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  • Announcement: Eastern Florida 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, 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 LNM extracts are listed below in chronological order, based on publishing date.

  • LNM: Fender Repairs, Julia Tuttle Causeway Bridge, AICW Statute Mile 1087


    With a fixed clearance of 56ft, the Julia Tuttle Causeway Bridge crossed the Waterway in Miami Beach.

    FLORIDA – ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY – BISCAYNE BAY – JULIA TUTTLE CSWY (I-195) BRIDGE: Fender Repairs
    Shoreline Foundation, Inc. has been contracted by Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to remove and install new sections to the fender system on the Julia Tuttle Cswy Bridge. The project will begin approximately on 10/10/2018 and will continue thru 12/10/2018. READ MORE!

    During this time construction will consist of removing and installing approximately 30-40 lineal feet of the fender system. Tentative hours of operation will be 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., Monday thru Saturday. During construction, a barge will be located on the northwest side of the fender system outside of the navigational channel. The barge may be located on the west side of the channel blocking ½ of the channel on occasion for removal and installation of the fender system. During non-working hours, the channel will be clear. For waterways information or concerns, call or e-mail LT Samuel Rodriguez-Gonzalez, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Miami, Waterways Management Division; telephone 305-535-4307, email; Samuel.Rodriguez-gonzalez@uscg.mil.
    Ref: LNM 38-18 Chart: 11467

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory Listing For Julia Tuttle Bridge

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window Zoomed To the Location of Julia Tuttle Bridge

  • LNM: Damaged Manatee Zone Sign, near AICW Statute Mile 1083, Miami, FL


    This damaged and partially submerged sign is east of the Waterway and north of Biscayne Point.

    FLORIDA – WEST PALM BEACH TO MIAMI – MIAMI BEACH – INDIAN CREEK: Hazard to Navigation.
    The U.S. Coast Guard received a report of a submerged Manatee Protection Zone waterway marker in Indian Creek, Indian Creek Village, Miami Dade County in position 25-52.131N / 080-08.613W (25°52.1310N / 080°8.6130W, 25.868850 / -80.143550) . At low tide the marker is roughly 12″-16″ below the waterline. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11467 LNM 38/18

  • LNM: Okeechobee Lock Procedures in Hurricane Conditions

    Let’s hope we never need this information, but it should definitely be included in your Hurricane Procedures folder.

    OKEECHOBEE AND CANAVERAL LOCK OPERATIONS DURING TROPICAL STORMS AND HURRICANES: EFFECTIVE:08/26/2018 00:00 thru 12/31/2018 24:00 EST (REFERENCES: a. 33 CFR Navigation and Navigable Waters
    Notice to Navigation – 72 hours prior to a Tropical Storm or Hurricane making local landfall locks will be open 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM supporting vessel safe harbor passage. Lock operations will stop 8 hours prior to land fall as Rail Road 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 as passage across the waterway suspended.
    For Lock Operator safety the locks will: READ MORE!

    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.
    After a storm it could be days or weeks before the waterway is reopen depending on damage to structures and how quickly debris creating navigation hazards can be removed.
    For up to date Lock information contact the shift operator 7:00 AM and 5:00 PM at;
    Canaveral Lock 321-783-5421
    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 WP
    Franklin Lock & Dam 239-694-5451
    Chart 11428 11478 LNM 35/18
  • LNM: Bridge of Lions Closures, October 13-14, St. Augustine, FL, AICW Statute Mile 778


    With a closed vertical clearance of 18ft, the Bridge of Lions Bridge crosses the Waterway connecting the heart of downtown St. Augustine with St. Augustine Beach to the east.

    FLORIDA – ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY – TOLOMATO RIVER TO PALM SHORES – BRIDGE OF LIONS: Bridge Closure
    The Bridge of Lions across Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, St Augustine, Florida will be closed to navigation from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday October 13 and from 9:45 a.m. to 2:45 p. m. Sunday October 14, 2018 to facilitate the Bike MS: PGA Tour Cycle Event. Vessels that may pass through the bridge without an opening may do so at any time. Ref: LNM 36-18 Chart: 11485

    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

  • LNM: Schedule Variation, North Fort Pierce Bridge, Fort Pierce, FL, AICW Statute Mile 965


    With a closed vertical clearance of 25ft, the Fort Pierce North Bridge crosses the Waterway in Fort Pierce.

    FLORIDA – ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY – PALM SHORES TO WEST PALM BEACH – INDIAN RIVER – FORT PIERCE
    NORTH CAUSEWAY A1A (BANTY SAUDERS) BRIDGE: Rule Making.

