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  • Announcement: Florida Keys 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 Florida Keys 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.

  • 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

  • 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: List of Port Conditions

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    MIAMI — The Coast Guard continues to reopen ports throughout the southeastern United States following Hurricane Irma.

    Below is list of all ports in the Coast Guard’s Seventh District and their current port status.

    Despite ports being open, mariners are urged to use caution while transiting waters in areas impacted by Hurricane Irma. Following hurricanes and other tropical weather systems aids to navigation are often missing or damaged.  Additionally, debris is often swept out to sea from wind and storm surge.  Mariners are asked to report any missing or damaged aids to navigation and debris that may pose a danger to safe navigation to the Coast Guard via VHF FM marine radio channel 16 or by contacting the nearest Coast Guard sector.

     

    Florida

    Miami River

    • Open with no restrictions

    Port Canaveral

    • Open with no restrictions

    Port Everglades

    • Open with no restrictions

    Port of Fernandina

    • Open with no restictions

    Port Fort Pierce

    • Open with no restrictions

    Port of Jacksonville

    • Open with no restrictions 

    Port Key West

    • Closed

    Port Manatee

    • Open with no restrictions 

    Port Miami

    • Open with no restrictions

    Port Palm Beach

    • Open with no restrictions

    Port of St. Petersburg

    • Open with one way traffic restrictions near Egmount Key

    Port Tampa

    • Open with no restrictions 

    Fort Meyers

    •  Open with no restrictions 

    Puerto Rico

    •  All open with no restrictions

     

    South Carolina

    Beufort

    • Open with no restrictions

    Port of Charleston

    • Open with no restrictions

    Port of Georgetown

    • Open with no restrictions

     

    Georgia

    Port of Brunswick

    • Open with no restrictions

    Port of Savannah

    • Open with no restrictions

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    -USCG-

  • LNM: Coast Guard establishes Key West emergency phone line: (304) 433-3352

    Coast Guard establishes Key West emergency phone line

    KEY WEST, Fla., — The Coast Guard has established an emergency phone line for mariners in life-threatening situations in preparation for the anticipated loss of marine radio transmissions due to Hurricane Irma.  

    Mariners in need of emergency assistance are urged to contact (304) 433-3352 to reach the Coast Guard Sector Key West incident command post. Due to potential high-call volume, continue to call if the line is busy. 911 services should only be used for land-based emergencies.

    It is important to note this number is only for life-threatening maritime emergencies in the Florida Keys area.  Coast Guard response capabilities will be severely degraded or delayed due to severe weather as Hurricane Irma passes through the area. 

    Mariners are strongly discouraged from requesting life-saving assistance through social media.  Coast Guard access to social media feeds may be severely limited due to the effects of the storm.

    The Coast Guard urges mariners to seek safe shelter at this time and stay off the water as weather conditions continue to worsen throughout the region. 

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  • LNM: The Port of Key West is closed

    Coast Guard sets Port Condition Zulu, closes Port of Key West

    KEY WEST, Fla., — Effective 8 a.m.Friday, the Coast Guard set Port Condition Zulu for Captain of the Port Zone (COTP) Key West, Florida,  due to the expectation of sustained gale force winds generated by Hurricane Irma that may arrive within the next 12 hours.

    READ MORE!

    Based on the projected course and speed of Hurricane Irma, potential gale force winds of 39mph/35kts may impact the COTP zone Key West beginning Friday evening.

    The COTP is ordering Port Condition Zulu to be set as follows:

    • The Port of Key West is closed.
    • The COTP Key West has established a safety zone for the Port of Key West. As of 8 a.m., vesselsmay not enter or transit within this safety zone without the permission of the COTP. All vesselmovements are prohibited at this time, and all ship to shore operations must cease.
    • The Snake Creek Drawbridge will remain locked in the down position by FDOT until further notice.
    • Ensure that moorings are secured and remove potential flying debris, hazardous materials, and oil pollution hazards from dockside areas.
    • Hazardous materials should be removed from areas prone to flooding.
    • All practicable/reasonable measures should be taken to ensure maximum stability on all vessels.
    • All small craft that can be hauled out or placed on trailers should be secured. All other small craft should seek safe haven in sheltered locations.

    All marine interests must take action to ensure safety of the port and vessels. Future port conditions cannot be predicted with any degree of certainty, but provided the storm remains on the projected course and track, port stakeholders can expect sustained gale (39mph/35kts) force winds from a major hurricane are predictedwithin 12 hours.

    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. 

    “The Coast Guard is working with local, state, and federal partners to ensure they are aware of port condition changes and hurricane response preparations, ” said Key West Sector Commander Capt. Jeffrey Janszen.

    Mariners in distress should call Coast Guard Sector Key West Command Center at (304) 433-3352 or via VHF-FM channel 16.

