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  • Announcement: All Local Notice to Mariners Extracts

    PLEASE CAREFULLY READ OUR DISCLAIMER!
    Below you will discover extracts the Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net has copied from the Local Notice to Mariners. The choice of what to extract is based on our appraisal of news that is of primary interest to the cruising community, and should not in any way be considered a comprehensive relisting of all the information that is available in the Local Notice to Mariners’ various editions.
    Also, please note that LNM extracts are listed below in chronological order, based on publishing date.

  • LNM: Dredging to Begin, Ponce de Leon Inlet, near AICW Statute Mile 839


    The “Ponce” is a popular, heavily traveled inlet which intersects the Waterway at Statute Mile 839.5, with a second southerly intersection near St. M. 843. This long-term dredging project in this inlet is always welcomed.

    FLORIDA – TOLOMATO RIVER TO PALM SHORES – PONCE DE LEON INLET: Dredge Operations
    Cavache Inc. will commence dredge operations just over four miles in the AICW in the vicinity of Ponce De Leon Inlet in Volusia County, Florida. The operation will include the discharge of sediments into an off shore disposal area approximately two miles south of the inlet and approximately 1000 foot off shore. Mobilization of equipment and pipeline set up is expected to begin in the July 10, 2018 and dredging approximately August 2018. READ MORE!

    The dredge will be disposing of the material via floating, submerged and landward pipelines at an off shore disposal area, as well as, the USACE District owned MSA 434 Site. Portions of the pipeline closest to the dredge will remain floating and will be marked with flashing lights at night. The remaining pipeline will run on the beach or will be submerged. Mariners are urged to stay clear of the area between the beach and the dredge to avoid potential interference with the pipeline. Mariners are also urged to take caution around working vessels and keep wake to a minimum. The dredge MAYA CAELYN will monitor VHF channels 16, 79 and 13. Project approximate completion May 20, 2019. For further information contact Cavache at (954) 943-8550. See enclosure section for the project limits. Chart 11485 LNM 25/18

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Ponce de Leon Inlet

  • LNM: Lockwoods Folly Inlet Buoys Relocated, near AICW Statute Mile 321


    These uncharted inlet buoys are east of the inlet and the Waterway. A pin has been inserted in Chartview to indicate buoy 6 on the east side of the inlet channel.


    1. THE FOLLOWING AIDS TO NAVIGATION HAVE BEEN RELOCATED.

    A. LOCKWOODS FOLLY INLET BUOY 6 (LLNR 31030) RELOCATED TO APPROX POSIT 33-54-46.625N; 078-14-19.681W.
    B. LOCKWOODS FOLLY INLET BUOY 7 (LLNR 31035) RELOCATED TO APPROX POSIT 33-54-55.126N; 078-14-18.929W.

  • LNM: Moore Haven Lock Now Open with No Width Restrictions, Okeechobee Waterway Statute Mile 78


    Moore Haven City Dock, the first stop west of Lake Okeechobee, is located at Okeechobee Waterway Statute Mile 78, on the Moore Haven waterfront. As always, our thanks to Specialist Erica Skolte for this good news.

    OKEECHOBEE WATERWAY  
    MOORE HAVEN LOCK 
    All,
    Moore Haven Lock west gate has been repaired and the lock is fully operational with no width restrictions.
    Thanks,
    Erica

    Erica Skolte
    Public Affairs Specialist
    Corporate Communications Office
    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District

    Click Here To View the Okeechobee Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory Listing For Moore Haven Lock

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Moore Haven Lock

  • LNM: Ortona Lock Re-Opened! Okeechobee Waterway Statute Mile 94


    After a 13-day closure, this re-opening, right on schedule, is good news for waiting cruisers! Our thank to Specialist Erica Skolte for this notice!

    Corps opens Ortona Lock for navigation following completion of maintenance repairs

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District has resumed normal operations at the Ortona Lock on the Okeechobee Waterway, following completion of maintenance and repairs. 

