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  • Announcement: All Florida Keys Cruising News

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    Below, you will discover our COMPLETE listing of Florida Keys cruising news/postings from fellow cruisers, arranged in chronological order, based on publication date. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO NARROW YOUR SELECTION of FLK cruising news to those messages which pertain to a specific geographic sub-region, locate the RED, vertically stacked menu, on the right side of this, and all Cruisers’ Net pages. Click on “Florida Keys.” A drop down menu will appear, with a blue background, Now, click on “FLK Regional Cruising News.” A sub-drop-down menu will now appear, listing 13 Florida Keys geographic sub-regions. Select your waters of interest, and after clicking on your choice, a list of messages will appear, confined to the sub-region you have picked!

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  • NAV ALERT: Tavernier Creek Light Destroyed, off the Eastern Shore of Tavernier Key, 1/18/2018


    This Atlantic shore light is south of the first daybeacons into the very narrow, multi-marker channel to Tavernier Creek which separates Tavernier and Plantation Keys.

    FLORIDA – MIAMI TO MARATHON AND FLORIDA BAY – TAVERNIER CREEK: Hazard to Navigation.
    Tavernier Creek Light (LLNR 12065) is destroyed. The concrete wreckage is marked with a TRLB WR, displaying FL Q W characteristics. Chart 11451 LNM 03/18

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Tavernier Key

  • Coast Guard, NOAA Seize Illegal Shrimp Catch, Dry Tortugas Shrimp Sanctuary



    Coast Guard, NOAA seize illegal shrimp catch
    MIAMI — The Coast Guard and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration seized approximately 6,000 pounds of shrimp with an estimated price of $60,000 from the 68-foot fishing vessel Ronald E. near the Dry Tortugas Shrimp Sanctuary Preservation Area, Friday. READ MORE!

    The vessel Ronald E. was observed fishing inside the marine sanctuary and was boarded by a Coast Guard Cutter Raymond Evans and NOAA joint boarding team. The boarding team cited the vessel for illegally fishing inside a national marine sanctuary and safety violations.

    “This case demonstrates the importance of strategic partnership,” said Capt. Jeffery Janzsen, commander, Coast Guard Sector Key West. “Within the Florida Keys, we take protecting the National Marine Sanctuary very seriously. Boaters and fishermen should familiarize themselves with the boundaries of the sanctuary to make sure they are complying with federal law.”

    Fishing within federally protected waters is illegal.

    “The partnership between NOAA and the Coast Guard allows for efficient enforcement of the commercial fishing fleet in the waters surrounding the Florida Keys,” said Lt. Cmdr. Jonathan Wolstenholme, commanding officer, Coast Guard Cutter Raymond Evans. “Integrating NOAA enforcement officers into our boarding teams ensures quality at sea inspections of both required safety equipment and fishing gear.”

    The evidence package for this seizure has been forwarded to the National Marine Fisheries Service, who will determine if a formal Notice of Violation will be issued.

  • Re-Charting the Keys following Hurricane Irma

    Despite the best efforts of the US Coast Guard, there is always a possibility of remaining off-station ATONS. See LNM: Florida Keys ATONs Repaired for a pertinent Local Notice.

    Re-charting The Waters: Crowdsourcing To Navigate The Keys After Irma

    CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL REPORT from WLRN Miami

     

    And this report from Miami Herald:

    Skippers beware: South Florida charts may be off in the wake of a hurricane

  • Local Knowledge Requested on Caesar, Broad and Angelfish Creek, Key Largo to Elliot Key, Statute Mile 1120


    Caesar Creek, Broad Creek and Angelfish Creek all connect Card Sound and Biscayne Bay to Hawk Channel with the western terminus of each channel where waters shallow being the issue for cruisers. Carlos is requesting Local Knowledge on depths in the connecting channels.

