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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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  • More Oppostition to SB 1548

    Here is a well worded essay from a Fort Myers resident opposing SB 1548, a Florida Senate bill restricting anchoring, from newspress.com.

    Insane bill proposes to strangle Florida cruising
    W. DeHaven Porter 2:48 p.m. EDT March 29, 2015
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    Oh, the ignominy of it! Me, a lifelong Republican, about to take up pen and castigate a sitting member of the Florida Republican Party.

    The subject of my discontent? It is Florida SB1548, a proposed draconian bill that would absolutely destroy the reputation of my home state as a cruising mecca for thousands of boaters who relish the freedom to anchor their vessels in a wide choice of beautiful and convenient anchorages. The unintended byproduct of which, I am sure, will be their departure to more welcoming cruising destinations such as the Bahamas or, if opened, the crystal clear waters of Cuba. Loss of their patronage at Florida businesses and marine facilities will certainly exacerbate already tough times and result in layoffs and countless job losses in Florida’s multimillion-dollar marine industries.

    State Sen. Charles S. Dean’s spiteful bill would remove thousands of Florida’s finest anchorages from cruisers’ itineraries. He obviously means to placate self-absorbed coastal residents who get upset when they awake to see a boat anchored anywhere within their range of vision. Indeed, the bill restricts boaters from anchoring overnight within 200 feet of developed waterfront property (single family, multifamily, townhouse or condo.) 200 feet! Good grief, when did God reserve enjoyment rights for thousands of miles of Florida coastline for fat cats living in waterfront gated communities?

    Ah, but you say surely if cruisers are denied anchorages, they will flock to the marinas and thus inflate the pocketbooks of marina operators and local businesses. Not so my friend.

    It may be so in the landlocked brain of the Republican Dean, a career politician who hails from landlocked Inverness. But most cruisers will simply go elsewhere. It is Sen. Dean who has launched this monstrosity of a bill. Of course, he lives too far inland to smell salt air, so perhaps he should be excused for his ignorance of the thousands upon thousands of U.S. and Canadian boaters who annually enjoy the coastal waterways of our gorgeous state. Anyone who lives near a coast is well aware of cruisers’ presence and the millions they contribute to local economies.

    Having been among their numbers for over seven years of cruising life, I hasten to point out that most cruisers not only patronize Florida marinas, but also alternate between renting a slip and hanging overnight on the hook (anchoring for you landlubbers). Indeed, my fondest memories are of many enjoyable anchorages and other congenial boaters enjoying a quiet spot in space and time. Empirical evidence indicates that most cruisers do the same.

    Local water Nazis will ticket offenders. The miscreants are then ordered to physically report to the county court for fining (up to $250). When? Put yourself in the position of a cruiser who must put off your well-planned cruising expectations, rent a car and find the county courthouse at some future specified date, not to mention finding a marina slip in which to leave your vessel. Of course you could just pick up the hook and depart, but that would mean a second-degree misdemeanor charge and a fine of $500. Government out of control? You bet.

    Sen. Dean’s misguided bill is filed under the heading of water safety. It has nothing to do with safety and everything to do with stroking wealthy campaign contributors who think their purchase of waterfront property has granted them exclusive rights to the enjoyment of water views and sunsets.

    Write, email or call your Florida senator and demand equal rights for boaters by defeating SB 1548. I am.

    W. DeHaven Porter lives in Fort Myers.

  • Fort Pierce City Marina Update, AICW Statute Mile 966.5, March 27, 2015

    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

  • Overhead Cable Work, St. Johns River, south of Palatka

    Replacement of these Florida Power and Light transmission lines should not affect our tall masted friends, but if in doubt, give them a call at 561-722-0889. This power line is just north of Porter Cove Anchorage and normally has a vertical clearance of 90ft.