    READ MORE!

    Completion of the work allows the Corps to resume normal operations as of Sunday, June 17, locking vessels on demand between 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the last lockage beginning at 4:30 p.m., seven days a week. 

    “We know that everyone who uses the Okeechobee Waterway has been anxious to have the lock back open and operational. We recognize these repairs have posed an inconvenience to boaters, both commercial and recreational,” said Carol Bernstein, Jacksonville District Operations Division Chief. “Our thanks goes out to the boating community for their patience and understanding while we completed repairs to keep our infrastructure safe and our waterways open in the future. Planned maintenance minimizes the chance of costly emergency closures in the future, which typically take much longer to complete.”

    “This was the first lock closure along the Okeechobee Waterway in six years. We had to inspect and maintain our locks, and replace the gate seals,” said Gary Russ, Chief of the South Florida Operations Office located in Clewiston. “Despite the long days and tough work, this was a great team effort. We waited for manatees to move to safety and electrical storms to pass, and worked long hours in the south Florida heat. Wayne Sullivan’s team of skilled workers brought years of knowledge and experience and worked together as a team, each person depending on others to get the job done. It was a job well done.”

    Maintenance is necessary periodically to repair aging and damaged infrastructure, in addition to improving public and vessel safety. Repairs required the lock chamber to be dewatered for crews to perform inspections, replace gate seals and repair Manatee Protection System (MPS) components. During the closure, barges, floating cranes and divers worked in the lock entrance, required vessel operators in the area to use minimal speed and caution for safety.

    The Corps of Engineers published a notice to navigation interests and coordinated with marinas, commercial and recreational vessels, and members of the public in advance of the closure of the Ortona Lock for maintenance June 4 through 16.

    The Ortona Lock is located on the Caloosahatchee River, 15.5 miles west of the Moore Haven Lock on the west side of Lake Okeechobee, and 27.9 miles east of the W.P. Franklin Lock near Olga and Fort Myers. The Ortona Lock and Dam were constructed in 1937 for navigation and flood control purposes. The Ortona Lock is one of five locks located along the 152-mile Okeechobee Waterway, which allows safe passage of vessels from the Atlantic Ocean near Stuart to the Gulf of Mexico at Fort Myers.

    Learn more about the Ortona Lock: http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/OrtonaLock

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    Tags: Caloosahatchee, Ft. Myers, Fort Myers, Jacksonville District, manatee protections system, manatee, navigation, notice to navigation, Ortona Lock, Okeechobee Waterway, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, USACE

    Erica Skolte
    Public Affairs Specialist
    Corporate Communications Office
    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District
    Palm Beach Gardens
    NOTE: NEW OFFICE PHONE 561-340-1527
    Cell:  561-801-5734
    erica.a.skolte@usace.army.mil
    Twitter @JaxStrong
    Jacksonville District Facebook:
    https://www.facebook.com/JacksonvilleDistrict
    Jacksonville District: A team of professionals making tomorrow better

     

    Click Here To View the Okeechobee Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory Listing For Ortona Lock

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Ortona Lock

  • LNM: Florida Bridge Closures for July 4th Fireworks

    There will be a number Waterway bridges that close to navigation due to fireworks celebrations which typically run from 9 PM to 11PM. Slow speed and extreme caution is recommended for spectator boats, especially following the displays. These three are listed in week 24/18 of District 7 Local Notices. More are sure to follow.

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

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

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Lake Ave Bridge

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window Zoomed To the Location of Lake Ave Bridge

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For NE 14th St Bridge

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window Zoomed To the Location of NE 14th St Bridge

  • LNM: Destroyed ICW Daybeacon 21B, Statute Mile 359, Myrtle Beach, SC


    This destroyed Waterway daybeacon 21B is on the southeast side of the channel south of Myrtle Beach.

