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  • Update on Dredging at AICW/Bakers Haulover Intersection Problem Stretch, Statute Mile 1080

    Bakers Haulover/AICW Intersection - Click for Chartview

    Bakers Haulover/AICW Intersection – Click for Chartview

    This section of the Eastern Florida Waterway has long been designated as an AICW Problem Stretch due to persistent shoaling. Since only passage at mid-to-high tide has been our recommendation, the dredging of this intersection is very welcome news!

    FLORIDA – AICW – MIAMI – BAKERS HAULOVER INLET: (UPDATE: 03/24/2014) Dredge Operations
    Southwind Construction Corp. will commence dredging in the vicinity of Bakers Haulover Inlet beginning on or about 18 March. The Dredge JENNIE LEA II and workboats Ann Kay & Viper will be on scene monitoring VHF-FM channels 13, 16 & 78. Operations will continue 24/7 until on or about April 5, 2014. Buoys may be temporarily disestablished to accommodate dredge operations and the channel may be restricted to vessel traffic. Submerged pipeline will be in designated areas then turn southerly toward the Bal-Harbor Beach placement site. Further information contact the Project Manager, Devon Carlock at (812) 867-7220. Mariners are advised to transit at the slowest safe speed to minimize wake, and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. For passing arrangements contact the Dredge JENNIE LEA II. See enclosure section for pipeline route.
    The below aids have been temporarily discontinued to facilitate dredge operations.
    Biscayne Bay Buoy 7 (LLNR 47822)
    Biscayne Bay Buoy 7A (LLNR 47824)
    Biscayne Bay Buoy 7B (LLNR 47828) has been temporarily relocated to position 25-54-04.052N / 080-07-54.294W to facilitate dredge operations.
    **The area is subject to frequent changes in depth and direction due to shifting shoals. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution, seek local knowledge when transiting the area, and use alternate route when necessary.**
    Chart 11467 LNM:12/14

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Section” Listing For AICW Bakers/Haulover Inlet Intersection

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To This AICW Problem Stretch

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  • Shoaling Warned in Ponce de Leon Inlet, near AICW Statute Miles 843 and 839

    This warning of shoaling in Ponce de Leon Inlet comes from SeaTow’s Facebook page. To see that posting, go to:
    https://www.facebook.com/SeaTowDaytona/posts/697592116939014:0

    Ponce Inlet (as it is known to all the locals) intersects the Waterway at Statute Mile 839.5, with a second southerly intersection near St. M. 843.

    Shoal Warning:
    Heavy shoaling exists beyond the posted shoaling markers in Ponce Inlet. Please take caution when transiting the area, as shoaling may not be visible. Keep south off the shoal markers and keep them 150’ off your beam to avoid running aground. The yellow line illustrates our recommended course.
    ***Note: Sand bar conditions can change at anytime and Sea Tow Daytona/Ponce is not responsible for the current accuracy of map.

    Ponce Inlet

    Ponce Inlet

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

  • Good Words for Camachee Cove Yacht Harbor, AICW Statute Mile 775.5

     Welcome to Camachee Cove Yacht Harbor! Located in America?s oldest city- St. Augustine, Florida- Camachee Cove is a fully protected marina adjacent to the ICW, and less than a mile from the St. Augus

    Camachee Cove Yacht Harbor - Click for Chartview

    Camachee Cove Yacht Harbor – Click for Chartview

    A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Camachee Cove Yacht Harbor is located just off the Waterway’s western shoreline, south of unlighted daybeacon #7 and north of the Vilano Beach Bridge.

    Good protected dockage, marine services, full service yard with haul out, restaurant/bar, and sailboat school/rentals at Camachee Cove Marina on the north side of St. Augustine.
    Capt. Alex

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Camachee Cove Yacht Harbor

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Camachee Cove Yacht Harbor

  • Report from St. Augustine Mooring Fields, AICW Statute Mile 778

    St. Augustine - Click for Chartview

    St. Augustine – Click for Chartview

    The two St. Augustine mooring fields are north and south of the Bridge of Lions in the heart of St. Augustine. The northern mooring field is nearest the St. Augustine inlet and is more often subject to wind and wave action.

