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  • Ridley Report: Fernandina Harbor Marina, AICW Statute Mile 716

    The log of Traveler takes us to Fernandina Harbor Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, that puts you right in the heart of the many wonderful things to do and see in this special port.

    5-7-16 Now at Fernandina Harbor Marina. On inside of breakwater (face dock) where anyone would want to be unless too big. Joshua, dock hand, very good—LISTEN to him as the current can be interesting– especially at fuel dock. Saw a nice crash between 2 60+’ boats even after the negligent one was warned off. But again, one of my top 5 places to stop. If u have bicycles, then in for a treat. So many things to see and do here. Fresh seafood store right on the docks and the restaurant there is great!!! Marg’s even better than Coastal Kitchen at St Simons! One of the busiest marinas we’ve seen– in a nice way. Lot of foot traffic on the docks and the historic town is right across the railroad tracks for anything– especially lot of wonderful places to eat– or ice cream!! Only concern was that we came in fairly close to low and the south end of the breakwater- where you have to enter- is very shallow. Stay very close to the south end of the breakwater. Wifi not good at all but we were warned about that.
    Charlie and Jackie on Traveler.

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

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  • 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, friendly, well designed and maintained. Staff are very helpful, and we found electrical repair services right away. Wi-fi is awesome.
    Rick Cass

    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

  • Good Words for Lighthouse Point Yacht Club, AICW Statute Mile 1052

    Lighthouse Point Yacht Club lies south of Waterway marker #68 on the large canal making into the western shores of the Waterway and well south of the Boca Raton Inlet.

    Wonderful marina – good location that is right off the ICW in Lighthouse Point, Florida. Transit boaters are welcome at the Restaurant and it is open for lunch and dinner – check current schedule for day & hours of operation. Zack Rice, their Marina and Harbor Manager is very friendly and can accommodate most requests. Lovely pool area, super wi-fi connection and very calm inside the marina basin.
    Joanne Kindlund

    Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Lighthouse Point Yacht Club

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Lighthouse Point Yacht Club

  • Intracoastal Waterway Deepening Project Underway, Fort Lauderdale, FL

    This tax supported dredging to accommodate the yachts of the wealthiest of the wealthy clearly shows to whom Florida politicians bow. You will pay for the project, but will it aid you in any way?

    FLORIDA – AICW – WEST PALM BEACH TO MIAMI – FORT LAUDERDALE: Intracoastal Waterway Deepening Project
    The Florida Inland Navigation District (FIND) is sponsoring a project to deepen the AICW channel to -15 ft MLW in a ±2-mile section from 17th Street Causeway to just north of the Las Olas Bridge. Material from the AICW channel will be mechanically dredged by Cashman Dredging, Inc. and placed into a barge. The material will be dewatered and temporarily placed at a Dredged Material Management Area (DMMA) located at Port Everglades. Dredging will begin the first week of May 2016, and is expected to continue for about 50 weeks. The Dredge CAPTAIN A.J. FOURNIER will work daylight hours only. During the project, every reasonable effort will be made to accommodate normal, safe navigation operations. However, mariners should be aware that clearances within the AICW will be reduced and navigability will be limited during dredge operations. Mariners are urged to subscribe to daily email updates at for operation reports and potential impacts to navigation, or call Stephen Tobin (877) 294-9990 or (888) 280-9630 for general questions concerning the project.

  • Boat Capsizes off Jupiter, FL, Two Rescued

    CLICK HERE for this story of rescue and video from WPTV West Palm Beach.

    Boat capsizes off Jupiter; 2 rescued
    Katie Johnson, WPTV Webteam
    11:35 AM, May 5, 2016
    2 hours ago

    Two people were rescued after their boat capsized off the coast of Jupiter Thursday morning.

    They were fishing at the time of the incident and about 5 miles from land.

    They were transported to Dubois Park where paramedics met them.

    They were evaluated by medical personnel and one was transported to a hospital.

  • Waterway Deepening to Begin in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    This article by David Fleshler in the Sun Sentinel reports a Waterway deepening project in Fort Lauderdale. Does this tax supported dredging to accommodate the yachts of the wealthiest of the wealthy not clearly show to whom Florida politicians bow? You will pay for the project, but will it aid you in any way? See for the LNM 19/16.