    FLORIDA – ST JOHNS RIVER: FPL Aerial Crossing Work
    FPL will be replacing some overhead electrical transmission line structures within the St. John’s River, in Putnam County, south of Palatka. Barges will arrive the week of 23 March 23 and work will take place until approximately 20 May, 2015. The structures are along the east and west bank and will not be in the central portion of the river. Coordinates for the two poles that are being replaced are: 29-37-21.49N/81-35-42.60W and 29-37-18.40N/81-35-58.55W in the vicinity of Rivercrest Light 11 (LLNR 8250). The vessel operators will be monitoring VHF-FM Channel 16. The point of contact is Mr. Mark Denman of FPL (561) 722-0889. Chart 11487 LNM: 12/15

  • SB 1548 Florida Anchoring Rights Bill, Updates and Editorials

    This is another legislative attempt to restrict anchoring rights in Florida and this request for support comes from M. F. “Sully” Sullivan, Past Commodore of the Hillsboro Inlet Sailing Club in Lighthouse Point, FL. You can read the Florida SB 1548 bill at https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2015/1548/BillText/Filed/PDF and, in addition to the faxes and emails suggested by Commodore Sullivan, make your own decision regarding other action to be taken. Read very carefully the underlined passages. The bill and its restrictions would take effect July 1, but there is no indication as to if or when the bill will be presented to the senate for a vote.

    And this 3/25 News Alert from BoatUS: http://goo.gl/Avg985

    And this 3/25 article by our friend Mike Ahart of Waterway Guide:

    http://www.waterwayguide.com/latest-news/news/4906/new-florida-house-bill-targets-derelictat-risk-vessels

    And this additional information from AGCLA Forum:

    An update for those wanting more information on contacting their Florida representatives:

    First, below is a list of the members of the Environmental Preservation Committee, including their contact information. This is the committee handling the bill at this time. The Chair is Charlie Dean however, he
    introduced the bill. So, it’s been suggested that contacting committee members directly is a better option. Be sure to reference SB 1548 in your communication. The SSCA has also provided information on contacting your
    legislators. Their brochure can be downloaded here: http://www.ssca.org/downloads/ccc/SSCA_Anchoring_brochure.pdf

    Further down in this post is the text of a letter opposing the bill sent by one of our members to his representative. Please feel free to copy and paste this when writing to your state legislators.
    Many thanks to Bill Griffin and Rick O’Connor for providing this information.

    Florida Environmental Preservation Committee Members:      See list below in earlier posting.

    Sample Letter:

    March 23, 2015
    The Honorable (State Senator)
    State Senator District (XX)
    XXX Senate Office Bldg
    Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100

    Via email to: (Senator info)@flsenate.gov

    Re: Senate Bill 1548 “Vessel Safety”

    Dear Senator (Last Name):

    I strongly urge you to oppose Senator Dean’s proposed Senate Bill 1548 “Vessel Safety,” which contains a provision that prohibits “anchoring a vessel within 200 feet of the shoreline of developed waterfront property between the hours of one hour past sunset and one hour before sunrise.”

    While the Bill contains various other provisions prohibiting the mooring of unsafe vessels (such as derelict, inoperative, leaking, hazardous), it appears a principal purpose of the Bill is to prohibit the safe anchoring
    of well-founded vessels that cruise and anchor along the Florida intracoastal waterways.

    I am a member of the American Great Loop Cruisers’Association, an organization of over two thousand members who cruise the Florida waters, the Atlantic coastal waters, and the Great Lakes. We have hundreds of boaters who safely cruise Florida waters every year. Our members provide millions of dollars of economic benefit to the Florida marine and tourism industries. Our cruising boats stay at marinas, visit the many waterfront restaurants and stay in the countless, beautiful anchorages all along the Florida intracoastal waterway.

    As you know, Florida waterfront property is highly developed, valuable and exclusive, affording its owners beautiful sunrises and sunsets over the water, among many other benefits. But upland residential property owners
    do not own the water! Florida waters are held in trust for the benefit of all Floridians and visitors who come here to enjoy our great state and its unique coastline.

    The “Vessel Safety” Bill has no business including an anchoring prohibition of well-founded yachts cruising our shores. Senator Dean’s bill is a flagrant attempt of well-healed property owners (and their state legislators) to claim ownership of the water they have the privilege to look at!