    The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the Fort Pierce North Causeway A1A Bridge (Banty Sanders) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AICW), mile 964.8 at Fort Pierce, St Lucie County FL. This deviation will test a change to the drawbridge operation schedule to determine whether a permanent change to the schedule is needed. READ MORE!

    This deviation will allow the bridge to remain in the closed to navigation position from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Fort Pierce North Causeway A1A Bridge (Banty Sanders) across the AICW, mile 964.8 in Fort Pierce, St Lucie County, FL is a bascule bridge. It has a vertical clearance of 26 feet at mean high water in the closed position and a horizontal clearance of 90 feet. The bridge currently operates under CFR 117.5. There has been a large increase in vehicular traffic over the bridge in recent years due to
    large areas along the beach being developed for residential homes. This test deviation would provide for the bridge to operate on an advertised schedule for openings. The draw shall open on signal; except that, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday except Federal Holidays, Saturdays and Sundays, the draw will open three times per hour: on the hour, 20 minutes past the hour and 40 minutes past the hour. Vessels in distress, public vessels of the United States, and tugs with tows must be passed at any time. This deviation is effective from 7 a.m. on September 1, 2018 to 7 a.m. on February 28, 2019. You may submit comments identified by docket number USCG-2018-0729 using Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov. If you have questions on this test deviation, call or e-mail LT Samuel Rodrigues-Gonzalez, Sector Miami Waterways Management Division, U.S. Coast Guard; telephone 305-535-4307, e-mail Samuel.Rodriguez-Gonzalez@uscg.mil. Chart 11485 LNM 35/18

    Click Here To View the East Florida Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory Listing For N Fort Pierce Bridge

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  • LNM: Nightly Closures, 7PM-7AM, Musson/Coronado Beach Bridge, AICW Statute Mile 845


    With a closed vertical clearance of 24ft (reduced to 21ft during this maintenance), Coronado Beach Bridge crosses the Waterway in New Smyrna Beach.

    FLORIDA – ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY – TOLOMATO RIVER TO PALM SHORES – GEORGE MUSSON/CORONADO
    BEACH/NORTH CSWY (SR44) BRIDGE: Special Regulation/Bridge Repairs

    The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the George Musson/Coronado Beach (SR44) Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, mile 845, New Smyrna Beach, FL from August 13, 2018 through December 15,2018. READ MORE!

    Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) via Southern Road and Bridge LLC, has requested this temporary deviation from the operation. This deviation is necessary to facilitate the painting of the bridge and safety of the work crew. The bridge is a single-leaf bascule bridge and has a vertical clearance in the closed to navigation position of 24 feet at mean high water. The vertical clearance of the bridge will be reduced by 3 feet to 21 feet mean high water through the completion of the painting project in December of 2018. Under this temporary deviation, the bridge will remain in the closed to navigation position from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. nightly Sunday through Friday. The bridge will open every 3 hours at 10 p.m. 1 a.m. 4 a.m. and 7 a.m. with a one (1) hour advance notification. For further details contact Mr. Scott Lawrence at 903-821-4884 with Southern Road & Bridge LLC. For waterways related questions, contact Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville Waterways at (904) 714-7631 or via email at Jeremy.S.Bailey@uscg.mil. Chart 11485 LNM 33/18

    Click Here To View the VA to NC Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Musson/Coronado Beach Bridge

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window Zoomed To the Location of Coronado Beach Bridge

  • LNM: ICW Shoaling Reported, South Amelia River, AICW Statute Mile 726


    ICW Buoy 34 sits on the northern shoulder of the Waterway at the southern end of a narrow channel of the South Amelia River.

    FLORIDA – AICW – ST SIMONS SOUND – TOLOMATO RIVER – SOUTH AMELIA RIVER: Shoaling
    The U.S. Coast Guard has observed shoaling in South Amelia River in the vicinity of South Amelia River Daybeacon 34 (LLNR 38100) in position 30-34-15.435N / 081-28-00.227W (30°34.2572N / 081°28.0038W, 30.570954 / -81.466730) . The shoal has extended southwest in the channel.
    Chart 11489 LNM 33/18

  • LNM: Reminder of Indian River Shoaling at AICW Statute Mile 967


    This Week 29 Local Notice serves as a reminder of shoaling that has been around and reported for several years, see https://cruisersnet.net/157095.

