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  • LNM: Destroyed Pvt Aid, near Doctors Inlet, St. Johns River, FL, 8/3/2017


    This destroyed daybeacon 2 is on the north side of the narrow entrance channel into Johnson Slough found on the western shore of the St. Johns River, just north of Doctor’s Inlet.

    FLORIDA – ST JOHNS RIVER: Private Aid/Hazard to Navigation.
    Private aid Villas Continental Club Daybeacon 2 (LLNR 7790) is destroyed and poses a hazard to navigation. At high tide the pile is completely submerged. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area.
    Chart 11492 LNM 31/17

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

  • Canaveral Happenings, Harbortown Marina, Merritt Island, east of AICW Statute Mile 894


    Guest Coupon Available On Our Web Site

    A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Harbortown Marina lies off the southern shores of the Canaveral Barge Canal between Sykes Creek and the Banana River. This fine facility has now expanded their ship’s store!

    CLICK HERE ALL THE DETAILS!

     
      Upgrades, Updates, and More!
    Here at Harbortown Marina – Canaveral, we are dedicated to providing a beautiful, comfortable marina for our residents and visitors to enjoy. Harbortown Marina – Canaveral has undergone several improvement projects, including new landscaping, bathroom renovations, a new marina store, and more! These changes, and the changes that are still to come, are all part of why Harbortown Marina – Canaveral is the place to be! 
      Introducing New Harbortown Marina – Canaveral General Manager: Bill Friedrich
    “I am truly excited to be part of the Harbortown Team and appreciate the warm welcome to the community. During my first month at the marina, I saw that we do a lot of things really well.  However, continuous improvement in all aspects of our daily operation will be the key to our future success.  
    I have been delighted with the facility upgrades, which were one of the first steps to enhancing both the customer and the team member experience at Harbortown Marina – Canaveral.  I can definitely say there will be more enhancements to come as we strive to be the Space Coast marina of choice.”
    Harbortown Marina – Canaveral
    2700 Harbortown Drive
    Merritt Island, FL US 32952
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    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Harbortown Marina

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

  • Manatee and Sea Turtle Decals, Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission

    Stick on a decal to show support for Florida’s manatees, sea turtles READ MORE!

    There are more manatees and sea turtles in Florida than in any other state. More than 6,000 manatees swim in its coastal waters, rivers and freshwater springs, and thousands of sea turtles nest and hatch on its Atlantic and Gulf coast beaches.

    It’s easy to show support for these iconic Florida species by sticking on a decal.

    Every July the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) introduces new manatee and sea turtle decals available with a $5 donation.

    The colorful, waterproof decals are designed to look great on a vehicle’s bumper or the side of a boat. Get them when registering or re-registering a vehicle or boat at local tax collectors’ offices across the state.

    “Florida is home to more manatees and sea turtles than anywhere else in the U.S.,” said Carol Knox, who leads the FWC’s Imperiled Species Management Section. “Public support has been critical in helping us conserve these imperiled species. So please ‘stick on a decal’ and show support for our manatees and sea turtles.” 

    Decals generate funding for research, rescue and management efforts that help Florida’s manatees and sea turtles survive. For instance, when someone calls the FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922) to report an injured, entangled or sick manatee or sea turtle, FWC staff responds with efforts to rescue and rehabilitate the animal.

    The decals also address important conservation issues:

    • “Look out for manatees” is the message on the new manatee decal, which shows boaters in the distance as a manatee mother and calf swim along with only her back above water.When boating or using a personal watercraft in Florida waters, it is important to look out for manatees. Mature manatees grow to 1,000 pounds or more, but can be difficult to see when they’re swimming, grazing or resting underwater. Wear polarized sunglasses, and then watch and listen carefully to detect the signs of manatees nearby. Look for circles on the water’s surface indicating their underwater movement and snouts sticking out of the water as they surface to breathe. You may also hear huffing noises when they come up for air.
    • “Helping sea turtles survive” is the message on the new sea turtle decal, which shows a green sea turtle. Green sea turtles nest on Florida’s Atlantic and Gulf coast beaches, and until recently were classified as endangered. Now after years of conservation efforts, the number of nesting green turtles has increased substantially. This species has been reclassified as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act. That’s a major step in “green” recovery. Remember, “Hands off” is the best policy for beachgoers encountering any species of nesting or hatchling sea turtles. Watch from a distance, do not disturb them and never use a cellphone or camera to shoot flash photos.