    Again, I urge you to defeat Senate Bill 1548
    (Your Signature and contact info)

    Kim Russo
    Director
    America’s Great Loop Cruisers’ Association

    Update from Perry McDonald, 3/23, 2015

    Here is a copy of the reply I received from my State Representative:

    Dear Mr. McDonald,
    I thank you for your support and look forward to continuing to represent Northeast Florida! Regarding SB 1548, it is not gaining much traction and has not even been presented to its first committee, which is not a good sign. My district staff can explain this more to you if you would like. I have also attached the web page that shows some more detailed information on the bill. As you can see, it has not had movement since March 3rd.

    http://myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=543844

    Kindest regards,
    Travis Hutson

    Florida Senate – 2015 SB 1548

    There is currently a bill in the Florida Senate that will prohibit overnight anchoring within 200 feet of shore in a developed area. This will significantly affect virtually every safe anchorage in Florida.
    Unless action is taken, this law will pass.
    We are attempting to flood faxes and phones of the Committee Senator members reviewing this bill.
    I encourage all cruisers to fax their protest and/or call insuring you reference Senate Bill SB 1548.

    The following is a list of fax and phone numbers. Be sure to reference SB 1548.

    Environmental Preservation The Chair is Charlie Dean however, its his bill. I suggest contacting committee members:

    Christopher Smith Fax 954-321-2707
    Phone 850-487-5031
    EMAIL: CSMITHD93@AOL.COM

    Thad Altman Fax 888-293-3815
    Phone 850-487-5016
    EMAIL: ALTMAN.THAD.WEB@FLSENATE.GOV

    Greg Evers Fax 888-263-0013
    Phone 850-487-5002
    Email: EVERS.GREG.WEB@FLSENATE.GOV

    David Simmons
    Phone 850-487-5010
    Email: SIMMONS.DAVID.WEB@FLSENATE.GOV

    Darren Soto Fax 407-846-5188
    Phone 850-487-5014
    Email: SOTO.DARREN.WEB@FLSENATE.GOV

    Appropriations – General Government
    Chair Alan Hays Fax 888-263-3677
    Email: HAYS.ALAN. @FLSENATE.GOV

    Fiscal Policy
    Chair Anitere Flores (Miami) Fax 305-270-6552
    Phone 850-487-5037
    EMAIL: FLORES.ANITERE.WEB@FLSENATE.GOV

    M. F. “Sully” Sullivan, Past Commodore of the Hillsboro Inlet Sailing Club in Lighthouse Point, FL.

  • John J. Kettlewell on SB 1548, Florida Anchoring Rights Bill

    Renowned author and longtime cruiser, John J. Kettlewell, addresses the many contradictory issues raised by a current bill before the Florida legislature, SB 1548. To read the bill, go to: http://cruisersnet.net/?p=147397 and http://cruisersnet.net/?p=147455. While the restrictions to anchoring found in this bill pertain only to Florida, those restrictions, if enacted, might well find their way into restrictions imposed by other coastal states.

    Anti-Anchoring Bill is Anti-Safety
    John J. Kettlewell

    Once again Florida boaters and cruisers from all over are fighting an ill-conceived anti-anchoring bill (SB 1548 [link to: https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2015/1548/BillText/Filed/PDF]) that purports to be about “safety,” but in reality would limit the number of safe harbors to a handful in much of the state. The main thrust of the bill prohibits overnight anchoring within 200 feet of most developed parts of Florida. As has been discussed here and in many places online, this measure would essentially outlaw all overnight anchoring in many popular places such as Manatee Pocket, anywhere in Ft. Lauderdale, most of Miami, Marathon, and most of North Lake Worth.

    All of these locations, and many more, are where cruisers routinely anchor safely while waiting for a weather window to cross to the Bahamas, or just to ride out a stretch of bad weather. I have done so in all of these places. During the peak winter season it is highly likely that there would be no marina berths available in these same locations, mooring fields would be full, and there would be no alternative but to keep moving night and day despite the weather. Even with the current availability of anchorages it is very difficult to find a marina berth or a mooring in high season.

