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  • Reports on Peck Lake Anchorage Now Cleared of Dredge Equipment, AICW Statute Mile 992

    Peck Lake Anchorage – Click for Chartview

    The Peck Lake Anchorage immediately off the AICW’s path, south of the Waterway’s intersection with the St. Lucie Inlet, has been virtually unusable because of the onsite equipment related to the dredging of St. Lucie Inlet (http://cruisersnet.net/?p=1278860). From the reports by Downtime 47 and Skipper Cooper it seems that the dredge barges have been removed ahead of schedule and the anchorage is back in business. If you anchor in Peck Lake successfully, please let us hear from you.

    Just passed the Peck Lake anchorage in the ICW, Statue Mile 992, and observed no dredging equipment. Green marker #19 has been replaced with a can, but all else looks normal.
    There was one boat anchored, when there are normally a dozen, so thought I should report the lack of equipment as previously reported. Is it officially open now?
    Downtime 47

    We turned out of the channel about 50 yards south of G19 but could not bear the 060M course to the structure with the danger sign due to anchored boats. Instead we headed 030 then 050 and ran all the way to shore. With dead low at +.3 feet we never saw less than 10 feet depth and the least was just after we left the channel.
    At low water the shoal to the south is clearly visible. We see no signs of a shoal to the north in this lake but have not investigated further.
    Regards,
    Glenn Cooper

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For the Peck Lake Anchorage

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of the Peck Lake Anchorage

  • Main Street Bridge Frustrations, St. Johns River, Jacksonville, FL

    Main Street Bridge – Click for Chartview

    Like the headaches related to the FEC RR bridge in downtown Jacksonville, the Main Street bridge will be less than accommodating as it undergoes reconstruction that requires advanced notice for an opening. See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=134950. To make matters worse, the dates and hours that require advanced notice change weekly. A phone call to the tender, 904-891-2191, is still the best way to determine when an opening will be possible. This situation will continue until March of 2015. Skipper Charleston’s frustrations are surely shared by many.

    WRONG! I was TOLD this morning that there would be at least a TWO HOUR DELAY after the request is made to open the bridge! The boat behind me requested that the bridge be opened at 10 am today but the bridge tender said she had NO RECORD OF THE REQUEST HE MADE LAST NIGHT SO HE WAS TOLD HE WOULD HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL AT LEAST 2 PM as he arrived at 10 am as he said was scheduled.
    I got lucky as a SEATOW worker had scheduled an opening and was tied up at the JAX free dock near the GATOR BOWL (I will never call it any silly bank name, it’s always going to be the GATOR BOWL for me).
    IF you have to wait, from the NORTH go to the free GATOR BOWL marina sponsored by the City of JAX. From the south, go to the LANDING and have a beer at Hooters, or BBQ or anything. Arguing will not get the bridge opened as I listened to those who came after me until I arrived at the next bridge between me and sleep at the marina. When Small Craft warnings are issued, it is time to sail! What a great ride this week through the Keys and up past Miami on the East Coast.
    Bill Charleston

    Make sure you contact the bridge tender on the phone THAT SHIFT. I heard a boater who had called the day before to schedule an opening and the tender that day had no record of it.
    Bill Charleston

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

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  • Good Words for Green Cove Springs Marina, St. Johns River near Jacksonville, FL

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    Green Cove Springs Marina – Click for Chartview

    Green Cove Springs Marina lies on the St. Johns River’s southwestern shores, in the heart of the old Navy Base, upstream of the Green Cove Springs City Dock, between Jacksonville and Palatka. The recommendation below comes fom the AGLCA forum./p>

    Green Cove Springs Marina, Green Cove Springs, FL is on the St. Johns River south of Jacksonville. Many Canadians and others store their boats during the summer, upon returning from a winter in the Bahama’s. They also have a work yard that allows live-aboard while working on your boat. Not the classiest place you’ve seen, but it serves the purpose. Next door is Reynolds Park Yacht Center and also Holland marine.
    King & Sharon Cole
    Blue Moon – 38′ Gulfstar

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida/St. Johns River Marina Directory Listing For Green Cove Springs Marina

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  • DON’T DARE MISS This Video of the Florida Senate Debate on the Recently Defeated Florida Anchorage Regulation

    Now, here is an eye opening video of the debate yesterday (5/1/14) in the Florida Senate about the amendment, which was defeated, that would have allowed Florida counties to locally regulate anchorage. As you will see, members of the cruising community are certainly not cast in a favorable light by those favoring this amendment.