    If you dredge it, officials say, the megayachts will come; Deepening of Intracoastal Waterway begins.

    Work will begin on a two-year project to deepen the Intracoastal Waterway in Fort Lauderdale to accommodate megayachts. The tax-supported Florida Inland Navigation District, which operates the waterway, has hired a company to dredge the waterway from 10 feet to 15 or 17 feet Courtesy Marine Industries Association of South Florida
    David Fleshler David FleshlerContact Reporter
    Sun Sentinel
    CLICK HERE for the full article.

  • Praise for Marineland Marina, AICW Statute Mile 796

     The Town of Marineland has opened its ports with a brand new marina facility creating a destination for boaters on the Intracoastal Waterway between Daytona Beach and St. Augustine, FL.

    Good reports keep pouring in for SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Marineland Marina which lies south – southeast of AICW marker #87, along the Waterway’s eastern shore. Still Clueless is definitely not clueless about Marineland Marina!

    Had a wonderful stay here, once again! Eric and his staff are awesome 🙂 They go out of their way to ensure you, and your boat are comfortable! Super clean marina, and waters thanks to their efforts.
    Thanks again for a nice stay 🙂
    Still Clueless

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

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  • Questions about Port Canaveral Lock System, off AICW Statute Mile 894

    If you are a boater or resident in the area and are familiar with the history of the Port Canaveral Lock system, maybe you could address Travis’ questions. I think we would all like to hear from you.

    From the Atlantic, Canaveral Barge Canal, with a single 600X90ft lock, crosses Cape Canaveral and Merritt Island and intersects the Waterway at statute mile 894. The lock has been closed Monday – Friday from 7AM to 5PM since June of 2015. See

    I would like to know how we could get the locks open to assist the lagoon as well, and what is the reasoning behind the lock system?
    Travis Zimmer

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Port Canaveral Lock

  • St. Johns River Range Light Relocated, St. Johns River, Northern Florida

    This range light relocation is just east of the Waterway’s diagonal path across the St. Johns River and would be of interest only to those cruisers traveling upstream to Jacksonville and beyond.

    FLORIDA – ST JOHNS RIVER – MILE POINT: Mile Point Upper Range Front Light (LLNR 7287) Relocate
    Mile Point Upper Range Front Light (LLNR 7287) has been relocated to 30-22-43.834N 081-27-10.552W. The range has a 360 degree arc of visibility to both Mile Point Upper and Lower Range traffic. While proceeding up river, the additional green light will be visible to the west of the existing Mile Point Lower Range Line. Mile Point Upper Range Line has not been affected. Mile Point Lower Range Light will be relocated beginning 18 April with an estimated completion date of 22, April 2016. Mariners are advised to exercise caution while transiting the area.
    Chart 11491 LNM 16/16

  • Submerged Object in Ponce de Leon Cut, near AICW Statute Mile 843 and Ponce Inlet, 4/13/2016

    This submerged object is at Swoope Public Boat Ramp on the Halifax River in New Smyrna Beach which gives access to the Halifax River and the Ponce Inlet.

    There is a submerged object near the Swoop Public Boat Ramp in Ponce de Leon Cut. The object us barely visible above the waterline and poses a hazard to navigation. A TRLB, with Fl Q G characteristics is marking the hazard in approximate position 29-03-47.431N/080-56-09.548W. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11485 LNM 15/16

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  • Gov. Scott Signs Anchoring Ban

    This report comes from Punta Gorda Sailing Club. Click Here for the full report. Unfortunately, this legislative action may have ominous impact on other Waterway communities along the East Coast as well as other Florida ports.

    ALERT: Gov Scott signs anchoring ban bill!: Starting July 1, 2016, it will be illegal to anchor at any time during the period between one-half hour after sunset and one-half hour before sunrise in the following public waterways…. Read more>>

    Remember to vote against these legislators as they come up for ANY elections!
    Nancy C Detert Senator — District 28
    Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto Senator — District 30
    Senator Bill Galvano – District 26
    Representative Julio Gonzalez District 74 Sarasota County
    Representative Matt Caldwell – District 79 (Sponsor of Bill)

    Support the following Legislators: Representative Kenneth L. “Ken” Roberson District 75 Charlotte County

  • Advice Offered on Off-Shore Leg off Florida East Coast

    Skipper Hominid is responding to an earlier question about the Gulf Stream – see Thank you Hominid.