    Sure, there are safety exceptions in the proposed law, for “mechanical breakdown or when imminent or existing extreme weather conditions impose an unreasonable risk of harm.” Who is to judge whether or not the weather is “extreme,” and whether or not it poses an “unreasonable risk of harm?” Am I supposed to move on in a gale because it isn’t “extreme?”

    Even in good weather what would an ordinary cruiser do? It is impractical and dangerous to run the ICW 24/7, and sometimes even if the weather isn’t “extreme” it is very difficult and uncomfortable to proceed outside down the coast while fighting the Gulf Stream. In short, this bill makes safe and comfortable cruising all but impossible in south Florida, and makes it very difficult in the entire state.

    Cruising boaters are above all else safety conscious. We spend thousands of dollars on safety equipment far in excess of any Coast Guard or other regulations. We do so to protect our lives and property, often valued in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

    At the same time, we enjoy visiting new places where we can anchor safely, go ashore, enjoy restaurants and shopping, re-provision our vessels, and purchase marine equipment. On various trips to Florida I have spent many thousands of dollars specifically on safety equipment: liferafts, epirbs, radios, safety harnesses, anchoring gear, satellite phones, etc. etc. Most cruisers will not go where they would be forced to operate their boats in an unsafe manner, which is what this law would do.

    To anyone who has cruised Florida it is obvious that this bill would “impose an unreasonable risk of harm” to boaters on a regular basis. This is more than an anti-anchoring bill–it is anti-safety and anti-boating.

    John J. Kettlewell
    Author of Intracoastal Waterway Chartbook Norfolk to Miami, 6th Edition

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  • Destroyed Daybeacon, AICW Statute Mile 1007

    This destroyed daybeacon is the east side of the Waterway’s route through Lake Worth Creek south of Jupiter Inlet.

    FLORIDA – AICW – PALM SHORES TO WEST PALM BEACH – LAKE WORTH CREEK: Hazard to Navigation
    Lake Worth Creek Daybeacon 21 (LLNR 46420) reported destroyed and poses a hazard to navigation. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11472 LNM: 11/15

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Mile 1007

  • Destroyed Daybeacon, AICW Statute Mile 1002.5

    This destroyed daybeacon is on the west side of a narrow Waterway channel just southeast of Blowing Rocks Marina.

    FLORIDA – AICW – PALM SHORES TO WEST PALM BEACH – JUPITER SOUND: Hazard to Navigation
    Jupiter Sound Daybeacon 52 (LLNR 46195) is destroyed and the remains pose a hazard to navigation. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution. Chart 11472 LNM: 11/15

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Statute Mile 1002.5

  • Destroyed Daybeacon, Indian River (North Section), AICW Statute Mile 883

    This destroyed daybeacon is on the west side of a straight, narrow Waterway channel north of the Addison Point- Space Center Causeway Bridge.

    FLORIDA – AICW – TOLOMATO RIVER TO PALM SHORES – INDIAN RIVER (NORTH SECTION): Hazard to Navigation
    Indian River (North Section) Daybeacon 40 (LLNR 41395) reported destroyed and poses a hazard to navigation. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11485 LNM: 11/15

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Statute Mile 883

  • Fort Pierce Inlet Closed 3/17-19, Salvage Operation Update, off AICW Statute Mile 966

    The inlet is still open to all cruising vessels, but caution is still required in the vicinity of the sunken barge. See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=147261. NOTE: Fort Pierce Inlet will be closed to all traffic Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (March 17- March 19) due to Salvage work.

    Anne Maurer
    Fort Pierce City Marina

    Fort Pierce recovery and salvage operation update
    Posted 3/9/2015
    Jacksonville, Fla. – Recovery and salvage operations continue in Fort Pierce today as a result of a barge that sank in the inlet Feb. 24. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District officials say operations will likely last through the rest of the week to remove the wreck and its debris field, which are limiting navigation in the Federal channel.

    The Corps of Engineers issued an emergency contract to Resolve Marine Group to remove the sunken barge. Working closely with the U.S. Coast Guard, the recovery team is preparing for the actual vessel lift operation. The Coast Guard is ensuring safe navigation at the inlet while recovery operations are ongoing.