    SOUTH CAROLINA – AICW – MYRTLE GROVE SOUND AND CAPE FEAR RIVER TO CASINO CREEK – LITTLE RIVER-WINYAH BAY: Hazard to Navigation.
    Little River-Winyah Bay Daybeacon 21B (LLNR 33705.5) destroyed. Wreckage is marked with a TRLB WR 21B displaying FL Q W characteristic.

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window Zoomed To the Location of Daybeacon 21B

  • LNM: Shoaling Survey, Sampit River, Georgetown, SC, AICW Statute Mile 403


    Georgetown, South Carolina

    Georgetown, A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is a must stop of Waterway cruisers and caution is called for when entering the harbor channel off Sampit Point.

    SOUTH CAROLINA – WINYAH BAY – SAMPIT POINT: Shoaling
    The U.S. Coast Guard received a report of extreme shoaling and a possible hazard to navigation in the entrance to the Steel Mill Channel. See below for the USACOE survey of the area. Chart 11532 LNM 24/18

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  • LNM: Cape Fear Memorial Bridge Reduced Clearance, Cape Fear River, Wilmington, NC


    The Cape Fear Memorial Bridge, with a closed vertical clearance of 65ft – reduced to 57ft via this maintenance, crosses the Cape Fear south of downtown Wilmington. Unless piggy-backing on a 4hr opening, sailing vessels needing 65ft will be unable to access downtown dockage or marinas.

    Cape Fear River – US 17 Cape Fear Memorial Bridge – Bridge will be maintained in the closed-to-navigation position and will require a four hour advanced notice to open from 12:01 a.m. on June 15, 2018, to 5 p.m. on November 30, 2018, for maintenance. A work platform will be attached underneath the movable span and will reduce the vertical clearance to 57ft in the closed position and 127ft in the open position. Vessels able to pass through the bridge in the closed position may do so at any time. The bridge will not be able to open for emergencies and there is no immediate alternate route for vessels unable to pass through the bridge in the closed position. Mariners should use caution when transiting the area. Chart 11537 LNM 24/18

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window Zoomed To the Location of US 17 Bridge

  • LNM: Safety Zone, June 14-30, southwest of Pensacola Bay


    This safety zone, related to unexploded ordnance, appears to be southwest of the Caucus Channel into western Pensacola Bay.

    FL – GULF OF MEXICO – PENSACOLA – Safety Zone
    The U.S. Coast Guard COTP Mobile under the Ports and Waterways Safety Act, is establishing a Safety Zone for all waters of the Gulf of Mexico within the approximate positions 30-17-47.65N 087-21-36.5W; 30-17-47.65N 087-19-39.8W; 30-16-06.35N 087-19-39.8W; and 30-16-06.35N 087-21-36.5W, near Fort Pickens in Pensacola, FL. The Safety Zone is necessary to protect persons, vessels, and the marine environment from potential hazards associated with the detonation of unexploded ordnance. This Safety Zone will be enforceable from June 14, 2018 until June 30, 2018. No vessel may enter this Safety Zone without permission from the U.S. Coast Guard COTP Mobile or their designated representative. For further information, mariners can contact U.S. Coast Guard Sector Mobile, at (251) 441-5976.
    Charts 411 11378 11382 11385 LNM 24/18

  • LNM: Military Exercise, June 16-18, south of Pensacola, FL

    Local Gulf boaters are accustomed to military drills in their waters, but this one – with anchored mannequins – is a bit different!

    FL – GULF OF MEXICO – PENSACOLA – Military Operations
    The U.S. Coast Guard Research and Development Center will be conducting a military exercise in the Gulf of Mexico, south of Pensacola, FL., from June 16, 2018 until June 18, 2018. The U.S. Coast Guard will have mannequins or simulated persons wearing life jackets anchored in the water. Mariners are urged to use caution when transiting the area, keep a sharp lookout and do not disturb these anchored test objects. For up-to-date information, mariners can contact the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Mobile, at (251) 441-5976 or the USCGC Decisive via VHF-FM Channel 16.
    Charts 411 11378 11382 11385 LNM 24/18

  • LNM: Diving Operation, northern Harbor Reach Channel, 6/19-6/22, Norfolk, VA


    This diving operation is on the western edge of the Waterway channel (Harbor Reach Channel) through Hampton Roads, off Sewells Point.