    FLORIDA – AICW – PALM SHORES TO WEST PALM BEACH – INDIAN RIVER SOUTH SECTION: Temporary Aid Established to Mark Shoal.
    Indian River (South Section) Temp Lighted Buoy 188A has been established to mark an encroaching shoal from the west. The channel depth is approximately 2 feet MLW. The TRLB in position 27-26-57.691N / 080-18-53.059W (27°26.9615N / 080°18.8843W, 27.449359 / -80.314739) is displaying Fl Q R, 3M characteristic. Chart 11472 LNM 29/18

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Marker #188A

  • 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: 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: 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

  • LNM: Repairs on East Camino Real Bridge, AICW Statute Mile 1048, Boca Raton, FL


    Our thanks to Chris for this notice. The repairs are projected to be completed by October 9. Stay tuned for further updates. With a closed vertical clearance of 9ft, East Camino Real Bridge-crosses the ICW south of flashing daybeacon #67.

    The bridge is having maintenance done, will be stuck in the up position, any vessel over 40 ft in length or wider than 15 ft will need to contact the project manager for the bridge to arrange passage. As of 4-24-2018 they are requiring 6 hours notice to relocate the barge during business hours. 0900-1800
    Chris

    And here is the related Local Notice projecting an April 2019 completion date:

    FLORIDA – ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY – WEST PALM BEACH TO MIAMI – BOCA CLUB, CAMINO REAL BRIDGE:
    Bridge Repair.

    Construction on the Boca Club, Camino Real Bridge mile 1048.2 on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway at Boca Raton, Florida will begin April 12th, 2018. READ MORE!

    This work is scheduled to be completed April 12th, 2019. Onsite work will be performed Monday through Saturday from 7 am to 7 pm, with no work on Sunday. This work will consist of the following:
    1.) Repairs to the existing structural steel members.
    2.) Demolition of the Approach Spans to the East and West of the Bridge.
    3.) Reconstruction of the Existing Fender System
    4.) Demolition of the existing tender house. Reconstruction of a new tender house on the north-east side of the bridge.
    Impacts to Mariners will include a limited horizontal clearance through the bridge. The main channel will be reduced from approximately 85’ to 40’ due to construction equipment within the main channel. Mariners should maintain a slow speed and minimum wake through this construction area. For waterways questions, call or e-mail LT Ruth Sadowitz, Coast Guard Sector Miami, FL, Waterways Management Division, telephone 305-535-4307, email ruth.a.sadowitz@uscg.mil.

    UPDATE:
    The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the Camino Real (Boca Club) Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, mile 1048.2, at Boca Raton, FL. The deviation is necessary to facilitate the bridge rehabilitation project. This deviation allows the bridge single-leaf operations with advanced notice for a full bridge opening. This deviation is effective without actual notice from April 24, 2018 through 7 p.m. on October 9, 2018. READ MORE!

    Infrastructure South Co., on behalf of the bridge owner, Palm Beach County, has requested a temporary deviation from the current operating regulation that governs the Camino Real (Boca Club) Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, mile 1048.2, at Boca Raton, FL. The deviation is necessary to facilitate the bridge rehabilitation project. The existing bridge is a double-leaf bascule bridge with a vertical clearance of 10 feet at mean high water in the closed to navigation position and a horizontal clearance of 83 feet between the fender system. The existing bridge operating regulation is set out in 33 CFR 117.261(aa-1). Under this temporary deviation, on April 23, 2018 through October 9, 2018, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, the bridge will operate on single-leaf openings with a 6-hour advanced notice for a full opening. During non-working hours, the bridge will operate per the normal bridge operating schedule. The Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway is used by a variety of vessels including U.S. government vessels, small commercial vessels, recreational vessels and tugs and barge traffic. The Coast Guard has carefully considered the restrictions with waterway users in publishing this temporary deviation. Vessels able to pass through the bridge in the closed position may do so at anytime. The bridge will not be able to provide a full opening for emergencies and there is no immediate alternate route for vessels to pass. The Coast Guard will also inform the users of the waterways through our Local and Broadcast Notices to Mariners of the change in operating schedule for the bridge so that vessel operators can arrange their transits to minimize any impact caused by the temporary deviation. The docket for this deviation, USCG-2018-0356 is available at http://www.regulations.gov. Type the docket number in the “SEARCH” box and click “SEARCH”. Click on Open Docket Folder on the line associated with this deviation. If you have questions on this temporary deviation, call or e-mail LT Ruth Sadowitz, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Miami, Waterways Management Division; telephone 305-535-4307, email; ruth.a.sadowitz@uscg.mil.
    Ref: LNM 14-18 through 17-18 Chart: 11467