    Stopped twice in Nov on the way south. Both times the mooring field was quite uncomfortable from sustained hi winds.
    Great town to visit but long term on a mooring would not be ideal.
    xort

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

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

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

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

  • Martin County Commissioners Approve New Fee-Based Customs Office, Stuart, FL

    The actual location of this new facility has not been identified, but having a customs office in Stuart will allow aviators and boaters to clear customs locally without going to Fort Pierce or West Palm Beach. For more on the five year battle to get approval for the new customs office, go to this story by Jane Eschbach, CBS 12 News, http://www.cbs12.com/news/top-stories/stories/vid_13769.shtml

  • Good Saturdays/Great Staff at Beach Marine, AICW Statute Mile 748, Jacksonville Beach, FL

    Beach Marine - Click for Chartview

    Beach Marine – Click for Chartview

    Beach Marine is located south of unlighted daybeacon #34, and just northeast of the B. B. McCormick – Beach Boulevard 65-foot, fixed bridge. The review below comes to us from the AGLCA forum.

    We were heading north and stopped at Beach Marina in Jacksonville Beach,Florida on March 5 for a couple of days while a COLD front blew through. While there the dockmaster Bryan told us that he hosts a “Tiki Hut Party” on the last Saturday of every month for slipholders and transients. Food, beer and wine are FREE as well as DOCKAGE (pull in as early as you like on Saturday and you don’t have to leave until 4 PM Sunday). You only have to pay for electricity ($8 for 30 amp, $12 for 50).
    Call the Dock Master, Bryan Reid (904.694.2098) a day or two ahead and reserve a spot at the party and the dock. ENJOY!
    PS. Great staff; great marina.
    Bob & Jon Volkwein
    M/V YINZER

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Beach Marine

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

  • High Praise for Parker Yachts of Fort Lauderdale, FL

    Parker Yachts is located at 225 SW 32nd St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315, (954) 463-1515, www.parkeryacht.com

    For the second time on our cruise this year, we’ve had tremendous help from a marine business. This time, we were stranded in George Town, Exumas with two non-working engines. Our catamaran has two T9.9 Yamahas. We’d been down one engine for a couple of weeks, and lost the second engine on our arrival in George Town. After trouble-shooting the issues, we determined we needed a replacement CDI, Pulser Coil, and Charge Coil. These parts were not available in the Bahamas so we called several parts dealers in the States. All estimated at least a two-week delivery just to get the parts to their own shops. Susan at Parker Yachts understood our plight and was sympathetic. She managed to get us all that we needed in a matter of days, and personally delivered them to Reggie Express Air for flight directly to George Town. We can’t say enough about how terrific Susan was to work with. Her communication, sense of humor, professionalism, and ability to get what you need FAST is exemplary. Our thanks to Susan and Parker Yachts for helping us to get our engines up and running and our cruise under way again.
    George and Karen Schietinger s/v Tara

  • Update: St. Lucie Inlet Dredging to be Completed By May 2014, near AICW Statute Mile 987

    St. Lucie Inlet – Click for Chartview

    St. Lucie Inlet intersects the Waterway and the eastern genesis of the Okeechobee Waterway near Stuart, FL at AICW Statute Mile 987. The dredging described below refers to work in the Inlet channel, not the Waterway.

    FLORIDA-AICW-PALM SHORES TO WEST PALM BEACH-ST LUCIE INLET: Dredge Operations, (UPDATE: Completion Date).
    Cashman Dredging and Marine Contracting Co., LLC will continue dredge operations with Dredge “CAPTAIN AJ FOURNIER” in the channel at St Lucie Inlet and the adjoining impoundment basin to their authorized depths. Material will be loaded into hopper barges and transported approximately 5.5 miles south of the inlet, down the Intracoastal Waterway, to Pecks Lake, where the barge unloader “Bean 20” will be moored. The dredge material will then be pumped onto the beach through a submerged pipeline. The dredging activities will extend approximately 300 feet eastward and approximately 2,300’ westward from the entrance of the jetties. The dredge will be supported by the crew launch/survey vessel “Cape Elizabeth”. All vessels will monitor VHF channels 13, 16, and use 74 as the working channel. The dredge will operate 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Operations will wrap up on or about 01 May 2014. Mariners are urged to transit at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made.
    Temporarily Relocated due to Dredge Operations: Ref LNM 44/13
    St Lucie Inlet B5 (LLNR 10125 relocated to position 27-09-05.194N/080-09-08.576W
    St Lucie Inlet B7 (LLNR 10135) relocated to position 27-09-58.691N/080-09-33.568W
    Temporarily Discontinued due to Dredge Operations: Ref LNM 03/14
    Chart 11472 LNM: 08/14