    Chuck, You’ve perpetuated a common myth that the velocity of the GS current is really strong only in the axis. Off of south FL, the velocity is fairly consistent over the entire width (about 30 NM) of the GS. Shortly after entering it from the west – only a mile or two in – you’ll experience a full 2.5 to 3 kt current and it will rarely be more than about 3.5 kts near its axis.

  • Praise for Titusville Municipal Marina’s WiFi, AICW Statute Mile 879

    Located south-southeast of AICW marker #27, Titusville Municipal Marina is one of the best medium-sized municipal marinas on the Eastern Florida coastline. And now, as praised below by Robert Sherer, has a super WiFi system. It is also only a short driving distance from Dixie Cross Roads Seafood Restaurant, one of the best in the south!

    This marina had WiFi professionally installed and I no longer need a WiFi amp. I can stream Netflix with no stuttering. Tested speed runs between 6 and 10 Mbps. This is the only marina I’ve been in along the ICW that I can stream Netfix in the evening. The staff is friendly and competent, the docks are super sturdy, laundry is only $1/load, there’s a nearby dog park and downtown is a short walk away. At $1.44/ft (fourth day free) or $10/month, it’s a great value.
    Robert Sherer

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

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  • Life Jackets: Wear Them!


    April 8, 2016

    FWC PSA Availability
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    “Wear It Florida!” – Life jackets save lives

    Who: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)

    Why: As boating season in Florida gets underway, boaters can choose to have fun and stay safe on Florida’s waters. And the FWC can help.

    Background: As the boating capital of the world, Florida leads the nation with nearly 1 million registered vessels across the state and is known as the prime boating spot for residents and visitors. The FWC wants everyone to enjoy boating opportunities safely. It conducts boating safety education campaigns to support this goal by encouraging boaters to wear a life jacket, 360-degree operator awareness and sober boating. FWC officers assist and educate vessel operators year-round.

    Resource: Life jacket :60 Broadcast Version:



  • UPDATE: FWC Responds to Fish Kill in Indian River Lagoon

    Shocking images of Florida’s Indian River Lagoon show hundreds of thousands of dead, rotting fish floating in polluted water as far as the eye can see.

    The lagoon system includes the Indian River, Mosquito and Banana river lagoons that make up the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway along eastern Florida. It’s home to more than 3,000 species of plants and animals, and is the most biodiverse lagoon ecosystem in the Northern Hemisphere, according to International Business Times.
    CLICK HERE for the full story from


    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 7, 2016

    CONTACT: FWC Community Relations Office, 850-488-4676,


    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is providing status updates each weekday to keep people informed on the state’s cooperative efforts in response to a brown tide event in the northern Indian River Lagoon/Banana River. These updates will help residents stay informed of the conditions in the lagoon, as well as the latest actions by the State of Florida.

    Last week, agency leadership from FWC, Department of Environmental Protection, St. Johns River Water Management District and Department of Health toured the Banana River near Cocoa Beach down to Patrick Air Force Base. They were joined by Speaker Steve Crisafulli and Senator Thad Altman. In addition, they met with Brigadier General Wayne R. Monteith and other partners at the base. They observed the brown tide event and discussed current status with experts and health officials as well as witnessed local, county, SJRWMD, FWC and DEP crews assisting with cleanup led by Brevard County related to fish mortality.

    Photos of the tour are available here:

    Current Status and Most Recent Information

    • There are no new reports of fish mortality via the fish kill hotline (1-800-636-0511) as of April 5.
    • Fourteen water samples were collected April 6 from northern Indian River, Middle Banana River, Thousand Islands at Ramp road, Eau Gallie Causeway, Melbourne Causeway, W. Cocoa Beach Causeway and Sykes Creek (80 total samples). Results are expected the end of the week.
    • DEP Deputy Secretary Drew Bartlett and SJRWMD Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle visited Brevard County April 6 to discuss the current state of the Indian River Lagoon. They heard from local representatives about the issue and shared with those individuals what each agency is doing to help with improvements.