    Click Here To View the East Florida Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory Listing For East Camino Real Bridge

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window Zoomed To the Location of East Camino Real Bridge

  • LNM: Shoaling Reported, Matanzas River, north of Matanzas Inlet, AICW Statute Mile 792


    FLORIDA – AICW – TOLOMATO RIVER – PALM SHORES – MATANZAS RIVER: Shoaling
    Shoaling is protruding into the channel approximately 100 yards from the east to the west between Matanzas River Buoy 81A (LLNR 39535) and Matanzas River Buoy 81C (LLNR 39539). Aids have been relocated and re-established to shift the channel to the west to mark 8 feet at MLW.
    -Matanzas River Buoy 81A (LLNR 39535) relocated to position 29-43-05.621N / 081-14-47.006W (29°43.0937N / 081°14.7835W, 29.718228 / -81.246391)
    -Matanzas River Buoy 81B (LLNR 39537) relocated to position 29-42-58.118N / 081-14-49.107W (29°42.9686N / 081°14.8184W, 29.716144 / -81.246974)
    -Matanzas River Buoy 81C (LLNR 39539) re-established and relocated to position 29-42-52.526N / 081-14-45.797W (29°42.8755N / 081°14.7633W, 29.714591 / -81.246055)
    -Matanzas River Buoy 81D (LLNR 39540) remains temporarily discontinued (LNM 16/17)
    Chart 11485 LNM 15/18

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window Zoomed To the Location of Buoy 81A

  • LNM: Look Out for Manatees When Boating


    Chances of close encounters between Florida manatees and boaters increase in the spring.

    For manatees, it is the season when they leave their winter refuges and travel along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts and through inland waters. For boaters, it is a critical time to be on the lookout for manatees to avoid colliding with these large aquatic mammals. READ MORE!

    “Spring is a great time to go boating in Florida, but manatees are out there too. Please watch out for them,” said Ron Mezich, who heads the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) manatee management program.

    From April 1 through Nov. 15, seasonal manatee zones require boaters to slow down in certain areas to prevent manatees from being struck by motorboats or personal watercrafts. FWC law enforcement officers are on patrol in state waters to remind boaters of the seasonal manatee speed zones and take enforcement actions when appropriate.

    Since manatees are difficult to detect when underwater, operators of boats and personal watercrafts can help by:

    Wearing polarized sunglasses to help spot manatees.
    Looking for large circles on the water, also known as manatee footprints, indicating the presence of a manatee below.
    Looking for a snout sticking up out of the water.
    Following posted manatee zones while boating.
    Reporting an injured, distressed, sick or dead manatee to the FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922) or dialing #FWC or *FWC on a cellphone.
    FWC biologists, managers and law enforcement staff work closely with partners to evaluate current data and identify necessary actions to protect this iconic animal. Florida has invested over $2 million annually for manatee conservation, and the FWC works toward continued success for manatees in our state.

    Manatee zones and maps are available at MyFWC.com/Manatee, where you can select “Protection Zones” for links to county maps. Boaters can get tips from “A boater’s guide to living with Florida Manatees.” And if you want to see manatees in the wild or captivity, go to “Where are Florida’s Manatees?”

    To support the FWC’s manatee research, rescue and management efforts, purchase a “Save the Manatee” Florida license plate at BuyaPlate.com, or donate $5 to receive an FWC manatee decal by going to MyFWC.com/Manatee and clicking on “Decals.”

  • LNM: Severe AICW Shoaling, west of Bakers Haulover Inlet, AICW Statute Mile 1080, 8/9/2017


    This severe shoaling in the Waterway channel immediately west of Bakers Haulover Inlet.

    FLORIDA – AICW – WEST PALM BEACH TO MIAMI – BISCAYNE BAY: Severe Shoaling
    The U.S. Coast Guard received a report of severe shoaling in the vicinity of Bakers Haulover Buoy 7A (LLNR 47824 [25°54.1120N / 080°7.8605W, 25.901867 / -80.131009]) reducing the width of the channel to 20 yards. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO EXERCISE EXTREME CAUTION AND LOCAL KNOWLEDGE OF THE CHANNEL CONDITIONS IS RECOMMENDED BEFORE ATTEMPTING PASSAGE. Chart 11467 LNM 32/17

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Bakers Haulover Inlet

  • LNM: SHOALING, Sisters Creek, AICW Statute Mile 735


    This area of shoaling is between Fernandina and St. Johns River at the intersection of the Waterway and Ft. George River.

