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Eastern Florida Local Notice to Mariners Extracts

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 01-12-2011

PLEASE CAREFULLY READ OUR DISCLAIMER!
Below you will discover extracts the Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net has copied from the Local Notice to Mariners, that concern Eastern Florida waters. 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 LNTM extracts are listed below in chronological order, based on publishing date.

Seawall Construction in Dodge Island Cut, Miami Harbor, near AICW Statute Mile

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 04-16-2014

dodgeThis seawall construction is in the south entrance channel, Fishermans Channel, often used to avoid heavier traffic in the main channel. The construction area is on the north side of the Dodge Island Cut and should not impede navigation.

FLORIDA – MIAMI HARBOR – FISHERMANS CHANNEL – PORT OF MIAMI (DODGE ISLAND): Area 2 Seawall Construction.
Ebsary Foundation Company will commence seawall construction at the Port of Miami (Dodge Island) on or about April 21 until September 30, 2014. Operations will occur from 0700 to 1800 Monday through Friday. A barge will be working adjacent to the south side of Dodge Island. The barge is 48ft x 120ft deck barge with a 100Ton crane mounted on it. The barge will remain in the construction position 24/7. For further information contact Matthew Shiring at 305-325-0530 ext 108. Mariners are advised to minimize wake and proceed with caution.
Work Site Coordinates and Staging Area:
SE Corner: 25-46-18.86N 80-10-23.21W
NE Corner: 25-46-20.10N 80-10-22.42W
NW Corner: 25-46-22.64N 80-10-28.18W
SW Corner: 25-46-20.83N 80-10-28.31W
Chart 11468 LNM: 15/14

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“Danger Shoal” Marker Missing, Port Everglades Inlet Channel, near AICW Statute Mile 1066

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 04-16-2014

Port Everglades Entrance Channel - Click for Chartview

Port Everglades Entrance Channel – Click for Chartview

This missing Danger Shoal warning is on the south side of the Port Everglades Inlet channel and marks a Submerged Breakwater.

SEACOAST FLORIDA – PORT EVERGLADES: Hazard to Navigation
Port Everglades Spoil Bank East DBN (LLNR 805) is reported missing both daymarks worded “Danger Shoal”. The aid is a steel pile which can pose as a hazard to navigation. Particular attention and extreme caution is advised.
Chart 11466 LNM: 15/14

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Missing AICW Aid to Navigation at Peck Lake, Statute Mile 992, April 10, 2014

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 04-10-2014

The missing light reported below in this article cherry picked from the latest Local Notice to Mariners, is supposed to lie on the east side of a narrow section of the AICW channel as it passes through the western reach of Peck Lake, a popular anchorage until recently when it became a staging area for dredge equipment, essentially blocking all anchor space. See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=127917
FLORIDA – AICW – PECK LAKE: Hazard to Navigation.
Peck Lake Light 19 (LLNR 46050) is destroyed. The remains of the steel pile is submerged and is a hazard to navigation. A TRLB “WR19″, Fl Q G in position 27-06-51.983N/080-08-40.355W is 6 yards channelward of the destroyed LT. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11472 LNM: 14/14

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Shoaling/Dredging in St. Lucie Inlet, near AICW Statute Mile 987

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 04-09-2014

St. Lucie Inlet – Click for Chartview

Dredging is underway in the St. Lucie Inlet (http://cruisersnet.net/?p=129722) making navigation with shoaling even more challenging. St. Lucie Inlet intersects the Waterway and the eastern genesis of the Okeechobee Waterway near Stuart, FL at AICW Statute Mile 987. The shoaling described below refers to the Inlet channel, not the intersection with the Waterway.

FLORIDA – PALM SHORES TO WEST PALM BEACH – ST LUCIE INLET: Shoaling.
The Coast Guard has received a report of shoaling in the St Lucie Inlet on the green side of the channel between St Lucie Inlet Buoy 5 (LLNR 10125) and St Lucie Inlet Buoy 7 (LLNR 10135). Water depths at 5 feet have been reported. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution. Chart 11472 LNM:14/14

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Patience Required at Flagler Memorial Bridge, AICW Statute Mile 1021

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 04-04-2014

West Palm Beach Bridges – Click for Chartview

This latest update on the opening schedule for Flagler Memorial Bridge from week 47/13 comes from Officer Michael Lieberem, 7th District, USCG. Flagler Memorial Bridge, with a closed vertical clearance of 17ft, crosses the Waterway and Lake Worth at Statute Mile 1021, south of AICW marker #10. With the unusual construction circumstances, even more changes are to be expected.

