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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.
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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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Don’t miss the Palm Beach Marine Flea Market and Boat Sale February 28 – March 1, 2015 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at the South Florida Fairgrounds 9067 Southern Blvd, West Palm Beach, Florida 33411
Winter Boat Show and Sale Announced For Palm Beach This February – Boats, Boats and More Boats!!!
Marine Flea Market – International Food Festival – New and Used BOAT Sale
For discount tickets and more event info emailed to you CLICK HERE
BOAT SHOW and SALE…Warm up with hot deals. Boat sales are the place to buy! Hundreds of new and used boats are available to buy on site. Often some of the best prices of the year are available as exhibitors offer special show pricing or other incentives. Plus, it’s the perfect time to order a new boat to ensure it arrives ready to launch in the spring.
This charted spoil area is on the eastern side of a narrow Waterway channel abreast of Lake Park at the southern end of Lake Worth. As with all narrrow channels in the Waterway, care must be taken to stay in the channel!
FLORIDA – AICW – PALM SHORES TO WEST PALM BEACH – LAKE WORTH NORTH: Hazard to Navigation/Shallow Area
The USCG received a report of a shallow area of approximately 4ft in position 26-47.652’N/080-02.701’W located in the Spoil Area east of the Intracoastal Waterway just north of the Florida AIA Bridge in West Palm Beach, Fl. Mariners are advised to use caution while transiting the area. Chart 11472 LNM: 02/15
Lake Park Harbor Marina is on the west side of the Waterway, one mile north of Lake Worth Inlet. These comments from Skipper Pattison are from the AGLCA Forum.
Unless you can find a private home with available dock space, rates for most places in SE Florida are pretty silly. The farther north you go, the better the rates. We’ve used Lake Park City Marina for several years and find it to be a good place to keep a boat. Their amenities are not great but the rates are better than most and they have great floating docks. Here is the link to their website: http://www.lakeparkmarina.com/
Dockmaster Ken is knowledgeable and a great help for anything you might need. Tell him we said hi if you go there.
m/v Samba & Island Bound
Riviera Beach Municipal Marina lies west of AICW marker #42.
FEDERAL, STATE AND RIVIERA BEACH OFFICIALS ANNOUNCE MAJOR DREDGING PERMITS TO TAP INTO WATERFRONT’S BUSINESS POTENTIAL
RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. (November 11, 2014) – The federal government has cleared the way for a deepening of the Intracoastal Waterway, more than six years in the making, that will unlock the true economic potential of businesses along Riviera Beach’s waterfront.
U.S Rep. Lois Frankel, D- West Palm Beach, announced November 11 in a joint press conference with officials from the City of Riviera Beach, mega-yacht refit and repair facility Rybovich and the Florida Inland Navigation District that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had issued the permits necessary to dredge about 3,500 linear feet of the Intracoastal Waterway. The dredging will happen in the channel west of Peanut Island from the area near the Port of Palm Beach to Rybovich’s Marine Center at 2010 Ave. B in Riviera Beach just south of the Blue Heron Boulevard Bridge.
“This is a transformational game changer in Riviera Beach that comes with new jobs and huge economic impact in South Florida,” Frankel said.
Riviera Beach Councilwoman Dawn Pardo, who has been working on getting the project approved for six years, said the dredging will allow Rybovich to bring in bigger yachts and more of them for service and refitting. It will also allow nearby defense contractor Lockheed Martin to bring larger U.S. Navy vessels into its facility directly for work. Currently those vessels can only be taken to the Port of Palm Beach for service.
“This will open the door for more jobs for Riviera Beach residents and related businesses, as well as a multi-million dollar boost to our economy in general,” Pardo said. “Coupled with the redevelopment of our marina, this dredging will completely reshape the future of business along the water in Riviera Beach.”
Rybovich Chief Executive Officer Wayne Huizenga Jr. explained that his business, which is a world leader in servicing and refitting yachts, has been severely limited in the size of vessel they could get into their Riviera Beach facility because of the shallow depths of the Intracoastal leading to his facility. The dredging will facilitate a planned expansion of the Riviera Beach yard that will allow Rybovich to service larger yachts up to 330 feet.
“It was the tireless efforts of Congresswoman Frankel and Councilwoman Pardo over the past several years that made this dredging a reality,” Huizenga Jr. said. “We are also thankful to the Florida Inland Navigation District, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for seeing the enormous economic potential that could be realized by deepening the channel. Rybovich is an international destination for mega-yachts from around the world and we welcome the opportunity to expand our current operations into Riviera Beach.”
The Florida Inland Navigation District (FIND) will oversee the dredging. Contractors working for FIND will remove about 95,000 cubic yard of dredge material to lower the bottom of the channel to about 15 feet below the mean low water line, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permits issued on Friday. Contractors will use erosion controls and floating turbidity barriers to preserve the environment and all of the dredged material will be deposited at FIND’s existing Peanut Island Dredge Materials Management Area. FIND Executive Director Mark Crosley said he hoped to have the dredging done within a year.
