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    • LNM: Closure, 6:00 – 8:30 AM, Nov 11, Las Olas Boulevard Bridge, AICW Statute Mile 1064, Ft. Lauderdale, FL


      The Las Olas Boulevard Bridge with a closed vertical clearance of 31ft crosses the Waterway at Statute Mile 1064, south of AICW marker #8.

      FLORIDA – ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY – WEST PALM BEACH TO MIAMI – NEW RIVER – EAST LAS OLAS AVENUE
      BRIDGES: Bridge Closure.
      The East Las Olas Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida will be closed to navigation from 6:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, November 11, 2018 to facilitate the Annual 13.1 Ft Lauderdale Half Marathon event. Vessels that may pass through the bridge without an opening may do so at any time.
      Ref: LNM 44-18 Chart: 11467

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

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

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    • Staniel Cay Yacht Club at the Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show, October 31-November 4, 2018

       Welcome to the Staniel Cay Yacht Club, your own paradise in the middle of the beautiful Exumas.

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      Staniel Cay Yacht Club, a favorite destination for cruisers in the Exumas, has always been most accommodating for its guests. Stop by and visit them at the Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show this week. Staniel Cay Yacht Club is a longtime CRUISERS NET SPONSOR.

      Stop by and visit us at the
      Oct. 31 – Nov. 4.
      Bahia Mar Entrance Tent, Booth 95
       
      Special Happy Hour
      at our booth, Saturday 4 – 6pm
      Sponsored by Island Time Rum
      Signature cocktail samples with Junkanoo Rush Out at 5pm!
       
      Familiar faces from SCYC!
       
      Staniel Cay Yacht Club | Exumas., Bahamas

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    • Question: Is Sunrise Bay in Fort Lauderdale a Viable Overnight Anchorage? AICW Statute Mile 1062


      Recent news of new public floating dockage at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park opposite Sunrise Bay (see https://cruisersnet.net/173090) raises the question as to why this attractive water expanse is not a listed anchorage. If you have anchored in Sunrise Bay and can address the pros and cons, please let us hear from you.

      Comments from Cruisers (1)

      1. Bob Pusins -  July 13, 2018 - 1:03 pm

        Yes, you may anchor at Sunrise Bay but be aware of the impact of wakes from the ICW. You will experience less wake impact the further away you are anchored from the ICW.
        Other anchorages in the area are Lake Sylvia in Fort Lauderdale, Lake Santa Barbara in Pompano Beach and Boca Lake in Boca Raton. As locals, we have used them all.

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    • New Public Floating Boat Dock, Birch State Park, Fort Lauderdale, AICW Statute Mile 1062


      Our thanks to Phillip Decker for this article on new public dockage in Fort Lauderdale.

      Hi, I ran across this story today about a new floating dock that has just been completed at Birch State Park, in Fort Lauderdale. Birch State Park has lots of room to walk your dog, take advantage of recreational activities, and even enjoy the ocean beach. The dock is directly across from Sunrise Bay, immediately north of the Sunrise Blvd. Bridge. Great anchorage, never crowded. The park has a $2 per person fee, but the office is at the other end of the park from the dock.
      Phillip Decker

      Hugh Taylor Birch State Park Opens Public Floating Boat Dock And Pavilion by Holly Gambrell in Fort Lauderdale Daily

      Hugh Taylor Birch State Park

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    • From the Log of M/Y OLOH by A.J. Hammer, April 28, 2018

      Captain A.J. Hammer has given Cruisers’ Net permission to share excerpts from his blog, Adventures of OLOH. In these logs you will find beautiful photographs of and comments on the sights and scenes along the waters plied by the M/Y OLOH.

