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  • Boats Are Killing Florida Manatees in Record Numbers

    This report from Care2.com focuses on the large number of manatees killed in Florida by boats this year leading to what could be the worst year on record. Slow down in Manatee Zones and keep a sharp watch ahead.

    Boats Are Killing Manatees in Record Numbers
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    Manatee advocates are raising concerns about the number of these gentle giants who have been killed in Florida this year. They hope that increased vigilance and other measures will help keep this from being the worst year on record.

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has already counted 71 manatees killed by boats as of July 22. The numbers are already higher than they were for the same period in 2009, which was the deadliest year on record with a total of 97 deaths.

    The growing death toll has caused manatee advocates to worry that the unfortunate record will be broken this year, but there are differing opinions as to why.

    CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL REPORT

  • Florida’s New “At-Risk Vessel” Law

    SSECN hopes this law will never apply to you, but if your boat is frequently left unattended for any length of time, you should be aware of the new authority granted to FWC law enforcement.

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    Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission sent this bulletin at 07/29/2016 11:00 AM EDT
    For immediate release: July 29, 2016
    Photos available on the FWC’s Flickr site: https://flic.kr/s/aHsjEz2hj2

    New at-risk vessel law helps FWC officials manage Florida waterways

    A new Florida law, approved by the Legislature and Governor during the 2016 Session, will enable county and local authorities along with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to more effectively manage the state’s waterways. The new law (F.S. 327.4107) allows law enforcement officers to issue non-criminal citations to owners who allow their boats to become “at risk” of becoming derelict.

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    “This law allows officers to take action before a vessel crosses that line between at-risk and derelict, and hopefully prompts the owner to rectify any issues with the vessel before it reaches a state of disrepair,” said Phil Horning, FWC’s derelict vessel program administrator. “Prior to this law being enacted, officers had to wait until a vessel met the legal criteria for a derelict vessel before beginning any sort of official interaction with the owner.”

    Under the new law, a vessel is deemed to be “at-risk” if any of the following conditions is observed:
    The vessel is taking on or has taken on water without an effective means to dewater.
    Spaces on the vessel that are designed to be enclosed are incapable of being sealed off or remain open to the elements for extended periods of time.
    The vessel has broken loose or is in danger of breaking loose from its anchor.
    The vessel is left or stored aground unattended in such a state that would prevent the vessel from getting underway, is listing due to water intrusion, or is sunk or partially sunk.
    If an officer observes a vessel with one or more of these criteria, a non-criminal citation may be issued that requires the owner to correct the problem or face stronger penalties after 30 days have passed. If problems are not fixed, non-compliant vessel owners can face additional fines issued every 30 days until they are.

    Officials expect that this new law will decrease the number of vessels becoming derelict, a problem which continues to burden the state’s public waterways.

    “Our goal is to keep Florida’s waterways safe and protect their environmental stability,” said Horning. “We are committed to protecting this valuable resource for the people of Florida and its visitors.”

    Vessel owners are also reminded to sell their vessels properly.

    “Many owners don’t realize that not only is the buyer required to get the vessel retitled in their name, but the seller is also required to notify the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles within 30 days that they have sold their vessel,” said Horning.

    Failure to do so is a violation and may cause the prior owner of record legal troubles should the vessel become derelict at a later date. The FWC will be assisting state and local governments with derelict vessel removal grants that will be available soon. The grant funding was also approved by the Legislature and Governor during the 2016 Session. Interested applicants may contact the FWC Derelict Vessel Program office at 850-617-9540 or email DVGrant@MyFWC.com for more information.

  • Extreme Toxicity Reported in Okeechobee Waterway, Stuart, FL


    One of the four areas tested, Leighton Park, is in the South Fork of the St. Lucie River at Mile 9.5 of the Okeechobee Waterway just south of the Palm City Bridge. Central Marine is on the north side of the the Okeechobee/St.Lucie River, east of the New Roosevelt Bridge and Loggerhead Club and Marina. This report comes from WPTV.com of West Palm Beach, FL.

