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  • Waterway Dredging in Palm Beach to Begin 10/12/15, vicinity AICW Statute Mile 1017

    This dredging of the Waterway will occur on the west side of Peanut Island just north of the AICW/Fort Worth Inlet Intersection.

    Cavache Inc will commence dredge operations in portions of the Intracoastal Waterway near the Port of Palm beach, Florida. The channel west side of Peanut Island will be dredged. Operations will begin on or about October 12, 2015 and will be complete approximately March 10, 2016. Dredge MAYA CAELYN will be disposing of the material via floating, submerged and landward pipelines. The disposal area is the Dredge Material Management Area on Peanut Island. The Portions of the pipeline closest to the dredge will remain floating and will be marked with flashing lights at night. The pipeline will be sunk in all other locations. A booster pump may be located near the lagoon/docks on the west side of Peanut Island. Boaters are urged to maintain safe distance from the dredge to avoid potential interference with the pipeline. Mariners are urged to transit at their slowest safe speed to minimum wake and proceed with caution after arrangements have been made. The Dredge may be reached on VHF Channels 7A, 13 and 16. Further information contact Cavache (954) 568-0007. Charts 11466 and 11472 LNM 38/15

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  • Help Requested to Report Sightings of Diamondback Terrapins

    You can help, especially if you do any anchoring or shore exploring between Canaveral and Miami.



    MELBOURNE, Fla. – A zoo in Brevard County needs your help tracking the East Coast Diamondback terrapins, a unique subspecies that lives along Florida’s Atlantic coast.

    The Brevard Zoo wants everyone from the Space Coast to Miami to report sightings to them.

    The terrapins are usually found in brackish coastal waters like the Indian River Lagoon.

    Click here to send sightings along with pictures and GPS coordinates.

    The zoo said the project will help biologists identify critical habitat and road-kill “hot spots”.

  • Cost of Pumpouts in Florida to be Possibly Paid by Boaters

    As local commissioners struggle to fund the current free pumpout service, it becomes apparent that those costs may soon transfer to boaters, as reported in the article below by Kevin Wadlow in

    Boat sewage pumpout costs likely to be assessed on the boaters
    A boat-pumpout program launched to protect Florida Keys nearshore waters from sewage discharges stands as a model for the state, but state funding for the program is drying up.

    Money from the state’s Clean Vessel Act “dropped significantly this year,” Monroe County Marine Resources administrator Rich Jones told county commissioners Wednesday at their Key Largo meeting.
    Local contractor Pumpout USA “had a lot of trouble making ends meet this year,” Jones said.
    Monroe County in 2015 will spend about $367,000 on the program, with the state funding around $319,000 toward an estimated 18,000 vessel sewage pumpouts.
    The county’s share works out to $21.10 per pumpout. Overall, average total per-pumpout cost is about $40, down from $55.70 in 2014.
    The state Department of Environmental Protection now seeks “throughout the state to build sustainable pumpout programs, using Monroe County’s pumpout program as a model,” Jones said in a report to commissioners.
    To reduce the number of illegal sewage discharges in Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary waters, the pumpouts are offered free of charge to boaters. However, commissioners have urged staff to work toward some type of fee system for boaters.
    “I am concerned about the long-term viability of free pumpouts,” Commissioner Heather Carruthers said. “We can’t count on the state for anything.”
    Commissioner Sylvia Murphy said her office receives “a constant supply of comments” from land residents “who pay for sewage” while anchored liveaboard residents “are not paying taxes or rent or anything else, and we’re paying for their sewage.”
    “I like doing something to keep sewage from going in the bay or ocean but sooner or later we’re going to get on the stick and make them pay,” Murphy said.
    Pumpouts are mandatory inside local managed anchoring areas, where Jones said compliance “is close to 100 percent.”
    Commissioners asked about extending the pumpout requirement to all nearshore Keys waters, but questions about jurisdiction and enforcement were cited as potential obstacles. Staff is “looking at any and all alternatives,” Jones said.