    Hello
    I have an Ericson 28+ with a 4 foot draft shoal draft keel
    Does my boat draw enough water to go through Caesar Creek, at the south end of Elliot Key in Florida; or do I cross over using Angel Fish Creek?
    Many thanks
    Carlos

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Angelfish Creek

  • LNM: Multiple Missing ATONS, Boca Chica Key, 10/13/2017


    Boca Chica Channel is a narrow channel through shallow waters along the west side of Boca Chica Key eventually connecting Boca Chica to Hawk Channel to the south. In this case the missing ATONS are numbered south to north.

    FLORIDA – BAHIA HONDA KEY TO SUGARLOAF KEY – BOCA CHICA: Hazard to Navigation.
    The following aids are missing and pose a hazard to navigation. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area.
    Boca Chica Channel Daybeacon 11 (LLNR 14555) steel pile missing, wreckage marked with a TRUB.
    Boca Chica Channel Daybeacon 13 (LLNR 14565) concrete pile missing, wreckage marked with a TRUB.
    Boca Chica Channel Daybeacon 15 (LLNR 14575) steel pile missing, wreckage marked with a TRUB.
    Boca Chica Channel Light 16 (LLNR 14580) is missing, concrete wreckage marked with a TRLB, displaying Fl Q R characteristics
    Chart 11445 LNM 41/17

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Boca Chica Channel

  • LNM: Destroyed Daybeacon 55, Harbor Key Banks, west of Florida Bay, 10/13/2017


    Harbor Key Bank is at the northwestern end of Big Spanish Channel which itself lies alongt the western edge of Florida Bay west of Marathon, FL. The destroyed daybeacon marks the northern tip of shallow water of the west side of the channel.

    FLORIDA – BIG SPANISH CHANNEL TO JOHNSTON KEY: Hazard to Navigation
    Harbor Key Bank Daybeacon 55 (LLNR 12665) is destroyed. The steel pile is marked with a TRLB, displaying Fl Q G characteristics. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11448 LNM 41/17

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Harbor Key Bank

  • Post-Irma Report from Key Lime Sailing Club, Key Largo, FL


    Key Lime Sailing Club in Key Largo, 305-451-3438, www.keylimesailingclub.com

    Key Lime Sailing Club, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, always has very special offers for their visitors! Key Lime Sailing Club is on the Inside Route side of Key Largo. Key Lime Sailing Club is a unique slice of KEYS ENJOYMENT…give it a try and let us hear about your experience.

    Welcome to our unique little hideaway. Secluded, serene, and perfectly located, our self-contained cottages have everything you need for a relaxing waterfront vacation.

    Hey Winston,  thank you very much for checking in. We’re doing fair, we have seven of our cottages open for Keylime sailing club.  We’re still cleaning up and repairing and we have yet to get to South Dade Marina. The marina still has boats sitting on top of the dock; 40% of the dock is missing; the sunken boats and boats on the shore. But we will rebuild. And I know we share the story with a lot of marinas and places of business. I count ourselves lucky and pray for the people that have suffered much more than us.
    Paul Keever

    See also /166914

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Key Lime Sailing Club

  • Irma Recovery Effort, Key Lime Sailing Club and Cottages, Key Largo, FL


    Key Lime Sailing Club in Key Largo, 305-451-3438, www.keylimesailingclub.com

    Key Lime Sailing Club, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, always has very special offers for their visitors! Key Lime Sailing Club is on the Inside Route side of Key Largo. Key Lime Sailing Club is a unique slice of KEYS ENJOYMENT…give it a try and let us hear about your experience.

    Irma Recovery Effort, Key Lime Sailing Club and Cottages, Key Largo, FL

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Key Lime Sailing Club

  • Nav Alert: Waters of the Florida Keys Hazardous with Storm Debris

    Florida officials report the waters surrounding the Keys are littered with debris and very unsafe for navigation.

    And county officials said close-in waters were littered with storm debris and presented a navigation hazard for boats.