    Report shows extreme toxicity in four bodies of water in Martin County
    WPTV Webteam
    12:00 PM, Jul 15, 2016

    Water samples taken in Martin County show extreme toxicity in four bodies of water.
    The analysis, done by chemists at the SUNY-College of Environmental Science and Forestry in New York, found that water samples from Leighton Park, Sandsprit Park, Deck and Central contained levels of microcystins that were “extremely high, well above the levels allowed for recreational contact.”

    Special section: Toxic Water

    Microcystins are toxins produced by cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae.
    Those results are not surprising to Mary Radabaugh who manages Central Marine. That’s one of the locations where tests showed extreme toxicity.

    CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL REPORT AND VIDEO

  • Martin County State of Emergency Extended, West Palm Beach

    The state of emergency was put into action June 29th and has now been extended. See http://cruisersnet.net/158039. This report comes from WPTV, West Palm Beach.

    Martin County extends local state of emergency a 3rd week due to toxic algae
    WPTV Webteam
    3:31 PM, Jul 12, 2016
    7:35 PM, Jul 12, 2016
    Martin County said it is extending a local state of emergency for a third week due to toxic algae. The decision allows the government to streamline efforts to finance projects that could remedy the algae situation.

    The decision came on the same day that Gov. Rick Scott sent a letter to Florida’s congressional delegation.

    CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL REPORT AND VIDEO

    RELATED: More toxic water coverage | MAP: Algal blooms in Florida

  • St. Johns Boaters Asked to Reduce Wake, Mile Point, east of AICW/St Johns River Intersection


    Mile Point is on the north side of the St. Johns River just east of Sisters Creek where the Waterway crosses the river. This construction will continue until November of 2016.

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    Corps asks boaters to SLOW DOWN, use caution
    Jacksonville, Fla. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers asks boaters to slow down and use extra caution within the Mile Point construction area on the St. Johns River.
    “We’ve seen some close calls here on the water because people are speeding through the area,” said Corps Construction Project Engineer Mike Lyons, Jacksonville District.
    “The Contractor is lifting 50,000 pound objects for construction of the west leg training wall, and a large wake within the construction zone while these objects are suspended can cause damage to equipment and harm to personnel. These wakes also make it difficult (and dangerous) for the crew boats shuttling construction personnel to different areas within the work site.”
    The construction zone contains a variety of large vessels, including a crane barge, an excavator barge, several support barges and a dredge with pipelines, in the Chicopit Bay and Intracoastal Waterway on the St. Johns. Some areas are restricted to construction personnel only due to public safety concerns.
    The Mile Point project will improve vessel navigation by rerouting the navigable waters in the Chicopit Bay and the Inter-Coastal Waterway system. Mile Point is where the St. Johns River meets the Intracoastal Waterway, resulting in difficult cross-currents at ebb tide. This restricts port navigation, causing delays and shipping inefficiencies.

    CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL REPORT

  • Canaveral Lock Affected by Lightning Strike, near AICW Statute Mile 894, 7/6/2016


    Canaveral Lock had just returned to a normal opening schedule after construction work that was completed in June. Normal opening schedule is hoped to resume by the end of this week. Canaveral Barge Canal, with a single 600X90ft lock, crosses Cape Canaveral and Merritt Island and intersects the Waterway at statute mile 894. Our thanks to Officer Skolte for this notice.

    All,
    For your information, in case you have not already seen this news release regarding operations at Canaveral Lock – please share widely with interested parties, including posts to the Jacksonville District Facebook page
    https://www.facebook.com/JacksonvilleDistrict/ and on Twitter @JaxStrong.
    Thanks, Erica Skolte

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Lighting strike affects operations at Canaveral Lock
    A weekend lightning strike at Canaveral Lock will affect boating operations for the early part of this week.
    Operators with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District will be operating the lock on a restricted schedule. Locking operations will be conducted at the top of every hour between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. at the structure, located between the Banana River and Port Canaveral’s west turning basin along Florida’s Space Coast. The Corps suspended operations Sunday afternoon following the lightning strike, but locking was resumed earlier today (July 4) after delivery of a generator.

