Please Note That Postings Below From Fellow Cruisers Are Listed in Chronological Order, Based on Publication Date
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Please Note That Postings Below From Fellow Cruisers Are Listed in Chronological Order, Based on Publication Date
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Since construction began in 2014, Flagler Memorial Bridge in West Palm Beach has been in a state of almost constant change. Flagler Memorial Bridge, with a closed vertical clearance of 17ft, crosses the Waterway and Lake Worth south of AICW marker #10. With the unusual construction circumstances and the resulting complete Waterway closures, even more patience will be required of East Florida cruisers. See added planning chart below.
FLORIDA – ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY – PALM SHORES TO WEST PALM BEACH – FLAGLER MEMORIAL/ROYAL
PARK/SOUTHERN BOULEVARD BRIDGES: Bridge Construction/Waterway Restriction/Temporary Bridge Regulation Changes/Update.
The Florida Department of Transportation has requested that the Flagler Memorial Bridge be placed on a restricted opening schedule until the new Flagler Memorial Bridge construction can be completed. Mariners are reminded that the horizontal clearance at the Flagler Memorial Bridge is currently set at 70 feet and will remain until the new
bridge is built and this bridge is removed.
Flagler Memorial Bridge Construction Update:
The main bascule spans of the new bridge are ready to be built along with concrete pours. This work will require the new spans to be left in the down position along with channel blockage due to floating equipment mandated to be in the waterway. The following schedule has been approved by the Coast Guard with the understanding that this method will take the least amount of time. This work will start on May 9 and will run through August 1, 2016.
Complete channel closure from May 9 through May 13, 2016.
Half-channel closures with the old Flagler Bridge also being on a single-leaf operation from May 14 through May 16, 2016.
Complete channel closure from May 17 to May 19, 2016.
Half-channel closures with the old Flagler Bridge also being on a single-leaf operation from May 20 through May 27, 2016.
The bridge will be on its temporary operating schedule during Memorial Day weekend, May 28 through May 30, 2016.
Half-channel closures with the old Flagler Bridge also being on a single-leaf operation from May 31 through June 6, 2016.
Complete channel closure on June 7 to June 15, 2016.
Half-channel closures with the old Flagler Bridge also being on a single-leaf operation from June 16 through July 1, 2016.
The bridge will be on its temporary operating schedule during July 4th weekend, July 2 through July 4, 2016
Complete channel closure on July 5 to July 13, 2016.
Half-channel closures with the old Flagler Bridge also being on a single-leaf operation from July 14 through August 1, 2016.
The existing Flagler Memorial Bridge will remain on the following opening schedule – once an hour on the quarter-hour, with no openings at 8:15 a.m. or 4:15 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holiday to allow for rush hour traffic.
Per 33 CFR §117.31 Drawbridge operations for emergency vehicles and emergency vessels.
(a) Upon receiving notification that an emergency vehicle is responding to an emergency situation, a drawtender must make all reasonable efforts to have the drawspan closed at the time the emergency vehicle arrives.
(b) When a drawtender receives notice, or a proper signal as provided in §117.15 of this part, the drawtender shall take all reasonable measures to have the draw opened, regardless of the operating schedule of the draw, for passage of the following, provided this opening does not conflict with local emergency management procedures which have been approved by the cognizant Coast Guard Captain of the Port:
(1) Federal, State, and local government vessels used for public safety;
(2) Vessels in distress where a delay would endanger life or property;
(3) Commercial vessels engaged in rescue or emergency salvage operations; and
(4) Vessels seeking shelter from severe weather.
Ref: LNM 45-12 through 14-16 Chart: 11472
Our thanks to Captain Bill Hipple for this Excel chart to assist with your float plan:
The Boynton Inlet intersects the Waterway at statute mile 1034 and access is restricted by a fixed 18ft vertical clearance bridge. Our thanks to Win Blodgett for sharing this experience which is posted here to remind cruisers of the risks involved with small boats and dinghys in inlets.
I grew up sailing from Maine to the Chesapeake Bay and have used a Boston Whaler Super Sport 170 (17′) for the past 15 years which I use primarily on the intracoastal. On really flat days it’s great to take it out of the Palm Beach inlet and along Palm Beach or Singer Island. Recently, I made a big mistake of trying to go out the Boynton Inlet at low tide with ocean waves of 2′ to 4′ Some breaking waves at the mouth of the inlet were easily 6′ and although I tried to take the waves bow first at an angle I was drenched head to toe and took on several inches of water before quickly turning about and heading back in. For a small boat in these conditions, that Boynton Inlet is quite treacherous!
