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  • All Eastern Florida Cruising News


    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”
  • “All Aboard Florida” Public Meetings to Begin October 27, 2014

    Boat U.S.All Aboard Florida has been on concerned boaters’ minds for several months this year and our postings have included this important USCG survey: A big thank you to BoatUS, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, for providing us with a list of the public meetings scheduled for public forums on the issue. Boaters are urged to attend and be heard!

    Will Plans for New Rail Service Affect Your Boating?

    BoatUS Asks Boaters to Speak Up at Public Meetings or Provide Written Comments by Nov. 1

    TALLAHASSEE, Fl., October 24, 2014 — Under plans for a new passenger rail service along Florida’s Atlantic Coast from Miami to Orlando, waterway drawbridge closings along the proposed route would become more frequent. The new passenger rail service, known as All Aboard Florida, would offer hourly trains starting in the early morning and ending in the late evening, requiring additional bridge closings on waterways used by boaters in the nation’s #1 boating state. This includes the New River, Loxahatchee River and St. Lucie River. Up to 32 scheduled railroad drawbridge closings per day could last up to 25 minutes each.

    Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) urges boaters and anglers potentially affected by the proposal to have their voice heard at one of eight public meetings held by the US Federal Railroad Administration scheduled for October and November, or to provide their written comments to the U.S. Coast Guard by November 1.

    The US Federal Railroad Administration will hold the following public meetings:

    October 27, 2014, 3:30 PM – 7:00 PM
    Miami-Dade College – Wolfson Campus
    James K. Batten Room – 2106300 NE 2nd Avenue
    Miami, FL 33132

    October 28, 2014, 3:30 PM – 7:00 PM
    Broward County Convention Center
    1950 Eisenhower Blvd.
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

    October 29, 2014, 3:30 PM – 7:00 PM
    West Palm Beach Marriott
    1001 Okeechobee Blvd.
    West Palm Beach, FL 33401

    October 30, 2014, 3:30 PM – 7:00 PM
    The Kane Center
    900 SE Salerno Road
    Stuart, FL 34997

    November 5, 2014, 3:30 PM – 7:00 PM
    Indian River State College – Richardson Hall
    6155 College Lane
    Vero Beach, FL 32966

    November 6, 2014, 3:30 PM – 7:00 PM
    Port St. Lucie Civic Center
    9221 SE Civic Center Place
    Port St Lucie, FL 34952

    November 12, 2014, 3:30 PM – 7:00 PM
    Cocoa Civic Center
    430 Delannoy Avenue
    Cocoa, FL 32922

    November 13, 2014, 3:30 PM – 7:00 PM
    Wyndham Orlando Resort
    800 International Drive
    Orlando, Florida, 32819

    To provide written comments on how these changes will impact your boating or fishing, go to, fill out the survey form and email to the address provided. The US Coast Guard is charged with ensuring safe and unobstructed passage for waterborne traffic while also considering the needs of other transportation modes. Comments to the USCG are due by November 1.

    For additional information, go to

    About BoatUS:
    Boat Owners Association of The United States ( 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 including marina and service discounts, and vital information that improves recreational boating. Its member-funded BoatUS Foundation is a national leader promoting safe, clean and responsible boating and offers range of boating safety courses – including 33 free state courses – that can be found at

  • Main Street Bridge, Single-Leaf Operation, Daytona, FL, AICW Statute Mile 830

    With 22ft closed vertical clearance, Main Street Bascule Bridge crosses the Waterway at Statute Mile 830, south-southeast of unlighted daybeacon #32. Completion date of these emergency repairs is unknown as of Week 42/14.


    Volusia County, the bridge owner, of the Main Street Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 829.7, Daytona, Florida has advised the Coast Guard that the bridge has malfunctioned and they are currently on single-leaf operations. A manual double-leaf opening is available by contacting the bridge tender. No estimated time of repair has been provided. Chart 11485 LNM: 42/14

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

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

    29 13.357 North/081 01.137

  • News from St. Augustine, AICW Statute Mile 776

    This very welcome information on the navigation aids in the St. Augustine Inlet and on area events is sent to us by our good friend and supporter, Port Commissioner Jay Bliss. During his tenure, Capt. Bliss has provided valuable and timely information on the St. Augustine area. Thank you Jay!

    Greetings Port Observers,
    Selected proceedings at yesterday’s Oct 14 2014 Port meeting: USCG Chief Bosun Mike Tomasi reported our USCG has finally been able to allocate a Large LIGHTED RED channel marker #6 for the St Augustine Inlet channel. Until last Thursday, mariners entering our inlet at night had no red lighted markers, only green ones. Thus a few unintentional landings on Porpoise point over the years….
    Your Port board approved $6500 for the annual Regatta of Lights, which the St Augustine Yacht Club organizes and hosts. This year it will be Saturday December 13th. This evening event provides a spectator draw that closes down the Bridge of Lions and packs the bay front with residents and visitors enjoying the boating parade of lighted craft celebrating Christmas holidays.
    Always you’ll find on the Port website a full set of the minutes of any past meeting!
    My commission with the Port expires 13 November 2014. It’s been a pleasure to serve. Two very able individuals, Tom Rivers (who has been on the board before) and Conch House Dockmaster Mark Helman will fill board seats 1 and 5.
    YOU get to decide the one contested seat 3 on your ballot. I’d urge you to vote for Herb Rippe. He brings balanced judgement and an even disposition as Chairman, an objective viewpoint, and is dedicated to the task.
    Our community is favored with a distinguished group of contenders for City Commission seats. We can salute them all, challengers and incumbents alike, for their contributions. That said, this voter prizes the organizational and leadership skills, the integrity, and the data-based objectivity that Nancy Shaver has already brought to our community. She offers her service as candidate for City Commissioner and Mayor. She has our vote.
    Jay Bliss
    St. Augustine Port Commisioner

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

  • Fort Pierce City Marina Updates, AICW Statute Mile 966.5, October 17, 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.