  • Okeechobee Lock Procedures in Hurricane Conditions

    Let’s hope we never need this information, but it should definitely be included in your Hurricane Procedures folder.

    00:00 thru 12/31/2015 24:00 EST (REFERENCES: a. 33 CFR Navigation and Navigable Waters

    Notice to Navigation – 72 hours prior to a Tropical Storm or Hurricane making local landfall locks will be open 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM supporting vessel safe harbor passage. Lock operations will stop 8 hours prior to land fall as Rail Road and Drawbridges will be lowered or rotated and locked into a secure position. It’s important that all vessels are at their intended destination before bridges are secured as passage across the waterway suspended.
    For Lock Operator safety the locks will:
    1. Stop locking vessels or working outdoors if lightning is observed within five miles of the lock and operations will not resume until lightning has not been seen in the area for 30 minutes.
    2. Stop locking vessels when winds exceed 35 MPH.
    After a storm it could be days or weeks before the waterway is reopen depending on damage to structures and how quickly debris creating navigation hazards can be removed.
    For up to date Lock information contact the shift operator 7:00 AM and 5:00 PM at;
    Canaveral Lock 321-783-5421
    St Lucie Lock & Dam 772-287-2665
    Port Mayaca Lock & Dam 561-924-2858
    Moore Haven Lock & Dam 863-946-0414
    Ortona Lock & Dam 863-675-0616 WP
    Franklin Lock & Dam 239-694-5451
    Chart 11428 11478 LNM 35/15

  • Bahamas Bound – Complimentary Bottle of Wine and Discounted Dockage

    Going to the Bahamas soon or just returning…..

    Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net sponsor, Old Port Cove and North Palm Beach Marinas are offering a complimentary bottle of wine, not just any wine but one from the “Carey Chen Marine” collection, for their customers preparing to jump off to the beautiful islands of the Bahamas or for those returning from the Bahamas. Not only will you get this wonderful bottle of libation, but they are a participating BoatUS marinas and you will also receive 15% BoatUS transient dockage discount.

    Now there is a “two-fer” if I have ever seen one, uh, two…

    Old Port Cove
    Boat U.S.


    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Old Port Cove Marina

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  • Snapshot Report: Old Port Cove Marina, North Palm Beach, AICW Statute Mile 1014

    Old Port CoveOld Port Cove is located on the western shore of the northern Lake Worth channel, near unlighted daybeacon #7.



    Ahoy Boaters!

    September is right around the corner and it will not be long before the search for warmer waters, coconut palms, rum libation, and sea food dining will be the driving forces for the courses we set each day. One of our seasoned sponsors, the Old Port Cove marinas, and yes there are three, North Palm Beach Marina, New Port Cove Marina and Old Port Cove Marina are all ready to add to your full pleasure, comfort and enjoyment. Old Port Cove Marinas are encouraging skippers and or first mates to make advance reservation for slips. After a sell-out season last winter, they don’t want their boating friends to be disappointed!

    Old Port Cove Marina is located off the I.C.W. (Intracoastal Waterway) at Coast Guard Channel Marker #27, four miles north of the Lake Worth (Palm Beach) Inlet. No waiting for bridges and just minutes from the finest cruising grounds in Florida make this location the perfect jumping off spot for the blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the Bahamas.
    Marina features include: Proudly 5 Star Boater Rated, State of the Art Floating Docks, Casual Waterfront Restaurant On-Site, Fitness Room, Complimentary Shuttle to Publix and West Marine, BoatUS Member Discount.

    Please make reservations today, we are waiting to welcome you in with a bottle of wine!
    Old Port Cove Marina certainly is an elegant alternative to the hustle and bustle of the marinas to the south. Latitude: 26°49.937’N Longitude: 080°03.248’W
    Call 561-626-1760 or go on line to

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Old Port Cove Marina

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  • More Good Words for Titusville Municipal Marina, 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. It is also only a short driving distance from Dixie Cross Roads Seafood Restaurant, one of the best in the south! Our thanks to Skipper Parker for this report.