      FROM: The Captain –
      Conditions_ Sun and clouds.
      Winds from the southeast 10-15 mph. Seas 2-3 feet.
      Distance traveled_ 56 nautical miles
      Time underway_ 7 hours 33 minutes

      Key Largo to Fort Lauderdale, April 28, 2018

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    • Looking for Buddy Boats to the Bahamas

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

      Looking for buddy boat(s) to cruise the Bahamas. John and Judy are sailing a 35 ft Heritage, departing the Miami area the end of June or early July, looking for the company of other boats to join us on the trip. We find that sailing with a “buddy” or 2 increases the enjoyment. The cruising area will be the Abacos and Bimini. We are a retired couple and are not licensed boat captains, but John has extensive experience in the Bahamas, but not recently. If you think you would like to take the trip, give us a call at 863-655-4153 and we’ll talk about it.
      John and Judy Egizi

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    • Banned Anchoring Zones in Sunset Lake and Middle River, Fort Lauderdale, FL, near AICW Statute Mile 987


      A big thank you to Bill Murdock and our friends at Waterway Guide for submitting this Sunset Lake anchoring ban notification. Click Here for a March 2017 report on anchoring there.

      Florida anchoring ban takes effect July 1
      Date Posted: 2016-06-23
      Source: Waterway Guide Staff

      Florida legislation banning overnight anchoring in certain areas popular with cruising boaters takes effect July 1, 2016. It will be illegal for any vessel to be at anchored any time during the period between one-half hour after sunset and one-half hour before sunrise in the areas noted, with some exceptions.

      Areas where overnight anchoring will be banned starting July 1, 2016. Four areas in Miami Beach (left) and Middle River in Fort Lauderdale (right). Graphic and interpretation: Mike Ahart, News Editor, WaterwayGuide.com

      Waterway Guide sent the above graphic to law enforcement for confirmation of the areas, particularly the sections between certain islands along the Venetial Causeway. The area designations have been confirmed by members of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Miami Beach Police Marine Patrol. “Your “tip to tip” interpretation (of the banned areas between the islands) is an interpretation we share,” wrote Capt. Tom Shipp of FWC in an email response. “In our training we show Officers map slides with the areas affected by the statute “circled” for reference…we then discuss the applicability issues, including the boundaries.”

      “I spoke with our Captain who oversees (the Marine Patrol) operations – the graphic you provided appears to be correct,” said Ernesto Rodriguez, Public Information Officer for the Miami Beach Police Department.

      “There will be no special enforcement per se…we will be dealing with any folks in violation on a case by case basis and enforce the Florida State statute to the best of our ability,” said Rodriguez.

      Currently, there are several small sailing dinghies in Sunset Lake anchored adjacent to the residence of Fredric Karlton – a vocal advocate of anchoring bans in Miami Beach. In a public workshop held by the State Affairs Committee of the Florida House of Representatives on October 8, 2015, Karlton stated that he anchored the boats there to restrict others from the ability to anchor near his house. According to the new law, Karlton must remove the boats or risk citations. “The owner of those (boats) has already been spoken to and is aware of the law, and we hope there will be compliance by the time this takes effect,” said Officer Rodriguez.

      According to Rodriguez, one other sailboat is anchored in the soon-to-be banned areas between the Venetian Islands, and Miami Beach Police is attempting to get in contact with owners.

      Each of the other banned areas is adjacent to the residences of other vocal advocates of anchoring bans. The section of Middle River in Fort Lauderdale is adjacent to the family home of a co-sponsor of the legislation, Rep. George Moraitis, Jr.

      The Anchoring Limitation Areas bill was approved by Florida Governor Rick Scott on March 24, 2016. Many boating and cruising advocacy groups were against the legislation, and had representatives speak at each of the hearings during the 2016 Florida Legislative Session, including the Seven Seas Cruising Association (SSCA), America’s Great Loop Cruisers’ Association (AGLCA), BoatUS, and the Marine Trawler Owners Association (MTOA).

      Boaters and cruisers have expressed concern with losing these particular anchorages, but many are more concerned that other safe anchorages will be added to the ban year after year in municipalities all over Florida, and in other states.