Currently the Flagler Memorial Bridge is closed to road traffic. There has been a slight settling that resulted in the spans not properly locking together. It may be associated with the construction of a new bridge immediately south of the old bridge. The DOT are estimating that repairs will be completed by Nov 25. Right now (Nov 17) the spans are kept in the open position. Contact the bridge before passing as the spans may close during the repair process. Also note the recent LNM and changes to the chart 11472 modifying the clearances during construction of the new bridge.
Bruce Jones

Officer Lieberem responds and confirms:
This is correct; however they will need to lower and raise the bridge to ensure proper alignment of the locking mechanism, to the bridge may be down at times when boaters are coming to the bridge. It will open on schedule during these times. As of the 25th, the bridge will be placed on the schedule as outlined in the current BNM and the next LNM article below and will need to remain on the schedule for a long time.

FLORIDA – ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY – PALM SHORES TO WEST PALM BEACH – FLAGLER MEMORIAL BRIDGE: 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.

The Flagler Memorial Bridge opening schedule has been changed starting November 25, 2013, to once an hour on the quarter-hour except that from 8:16 a.m. to 9:14 a.m. and from 4:16 p.m. to 5:14 p.m. the bridge will be allowed to remain closed to navigation with no exemptions except for emergencies. The Royal Park Bridge and Southern Boulevard bridges will resume their normal operating schedules per 33 CFR 117 on December 2, 2013.

While the new Flagler Memorial Bridge is under construction, the following emergency plan will remain in effect with no exceptions except for emergencies:

If an emergency occurs and the Flagler Memorial Bridge is left in the open to navigation position, all vehicle traffic will be detoured to the bridges to the south. For this reason, the Royal Park Bridge will be on an hourly schedule at the quarter-hour, except that from 8:16 a.m. to 10:14 a.m. and from 4:16 p.m. to 6:14 p.m. this bridge will be allowed to remain closed to navigation. The Southern Boulevard Bridge will remain on the twice an hour schedule (top of the hour and bottom of the hour), except that from 8:31 a.m. to 9:59 a.m. and from 4:31 p.m. to 5:59 p.m. this bridge will be allowed to remain closed to navigation.
Michael Lieberum
Seventh Coast Guard District
Bridge Branch
Chief of Operations Section

Only opening on hour on Wednesday. Royal park on restriction also.
Patty Hamilton

We just went through the bridges today [4/5/2014]. The Royal Park bridge is on the 1/2 hr & hr.
The Southern Blvd bridge is on the 1/4 & 3/4 hr.
George Grafer, time out

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Severe Shoaling and Dredging at Bakers Haulover/AICW Intersection Problem Stretch, Statute Mile 1080, April 2, 2014

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 04-02-2014

Bakers Haulover/AICW Intersection - Click for Chartview

Bakers Haulover/AICW Intersection – Click for Chartview

This severe shoaling described below lies at the intersection of the Waterway and Bakers Haulover Inlet. And while dredging is currently underway, see LNM http://cruisersnet.net/?p=135349, caution must be observed when navigating this stretch. This section of the Eastern Florida Waterway has long been designated as an AICW Problem Stretch due to persistent shoaling. The presence of dredging equipment in addition to shoaling makes for even more hazardous conditions.

