright, North Palm Beach, Florida

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory Listing For Britt Point RR Bridge

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

  • Destroyed Daybeacon, Indian River, AICW Statute Mile 957, 1/28/2015

    This destroyed daybeacon is on the east of a narrow Waterway channel south of Vero Beach, just north of a number of private markers on the west side of the Waterway.

    FLORIDA – AICW – PALM SHORES TO WEST PALM BEACH – INDIAN RIVER SOUTH SECTION: Hazard to Navigation
    Indian River (South Section) Daybeacon 163 (LLNR 44685) is destroyed and is a hazard to navigation. The hazard is partially submerged. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11472 LNM:04/15

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position South of Vero Beach

  • Matanzas River Daybeacon Destroyed, AICW Statute Mile 784, 1/28/2015

    This damaged Matanzas River daybeacon marks the east shore of a curve in the Waterway between St. Augustine Beach and the mainland. N.B. Light 24 just north of daybeacon 27 was reported destroyed on 1/15/2015 and may not have been replaced as yet.

    FLORIDA – AICW – TOLOMATOR RIVER-PALM SHORES – MATANZAS RIVER: Hazard to Navigation.
    Matanzas River Daybeacon 27 (LLNR 39265) is destroyed and is a hazard to navigation. The hazard is only visible during high tide. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11485 LNM: 04/15

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position South of St. Augustine

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