    We urge ALL Floridian cruisers to watch this video!!! It gives what is perhaps one of the most penetrating insights I’ve seen into the mind set of those who would have the state of Florida return to the “bad old days” of local anchoring regulations. And, at least speaking for myself, this debate troubles me considerably in regards to the future of anchoring in Florida.

    To watch the video, you must follow the link below, and then, hover your pointer over the bottom of the video window. A slider will appear. You must push the slider to the right, until you reach the 401:00 mark. The debate and eventual “NO” vote, occurs between times 401:00 and 411:00.

    https://www.flsenate.gov/media/VideoPlayer?EventID=2443575804_2014051004

    The debate is infuriating, but we all have to keep in mind that it is a tiny minority of waterfront landowners that are complaining, while the vast majority of people either don’t care about the issue or don’t know about it. All it takes is for one well-connected campaign donor to make a few phone calls and they get amendments like this, while most people who live on the water relish the views of boats at anchor. Plus, remember that 90%+ of the legislators probably know nothing about marine law or regulation as it exists, while you’ll note that those on the fish and wildlife committees have obviously studied things more thoroughly. The bad news is that it sounds like the anti-anchoring crowd is poised to strike once the Pilot Program ends.
    John Kettlewell

    It appeared to my ear that the man with the gavel voted the amendment down and did so because it had not been referred to committee for debate before vote — not because of the merits of the amendment.
    The fact the sponsor withdrew it so quickly and without asking for a roll call was telling.
    We should all keep in mind that last minute email campaigns will not suffice to prevent this eventuality — those only work when the proponents are over-confident, sloppy or unprepared. Each defeat on this is a lesson learned for those who would drive us off.
    Chris

    Florida Senator Smith is convinced that the normal anchored boat in FL waters is peering into residences and throwing trash into the surrounding waters. Perhaps a boater who resides in his jurisdiction should be-friend him and take him on a water tour of his local waters so he can observe the boaters peering into surrounding homes and all the trash around their boat. Maybe then he will be able to make an informed decision and not rely on the opinions of the wealthy land owners trying to eliminate everyone else’s access to the beauty of our wonderful state.
    However that being said if the boating community does not clean up it’s act and help eliminate the many derelict boats in Florida waters we can expect anchoring rights issues in Florida to be challenged again and again.
    I recognize the difference between a derelict boat spending months and years in front of a waterfront home and the eyesore it creates and a well maintained boat temporarily anchored in the same place. However many folks especially politicians don’t recognize this difference.
    Jack Pittman

    Wow, I am amazed at how inarticulate some members of the Florida Legislature are and how petty their complaints about boats are. Since the waterways are public, there should be no expectation of privacy by water front property owners, period. I would imagine that if any boater is using optical instruments to peer into houses that peeping tom laws would apply. I grew up on the water on Long Island and we frequently had boaters, including fishermen and crabbers come close to our property and we never considered filing a complaint. Occasionally a broken down boat would anchor nearby and my dad would offer to help them or call for help for them. Most of the water front property owners where we lived were also boat owners.
    Peter Treiber

    The people debating for restrictive anchoring regulations on this video universally cite the perceived lack of privacy by waterfront owners with a subset arguing against the additional issue of long-term anchoring vessels because of the obvious conclusion that they are dumping illegal waste into the waters. The rich waterfront owners of the state (I own waterfront in FL and once spent a lot of time getting half-sunken and derelict shrimping vessels removed from nearby waters) will eventually have their way with restricting anchoring unless the very few bad apples get booted. There must be a mechanism to define and remove the anchoring rule abusers. I would suggest the the boating community argue for time limits rather than distance limits. What difference does it make if a boater with strong optics is sitting 10 feet or over a hundred yards from some fat cat’s trophy wife’s bedroom window – the optics shorten all distances to un-curtained windows. However, the continued close presence of any vessel, trashy or flashy, is going to grate on the nerves of people who thought their views would be forever beautiful and private from the water side.
    Rich Gano

    Keep in mind two things:
    Senator Smith is the MINORITY LEADER.
    Senator Smith’s District 31 is nearly 100% LAND-LOCKED.
    This appears to have been party leadership supporting its members.
    I suspect you will find the real force comes from Districts 33, 34 and 35 which border the ICW from Boynton Beach to the latitude of Homestead. It is unlikely facts will be helpful here as they don’t support the imposed outcome.
    Chris