    SEC HR BNM 342-18
    VA – CHESAPEAKE BAY – ELIZABETH RIVER

    MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT THE U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS WILL BE PERFORMING DIVE AND CRANE OPERATIONS IN THE VICINITY OF ELIZABETH RIVER CHANNEL LIGHTED BUOY 8 (LLNR 9500) OF THE NORFOLK HARBOR REACH CHANNEL AND ADJACENT ANCHORAGE BEGINNING JUNE 19, 2018 THROUGH JUNE 22, 2018, DURING DAYLIGHT HOURS ONLY. THE MOTOR VESSEL EWELL WILL BE ANCHORED ON SCENE AND UNABLE TO RELOCATE. IT IS REQUESTED MARINERS CONTACT THEM ON VHF CHANNELS 13 AND 16 TO ENSURE SAFE PASSAGE. THE PROJECT SUPERVISOR, SCOTT TITUS CAN BE REACHED DIRECTLY AT (757) 201 -7665 OR (757) 790-3338. MARINERS ARE REQUESTED TO USE CAUTION AND REMAIN CLEAR OF THIS OPERATION WHILE TRANSITING THE AREA.

  • LNM: Tropical Storm and Hurricane Operations at Locks

    Our thanks to Specialist Erica Skolte for this valuable information on storm procedures at Florida’s locks.

    Notice to Navigation 2018-009 Tropical Storm and Hurricane Operations at Locks
    http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/NTNTropicalStormAndHurricaneOpsAtLocks/

    NOTICE TO NAVIGATION INTERESTS
    READ MORE!

    JACKSONVILLE DISTRICT LOCAL NUMBER: 2018-009
    ATTN: CESAJ-OD-SN WATERWAY: OKEECHOBEEE WATERWAY &
    PO Box 4970 CANAVERAL HARBOR
    JACKSONVILLE, FL 32232-0019 EFFECTIVE: 06/01/2018 00:00 thru 11/30/2018 24:00 EST

    POC: Gary Hipkins, South Florida Operations Office, 863-983-8101
    http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/Navigation/NoticestoNavigation.aspx

    OKEECHOBEE WATERWAY AND CANAVERAL HARBOR
    LOCK OPERATIONS DURING
    TROPICAL STORMS AND HURRICANES

    REFERENCES:
    a. 33 CFR Navigation and Navigable Waters

    1. Notice to Navigation
    Notice is given that 72 hours prior to a Tropical Storm or Hurricane making local landfall, locks will be open 7 AM to 10 PM supporting vessel safe harbor passage. Lock operations will stop 8 hours prior to landfall, as railroad and drawbridges will be lowered or rotated and locked into a secure position. It’s important that all vessels are at their intended destination before bridges are secured and passage across the waterway suspended.

    For Lock Operator safety, the locks will:
    1. Stop locking vessels or working outdoors if lightning is observed within five miles of the lock, and operations will not resume until lightning has not been seen in the area for 30 minutes.
    2. Stop locking vessels when winds exceed 35 MPH.
    3. Stop locking at local official’s area evacuation time limit.

    Lock dolphins and approach walls are not to be used for mooring except as defined below:
    TITLE 33–NAVIGATION AND NAVIGABLE WATERS
    Sec. 207.160 All waterways tributary to the Atlantic Ocean south of Chesapeake Bay and all waterways Marks, Fla.; use, administration, and navigation.

    (ii) The mooring of vessels or rafts near the approaches to locks except while waiting for lockage, or at other places in the pools where such mooring interferes with general navigation of the waterway is prohibited.