    Learn about other ways to help conserve manatees and sea turtles at MyFWC.com/Manatee andMyFWC.com/SeaTurtle, where you also can click on “Decals” to order new or past editions of decals. Go to BuyaPlate.com to purchase a “Save the Manatee” or “Helping Sea Turtles Survive” license plate that supports those species.

  • LNM: Destroyed Light 7, Melbourne Channel, AICW Statute Mile 919, 7/6/2017


    This channel light 7 is on the south side of the Melbourne Channel which departs the Waterway westward just south of the fixed Route 516 bridge.

    FLORIDA – AICW – PALM SHORES TO WEST PALM BEACH – MELBOURNE CHANNEL: Hazard to Navigation
    A Temporary WR Buoy is marking wreckage of a previously destroyed steel pile in the vicinity of Melbourne Channel Light 7 (LLNR 43240) in position 28-04-3.100N / 080-35-57.200W. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area.

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

  • Rowing to New York from Miami – As Reported from Old Port Cove Marina, North Palm Beach, AICW Statute Mile 1014


    Old Port Cove Holdings

    Oh, my aching back and arms! Our thanks to Sue Morgan for sharing this story. A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Old Port Cove is located on the western shore of the northern Lake Worth channel, near unlighted daybeacon #7.

    Rowing to New York from Miami – What a Daunting Journey!
    By Sue Morgan, Marketing Director, Old Port Cove Holdings, Inc. READ MORE!

    Last Thursday, on a hot and sticky June evening, Old Port Cove Marina had the pleasure to host Greg Dougherty, President of the Covington Diocese World Apostolate of Fatima Division in Kentucky and his 18’ rowboat. You see Greg, is on a rowing excursion, a mere 1400 or so miles, from Miami to New York in an 18’ rowboat named the “Santa Maria de la Fatima.” Upon meeting Greg, of course, my first question was “Why would you undertake such a monumentous trip.? In a gentle voice filled with purpose he explained a great desire to raise awareness, show his dedication to and inspire children and families to have a relationship with Our Lady of Fatima. His desire was born following an event that occurred while in the tail effects of Hurricane Bertha in an ocean row boat 100 miles off the coast of Barbados. I can only imagine…or maybe I can’t!
    I found Greg to be an inspirational man with humor and wit and we joked about how skinny he’d be at the end of the trip. Suffice it to say, we were thrilled to contribute albeit it in a very small way his big journey. While the row boat was docked for the night, Greg stayed at the Passionist Monastery Retreat nearby. I’m certain he was much more comfortable there than the previous when circumstances led up to him sleeping onboard in West Palm Beach. Greg does have a rowing partner Gerald Sargent, a British Catholic but he had been delayed due to his duties with the Royal Marine. They trained together in the English Channel.
    I’d like to take the opportunity to encourage our marina neighbors along the eastern seaboard, to welcome Greg and his team with open arms to help them along their way. Also, please take pictures and post them to your social media channels to help spread the word!
    The entire crew here at Old Port Cove Marina wish Greg & Gerald fair winds and calm seas for the remainder of their inspirational rowing adventure!
    To learn more, click the following website, Rowing4Fatima.com

    Sue Morgan, Marketing Director

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

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  • New and Improved Marina Store Now Open! Harbortown Marina, Merritt Island, east of AICW Statute Mile 894


    Guest Coupon Available On Our Web Site

    A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Harbortown Marina lies off the southern shores of the Canaveral Barge Canal between Sykes Creek and the Banana River. This fine facility has now expanded their ship’s store!

    CLICK HERE ALL THE DETAILS!

    Our Fully Stocked Marina Store is Now Open!
    Harbortown Marina – Canaveral is happy to announce that our remodeled Marina Store is now open! Enjoy easy access to all of your boating needs, located right here on the Harbortown Marina – Canaveral property.
     You Have the Boat. We Have the Parts!
    The marina store carries a variety of parts, nuts, bolts, and fluids for your boat. Whether you are working on a D.I.Y boating project, or a repair, the Marina Store has what you need in-stock or available by special order.
      Your Chance to Win a Harbortown Marina – Canaveral Boater’s Bundle!
    To celebrate the opening of our new marina store, here’s your chance to WIN a Harbortown Boater’s Bundle (Over $60 Value)! 
    Here’s how to win:
    Click here to visit our Harbortown Marina – Canaveral Facebook post and answer the contest question to win!
     
