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  • New Marina Building, Marineland Marina, AICW Statute Mile 796


     The Town of Marineland has opened its ports with a brand new marina facility creating a destination for boaters on the Intracoastal Waterway between Daytona Beach and St. Augustine, FL.

    Good reports keep pouring in for CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Marineland Marina which lies south – southeast of AICW marker #87, along the Waterway’s eastern shore. New Bellingham concrete floating docks and a new support building for a very attractive facility!

     

    November 2017

    New Marina Building with Restrooms and Laundry now open to support the new floating docks!

    CLICK HERE FOR TEXT AND PHOTOS

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

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

  • Question Regarding Composting Toilets in Florida

    If you are familiar with Florida law related to composting toilets, let us hear from you.

    Hi, I am wondering how the pump out log requirements for some marinas in Florida (e.g. Dinner Key Marina) would apply to a composting toilet? Presently I use a Nature’s Head composting toilet, and there is only one toilet on the boat.
    Thanks for your help, Kevin Boothby

  • Seven Seas Cruising Association Gam, Nov 10-12, 2017, Melbourne, FL

    The Seven Seas Cruising Association has long been a strong advocate for boaters’ rights, especially the right to anchor without undue restrictions.


    On November 10-12 SSCA will host a Gam in Melbourne, Florida. Way back when whalers sailed the seas, they would sometimes meet in the “middle” of a distant ocean. If the weather allowed, sails would be furled allowing the ships to drift within hailing distance. Those on the outgoing vessel would shout news of friends and family back in New England as well as send news to those back home. That was a Gam. READ MORE!

    For many years SSCA has called their meet-ups Gams and a number are held along the East Coast each summer and fall. The largest of these is the Melbourne Gam coming up in just a few weeks. A Gam is the perfect way to learn more about SSCA and to meet fellow cruisers, both first timers and those with years of experience. Non-members are welcome. In fact this is where folks can ask questions, learn, and discover whether the cruising lifestyle may be right for them.
    Here’s a link to the events for the Melbourne Gam.
    https://www.ssca.org/media/attachments/Melbourne_Schedule_1.pdf
    And here’s a link for registration. https://www.ssca.org/#/melbournegam/ (Remember, members will need to sign in to the website to get member pricing.
    We welcome you and your friends to the Melbourne Gam. It’s a great opportunity and a great start to your next cruise—whether that next one is your first or your twenty-first.
    Those going by boat can anchor in Melbourne and take the dinghy to the Gam. See you there!
    The anchorage is on the north side of the bridge, west side of ICW, off the restaurant Squid Lips. The dock is right by Squid Lips. The Eau Gallie Library is right next door where the Thurs. Going South gathering is and then everyone goes to Squid Lips right on the water.
    Thank you,
    Barb
    904-814-9930


  • 3-Hour Closure, 7:30-10:30 AM, Bridge of Lions, Nov 12, 2017, St. Augustine, FL, AICW Statute Mile 778


    Our thanks to Barbara Hart for this notice on the Bridge of Lions. As most boaters know, the Bridge of Lions has been the topic of much community dissent over its opening schedule, see /167541.

    For those arriving in St. Augustine Sunday morning, Nov 12, the Bridge of Lions will be closed 7:30 AM-10:30 AM for a road race.
    Barbara Hart
    Cruiser in St. Augustine

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

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

  • Healy Report: St. Augustine Marker R60, AICW Statute Mile 776


    The Marker R60 to which Jim refers is just west of the St. Augustine Inlet proper. Our continued thanks to Peg and Jim Healy for sharing their observations and advice. The Healys are dating themselves and showing their sense of humor with the reference to Will Robinson.

    ALERT, Will Robinson! ALERT!
    At St. Augustine – Experienced cruisers know that southbound approaching St. Augustine, the ICW hugs the barrier island to the east, and takes a hard STBD at floating R”60.” READ MORE!

    Well folks, EITHER R’60” has been relocated and I missed the announcement OR R”60″ is way off station. In any case, R”60″ is not where it’s always been. I don’t know if the shoal that it formerly guarded is there or not. People laugh at me for the detail of my routes. But today, I was very glad my boat knew where it was supposed to turn. R”60″ is MISSING IN ACTION.