    I see several folks here chiming in with the usual worries about so-called “derelicts.” First, many of these boaters are in clear violation of existing marine law such as registration, safety equipment, sewage, etc. Second, it is already illegal to anchor so as to obstruct a channel or someone’s access to a dock. Third, there are very few places, even in Florida, where it is likely this could be even a tiny problem as you simply can’t anchor very close to someone’s home–water is too shallow, too close to channel, etc. Sunset Lake in Miami Beach is one spot that comes to mind, and many of us have heard of the well-connected wealthy individual there who wants the lake to be his private backyard. Fourth, most of us legitimate transient boaters go out of our way to anchor places that are peaceful and quiet and well away from anyone. Even in crowded anchorages like North Lake Worth I am almost always anchored at least several hundred yards from shore.
    John Kettlewell

    Most derelict boats I’ve encountered are anchored legally but as John mentioned they are in violation of several marine laws. They have become a real problem on Florida’s west coast. A few examples are anchorages in Sarasota, Gulfport and the north end of Longboat Key.
    My fear is if the boating community does not help in removing these boats, the Florida population at large will not distinguish between a temporally anchored legally outfitted boat complying with all laws and one that has been abandoned.
    Jack Pittman

  • GOOD NEWS! Anchoring Restrictions Voted Down for the Third Time in the Florida Legislature

    I know it is hard to believe, but a THIRD attempt was made in the Florida legislature today (5/1/14) to allow Sunshine State municipalities and counties to pretty much institute any sort of anchoring restrictions they desired.
    WE ARE VERY HAPPY TO REPORT THAT THIS THIRD ATTEMPT WAS VOTED DOWN, and, at least for this Florida legislative session, any changes to the Florida Pilot Field Program seem to be thoroughly dead. Of course, in an earlier vote, Florida lawmakers did extend the Pilot Program for three more years, and there are certainly many member of the cruising community who will be far from happy with this prospect, but at least we are not going to see a return (at least in 2014) to the “bad old days” of local, hap-haphazardly and selectively enforced local and county Florida anchoring regulations.
    THANKS to one and all who responded to the requests from Boat/US, the Florida Marine Industries Association, Waterway Guide and the Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net, to contact Florida legislatures!
    WE DID IT! Every southeastern USA cruiser who participated in this fight please take a well deserved proverbial pat on your back!
    Conversely, this eleventh hour tri-effort does indeed show there are powerful, wealthy, property owning interests in the Sunshine State who would simply prefer not to see boats when they walk out in their backyards. Note that this is an entirely SEPARATE issue from the very real Floridian problem of abandoned vessels, derelicts and live aboard hulks (vessels that will never move again, unless it’s straight down to the bottom.” But, that’s another issue, for another day.
    For now, GOOD JOB everyone!

    Now, here is an eye opening video of the debate yesterday in the Florida Senate about the amendment that would have allowed Florida counties to locally regulate anchorage. As you will see, members of the cruising community are certainly not cast in a favorable light by those favoring this amendment.
    We urge ALL Floridian cruisers to watch this video!!! It gives what is perhaps one of the most penetrating insights I’ve seen into the mind set of those who would have the state of Florida return to the “bad old days” of local anchoring regulations. And, at least speaking for myself, the debate troubles me considerably in regards to the future of anchoring in Florida.
    To watch the video, you must follow the link below, and then, hover your pointer over the bottom of the video window. A slider will appear. You must push the slider to the right, until you reach the 401:00 mark. The debate and eventual “NO” vote, occurs between times 401:00 and 411:00.

    https://www.flsenate.gov/media/VideoPlayer?EventID=2443575804_2014051004

    And, from our good friends at Boat/US:

    NEWS From BoatUS
    Boat Owners Association of The United States
    880 S. Pickett St., Alexandria, VA 22304
    BoatUS Press Room at http://www.BoatUS.com/pressroom
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Press Contact: D. Scott Croft, 703-461-2864, SCroft@BoatUS.com
    Florida Legislature Kills Anti-boating Legislation: BoatUS on Watch

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., May 2, 2014 – Sometimes it’s the middle of night, and often it’s only at the very last moment. But that’s the nature of how new legislation is often introduced with the backing of special interest groups in state houses across the US. Often the intent is to keep the public in the dark. But that’s not what happened over the last two weeks in Florida, when Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) became instrumental in turning the tide on some 11th-hour legislation that would have thrown out a statewide effort to develop consistent and rational anchoring options for cruising boaters, and severely impacted anchoring in some of the most important areas along Florida’s coasts.

    With official end of Florida’s 2014 legislative session today, BoatUS says that the series of anti-anchoring legislative amendments are no longer a current threat. Attempts were made to add these amendments to the Florida Fish and Wildlife bills in both Senate and House, and would have established a dangerous precedent for the rest of the state, lead to a patchwork quilt of anchoring restrictions and exposed boaters and legitimate cruisers to citations and fines. It would have also completely ignored an ongoing Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission anchoring pilot program whose goal is provide a more uniform and fair anchoring regulations statewide.