    Tell us why you love keeping your boat at Harbortown Marina – Canaveral. Or, if you do not currently keep your boat at Harbortown, tell us why you love boating!
     
    Winner drawn at random. Winner to be announced on 6/28/2017.
    You must comment on the original post on the Harbortown Marina – Canaveral Facebook page by 12:00 PM (noon) on 6/28/2017 to enter!
     
    *This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.
    Harbortown Marina – Canaveral
    2700 Harbortown Drive
    Merritt Island, FL US 32952
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    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Harbortown Marina

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  • Good News re Florida Anchoring

    Our thanks to Kim Russo for sharing this good news via AGLCA‘s Forum and also to Mike Bodin of MTOA. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that in the future this law will stand up to the pressure on legislators from wealthy landowners to restrict anchoring.

    Great news! I was just notified by our lobbyist that HB 7043 was approved by the Governor. It is law. As of now, no local municipality or county in the state of Florida may ban, restrict, or otherwise regulate an anchorage in Florida coastal waters. READ MORE!

    Loopers’ interest in this issue and financial contributions helped prevent the enactment of any setbacks that could have resulted in the elimination of any existing anchorages state wide.

    Congratulations to all Loopers, members of MTOA, SSCA, and others who supported this effort, stuck with it, and made your voices heard! You have made a difference to the boating community. Special thanks goes out to Jerry Paul of Capitol Access for his diligent efforts on our behalf. His guidance and hard work made all the difference.

    Kim Russo
    Director
    America’s Great Loop Cruisers’ Association
    krusso@greatloop.org 

    And this from Mike Bodin, MTOA Public Affairs:

    Thank you AGLCA, SSCA, MTOA and DeFever, for
    your continued support. Florida’s anchoring Bill now
    is law.
    Florida’s new Mooring & Anchoring bill has become law. The Governor just approved HB 7043.
    It is law. As of now, the new law explicitly states no local municipality or county in the state of
    Florida may ban, restrict, or otherwise regulate an anchorage in Florida coastal waters. This
    plainly worded section of the new law eliminates each community from setting its own
    regulations. If this section was not plainly worded it would have resulted in many lost
    anchorages over time with boaters challenging cities for the right to anchor. Instead, we got
    the pre-emotion provision … preventing any local government from banning an anchorage.
    It was important for us to ensure there were no unreasonable setbacks in this bill. But, as I have
    said in the past, the single most valuable piece of this bill is the preemption provision. This seals
    off local governments. The only way that a new anchorage can be banned is by an Act of the
    entire Legislature and Governor. We can almost always kill such a bill. Moreover, we can likely
    kill any future effort to overturn the preemption or add new band and ranges in state statute.
    With the state level preemption and no local control, we are now in a position of strength. It is
    a home-field advantage for our side. Without preemption, however, the entire issue is a home
    game for all the anti-cruisers in EACH of their local communities… an infinite number battles
    that we would not be able to fight piecemeal.
    Moreover, SSCA, AGLCA, MTOA and DeFever prevented the enactment of any setbacks that
    could have resulted in the elimination of any existing anchorages state wide.
    Finally, you did a lot to rehabilitate some of the negative imagery about anchoring cruisers that
    had made its way to the Capitol.
    Congratulations to each of you, this team, and all the members of MTOA, SSCA, AGLCA,
    DeFever who supported your effort, stuck with you, and made your voices heard… to protect
    the freedoms of cruisers.
    The above is from our Tallahassee “Boaters Rights” Lobbyists Jerry Paul of Capitol Access who
    skillfully guided this legislation through six committee hearings with unanimous approval.
    Of major importance was the fact this was the accumulation of Florida’s 9-year, multi-million
    dollar, anchoring study resulting in a 256 page report. It was thought Florida’s new law may be
    a precedent for other states along the waterway. This was a primary cause to eliminate as
    much as possible harmful to boater’s language which would be in the new law. Counties, cities,
    waterside home owners and condominium groups were for local control to establish nonanchoring
    zones. Local control was totally defeated. Today the new law requires very high
    standards for counties to satisfy to even approach the state to establish new non-anchoring
    zones.
    Another major accomplishment, within the original FWC report, waterside residents were
    insistent for non-anchoring setbacks of 150’ up to 300’ along the waterway. This would have
    eliminated many now popular anchorages. The new law eliminated these setbacks for boaters.
    During this same time, we were instrumental with Florida’s new Derelict Vessel law, the
    previous bill was defeated because we felt it was too harsh for the boat owner, fines to high
    and did not give adequate time for owner removal. The new Derelict Vessel Law corrects these
    items.
    Mike Bodin
    MTOA Public Advocate