    Peg and Jim Healy aboard Sanctuary, currently at Rock Creek, Pasadena, MD
    http://gilwellbear.wordpress.com
    Monk 36 Hull #132
    MMSI #367042570
    AGLCA #3767
    MTOA #3436

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

  • Healy Report: Pay Attention!

    Experienced cruisers, Jim and Peg Healy, have been generously sharing their observations and advice as they make their way south for the winter. The photos below attest to the healy’s advice to pay attention! Thank you Jim and Peg!

    PAY ATTENTION TO THE WATERWAY. Here are two interesting pictures. READ MORE!

    First, DSCN8150 shows a sunken boat IN THE CHANNEL AT FERNANDINA BEACH.

    Second, DSCN8155 shows what can happen when you mistake a Range Marker for a Red lateral on a falling tide.

    It was an interesting day.
    Peg and Jim Healy aboard Sanctuary, currently at Rock Creek, Pasadena, MD
    http://gilwellbear.wordpress.com
    Monk 36 Hull #132
    MMSI #367042570
    AGLCA #3767
    MTOA #3436
  • Healy Report: South Amelia River, Fernandina, FL, AICW Statute Mile 717


    The Waterway’s channel through the bend in the Amelia River described by Jim and Peg Healy has long been a source of shoaling and channel shifting. The good news is that, as this post is being written, dredging should be underway to realign this pesky channel, see this week’s Local Notice

    Sanctuary and crew departed Brunswick, GA, southbound, at 08h40 on 11/1/2017. The weather was clear, winds light and variable, seas flat, low humidity. A great welcome to Florida in November!

    Fernandina Beach, FL at the South Amelia River – We transited that area at 13h30, just a few minutes off low tide. READ MORE!

    The tide station at Fernandina Beach, Amelia River, Florida reported +0.4 ft. On the route we followed, we saw one sandpile at 7.8 ft, with the majority of the area at 8.5 ft. The control depth on the route we followed is 7.8-0.4=7.4 ft at MLLW. Not bad. Screen shot attached. Our route is in black. Our actual track is the blue highlighted line. The route recommended by Bb Sherer (Bob423) is shown in lime. Screen shot “Fernandina” shows that area, attached.

    Peg and Jim Healy aboard Sanctuary, currently at Rock Creek, Pasadena, MD
    http://gilwellbear.wordpress.com
    Monk 36 Hull #132
    MMSI #367042570
    AGLCA #3767
    MTOA #3436

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

  • Florida Manatee Migration Underway: Keep a Sharp Lookout!


    Florida manatees on the move, public stewardship on the water makes a difference.

    People who remember in November to watch out for manatees as they begin migrating to warmer waters are making a difference in the species’ survival. READ MORE!

    Florida is home to more than 6,600 manatees. With the arrival of Manatee Awareness Month, people again are slowing down and looking out for these large aquatic mammals in waterways throughout the state.

    Many seasonal manatee protection zones go into effect Nov. 15. Though some signs identifying manatee zones may have been damaged by Hurricane Irma, information on manatee zone locations is also available online. If you see damaged waterway signs, report them at MyFWC.com/Boating by clicking on “Waterway Management,” “Waterway Markers” and then “Damaged/Missing Waterway Markers.”

    Earlier this year, the Florida manatee was reclassified from endangered to a threatened status, under the federal Endangered Species Act, in a decision announced by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. While this is a notable step, there is still work to be done to ensure continued progress toward recovery of our official state marine mammal.

    “People’s efforts to help Florida manatees are working. Let’s celebrate the fact that conservation actions are making a difference and manatees are no longer endangered by thanking all the individuals and organizations that contributed to this milestone,” said Carol Knox, who leads the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Imperiled Species Management Section.

    “It’s important though to remain vigilant,” Knox said. “Let’s keep up the efforts that are helping with manatee recovery.”