    BoatUS, with a groundswell of boater support generated over 5,800 comments to legislators, urged the Senate and House to defeat the amendments’ passage. The Fish and Wildlife bills have now passed “clean” with no anti-anchoring amendments.

    “Our Florida members answered our call to weigh in and let legislators know the impact of the proposed legislative changes,” said BoatUS Government Affairs Senior Program Coordinator David Kennedy. “Florida legislators responded and soundly defeated the proposals. BoatUS thanks both Representative Tom Goodson and Senator Charlie Dean for their tireless efforts on behalf of Florida boaters,” Kennedy concluded.

    Florida Senator and Senate Minority Leader, Christopher L. Smith (Fort Lauderdale) and Representative Eduardo “Eddy” Gonzalez (Miami Springs) introduced amendments to House Bill 955 and Senate Bill 1126 (the Florida Fish and Wildlife agency bills), that would have given counties unfettered control over the restriction of anchoring throughout their jurisdictions.

    However, the boating advocacy and services group says Florida boaters and cruisers need to remain vigilant. “BoatUS is on watch,” said Kennedy, “And working with Sunshine state boaters, we can be effective when others decide to try to negatively impact our boating. But we know from experience that this will happen again – it’s just a question of time and in which statehouse will someone else decide boaters don’t matter.”

    According to flsenate.gov, the amendment (255208) failed to be adopted on the Senate floor on 1 May.
    Bob Todd

  • Eye Opening Video of the Debate in the Florida Senate Concerning the “Margolis Amendment”

    By now, just about everyone who has visited the Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net within the last 24 hours knows that an effort was mounted in the Florida State Senate yesterday by Senator Margolis from Miami, that would have allowed Broward and Dade counties to pretty much institute any local anchorage regulations they wished. That amendment was withdrawn, BUT there is a new effort TODAY (4/23/14) to attach the same amendment to a Florida House bill. For more on this, please see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=139367.

    Courtesy of the Seven Seas Cruising Association’s “Concerned Cruisers Committee” we can present to you a video of the debate which took place in the Florida State Senate Appropriations Committee yesterday. THIS IS VERY REVEALING, particularly when Senator Margolis states that “we certainly don’t want to hear from the public,” or words to that effect.

    To make this work, without having to watch the entire 8 hours worth of video, you must follow this procedure.

    First, go to:

    https://www.flsenate.gov/media/VideoPlayer?EventID=2443575804_2014041245

    When the page opens, there will be a video window on the left side of the page. Click the play arrow. Let the video begin, and then hover your pointer near the bottom of the video window. A slide will appear. You will need to keep sliding this slider button to the right, until you reach the 462.30 minute mark. The debate concerning the “Margolis Amendment” is shown between time reference 462.30 and 469.5.

    It’s not often that members of the cruising community can actually see their “enemy” in regards to Florida anchoring rights, but this is an exception. We urge all cruisers to take advantage of this opportunity. And, oh yes, PLEASE let us know what you think, by using the “Comment” function below!

    Claiborne,
    I believe it is also important to recognize Davis Childs (NMMA rep.) and Bonnie Basham (Boat US rep.) both were there and both had cards in to speak if necessary.
    R, Phil

    I agree totally with Captain Phil’s comment above. Both NMMA and Boat/US have been invaluable and responded at light speed to this “out of the blue” situation! So, THANKS Bonnie Basham and Davis Childs!

  • Great Photos Of Jacksonville Landing Dock – Downtown Jacksonville, FL on the St. Johns River

    Here are several revealing photos of the free docks (no power or water connections), provided to us by our dear friends, and SSECN strategic partners, Susan Landry and Chuck Baier. As many of you already know, Chuck and Susan are the owners owners of Beach House Publications, publishers of “The Great Book of Anchorages,” (http://www.tgboa.com)! THANKS CHUCK AND SUSAN!
    One word of warning – I know from personal experience that it can get surprisingly right at the Jacksonville Lnading dock, so keep an eye on the weather and wind!

    jacksonvillelanding1

    jacksonvillelanding2

    jacksonvillelanding3

  • West Palm Beach Bridges Undergo Schedule Changes, AICW Statute Miles 1021-1025

    West Palm Beach Bridges – Click for Chartview

    Three of the Waterway bridges in West Palm Beach will be undergoing changes in their schedules for six months beginning May 10, 2014. For the new opening schedules and the reasons for the changes, please see the following links:

    http://cruisersnet.net/?p=139424

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory Listing For Flagler Memorial Bridge

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    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory Listing For Royal Park Bridge

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    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory Listing For Southern Boulevard Bridge

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  • A New, High Volume Dredge Arrives at Amelia Island Yacht Basin (Statute Mile 720.5)

    Amelia Island Yacht Basin - Marina and Boat Yard - Amelia Island Florida In December of this year, after a personal visit to this facility, we reported that SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Amelia Island Yacht Basin, was awaiting the arrival of a new, high-volume dredge that would be permanently located here. Amelia Island has always offered superbly sheltered dockage, and full on-site services, including repairs. The rub has been depths both on the canal-like entrance channel and in the dockage basin. Well, all that will begin to change very soon.