    And this from BoatUS

    NEWS From BoatUS

    Boat Owners Association of The United States
    880 S. Pickett St., Alexandria VA 22304
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Press Contact: D. Scott Croft, 703-461-2864, SCroft@BoatUS.com

    Florida Bill Strengthens Derelict Vessel Fight,

    Promotes Environmentally Sound Public Access

    BoatUS thanks governor and legislature

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 27, 2017 – The results of an eight-year pilot program are in, and Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Legislature have acted. Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) congratulates the governor and legislators on Friday’s passage of HB 7043 that promotes environmentally sound public access and helps address the issue of improperly stored, abandoned or derelict vessels. “These are sound regulations supported by responsible boaters,” said BoatUS Manager of Government Affairs David Kennedy.

    When the pilot program was enacted in 2009, a patchwork of local anchoring regulations sometimes made stopping difficult. Some boaters reported fearing a visit from law enforcement advising that they had “overstayed” their visit and needed to move on.

    Conducted by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and five local governments including the City of St. Augustine, City of Stuart/Martin County, City of St. Petersburg, City of Sarasota and Monroe County/Marathon/Key West, the pilot tested a variety of methods of regulated anchoring, while still protecting the anchoring rights of the active cruising public. It also sought to reduce the growing population of derelict vessels in the state.

    BoatUS expressly thanks Gov. Scott, Reps. Matt Caldwell (Lee County) Holly Raschein (Monroe County), Sen. Lauren Book (Broward County) and the FWC for their work on the bill.

    Some of bill’s measures include:

    providing commonsense anchoring regulations in and around mooring fields and waterway infrastructure.
    broadening the definition of a “derelict vessel”; for boats in use, adding new penalties for those whose vessel registration is expired beyond six months; and making it illegal to affix a vessel to an unpermitted, unauthorized or otherwise “unlawful object,” affixed to the bottom of the waters of the state. This could include an unpermitted mooring or an old engine block.
    giving local governments the option to require proof of pumpout after vessels have been anchored for 10 days or longer in federally managed no-discharge-zones (portions of the Florida Keys and waters off Destin).

  • Dockage Discounts at Old Port Cove Marina, North Palm Beach, AICW Statute Mile 1014


    Old Port Cove Holdings

    This generous dockage discount from Old Port Cove Marina is open to AGLCA members, as well as BoatUS members. A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Old Port Cove is located on the western shore of the northern Lake Worth channel, near unlighted daybeacon #7.

    Welcome to Summer Loopers! The staff at Old Port Cove Marina are ready to WELCOME you in with a smile, a 15% transient dockage discount and a bottle of lovely Seaglass Wine! Because “Wine Tastes Better on a Boat” don’t ya know! If you’re headed for the Islands, doing the Loop or just in the area, we’d love to have you stay with us. Our restaurant is open 7 days, we have Happy Hour daily and live music twice a week. Your peers have rated us 5 stars so you know you’ll have a great time here. Plan to join us won’t you? For reservations, click this link http://www.opch.com/contact.php or call us. 561-626-1760.
    Wishing you safe travels. See you soon!
    Sue Morgan, Marketing Director

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Old Port Cove Marina

  • Concern over Published Bridge Clearances


    All of us “short masted” vessels have experienced the concerns that Bill Raynor expresses. Considering wind tides, varying lunar tides, displaced clearance boards and sea rise, bridge clearances, even at fixed bridges, have become almost mystical. Whatever the particular situation, good communication with the bridge tender is required and erring on the side of caution should be the byword. SSECN will continue to publish “official” clearances with the admonishment to boaters to approach any fixed structure with caution, especially where currents are adverse. Thank you, Bill, for raising this issue.

    Since recently buying a trawler after 18 years on a sailboat, “Closed Bridge Clearances” have suddenly become of interest to me, since my trawler requires 19 feet. READ MORE!

