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Archive For: EASTERN FLORIDA – All Cruising News

  • Good Words for Ortega Landing, off St. Johns River, Jacksonville, FL


    Only a mile or so upstream from downtown Jacksonville, Ortega Landing is the first facility on your starboard as you enter the Ortega River from the St. Johns. This report is from our friends at America’s Great Loop Cruisers’ Association

    The Ortega Landing Marina is a great spot. I have kept my boat there for the past three years and am very pleased. Modern floating concrete docks, spotless bathrooms, swimming pool, and an experienced staff make this an excellent choice. Contact the Dockmaster, Bruce, at 904-387-5538.
    Howard Entman

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

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

  • Skipper Seeks Information on Ponce de Leon Inlet Area, near AICW Statute Mile 840-843


    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. Other than the Nav Alerts currently posted on SSECN, Rick is asking for “local knowledge” for the area around the Inlet. If you are a frequent navigator of the Inlet and the ICW/Inlet intersection, let us hear from you.

    Thanks for your quick reply. A few years ago we were traveling around Ponse Inlet or New Smyrna Beach where there was reported shoaling and frequent marker relocations, is this still a problem and can the area be identified?
    Thanks again
    Rick Scheinert
    43’ Tiara “Rock On”

    SSECN’s answer:
    Hi Rick,
    There were reports of groundings in the Ponce back in July (http://cruisersnet.net/157074) which resulted in our posting a Nav Alert (http://cruisersnet.net/158393) immediately after the initial report.
    Note that these groundings are in the ICW west and south of the Inlet proper. We have not received reports of shoaling in the Ponce Inlet itself.

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

  • AGLCA Discussion on Florida’s No Wake Zones

    These words of wisdom come from our good friends on America’s Great Loop Cruisers’ Association’s Forum. The real issue is “destructive wake” as from sports fishermen and hurricanes. Sailing vessels and trawlers, except maybe the newer fast trawlers, are rarely guilty of wake that endangers lives, disrupts navigation or destroys property. High powered, short waterline vessels designed to get to fishing grounds 60 miles offshore as quickly as possible are the usual suspects. Even smaller pleasure craft that slow down, then plow through an anchorage with bow up in the air, can be almost as dangerous and destructive. As pointed out below, no wake speed adds very little time to the trip and teaches what boating is all about: patience!

    I admire your courage and fortitude to make the journey in such a small and open boat and understand the need to stay in protected waters as much as possible not just for comfort, but for safety. Read More

    If such publications exist, I am not aware of them. Assuming you are transiting Lake Okeechobee, and not going around to the Keys to get to the east coast of Florida, you will miss the longest no-wake, slow speed, minimal wake zone in Florida. It is basically most all of the ICW water south of Palm Beach all the way to Biscayne Bay in Miami. Florida has a confusing mix of speed zones and it is hard to precisely define what they mean. Sometimes they will give you a speed limit in the channel and a different one out of the channel. “Slow speed” (not sure what that means) and “minimal wake” (same imprecise definition) are just two posted restrictions that are hard to define. “No wake” is much easier to define – it means you do not put out a bow wave or a stern wave as you move through the water – a much more precise definition. In Florida, you will have “Manatee Zones” with different speeds during different calendar months. All in all – very confusing to track all of this.
    Anytime we were near an inlet, a bridge, a boat ramp, or a marina, we reduced speed to minimal or no wake speed depending on how narrow the channel or proximity to other boats or to structures. Not always was this required with posted signs, but we do this out of courtesy for others and for an additional margin of safety. Remember that you are responsible for damage to other boats, persons, or structures caused by your wake. Far too many skippers have no idea how much wake they put out and how disruptive and damaging it can be. Having said that, your 15 foot dinghy won’t move a lot of water making a big wake, but you may run into speed issues from place to place. My only advice is to look out for signage that tells you about restrictions.
    Sorry for a less than satisfactory answer to find a resource to help you plan. Best of luck with your adventure – be safe and have fun.
    Dave & Nan Ellen Fuller

