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    • Florida Keys Local Notice to Mariners Extracts

      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 LNM extracts are listed below in chronological order, based on publishing date.

    • LNM: Destroyed Daybeacons 22 and 23, Largo Sound, Key Largo, FL

      The entrance channel to John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park Marina is found off Hawk Channel, on the east side of Key Largo, at flashing red marker #2 which lies west, northwest of Hawk Channel marker #35 off Mosquito Bank. Largo Sound Mooring Field is managed by the State Park marina. These destroyed daybeacons marks the a charted channel at the southwest end of the Sound.

      Largo Sound Channel Daybeacon 22 (LLNR 11870) is destroyed. The steel pile may pose a hazard to navigation. Wreckage is marked with a TRLB displaying Fl Q R characteristics. Chart 11451 LNM 44/18

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    • LNM: Partially Submerged Vessel, Northwest Channel, Key West, FL

      This wreck appears to be on the inside shoulder of the East Jetty near an already charted wreck. The Northwest Channel is flanked by two jetties.

      The U.S. Coast Guard received a report of a partially submerged wreck on the East Jetty in the Northwest Channel, Key West, FL in approximate position 24-38-00.0 N/ 081-53-00.0 W. Due to heavy weather the wreck has started to break apart and debris may be present in adjacent waterways. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution and report all hazards to USCG Sector Key West via VHF-FM channel 16 or (305)292-8727. Chart 11441 LNM 41/18

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    • LNM: Utility Lines Removal, Key West Harbor Channel, Key West, FL

      Sunset Key is west of the Harbor District and Mallory Square in Key West separated from the mainland by the Key West Harbor Channel. Note the NO-WAKE requirement in the work area.

      Calaway Marine will be removing utility lines (surface and underwater) from Sunset Key to Pier B across the Main Ship Channel in Key West. Operations will commence August 22, 2018 and end approximately 90 days thereafter. Daily operating hours will be from 7:00am to 6:00pm. A Spud barge and multiple dive operations will be ongoing. Other equipment on scene will be a 160’ X 50’ft work barge and crane positioned within Key West Harbor Channel. Mariners are advised that National Marine Sanctuary regulations require vessels to operate at speeds less than 4 knots or in a manner to not create a wake within 100 yards of stationary vessels, which includes work barges. Mariners are advised to abide by all Navigation Rules and proceed with caution in the vicinity of the project. For more information, contact Sector Key West at (305)292-8727. Chart 11447 LNM 34/18

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    • 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.

      “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.”

      Comments from Cruisers (1)

      1. Maggie Ceili -  March 18, 2018 - 12:55 pm

        Pahlease. Too many morons to educate near Boca Grande and Don Pedro Island ! Why this area is not patrolled is beyond absurd. West Coast FL

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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.

      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

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