    Stayed a few enjoyable days at the Titusville Marina. The staff is very courteous and accommodating. The boatside pump out is a plus.
    Susan Parker

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

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  • Praise for Hawg Wash BBQ in Welaka, FL, St. Johns River

    With a name like “Hawg Wash,” this BBQ has to be good! For a 2013 report on Waleka, FL, see

    If you visit Welaka make sure you get to Hog Wash for THE Best smoke hog in the STaTe. U will not be disappointed. I promise uuuuuuu
    Pete Baleyko

    Address:413 Elm St, Welaka Fl, 32193. Tel: 386-524-4036. E mail:

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  • Multiple ATONs Missing, Indian River, AICW Statute Mile 982, 8/6/2015

    These missing private markers exit westward from the Waterway’s passage through Indian River between ICW markers 223 and 224, south of the Jensen Beach Bridge.

    The below Private Aids are missing and pose a hazard to navigation. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution.
    Bailey Boat Channel DBN 1 (LLNR 45645)
    Bailey Boat Channel DBN 2 (LLNR 45650)
    Bailey Boat Channel DBN 6 (LLNR 45670)
    Bailey Boat Channel DBN 7 (LLNR 45675)
    Bailey Boat Channel DBN 9 (LLNR 45685)
    Bailey Boat Channel DBN 10 (LLNR 45690)
    Bailey Boat Channel DBN 11 (LLNR 456959)
    Bailey Boat Channel DBN 12 (LLNR 45700)
    Bailey Boat Channel DBN 13 (LLNR 45705)
    Chart 11472 L:NM 31/15

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Mile 982

  • Good Words for Loggerhead Club Marina, Vero Beach, AICW Statute Mile 948.5

    Loggerhead Club Marina lies west and a bit south of the AICW’s marker #122 in Vero Beach, FL. Burkey Marine Group is out of West Palm Beach

    Nice Marina great staff and big help from local marine repair firm Greg Burkey Marine aka
    Ted Davis

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Loggerhead Club Marina-Vero Beach

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  • More Praise for Burkey Marine Group, West Palm Beach

    “No charge” – sweet words to any boater! These guys are building a solid reputation, one boater at a time. Bravo Burkey Marine Group!

    We feel the same way! These big diesel guys helped us over the phone telling us what to look for and once we located the problem they talked us through the repair at no charge. (After hours)
    We are fans!
    Ted Davis

    “Mobile Marine Repair In West Palm Beach Florida”
  • UPDATE: Search for Missing Teens Continues, off Jupiter Inlet, near AICW Statute Mile 1005

    The missing teen fishermen began their trip out of Jupiter Inlet on the east Florida coast.

    Update: 7/29/15: Still no signs of missing teen boaters off Florida’s Gulf coast
    By Tamara Lush The Associated Press
    Scouring the vast ocean expanse off Florida for two missing teen boaters is a long, tedious mission for the eight-person crew of the C-130 Hercules Coast Guard plane based out of Clearwater.
    On Tuesday morning, the flight crew – including a public affairs officer and an Associated Press reporter – left Florida’s Gulf coast at midmorning and flew eastward.
    Once the plane cleared the state’s other coast and was over the Atlantic, it dropped to 500 feet (150 metres) above the murky ocean. The crew eased open the back cargo ramp and two men flopped on their bellies so they could search the sea below.

    CLICK HERE for the full article from Global News.

    UPDATE: 7/27: TEQUESTA, Fla. (AP) — The Coast Guard says a boat belonging to two missing 14-year-old fishermen has been found off Florida’s Atlantic coast but neither boy was in or around the boat.
    Petty Officer Steve Lehmann says the boat was found Sunday about 67 miles off Ponce de Leon Inlet in Volusia County.

    According to the South Florida Sun Sentinel ( Carly Black, the mother of Austin Stephanos said, ”We are going to find them today. We are going to bring them home.”

    Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos were last seen Friday in the Jupiter area buying fuel for their 19-foot boat.

