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  • 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.

    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…

    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, 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
    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 ( 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:
    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.

    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:
    – For the Green side passage posted earlier in the year:

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

    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

  • 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 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.

    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 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

    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

    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

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