    Dave,
    I actually quite like the Florida system, especially when compared to other East Coast states where the system is either not marked at all, or not at all well. Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia…
    Florida’s definition of ” Idle Speed, No Wake” is: “… proceed at a speed no greater than that which will maintain steerage and headway. At no time is any vessel required to proceed so slowly that the operator is unable to maintain control over the vessel or any other vessel or object that it has under tow (Rules 68C-22.002(1) and 68C-23.103(2)(a), FAC).
    “Slow Speed, Minimum Wake” is not about sailboats and trawlers. It’s about Sea Rays and Sportfish. Florida’s definition of ” Slow Speed, Minimum Wake” is actually VERY HELPFUL TO ME:
    “… [the] vessel be fully off plane and completely settled into the water. The vessel must proceed at a speed that is reasonable and prudent under the prevailing circumstances so as to avoid the creation of an excessive wake or other hazardous condition that endangers or is likely to endanger other vessels or persons using the waterway. Due to the varying speeds at which vessels of different sizes and configurations may travel while in compliance, there is no specific numeric speed assigned to “SLOW SPEED” (Rules 68C-22.002(4) and 68C-23.103(2)(b), FAC).”
    As I say, this not about sailboats and trawlers. For me on our boat, what it means is that I slow enough so that my wake does not visibly break or foam. There is still a wake, but not a hazard to anyone. For me on my boat that only amounts to about 1-1/2 mph. Even over the huge six-mile long run south of New Smyrna to Mosquito Lagoon, it only adds about 1/2 hour to the transit time over that distance.
    NOW THAT SAID, the locals will yell at you that you’re in a “No Wake” zone. It’s on you to understand that you are not. NOT! Even the bridge tender at Haulover Canal will yell at you. I just remind the bridge tender – on VHF 13 with the world listening – that the canal is marked as “Slow Speed, Minimum Wake,” not “Idle Speed, No Wake.” That immediately shuts him up, because he does not want others to actually understand the difference.
    And that same phenomena applies south of West Palm, in the concrete canyon. The locals and some bridge tenders will yell at you. But even the signage there says “Slow Speed – Fully Settled in the Water.” And speaking of the concrete canyon, some of that distance is NOT “Idle Speed, No Wake.” Even at “Slow Speed, Minimum Wake,” it can be very choppy and difficult for truly small vessels.
    And if a LEO objects to my view of “Slow Speed” and flags me to slow, well certainly I comply. I’m not looking for trouble. Anyway, it definitely does help to understand what the signs actually mean!
    Hope this helps!
    Jim Healy

    Adagio received a ticket in a minimum wake zone last year, Broward County Sheriff.
    Their definition for minimum wake was more strict than you could reasonably expect, but we didn’t argue. Probably going about 8~9 mph, barely above hull speed, friend was driving. We have been boarded several times over the years by both USCG and locals, this was the only stop where officials were actually rude.
    Ron & Jan Matuska

    Chris,
    Of course it applies to trawlers; it applies to all boats; even kayaks and canoes. But it wasn’t kayaks and canoes, or sailboats or trawlers, that caused the legislature to craft this jewel…
    At my top SOG, even the Manatees laugh at me!
    Jim Healy

  • US Army Corp of Engineers to Increase Water Flow from Lake Okeechobee

    This release of water has to be attributed to rains from Hermine. Increased water releases from Lake Okeechobee earlier this year resulted in massive fish kills downstream of the release.

    Corps of Engineers increasing Lake Okeechobee discharges
    by Scott Sutton
    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Thursday plans to increase the amount of water flowing from Lake Okeechobee over the next week….

    CLICK HERE for the full report from WPTV, West Palm Beach

  • Question re Mooring in St. Augustine Harbor, AICW Statute Mile 778


    A fellow boater asks for your opinion on long term mooring in the St. Augustine harbor. The mooring field has a northern portion and a southern portion. General consensus is that the southern portion, below the Bridge of Lions, is more protected from wind and wake. Let us hear from your experience anchoring there. For more opinions, go to http://cruisersnet.net/112455.

    I am considering mooring my 43′ pontoon houseboat here long term, but am concerned about wake from winds, boats, and the current. What are your opinions of how this would work out?
    Laura

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Anchorage Directory Listing For the St. Augustine Northern Mooring Field

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Anchorage Directory Listing For the St. Augustine Southern Mooring Field

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

  • Question re Anchorage near Haulover Canal, AICW Statute Mile 869


    Charted depths in this area do not suggest good anchorage. However, if you have found suitable depths, let Jerry and SSECN hear from you. The nearest SSECN recommended anchorage in that area is ten miles south of Haulover Canal at Titusville/Mwx Brewer Bridge.

    Good morning,
    Would anyone know if anchorages are still available in the Haulover Canal, Florida @ Mile 869.5 in the basin just past the bridge southbound?
    Best regards,
    Jerry
    Gerald Gerlitzki
    33’ Pearson with a 4’ 2” draft.
    jerry@gerlitzkidesign.com
    410-546-9685

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

  • Yacht Stranded on Beach at Palm Beach Inlet

    Definitely not a good day!! He should have drunk plain old Sweet Tea!

    Boater admits to drinking Long Island Ice Teas before stranding 72-foot yacht on Palm Beach
    WPTV Webteam
    8:56 AM, Sep 7, 2016
    1 min ago

    Man admitted to drinking Long Island Ice Teas

    PALM BEACH, Fla. – A boater, who said he had been drinking Long Island Ice Teas before the incident, was arrested Wednesday morning after an 80-foot yacht washed ashore on Palm Beach.