    Northern Indian River Lagoon Brown Tide Event

    • Water from Lake Okeechobee does not reach Brevard County through the Indian River Lagoon; therefore, there is no evidence the brown tide event is related to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ freshwater discharges from Lake Okeechobee. 
    • FWC continues to work closely with the DEP, SJRWMD, DOH and other state, regional and local agencies to assess and respond to the large brown algal bloom in the Indian River and Banana River lagoons, including monitoring environmental conditions.
      • While brown algae is non-toxic to humans, it can reduce the amount of dissolved oxygen in the water, impacting fish and other wildlife.
    • Response efforts:
    • FWC continues to take and analyze water samples to monitor conditions associated with the fish mortality event; primarily low dissolved oxygen levels.
    • DEP and SJRWMD deployed staff and boats to assist Brevard County with their local recovery and clean-up efforts.
    • Local Department of Health offices continue to monitor for human health impacts and provide assurances regarding public safety. 
    • SJRWMD continues to regularly collect water quality monitoring samples to track movement and trends in the bloom activity and to monitor for changes in the algal species type. In addition to on-the-ground response and monitoring efforts, state and local agencies also continue to focus on longer-term water quality restoration efforts for Indian River Lagoon. 
    • The SJRWMD and partners continue to support oyster reef restoration efforts in northern Mosquito Lagoon.
    • On March 30, the SJRWMD hosted a cost-share workshop in Palm Bay encouraging communities to apply for dollars for projects benefiting the Indian River Lagoon. More information on the cost-share program is available at
    • Governor Rick Scott’s office distributed a press release on Friday, March 25th expressing strong support for the state, regional and local agencies assessing and responding to the algal bloom.

     FWC Response

    • FWC is taking weekly water samples from 8 to 10 sites in the Indian River Lagoon.
    • The highest concentrations of brown tide were observed in samples taken on March 16 from Riverdale Drive and from March 25 at the Saint John Boat ramp in the northern Indian River Lagoon.
    • Samples have been provided by FWC’s Fisheries-Independent Monitoring staff and volunteers.
    • The FWC has received nearly 400 calls and online reports allowing them to document the size and duration of this extensive event, coordinate a response and disseminate information about the cause of the fish kill.
    • Calls can include information requests, fish kill clean-up, and reports of fish mortality and disease.
    • Report a fish kill, diseased fish or fish with other abnormalities to 1-800-636-0511.
    • Report sick or injured wildlife at 888-404-3922 or

    Other response efforts include

    • The SJRWMD routinely monitors water quality in the Indian River Lagoon and its tributaries, collecting and managing data from 58 sites monthly to provide reliable data about current water quality conditions.
    • To monitor specifically for algae species, the SJRWMD partners with FWC and the University of Florida to sample and analyze five sites monthly and provides additional event-driven support when algal blooms are reported.
    • In addition, the district maintains five stations that provide continuous water quality monitoring, sending the information electronically to the agency’s headquarters.
    • In addition to on-the-ground response and monitoring efforts, state and local agencies are also focusing on longer-term water quality restoration efforts for the Indian River Lagoon. These restoration projects and management strategies are essential to reducing nitrogen and phosphorous levels, which will help to decrease the intensity and duration of algal bloom events.
    • To address elevated levels of nutrients in the lagoon, in 2013, DEP adopted three basin management action plans (BMAPs) to implement the projects and activities necessary to bring the lagoon back to health.
      • In addition, DEP has adopted the St. Lucie BMAP, which will also help the Southern Indian River Lagoon.
      • To date, the stakeholders have achieved all obligations outlined in the BMAPs.  

     Restoration Funding

    • Including the recently signed Florida First budget, the state will have invested nearly $80 million dollars in projects in Brevard County to restore the lagoon during the past, current and upcoming fiscal years.
      • For the upcoming fiscal year, nearly $26 million from the Florida First budget will be invested in 10 water quality improvement projects.
      • This includes $21.5 million in a muck dredging project – a key component of long-term lagoon restoration.
      • This includes funding in three key areas to lagoon restoration:
        • Wastewater: $2,872,500
        • Dredging: $61,500,000
        • Load Reduction (storm water): $14,221,788
    • Additional projects may be funded through DEP’s and SJRWMD’s budgets; for example, both DEP and SJRWMD are contributing partners to the Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program.
    • In addition, DEP encourages local governments and communities to reach out to their Division of Water Restoration Assistance, which provides grants and loans for water quality and quantity projects.
    • Additional cost-share funding and other restoration projects are also funded by the SJRWMD.
    • Local communities are also encouraged to engage with the Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program (NEP), a unique local, state and regional partnership to protect the lagoon.