    After a storm, it could be days or weeks before the waterway is reopened, depending on damage to structures and how quickly debris creating navigation hazards can be removed. When locking is resumed, it will be at the site’s normal locking hours: Okeechobee Waterway Locks from 7 AM to 5 PM, Canaveral Harbor Lock 6 AM to 9:30 PM.

    For up-to-date Lock information, contact the shift operator at:

    Okeechobee Waterway Locks from 7 AM to 5 PM;
    St. Lucie Lock & Dam 772-287-2665
    Port Mayaca Lock & Dam 561-924-2858
    Moore Haven Lock & Dam 863-946-0414
    Ortona Lock & Dam 863-675-0616
    W.P. Franklin Lock & Dam 239-694-5451
    Canaveral Harbor Lock 6 AM to 9:30 PM;
    Canaveral Lock 321-783-5421

    //signed//

    Carl M. Williams,
    for Gary.L.Hipkins,
    Chief Navigation &
    Flood Risk Management
    South Florida Operations

    Thanks for getting the word out!
    Erica

    Erica Skolte
    Public Affairs Specialist
    Corporate Communications Office
    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District
    Palm Beach Gardens
    NOTE: NEW OFFICE PHONE 561-340-1527
    Cell: 561-801-5734
    erica.a.skolte@usace.army.mil
    Twitter @JaxStrong
    Jacksonville District Facebook:
    https://www.facebook.com/JacksonvilleDistrict
    Jacksonville District: A team of professionals making tomorrow better

  • NAV ALERT: LNM: Missing Light 16, east of Statute Mile 1089, 6/6/2108


    This missing non-ICW light is east of the Waterway and at the western end of  Dodge Island Cut in northern Biscayne Bay.

    FLORIDA – MIAMI HARBOR – FISHERMANS CHANNEL: Hazard to Navigation
    Fishermans Channel Light 18 (LLNR 10715.5) is missing. The steel pile may be lying flat on the bottom and may pose a hazard to navigation. A TRLB WR18 displaying Fl Q R, 4M characteristics is on scene.

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Dodge Island Cut

  • NAV ALERT: LNM: Exposed Piping near Anchorages, east of AICW Statute Mile 1085, 6/6/2018


    This hazard is in waters east of the Waterway near popular anchorages east of Hibiscus Island and Star Island in northern Biscayne Bay.

    FLORIDA – AICW – WEST PALM BEACH TO MIAMI – MIAMI HARBOR – BISCAYNE BAY: Hazard to Navigation
    There is exposed piping between Star Island and Hibiscus Island posing a hazard to navigation. A temporary Lighted Buoy “Star Island Lighted Danger Buoy” is established in position 25-46-46.239N / 080-09-14.264W displaying FL Q W characteristics to mark the hazard. Chart 11468 LNM 23/18

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Danger Buoy

  • LNM: Free Coast Guard Band Concert, June 6, 7PM, Portsmouth, VA

    united states coast guard 

    News Release  

    U.S. Coast Guard 5th District Mid-Atlantic
    Contact: 5th District Public Affairs
    Office: (757) 398-6272
    After Hours: (757) 434-7712
    5th District online newsroom

    Coast Guard Band to perform free concert in Portsmouth, VA

    Coast Guard Musician 1st Class Megan Weikleenget, of Buffalo, New York, a soprano, is a featured soloist with the United States Coast Guard band, at the University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware, May 30, 2018. The band, a 55-member ensemble, performed works by Leonard Bernstein, John Philip Sousa, Richard Wagner and others, as it kicked off a 12-day tour in the Coast Guard Mid-Atlantic region aimed at fostering goodwill and strengthening relations between the Coast Guard and the American public. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Lisa Ferdinando 

    Coast Guard Senior Chief Musician Mark McCormick, from St. Louis, Missouri, plays string bass with the United States Coast Guard band, at the University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware, May 30, 2018. The band, a 55-member ensemble, performed works by Leonard Bernstein, John Philip Sousa, Richard Wagner and others, as it kicked off a 12-day tour in the Coast Guard Mid-Atlantic region aimed at fostering goodwill and strengthening relations between the Coast Guard and the American public. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Lisa Ferdinando

    Editors’ Note: Click on images to download high resolution version.