Jupiter Inlet intersects the Waterway near statute mile 1005 at Loxahatchee River and was last dredged in February of 2014. Jupiter Inlet is prone to shoaling and passage is not recommended without local knowledge.
FLORIDA – PALM SHORES TO WEST PALM BEACH – JUPITER INLET: Hazard to Navigation/SHOALING
Shoaling has been reported in Jupiter Inlet. Depths as low as 5 feet have been reported at low tide. A white Danger Shoal Buoy displaying a FL QW light has been set where the most significant shoaling has been found in position 26-56-53.617N/080-04-45.846W. Mariners are strongly encouraged to use extreme caution while transiting the area.
Chart 11472 LNM 11/16
Cruisin’ in 2016
Are you planning a cruise that includes one of our marinas in your itinerary? If so, please give us a call in advance to make your dockage reservations. Plan a visit that includes one of these great events at Sandpiper’s. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Join us for Happy Hour daily (3-7pm) and Live Music in The Sand Bar every Tuesday and Thursday 6pm
February 14th – Hello Sweethearts! Valentine’s Day Dinner- Special Menu featuring our Chef’s delicious Chateaubriand for 2!
February 17th – Chef’s Dinner Demo – Four tasting courses prepared while you watch. A quaint and very enjoyable evening.
February 23rd – Uptown Art. Everyone is an artist at this event!
March 17th – St. Patrick’s Day – Wear your green and enjoy Piano Man Larry’s tunes in The Sand Bar and traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner.
March 27th– Special Easter Sunday Brunch Buffet 10:30-2pm – Dinner 5-8pm
May 8th – Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet 10:30-2pm – Dinner 5-8pm
Cruise on in! We’ll have your complimentary bottle of wine waiting for you.
Sue Morgan, Marketing Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
Just love Florida’s winter boat shows!
FEBRUARY 13-14, 2016 – 9 AM TO 5 PM – SOUTH FLORIDA FAIRGROUNDS – 9067 SOUTHERN BLVD – WEST PALM BEACH
Palm Beach, Florida – Under The Sun Promotions Inc. is delighted to announce that the Marine Flea Market & Boat Sale is returning for its 7th year, taking place at the South Florida Fairgrounds in West Palm Beach, Florida from February 13th – 14, 2016.
The Marine Flea Market & Boat Sale will run from 9am – 5pm on Saturday and Sunday, giving visitors two full days to enjoy discounts on nautical and marine related merchandise and services.
Lake Park Harbor Marina is on the west side of the Waterway, one mile north of Lake Worth Inlet. Our thanks to Skipper Silvio for this good report.
This is a wonderful little marina. The super nice staff stayed past closing to help us get settled on the dock. We never saw less than 8 ft in the entrance channel or in the marina. The bathrooms and laundry were clean and well kept. And there is in fact a Dunkin Donuts two blocks away…..
We hear so many good things about this group; they must be doing many things right! These are not the first words of praise we have received for Burkey Marine and will not be the last.
We had a great experience over the phone being walked through our problem by Big Diesel Greg Burkey. All was well and the trip was salvaged! Some people care and yes we recommend the Greg Burkey Marine Group. Several phone calls later at no charge and we were fixed!
Thanks to our tropical weather, boating and beaching opportunities never end here in the Palm Beaches. Take advantage of these handy links and enjoy all that our local waters have to offer whether on or off your boat.
Dive Palm Beach! What is an Artificial Reef? Palm Beach County has sunk 54 ships, about 105,000 tons of lime rock and about 77,000 tons of concrete to build about 100 reefs. Deep-water reefs several miles offshore are for certified divers, while snorkelers can see all kinds of sea life at underwater sheltered parks recently built at Phil Foster Park and Peanut Island. Artificial Reef Map
Explore All Things Peanut Island
The park is a favorite destination for boaters and provides numerous recreational opportunities for visitors. Fishing and snorkeling are popular activities in the beautiful clear waters that surround the island.
BEACHES & INLET CAMS OF P.B.CTY.
Know before you go! Check in with Cam! Play in the waters and the waves! Our beaches offer a little bit of everything for everyone.
Beaches & Web Cams
Enjoy the Beautiful Palm Beaches!
Brought to you by:
Old Port Cove Holdings, Inc. M A R I N A S
Proudly Serving the Boating Public Since 1973
Old Port Cove Marina– 561-626-1760
Sandpiper’s Cove Restaurant & Bar 561-626-2280
North Palm Beach Marina – 561-626-4919
New Port Cove Marine Center – 561-844-2504
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If your marina doesn’t have an onSpot WiFi system, pass this information along. You will be glad you did! Old Port Cove Marina is located on the western shore of the northern Lake Worth channel, near unlighted daybeacon #7. Both Old Port Cove Marina and onSpot WiFi are SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSORs!