      The provisions of the law will sunset if and when new legislation is enacted as a result of the recommendations from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Anchoring & Mooring Pilot Program – its report is due to be submitted to the Florida legislature by January 2017.

      According to the legislation, starting July 1, 2016, it will be illegal to anchor at any time during the period between one-half hour after sunset and one-half hour before sunrise in the areas noted, with exceptions outlined below:

      The section of Middle River lying between Northeast 21st Court and the Intracoastal Waterway in Broward County. (Middle River is one of the very few viable anchorages for cruising-sized boats in the Fort Lauderdale area.)
      Sunset Lake in Miami-Dade County. (This Miami Beach anchorage is popular for cruisers waiting for a weather window to cross to the Bahamas, and in the past afforded easy access to Miami Beach for services and provisioning. The City of Miami Beach recently passed an amendment to an ordinance which now makes it unlawful to tie a dinghy to the canal wall to visit the city, leaving only limited dinghy access – see related WaterwayGuide.com article: Miami Beach cracks down on dinghy access. Miami Beach has also been issuing warnings and citations to vessels anchored more than seven days “within city limits,” citing a 2005 municipal code which considers such vessels as “live-aboards” even if they are being used for active cruising – see related WaterwayGuide.com article: Miami Beach cracks down on anchored vessels).
      The sections of Biscayne Bay in Miami-Dade County lying between Rivo Alto Island and Di Lido Island, San Marino Island and San Marco Island, and San Marco Island and Biscayne Island (these areas are also considered in the jurisdiction of Miami Beach).
      The exceptions:

      If the vessel suffers a mechanical failure that poses an unreasonable risk of harm to the vessel or the persons onboard unless the vessel anchors. The vessel may anchor for 3 business days or until the vessel is repaired, whichever occurs first.
      If imminent or existing weather conditions in the vicinity of the vessel pose an unreasonable risk of harm to the vessel or the persons onboard unless the vessel anchors. The vessel may anchor until weather conditions no longer pose such risk. During a hurricane or tropical storm, weather conditions are deemed to no longer pose an unreasonable risk of harm when the hurricane or tropical storm warning affecting the area has expired.
      During events described in statute 327.48 or other special events, including, but not limited to, public music performances, local government waterfront activities, or fireworks displays. A vessel may anchor for the lesser of the duration of the special event or 3 days.
      Vessels owned or operated by a governmental entity for law enforcement, firefighting, military, or rescue purposes.
      Construction or dredging vessels on an active job site.
      Vessels actively engaged in commercial fishing.
      Vessels engaged in recreational fishing if the persons onboard are actively tending hook and line fishing gear or nets.
      The bill provides that “any person cited for a violation of any provision of this subsection shall be deemed to be charged with a noncriminal infraction, shall be cited for such an infraction, and shall be cited to appear before the county court. The civil penalty for any such infraction is $50, except as otherwise provided in this section. Any person who fails to appear or otherwise properly respond to a uniform boating citation shall, in addition to the charge relating to the violation of the boating laws of this state, be charged with the offense of failing to respond to such citation and, upon conviction, be guilty of a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083. A written warning to this effect shall be provided at the time such uniform boating citation is issued.”

      SSCA, MTOA and AGLCA formed the Boater’s Heritage Freedom PAC to raise funds to contribute to legislators who are for preserving anchoring rights. All Florida legislators are running for election this fall and the campaigns are in full swing. “We need to support our legislative supporters with our pocketbooks, so please act now,” stated Phillip Werndli, Chairman of the PAC. “When the election is over, it will be too late. If you are a Florida resident, you can also help by attending local candidate forums to urge them to support boater’s rights. There will be a strong fight this next (Florida legislative) session and we need the members to know we are a force.”

      Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Monument Island

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

      Comments from Cruisers (3)

      1. R. Holiman -  March 25, 2017 - 8:30 pm

        Is there anything money can’t buy in Florida?