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of St. Lucie Inlet

  • More on Vessel Tax and Registration in Florida

    Vessel taxes and registration in the state of Florida are an ongoing topics on SSECN  (see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=106014)  and the comments below offer more good information about keeping your boat legal in regards to taxes and registration. The link for applying for the Sojourner Permit mentioned below is:  http://www.leetc.com/vehiclevessel.asp?page_id=vesselsojourner

    They only allow you to be there 90 days, or else you will have to register the boat and pay Florida sales tax. Florida has reciprocal agreements with other states so proving you paid sales tax in another state will give you credit in FL for that payment.
    We just registered our boat in FL (in order to stay longer than 90 days. Registration cost us just under $200. FL does not tryto collect sales tax so long as the boat did not enter Florida waters for at least six months after you purchased it.
    If you want to stay in the state more than 90 days consecutively (or 183 days per year) you may apply for a Sojourner Permit. This will extend the visiting rights for a registered vessel for an additional 60 days, and it gives a documented vessel an additional year.
    Here is where it gets complicated. The Sojourner Permit is issued by the county. It is a state wide permit but the county issues it. This has lead to a great deal of confusion because many county employees do not know about it. And there are a variety of different interpretations. If you are going to be in Florida for over 90 days you would be wise to educate yourself in advance and get the permit form on line (HSMV 87244 “Application to Register Non Titled Vessels”). Fill it out and take it to the county tax office and be prepared to educate the clerk when you arrive.
    Tom Hale

    Following up on earlier comments — we had no state registration whatsoever (it’s a documented boat) until we came to FL. It is not required by our state of domicile (SD), and we deliberately chose a DE hailing port for the boat and a DE registration for our tender to avoid any “where’s your state sicker” questions — DE does not require or issue registration stickers on documented vessels. (And, yes, I know it matters not one whit what hailing port is chosen for a documented vessel, but there are, apparently, some LEOs who choose to remain blissfully unaware of this fact).
    The permit of which you speak generates a good deal of confusion, as you’ve noted. You can only get one if you already have a registration from another state (yes, even if your boat is federally documented). Also, many tax collectors know nothing about it. See this discussion on the SSECN: http://cruisersnet.net/florida-sojourners-permit-reprise/
    In our case, we’d first need to persuade DE to issue us a registration sticker, which is uncommon for documented vessels and therefore can not be done with just a few mouse clicks (unlike, for example, our tender). That sticker would cost us about the same $200 annually as the FL registration. Then we’d need to apply for the sojourner permit, which would only give us 11 months.
    For the same $200 we now have a regular FL sticker and we can come and go to FL as we please. Also, we have a real sticker to show any other state who wants to play the “show me your sticker” game. We did not have to pay FL sales tax on the boat, although, to be fair, we had the boat for more than a year before we first arrived in FL waters.
    BTW, we did all this at the Martin County Tax Collector in Stuart, and the person who handles boats there was well-versed in the intricacies of FL boat registrations. She collected six months’ worth of marina and fuel receipts from us to establish that the boat had remained outside FL for a full six months after purchase. If you plan to go the same route, make sure you have such documentation — your log book alone will not suffice. We established this practice when we bought the boat, so that we would always have documentation for any state officials that we had not overstayed our welcome in their waters. We also get and keep pump-out receipts for the same reason. FWIW and YMMV.
    -Sean
    m/y Vector

    Not to add to the confused state of this topic, but there’s a big distinction that needs to be drawn regarding the type of tax being discussed. This applies to all major purchases (cars, trucks, boats, etc). There is a _sales_ tax which is paid to the state at the time of purchase (if the state has a sales tax – some don’t).
    There is a _USE_ TAX (pronounced “yoose”) which is paid to the state where the item is being used (if a state has a sales tax, they’ll most likely also have a USE tax). The purpose of this tax is to equalize the tax consequences for someone who goes to a no-tax or low-tax state to purchase a high-priced item, thereby _attempting_ to avoid the state sales tax.
    Florida (and many other states), for example, has both a sales and a use tax. The discussion on this thread regarding taxes generally is dealing with the use tax, not the sales tax.
    There are a number of exemptions to paying the use tax. In Florida, owning the property and keeping it out of the state for more than six months will result in no use tax liability. There are other exemptions as well, including a credit for sales tax paid in another state as well as for a use tax paid in another state.
    Your friendly local tax collector can probably help sort things out (as long as their familiar with their own state’s tax rules).
    Federal documentation of a boat doesn’t affect the tax situation one way or the other; that’s been the case since the 1950s.
    Bob McLeran and Judy Young
    MV Sanderling