    “A lightning strike rendered the eastern gate inoperable,” said Candida Bronson, Deputy Operations Division Chief for Jacksonville District. “We moved a portable generator to the site today, and hope to restore the lock to full operations later this week.”
    The Corps advises boaters to plan for potential delays over the next three days, while repairs continue. The Corps finished construction on the lock in 1965 to assist with safe passage from the port to the Atlantic Ocean. It is one of six locks operated by the Jacksonville District. For more information on the district’s lock structures, please visit the following website:
    http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Navigation/Navigation-Locks. /

    John H Campbell
    Public Affairs Specialist
    Jacksonville District, US Army Corps of Engineers
    Jacksonville, FL
    Office: 904-232-1004
    Mobile: 904-614-9134
    Join our online communities: http://about.me/usacejax/

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

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

  • Severe Shoaling and Groundings, South of Ponce Inlet, AICW Statute Mile 844, 7/3/2016


    Waterway marker #17 is on the north side of the east-west channel north of an elbow turn. Our thanks to Richard Holtz for this Alert. See http://cruisersnet.net/107845 for earlier reports of shoaling in this area.

    Area of Marker 17 New Smyrna Beach three vessels grounded today during low tide. There is water North and East of the marked channel. Recommend you call Sea Tow or Boat US before transiting area. This is at the ICW Western Cut South of Ponce Inlet and Rock House Creek.
    Richard Holtz

    There were three hard groundings today just North of R18A and RG C at the start of the ICW Western cut south of Rock House Creek.
    Richard Holtz

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position near Ponce Inlet.

  • Captain Jim Healy Discusses the Waterway from Charleston to St. Augustine

    Longtime cruiser and SSECN Contributing Editor, Captain Jim Healy, shares his knowledge and experience in these observations on this portion of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. Thank you Jim!

    The entire region from Charleston to St. Augustine has high tidal ranges, ranging from 5′ at St. Augustine to as much as 9′ in Savannah/Beaufort/Charleston.  Those high tidal ranges create swift tidal currents, and especially for first-times, docking is easiest in the 1/2 hour before and after slack.
    There are many areas of shallow water in the region.  The very best resource for current data on low water and caution areas is available via www.activecaptain.com.  Two other  websites that all ICW travelers should know about are www.waterwayguide.com and www.cruisersnet.net.  I’m sure you are familiar with the Waterway Guide book series.  The “Salty Southeast Cruiser’s Net” (SSECN) is  really a boating group.  It was founded by Claiborne Young.  After Claiborne’s untimely loss, the group continued in operation.  The Cruiser’s Net website specializes on the US Southeast.  There is some duplication of material between the WWG site and the SSECN site, but there is unique value to both.  Both are excellent resources for fuel prices, marinas and anchorages.  These websites would make a good sidebar for any ICW article.  Two of these websites require registration – SSECN does not – and all three are free, and all are very useful to ICW boaters.  Both WWG and SSECN also have smart phone apps that duplicate and augment website information and are very useful on small-format devices.
    There are some generalizations that apply to the region, including the stretch from Georgetown, SC all the way south to below Fernandina Beach.  In some of those areas, boats drawing more than 4′ will want to consider not traveling at low tide; especially celestial low tides.  The Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) is responsible for dredging the ICW.  USACE is funded by state congressional delegations.  In recent years, the money congress allocates to dredging has been diverted to “more pressing needs,” and so many areas of the ICW are shoaling, and in fact, the ICW resource is slowly being lost; well, allowed to die, really, by congress.  There is a not-for-profit called the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association.  The Executive Director is Brad Pickel; bpickel@seahavenconsulting.com.  That would make another sidebar for any article on the ICW.  There are some local knowledge bypasses around some shoal areas.  All of the cruising sites above can provide additional detail.
    Renting a car in any of these venues greatly expands what a boating visitor can see and do.  Some, but not all, marinas have courtesy cars.  Generally they can’t be used for long periods, but they are useful for re-provisioning when needed.
    Hope this helps.
    Jim
    Peg and Jim Healy aboard Sanctuary, currently at Ft. Myers, FL
  • Algae Bloom Causes Officials to Urge Closing Okeechobee Locks

    Closing the Okeechobee and St. Lucie Locks, even temporarily, would throw a wrench into plans cruisers traveling between the coasts.