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

    Information on how to prepare your boat or trailer for a hurricane can be found at the Coast Guard’s Storm Center webpage.

    For information on Hurricane Irma’s progress and hurricane preparedness, please visit the National Hurricane Center’s webpage.

  • LNM: Destroyed Approach Light, Back Route, Key West, FL, 6/15/2017


    This destroyed approach light is west of Fleming Key on the east side of Man of War Harbor just north of Key West.

    FLORIDA – KEY WEST HARBOR AND APPROACHES – GARRISON BIGHT CHANNEL: Hazard to Navigation
    Garrison Bight Channel Approach Light 2 (LLNR 14985) is destroyed. The remains of the steel pile may pose a hazard to navigation. Wreckage is marked with a TRLB WR2, displaying a Fl Q R light. Mariners are advised to exercise caution while transiting the area. Chart 11411 LNM 24/17

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

  • LNM: Damaged Marker, OWW 135, Fort Myers, FL, 4/20/2017


    This damaged, unspecified Florida Wildlife Commission marker is on the south side of the Okeechobee Waterway west of the fixed bridge at OWW Mile 135.

    FLORIDA – OKEECHOBEE WATERWAY – CALOOSAHATCHEE RIVER – Hazard To Navigation:
    The U.S. Coast Guard received a report from FWC that one of their markers is damaged in position 26-38-47N, -81-52-38W and may pose a hazard to navigation. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution when transiting the area.
    Chart 11428 LNM 16/17

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

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  • New American Shoal Light, Hawk Channel, Florida Keys


    American Shoal is south of Sugarloaf Key, on the south side of Hawk Channel. The new light is on the north side of the shoal.

    STRAITS OF FLORIDA – SOMBRERO KEY TO DRY TORTUGAS – LOOE KEY: THE FOLLOWING AID HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED
    AMERICAN SHOAL LIGHT has been established in position 24-31-32.470N 081-31-02.570W (LLNR 1015) displaying Fl W (4) 60s, 7NM.
    The old structure “American Shoal Light” (LLNR 1016) is unstable and the Coast Guard is unable to provide service due to safety concerns. All optic equipment and the RACON have been permanently discontinued. The old structure will be charted as Abandoned, structure is unstable and considered unsafe. Charts 411 11013 11434 11445 LNM 30/15

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of American Shoal

  • New Sombrero Key Light, Hawk Channel, Florida Keys


    Sombrero Key is south of Marathon and on the south side of the Hawk Channel. The new light is on the north side of the key.

    STRAITS OF FLORIDA – ALLIGATOR REEF TO SOMBRERO KEY – COFFINS PATCH: THE FOLLOWING AID HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED
    SOMBRERO KEY LIGHT has been established in position 24-37-40.080N 081-06-31.260W (LLNR 1001) displaying FL W (4) 60s, 7NM. The old structure “Sombrero Key Light” (LLNR 1000) is unstable and the Coast Guard is unable to provide service due to safety concerns. All optic equipment and the RACON have been permanently discontinued. The old structure will be charted as Abandoned, structure is unstable and considered unsafe. Chart 11452 LNM 30/15

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Sombrero Key

  • New Alligator Reef Light, Hawk Channel, Florida Keys


    Alligator Reef is on the southeast side of Hawk Channel and the new light is positioned at the northern tip of the reef.

    STRAITS OF FLORIDA – FOWEY ROCKS TO ALLIGATOR REEF – CHEECA ROCKS: THE FOLLOWING AID HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED
    ALLIGATOR REEF LIGHT has been established in position 24-51-04.800N 080-37-03.780W (LLNR 981) displaying Fl W (4) 60s, 7NM. The old structure “Alligator Reef Light” (LLNR 980) is unstable and the Coast Guard is unable to provide service due to safety concerns. All optic equipment and the RACON have been permanently discontinued. The old structure will be charted as Abandoned, structure is unstable and considered unsafe.
    Charts 411 11013 11420 11449 11450 11452 11460 LNM 30/15

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Alligator Reef

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  • Navy Dive Training, south of Key West Harbor, May 31- June 12, 2015


    This dive area is in the Straits of Florida just to the east of the main shipping channel into Key West to the north.