    Re “They only allow you to be there 90 days, or else you will have to register the boat and pay Florida sales tax” exactly what “SALE” took place? You already owned the boat when you entered Florida, so I don’t see what sale took place when you entered Florida waters.
    Bob Peterson
    Lopaka Nane

    None, but they want to make sure you paid sales tax somewhere. I’ve never seen the “fairness” in this, but Texas did the same thing when the started requiring Documented boats to register. If you had owned the boat less than 4 years and kept it in Texas over 90 days you had to pay Texas sales tax if you had not paid it elsewhere, no matter where or when you bought the boat.
    Texas, at least gave us the 4 year “loophole”. Not sure Fla has a time limit on ownership. Maybe someone on the list can tell us. With the 4 year rule in Texas, you can imagine all the dodging that was going on for those of us folks that had owned our boats just under the 4 year limit. Lets just say I got to do a couple of lovely cruises to Lake Charles, La and bought fuel while I was there.
    Brent

    Here’s a Florida interesting fact: when your boat becomes 30 years old the state registration fee goes way down. Mine was $7.00 this year. It was $5.26 last year.
    The Motor Vehicle people will not offer this information and you need to remind them and fill in a simple form to get it but it saved me more than $200.00 a year.
    This may happen in other states as well; worth checking into.
    Fred Sorensen
    OA 43

    We purchased our boat in 2009 in Maryland and paid the sales tax plus got a 90 day Maryland registration recommends by the dealer. Immediately took it to Florida where we registered it and it has been ever since.
    Two times since then New York State, where we live, has contacted us for prove that we paid the sales tax and said, if you ever bring the boat into NY waters, or pass through NY waters, we must pay the difference between Maryland and the higher NY sales tax.
    Chas & Bev

    Interesting idea about saving marina and fuel receipts for six months, but for me on a sailboat with large tankage that might be nothing more than a couple of fuel receipts, if that. I almost never stay in a marina. Seems like it might be hard to prove a negative like you have never been someplace. Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty? Bottom line is you were dealing with an ornery official who was probably making the rules up to suit their own agenda. Also, as some have pointed out, never rely on any official to actually know the laws they are supposed to be enforcing. Read up on the statutes in play and be prepared to bring copies of them to show. I have encountered numerous cases of bureaucracy not knowing their own rules.
    John Kettlewell

  • Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Crisis – A MAJOR Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net Editorial

    CYheadshotreducedAtlantic Intracoastal Waterway Crisis
    How Did We Get Here And What Can Be Done
    A MAJOR Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net Editorial
    by
    Claiborne S. Young

    Fellow cruisers, the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway faces a maintenance crisis, the likes of which we have not seen since the mid 2000’s. Portions of the AICW in South Carolina and Georgia are now all but impassable at low tide for the vast majority of cruising sized vessels. Something must be done about this state of affairs, and done SOON!

    Of course, all of us at the Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net are well aware that the Waterway has shoaling problems. A goodly portion of every day is spent researching, geographically cataloguing and publishing reports from members of the cruising community about waters along the AICW which have less than ideal depths, sometimes grounding depths. Four weeks ago, however, we discovered that we were missing the forest for the proverbial trees, or, put another way, we weren’t really in touch with the big picture of Waterway problems. Now, all that has changed, and changed in a big way!

    This process began wtih a telephone call from Skipper Chase Fields, dockmaster at SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Isle of Palms Marina, located directly off the Waterway, north of Charleston, SC. Chase expressed concern about low water depths along the AICW stretch which passes just north and west of his facility. And, with good reason!

    As reported in an earlier SSECN posting (see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=125717), the latest US Army Corps of Engineers survey shows 2 ½ foot MLLW depths on portions of the Waterway channel as it passes north of the Isle of Palms and east (you can think of that as “north”) of the Ben Sawyer Bridge. Yikes

    Skipper Chase asked us what the chances were of getting this stretch dredged in 2014. This was our “call to action,” not only to answer Chase’s question, but also to discover how the Waterway had come to this point.

    And so, we set off to interview Brad Pickel, Executive Director of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association, various officials in the USACOE, and other US Congressional sources who have asked us not to reveal their identity.

    What we learned is not only very interesting, but it is also VITAL KNOWLEDGE for each and every cruiser who ever intends on cruising the length of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. Let’s start with how the Waterway got into this condition.