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      2. Mr. L. Joyce -  March 25, 2017 - 2:18 pm

        I didnt think this would be possible. In navigatable waters. Under Common Law. Does the Coast Guard actually enforce this ? Last I remember any other Law enforcement other than Coast Guard has no Jurisdiction. If a Soveriegn state citizen Anchors there they would more than likely beat such a citation in any court using common law. Whats tge reason ? To much night time traffic ?

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        • Wally Moran -  March 31, 2017 - 1:53 pm

          The reason for this is that the people on Sunset Lake, including perpetual pita Frederick Karlton, have lots of money and influence. There is NO other reason.

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    • Waterway Cleanup, March 4th, Fort Lauderdale, FL

      This March 4th Waterway Cleanup is a good way to become personally and tangibly involved with our waterway environment.

      South Florida waterway cleanup set for March
      Posted on February 2nd, 2017

      CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL ARTICLE from Sounding’s Trade Only Today
      The cleanup, the county’s largest and longest-running environmental event, will take place March 4 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at multiple locations.

      The cleanup is presented by the Florida Inland Navigational District and organized by the Marine Industries Association of South Florida and the Marine Industry Cares Foundation.

      “As the Venice of America, Fort Lauderdale recognizes that clean waterways are critical to the economic and environmental sustainability of our city,” Mayor John P. “Jack” Seiler said in a statement.

      “To that end we are proud to partner with the Marine Industries Association of South Florida, the Florida Inland Navigational District and the Marine Industry Cares Foundation for this important event that raises environmental awareness, safeguards our marine ecosystems, promotes sustainability and offers families, friends and neighbors an opportunity to work together to help protect one of our most precious natural resources.”

      At the event, volunteer registration will be open and sponsorship opportunities, scholarship guidelines, site locations and details for the annual Trash Bash after-party will be announced.

      The first Waterway Cleanup was held in the late 1970s and it brought marine industry businesses together with the community and raised awareness among volunteers to the importance of keeping waterways clean.

      In 2016 nearly 1,500 land-based volunteers of all ages and 100 boats worked at 35 sites across the county to remove 22 tons of trash and debris from waterways, rivers, and canals.

      “We encourage everyone to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Waterway Cleanup by volunteering your time, talent and energy to help preserve and enhance the health, quality and beauty of our waterways, rivers, and canals today and for future generations,” Seiler said.

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    • Visit Staniel Cay Yacht Club, Exumas, Bahamas at Fort Lauderdale Boat Show

      Staniel Cay Yacht Club, a favorite destination for cruisers in the Exumas, has always been most accommodating for its guests and word of such exceptional service for cruisers spreads like a wind driven wild fire. A loyal SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Staniel Cay Yacht Club can be sampled at their booth at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show!

      Like No Other Place On Earth.
      Come get a taste of SCYC at the Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show!
      November 3rd – November 7th

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      Bahia Mar/A1A Entrance Tent, Booth 174
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      Come visit us at the Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show and see why your next trip should be to SCYC!

      If you’ve never been before, we’d love to introduce you to the unique and incredible vacation that can only be found at Staniel Cay Yacht Club. If you HAVE been before, we’d love to welcome you back!

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    • Boat Fire on Ft Lauderdale ICW

      This story comes from reporter Anne Gettis in the Sun Sentinel.

      A family of four and their dog had to bail out after their boat burst into flames on the Intracoastal Waterway Saturday evening.
      Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue and police were called to the scene at Datura Court and the Intracoastal just after 7 p.m. Fire investigators were working late Saturday to determine what had caused the blaze.

      CLICK HERE for the full story and video.

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    • Intracoastal Waterway Deepening Project Underway, Fort Lauderdale, FL

      This tax supported dredging to accommodate the yachts of the wealthiest of the wealthy clearly shows to whom Florida politicians bow. You will pay for the project, but will it aid you in any way?