    FLORIDA – AICW – ST SIMONS SOUND – TOLOMATO RIVER – GUNNISON CUT AND SISTERS CREEK
    Shoaling has been reported between Gunnison Cut Light 72 (LLNR 38265 [30°26.9647N / 081°26.8891W, 30.449411 / -81.448152]) 30-26-57.881N, 081-26-53.346W (30°26.9647N / 081°26.8891W, 30.449411 / -81.448152) and Sisters Creek Light 75 (LLNR 38305 [30°26.3090N / 081°27.2400W, 30.438483 / -81.454000]) 30-26-18.540N, 081-27-14.400W (30°26.3090N / 081°27.2400W, 30.438483 / -81.454000) (30°26.309N / 081°27.24W, 30.438483 / -81.454) . Estimated depth was 5.5ft at mean lower low tide. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11489 LNM 18/17

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

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


    St. Lucie Inlet intersects the Waterway and the eastern genesis of the Okeechobee Waterway near Stuart, FL at AICW Statute Mile 987.

    FLORIDA – PALM SHORES TO WEST PALM BEACH – ST LUCIE INLET: Shoaling
    Shoaling has been reported inside the mouth of St Lucie Inlet. Depths as low as 7 feet have been reported in the center of the channel. Mariners are strongly encouraged to use extreme caution while transiting the area.
    Chart 11472 LNM 46/16

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of St. Lucie Inlet

  • Florida USACE Prepares for Matthew

    Our thanks to Communications Specialist Erica Skolte of the Jacksonville USACE for this notice.

    All,
    US Army Corps of Engineers is preparing for impacts from Hurricane Matthew. We have adjusted the operating hours at the locks on the Okeechobee Waterway, and are ensuring users of our recreation facilities are aware they may need to evacuate. More information is attached and copied below.
    Please contact me if you have questions. Thanks for your help.
    John H Campbell SAJ

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Corps prepares for Matthew; issues guidance to boaters & campers Read More



    As Hurricane Matthew makes its way through the Caribbean islands, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District is preparing to respond as needed and providing information to boaters and campers on operational adjustments that will take place at navigation locks and recreation facilities.

    The Jacksonville District activated its emergency operations center (EOC) at 7 a.m. today (Oct. 4). This action allows district staff to devote added attention to the response actions that might be necessary should Matthew cause impacts as it passes near Florida.

    “Our staff is coordinating with state and local officials,” said Candida Bronson, Acting Operations Division Chief for Jacksonville District. “We are adjusting our operations to ensure the safety of those who use our facilities and our staff in south Florida.”

    Jacksonville District is issuing the following guidance on its operations in south Florida:
    * For boaters, the Corps has extended operating hours for its navigation locks on the Okeechobee Waterway; they will operate from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 4) and Wednesday (Oct. 5). Operating hours on Thursday will depend on the track of the storm. To ensure safety of lock operators, the Corps will suspend operations when lightning is in the area, or when winds exceed 35 mph.
    * For campers and visitors to recreation sites, Jacksonville District park rangers will monitor conditions at Corps’ campgrounds and recreation areas. If a county government issues an evacuation order for mobile homes or RV parks in an area where there is a Corps’ campground or recreational facility, rangers will order an evacuation of the facility and advise on shelter locations. Visitors should move all campers, motor homes, tents, vessels, and trailers from facilities under evacuation orders.
    * Today, field staff are conducting a pre-storm evaluation of the Herbert Hoover Dike surrounding Lake Okeechobee. The current lake stage is 15.78 feet. While no immediate threat exists, the Corps advises people living and working around the lake to be prepared to take action should conditions warrant.

    More information on Jacksonville District response actions can be found at www.saj.usace.army.mil.

    John H Campbell
    Public Affairs Specialist
    Jacksonville District, US Army Corps of Engineers
    Jacksonville, FL
    Office: 904-232-1004
    Mobile: 904-614-9134

  • Shoaling in Indian River Marked with New NavAid, AICW Statute Mile 967


    This shoaling at Waterway Marker #188 was reported as on May 5 as a Nav Alert, /156695. Waterway Marker #188A has been added to indicate the shoaling.

    FLORIDA – AICW – PALM SHORES TO WEST PALM BEACH: Temporary Lighted Buoy Established to Mark Shoal.Indian River (South Section) Lighted Buoy 188A has been temporarily established in position 27-27-02.163N/080-18-54.202W (27°27.0361N / 080°18.9034W, 27.450601 / -80.315056) to mark a shoal encroaching the channel from the west. The TRLB has a Fl Q R light. Water depths were found as low as 4ft in the channel. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area.

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Marker #188A

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