    Prior to 2008, the AICW was also having some real shoaling issues. Then, along came the “stimulus package” which the first Obama administration was able to push through Congress. Whatever you may think of this bill, it did funnel more moneys than had been available for years into the USACOE coffers, and the AICW received a whole raft of much needed dredging. Except for two trouble spots in southern Georgia (Little Mud River and Jekyll Creek are special situations), the Waterway was, all of a sudden, in the best shape it had enjoyed since at least the early 1990’s!

    And, for the next year or two, some additional dredging took place courtesy of what’s known as “earmarks.” These are, or more precisely, “were,” additional funding appropriations which were inserted into bills which had nothing whatsoever to do with the projects that were funded.

    Then, as part of the so-called reform movement in our Congress, earmarks were abolished. Now, the Waterway had to sink or swim on specific bills introduced and passed to maintain its depths. Quite simply, no such bill has ever made it through either the US House or Senate since the abolishment of earmarks!

    Needless to say, we asked, “Why?” and were somewhat taken aback by the answer. From sources whose identity we will exercise our First Amendment rights to protect, we were told that the lack of funding for the AICW is an up close and personal example of the total, partisan gridlock now logjamming the US Congress!

    We’ve all heard about this sorry state of affairs on the news, so amply sponsored by BOTH political parties, but, WOW, talk about bringing a situation to light in a venue that really HURTS; that’s just what we have front and center with this lack of Federal funding for AICW maintenance.

    Furthermore, the Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net has been informed that there is 0% CHANCE OF BREAKING LOOSE ANY FEDERAL MONEYS FOR WATERWAY DREDGING DURING 2014, AT LEAST! And, the future of any Federal Waterway funding seems problematical, to say the very least!

    So, we have the following “AICW Problem Stretches” which are simply going to get worse and worse:

    AICW Channel South of McClallanville, SC to Awenday Creek (see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=56218)

    AICW North of Ben Sawher Bridge to Isle of Palms Bridge (see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=101792)

    Ashepoo – Coosaw Cutoff (see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=5480)

    Intersection of Wright River and Northern Fields Cut (see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=5487)

    Fields Cut (see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=5479)

    Hell Gate (see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=5478)

    Little Mud River (see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=5477)

    Jekyll Creek (see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=5476)

    AICW Channel Through Cumberland Dividings (see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=36781)

    Now, those who are very perceptive may have noticed that none of the “Problem Stretches” listed above reside in the states of Florida, or North Carolina. Herein lies HOPE for the future of the AICW!

    Since the 1930’s Florida has had a state agency known as the “Florida Inland Navigationa District (or “FIND”), which is funded by a portion of the taxes collected from all state citizens. Put in its simplest terms, where the Federal government does not dredge the Florida portion of the Waterway (and other coastal waters such as inlets), “FIND” does!

    Far more recently, my home state state of North Carolina made a bold move in 2013 to improve both maintenance of the AICW and inlets along the Tar Heel coastline. A new bill was passed by the legislature in Raleigh which diverts a portion of the revenues collected by both boat registration and taxes paid on marine fuel purchases, into a fund to dredge coastal waters. Along with some Federal hurricane relief moneys courtesy of Hurricane Sandy, this new law has resulted in currently underway dredging projects which will address ALL AICW Problem Stretches along the North Carolina portion of the Waterway. A completion date for all this dredging activity is slated for early April, 2014 (see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=135383).

    Unfortunately, as I have been preaching for the last 15 years (at least), if the AICW becomes unnavigable in one place, that disrupts the entire semi-annual “snowbird migration” cycle. And, the entire Southeastern USA pleasurecraft industry, including marinas, repair yards, boat manufacturers and equipment suppliers, is predicated on this twice a year movement of vessels north or south on the AICW.

    So, no matter how good the condition of the Waterway in North Carolina and Florida might be, there are still two other states in the middle. If the AICW deteriorates in SC and GA, the migration will be disrupted, and we are back to proverbial “square one.”

    What must be done is to convince the state legislatures in South Carolina and Georgia to undertake a similar plan of action as that adopted by North Carolina in 2013. Until and if the situation in Washington is straightened out, our sources tell us this is the only viable plan of action.

    How can members of the cruising community help? First, as you are cruising south or north on the Waterway, or just doing some in-state exploration of your home waters, and you observe depths that are less than what is expected on the AICW, SEND THE SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET THAT INFORMATION AT YOUR EARLIEST OPPORTUNITY. We will not only make sure fellow cruisers share in your observations, but, working through the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association, we can use this data as “ammunition” with the South Carolina and Georgia legislatures.