      FLORIDA – AICW – WEST PALM BEACH TO MIAMI – FORT LAUDERDALE: Intracoastal Waterway Deepening Project
      The Florida Inland Navigation District (FIND) is sponsoring a project to deepen the AICW channel to -15 ft MLW in a ±2-mile section from 17th Street Causeway to just north of the Las Olas Bridge. Material from the AICW channel will be mechanically dredged by Cashman Dredging, Inc. and placed into a barge. The material will be dewatered and temporarily placed at a Dredged Material Management Area (DMMA) located at Port Everglades. Dredging will begin the first week of May 2016, and is expected to continue for about 50 weeks. The Dredge CAPTAIN A.J. FOURNIER will work daylight hours only. During the project, every reasonable effort will be made to accommodate normal, safe navigation operations. However, mariners should be aware that clearances within the AICW will be reduced and navigability will be limited during dredge operations. Mariners are urged to subscribe to daily email updates at IWWDredgePosition@jaycashman.com for operation reports and potential impacts to navigation, or call Stephen Tobin (877) 294-9990 or (888) 280-9630 for general questions concerning the project.

      Comments from Cruisers (8)

      1. Gene Fuller -  May 20, 2016 - 3:15 pm

        I think Larry and others are largely missing the point. This project has almost nothing to do with navigating the ICW or special privileges for megayachts. After all, it is only a couple of miles in length. The real reason for the project is for economic support of local businesses. Not a whole lot different than a new highway to support a large factory or deepening a harbor to support commercial shipping.

        Gene

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      2. George Barr -  May 20, 2016 - 2:05 pm

        The CONTROLLING depth of the ICW is 12′. I think Larry is reacting as I did to the 15’depth of the project using taxpayer money in a section of the ICW that has few reported shoaling problems from cruisers. It is clearly for the benefit of the megayachts who visit the port. It is about 20:1 from my experience on Foreign vs. USA registration…. and there are numerous spots on the FL ICW that don’t even carry 6 ft. without tidal help where the money could have been better spent. I’d suggest that if FT LAUDERDALE wants to deepen it’s waters…they should fund it from their tax base… or impose fees on marinas catering to those depths…. and let the taxpayers deal with NORMAL maintenance of the ICW which should be funded by users through fuel and use taxes… not the general public.

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      3. Joseph Schnaufer -  May 14, 2016 - 1:08 pm

        I think all the mega yachts contribute far more to the community finances than the smaller recreational boats!

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        • Fred -  May 16, 2016 - 9:44 am

          Considering that most of the mega yachts that will need these additional depths in this area are mostly foreign flagged vessels that avoid taxes in the U.S.

          Whereas US tax payers and local boaters cannot find affordable dockage and other marine services, these funds are being spent purely for the wealthy.

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          • Capt. Mike Wright -  May 20, 2016 - 1:21 pm

            Amen brother

      4. Gregory Yount -  May 13, 2016 - 8:40 pm

        I think Larry is dead on. How many recreational boaters are needing or clamoring for 15′ depths?! Re-work Matanzas Inlet, Jupiter Inlet or one of the many ICW shoal areas.

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      5. Heidi Hasenfus -  May 13, 2016 - 2:11 pm

        I, too, find the tone odd… The dredging project is to accommodate deep draft vessels, which spans many economic ranges, both private and commercial. And the positive about this 1% you mention, is that they spend a lot of money, as their vessels, guests, and crew require a range of services ranging from high end boutiques and restaurants to neighborhood hardware stores and fast food restaurants to mechanics and professional services. That’s a lot of employment creating more taxpayers and more spending. Circle of economic life.

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      6. Bill Marett -  May 13, 2016 - 9:48 am

        I find the titling of this article odd. Larry seems to be adopting the non-boat owners’ view that all boaters are wealthy and that improvements to the nation’s waterways is “welfare for the rich.” Certainly that characterization is wrong. What I suspect Larry meant is that the money for this deepening project could be better spent elsewhere to the benefit of cruisers who rely on the ICW. A fair point, but to describe the project as is done in the title gives the wrong impression and is a disservice to the very idea that the waterways are for all boaters, not just the rich.
        Bill Marett

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    • Dania Marine Flea Market, March 3-6, Hallendale Beach, FL

      As posted in this article from Soundings’ Trade Only Today section, Dania’s Marine Flea Market will be March 3-6 in Hallendale Beach just south of Fort Lauderdale.