  • A Small Open Vessel and Boynton Inlet, near AICW Statute Mile 1034

    The Boynton Inlet intersects the Waterway at statute mile 1034 and access is restricted by a fixed 18ft vertical clearance bridge. Our thanks to Win Blodgett for sharing this experience which is posted here to remind cruisers of the risks involved with small boats and dinghys in inlets.

    I grew up sailing from Maine to the Chesapeake Bay and have used a Boston Whaler Super Sport 170 (17′) for the past 15 years which I use primarily on the intracoastal. On really flat days it’s great to take it out of the Palm Beach inlet and along Palm Beach or Singer Island. Recently, I made a big mistake of trying to go out the Boynton Inlet at low tide with ocean waves of 2′ to 4′ Some breaking waves at the mouth of the inlet were easily 6′ and although I tried to take the waves bow first at an angle I was drenched head to toe and took on several inches of water before quickly turning about and heading back in. For a small boat in these conditions, that Boynton Inlet is quite treacherous!
    Win Blodgett

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

  • Advice Sought on Lifting Restrictions on Port Canaveral Lock, off AICW Statute Mile 894

    From the Atlantic, Canaveral Barge Canal, with a single 600X90ft lock, crosses Cape Canaveral and Merritt Island and intersects the Waterway at statute mile 894. The lock has been closed Monday – Friday from 7AM to 5PM since June of 2015. See Elizabeth King asks your political advice on changing these restrictions.

    I am a Merritt Island resident. I’ve lived here since I was eleven years old. I would just like to know what we can do as a community to get the Port Canaveral locks opened on a consistent basis, the purpose of which would be to clean our rivers and breathe life back into our estuary. Thank you for any advice.
    Elizabeth King

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Port Canaveral Lock

  • Sharp Lookout! Manatees are on the Move in Florida

    Take it easy through the Manatee Areas, as well as on all inland waters. These slow moving mammals need your assistance. Read the recommendations below for spotting the manatees.


    For immediate release: March 23, 2016
    Look out boaters – manatees are on the move


    Taking their cues from the warm spring weather, Florida manatees have begun leaving their winter retreats and heading north along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts and through inland waters.

    So if you’re a boater enjoying spring days on the water, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) cautions you to look out for manatees and follow posted manatee zones.

    From April 1 through Nov. 15, seasonal manatee zones require boaters to slow down in certain areas to prevent manatees from being struck by motorboats or personal watercraft.

    FWC law enforcement officers will be on patrol in state waters to remind boaters of the seasonal manatee speed zones and will take enforcement actions when necessary. Manatee zones and maps are available at, where you can select “Protection Zones” for links to county maps.

    “Our officers do their very best to support conservation of this species,” said FWC Capt. Gary Klein. “We ask that boaters take notice of the zones and do their part as well by increasing their awareness of the possible presence of manatees.”

    Because manatees are large, slow-moving and difficult to detect when underwater, operators of boats and personal watercraft need to take basic steps to avoid causing injury to manatees:

    Wear polarized sunglasses to help spot manatees.
    Look for the large circles on the water, also known as manatee footprints, indicating the presence of a manatee below.
    Look for a snout sticking up out of the water.
    Follow posted manatee zones while boating.
    The FWC also asks anyone seeing an injured, distressed, sick or dead manatee to call the agency’s Wildlife Alert Hotline, 888-404-3922 (FWCC) or dial #FWC or *FWC on a cell phone.

    You can watch manatees without disturbing them if you follow “Guidelines for protecting native wildlife – Florida Manatees,” a brochure that includes tips for canoers, kayakers, paddle boarders, snorkelers and scuba divers. It’s available at, click on “Boat, Personal Watercraft and Paddle-sport Operators” and then on “Paddle-sport Operators.”

    Support the FWC’s manatee research, rescue and management efforts by purchasing a “Save the Manatee” Florida license plate at, or by donating $5 to receive an FWC manatee decal by going to and clicking on “Decals.”


  • Help Beach Nesting Birds by Giving Them Space

    This Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission news is for our beach combing friends who love to dinghy ashore and explore all the beautiful beaches of our east and west coasts.