    “Monroe County’s nearshore waters have become a navigation hazard in parts of the Keys with debris, sunken boats, loose boats, buoys and markers,” county officials said in a statement. “Do not bring a boat into the Keys.”

    Is that a fender in the water? Debris from the storm a hazard in Keys waterways from The Miami Herald

  • 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.

  • LNM: Hazardous Navigation in Everglades National Park, Florida Bay, west of the Keys, 9/21/2017


    Everglades National Park is a huge area of shallow waters and numerous small keys west of the Florida Keys, in an area charted as Florida Bay.

    FLORIDA – EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK: Due to Hurricane IRMA, Hazard to Navigation.
    The U.S. Coast Guard received from the National Park Service a report of the marine waters of Everglades National Park. The waters are open to include permitted commercial operation. However, mariners should be advised that numerous sunken vessels are scattered throughout Florida Bay and the Gulf Coast District of Everglades National Park. The park has not fully assessed its maritime infrastructure and has limited emergency response capabilities at this time. Extreme caution is advised. Chart 11433 LNM 38/17

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Everglades National Park

  • Founders Park and Plantation Yacht Harbor Marina Closed, Islamorada, FL

    FOUNDERS PARK AND PLANTATION YACHT HARBOR MARINA ARE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC

    DECEMBER REOPENING PLANNED
    READ MORE!

    Founders Park (MM 87 bayside in Islamorada) is being utilized for Florida Keys Electric Cooperative repair crews and as a staging site for vegetative debris from Hurricane Irma being picked up from neighborhoods and properties in the Village. It is not safe to use any Founders Park facilities and the park is completely closed to the public.

    Given the time it will take to collect, grind and remove the massive amount of debris from neighborhoods and properties throughout the Village, it is anticipated that reopening of Founders Park will not occur until December 2017. The pool will be covered to protect it from the effects of the debris grinding.

    All events scheduled to be held at Founders Park will be cancelled or relocated to a different venue.

    The Plantation Yacht Harbor Marina, including the boat ramp and fuel dock, will also be closed for public use during the time Founders Park is closed. Long-term Marina residents may continue to reside at the marina, but no new reservations will be made.

    The Village Council and Village staff are aware of the importance of Founders Park to the community and will strive to resume operations as quickly as possible.

  • LNM: Florida Keys ATONs Repaired

    Coast Guard buoy tenders, aids to navigation team fix critical ATON discrepancies, provide hurricane relief in Florida Keys

    ORLANDO, Fla. – Two Coast Guard buoy tenders have identified and fixed all discrepancies of 42 critical aids to navigation in and around the Florida Keys. READ MORE!

    The Coast Guard Cutter Joshua Appleby, a 175-foot Keeper Class Coastal Buoy Tender homeported in St. Petersburg, Florida, and the Coast Guard Cutter Elm, a 225-foot Sea-going Buoy Tender homeported in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina are also in the Florida Keys delivering relief supplies on top of their ATON mission.

    The Florida Keys have more than 500 navigational aids, both floating and stationary in the Keys, some of which were damaged or moved off station due to the effects of Hurricane Irma.

    ATON Key West personnel have begun replacing dayboards, mid-channel markers and smaller aids in the Keys.

    ATON can provide a boater with the same type of information drivers get from street signs, stop signals, road barriers, detours and traffic lights. These aids range from lighthouses, to minor lights, day beacons, range lights and sound signals, to lighted or unlighted buoys.

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  • LNM: Coast Guard establishes regulated navigation area, safety zone for the Florida Keys

    Coast Guard establishes regulated navigation area, safety zone for the Florida Keys

    ORLANDO, Fla. — The Coast Guard has established a temporary regulated navigation area and temporary safety zone for waters within the Coast Guard Sector Key West Captain of the Port zone, Saturday.
    Vessels within the regulated navigation area within one nautical mile of land in the Florida Keys must operate at a slow speed. READ MORE!