FLORIDA – AICW – WEST PALM BEACH TO MIAMI – BISCAYNE BAY – BAKERS HAULOVER INLET: Severe Shoaling.
Severe shoaling continues to encroach the Intracoastal Waterway near Bakers Haulover Inlet. The shoaling has been reported most severe in the vicinity of Biscayne Bay Buoy 7B (LLNR 47828) south to Biscayne Bay DBN 11 (47840) and from Biscayne Bay 6A (LLNR 47820) to Biscayne Bay DBN 8 (LLNR 47830). As of March 25, 2104, the available channel depth was recorded to be around 5 feet at low tide in various places. The area is subject to frequent changes in depth and channel width due to the shifting shoals and dredge operation. Mariners should contact the dredge
JENNI Lea II on VHF channel 13, 16 or 78 for safe passing arrangements as the dredge frequently occupies the majority of the channel. Chart 11467 LNM: 13/14

We went through this sector of the ICW in mid-March and it was extremely touch-and-go for our 5-foot draft sailboat. I kept bow watch, advising Scott to stay off the green side where the shoaling is worst but at one point he couldn’t get over to the red side any further, we were plowing through sand IN the channel. Next time we transit this area we will probably duck outside. It’s a beautiful location inside the confines of a nice public park, but you can’t enjoy the scenery when you’re doing your utmost to avoid running aground.
Scott and Cyndi Perkins

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Discontinued AICW Marker #6B, Statute Mile 1080, Bakers Haulover Problem Stretch, March 26. 2014

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 03-26-2014

Bakers Haulover/AICW Intersection - Click for Chartview

Bakers Haulover/AICW Intersection – Click for Chartview

This discontinued Waterway buoy had marked the western side of the narrow channel through a Problem Stretch noted for frequent shoaling. The marker was removed in 2011 but still shows on charts, as shown in the accompanying charts.

FLORIDA – AICW – MIAMI – BAKERS HAULOVER INLET: Biscayne Bay Buoy 6B
Biscayne Bay Buoy 6B was permanently disestablished in 2011. Biscayne Bay Buoy 6B still appears on navigational chart #11467. The aid does not exist. All mariners are advised to exercise caution while transiting the area.
Chart 11467 LNM:12/14

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Hazard: Nine Mile Point Aid to Navigation Destroyed, St. Johns River, North of Palatka, FL, March 26, 2014

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 03-26-2014

Nine Mile Point - Click for Chartview

Nine Mile Point – Click for Chartview

This missing aid to navigation marks a prominent western shore projection into the St. Johns, approximately 8 nautical miles north of Palatka.

FLORIDA – ST JOHNS RIVER: Hazard to Navigation
Nine Mile Point LT 36 (LLNR 9750) is destroyed. The remains of the pile are leaning and are a hazard to navigation. A TRLB WR36, Fl Q R characteristics is set 10 yards channelward in position 29-46-27.965N 081-33-09.282W. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11487, 11492 LNM: 12/14

Can someone post a photo of the current condition of this marker? This is an important marker even for small craft as it protects a hard sandbar that projects eastward into the river where boaters are making the turn northward when heading downriver or westward when cruising to Palatka and points south. I have pulled several sailboats off this bar after they ignored this marker.
David Burnham

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Update: St. Lucie Inlet Dredging to be Completed By May 2014, near AICW Statute Mile 987

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 02-26-2014

St. Lucie Inlet – Click for Chartview

St. Lucie Inlet intersects the Waterway and the eastern genesis of the Okeechobee Waterway near Stuart, FL at AICW Statute Mile 987. The dredging described below refers to work in the Inlet channel, not the Waterway.

FLORIDA-AICW-PALM SHORES TO WEST PALM BEACH-ST LUCIE INLET: Dredge Operations, (UPDATE: Completion Date).
Cashman Dredging and Marine Contracting Co., LLC will continue dredge operations with Dredge “CAPTAIN AJ FOURNIER” in the channel at St Lucie Inlet and the adjoining impoundment basin to their authorized depths. Material will be loaded into hopper barges and transported approximately 5.5 miles south of the inlet, down the Intracoastal Waterway, to Pecks Lake, where the barge unloader “Bean 20” will be moored. The dredge material will then be pumped onto the beach through a submerged pipeline. The dredging activities will extend approximately 300 feet eastward and approximately 2,300’ westward from the entrance of the jetties. The dredge will be supported by the crew launch/survey vessel “Cape Elizabeth”. All vessels will monitor VHF channels 13, 16, and use 74 as the working channel. The dredge will operate 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Operations will wrap up on or about 01 May 2014. Mariners are urged to transit at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made.
Temporarily Relocated due to Dredge Operations: Ref LNM 44/13
St Lucie Inlet B5 (LLNR 10125 relocated to position 27-09-05.194N/080-09-08.576W
St Lucie Inlet B7 (LLNR 10135) relocated to position 27-09-58.691N/080-09-33.568W
Temporarily Discontinued due to Dredge Operations: Ref LNM 03/14
Chart 11472 LNM: 08/14

