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  • 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.

  • Fernandina Shallows with two GPX routes for 9 to 10 MLW, AICW Statute Miles 717 – 720

    Reports of shoaling south of Fernandina Beach have been coming in for several years and prompted a USCG Hazard Warning in May of 2014 (http://cruisersnet.net/?p=140702). Our thanks to cruising writer Robert Sherer, New Intracoastal Waterway Cruising Guide, for sending this survey and waypoints to guide you through the shoals.

    Fernandina Shallows with two GPX routes for 9 to 10 MLW

    The shallows south of Beach have been a bane on cruisers schedules for years and yet there are two deep water paths through the hazard. The problems are the two unmarked shoals: one in the middle of the apparent route as you turn south around G1 and another one on the east bank just south of G1. The third shoal just north of G3 now has a red buoy to mark its location. If buoys were placed to direct boaters away from the shoals, then there would be no issues having a 10 MLW passage through the area.
    After a dozen passages through the area, I mapped out a green side route for 9 MLW that many have used successfully. Last fall the Coast Guard asked Taylor Engineering of Jacksonville, FL to do a survey of the area and recommend a new route so the appropriate buoys could be relocated to provide safe passage. I was given a copy from Bill Aley of Taylor Engineering along with waypoints. This fall I used those waypoints to verify a 10 MLW route. So now we have an embarrassment of riches, two paths through the shallows, each one with 9 to 10 MLW.
    The Taylor Engineering Survey is shown below:
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    Contrast that chart with a NOAA ENC chart below showing both the survey route (dotted line) and the green side route I posted earlier shown in blue which I’ve taken many times for 9 MLW.

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    Note the differences in the two routes as you round G1. The survey route (dotted line) would seem to take you into the shallows if you believed your chart but it doesn’t, the chart is wrong (shifted). Just look at the Taylor Engineering chart with their route plotted on a satellite view. At some point the buoys will be moved to direct boaters through the dotted line route.
    I have two GPX files available, one with the green side route and one with the survey route (dotted line). With either the Fernandina shallow passage should no longer be a problem although it does appear that the survey route has more leeway in route width, besides we will be following that route at some point in the future anyway when the Coast Guard marks the new route with buoys.
    The GPX files (standard disclaimer, user assumes all responsibility):
    – For the Taylor Engineering Survey: tinyurl.com/gvmwrmd
    – For the Green side passage posted earlier in the year: tinyurl.com/hnvfjo2

    5/20/16 Bob received this reply today from Bill Aley of Taylor Engineering:

    Bob,
    Thanks so much for the information and the route verification. We’re still working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Coast Guard to get the buoys moved, and to do some minor maintenance dredging to get a nice clean channel through the area. I hope for all of this to be done by this fall. The information that you provided will be very helpful in my ongoing coordination with the Army Corps and the Coast Guard.
    Much Appreciated,
    Bill Aley
    Professional Geologist
    Taylor Engineering
    www.taylorengineering.com

  • Ridley Report: St. Augustine Municipal Marina, AICW Statute Mile 778


    Charlie and Jackie continue their reports with as visit to St. Augustine City Marina which overlooks the western shoreline of the Waterway, just south of the Bridge of Lions.

    5-8-16 Now at St Augustine Municipal Marina. At MM777. We like it here since it’s in the middle of everything. Had AC problems here but called Dometic and they recommended Hansen Marine. Chris came out the very next day- even tho they VERY slammed– and not only fixed but also cleared 2 other problems. Charge was VERY reasonable and on top of the Chris is a pretty nice guy. Use him if need AC work there. Ate at AIA like everyone else but in the bar and was great!! A walk around is necessary in the town. Careful docking!!! Listen to dock hands. Current can exceed 5kts!! Showers are very clean and laundry is largest I’ve seen. Money change machine!
    Charlie and Jackie on Traveler.

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For St. Augustine City Marina

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

  • 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

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

  • 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 IWWDredgePosition@jaycashman.com 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.

  • Shoaling Reported South of Fort Pierce Turning Basin, AICW Statute Mile 967, 5/5/2016


    This shoaling is occurring east of Waterway Marker #188 just south of the Fort Pierce turning basin.

    FLORIDA – PALM SHORES TO WEST PALM BEACH – INDIAN RIVER SOUTH SECTION: Shoaling
    South of Indian River (South Section) Daybeacon 188 (LLNR 45195) water depths as low as 4 feet were recorded extending approximately 10-15 feet into the channel. In approximate position is 27-27.3541N/080-19.0568W. Mariners are urged to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11472 LNM 18/16

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Marker #188.