    I have traveled from Ft. Pierce to St. Augustine, and have found two errors, both of which affected my boat. Your bridge info on Main Street Bridge in Daytona, shows 22 feet and in actuality it is 19 feet. The bridge tender said that the board reading was the clearance at the center (which I believe was wrong), so I had him open the bridge. The Bridge of Lions in St. Augustine is listed on your website at 18 feet, but in actuality is 20 feet. The bridge tender stated that the board reading was the minimum, and there was 4 feet more at the center. I think that is the correct information. I went through at low tide, and the board read 24 feet, so there was actually 28 feet at the center. I was on the flybridge when I passed through, and I’m sure I had at least 8 feet more than I needed. Since they are on such a restricted opening schedules here, and you have published lots of stuff, you should have the correct clearances on your opening schedule. I’m sure the other “stinkpot” owners with 18 to 20 foot clearance requirements will appreciate it.
    Best,
    Bill Raynor
    m/v Pau Hana

    Saw the item about bridge clearances – fyi, I have an article coming out in September’s Cruising World on just this issue, but on the 65 foot height issue. You might want to mention that to your readers.
    Wally Moran

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Bridge Directory Listing For Main Street Bridge

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

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Bridge Directory Listing For Bridge of Lions

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

  • Looking for Buddy Boats to the Bahamas

    If you are headed for the Bahamas this summer and would like company, give John and Judy a call.

    Looking for buddy boat(s) to cruise the Bahamas. John and Judy are sailing a 35 ft Heritage, departing the Miami area the end of June or early July, looking for the company of other boats to join us on the trip.READ MORE!

    We find that sailing with a “buddy” or 2 increases the enjoyment. The cruising area will be the Abacos and Bimini. We are a retired couple and are not licensed boat captains, but John has extensive experience in the Bahamas, but not recently. If you think you would like to take the trip, give us a call at 863-655-4153 and we’ll talk about it.
    John and Judy Egizi
  • Goodbye Pink Panther Tug, Ormond Beach, FL

    Our thanks to Kevin Koehl for this report and photo.

    For those who cruise Florida’s East Coast on the ICW near Ormond Beach, the large rusting tug featuring The Pink Panther on the smoke stack has been an ICW icon for longer than most can remember. The tug was no longer afloat and was an environmental hazard. On June 2, the Coast Guard had the tug raised by a large crane and placed on a barge. The tug will be transported to Texas where it will be cut up for scrap. The ICW was closed during the day long removal operation.
    Kevin Koehl CLICK FOR PHOTO

  • LNM: Destroyed Waterway Light 27, Port Everglades, AICW Statute Mile 1066, 5/31/2017


    This destroyed Light 27 is on the east side of the Waterway channel north of the Port Everglades turning basin.

    FLORIDA – AICW – WEST PALM BEACH TO MIAMI – STRANAHAN RIVER: Hazard to Navigation
    Stranahan River Light 27 (LLNR 47455) is destroyed. The wreckage is marked with a TRLB WR27, displaying Fl Q G, 4M characteristics in position 26-06-12.958N/080-07-09.020W. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11467 LNM 22/17

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Mile 1066

  • Elske visits Palm Cove Marina, Jacksonville Beach FL, AICW Statute Mile 747


    FULL MARINE SERVICE ON SITE TRANSIENT DOCKAGE WELCOME

    David and Jaculeyn continue sharing the log of Elske via their delightful blog, The Voyage of Elske on America’s Great Loop. Today’s page recounts their visit to Palm Cove Marina in Jacksonville Beach. Palm Cove Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, lies south of unlighted daybeacon #31, off the western shores of the Waterway, in the heart of Jacksonville Beach.

    CLICK HERE FOR ELSKE’S LOG AND PHOTOS

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

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

  • Elske visits St. Augustine Lighthouse, St. Augustine, FL, AICW Statute Mile 778


    David and Jaculeyn continue sharing the log of Elske via their delightful blog, The Voyage of Elske on America’s Great Loop. This page recounts their visit to the historic St. Augustine LightHouse which stands 161ft on St. Augustine Beach east of the Waterway.

    CLICK HERE FOR ELSKE’S LOG AND PHOTOS

    The St Augustine Lighthouse is well worth visiting on Anastasia Island. The Museum is highly educational for all ages. If a person is inclined, the 14 stories can be climbed- 219!steps! David & I enjoyed a leisurely stroll through the exhibits but did not attempt the climb … perhaps some other time. READ MORE!