    Secondly, we urge you to spend a whole, whopping $25.00 and join the Atlantic Intracoasal Waterway Association (“AIWA,” http://www.atlintracoastal.org/join-aiwa). These good people are taking the LEAD in lobbying the Palmetto State and Peach State legislatures to do their part in taking care of the AICW. THE AIWA DESERVES THE SUPPORT OF EVERY CRUISER WHO PLIES THE WATERS OF THE ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY!

    Finally, and on a personal note, so my late Mother told me, I have been cruising the Waterway since I was 2 years old (really don’t remember that first trip or two), and I grew up making the semi-annual trek from North Carolina to Fort Lauderdale in the fall, and then reversing the process come spring time. I can’t imagine Southeastern USA cruising without the AICW, and I bet you can’t either.

    Let’s all do our part to preserve this magnificent resource, and save it for future generations of cruisers.

    Thanks so much for your time and attention. Good luck and good cruising to all!

    Great article. Thanks for bringing this important issue to light. We are Florida residents and understand the positive impact that FIND has had on maintaining the intracoastal waterways for use by all.
    For the last 20 years, FIND has been very proactive by purchasing land for dredge material management sites that will be needed in the future to provide for proper maintenance of the ICW. The taxes are actually collected only from residents of the 12 counties located on the east coast of Florida. The board of FIND is comprised of a member from each county. FIND has been doing great work, and is an excellent example of how government agencies, when properly run, can have positive benefits.
    Thanks again for your article.
    Lenny Schelin

    Claiborne,
    On behalf of the AIWA Board of Directors (who are copied on this email), we truly appreciate your efforts to raise awareness of the challenges facing the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway in your major editorial (link #1 in the alert below). We also appreciate our partnership in spreading the word in other emails and newsletters.
    Please let me know how I can be of further service to you and our waterway cruisers.
    Respectfully,
    Brad
    Brad Pickel
    Executive Director
    Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association

    What used to be somewhat lovingly called “The Ditch,” is rapidly become “a ditch.” Where I grew up, that was wadin’ water.

    We no longer bother going north of Brunswick and once we can get insurance in FL we probably won’t even go that far north. We would rather pay the outrageous premiums than persistently endanger the boat traveling farther north. We don’t expect the waterway to be an amusement park tunnel of love, but we do expect national infrastructure to be managed for national benefit. At this point a new magenta line is moot unless it comes with the caveat, “use only at highest tides.”
    Chris

    We had planned to go from New Bern to Cumberland Island, and return in March and April. It now looks like it will be trouble than it is worth. A few trips to Ocracoke and other “local waters” will probably be it.
    Sorry South Carolina and Georgia will get no revenue from us this spring.
    John and Georgie

    We sail from Fernandina to Beaufort, skipping all the problem spots. Taking all our money with us.
    Ted

    Suggest you also submit your letter to several boat magazines to see if one or more might publish them. Southern Boating comes to mind as well as Soundings.
    Tom Wemett

    Claiborne, excellent article and I hope the powers that be pay attention to it, but as one who does the ICW twice yearly at a minimum, the ICW is not (yet) impassable, despite comments such as I see here from others.
    With proper planning, the trouble spots in SC and GA are easily passable, even by deep draft boats. It shouldn’t require this level of caution, no – but for those such as John and George, or Chris, above- perhaps it’s better that they remain in their local waters and spare the rest of us the difficulty of saving them when their lack of navigational skills lands them in trouble.
    Regardless of all this, SC and GA do need to ‘get on board’ and dredge their waters as required.
    Wally Moran

    Joined AIWA today…great suggestion.
    Wonderful eulogy for Jack Dozier…he was one hellva good guy.
    Jim Schofield
    BoatU.S. (retired)

    There is a huge difference in the support for maintaining the ICW between Florida and Georgia and the Carolinas because of the fact that the ICW is what gives millions of Floridians waterfront property. Anyone who has traveled the coasts of Florida’s knows that much of it is a channel between rows of waterfront homes. Those homeowners provide lots of political clout and lots of tax dollars for maintaining their lifestyle, whereas there is no significant political or monetary constituency for the Little Mud River area in Georgia. You’ll note that the more populated the area the better maintained the ICW is, in general. In the past the ICW was much more of a commercial highway for barge traffic. As recently as the 1980s, when I first started doing the ICW, a lot of the excitement was dodging enormous barge strings. That business has gone away, and with it the political clout those large businesses had. Sportfishing is still big business, but many of those folks are much less concerned with shallow channels than cruising boaters, which are such a tiny group that they have no political clout. Not sure what the solution is.
    John Kettlewell

    I could be wrong but have felt that South Carolina and Georgia have also been parsimonious on the waterway marker expenditures. In so many spots it is just an educated guess as which side of the ditch to favor.
    Beverly Feiges

  • Good Report from North Lake Worth Anchorage, AICW Statute Mile 1014.2

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    The North Lake Worth anchorage dinghy landing is simply a small beach just north of Little Lake Worth bridge.