Ever pull into a marina desperate to check your messages only to encounter Wifi issues? Don’t blame the marina’s Wifi service! According to Bob Taylor of onSpot Wifi, marinas have a very unique set of circumstances when it comes to providing Wifi service. It might not be the service at all, it just could be your device!
Read Bob’s very useful TIPS & TRICKS on our blog at www.OPCH.com
Old Port Cove Holdings is pleased to provide onSpot Wifi service at all three of our marina facilities.
Thank you boaters for choosing to do business with us!
Sue Morgan, Marketing Director
Old Port Cove Holdings, Inc. and
Are Pleased to Welcome
TO COVE PLAZA at OLD PORT COVE
On behalf of our entire staff and management team, I am pleased to announce that the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County now hails from Cove Plaza which is located at the entrance to Old Port Cove in North Palm Beach. You will find their new office on the lower level of the 1208 building in Suite B. (That’s the 2nd building after going down the ramp.)
ABOUT: The Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County, Inc. (MIAPBC) is a not-for-profit organization created to promote and protect the sound growth of the marine industry in Palm Beach County for the benefit and education of its members, the community, and the environment.
MIAPBC is also responsible for the Annual Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade and The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots toy drive both of which are right around the corner, Saturday, December 5, 2015.
Please join us in welcoming the MIAPBC to Cove Plaza!
Questions? Please Contact:
Alyssa Freeman, Operations Director
1208 US Highway #1 Suite B
North Palm Beach, Fl. 33408
Phone: 561-622-1555 (temporarily)
Old Port Cove Holdings, Inc.
Sue Morgan, Marketing & Public Relations Director
116 Lakeshore Drive
North Palm Beach, Florida 33408
You can help, especially if you do any anchoring or shore exploring between Canaveral and Miami.
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.
The zoo said the project will help biologists identify critical habitat and road-kill “hot spots”.
September is right around the corner and it will not be long before the search for warmer waters, coconut palms, rum libation, and sea food dining will be the driving forces for the courses we set each day. One of our seasoned sponsors, the Old Port Cove marinas, and yes there are three, North Palm Beach Marina, New Port Cove Marina and Old Port Cove Marina are all ready to add to your full pleasure, comfort and enjoyment. Old Port Cove Marinas are encouraging skippers and or first mates to make advance reservation for slips. After a sell-out season last winter, they don’t want their boating friends to be disappointed!
Old Port Cove Marina is located off the I.C.W. (Intracoastal Waterway) at Coast Guard Channel Marker #27, four miles north of the Lake Worth (Palm Beach) Inlet. No waiting for bridges and just minutes from the finest cruising grounds in Florida make this location the perfect jumping off spot for the blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the Bahamas.
Marina features include: Proudly 5 Star Boater Rated, State of the Art Floating Docks, Casual Waterfront Restaurant On-Site, Fitness Room, Complimentary Shuttle to Publix and West Marine, BoatUS Member Discount.
Please make reservations today, we are waiting to welcome you in with a bottle of wine!
Old Port Cove Marina certainly is an elegant alternative to the hustle and bustle of the marinas to the south. Latitude: 26°49.937’N Longitude: 080°03.248’W
Call 561-626-1760 or go on line to www.opch.com
The missing teen fishermen began their trip out of Jupiter Inlet on the east Florida coast.
Update: 7/29/15: Still no signs of missing teen boaters off Florida’s Gulf coast
By Tamara Lush The Associated Press
Scouring the vast ocean expanse off Florida for two missing teen boaters is a long, tedious mission for the eight-person crew of the C-130 Hercules Coast Guard plane based out of Clearwater.
On Tuesday morning, the flight crew – including a public affairs officer and an Associated Press reporter – left Florida’s Gulf coast at midmorning and flew eastward.
Once the plane cleared the state’s other coast and was over the Atlantic, it dropped to 500 feet (150 metres) above the murky ocean. The crew eased open the back cargo ramp and two men flopped on their bellies so they could search the sea below.
CLICK HERE for the full article from Global News.
UPDATE: 7/27: TEQUESTA, Fla. (AP) — The Coast Guard says a boat belonging to two missing 14-year-old fishermen has been found off Florida’s Atlantic coast but neither boy was in or around the boat.
Petty Officer Steve Lehmann says the boat was found Sunday about 67 miles off Ponce de Leon Inlet in Volusia County.