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Dredging To Begin in Sebastian Inlet, near AICW Statute Mile 936

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 02-12-2014

No completion date or scope is given for this dredging project, but be alert for dredges, barges and submerged pipelines in the inlet which intersects the Waterway between Melbourne and Vero Beach, FL. Navigation of Sebastian Inlet is restricted by a fixed bridge with a vertical clearance of 37ft.

FLORIDA-PALM SHORES TO WEST PALM BEACH-SEBASTIAN INLET CHANNEL: Dredge Operations
Orion Marine Construction will commence hydraulic dredge operations in Sebastian Inlet, Sebastian, Florida. Operations will occur in the vicinity of private Aids – Sebastian Inlet Channel Buoy 1A (LLNR 9730) and buoy 3A (LLNR 9740.1) on or around February 25, 2014 completion date is (TBD). The Dredge JERI-B will be on scene monitoring VHF-FM channel 16 and working channel 78 days of Operation (7-days per week/24-hours per day). Floating rubber and submerged polyethylene pipeline associated with dredging operations will be utilized. Pipeline and vessels will be visibly lighted and marked. Mariners are urged to use extreme caution in the area transit at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake, and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. Further information contact Jared Rackley (904) 868-9498 or Mr. Prasong (904) 451-3216. Chart 11472 LNM: 06/14

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Repairs Temporarily Reduce Vertical Clearance to 28ft at Main Street Bridge, St. Johns River, Jacksonville FL

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 02-06-2014

Main Street Bridge – Click for Chartview

Having just posted a change in the charted closed vertical clearance from 40ft to 38ft (http://cruisersnet.net/?p=135339), this Local Notice to Mariners further temporarily reduces the clearance to 28ft! With all the bridge related clearance and opening issues in Jacksonville, only canoes and kayaks are currently viable on the St. Johns!

For more information on these repairs, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=134950

FLORIDA – ST JOHNS RIVER – MAIN STREET BRIDGE – JACKSONVILLE: Bridge Repairs.
The Coast Guard has approved a temporary change to the operating schedule of the Main Street Bridge across the St Johns River, Jacksonville, Florida, due to bridge repairs. From January 24 through December 30, 2014, the Main Street Bridge will open with a two hour advance notice between the 6:00 a.m. and 6:59 p.m. to the bridge tender either via VHF-FM channel 9 or by calling 904-891-2191. Between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 5:59 a.m. a four hour advance notice to the bridge tender will be required to receive an opening.
During the painting operation the contractor will be placing scaffolding under the bridge which will reduce the vertical clearance of the bridge up to 10 feet. [No dates have been published for the completion of the painting.] Chart: 11491 LNM: 05/14

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Temporary Replacement of Navigation Aids , Fishermans Channel, off AICW Statute Mile 1090

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 02-06-2014

Fishermans Channel - Click fro Chartview

Fishermans Channel – Click for Chartview

Fishermans Channel parallels the south side of Dodge Island in Miami Harbor and is often used when arriving or departing offshore to avoid large ship traffic in the Main Channel. Fishermans Channel intersects the Waterway at statute mile 1090.

FLORIDA–MIAMI HARBOR–MIAMI MAIN CHANNEL–FISHERMANS CHANNEL: Temporarily Disestablish and Replace Aids.
In preparation for the dredging of Government Cut, Fishermans Channel, and the Lummus Island Turning Basin, the following aids will be temporarily disestablished and replaced with temporary lighted buoys until further notice:
Miami Main Channel Light 15 (LLNR 10550)
Miami Main Channel Light 19 (LLNR 10740)
Fishermans Channel Light 5 (LLNR 10655)
Fishermans Channel Light 7 (LLNR 10660)
Fishermans Channel Light 9 (LLNR 10665)
Lummus Island Turning Basin Light A (LLNR 10675) temporarily renumbered to 9A
Lummus Island Turning Basin Light E (LLNR 10680.7) temporarily renumbered to 9E
Fishermans Channel Light 11 (LLNR 10685)
The above changes will begin on 04 February 2014 and all aids are anticipated to be temporarily converted to floating aids no later than 14 February 2014. For Coast Guard related issues, please contact Sector Miami Waterways Management Divison at: (305) 535-8724 or 8720. Chart 11468 LNM: 05/14