For more information about the dredging project call Florida Inland Navigation District Executive Director Mark Crosley at (561) 627-3386.
Skipper Bessent’s information is correct as confirmed today by phone. The slip rate is $2.00 per foot per night for all vessel lengths, plus electric. Their former 25% BoatUS discount is reduced to 15%.
We are planning to stay at Old Port Cove tonight and possibly for the next few days. FYI, they have had a price increase and are now charging $2.00/foot and offering a 15% BoatUS discount.
Peck Lake Anchorage, immediately off the AICW’s path and south of the Waterway’s intersection with the St. Lucie Inlet, had been virtually unusable because of the onsite equipment related to the dredging of St. Lucie Inlet. From earlier reports and now confirmed by Skipper Reeves, it seems that the dredge barges have been removed ahead of schedule and the anchorage is back in business.
Next stop was for a night at Peck’s Lake. MM992 No dredge in sight! South of tide station is very shallow. We went in at Green and stayed off the tide station a few hundred yards in 7-9 ft of water. Nice and quite on a Friday night. Very narrow beach to walk dog. Short walk across to the real beach where dogs are not allowed.
I ran aground here 15 years ago, anchored in 6-7 ft and woke up on a sand bar the next AM. Called Boat US and was off in a few. If you have not run aground you have not cruised much.
The Peck Lake Anchorage immediately off the AICW’s path, south of the Waterway’s intersection with the St. Lucie Inlet, has been virtually unusable because of the onsite equipment related to the dredging of St. Lucie Inlet (http://cruisersnet.net/?p=1278860). From the reports by Downtime 47 and Skipper Cooper it seems that the dredge barges have been removed ahead of schedule and the anchorage is back in business. If you anchor in Peck Lake successfully, please let us hear from you.
Just passed the Peck Lake anchorage in the ICW, Statue Mile 992, and observed no dredging equipment. Green marker #19 has been replaced with a can, but all else looks normal.
There was one boat anchored, when there are normally a dozen, so thought I should report the lack of equipment as previously reported. Is it officially open now?
We turned out of the channel about 50 yards south of G19 but could not bear the 060M course to the structure with the danger sign due to anchored boats. Instead we headed 030 then 050 and ran all the way to shore. With dead low at +.3 feet we never saw less than 10 feet depth and the least was just after we left the channel.
At low water the shoal to the south is clearly visible. We see no signs of a shoal to the north in this lake but have not investigated further.
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.
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.
Old Port Cove is located on the western shore of the northern Lake Worth channel, near unlighted daybeacon #7.
Hi Larry, Here is our review of Old Port Cove. NPalm Beach. Five Stars
Easy in and out. No current in basin. The tall buildings cut the wind. Dock hand Kip came to us in a golf cart on the wide, clean slip free decks and fueled us up and guided us to one of the few vacant slips in this 200 slip marina. Many large yachts make this marina a home port inside the gated, guarded community. The finger piers are wide, with pump out near each slip. The deck cleats are large adjustable to accommodate any arrangement of ties. The facilities are first class, clean showers and laundry with 4 dryers/washers in the building with Captain’s lounge, fitness center and restrooms. The manager Mark greeted us in the office located inside the onsite restaurant. Mark had a bottle of wine delivered to our slip. Our fuel and slip were discounted for BoatUS to $1.42 @ Ft for our 40 ft trawler, $20.00 for 50 amp. and $4.35 a gal for diesel. The fare on Sunday was very good and reasonable in price. Wi Fi is free and we watched movies from netflix. Rode bike over to West Marine. We left Monday AM for Marathon. We will be back to stay at this safe, clean marina.
Dear Capt. & Mrs. Reeves,
The entire crew of Old Port Cove Marina would like to take this opportunity to say “Thank you!” for the review you posted here. We are all thrilled that you enjoyed your stay with us as well as our facilities and we look forward to your return.
Have a great time in Marathon.
Happy Cruising! See you soon.
Sue Morgan, Marketing Director
Just north of the PGA Bridge, Soverel Marina is located at 2401 PGA Blvd, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410, 561-691-9554. www.soverelmarina.com. Soverel Marina shares the same address on Soverel Harbor, but should not be confused with, PGA Marina, www.pgamarina.com.
Look at Soverel Marina in Palm Beach Gardens. Very protected, gated, easy walking to restaurants, shops, Enterprise. I have a friend who has a 50′ vacant slip there.
-Mike ‘One September’
The Peck Lake Anchorage immediately off the AICW’s path, south of the Waterway’s intersection with the St. Lucie Inlet, on the easterly waters of Peck Lake, east-southeast of marker #19. Our thanks to Captains Healy and Horowitz for these reports.