    FLORIDA – KEY WEST HARBOR AND APPROACHES – KEY WEST MAIN CHANNEL: NAVY DIVE TRAINING
    USNS GRAPPLE (T-ARS 53) will be anchored in a 3-point moor in the vicinity of 24º-26.9’N, 081º-46.7’W for Navy Dive Training Operations from 31 May – 05 Jun 2015 and from 08-12 Jun 2015. ALL VESSELS ARE TO REMAIN CLEAR OF A .5 NM RADIUS AT ALL TIMES. The aft tending anchor will be marked by two orange spherical buoys by day and each will have a flashing white strobe light by night. The buoys will remain in place from 31 May – 12 Jun 2015. GRAPPLE can be reached on VHF channel 16/13. Chart 11441 LNM: 21/15

  • Damaged Sections on Seven Mile Bridge, Statute Mile 1198, 9/4/2014


    Seven Mile Bridge crosses both Knight Key Channel (19ft fixed clearance) and Moser Channel (65ft fixed clearance) between Marathon (Vaca Key) and Little Duck Key. The damaged sections appear to be nearer the southern end of the bridge near Money Key.

    FLORIDA – FLORIDA KEYS – SOMBRERO KEY TO SAND KEY: Hazard to Navigation (Seven Mile Bridge Deterioration)
    The Coast Guard received a report of the historic Seven Mile Bridge, has experienced a collapse of (5) sections of cantilever overhang on the ocean side of the bridge in the area of MM 41.8 Overseas Highway (Position: N 24 41 368 – W 081 12 259) of the 5 sections that collapsed, (4) are hanging on the side of the bridge and one has fallen into the water and appears to be lying on the bottom in approximately 4ft of water. Mariners are advised to avoid the area and not cross under the structure. Chart 11442 LNM: 35/14

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Florida Keys Bridge Directory Listing For Seven Mile Bridge

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Seven Mile Bridge

  • Hazard to Navigation: Niles Channel – Off Hawk Channel Between Marathon and Key West, May 28, 2013

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    Niles Channel makes into the northern flank of the Florida Key’s Hawk Channel between Summerland Key and Ramrod Key. The underwater debris reported below is found near a recommended anchorage along Niles Channel’s northern tip, just south of the fixed bridge.

    FLORIDA-FLORIDA KEYS-BAHIA HONDA TO SUGARLOAF KEY-NILES CHANNEL: Hazard to Navigation – Niles Channel Fishing
    Pier Deterioration.
    Mariners are reminded of fallen debris from the old Niles Channel fishing bridge pier deteriorating. Parts of the fishing pier have fallen into the water in approximate position 24-39-36.0N/081-26-06.0W. Mariners are advised to remain clear of this structure and to use the main navigational channel when transiting the area. Chart 11445

    Click Here To View the Florida Keys Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Niles Channel Northern Anchorage

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at the Niles Channel Bridge

  • New Marker on Niles Channel Denotes Position of Sunken Debris (off Hawk Channel between Marathon and Key West), 1/19/12

    Niles Channel runs north from the Hawk Channel between Moser Channel (Marathon) and Key West, some 2 nautical miles east of Hawk Channel’s marker #50A. We list at least three anchorages available to cruisers along Niles Channel (linked below).
    The northernmost anchor down spot will be discovered just south of the 40 foot fixed bridge spanning the gap between Summerland and Ramrod Keys. And, the sunken debris, marked by the new aid to navigation detailed in the notice below, cherry picked from the Local Notice to Mariners, lies s short hop south of this northern anchorage.
    ALL mariners northbound on Niles Channel, whether to anchor or to continue navigation north of the bridge, need to be aware of the sunken debris marked by the “temporary buoy,” and take all measures necessary to keep clear!
    The Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net is declaring a Navigational Alert for these waters!

    FLORIDA- FLORIDA KEYS-BAHIA HONDA TO SUGARLOAF KEY–NILES CHANNEL: Temporary Buoy
    A temporary buoy has been placed at Niles Channel Bridge in approximate position 24-39-36.0N 081-26-06.0W marking fallen debris from the old Niles Channel Bridge fishing pier deteriorating. Mariners are advised to remain clear of this structure. Chart 11445

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position On Niles Channel Near the Postion of the New Marker Described Above
    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Florida Keys Anchorage Directory Listing For the Niles Channel Northern Anchorage

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Florida Keys Anchorage Directory Listing For the Niles Channel Southern Anchorage

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Florida Keys Anchorage Directory Listing For the Niles Channel–Pye Key Anchorage

  • Old Bahia Honda Bridge – Big Spanish Channel: Hazard to Navigation/Update, 1/6/11

    The Old Bahia Honda Bridge is a fixed bridge with a vertical clearance of 29 ft at statute mile 1205 just south of Seven Mile Bridge.

    LOCAL NOTICE TO MARINERS:
    It is reported that the Old Bahia Honda Bridge is rapidly deteriorating and many parts are hanging dangerously below the bridge. The
    channel at the east end of the bridge is the only clear safe passage. Mariners are advised to stay alert and transit the area with caution.
    Ref: LNM 31-08 through 52-09, 01 through 51-10 and BNM 128-08-KW and 141-08-KW Chart: 11442, 11448

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at the Bahia Honda Bridge

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