  • 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 http://cruisersnet.net/156797 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

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

  • 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 http://cruisersnet.net/149146.

    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

  • Major Closures Scheduled for Flagler Memorial Bridge, AICW Statute Mile 1021, 4/18/2016


    Since construction began in 2014, Flagler Memorial Bridge in West Palm Beach has been in a state of almost constant change. Flagler Memorial Bridge, with a closed vertical clearance of 17ft, crosses the Waterway and Lake Worth south of AICW marker #10. With the unusual construction circumstances and the resulting complete Waterway closures, even more patience will be required of East Florida cruisers. See added planning chart below.

    FLORIDA – ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY – PALM SHORES TO WEST PALM BEACH – FLAGLER MEMORIAL/ROYAL
    PARK/SOUTHERN BOULEVARD BRIDGES: Bridge Construction/Waterway Restriction/Temporary Bridge Regulation Changes/Update.

    The Florida Department of Transportation has requested that the Flagler Memorial Bridge be placed on a restricted opening schedule until the new Flagler Memorial Bridge construction can be completed. Mariners are reminded that the horizontal clearance at the Flagler Memorial Bridge is currently set at 70 feet and will remain until the new
    bridge is built and this bridge is removed.
    Flagler Memorial Bridge Construction Update:
    The main bascule spans of the new bridge are ready to be built along with concrete pours. This work will require the new spans to be left in the down position along with channel blockage due to floating equipment mandated to be in the waterway. The following schedule has been approved by the Coast Guard with the understanding that this method will take the least amount of time. This work will start on May 9 and will run through August 1, 2016.
    Complete channel closure from May 9 through May 13, 2016.
    Half-channel closures with the old Flagler Bridge also being on a single-leaf operation from May 14 through May 16, 2016.
    Complete channel closure from May 17 to May 19, 2016.
    Half-channel closures with the old Flagler Bridge also being on a single-leaf operation from May 20 through May 27, 2016.
    The bridge will be on its temporary operating schedule during Memorial Day weekend, May 28 through May 30, 2016.
    Half-channel closures with the old Flagler Bridge also being on a single-leaf operation from May 31 through June 6, 2016.
    Complete channel closure on June 7 to June 15, 2016.
    Half-channel closures with the old Flagler Bridge also being on a single-leaf operation from June 16 through July 1, 2016.
    The bridge will be on its temporary operating schedule during July 4th weekend, July 2 through July 4, 2016
    Complete channel closure on July 5 to July 13, 2016.
    Half-channel closures with the old Flagler Bridge also being on a single-leaf operation from July 14 through August 1, 2016.
    UPDATE:
    The existing Flagler Memorial Bridge will remain on the following opening schedule – once an hour on the quarter-hour, with no openings at 8:15 a.m. or 4:15 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holiday to allow for rush hour traffic.
    Per 33 CFR §117.31 Drawbridge operations for emergency vehicles and emergency vessels.
    (a) Upon receiving notification that an emergency vehicle is responding to an emergency situation, a drawtender must make all reasonable efforts to have the drawspan closed at the time the emergency vehicle arrives.
    (b) When a drawtender receives notice, or a proper signal as provided in §117.15 of this part, the drawtender shall take all reasonable measures to have the draw opened, regardless of the operating schedule of the draw, for passage of the following, provided this opening does not conflict with local emergency management procedures which have been approved by the cognizant Coast Guard Captain of the Port:
    (1) Federal, State, and local government vessels used for public safety;
    (2) Vessels in distress where a delay would endanger life or property;
    (3) Commercial vessels engaged in rescue or emergency salvage operations; and
    (4) Vessels seeking shelter from severe weather.
    Ref: LNM 45-12 through 14-16 Chart: 11472

    Our thanks to Captain Bill Hipple for this Excel chart to assist with your float plan:
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    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory Listing For Flagler Memorial Bridge

    Bill Hipple has also submitted a photo, with single span drawn in, of Flagler in the single span position.

    Here is a  shot of the bridge I took when passing through last week. By drawing in the single span scenario, I felt some folks may get a feel for what they will find on the best occasions. Remember there is no construction equipment or barges shown in these pictures but there is additional obstructions now that the work has begun.
    Bill Hipple, May 14, 2016
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    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Flagler Memorial Bridge

  • 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.

    FLORIDA – AICW – TOLOMATO RIVER – PALM SHORES – PONCE DE LEON CUT: Hazard to Navigation
    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

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

  • 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 http://cruisersnet.net/144194. 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.
    Hominid

  • 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

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

  • Life Jackets: Wear Them!

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    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: https://vimeo.com/127883864

     

     

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