    For immediate release: March 22, 2016


    Help beach-nesting shorebirds by giving them space

    Shorebird nesting season is underway along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of Florida and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reminds beachgoers to watch out for and to avoid disturbing birds and their young. Shorebirds build shallow nests out of sand and shells on beaches in spring and summer, hatching chicks that are difficult to see.
    Shorebird nests, eggs and chicks are well camouflaged and can easily be missed and even stepped on unless people know to look out for them. The snowy plover, least tern, black skimmer, American oystercatcher and Wilson’s plover are several of Florida’s beach-nesting shorebird species that face conservation challenges. Despite these challenges, shorebirds can benefit from increased awareness by the public.
    “People visiting Florida’s beaches and coastline can really have an impact on whether shorebirds have a successful nesting season,” said Nancy Douglass, who works on shorebird conservation at the FWC. “Following a few simple steps while enjoying the beach can help nesting shorebirds succeed, giving future generations of beach-goers the opportunity to see these iconic birds along our coasts.”

    Ways to protect beach-nesting shorebirds:

    Keep your distance, whether on the beach or paddling watercraft along the shore. If birds become agitated or leave their nests, you are too close. A general rule is to stay at least 300 feet from a nest. Birds calling out loudly and dive-bombing are signals for you to back off.
    Respect posted areas. Avoid posted nesting sites and use designated walkways when possible. Wildlife photographers should ensure that no camera equipment extends beyond posted area strings or signs and limit photography to no more than 10 minutes to avoid stressing nesting birds.
    Never intentionally force birds to fly or run. This causes them to use up energy needed for nesting, and eggs and chicks may be left vulnerable to the sun’s heat or predators. Teach children not to chase shorebirds and kindly ask fellow beach-goers to do the same. Shorebirds outside of posted areas may be feeding or resting and need to do so wihtout disturbance.
    It is best not to take pets to the beach, but if you do, keep them leashed and avoid shorebird nesting areas.
    Keep the beach clean and do not feed wildlife. Food scraps attract predators such as raccoons and crows, which can prey on shorebird chicks. Litter on beaches can entangle birds and other wildlife.
    Spread the word. If you see people disturbing nesting birds, gently let them know how their actions may hurt the birds’ survival. If they continue to disturb nesting birds, report it to the FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922), #FWC or *FWC on a cell phone or by texting You may also report nests that are not posted to Wildlife Alert.
    For more information, go to and download the “Share the Beach with Beach-Nesting Birds” brochure. Read the FWC’s plan for four imperiled beach-nesting bird species, part of the broader Imperiled Species Management Plan: Or go to the Florida Shorebird Alliance at

    In addition to other migratory birds, all shorebird and seabird species found in Florida are federally protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. This year marks the centennial of the first Migratory Bird Treaty, which the United States signed with Great Britain on behalf of Canada. This treaty, along with three treaties that followed with Mexico, Japan and Russia, set the stage for the 1918 Migratory Bird Treaty Act and solidified international commitment to migratory bird conservation. Learn more about the Migratory Bird Treaty Centennial at

  • Fl Derelict Removal Grants Program Public Meeting, April 4, Fort Pierce, FL

    Our thanks to Perry McDonald for sending us this notice of a public meeting on April 4 in Fort Pierce. Fort Pierce is home to SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Fort Pierce City Marina.


    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is currently revising rule language for the implementation of its Derelict Vessel Removal Grants Program. The FWC is awaiting the Governor’s signature on a $1,400,000 appropriation for the removal of derelict vessels within Florida’s public waters. FWC’s Boating and Waterways Section will be distributing these funds to state and local governmental entities over the course of the 2016-2017 state fiscal year. To effectively distribute these funds, FWC is revising its grant rule 68-1.003, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.) to remove obsolete language and incorporate the revised program guidelines.
    A public rule development workshop will be held to introduce the draft rule and guidelines language and to solicit input from the public and stakeholders before the rule and guidelines are taken to the Commission. Your participation is encouraged.

    This public meeting will be held April 4, 2016, 1:00pm – 4:00pm St. Lucie Board of County Commission Chambers 2300 Virginia Avenue Fort Pierce, Florida, 34982

    For further information pertaining to the FWC Derelict Vessel Removal Grant Program, please contact:

    Phil Horning Derelict Vessel Program Administrator Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Division of Law Enforcement Boating and Waterways Section (850) 617-9540 or email

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