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Offshore Towers a Hazard, South Carolina to Cape Canaveral

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 08-06-2013

This is a Local Notice to Mariners for our cruising brethren who choose to avoid shallow parts of the Ditch by going offshore. These unlighted towers are roughly 40 nautical miles off the coasts of South Carolina and Georgia, from St. Catherines Sound to Cumberland Island.

SEACOAST-SOUTH CAROLINA-GEORGIA-CHARLESTON LIGHT TO CAPE CANAVERAL: Hazard to Navigation.
There are eight (8) offshore U.S. Navy Aircraft Towers charted as lighted. The towers are not lighted, they are no longer used, not maintained and in very poor condition. The towers pose a hazard to navigation and are slated for removal in the future.
The Positions of the (8) Towers:
31 03 00.0N, 80 26 59.4W
31 22 29.9N, 80 33 59.5W
31 13 00.1N, 80 06 59.7W
30 47 59.8N, 80 18 59.9W
30 56 30.4N, 80 44 59.7W
31 32 00.1N, 80 14 00.0W
31 49 00.4N, 80 16 29.5W
31 37 59.8N, 79 55 30.0W

Chart 11480

More on Continued Shoaling at AICW/Bakers Haulover Intersection Problem Stretch, Statute Mile 1080

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 07-15-2013

AICW/Bakers Haulover Intersection – Click for Chartview

This section of the Eastern Florida Waterway has long been designated as an AICW Problem Stretch due to persistent shoaling, as well as having a Navigation Alert due to a relocated marker at the southern end of AICW/Bakers Haulover Inlet intersection.
Note the use of the description “severe shoaling” in the article below, cherry picked from the latest Local Notice to Mariners! Clearly, captains whose vessels draws 3 feet or more should time their passage of these troubled waters for mid to high tide!

FLORIDA-ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY-BAKERS HAULOVER INLET: Shoaling.
The Coast Guard has received a report of severe shoaling in the Intracoastal Waterway in the vicinity of Bakers Haulover Inlet. The shoal is encroaching the channel from the east in between Biscayne Bay Buoy 7A (LLNR 47824) and Biscayne Bay Buoy 7B (LLNR 47828). Depths of less than 4ft have been reported during low tide near the center of the channel. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution when transiting the area. Chart 11467

July 15, 2013
Tide was dead low and I cleared the channel with my 40′ Azimut with a 4 ft. draft. There was a 70′ Azimut that ran aground, he did not favor the greens. FAVOR THE GREEN!!
Philip

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Aids to Navigation Battery Theft, St. Johns River, Sanford to DeBary, FL

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 07-10-2013

The Coast Guard is requesting our assistance in apprehending the culprits in the removal of batteries from navigational aids in the St. Johns River. PLEASE report any info you may have on this truly dumb stunt to the USCG at 386-427-3227.

FLORIDA-ST JOHNS RIVER: Stolen Equipment.
ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. – The Coast Guard is seeking information from the public about the theft of four batteries since the end of April from federally owned navigational aids in the St. Johns River from Sanford, Fla., to DeBary, Fla.
Non-functioning navigational aids, or aids that are functioning improperly, can endanger mariners who rely on them for safe navigation and may cause accidents.Each battery weighs approximately 40 pounds and costs $106.86. Navigational aids are essential in assisting mariners transiting waterways throughout the country.
Federal law prohibits vandalism of aids to navigation. Depending on the nature of the violation, persons could face maximum penalties upon conviction of up to 10 years imprisonment and as much as a $250,000 fine.
Mariners who observe vandalism to navigational aids, have more information about the stolen batteries, or who want to report nonfunctioning aids, may contact Petty Officer 1st Class Joseph Holt, the officer in charge of Aids to Navigation Team Ponce De Leon Inlet in New Smyrna Beach,
Fla., at 386-427-3227.