    Tribute to Bill Benton 10/15/2014

    Tribute to Bill Benton

    Anne Maurer
    Fort Pierce City Marina

    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

  • Report on Bahia Mar Yachting Center, AICW Statute Mile 1064.5, Fort Lauderdale, FL

    Bahia Mar Yachting Center is home to the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show, October 30-November 3, and does not accept transients during the show. Bahia Mar flanks the Waterways’ eastern shores, south of the Las Olas Boulevard bridge.

    Bahia Mar in EF will not reopen until Nov. 9th after the boat show .
    Kaye Adams, SSECN Team

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Bahia Mar Yachting Center

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Bahia Mar Yachting Center

  • Naval Target Debris Adrift off West Palm Beach, 10/8/2014

    This Navigation Alert is for our off-shore companions. These drifting targets are quite close to shore south of Lake Worth Inlet. Size of the targets is not given, but assumed to be clearly visible.

    The Coast Guard received a report of multiple floating Navy Inert Target practice objects in various shapes and sizes with mooring lines attached. The objects were anchored on the ocean floor and became loose from their moorings. The physical properties of the objects are described:
    Elliptical-shaped white, two red stripes, made of steel
    Spherical-shaped white, two red stripes, made of steel
    Cylindrical-shaped orange, two white stripes, made of steel
    The objects were planted in positions below:
    Mariners are asked to stay well clear of the objects and report any findings to Navy Range Operations (SFOMF) POC: Anthony Bush (954) 926-4032

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position Off-Shore of West Palm Beach

  • No Fuel at Riviera Beach Municipal Marina until March 2015, AICW Statute Mile 1018

    Due to renovations of the Fuel Dock, the structural portion now completed, see, the fuel pumps are being installed, but will not be completed until March of 2015. Completion of the Ships Store renovations will also delayed until March. Riviera Beach Municipal Marina lies west of Waterway marker #42.

    The whole dock has been renovated and is completed now.
    The shipstore and fuel pumps are still being worked on and won’t be finished until March.
    Kaye Adams, SSECN Team



    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Rivera Beach Municipal Marina

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

  • 9/25 UPDATE: FEC RR Bridge Opening on Restricted Schedule, St. Johns River, Jacksonville, FL

    Our thanks to Michael Lieberum and Chuck Baier and Susan Landry for sending these updates on this 9/16 report by Francesca Amiker of the New4Jax team. This Florida East Coast RR bridge has been the poster child for all that can go wrong with lift bridges. Local Jacksonville boaters and businesses are not happy!! With a closed vertical clearance of ONLY 5ft, the Florida East Coast Railway Bridge crosses the St. Johns immediately west of the Acosta Bridge in downtown Jacksonville. Until someone designs a high-rise, 65ft clearance bridge for railways, we must live with mechanical breakdowns. For more on this issue in south Florida and “All Aboard Florida” railways, see:

    9/25/2014 Latest from 7th District Bridge Management:

    Well Good Morning Larry,
    It is going to be awhile longer, they are trying to continue the repairs while operating the bridge and it is going slowly.
    Michael Lieberum
    Seventh Coast Guard District
    Bridge Branch
    Bridge Management Specialist

    UPDATE: 9/19/2014

    Larry, The bridge is now opening on a limited schedule for the next week to 10 days. They have not said what the limited schedule is. Of course there is no assurance it won’t break down again.
    Chuck Baier

    Railway bridge over St. Johns River stuck in down position
    Marine businesses say they’re losing thousands because of malfunction

    Author: Francesca Amiker, Reporter,

    The railroad bridge near the Acosta Bridge has been down since last Wednesday.
    A spokesperson for FEC Railway said the issue is a mechanical problem with a gear on the track that is preventing the bridge from being raised. The spokesperson said crews are working on the problem and should be finished by Friday. Rail service has not been affected, but marine services have.

    For the full story, go to:


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

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

  • Petition Concerning Florida Anchoring Rights

    Our good friend Wally Moran is circulating a petition concerning anchoring rights in Florida. The petition will be sent to Governor Rick Scott and the Legislative Assembly of Florida. If you are hesitant to sign petitions, you may choose to withhold your name.

    Other states, even other countries, are watching what Florida is doing. If these laws pass, they could have an impact on your cruising grounds. Please sign, and share, and protect all of our rights to the water.

  • Offshore Channel Marker Light Sinking, Government Cut, Miami, FL, 9/17/2014

    This sinking light marks the entrance to the channel into Government Cut in Miami. It is located 2.5 nautical miles offshore and sits northeast of the first channel marker.

    MIAMI LIGHTED BUOY M (LLNR 895/10455) is riding low in the water and sinking. Aid will eventually become extinguished and sink. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution while transiting through the area. Chart 11466 LNM 37/14

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Government Cut Channel

  • 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


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


  • Seventh District False Flare Cases are Costly Events

    As detailed in this article by Adam Linhardt in, 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

    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:

  • Report from Anchoring Regulations Forum in Vero Beach, FL

    This report is from the first of two public forums scheduled for September, see
    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.

    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.

    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.

    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 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.

    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

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