    Good news! we anchored at this location, took [our] dinghy to the bridge and walked to all the local stores. No problems. It should be mentioned the landing for dinks is a high crime area and [we] highly recommended to locking your dinghy. I never had any problems [over] the years, but do not take a chance. No one has come to collect at anchor. A great area to rest.
    Plan B

    I’ve anchored in North Lake Worth at least a couple of dozen times and have never heard of anyone trying to charge a fee for anchoring. It is good to hear that the dinghy landing near the bridge is once again available. This is a prime spot for those stocking up and making general preparations for a crossing over to the northern Bahamas–just don’t listen to all the amateur meteorologists on the VHF. Judge for yourself when the weather is right for you to go.
    John Kettlewell

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  • Mixed Review from Titusville Anchorage / Mooring Field, AICW Statute Mile 879

    Titusville Waterfront – Click for Chartview

    451 Marina Rd., Titusville, FL 32796, Phone: 321-383-5600, Fax: 321-383-5602, Contact: Joe Stone General Manager, Hours: 8:00 am - 1:00 am, Groceries within walking distance  , Restaurants nearby  , 5 minutes from Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge  , 10 minutes from Canaveral National Seashore  , 20 minutes from Kennedy Space Center  , 1 hour from Orlando Attractions , The Titusville mooring field lies south of the Titusville harbor entrance channel leading to Titusville Muncipal Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!. For an earlier report and photos of this anchorage by Skipper Mo, go to http://cruisersnet.net/?p=126392

    Titusville anchorage near bridge and “Cracker Jacks Restaurant” – great anchorage – lousy restaurant. Been twice, place is always filthy and the staff could care less if you were there – they cater to the regulars. Food… skip it and drink bottled beverages. Not a clean place at ALL.
    Mo s/v Mi Amante

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

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  • Good Words for the Staff at Loggerhead Club & Marina – Lantana, FL, AICW Statute Mile 1030.5

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    Loggerhead Club and Marina flanks the western banks of the Waterway, south of marker #38 and north of the Lantana Avenue Bridge.

    Loggerhead Lantana – Not much going on there but the staff again was fantastic.
    Mo s/v Mi Amante

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  • Report from Loggerhead Marina – Hollywood, AICW Statute Mile 1073

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    Loggerhead Marina – Click for Chartview

    The entrance to dockage basin at Loggerhead Marina – Hollywood cuts west, immediately south of AICW marker #42.

    Loggerhead Hollywood – seemed in a bit of a rough area; Had to pass through 3 gates to get in and out and a camera shoots your picture when you enter.
    Mo s/v Mi Amante

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  • Good Review of Loggerhead Club Marina, Vero Beach, AICW Statute Mile 948.5

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    Loggerhead Club Marina – Click for Chartview

    Loggerhead Club Marina lies west and a bit south of the AICW’s marker #122 in Vero Beach, FL. Our thanks to Skipper Mo for this thorough report!

    Greetings,
    I have a report on the Vero Loggerhead. We are in the “Loggerhead Club” for a month and Vero was a spotless very well run marina. Steve, the Dockmaster/Manager runs a super marina. Publix and a CVS, Walgreens, Brooklyn Water Bagel, Asian House and a nail salon and barber and hair salon are all an easy 3/4 bike ride. The biking is fantastic in the Great Harbor Development (which is where the marina is located). The pool is immaculate and the boaters lounge and bathrooms are spotless. Great washer dryers at $1.25 a load. Those are the BIG pluses. The only drawbacks – to get to restaurants you really need a vehicle. You can bike to the Riverside which is about 4.5 miles away but it’s not a friendly ride – some side walked and a lot not, so you are on a highway. The marina is so nice, many folks wondered why they didn’t have a little tiki bar set up (to overcome the restaurant issue) and a spa. There is room for it for sure. The owners should consider this – it’s not a huge investment and will make it a more fun spot to stay a full season.
    Again, spotless, well run marina with a staff that is fantastic! We’ll be back!
    Mo s/v Mi Amante

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  • Vertical Clearance Reduced at I-95 Bridges over New River, South Fort Lauderdale, FL, off the AICW

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    I-95 Bridges – Click for Chartview

    Even though the I-95 bridge crosses New River well west of the AICW, and even west of the two city of Fort Lauderdale marinas, large vessels still have to pass under this span to reach popular marina bay resort and several large repair yard operations farther upstream. That is why the vertical height reduction described below is well worth noting for larger powercraft or small sailboats (larger sailcraft will not be able to clear the normal 55-foot clearance).