    Lehmann says the boat was found capsized.
    UPDATE: Coast Guard continues search for missing teens

    Update, 8:50 p.m. 7/26: The Coast Guard plans to continue the search for the missing teens after finding their capsized boat.

    Crews will use a Coast Guard HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane, MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and Station Canaveral 45-foot Response Boat to continue the search through the night, officials report.

    Austin Stephanos is one of two teens the Coast Guard continues to search for Saturday morning. He and Perry Cohen set out from the Jupiter Inlet on a fishing trip yesterday.

    Update, 6:20 p.m.: Hundreds of people are gathering for a vigil at Jupiter Christian School for two teens still missing at sea.

    The Coast Guard has told the Palm Beach Post the capsized boat was initially spotted by a C-130 aircraft at 11 a.m.

    The Coast Guard said the C-130 spotted the overturned vessel at the edge of the search pattern. A helicopter from Air Station Clearwater was dispatched and lowered a rescue swimmer, who was able to confirm the registration numbers of the boat, said Petty Officer Mark Barney.

    Perry Cohen is one of two teens the Coast Guard continues to search for Saturday morning. He and Austin Stephanos set out from Jupiter Inlet on a fishing trip yesterday.

    The Coast Guard searched some 25,000 square miles since Friday afternoon before finding the vessel very far off shore and up the coast, he said. It was unknown in early evening if the boat suffered any structural damage.

    For more on this report, CLICK HERE.

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  • Update: Stolen Yacht Recovered, East Coast of Florida, near Fort Lauderdale

    Our thanks to Mike Ahart, Editor of Waterway Guide for this news:

    Waterway News Updates
    Florida East Coast

    Has anyone seen this stolen yacht?

    Date Reported: Jul 15, 2015
    Reported by: Kevin Crago
    Changes-Of-Latitude.jpgHas anyone seen me? My name is Change of Latitude. I am a 2002 Ocean Alexander 60′ Pilothouse Motor Yacht. I was stolen Sunday at 1:30AM from Harbour Towne Marina in Dania Beach FL. I am most likely in the Bahamas.

    Please notify Kevin Crago, the Bahamas Defence Force, US Coast Guard, US Customs, US Marshals, or Broward County Sheriff if you see me.

    Ed. note: WG has verified that this yacht has indeed been stolen. Information has been posted elsewhere on the internet suggesting that the boat is missing due to a repossession. The boat had been repossessed a few months ago.

    View location on the Waterway Explorer
    Source: Cruising Boater

    CLICK HERE for the full story from Waterway Guide Latest News

  • Reeves Reports: Astor Bridge Marina, St. Johns River

    Astor Bridge Marina is located in a cove on the eastern shore of the St. Johns River, south of the Astor Highway Bridge. Here is another of Skipper Reeves’ reports from the St. Johns – thank you Sonny!

    Easy stop on the river! Owners will give you a map to the awesome creeks and beautiful springs to explore in your small boat. Blue Creek is like the Amazon! Laid back old Florida marina. Limited supplies at ship store but the store across the creek has some grocery items and will take larger orders and fuel. Great people on the River! The marina is well protected, more of a basin, easy in and out. Turn in beside the Castaways Bar and Grill just South of the bridge. Can’t give the local restaurants a high mark at this time, check Trip Advisor for my reviews. Ask the dockmaster how to take your dink to Parramore”s for lunch. Town is a little more than a walk away. The focus here is on fishing and it is very good here for bass and more. Watch for gators. There is a large field for walking the dog. Some liv a boards very helpful! There are cabins for rent and the owners are good people. When we stayed during May 2015 the office is closed on Wednesdays.
    Sonny Reeves

    Click Here To View the St. Johns River Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Astor Bridge Marina

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  • Reeves Reports: Acosta Creek Marina, St. Johns River, Satsuma, FL

    Acosta Creek Marina lies on the east side of the St. Johns River between markers #41 and 42A, south of Seminole Grove, FL. New owners, Bob and Jane Simons have made many improvements and we wish them the very best with all their plans. Skipper Reeves continues his exploration of the St. Johns River.