There’s only one word for these incredibly stupid idiots. KEELHAULED!!
Jack Kramer

Shoaling in St. Lucie River, Okeechobee Waterway, Statute Mile 1, Stuart, FL

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 05-08-2013

St. Lucie Shoaling - Click for Chartview

This shoaling is in a section known as Hell Gate just west of Sewall Point at the mouth of the St. Lucie River and near the easternmost section of the Okeechobee Waterway. The coordinates given in the Notice put the temporary buoy 17A in the middle of Sewall Point, but we have to assume it is near the charted green marker #17. Since the shoaling (charted) is encroaching from the west, favoring the green side of the channel is your best bet.

FLORIDA-INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY-ST. LUCIE INLET TO FT. MYERS AND LAKE OKEECHOBEE: Shoaling.
The Coast Guard has established St Lucie River Temp Buoy 17A in position 27-11-02.516N/080-11 49.228W. The Buoy marks a shoal that is encroaching the St Lucie River from the west. Mariners are urged to use caution while transiting the area.
Chart 11428

Claiborne,
That shoal has been encroaching VERY slowly for many years. It is high time NOAA revised the double dashed channel line; they should have ten years ago!
W.E. “Ted” Guy, Jr.

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Derelict Removal in Muddy Cove, Lake George, St. Johns River

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 04-09-2013

Muddy Cove - Click for Chartview

Muddy Cove is west of the St. Johns River channel just north of Lake George. This removal of derelict vessels is sure to please local residents.

FLORIDA-DUNNS CREEK TO LAKE DEXTER -ST JOHNS RIVER-LAKE GEORGE: Derelict Vessel Removals.
Southland development Inc will be removing 5 derelict vessels for Clay County from the area known as Muddy Cove in Lake George, Florida. There will be some temporary piling installed to secure the turbidity barrier around the derelict vessels being removed. All piling and turbidity curtains will be removed daily and caution buoys will be deployed at any area that depicts a temporary navigation hazard. There will be a crane barge with a lattice crane and a material barge onsite. The project is scheduled to begin April 9 and is expected to be completed by April 23, 2013. The Project POC is Mr. Wayne Konga (727) 237-1520. Mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. Chart 11495

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Missing Eastern Florida AICW Aid to Navigation #169, Statute Mile 959, 3/13/13

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 03-13-2013

Indian River Marker - Click for Chartview

This missing lighted marker, #169, flanks the Waterway’s eastern side along the AICW’s run along Indian River, north of Fort Pierce.

FLORIDA-INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY-PALM SHORES TO WEST PALM BEACH-INDIAN RIVER SOUTH SECTION: Hazard to Navigation.
Indian River South Section DBN 169 (LLNR 44825) is destroyed. A TRLB “WR169″ displaying Fl Q G characteristics is 5.51 yards channelward of the remains of the old structure. The remains of the old structure is 4Ft below the waterline. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution. Chart 11472

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AICW Shoaling Reported North of St. Augustine, Statute Mile 774

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 11-01-2012

Shoaling at Marker #54 - Click for Chartview

Back on 8/28/12, we posted a “Navigation Alert” message about shoaling north of St. Augustine, 1.5 nautical miles north of the Vilano Beach Bridge, and hard by marker #54 (see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=95521). Now, in the message below, cherry picked from the latest Local Notice to Mariners, we have confirmation of this shallow water.
ALL CRUISERS should be sure to take extra care as they pass marker #54, and LET US HEAR FROM YOU about your experiences along this stretch of the Waterway. Send us e-mail directly at CruisersNet@triad.twcbc.com, or click the “Contribute Cruising News” link/button, found at the top of this all (except) Chart View SSECN pages!

FLORIDA-ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY-TOLOMATO RIVER TO PALM SHORES-TOLOMATO RIVER: Shoaling.
The Coast Guard received a report of shoaling near Tolomato River Light 54 (LLNR 38830) north of St Augustine Inlet forming adjacent to the channel. Mariners are advised to exercise caution while transiting the area. Chart 11485

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