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      Florida marine flea market returns in March
      Posted on February 9th, 2016
      The Dania Beach Marine Flea Market will be held March 3-6 at the Mardi Gras Casino in Hallandale Beach, Fla.
      The 26-acre parking lot of the casino at U.S. Route 1 and Pembroke Road will once again become a nautical swap shop.
      Organizers said private individuals and marine-related businesses will sell used marine equipment, coral-encrusted antiques, new and used boats, fishing tackle, diving gear, marine artwork and other boating-related items at low prices.
      “Some shoppers to the Marine Flea Market travel hundreds of miles to find that elusive part for a 1946 vintage outboard motor,” event coordinator Jennifer Dudas said in a statement. “Others are looking for antique fishing tackle. Over the four days, thousands of boating- and fishing-related items are bought and sold through a system of dickering and dealing at a fraction of their retail value.”

      For the full article, CLICK HERE.

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    • “Who Is Sylvia?” – Lake Sylvia, that is. Fort Lauderdale, AICW Statute Mile 1064.5


      With apologies to Shakespeare, Fred Braman wants to know the history of the lake’s name. Since very little is mentioned in Wikipedia, we’re hoping someone of you might have answer. For a recent report from Lake Sylvia, see /?p=134325.

      Do you know the history of the name `Lake Sylvia,’ in Ft Lauderdale? Who was Sylvia?
      Fred Braman

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

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    • More on “All Aboard Florida” in the News Again

      As this article by Tim Hudson from WLRN in Miami describes, the conflict between All Aboard Florida RR system and the Florida waterways continues to be a source of discord for spokespersons of both industries. Much discussion has followed the introduction of the controversial plan to increase the daily number of trains crossing primary water routes. It’s hard to imagine how increased RR bridge activity will not impact the flow of water traffic.See /?p=149839.

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      The default position for the Florida East Coast Railway bridge across the New River in Ft. Lauderdale is in the up position. Many in the marine industry worry what new passenger rail service could mean for boat traffic on the river. TOM HUDSON

      The Boat Business And A Fort Lauderdale Railroad Bridge
      By TOM HUDSON November 1, 2015
      Talking with people who make their living based on boats and many quickly mention what they think is the biggest threat to their livelihood — a bridge.
      That single bridge crosses the New River near downtown Fort Lauderdale. Florida East Coast Railway operates the bridge, which handles freight traffic now.

      However, with All Aboard Florida’s plans to run passenger rail service from Miami to Orlando over the same tracks, South Florida’s marine industry worries what that rail traffic could mean for the flow of its business on the water.

      For the better part of two years All Aboard Florida and representatives of South Florida’s marine industry have been talking about how to deal with this pinch point where the boating business and the effort to build passenger rail service come together.

      The current bridge was built in 1978, although a railroad bridge has crossed the New River in downtown Fort Lauderdale since 1912. It’s a single leaf bascule drawbridge that runs 60 feet shore-to-shore.

      When not in use, the bridge defaults to its up position, allowing marine traffic to float upriver to the many marinas lining the shore of the South Fork of the New River or down river to the Intracoastal.

      For the full story and other related articles, CLICK HERE.

      And this article by Doreen Hemlock from the Sun Sentinel:

      November 6, 2015
      The marine industry and the proposed All Aboard Florida passenger train are making peace over the New River bridge in downtown Fort Lauderdale.
      A test by the Coast Guard has proved successful in trimming the time the railroad bridge needs to be closed, allowing both boats and trains to share the river ‘” at least for now, leaders said.
      Later, the marine industry would like to see an elevated bridge built over the river for the passenger trains to use instead, said Phil Purcell, executive director of the Marine Industries Association of South Florida.
      “Guess what? I think we’ve worked it out,” Purcell told a surprised audience at a boat show event attended by All Aboard Florida’s president Michael Reininger.
      “The test has gone incredibly well,” Reininger added in an interview. “The test worked.”
      At issue is a 1970s bridge over the New River that is kept open for boats and closes when freight trains pass ‘” up to 14 times per day. All Aboard Florida plans to use the tracks when it starts high-speed passenger service next year, requiring the bridge be closed 16 extra times per day.