As of 11/14/2013, Peck Lake is ABSOLUTELY UNUSABLE by pleasure craft for anchorage. There is dredging equipment on station in Peck Lake, apparently related to dredging at the St. Lucie Inlet. The construction company has placed a network of stakes completely throughout Peck Lake, making it unusable by anything other than kayaks and canoes. It seems completely unnecessary to confiscate all that space, but they did it.
We passed Peck Lake SM 992 this morning, 17 Nov., and it appears that this is no longer a viable anchorage. Secured just east of the main ICW channel, we observed one tug, two barges, a dredge or pump barge, a dormitory barge, a floating, lighted pipeline extending from the dredge to the shore, and the lagoon populated with many white stakes. There were no other vessels there. This might be a staging area for the dredging of St. Lucie inlet.
I am attaching a note from s/v Calypso, Captain Jeff and Admirable Wendy. There has been a lot of discussion about available anchorage in Peck Lake, FL, and some say you could “maybe” anchor 2 or 3 boats north of the huge barge, Capt. Jeff says he would not recommend it to any of us. For what it’s worth….
Judy and Dick
Most of the lake has PVC stakes which make it look like it has been surveyed. There is also a large floating pipeline from the barge to shore. From what it looks like they are bringing in barges full of muck for St. Lucie Inlet and then pumping it shore side. Maybe beach re-nourishment?
Jeff & Wendy
Flagler Memorial Bridge, with a closed vertical clearance of 17ft, crosses the Waterway and Lake Worth at Statute Mile 1021, south of unlighted daybeacon #10. The former openings were twice hourly.
Royal Park Bridge, with a closed vertical clearance of 20ft, crosses the Waterway at Statute Mile 1022.5, south of unlighted daybeacon #14. The former openings were on the hour and half-hour.
Southern Boulevard – S.R. 700 Bridge, with a closed vertical clearance of 14ft, crosses the Waterway and southern Lake Worth at Statute Mile 1025, south of unlighted daybeacon #20.
A big Thank You to Captain Healy for alerting us to these schedule changes. Now, even these schedules seem to be changing almost daily. See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=127999
Flagler Bridge (StM 1021.8):
As of early November, 2013, bridge restrictions have changed. WORSE! MUCH WORSE! The bridge now opens hourly at the top of the hour. That’s it. Massive construction involving foundation rehabilitation is taking place at this bridge. Much heavy construction equipment is on scene. Saturday, 11/16/2013, the span was continuously open. Not sure if that’s the case all the time. Plan very carefully in this area!
Royal Park Bridge (StM 1022.6):
As of early November, 2013, bridge restrictions have changed. Hopefully temporary. WORSE! The bridge now opens hourly on the quarter hour. Weekdays, it skips the morning opening at 08h15 and the evening opening at 16h15. This works well for Southbound traffic, but not at all well for Northbound traffic. That’s it.
Southern Boulevard Bridge (1024.7):
As of early November, 2013, bridge restrictions have changed. The bridge now opens twice hourly on the hour and half-hour.
The North Lake Worth anchorage dinghy landing (just a small beach north of Little Lake Worth bridge) was the cause of much discussion in August of 2012 (see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=93324). Captain Kat is asking for advice from anyone who might have used the landing recently.
What is the current status of this dinghy landing? We will be heading that way soon and it is a very important spot for last minute stores. What if anything is the alternative?
As of Nov. 17th, 2013, the beach in the creek which flows into the North end of North Lake Worth anchorage, remains the same as it has been, a reasonably good dinghy landing. Probably best to lock your dinghy. Publix close by and a BIG West Marine just 1 block South of PGA Blvd (moved from old location North of PGA Blvd).
Mike, Carolyn & Catcher the cat On NAVIGATOR
Lake Worth Inlet Anchorage lies in the deep water south of the Lake Worth Inlet approach channel’s flashing daybeacon #11. Loggerhead Riviera Marina is a dry storage facility located north of Riviera Beach Bridge (Blue Heron Blvd) on the western side of the Waterway, southwest of Marker #36. See http://www.loggerheadrivierabeach.com/contact.htm
Anchored here now. Been gusting to 30 plus NE most of the night and lots of freighters coming in and out. I’d prefer we anchored south more further from the inlet but we found a spot with 13′ and liked it. Holding well with 85 or so feet of chain out but bouncy (which is why I’m writing this at 12:44 but that’s just me. Further south about 20 vessels. Near us 5 and 3 appear to be locals. We dingied to Loggerhead Marina – just beyond Blue Heron bridge and bought drinks and used their dock to walk 2 mins to Publix. It was a wet dinghy over but saved us from going to Riviera Marina, paying $10 and walking a mile to Publix. Moving to a more protected area today or just more south.
Mo and Mike
Be wary of in the main Lake Worth anchorage when you have strong S or N wind, which will set up wind-against-tide. I have dragged (and watched others drag) after a day or two of piouretting around the anchor in such conditions. What happens is that the motion wraps a chain ball around the anchor–any kind of anchor–and then off you go. This is the only anchorage where I routinely anchor bow-and-stern for exactly that reason.