    We learned about the history of the many shipwrecks, hurricanes and even an earthquake affecting St Augustine over the centuries. This Lighthouse saw Loyalist refugees from Charleston arrive after the Revolutionary War. The Civil War had immense influence here. It was directly affected by German UBoat submarines in WW2. Much archeological investigation is continuing here into the life local inhabitants such as the Lighthouse Keepers.

    Another part of the property was devoted to the promotion and preservation of wooden boat building skills. The boats being built were exquisite.

    Elske departs At 0705 on Memorial Day. We hate to leave after a long sojourn.

    It is a very low “astronomical” low tide. The Bridge of Lions usually has a clearance height of 18 ft but today the side board registered 23 ft.

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

  • Bridge “Curfew” in Canaveral Barge Canal, off AICW Statute Mile 894


    Our thanks to Bob McLeran for this notification. SSECN will try to get further information on when the “curfew” will be lifted.The HWY 401 Bridge has a vertical clearance of 25ft.
    Glenn Tuttle has done our work for us and got the response below from the bridge tender. You have to wonder why the bridge tender didn’t explain that to Bob McLeran when he called on Sunday the 28th. Maybe the tender considers the entire weekend a public holiday. Oh well, just part of the “bridge joy” we experience in Florida.

    I called the Route 401 bridgetender this morning (May 30th, 2017, and he told me the bridge is only closed from 1100 to 1400 on public holidays. Yesterday was Memorial Day.
    Glenn Tuttle

    We were cruising through the barge canal toward Port Canaveral today (SUNDAY) when several sailboats were warned by the lock tender that the Rte 401 bridge (east of the lock) is on a “curfew” (never heard that term applied to a bridge schedule before) and was not opening between 1100 and 1400. Looked for a LNM for this restriction and couldn’t find any, but didn’t do an extensive search. There were four sailboats eastbound that weren’t aware of the restriction; two of them turned back (they were already in the lock) into the Banana River to wait out the “curfew” and two others locked through to tie up to the pilings on the north side of the waterway between the lock and the bridge. The tender would not permit the boats to tie up to the rip-rap on the east side of the lock due to other boat traffic.

    Might want to reinforce the existence of this “curfew.” It is apparently in place to allow unrestricted vehicular traffic to the northern cruise terminal, and may be in place whenever a cruise ship is in the west terminal basin. Have no idea how long it will continue, but if its purpose is to make vehicular access to cruise ships easier, it may be in place for some time in the future.
    Bob McLeran

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

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  • Vessel Safety Checks, May 27, Mayport, FL, St. Johns River, off the AICW


    Mayport is at the mouth of the St. Johns River east of the St. Johns/AICW intersection.


    News Release
    May 25, 2017
    U.S. Coast Guard 7th District PA Detachment Jacksonville
    Contact: Coast Guard PA Detachment Jacksonville
    Office: (904) 714-7606/7607
    After Hours: (305) 318-1864

    Media Advisory: Coast Guard Auxiliary to hold vessel safety check demonstration in Jacksonville
    READ MORE!

    WHO: Members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary

    WHAT: A Coast Guard Auxiliary vessel safety check demonstration

    WHERE: Mayport Boat Ramp, 4870 Ocean St, Jacksonville, FL 32233-2428

    WHEN: Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Media interested in attending are asked to RSVP no later than noon Friday with Coast Guard Public Affairs at 305-318-1864.

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary are scheduled to hold a vessel safety check demonstration Saturday for the media at Mayport Boat Ramp.

    The event is being held as a part of National Safe Boating Week.

    A VSC allows Auxiliarists to ensure a boat, kayak, canoe or even a paddleboard is seaworthy. Auxiliarists also check other equipment aboard, such as fire extinguishers and signal flares, to ensure their proper function and make recommendations to boaters on what they should have aboard.

    This service is offered to the public for free. Anyone interested in scheduling a VSC can do so at the following link: http://cgaux.org/vsc/

    National Safe Boating Week is an annual campaign held toward the end of May to reemphasize the importance of safe boating practices and the use of boating safety equipment. Events are held throughout the country to educate the boating public and offer boating advice.

    For more information on NSBW, visit: http://www.safeboatingcampaign.com/

    For breaking news, follow us on Twitter @USCGSoutheast.

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

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