    New Amelia Island Yacht Basin Dredge

    New Amelia Island Yacht Basin Dredge

    While attending the just completed MTOA Spring Rendezvous in Fernandina Beach, I again made a personal visit to Amelia Island Yacht Basin, and had a most informative conversation with General Manager, Bill Galloway and Office Manager, Kristen Galloway. I was very pleased to learn that the NEW DREDGE HAS JUST ARRIVED! Some piping must still be delivered, but in a few weeks, dredging of the entrance channel will begin.
    Bill explained to me that this new dredge can “do in a few hours what took our old dredge a few weeks to accomplish.” While it will take a bit of time to get the entrance channel and harbor to the depth targets set by marina management, once that is accomplished the on-site dredge will only need to do a bit of maintenance dredging from time to time.
    Wow, what a wonderful improvement to an already excellent facility. We’ll keep you informed as the dredging operations proceed!

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Amelia Island Yacht Basin

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  • Flagler Memorial Bridge Set To Remain In Open Position For Six Months, AICW Statute Mile 1021

    West Palm Beach Bridges – Click for Chartview

    Since construction began, Flagler Memorial Bridge in West Palm Beach has been in a state of almost constant change, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=127999. The locked-in-open-position may seem to be good news for tall vessels, but the added vehicular traffic on the Royal Park Bridge and Southern Boulevard Bridge, just to the south, and their necessarily restricted openings, may actually slow vessel traffic through West Palm Beach; time will tell.

    The Coast Guard Bridge Branch in cooperation with the City of Palm Beach and Florida Department of Transportation has approved the following bridge schedules once the Flagler Memorial Bridge being placed in the open position stating May 10, 2014.
    Michael Lieberum
    Seventh Coast Guard District
    Bridge Branch
    Chief of Operations Section

    FLORIDA – ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY – PALM SHORES TO WEST PALM BEACH – FLAGLER MEMORIAL BRIDGE: Bridge Construction/Waterway Restriction/Temporary Bridge Regulation Changes/Update.
    The Florida Department of Transportation has advised that the Flagler Memorial Bridge will be placed in the open to navigation position for a six month period. Mariners are reminded that the horizontal clearance at the Flagler Memorial Bridge is currently set at 70 feet and will remain until the new bridge is built and this bridge is removed. The current schedule for the Flagler Memorial Bridge will remain in effect until it is placed in an open to navigation position. The Flagler Memorial Bridge will open once an hour on the quarter-hour except that from 8:16 a.m. to 9:14 a.m. and from 4:16 p.m. to 5:14 p.m. the bridge will be allowed to remain closed to navigation with no exemptions except for emergencies.
    With the Flagler Memorial Bridge left in the open to navigation position from May 12, 2014 until October 31, 2014, all vehicle traffic will be detoured to the bridges south of this structure.
    For this reason, the Royal Park Bridge will be on an hourly schedule at the quarter-hour (open once an hour on the quarter past the hour) from 6:16 a.m. until 8:14 p.m. Monday through Friday, except that from 7:16 a.m. to 9:14 a.m. and from 4:16 p.m. to 6:14 p.m. this bridge will be allowed to remain closed to navigation. At all other time including Federal Holidays this bridge will open on the quarter-hour and three-quarter hour.
    The Southern Boulevard Bridge will remain on the twice an hour schedule (top of the hour and bottom of the hour), except that from 7:31 a.m. to 9:29 a.m. and from 4:01 p.m. to 5:59 p.m. this bridge will be allowed to remain closed to navigation.
    PCL Construction will be working on the new Flagler Memorial Bridge and will have floating equipment in the vicinity of the Flagler Memorial Bridge. Any and all channel restrictions/closures in support of this new structure will be published in future Local Notice to Mariners and Broadcast Notice to Mariners. This bridge construction is anticipated to be completed by September 1, 2016. Ref: LNM 45-12 through 15-14 Chart: 11472

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory Listing For Flagler Memorial Bridge

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    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory Listing For Royal Park Bridge

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    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory Listing For Southern Boulevard Bridge

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  • Report from Alligator Creek Anchorage, south of Fernandina, FL, AICW Statute Mile 726

    Alligator Creek Anchorage – Click for Chartview

    The entrance to Alligator Creek Anchorages lies north-northeast of the ICW’s unlighted daybeacon #36. The two recommended locations are above and below the mouth of Alligator Creek.