       

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    • Help Requested to Report Sightings of Diamondback Terrapins

      You can help, especially if you do any anchoring or shore exploring between Canaveral and Miami.

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      MELBOURNE, Fla. – A zoo in Brevard County needs your help tracking the East Coast Diamondback terrapins, a unique subspecies that lives along Florida’s Atlantic coast.

      The Brevard Zoo wants everyone from the Space Coast to Miami to report sightings to them.

      The terrapins are usually found in brackish coastal waters like the Indian River Lagoon.

      Click here to send sightings along with pictures and GPS coordinates.

      The zoo said the project will help biologists identify critical habitat and road-kill “hot spots”.

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    • Update: Stolen Yacht Recovered, East Coast of Florida, near Fort Lauderdale

      Our thanks to Mike Ahart, Editor of Waterway Guide for this news:

      Waterway News Updates
      Florida East Coast

      Has anyone seen this stolen yacht?

      Date Reported: Jul 15, 2015
      Reported by: Kevin Crago
      Changes-Of-Latitude.jpgHas anyone seen me? My name is Change of Latitude. I am a 2002 Ocean Alexander 60′ Pilothouse Motor Yacht. I was stolen Sunday at 1:30AM from Harbour Towne Marina in Dania Beach FL. I am most likely in the Bahamas.

      Please notify Kevin Crago, the Bahamas Defence Force, US Coast Guard, US Customs, US Marshals, or Broward County Sheriff if you see me.

      Ed. note: WG has verified that this yacht has indeed been stolen. Information has been posted elsewhere on the internet suggesting that the boat is missing due to a repossession. The boat had been repossessed a few months ago.

      View location on the Waterway Explorer
      Source: Cruising Boater

      CLICK HERE for the full story from Waterway Guide Latest News

      Comments from Cruisers (1)

      1. Mike Ahart -  July 20, 2015 - 11:10 am

        UPDATE: The yacht has been located, no details are currently available. BOLO (Be On the LookOut) has been canceled.

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    • Unhappy Stay at Fort Lauderdale Municipal Docks at Las Olas Bridge, AICW Statute Mile 1064


      One of three municipal docks in Fort Lauderdale, the Las Olas docks lie off the Waterway’s eastern shoreline immediately north and south (mostly on the north side) of the Las Olas bascule bridge. Skipper Finley’s report is in contrast to other reviews posted on SSECN. However, with municipal budget cuts, it is possible that conditions at the marina have deteriorated in the last year or so.

      This facility is not being maintained in accordance to the prices being charged. The restrooms are NASTY and not being cleaned regularly. Feces on the toilet seats for 3 days now. toilet paper out. Security I have seen 2 times in 10 days.. People come in at night by walking in with paying customers. Boats come in after dark and leave before dawn. I had a guy urinating off the bridge behind my boat and called security, he was at the fisheries and I never saw him that night. Boaters communicate through the web. I like to be persistent to foster change for a better future for the mariners. I cannot agree I paid $1500 to park a 34ft. boat for this kind of treatment. We need to do better people!
      Scott Finley

      Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Las Olas Municipal Docks

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Las Olas Municipal Docks

      Comments from Cruisers (1)

      1. Raymond Copeland -  January 19, 2016 - 2:33 pm

        Scott’s comments are over board. I have been into Las Olas many times over the years and know that the facilities are excellent. The Dockmaster is excellent, attentive and if, and I say if, those conditions were true, a simple comment to him would have had an immediate response. Scott is simply bashing here. Not nice!

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