    Until September of 2014, the I-95 Bridge at the New River by the CSX rail bridge will have lowered clearance to 50′ (down from 55′) due to paint work on the bridge spans. The equipment can be raised to give 53′ of clearance with 24 hours of notice given to FDOT. This work will continue to September of 2014.
    Adam

    Yes, the clearance at the I-95 bridges over the New River is currently 50′ due to the contractor’s painting activity. They can raise the clearance to 53′ with a 24 hour advance notice.
    To request a raised clearance please contact Dayana Iglesias, our project public information officer,by email at diglesias@corradino.com. I have copied her on this reply so that she is aware of your interest in the clearance at these bridges.
    Sincerely,
    Barbara Kelleher
    Public Information Director
    FDOT District Four

    Work on the I-95 bridges will continue through September 2014. After the project is completed, the vertical clearance will be restored to the previous height.
    Please note that work on the adjacent SFRC bascule bridge will continue through Summer 2016 and may include occasional channel impacts. These will be communicated via the US Coast Guard Notice to Mariners.
    Please feel free to contact me if you have any further questions.
    Best,
    Dayana Iglesias
    Public Information Officer
    FDOT Broward Construction
    The Corradino Group
    (954) 290-5989 Cell
    (954) 940-7585 Office

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

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    Ortega Landing, the first facility you will encounter upon entering the Ortega River from the St. Johns, only a mile or so upstream from downtown Jacksonville, is indeed a fine facility.

    We highly recommend Ortega Landing Marina. We have been there 4 years, all floating docks. Good hurricane hole and excellent staff. Located 16 miles up the St Johns River from the ICW, in the Ortega River, Jacksonville.
    Gary Whiting

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  • Good Words for Seven Seas Marina and Boatyard, AICW Statute Mile 835

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    Seven Seas Marina – Click for Chartview

    Seven Seas Marina & Boatyard lies east-northeast of AICW marker #56, and just north of the Port Orange high-rise bridge. And, their transient dockage rate of $1.00 per foot, per night is almost unheard of these days!

    We enjoyed our stay. People were friendly. And the Pat’s Café was great. Easy walk up the street to the beach and bus route. Had to push ourselves to leave. No Pumpout.
    Galen s/v Spindrift

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  • Dredging To Begin in Sebastian Inlet, near AICW Statute Mile 936

    No completion date or scope is given for this dredging project, but be alert for dredges, barges and submerged pipelines in the inlet which intersects the Waterway between Melbourne and Vero Beach, FL. Navigation of Sebastian Inlet is restricted by a fixed bridge with a vertical clearance of 37ft.

    FLORIDA-PALM SHORES TO WEST PALM BEACH-SEBASTIAN INLET CHANNEL: Dredge Operations
    Orion Marine Construction will commence hydraulic dredge operations in Sebastian Inlet, Sebastian, Florida. Operations will occur in the vicinity of private Aids – Sebastian Inlet Channel Buoy 1A (LLNR 9730) and buoy 3A (LLNR 9740.1) on or around February 25, 2014 completion date is (TBD). The Dredge JERI-B will be on scene monitoring VHF-FM channel 16 and working channel 78 days of Operation (7-days per week/24-hours per day). Floating rubber and submerged polyethylene pipeline associated with dredging operations will be utilized. Pipeline and vessels will be visibly lighted and marked. Mariners are urged to use extreme caution in the area transit at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake, and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. Further information contact Jared Rackley (904) 868-9498 or Mr. Prasong (904) 451-3216. Chart 11472 LNM: 06/14

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  • Bad Dining Experience in St. Augustine, FL, AICW Statute Mile 778

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    This restaurant review comes from our friends at St. Augustine Cruisers’ Net, https://www.facebook.com/groups/staugustinecruisersnet/

    Took my family to Cellar 6 for dinner tonight. By far the worst dining experience I have ever had in the 12 years of eating out in St Augustine. Extremely disappointed, especially since we enjoyed the drinks when we went there for happy hour with the net [St. Augustine Cruisers net]. Needless to say will never go back.
    Johnathan Hughes

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