    Officials say the sunken barge is in an extremely challenging location – within the mouth of the inlet where currents are very tricky. Dive time for salvage team is currently limited to two to three hours daily during daylight hours due to the conditions. The operations are too risky to conduct at night. Team members are working with the Coast Guard to see if they can obtain additional equipment that provides better readings on the currents. This information may help provide a bigger time window for the underwater operations. In addition to weather and sea conditions, operations may be delayed if rocks or boulders under the wreck prevent divers from emplacing lift straps.

    Using tug boats to assist, the RMG-400 barge moved into position this morning and deployed a mooring system to anchor the barge. The system includes wire cables running on each of the barge’s four corners attached to corresponding anchors. Winches allow the team to maneuver safely within the anchored area. During earlier operations, the salvage team conducted dive operations to remove hazards, entrapments, lines, etc., from the wreck. Divers also marked and mapped-out the entire barge area for placement of rigging straps, and mapped and marked passageways for the placement of lifting straps. Placing straps on and under the barge is the next step in the operation.

    Initial work included using sonar technology and specialized divers to assess the debris field and identify areas within the inlet with sufficient depth for vessels to pass. Buoys were installed, which marked the debris field, to help boaters navigate safely through the inlet. The Coast Guard is allowing recreational and commercial vessels with less than 16-feet of draft to transit through this safety zone.

    Over the weekend, the salvage crew erected an A-frame for lifting operations on the RMG-400. The crew continued RMG-400 barge preparations, preparing 4-point mooring spread equipment and operations for layout of the wreck removal. Crews also began formulating the ballast arrangement for the lift sequence. The experienced team is applying the latest science and technologies to analyze the situation, plan and safely perform the recovery and salvage operation.

    The Corps anticipates the actual lifting and salvage operation will last the rest of this week, weather and other obstacles permitting, to ensure the area is safely cleared of debris. The U.S. Coast Guard anticipates closure of the inlet in its entirety during the actual removal process.

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Fort Pierce Inlet

  • A Visit to Hontoon Island Marina at the State Park and Blue Spring Park, St. Johns River

    Skipper Reeves continues his exploration of the St. Johns River with a visit to Hontoon Island State Park Marina/Dock, south of Lake George and north of Lake Monroe near Deland, FL. located east-southeast of flashing daybeacon #53 and the northeasterly mouth of Hontoon Dead River.

    Very quiet and laid back. Lots to explore here with many creeks to visit in the dink.We are planning on moving our residence to Florida next week and we can visit here for half price $10 a day all inclusive. I wanted to stay here for ever. There is a marina across the river that does not have good reviews and is very high on fuel prices. Right around the corner is Holly Bluff Marina that has better prices and service. Rick in the shop found me a hose to fix a problem and was very helpful. Rick carries a lot of parts and can get anything you need. Several boaters in little trailer tugs came by and said they stop here all the time. This is not nowhere but you can see nowhere from here.

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    Anchored at Lungren Island with the dink at the island for a dog walk.

    Hontoon Island State Park has a lot of slips but only the T dock has enough water for our trawler and we plowed a little soft mud at 5 ft on the T dock to the West. We picked up WiFi from across the way and the dock has 50 amp service, water and is almost new. Very nice park with hot showers and clean restrooms. The rangers are super nice. No groceries or laundry. All this for $20. a night. Only $10 if you are a Florida resident. https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Hontoon-Island

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    Docked at Hontoon Island only 5 boats were there the week we were there.

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    At Blue Spring you can beach and tie up to the South of the swim area. Do not dock on the dock. Self serve on park fee of $1.00 per person. We want to come back when they allow swimming in the spring . The water is 72 F year round.
    Looks green to me but they call it Blue Spring. The board walk goes all the way down to the “Boil” of over a 100,000 gals per hour.
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    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Hontoon Island State Park

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Hontoon Island State Park

  • Destroyed Daybeacon, Indian River, AICW Statute Mile 950

    This destroyed daybeacon 132 marks the western side of a narrow Waterway channel north of Vero Beach. Note that daybeacon 132 marks a rock ledge west of the channel.