    PORTSMOUTH — The Coast Guard Band is scheduled to perform a free public concert Wednesday, June 6, at 7 p.m., at Willet Hall in Portsmouth, Virginia as part of the band’s 2018 mid-Atlantic concert tour.

     

    Lt. Cmdr. Adam Williamson leads an engaging program with works by Bernstein, Wagner, Sousa and others. Dazzling soloists include soprano Petty Officer 1st Class Megan Weikleenget, as well as instrumentalists from the band.

     

    To reserve your free concert tickets, visit https://uscgbandtour2018.ticketleap.com/portsmouth-va.

     

    The Coast Guard Band is the premier band representing the United States Coast Guard and the Department of Homeland Security. The 55-member ensemble is based at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut.

     

    For more information on the Coast Guard Band, visit www.uscg.mil/band, “like” us on Facebook, or call the concert information line at (860) 701-6826.

     

  • LNM: Reminder: Live Firing Exercises, Stones Bay and New River, NC


    These periodic and frequent restrictions to navigation do not involve the Waterway and are posted here to remind any cruiser who might be considering exploring New River and Stones Bay that these are live firing exercises. Stand Clear!

     


    SEC NC BNM 274-18

    NORTH CAROLINA – NEW RIVER – FIRING EXERCISES FROM 03 JUN TO 10 JUN 2018

    1. THE RESTRICTED AREAS IN THE NEW RIVER, AS SHOWN ON NATIONAL OCEAN SERVICE CHART 11543, WILL BE CLOSED TO NAVIGATION UP TO 15 NM SEAWARD IN STONE BAY RIFLE RANGE FIRING EXERCISES DURING THE FOLLOWING PERIODS:
    READ MORE!

    STONE CREEK SECTOR, STONE BAY SECTOR, TRAPS BAY SECTOR, COURTHOUSE BAY SECTOR, AND GREY POINT SECTOR WILL BE CLOSED TO NAVIGATION DUE TO FIRING EXERCISES 24 HOURS DAILY.

    2. FARNELL BAY SECTOR, MORGANS BAY SECTOR, AND JACKSONVILLE SECTOR WILL BE CLOSED TO NAVIGATION DUE TO FIRING EXERCISES FROM SUNRISE TO SUNSET.

    3. SHIP OPERATIONS CONSISTING OF LANDING CRAFT, AMPHIBIOUS VEHICLES, AND HELICOPTERS MAY BE CONDUCTED IN THE ONSLOW BEACH OPERATING AREA AND ALL SECTORS OF NEW RIVER TO INCLUDE DIVE OPERATIONS.

    4. DUE TO UNEXPLODED ORDNANCE ON BROWNS ISLAND AND IN THE ADJACENT WATERWAYS AND MARSH AREAS, BROWNS ISLAND IS OFF LIMITS TO ALL UNAUTHORIZED PERSONNEL. VESSELS MAY TRANSIT THE SURROUNDING WATERS, HOWEVER NO VESSEL SHALL BOTTOM FISH OR ANCHOR.

    5. RANGE CONTROL BOATS, MCIE-MCB CAMLEJ NORTH CAROLINA MONITOR CHANNEL 16 VHF-FM (156.8 MHZ) AND THE WORKING CHANNEL 82 VHF-FM (161.725 MHZ). RANGE CONTROL CAN BE REACHED BY PHONE AT 910-451-3064 OR 4449.

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window Zoomed To the Location of Stones Bay

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