    Thomas Henry Baker, 63, Belle Isle, Fla., a suburb of Orlando, told police he “failed to navigate his vessel into the Palm Beach Inlet and ran the vessel into the beach.”

    The 72-foot yacht named “Time Out” was spotted floating at the shoreline right next to the Palm Beach Inlet.

    CLICK HERE for the full report from WPTV.COM

  • Groundings South of Fernandina Beach , AICW Statute Mile 719.5, 9/4/2016


    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).This shoaling lies c. two miles south of Fernandina Beach harbor just north of the Waterway’s turn into Kingsley Creek. Our thanks to Joe Plunkett for sending this report.

    Encountered less than 3′ at near high tide 300 meters north of Temporary Red #2. Time was Approximately 1330 Hours on 9/4/16. Pulled out port shaft attempting to get off. About ninety minutes later while awaiting tow, observed outboard run aground near same spot. With outboard trimmed up, operator was blowing substantial amounts of sand.
    You must favor the green side when approaching Green #3 from the north or departing Green #3 from the south. Came through this area northbound in late June and did not have any trouble.
    Joe Plunkett aboard Happy Hagar

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Light #3

  • More from ACOE on Tropical Storm and Hurricane Preparations

    With the 2016 hurricane season underway, this is additional information for boaters navigating the waters of South Florida. This notice comes to us from our good friend, Specialist Erica Skolte, US Army Corp of Engineers.

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    For Immediate Release, August 26, 2016
    Corps prepares for tropical activity; issues guidance to boaters & campers
    With the possibility of tropical activity in south Florida in the coming days, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District is preparing to respond as needed and providing information to boaters and campers on operational adjustments that will take place at navigation locks and recreation facilities.
    The Jacksonville District activated its emergency operations center (EOC) at noon today (Aug. 26). This
    action allows district staff to devote added attention to the response actions that might be necessary should a tropical cyclone or heavy rain develop.
    “Our staff is coordinating with state and local officials,” said Candida Bronson, Acting Operations Division
    Chief for Jacksonville District. “We will staff our EOC over the weekend, and dispatch liaison officers to the state EOC and other locations as appropriate.”
    READ MORE

    Jacksonville District is issuing the following guidance on its operations in south Florida:
    • For boaters, the Corps plans to extend operating hours for its navigation locks when a storm is 72 hours out. The extended hours will remain in place until a storm is eight hours from landfall. To ensure safety of lock operators, the Corps will suspend operations when lightning is in the area, or when winds exceed 35 mph.
    • For campers and visitors to recreation sites, Jacksonville District park rangers will monitor conditions at Corps’ campgrounds and recreation areas. If a county government issues an evacuation order for mobile homes or RV parks in an area where there is a Corps’ campground or recreational facility, rangers will order an evacuation of the facility and advise on shelter locations. Visitors should move all campers, motor homes, tents, vessels, and trailers from facilities under evacuation orders.
    • Field staff will conduct pre-storm evaluation of the Herbert Hoover Dike surrounding Lake Okeechobee. Significant rain on the lake or in the Kissimmee basin to the north could cause a rapid rise in the lake over the coming weeks. The current lake stage is 14.67 feet. While no imminent threat of failure exists, the lake stage is in the upper end of the Corps’ preferred range of 12.5-15.5 feet.
    More information on Jacksonville District response actions can be found at www.saj.usace.army.mil.
  • Banana River Marina, near Cocoa Beach, FL off AICW Statute Mile 894


    Banana River Marina flanks the Banana River’s western banks near unlighted daybeacon #24 off the Waterway via Canaveral Barge Canal. Our thanks to Cap’n Parky for this detailed report and advice.

    Banana River Marina, Florida. A Five Star Rating.
    Up and down the ICW and Chesapeake Bay there are nice smaller marinas at much lower costs than average. The Banana River Marina just south of Cape Canaveral is one of them. Only $7.50 per ft per mo plus metered power. No liveaboard fees or any other hidden charges.
    There are certain things to be aware of however – as always. READ MORE

    1) Any sailboat with a mast higher than 43 ft cannot get under the three Banana River bridges fixed at 43ft clearance. Currently the river is about 14 inches lower than normal but that also means trouble for any boat with a draft exceeding 4ft 6 ins.
    2) Shallows are everywhere but markers very difficult to find. One moment you have 5ft of water and the next second you’re suddenly stuck on a 3ft shoal. Doesn’t matter if you come into the river from the south or the north, you face the same hazards.
    3) I strongly recommend you come in from the north via the Cape Canaveral Barge Canal. Stop off briefly at the Harbourtown Marina and with a short bike ride go to the nearby WalMart and buy a fishing chart – which at least gives you some idea of both water depths and markers.
    4) You can find the location of the Banana River Marina both on the chart and Google Earth. (Type in Banana River Marina). The approach channel to the marina is very narrow and around 5ft depth. But when you arrive at a small bridge, (which has to be opened by the Dockmaster (Tel (321) 453 7888), stay on the starboard side which is around 4ft 6ins at best.
    5) Don’t want to give you the impression that this is too much risk. Just take it easy and keep a close eye on your depth finder and you’ll be fine.