    I’ve been here on two occasions, the first time during a howling northwest wind of 35 to 40 MPH and ducked in between the sand bar and shore in about 12 feet of water, just up from the cut. The trees did a great job of sheltering me from the wind and waves.
    The second time was in March of 2013, the wind was howling from the southeast, and the tide was screaming out. I anchored in the same location and it became real bumpy. Nice place, though.
    Travlin-Easy

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Alligator Creek Anchorage

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  • Seawall Construction in Dodge Island Cut, Miami Harbor, near AICW Statute Mile

    dodgeThis seawall construction is in the south entrance channel, Fishermans Channel, often used to avoid heavier traffic in the main channel. The construction area is on the north side of the Dodge Island Cut and should not impede navigation.

    FLORIDA – MIAMI HARBOR – FISHERMANS CHANNEL – PORT OF MIAMI (DODGE ISLAND): Area 2 Seawall Construction.
    Ebsary Foundation Company will commence seawall construction at the Port of Miami (Dodge Island) on or about April 21 until September 30, 2014. Operations will occur from 0700 to 1800 Monday through Friday. A barge will be working adjacent to the south side of Dodge Island. The barge is 48ft x 120ft deck barge with a 100Ton crane mounted on it. The barge will remain in the construction position 24/7. For further information contact Matthew Shiring at 305-325-0530 ext 108. Mariners are advised to minimize wake and proceed with caution.
    Work Site Coordinates and Staging Area:
    SE Corner: 25-46-18.86N 80-10-23.21W
    NE Corner: 25-46-20.10N 80-10-22.42W
    NW Corner: 25-46-22.64N 80-10-28.18W
    SW Corner: 25-46-20.83N 80-10-28.31W
    Chart 11468 LNM: 15/14

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  • More Discussion of Longer FEC RR Bridge Closures in Store for South Florida?

    Wow, here is a piece of sobering news from our “man on the scene” in Stuart, Florida, Captain Ted Guy. Ted is a maritime attorney and the past president of the Treasure Coast Marine Industries Association, and is unusually knowledgeable about all things nautical when it comes to Eastern Florida and the Okeechobee Waterway. Looks like we may all have more time to wait at railway bridges in Florida, starting in 2015!

    Claiborne, my friend,
    A local controversy has sprung up in the boating community about FEC adding 16 passenger trains each way each day to about ten or twelve freights each way each day, more than doubling the bridge closure down time per day. It will affect their drawbridges from Cocoa Beach to Miami. The new service starting in 2015 is called “All Aboard Florida”, although I’ve heard they may rename it. Check out www.allaboardflorida.com .
    W.E. “Ted” Guy, Jr.

    This is going to be a huge problem if it ever comes to completion. Some estimates say the bridge will be closed up to 75% of the time for train crossings.
    In addition the bridge is beyond it’s end of life and the RR company (FEC) does not intend to replace it. A breakdown is very likely.
    For more information, see the grass roots campaign at:
    http://www.floridanotallaboard.com/
    Paul Sears
    Sailing Vessel “Aurora” currently in Palm City to the West of the RR bridge!

    Vero Beach county officials are raising concerns about the impact of the All-Aboard Florida passenger rail service as outlined the article by Lisa Zahner linked here from VeroNew.com:
    http://www.veronews.com/news/indian_river_county/traffic/county-vero-beach-raise-concerns-about-all-aboard-florida/article_3d54f83e-ba10-11e3-87b7-001a4bcf6878.html

  • Good Words for Harbortown Marina, AICW Statute Mile 965

    Harbortown Marina - Click for Chartview

    Harbortown Marina – Click for Chartview

    Harbortown Marina sits on the northern banks of Taylor Creek, which cuts into the Waterway’s western flank, south of unlighted daybeacon #184, just north of the Ft. Pierce Inlet.