    STUART, Florida — County officials on Florida’s Atlantic coast want the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to close the locks between Lake Okeechobee and the St. Lucie River.

    The Palm Beach Post reports (http://pbpo.st/28ZW5vN ) the Martin County Commission decided at an emergency meeting Tuesday to ask state and federal authorities to declare a disaster where blue-green algae has closed beaches.

    The corps releases water east and west of the lake to relieve pressure on its aging dike. Corps spokesman John Campbell says those discharges are likely to continue as the lake’s water level has been rising.

    Gov. Rick Scott said the federal government “has not done a good job so far” of directing water south of the lake instead of to the coasts.

    State officials say specimens from the area show an “extremely low level of toxins.”

    CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL STORY FROM THE DAILY JOURNAL

    And this from WPTV.com

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans on reducing the amount of water flowing from Lake Okeechobee this weekend due to the blue green algae problem on the Treasure Coast.
    The lake level is currently at 14.90 feet. The Corps says that’s up more than a foot from its low for 2016 of 13.64 on May 17.
    The Corps says it has been a challenging year.
    “Our water managers have dealt with such large quantities of rain and runoff entering the lake that it would cover the entire state of Delaware in two feet of water. However, after visiting with local elected officials in Martin County yesterday and viewing the algae first hand, we felt compelled to take action, even though we need to remain vigilant in managing the level of Lake Okeechobee,” said U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District Commander Col. Jason Kirk in a statement.

    CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL STORY and startling photos

     

  • Captain Jim Healy on St. Augustine and Titusville, FL, AICW Statute Miles 778 and 879


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    Contributing Editor, Captain Jim Healy, shares his perspective on St. Augustine, FL, home to three SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSORS and on Titusville, FL. Our thanks to Jim Healy for sharing his observations!

    St. Augustine, FL: The St. Augustine light house is open to the public; the Catholic Cathedral Basilica would be of architectural interest to all; the Fort itself (Castillo de San Marcos) is wonderful, and the docents that do the historical interpretation are excellent.  There are many restaurants within walking distance of the St. Augustine City Marina.  We like the a1a Ale House.
    Titusville, FL: Not really remarkable as a destination in itself, but the Titusville City Marina is an excellent place for boaters to stay in order to visit NASA at Cape Canaveral; the public areas and displays at Canaveral are excellent.  It’s also a great place to watch a launch, if one is scheduled.

    Jim Healy

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Camachee Cove Yacht Harbor

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Camachee Cove Yacht Harbor

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

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

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

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

  • Captain Jim Healy on Fernandina, FL, AICW Statute Mile 716


    Contributing Editor, Captain Jim Healy, shares his perspective on Fernandina, FL, home to two SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSORS. Thank you Jim!

     

    Fernandina Beach, FL: City is easy walking distance right at the foot of the docks at the Fernandina Harbor Marina.  Take the tour to Fort Clinch.  Visit the house where the Pippi Longstocking movie was filmed.  Visit Billy Burbank’s trawl net factory; they make shrimp nets; they’re open to the public for tours, and it’s a very interesting afternoon.

    Jim Healy

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

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

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Amelia Island Yacht Basin

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Amelia Island Yacht Basin

  • Boat Fire on Ft Lauderdale ICW

    This story comes from reporter Anne Gettis in the Sun Sentinel.

    A family of four and their dog had to bail out after their boat burst into flames on the Intracoastal Waterway Saturday evening.
    Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue and police were called to the scene at Datura Court and the Intracoastal just after 7 p.m. Fire investigators were working late Saturday to determine what had caused the blaze.

    CLICK HERE for the full story and video.