    How can people keep making a difference for manatees?
    Watch for these large aquatic mammals as they search for warmer waters to help them survive winter’s cold, which they generally find in freshwater springs and the outflow of power plants.
    Wear polarized sunglasses to spot them moving, grazing and resting in the water. Keep a lookout for the circular “footprints” they leave on the surface of the water.
    Slow down when boating and follow posted manatee zones.
    Observe manatees from a distance to limit disturbance.
    Report injured, entangled, orphaned or dead manatees to the FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline: 888-404-FWCC (3922), #FWC or *FWC on your cellphone or text Tip@MyFWC.com.
    Continue to support the manatee decal and license plate, and tell everyone how the decal and license plate support the FWC’s manatee conservation efforts.
    Want to see a manatee? Go to MyFWC.com/Manatee and click on the link in the “Where Can I See Manatees?” box.

  • St. Augustine Municipal Marina has Re-Opened, AICW Statute Mile 778


    According to their answering recording, the City Marina has re-opened after being severely damaged by Hurricane Irma and is accepting transients. The marina has no fuel at this point, but the marina is staffed 24/7, has ice and the dinghy dock is open. Call ahead, 904-825-1026 to request services or make a reservation.

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

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

  • USCG: City’s Request to Adjust Bridge of Lions Openings Denied, St. Augustine, FL, AICW Statute Mile 778


    A call by city officials and the local populace to further restrict the opening schedule at the Bridge of Lions has been under consideration by the USCG for most of this year. This decision not to restrict the opening schedule is good news for boaters. See Schedule Controversy from April of this year.

    USCG denied city’s request to adjust Bridge of Lions openings

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

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

  • 15 Photos that Will Make You Want to Discover Martin County, Stuart, FL


    Martin County Florida

    At the intersection of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway and the Okeechobee Waterway, Martin County, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is a hub of boating activity and of events of interest to boaters.

    CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS FROM MARTIN COUNTY 

     

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Intersection of AICW/Okeechobee Waterway

  • FWC Comments on Hazard Removal due to Irma

    See /166809 for warnings to navigation in the Keys.


    9/26 UPDATE: Unified Command continues assessment of vessels affected by Hurricane Irma, prioritizes displaced vessel removal

    MIAMI — The Emergency Support Function 10 (ESF 10) Florida, consisting of multiple state and federal agencies, is continuing efforts to assess and remove hazards in the wake of Hurricane Irma.
    READ MORE!

    Coast Guard and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission members are conducting assessments of damaged and sunken vessels in the areas most affected by Hurricane Irma. These assessments assist in providing an overarching image to the unified command of the effects of the storm, allowing for the effective placement of assets, expediting the response process.

     

    “The response to Irma is a collaborative effort,” said Benjamin Franco, Environmental Protection Agency Incident Commander for the response. “Every member of this team, both local, state and federal, is bringing to bear all of their expertise, experience, and the assets necessary for an expeditious conclusion to this response. Our hearts go out to those citizens impacted by Hurricane Irma and we will make every effort to ensure their needs are being addressed.”

     

    “This command has found that all sunk and derelict vessels resulting from Hurricane Irma are a threat to the environment and our mission is to remove this threat,” said Cmdr. JoAnne Hanson, Coast Guard Incident Commander for the response. “The first priority is to remove actively polluting vessels. Second to that are the vessels that aren’t actively polluting, but where a potential for pollution exists.”

     

    The following list represents an approximate number of vessels impacted by Hurricane Irma currently being assessed by each ESF 10 Branch Hazardous Material Assessment Team as of Sept. 25, 2017. These numbers are subject to change as more owners salvage their vessels and additional vessels are discovered in the affected areas and offshore assessments are conducted.

     

    Miami

    • Vessels assessed: 200; Vessels removed: 43

    St. Petersburg, Florida

    • Vessels assessed: 182; Vessels removed: 42

    Jacksonville, Florida

    • Vessels assessed: 134; Vessels removed: 26

    Key West, Florida

    • Vessels assessed: 336; Vessels removed: 1

     

    Due to the complexity and scale of operational requirements, the Unified Command for ESF 10 Florida has established a Joint Information Center. Media members are requested to call 305-985-2867 to receive the most timely and accurate information concerning the on-going response to Hurricane Irma.

     

    The Unified Command consists of U.S. Coast Guard Cmdr. JoAnne Hanson serving as Incident Commander, Mr. Benjamin Franco, Environmental Protection Agency Incident Commander, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Capt. David Schaffer as State On-Scene Coordinator and Florida Department of Environmental Protection Environmental Administrator Kent Edwards as State On-Scene Coordinator. Currently, response teams are conducting assessments of the most affected areas to include the ports and waterways from Jacksonville, Florida to Miami, Key West, and around to St. Petersburg.