    Vessels are prohibited from entering into, anchoring, loitering, or movement within a safety zone of 25 yards around law enforcement vessels, salvage vessels, or visible wreckage in the Florida Keys. These temporary regulations are necessary for the safety of persons, vessels, and property due to the large volume of debris, sunken vessels, and salvage operations associated with Hurricane Irma.
    Slow speed means the speed at which a vessel proceeds when it is fully off plane, completely settled in the water, and not creating excessive wake. Due to different speeds at which vessels of different sizes and configurations may travel while in compliance with this definition, no specific speed is assigned to slow speed. A vessel is not proceeding at a slow speed if it is: (a) on a plane; (b) in the process of coming on or coming off a plane; or (c) creating an excessive wake.
    This emergency rule is effective and will be enforced from 5 p.m. on Sept. 16, 2017 through 8 a.m. on Oct. 1, 2017.
    For further information contact Lieutenant Commander Jose Rosario, Chief, Prevention Department, Sector Key West through the Sector Command Center at (305) 292-8727, (304) 433-3352, or by email at SKWWaterways@uscg.mil.
    All marine interests must take action to ensure safety of the port and vessels.
    “Coast Guard personnel have been working alongside the U.S Navy, NOAA, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and FEMA personnel and using specialized equipment to assess and scan the Port of Key West in order to mark and identify all potential hazards to navigation,” said Capt. Jeffrey Janszen, captain of the port and commander, Coast Guard Sector Key West. “Our goal is to fully open the Port of Key West for all navigational needs as soon as possible, but we first have an obligation to ensure safety of the port and vessels in order to protect all marine and maritime interests.”
    Mariners can view the latest port updates on the Coast Guard Sector Key West’s Homeport site.

    -USCG-

  • LNM: Port of Key West Remains Closed



    Port of Key West remains closed as weekend approaches, Coast Guard reminds boaters to be safe

    ORLANDO, Fla., — Ahead of the upcoming weekend the Coast Guard is reminding the boating public that the Port of Key West, Florida remains closed due to damage from Hurricane Irma, and we encourage boaters to avoid the waterways around the Florida Keys until the port conditions improve. READ MORE!

    The Coast Guard is currently enforcing a safety zone around the Port of Key West as Coast Guard personnel work alongside our partner local, state and federal agencies in reconstituting the ports and waterways damaged by the hurricane.

    The Coast Guard in coordination with partner agencies currently has and will continue to maintain a strong security presence within the Keys to maintain maritime security, safety of life at sea and deter potential incidents that could endanger ongoing relief operations to recover the islands from the impact of Hurricane Irma.

    “The Coast Guard is working with our partner agencies to ensure they are aware of port condition changes and hurricane relief efforts,” said Cmdr. Lexia Littlejohn, deputy incident commander, Sector Key West Incident Command Post. “Vessel operators not abiding by safe boating regulations may endanger themselves or the people around them and may ultimately hamper any ongoing relief efforts in the area.”

    Although most ports in Florida are now open, the Port of Key West remains severely impacted and safe navigation around the Keys can’t be ensured at this time. The public should stay clear of unsafe infrastructure or debris in the area and obey law enforcement officers.

    Recreational vessel operators are reminded that representing themselves or their vessels for hire to transport passengers or cargo is illegal. Violators are subject to civil penalties, vessel seizure and possible criminal charges.

    The Coast Guard also wants to remind licensed captains to maintain the proper limit of people and cargo aboard their vessel in accordance with the vessel authorized stability parameters.

    The Coast Guard is committed to the swift recovery from the storm with search and rescue operations and safety of life as our first priority, followed by doing everything in our power to reopen the ports and waterways and resume the flow of maritime commerce to maintain security and stability throughout the nation.

    Mariners can view the latest port updates on the Coast Guard Sector Key West’s Homeport site.

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    -USCG-

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