  • Canaveral Lock Back to Normal Schedule, off AICW Statute Mile 894


    Construction of Canaveral Lock began in June of 2015, see http://cruisersnet.net/149146. Local boaters will especially pleased that the work is now completed, see http://cruisersnet.net/156537 and http://cruisersnet.net/156009. Canaveral Barge Canal, with a single 600X90ft lock, crosses Cape Canaveral and Merritt Island and intersects the Waterway at statute mile 894. Our thanks to Officer Skolte for this update.

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    Canaveral Lock returns to normal operating hours 6 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. daily

    Canaveral Lock guidewall construction is complete; Canaveral lock is back to normal operating hours, 6 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. daily.
    Thanks for your patience during the construction period.
    Please share this information on social media on the Jacksonville District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/JacksonvilleDistrict/ and retweet @JaxStrong.

    Sign up for Notices to Navigation: http://bit.ly/1PDwSHe

    Thanks as always for helping us to get the word out to the public!
    Erica
    Erica Skolte
    Public Affairs Specialist
    Corporate Communications Office
    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District
    South Florida Restoration Office, West Palm Beach

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

  • Memorial Bridge Removal Underway, AICW Statute Mile 830.6


    Thanks to Bill Schreiber for this bridge removal information. Stay tuned for details of necessary closures related to the demolition of the old bridge and construction of the new.

    Not sure if you know. The Daytona Memorial Bridge (SM 830.6), the southern most bridge in Daytona, has just started a total replacement. Work started on June 6th and will take approximately three years. The bridge will be totally removed and a new high rise (65 ft vertical) bridge will replace same. The bascule lifts are currently in the fully up position and will remain so until removal of same; hence there is no current restriction, other than slow speed, on navigation in the immediate area. Work barges are on scene and will remain until near total replacement is finished. Eventually, some vessel traffic restrictions will be in place for bascule removal and for demolition of the old span but time frame is unknown at current time.
    I will, if you wish, send further info as it becomes available. USCG station Ponce Inlet would be a good source for information.
    Respectfully,
    Capt. Bill Schreiber
    USCG Merchant Marine Masters License

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

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

  • Limited Openings, Main Street Bridge, St. Johns River, Jacksonville, FL, 6/9/2016


    The Main Street Bridge with a vertical clearance of 38ft (charted at 40ft) crossed the St. Johns in downtown Jacksonville. Except for weekends and holidays, these limited openings will affect cruisers wanting to explore the upper St. Johns.

    FLORIDA – ST JOHNS RIVER – MAIN STREET BRIDGE: Bridge Repairs.
    M&J Construction has advised the Coast Guard that they will be working on the Main Street Bridge across the St Johns River, Jacksonville, Florida from June 6, 2016 through April 6, 2017. The bridge operations schedule has been temporarily changed to allow the time needed to complete these repairs; therefore from June 6, 2016 through April 6, 2017, Monday through Friday except Federal holidays the Main Street Bridge will only open at 12 midnight, 4:00 a.m., 6:45 a.m., 12 noon, 4:15 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. On Saturdays, Sundays, Federal holidays, Jaguars game days, the weeks leading up to the Florida/Georgia and ND/Navy football games, and for any other unforeseen event that would seriously impact navigation the bridge will operate on its normal schedule. There will be floating equipment in the vicinity of the bridge; but they do not anticipate restriction navigation during these repairs.
    Chart 11491 LNM 23/16

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

  • Report from Renegades on the Water Marina, St. Johns River, FL


    This report comes to us from good friend and avid cruiser, David Burnham, whose home port is Gulfport on Boca Ciega Bay, Gulf Coast. Renegades on the Water is on the eastern shore just south of Fruitland Cove between Little Lake George and Lake George of the St. Johns River.