    FLORIDA – AICW – PALM SHORES TO WEST PALM BEACH – INDIAN RIVER SOUTH SECTION: Hazard to Navigation.
    Indian River (South Section) Daybeacon 132 (LLNR 44150) is destroyed. A TRUB is set on its assigned position. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11472 LNM: 10/15

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at AICW Mile 950

  • Indian River Light Destroyed, AICW Statute Mile 925

    Light 21 marks the eastern side of a slight dogleg in the narrow channel at statute mile 925 south of Melbourne.

    FLORIDA – AICW – PALM SHORES TO WEST PALM BEACH – INDIAN RIVER SOUTH SECTION: Hazard to Navigation
    Indian River (South Section) Light 21 (LLNR 43370) is destroyed and poses a hazard to navigation. A TRLB, WR21, with Fl Q G characteristics has been set in position 27-59-28.195N/080-32-23.580W. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11472 LNM: 10/15

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at AICW Mile 925

  • Cumberland Sound Range B Light Destroyed, AICW Statute Mile 710

    Range B Rear Light is slightly west of the Waterway channel, northwest of ICW marker #33 and just north of the Georgia/Florida State Line.

    GEORGIA AND FLORIDA – CUMBERLAND SOUND – FERNANDINA HARBOR TO KINGS BAY: Hazard to Navigation.
    Cumberland Sound Range B Range Rear Light (LLNR 6785/37820) is destroyed. The remains of the structure is marked with a TRLB, FL Q W characteristics and 4NM. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution.
    Chart 11503 LNM: 10/15

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

  • Request for Comment on Lake Okeechobee Restoration

    This request asks for your comments on lake restoration in South Florida, including Lake Okeechobee.

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    Public input sought on permit request allowing FWC lake restoration in south Florida
    Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission sent this bulletin at 03/11/2015 10:06 AM EDT March 11, 2015

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has applied for a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District to conduct restoration activities on four lakes and water bodies in the FWC’s South Region.
    This permit is required pursuant to Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899. The request is part of an overall initiative in which the FWC is working with the Corps to obtain permits for routine restoration work in 95 lakes and water bodies throughout Florida.
    The public can review the request and comment on it (see link below).

    The following water bodies within the FWC’s South Region are included in the permit application:
    •Lake Okeechobee in Glades, Hendry, Okeechobee, Martin and Palm Beach counties;
    •Lake Trafford in Collier County;
    •Lake Hicpochee in Glades County;
    •Lake Osborne in Palm Beach County.

    The Corps permitting process requires the opportunity for public comment. The Corps has published a Public Notice for the proposed work on its website at: http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/PublicNotices.aspx. To view the notice, click on the following file number to open the Public Notice: SAJ-2015-00641 (SP-SLR). If you would like to provide comments or have any questions regarding the Corps permit process, please follow the directions included in the Public Notice. Note that the Web address is case sensitive and should be entered as it appears above.

    Click Here to read the complete Bulletin

  • Southern Boulevard Bridge to be Replaced, AICW Statute Mile 1025

    This article by Angel Streeter in the Palm Beach Sun Sentinel outlines plans for a new drawbridge to replace the Southern Boulevard drawbridge, which has a closed vertical clearance of 14ft and crosses the Waterway and southern Lake Worth at Mile 1025 in West Palm Beach. Flagler Memorial Bridge, Royal Park Bridge and Southern Boulevard Bridge always present a challenge to a skipper’s patience if an opening is needed, especially during these continuing periods of construction.

    State makes plans to replace Southern Boulevard Bridge in West Palm Beach
    By Angel Streeter
    Sun Sentinel
    Construction on new Southern Boulevard Bridge in West Palm Beach will begin in 2016.

    The Southern Blvd Bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway looking west from Palm Beach. The Florida Department of Transportation is unveiling its plans for replacing the Southern Boulevard Bridge. The new Southern bridge will cost about $78 million, and work is expected wrap up in late 2016. (Mark Randall, Sun Sentinel)

    Another drawbridge is coming down in Palm Beach County — but just until its replacement is built.
    The Florida Department of Transportation is unveiling its plans for replacing the Southern Boulevard Bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway in West Palm Beach while it’s still in the midst of building the replacement for the Flagler Memorial Bridge. Both bridges connect West Palm Beach to Palm Beach.