     

    The ESF 10 is the framework by which federal support is coordinated with state agencies in response to actual or potential oil spills or hazardous material releases. Partner agencies, including Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, are contributing expertise and experience to the assessment efforts.

     

    https://www.dvidshub.net/image/3807037/pollution-assessments-wake-hurricane-irma

     

    https://www.dvidshub.net/image/3807035/pollution-assessments-wake-hurricane-irma

     

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  • App for No-Wake Zones in Florida

    Our thanks to Danny Munson for recommending this app, https://www.wakewatch.com/.

    Don’t you wish everyone would use and respect those safety limits!

    There is an app called WakeWatch that maps out all of the no wake zones in FL. It also tells what type of zone – i.e. slow speed minimum wake, no wake, speed limits, etc. with the associated time restrictions. It also has all of the bridge heights and opening schedules.

  • Report from Harbortown Marina, Merritt Island, east of AICW Statute Mile 894

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    A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Harbortown Marina lies off the southern shores of the Canaveral Barge Canal between Sykes Creek and the Banana River.

    9-12-17:Greetings from Harbortown Marina Canaveral. The majority of our team is on site today and we are working diligently to get the marina put back together and customer ready. As it stands now, we plan to officially open the office and the boat yard on Wednesday at noon.

    Today we are focused on replacing damaged and missing dock boards to ensure our customers and team members are safe. We will then move onto collecting debris and addressing any downed trees around the property.

    In the slips we only saw one boat with substantial damage and we are reaching out to the owner personally. In the rack storage we saw some boat covers that were damaged and we will also be contacting those owners as well. All in all though, there was limited damage to the vessels.

    We have power in the main building but due to the water levels, power to the slips is still off. Unfortunately, we have no running water at the marina. We are hearing this is a part of an outage affecting more than 82,000 Brevard residents.

    The port is still closed as of now but we have heard it may open up this evening. The barge canal is actually port property, so it is officially closed right now as well. We are certainly hoping that the port traffic will lead to the water levels receding quicker.
    Once again, please continue to follow our social media pages for continual updates. We promise to provide you with updated information as it comes.

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

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

  • Update from Martin County, Stuart, FL

    Martin County Florida

    At the intersection of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway and the Okeechobee Waterway, Martin County, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is a hub of boating activity and of events of interest to boaters.

    Overall we did well, most power has been restored. TV & internet service still spotty. Fuel has been an issue, most facilities are coming back online. Boaters should be  cautious of debris in the water both in & off shore, floating & partially submerged. Most boats did well with damage occurring mostly to a few vessels moored at exposed docks. American Custom Yachts reported yesterday that they hauled over 300 vessels and sustained NO damage😊
     
    We did much better than many other areas of the state and have real concerns for the keys and west coast. 
     
    I hope this helps and will fill you in on any new details.
     
    Sincerely,
    April Price

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Intersection of AICW/Okeechobee Waterway

  • Report 2 from Old Port Cove Marinas, North Palm Beach, AICW Statute Mile 1014

    Old Port Cove Holdings

    Our thanks to Sue Morgan for this update. 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.

    > Old Port Cove Marina- The marina remains evacuated. No power, phones or internet. Minor dock damage, some electric pedestal damage. Restaurant is open.
    >
    > North Palm Beach Marina-Little to no dock damage. Some minor vessel damage. The marina remains filled with local boaters who evacuated to this Hurricane safe Home. No power yet. No phones or internet.
    >
    > New Port Cove Marine Center-Hurricane stored boats were being put in the water today. There is no power, phones or internet. Can not take in any vessels yet. Marina sustained some damage to the floating docks but is easily repaired within a week or so. Several vessels anchored out in Lake Worth broke their moorings and drifted in. Boaters, do not anchor out there in a storm please! With the Lake Worth Inlet across the Intracoastal, it becomes a wash tub. There’s no where for the water to go. Other boats were sunk or were washed up on a private homeowners beach to the north.
    >
    > Sue Morgan, Marketing Director

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