    We cruised our 28′ Catalina sailboat (3’9″ wing keel) down to Renegades Marina and RV park this past weekend. Because Renegades has 4 transient slips next to their GAS and DIESEL dock it should probably be added to the list of St Johns River Marinas. These slips appear to have 4-5′ of water depth although we did not get to sound all of them, only the one we used next to the fuel pier.
    WE DID run aground on the shallows west of Renegades while approaching the fuel dock but backed off and came in again just a little to the south between the two charted shallow areas you encounter when coming in to Renegades from the north. Our chart plotter showed 6′ (or less) where we touched the bottom so we added a 3’9″ sounding to our Navionics Android GPS chart…
    We ran aground AGAIN as we left Renegades the next afternoon, while following our inbound track on the chart plotter (no, NOT the SAME spot).
    The best approach to Renegades if you draw more than 3′ is to go south to the green navigational mark just past Renegades, then turn East and approach from the southwest to stay south of the shallow areas that are to the West of Renegades…
    Great Tiki Bar and really good food and drinks… http://renegadesontheriver.com/db/

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Renegades on the Water

  • Report from JIB Yacht Club, Jupiter Island, FL, AICW Statute Mile 1004


    JIB Yacht Club is really more of a marina than a club and it flanks the eastern shores of the Waterway, immediately north of Jupiter Inlet.

    JIB Yacht Club is a convenient marina to the Jupiter Inlet. Very tight inside the marina. Marina has very helpful staff. However, there is no laundry, no cable TV, no Wi-Fi and the showers/restrooms are in need of upgrades and cleaning. Diesel and gas fuel is available. Pool is very busy on weekends from locals.
    Joanne Kindlund

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For JIB Yacht Club Marina

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of JIB Yacht Club Marina

  • Shoaling in Indian River Marked with New NavAid, AICW Statute Mile 967


    This shoaling at Waterway Marker #188 was reported as on May 5 as a Nav Alert, http://cruisersnet.net/156695. Waterway Marker #188A has been added to indicate the shoaling.

    FLORIDA – AICW – PALM SHORES TO WEST PALM BEACH: Temporary Lighted Buoy Established to Mark Shoal.
    Indian River (South Section) Lighted Buoy 188A has been temporarily established in position 27-27-02.163N/080-18-54.202W to mark a shoal encroaching the channel from the west. The TRLB has a Fl Q R light. Water depths were found as low as 4ft in the channel. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area.

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Marker #188A

  • Shoaling in Ponce de Leon Inlet, near AICW Statute Mile 840-843


    This article by Saul Saenz, Volusia County Reporter on News 13 reports shoaling in Ponce de Leon Inlet. The “Ponce” is a popular, heavily traveled inlet which intersects the Waterway at Statute Mile 839.5, with a second southerly intersection near St. M. 843.

    Boaters fear growing sandbars in Volusia’s waterways
    PONCE INLET —
    Dangerous sandbars are growing along the Intracoastal Waterway in Volusia County, and boaters want officials to do something before watercraft lovers hit the area for Memorial Day weekend.

    Sandbars around the Intracoastal Waterway and Ponce Inlet are growing past shoaling markers
    Volusia County and Army Corp of Engineers aware of problem
    Ponce Inlet Port Authority hopes to move shoaling markers before Memorial Day weekend

    CLICK HERE for full article

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Ponce de Leon Inlet

  • Sewage in Waterway Blamed on Boaters, Hollywood, FL.

    This article and video by Todd Tongen comes from Local ABC News 10 of Hollywood, FL.

    Hollywood condo owners blame live-aboard boaters for dirty waterway
    Residents near North Beach Park say boaters dump sewage into Intracoastal

    By Todd Tongen – Anchor/Reporter , Samantha Bryant – Intern
    Posted: 6:19 PM, May 13, 2016

    HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – Hollywood condominium owners are blaming live-aboard boaters for a dirty Intracoastal Waterway behind their complex.
    Residents of The Moorings condominiums near North Beach Park in Hollywood told Local 10 News reporter Todd Tongen that the live-aboard boaters are nothing more than squatters on the water.
    Marybeth Cullinan, a Moorings homeowner association member, reported seeing raw sewage dumped in the waterway.

    CLICK HERE for the full article and video.

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