    This time, the state hopes to avoid the pitfalls that have come with replacing the Flagler bridge. The state transportation department plans to build a temporary bridge to the north of the existing Southern Boulevard bridge to keep traffic moving between the mainland and the island.

    Click Here for the rest of the article.

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory Listing For Flagler Memorial Bridge

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

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory Listing For Royal Park Bridge

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

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory Listing For Southern Boulevard Bridge

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

  • Report from Anchorage near Bakers Haulover Inlet, north of Miami, AICW Statute Mile 1080

    This is a report on an anchorage not listed as such in SSECN’s directory and is in response to a 2012 report on the site, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=81100. The anchorage is in northern Biscayne Bay on the west side of the Waterway between the campus of Florida International University Biscayne Bay to the west and Oleta State Park to the east.

    Took the turn toward Oleta park anchorage off of the ICW at red marker 6A. Keep red marker 6A on your port side as your coming in and head west for the docks. Kept 10 feet of water the whole way through off the ICW and anchored in Oleta park in 10 feet of water. Beautiful protected anchorage before Miami, didn’t go to land however.
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  • Safety Zone at Fort Pierce Inlet, off AICW Statute Mile 966

    The inlet is now open to all cruising vessels, but caution is still required in the vicinity of the sunken barge, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=147108. A recovery vessel is in place and the lifting of the sunken barge has begun.

    FLORIDA – PALM SHORES TO WEST PALM BEACH – FORT PIERCE HARBOR – FORT PIERCE INLET: Sunken Barge/Safety Zone Established.
    The U.S. Coast Guard has established a safety zone around a sunken barge at the entrance of Fort Pierce Inlet in position 27-28’20″N 080-17’13″W. The Coast Guard has limited vessel traffic to vessels with less than a 16 foot draft. During salvage operations all mariners are requested to contact an on scene representative to request clearance. For questions contact the Captain of the Port Miami at (305) 535-4472, or a designated representative via VHF channel 16. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11475 LNM: 09/15

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  • Free Dock at Bryant’s Wharf, Welaka, FL, St. Johns River

    Skipper Reeves continues his exploration of the St. Johns River, stopping at spots a bit off the beaten track – good for you Sonny! (See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=147232.) Bryant’s Wharf is on the east shore of the river where “Ramp” is charted.

    Locals very friendly. Nothing here. Other than a nice metal concrete floating dock that is well lighted at night. Small 20 x 24 ft slips. Good depths, Most boats on River slow down but wakes are minimal. The town appears closed up there is a convenience store a few blocks East. Restaurant onsite is closed. A grill and cafe is a hike. We did not go there. Restrooms reported at top of hill in a recreation park. Old Florida small town pop 586. Dock is free with no electric, water or trash pick up.
    Sonny Reeves

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    Dock from hill looking West

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    Public boat ramp to South of the free dock.

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    A closed maritime museum

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    Showers at Welaka Park

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  • Good Visit to Murphy Island, St. Johns River, Palatka, FL

    Murphy Island is south of Palatka and separated from the mainland by Murphy Creek, making for good exploring by dinghy as Skipper Reeves mentions in this report which makes picturesque Murphy Island sound so nice compared to the commercialism of large marinas.

    The dock is short for our 40 ft boat. Water depth is 6 ft at dock and over 30+ ft in river. But it is a nice floating dock with ramp to picnic and camping. We stayed two nights and saw no one except fishermen going fast on the river that waked us. The island has a marked trail that winds around. Very nice! The bugs did not bother us. We were fogged in both mornings until 10ish. Did not see any sign requesting fee. There is one porta potty and some fire pits for campers. The treat is a dink ride around the island. Lots of wild life, alligators and eagles. Would not want to be here in heat of summer. Exposed to North. Georgia Boys Marina on Dunn creek to East.
    Sonny Reeves

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