    Once safely docked, you will find this marina a very friendly laid back place indeed. With around 60 slips of differing widths, you will find at least 10 liveaboards here – many have been here for years. The toilets and showers are clean but not air conditioned. The laundry is good along with a fine exchange library. Soft drink machines are available but no marine store. There is an adjacent haul out crane and DIY yard with mechanics and other experts available for hire. There are picnic tables – but in the late afternoons the ‘no see ums’ will try to eat you alive. Inside the docks are around 6 huge manatees quietly grazing. Because of the enclosed nature of the marina, it is a fine local hurricane hole – bear this in mind should one be approaching as you too are approaching – you might find no room at the inn……

    Within an easy bike ride is a Walmart, other stores and restaurants – though liveaboards with cars will often offer a ride. I’m told there is a free shuttle bus to and from Orlando but haven’t as yet tried it. This is a great spot to see any rocket launch from the Space Center – alas not as frequently as in the heady days of Apollo.

    This is a nice peaceful old style inexpensive marina with always someone around to have a chat with or help you with some problem. My intent is to stay here at least for the winter but who knows – maybe I’ll stay around for years and feed the manatees. I could do a lot worse.

    Low slip rates, friendly environment, hurricane hole – gets a Five Star Rating in my log.
    Cap’n Parky
    MV Pisces

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

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

  • Ineffective Anchoring Ban, Broward County, FL

    As this report by Susannah Bryan Contact Reporter at Sun Sentinel states, the anchoring ban put into effect July 1st is not working in Broward County. Go to http://cruisersnet.net/156265 for more on the anchoring ban.

    “No Beaching, No Landing, No Launching, No Tying Up,” say the signs that went up in April.

    But so far, the signs don’t seem to be working. The dozen or so live-aboard boaters anchored in the cove at North Beach Park are not only coming ashore on their dinghies, they’re using the signs as tie-up posts.

    Signs at North Beach Park in Hollywood warn boaters against tying up, but they do it anyway. (City of Hollywood, courtesy)

    Signs at North Beach Park in Hollywood warn boaters against tying up, but they do it anyway. (City of Hollywood, courtesy)

    CLICK HERE for the full report from Sun-Sentinal

  • 2016 Tropical Storm and Hurricane Operations at South Florida Locks

    With the 2016 hurricane season underway, this is valuable information for boaters navigating the Ockeechobee Waterway or the Canaveral Barge Canal in South Florida. This notice comes to us from our good friend, Specialist Erica Skolte, US Army Corp of Engineers.

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    OKEECHOBEE WATERWAY AND CANAVERAL HARBOR LOCK OPERATIONS DURING TROPICAL STORMS AND HURRICANES

    1. Notice to Navigation
    Notice is given that 72 hours prior to a Tropical Storm or Hurricane making local landfall locks will be open 6 AM to 10 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 and 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 AM to 5 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
    //signed//
    Digitally signed by WILLIAMS.CARL.MABRY.IV
    Date: 2016.08.22 14:57:47 -04’00’
    Chief Navigation & Flood Risk Management
    South Florida Operations

  • South Florida Boat Show, 9/23-25, West Palm Beach

    Aren’t boat shows fun? The best “shoppin’, shoppin’, shoppin'” there is!

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    South Florida Fall Boat Show 2016
    SouthFloridaFallBoatShow.com
    The South Florida Fall Boat Show is set to sail into West Palm Beach Friday September 23rd through Sunday September 25, 2016 at the South Florida Fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach, Florida. 33441

    While boats are the main attraction, this show offers much more. The Fairgrounds will be packed with an impressive display of marine accessories.

    Click Here for more information.

  • Marina Buck$ Now at Old Port Cove Marinas, North Palm Beach, AICW Statute Mile 1014


    MARINA BUCK$ are coupons that spend just like cash money. Earn them at Old Port Cove Marinas. 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.
    marinabucks CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

    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

  • Boats Are Killing Florida Manatees in Record Numbers

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

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

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

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

    CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL REPORT

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

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

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

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

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

    READ MORE

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

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

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

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

    Vessel owners are also reminded to sell their vessels properly.

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

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

  • Extreme Toxicity Reported in Okeechobee Waterway, Stuart, FL


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

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

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

    Special section: Toxic Water

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

    CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL REPORT AND VIDEO

  • Martin County State of Emergency Extended, West Palm Beach

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

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

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

    CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL REPORT AND VIDEO

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

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


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

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

    CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL REPORT

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


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

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

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

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

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