According to the South Florida Sun Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1S58rYd) Carly Black, the mother of Austin Stephanos said, ”We are going to find them today. We are going to bring them home.”
Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos were last seen Friday in the Jupiter area buying fuel for their 19-foot boat.
Lehmann says the boat was found capsized.
UPDATE: Coast Guard continues search for missing teens
Update, 8:50 p.m. 7/26: The Coast Guard plans to continue the search for the missing teens after finding their capsized boat.
Crews will use a Coast Guard HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane, MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and Station Canaveral 45-foot Response Boat to continue the search through the night, officials report.
Austin Stephanos is one of two teens the Coast Guard continues to search for Saturday morning. He and Perry Cohen set out from the Jupiter Inlet on a fishing trip yesterday.
Update, 6:20 p.m.: Hundreds of people are gathering for a vigil at Jupiter Christian School for two teens still missing at sea.
The Coast Guard has told the Palm Beach Post the capsized boat was initially spotted by a C-130 aircraft at 11 a.m.
The Coast Guard said the C-130 spotted the overturned vessel at the edge of the search pattern. A helicopter from Air Station Clearwater was dispatched and lowered a rescue swimmer, who was able to confirm the registration numbers of the boat, said Petty Officer Mark Barney.
Perry Cohen is one of two teens the Coast Guard continues to search for Saturday morning. He and Austin Stephanos set out from Jupiter Inlet on a fishing trip yesterday.
The Coast Guard searched some 25,000 square miles since Friday afternoon before finding the vessel very far off shore and up the coast, he said. It was unknown in early evening if the boat suffered any structural damage.
For more on this report, CLICK HERE.
These are not the first words of praise we have received for Burkey Marine and will not be the last.
Great day until our diesel engines ingested and something the boat overheated. A local dealer came out and couldn’t repair the boat for two days. Then we called a group called Big Diesel aka Burkey Marine on a Saturday after 7pm. These guys came out, fixed the blockage in our systems and we were on our way! My wife and I will always keep the number; you should too as they travel where ever the boat is! You may have to pay for airfare but Burkey Marine is our number one diesel service center for our boat. Sincerely Captain Tim Jensen
FYI Burkey Marine Group 772-215-7663
Lake Worth/Lake Avenue Bridge crosses the Waterway at Statue Mile 1029, south of marker #33 and has a closed vertical clearance of 35ft. Our thanks to Skipper Johnson for this update!
As of May 1, 2015, Lake Worth Bridge is back to On Demand.
If you have witnessed this apparently grounded vessel, please send us a location. This story is from WPTV News 5 in West Palm Beach.
Luxury boat stranded in Intracoastal Waterway in West Palm Beach
by Jason Hackett
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – If you were anywhere near the Intracoastal Waterway Thursday in West Palm Beach you probably saw a strange sight – a boat just sitting there apparently stuck.
It prompted quite a few calls to our newsroom.
NewsChannel 5 made some calls and found out that it ran aground earlier in the day.
We also learned that a tow company, Boat U.S., was at the scene trying to help the boat out, but it was unsuccessful.
It was the topic of the day for people walking along the Intracoastal.
Much of the speculation focused on what happened to the boat and the people on board.
“They’re in West Palm Beach somewhere,” says Geri Vistein, who watched the boat from the shore. “They could be listening to the music over there at a fancy restaurant…who knows what they’re doing?”
This article by Angel Streeter in the Palm Beach Sun Sentinel outlines plans for a new drawbridge to replace the Southern Boulevard drawbridge, which has a closed vertical clearance of 14ft and crosses the Waterway and southern Lake Worth at Mile 1025 in West Palm Beach. Flagler Memorial Bridge, Royal Park Bridge and Southern Boulevard Bridge always present a challenge to a skipper’s patience if an opening is needed, especially during these continuing periods of construction.
State makes plans to replace Southern Boulevard Bridge in West Palm Beach
By Angel Streeter
Construction on new Southern Boulevard Bridge in West Palm Beach will begin in 2016.
Another drawbridge is coming down in Palm Beach County — but just until its replacement is built.
The Florida Department of Transportation is unveiling its plans for replacing the Southern Boulevard Bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway in West Palm Beach while it’s still in the midst of building the replacement for the Flagler Memorial Bridge. Both bridges connect West Palm Beach to Palm Beach.
This time, the state hopes to avoid the pitfalls that have come with replacing the Flagler bridge. The state transportation department plans to build a temporary bridge to the north of the existing Southern Boulevard bridge to keep traffic moving between the mainland and the island.
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