    We stayed there after a long day south. The marina is very large, and we were on the face dock. The people were friendly and helpful, and Publix is close. The wifi is not worth trying. I was with tech support which I quit after an hour with no results. I was told there are 4 transmitters and ours was “not well” although the office acknowledged it has never worked well. Overall, I would return.
    John Pholeric

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

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

  • Plans to Replace Remaining Drawbridges in Daytona Beach, AICW Statute Mile 830

    Daytona Beach Bridges - Click for Chartview

    Daytona Beach Bridges – Click for Chartview

    Except for the tallest masted of our friends, the high-rise 65ft fixed bridges have been a blessing, unless like some of us old-timers, you actually miss chatting with the bridge tenders, even the less-than-friendly ones! The article linked below from NewDaytonaBeach.com outlines plans to replace the remaining drawbridges across the Waterway in Volusia County. Of the four bridges crossing the Waterway in Daytona Beach, only Main Street Bridge (closed vertical clearance of 22ft) and Memorial Bridge (closed vertical clearance of 21ft) are drawbridges. Seabreeze Bridge and Broadway Bridge are both high-rise fixed bridges.

    http://newsdaytonabeach.com/county-looking-to-replace-final-intracoastal-waterway-drawbridges/
    daytona2

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

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory Listing For Memorial Bridge

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

  • Florida’s Derelict Vessel Issue Addressed by Legislature

    The issue of derelict vessels in Florida’s anchorages has been brewing for years with much discussion as to how to remedy the situation. New bills now before the Florida congress attempt to offer a solution that will remove the offending vessels without imposing on the rights of legitimate cruisers. It will not be an easy task, since the enforcement of any new regulations will been given to local marine law enforcement which, in the past, has not been on the best of terms with the cruising community, especially transients. The excellent article linked below from KeysNews.com by Timothy O’Hara discusses the bills in detail.

    http://keysnews.com/node/54451

    Laws and regulations already exist that cover this issue thoroughly, but nobody wants to assume the responsibility or pay for the operation to remove the boat. The FWC has developed a detailed and logical set of regulations and procedures for dealing with true derelict vessels. It is not lack of laws, but passing the buck that has caused the real problems. In the Keys the headline grabbing costs have mostly been generated by a few large commercial vessels, like the tugboat that sank recently. Most truly derelict vessels are not insured and in many cases the owners have no assets to seize. I suppose you can now throw them in jail, further costing the taxpayers large sums for years to come.
    John Kettlewell

    Lets hope that local law enforcement doesn’t consider any and all anchorages on the ICW to be “adjacent to heavily travelled channels”. I believe that , as worded, this leaves too much open to interpretation.
    Cambren Davis

  • Report on Shoaling in St. Lucie River, Okeechobee Waterway, Statute Mile 1, Stuart, FL

    St. Lucie Shoaling – Click for Chartview

    Skipper Harmon is referring to a stretch of shoaling at the eastern end of the Okeechobee Waterway where we have had a Navigation Alert posted since May of 2013, (see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=113451). Again, our advice, and that of Skipper Harmon, is to ignore the magenta line and follow the markers.

    The problem stretch near markers 17 and 17A claimed another boater. I recently completed the Okeechobee Waterway and found the charts make this area very confusing and, the small can marker 17A is hard to see. The charts depict a dredged channel and the magenta line indicates you can pass west of the green marker 17. If you follow this route (magenta line) you will find very shallow water. When I passed the area all east bound traffic was leaving the green markers 17A and 17 to the starboard, west bound to the port. If you are meeting traffic, slowing down will allow everyone to pass 17 safely.

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position in St. Lucie River

  • Patience Required at Flagler Memorial Bridge, AICW Statute Mile 1021

    West Palm Beach Bridges – Click for Chartview

    This latest update on the opening schedule for Flagler Memorial Bridge from week 47/13 comes from Officer Michael Lieberem, 7th District, USCG. Flagler Memorial Bridge, with a closed vertical clearance of 17ft, crosses the Waterway and Lake Worth at Statute Mile 1021, south of AICW marker #10. With the unusual construction circumstances, even more changes are to be expected.

    Currently the Flagler Memorial Bridge is closed to road traffic. There has been a slight settling that resulted in the spans not properly locking together. It may be associated with the construction of a new bridge immediately south of the old bridge. The DOT are estimating that repairs will be completed by Nov 25. Right now (Nov 17) the spans are kept in the open position. Contact the bridge before passing as the spans may close during the repair process. Also note the recent LNM and changes to the chart 11472 modifying the clearances during construction of the new bridge.
    Bruce Jones

    Officer Lieberem responds and confirms:
    This is correct; however they will need to lower and raise the bridge to ensure proper alignment of the locking mechanism, to the bridge may be down at times when boaters are coming to the bridge. It will open on schedule during these times. As of the 25th, the bridge will be placed on the schedule as outlined in the current BNM and the next LNM article below and will need to remain on the schedule for a long time.

    FLORIDA – ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY – PALM SHORES TO WEST PALM BEACH – FLAGLER MEMORIAL BRIDGE: Bridge Construction/Waterway Restriction/Temporary Bridge Regulation Changes/Update.