    Great stop on the river. Good people, nice small laundry. Good people on the docks. Beware of current! and the wakes of idiots that fly by. We enjoyed our short stay . The dog walk and trails are nice but watch for snakes. Nearby creeks are great for bass fishing and exploring. The boatyard services are nice and we saw some quality work being done. Old Florida laid back with some amenities, Pool and Wifi, Ship’s Store. A few miles to shopping center. Will need car!
    Sonny Reeves

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Acosta Creek Marina

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  • Reeves Reports: Georgetown Marina and Lodge, Lake George, St. Johns River

    Georgetown Marina and Lodge lies north of marker #72, a short hop north of the St. Johns River’s northerly intersection with Lake George. Our thanks to Skipper Reeves for this report and photos.

    Good stop on the river at North end of Lake George. Great people and fuel prices. Limited supplies. This is a fishing marina set up for fishermen and small boats. Large boats will be in slips out side and open to wakes, weather and boat traffic to the South. A good place to explore Salt Run Spring and to enjoy the fishing. Good laundry service. You can see no where from here and if you do not have a car very little is close. Old Florida style marina with southern hospitality.
    Sonny Reeves

    Georgetown Marina exposed to wakes from speeding fishermen.

    Georgetown Marina is nice people and good fuel prices. Lots of fishing boats.

    Georgetown Marina, You can see nowhere from here and visit Salt Run Spring


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  • Florida Fall Boat Shows and Events

    Looking ahead to the Fall, here is a list of shows and events from Boat Show Inc of interest to the southern cruiser.





    South Florida Fall Boat Show 2015 Set to Make Wake West Palm Beach FL 9/12/2015
    7th Annual Florida Nautical Flea Market and Seafood Festival West Palm FL 9/12/2015
    Palm Beach Seafood Festival 2015 West Palm Beach FL 9/12/2015
    Tampa Bay Boat Show Tampa FL 9/18/2015
    East Coast Boat Show Port Canaveral FL 10/9/2015
    Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing University Keys Tavernier FL 11/13/2015
    Kids Fishing Clinic Naples FL 11/14/2015
    Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade North Palm Beach FL 12/5/2015
    Christmas Boat Parade on Naples Bay Naples FL 12/12/2015
    Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade Fort Lauderdale FL 12/12/2015

    CLICK HERE for more events and shows from Boat Shows Inc.

  • Unhappy Stay at Telemar Bay Marina, AICW Statute Mile 914

    The moral of these boaters’ experience is GET IT IN WRITING! Telemar Bay Marina guards the Banana River’s easterly banks, just north of the Eau Gallie fixed bridge and Dragon Point.

    My husband and I rented a month to month slip for our boat at Telemar Bay Marina for 3 months during the period of November, December 2014 and January 2015. I had communicated with the manager Karen of Telemar Bay Marina many times by email and phone before we arrived indicating to her what we were looking for during our 3 month stay and she explained their rules and we were told that if we did not stay on the boat more than three days at a time we would not be considered live-aboards and would NOT be charged the additional fees. The Marina was very willing to rent us a slip for month to month and required a deposit.

    We returned to the boat 3 or 4 times and never stayed over the 3 day limit. We always followed all the rules of the Marina even though the staff changed them verbally each time we came to check on our boat and stay overnight. We were never given written rules. We always checked in at the office each time we arrived to stay overnight. We were told that the owner was watching all activities at the marina by camera and from his condo across the street from the Marina. We were fully aware that we were being watched and had no issue with that as we were following all the rules that we were given.

    We checked out with the Marina manager Karen on our departure and was told everything was good and they would mail us our deposit.

    After we left in January 2015 we called numerous times inquiring about our deposit. We were told over and over it would be returned soon, or our deposit refund was in the mail.

    After more than 3 months and many phone calls, we were told that they were keeping our deposit because we were LIVE-ABOARDS. The reason they determined we were live-aboards was because THEY gave us a bathroom key when we first arrived. This was not the case because when we left after setting up the boat at the marina and then we returned we checked in at the office and they took the bathroom keys back. When I contacted the marina before we arrived I was told we could use the bathroom during business hours. Later that changed and we were told we should use the head on our boat, and that the bathrooms were for live-aboards or transients only. I guess this is why we witnessed several people urinating off the docks. They seem to change the rules to suit their needs, and in this case a reason to keep our deposit. The Marina will no longer answer our phone calls (caller ID).

    Since leaving I have read other bad reviews about Telemar Bay, so we are not the only people that the Marina treated this way. We will be headed South again next year and we will avoid Telemar Bay Marina. There are plenty of other marinas in the area. My advice is to avoid this dishonest business.

    We did try resolving this issue with the Marina about not returning our $460 deposit in many different ways including the Better Business Bureau and the Marina would not respond. This is one of the reasons they have a D+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. We are also working with Boat US regarding this matter and plan on taking this issue to small claims court. At this point it is on principle and protecting other boaters from being taken advantage of. We plan on continuing our warnings to others and in many different ways and until our deposit is returned. Thank you.

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

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  • Shorebirds and Fireworks Don’t Mix!

    Have a heart! Let them live!

    Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission
    Personal fireworks don’t mix with nesting shorebirds

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) asks the public to help protect beach-nesting shorebirds across the state this holiday weekend by giving them space and keeping personal fireworks off the beach.

    Shorebirds are nesting on beaches along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of Florida, with many still watching over flightless chicks during the busy Independence Day weekend. The snowy plover, least tern, black skimmer, American oystercatcher and Wilson’s plover are several of the state’s beach-nesting shorebird species that face conservation challenges and need people’s help to survive.

    “Fireworks launched too close or toward a nesting colony can cause adult shorebirds to flush off their nests and chicks to scatter, leaving the chicks vulnerable to predators, the elements and the potential of getting accidentally stepped on by beach-goers,” said Nancy Douglass, who works on shorebird conservation for the FWC. “Leaving personal fireworks at home and giving the birds space are ways that residents can still enjoy the beach while helping to keep shorebirds and their chicks safe.”

    Ways to protect beach-nesting shorebirds this holiday weekend and beyond:

    Leave personal fireworks, including sparklers, at home and attend an official fireworks display instead.
    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 or divebombing are giving signals for you to back off.
    Never intentionally force birds to fly or run. They use up energy they need for nesting, and eggs or 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.
    Respect posted shorebird nesting areas. Avoid posted sites and use designated walkways when possible.
    It is best not to take pets to the beach, but if you do, keep them on a leash 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’ chances for survival. If they continue to disturb nesting shorebirds, report their activities to the FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922), #FWC or *FWC on a cell phone, or by texting
    For more ways to share the beach with nesting shorebirds, go to and download the “Share the Beach with Beach-Nesting Birds” brochure. Additional information can also be found at the Florida Shorebird Alliance website:

  • New Construction at Venetian Causeway Bridge, AICW Statute Mile 1088.5

    Venetian Causeway Bridge-crosses the ICW at Statute Mile 1088.5. The new construction will be on the north side of the existing bridge.

    Ebsary Foundation will begin installing drilled shaft foundation for the new bridge working adjacent to the Western Approach to the Venetian Causeway Bridge (Lat: 25°47’22” N, Long: 80°11’2″ W) from July 13 through December 31, 2015. Barges and Tug Boat used: 48’ x 120’ deck barge (Name: MOBRO 204) with a 165 Ton crane mounted on it, a 40’ x 140’ deck barge (Name: BLAKE BEYEL) with a drilling rig aboard, and a 25’ x 14’ tug boat (Name: COTTONMOUTH). The barges and tug boat will be located inside the construction area and will monitor VHF Channel 16. Operations will be Monday through Saturday from 7:00am to 7:00pm. Recreational and commercial boaters are asked to use extra precaution when navigating through this section of the waterway. For further information contact Brent Huffman, 305-325-0530 ext. 113. Chart 11466 LNM 26/15

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