    The Florida Department of Transportation has requested that the Flagler Memorial Bridge be placed on a restricted opening schedule until the new Flagler Memorial Bridge construction can be completed.

    Mariners are reminded that the horizontal clearance at the Flagler Memorial Bridge is currently set at 70 feet and will remain until the new bridge is built and this bridge is removed.

    The Flagler Memorial Bridge opening schedule has been changed starting November 25, 2013, to once an hour on the quarter-hour except that from 8:16 a.m. to 9:14 a.m. and from 4:16 p.m. to 5:14 p.m. the bridge will be allowed to remain closed to navigation with no exemptions except for emergencies. The Royal Park Bridge and Southern Boulevard bridges will resume their normal operating schedules per 33 CFR 117 on December 2, 2013.

    While the new Flagler Memorial Bridge is under construction, the following emergency plan will remain in effect with no exceptions except for emergencies:

    If an emergency occurs and the Flagler Memorial Bridge is left in the open to navigation position, all vehicle traffic will be detoured to the bridges to the south. For this reason, the Royal Park Bridge will be on an hourly schedule at the quarter-hour, except that from 8:16 a.m. to 10:14 a.m. and from 4:16 p.m. to 6:14 p.m. this bridge will be allowed to remain closed to navigation. The Southern Boulevard Bridge will remain on the twice an hour schedule (top of the hour and bottom of the hour), except that from 8:31 a.m. to 9:59 a.m. and from 4:31 p.m. to 5:59 p.m. this bridge will be allowed to remain closed to navigation.
    Michael Lieberum
    Seventh Coast Guard District
    Bridge Branch
    Chief of Operations Section

    Only opening on hour on Wednesday. Royal park on restriction also.
    Patty Hamilton

    We just went through the bridges today [4/5/2014]. The Royal Park bridge is on the 1/2 hr & hr.
    The Southern Blvd bridge is on the 1/4 & 3/4 hr.
    George Grafer, time out

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory Listing For Flagler Memorial Bridge

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

  • Come One, Come All – Vero Beach Cruisers’ Breakfast Every Wednesday Morning, Southern Comfort Grill, Vero Beach, FL, AICW Statute Mile 952

    Vero Beach Marina

    You are invited! And, what could possibly be better than meeting and sharing lies with your fellow cruisers at a communal breakfast. Whether you are a local captain or a transient, the Cruisers’ Breakfast extends a welcome to their weekly morning Breakfasts, every Wednesday at 0800. They will be glad to see you!
    Note that in the text below, the authors describe how you can access easy transportation to the breakfast site, from the city marina via the excellent city bus system. DON’T MISS the wonderful weekly event!

    Vero Beach Municipal Marina - Click for Chartveiw

    Vero Beach Municipal Marina – Click for Chartveiw

    Vero Beach Municipal Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!, lies on the eastern shores of Bethel Creek, moving northeast and north from the Vero Beach/Merrill Barber, high-rise bridge, south of flashing daybeacon #139.

    Event Title: Vero Beach, FL Cruisers’ Breakfast
    Wednesday, April 2, 2014
    Join us at 8:00 a.m. EVERY Wednesday year round
    at the Southern Comfort Grill located at 642 21st St. in Vero Beach (772-794-0567)
    Contact Jim and Ann Catchick, formerly s/v Lady Ann
    Catchickp@aol.com
    SSCA Cruising Station
    627 Eugenia Rd
    Vero Beach, FL 32963
    772-234-7367
    cell 772-538-8191
    The Southern Comfort Grill is in a strip mall. across the street from the where we used to meet at the old 2002 Restaurant. The free bus from the VeroBeach City Marina has resumed it’s early schedule, so transportation is once again available. The bus drop off is near Publix and the restaurant is just about one block west on the north side of the street in the first strip mall west of the Fresh Market. All are welcome! Contact us for further information.
    This is from today’s entry in SSCA – it’s every week, not just today.
    Skip Gundlach, Flying Pig

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Vero Beach Municipal Marina and the Vero Beach Mooring Field

  • Skipper Seeking Advice on a Southerly Cruise

    Skipper Jerry is asking for your input into a cruise he is planning. He has given us his email so you can communicate directly. While the bulk of the cruise will be well beyond the waters covered by SSECN, we know that many of you have made the trip he is proposing. If you have advice for Skipper Jerry, give him a shout!

    I’m looking for input from SSEC members who have sailed recently to Guatemala through Mexico. I will be sailing from Fort Myers Beach and am interested in any customs problems and piracy issues. jcvillines@gmail.com
    Jerry

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