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Archive For: –LNTM Okeechobee News

  • Announcement: Okeechobee Waterway 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 the Okeechobee Waterway. 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: High Flow and Low Water in St. Lucie Canal, OWW Statute Miles 15-39, 10/11/2017


    Port Mayaca Lock is at the western end of the St. Lucie Canal and marks the Okeechobee Waterway’s entry into eastern Lake Okeechobee. St. Lucie Lock, the easternmost Okeechobee lock, lies west of Stuart, FL near Okeechobee Waterway Statute Mile 15. Our thanks to Specialist Erica Skolte for this notice.

    Notice to Navigation: NTN 2017-013 Okeechobee Waterway C-44 St. Lucie Canal Low Water http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Portals/44/docs/Navigation/Notices/NTN2017/NTN2017-013OkeechobeeWaterwayC-44St.LucieCanalLowWater.pdf

    Okeechobee Waterway – St. Lucie Canal (C-44)
    High Flow and Low Water
    Hazardous Navigation

    Notice is given that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is advising commercial and recreational vessels to use extreme caution traveling the Okeechobee Waterway between Port Mayaca and St. Lucie Locks due to high current flowing east and low canal levels created by maximum lake releases. Recreational and commercial vessels are asked to use caution and be aware of higher than normal currents, shallow water and submerged objects when navigating through the St Lucie Canal (C-44) between Port Mayaca and St. Lucie Locks.
    READ MORE!

    For daily updated lake and route depths please see our website at: http://w3.saj.usace.army.mil/h2o/currentLL.shtml

    For up to date Lock information contact the shift operator 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at:
    St. Lucie Lock & Dam 772-287-2665
    Port Mayaca Lock & Dam 561-924-2858
    Thanks to everyone for helping to get 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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Port Mayaca Lock

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

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

    Click Here To View the Okeechobee Waterway Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory Listing For St. Lucie Lock

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

  • LNM: Sunken Vessel West of Ortona Lock, Okeechobee Waterway Statute Mile 95, 9/21/2017


    As stated below, this sunken vessel is one mile west of Ortona Lock. Noted also is the possibility of other submerged debris. Our thanks to Specialist Erica Skolte for this Local Notice.

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    Sunken sailboat creating hazardous navigation on Okeechobee Waterway

    Notice to Navigation 2017-011: http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Portals/44/docs/Navigation/Notices/NTN2017/NTN2017-011CaloosahatcheeRiverSunkenSailboat.pdf
    READ MORE!

    Notice is given that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is advising commercial and recreational vessels to use extreme caution traveling the Okeechobee Waterway in the Caloosahatchee River 1 mile west of Ortona Lock where a sailboat has sunk. Recreational and commercial vessels are asked to use caution and be aware of shallow water and submerged objects when navigating through this section of waterway. FWC and U.S. Coastguard have been notified. Actions to remove the vessel are ongoing.

    Point of contact is Gary Hipkins or Carl Williams at 863-983-8101.

    Sign up to receive updates on Notices to Navigation at:
    http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/Navigation/NoticestoNavigation.aspx

    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

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

     

  • LNM: Updated Lock Procedures during Tropical Storms/Hurricanes

    Vital information that we hope we never need!

    OKEECHOBEE WATERWAY AND CANAVERAL HARBOR LOCK OPERATIONS DURING TROPICAL STORMS AND HURRICANES
    Notice is given that 72 hours prior to a Tropical Storm or Hurricane making local landfall locks will be open 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM supporting vessel safe harbor passage. READ MORE!

    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 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.
    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 to 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
    LNM 29/17
  • LNM: Low Water in Pahokee Marina Entrance Channel, OWW Rim Route, Statute Mile 50, 5/4/2017


    Pahokee Marina is on the Lake Okeechobee Rim Route just west of Mile 50. Pahokee Marina/Lake Okeechobee KOA is part of Pahokee State Park, north of Bacom Point.

    FLORIDA – ST. LUCIE INLET TO FORT MYERS AND LAKE OKEECHOBEE – PAHOKEE MARINA: Hazard to Navigation/Marina Entrance Waterway Levels
    The U.S Coast Guard has received a report of extremely shallow water levels in the marina entrance to Pahokee Marina in Lake Okeechobee in approximate position 26-49.36N, 080-40.54W. When the lake water levels fall below 12.5ft the water depths in the marina entrance become extremely shallow, less than 6ft. Vessels that draw greater than 4ft should exercise extreme caution until water levels rise to greater than 12.5ft.

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

  • 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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  • LNM: Further Information on Torry Island Bridge Closure, Okeechobee Waterway Statute Mile 60


    This closure began several weeks ago as a Navigation Alert, still active, from Sue Ward and updated by Janice Callum and USACE on 3/8/2017.


    Bridge maintenance impacts boaters on Okeechobee Waterway  Read More!

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District is alerting boaters of a route closure that will impact
    travel along the southern part of Lake Okeechobee.
    The Corps learned today that crews from Palm Beach County will conduct emergency maintenance on the
    Torrey Island Bridge which crosses Okeechobee Waterway Route 2 near Belle Glade. While the repairs are
    underway, crews will suspend operations of the swinging bridge, effectively closing the route to most vessels.
    Officials estimate impacts from the work will continue through the rest of March.
    “During this period of emergency maintenance only small vessels, like bass boats, will be able to pass through
    this area using Route 2 or the Rim Canal,” said Carl Williams, Deputy Chief of the Jacksonville District’s South
    Florida Operations Office in Clewiston. “The bridge deck isn’t high enough to allow larger vessels to pass when it’s not operating. Okeechobee Waterway Route 1, which goes across the heart of the lake, remains open and isn’t
    impacted by this activity.”
    The Okeechobee Waterway is 154 miles long and allows boaters to travel from the Gulf of Mexico at Fort
    Myers to the Atlantic Ocean at Stuart using the Caloosahatchee River, Lake Okeechobee, the St. Lucie Canal and the
    St. Lucie River. The Corps operates five lock and dam structures on the waterway daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., with
    last lockage starting at 4:30 p.m.
    A notice to navigation has been issued on this subject. For more information on navigation notices concerning
    the Okeechobee Waterway, please visit the Corps’ website at http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/Navigation/Notices-to-Navigation/.

    Date: 03/07/2017 NOTICE NUMBER: 003
    US ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS LOCAL NUMBER: 201703017
    JACKSONVILLE DISTRICT WATERWAY: OKEECHOBEE WATERWAY ROUTE 2
    ATTN: CESAJ-OD-SN EFFECTIVE: 03/07/2017 00:00 thru 03/31/2017 24:00 EST
    PO Box 4970
    JACKSONVILLE, FL 32232-0019
    863-983-8101
    POC: http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/Navigation/NoticestoNavigation.aspx
    OKEECHOBEE WATERWAY (OWW)
    ROUTE 2
    TORREY ISLAND BRIDGE CLOSURE
    REFERENCE:
    a. 33 CFR Navigation and Navigable Waters
    1. Notice to Navigation
    Notice is given that Palm Beach County, Florida has closed the Torrey Island Bridge crossing the Okeechobee
    Waterway Route 2 at Chosen Point near Belle Glade for emergency maintenance until 31 March 2017. The Torrey
    Island Bridge when closed has water to bridge deck clearance for only low profile vessels like bass boats.
    Okeechobee Waterway Route 1 is clear and open to all vessel traffic.
    POC: Palm Beach County construction Div. Stephen O-Neal 561-684-4180
    Torrey Island Bridge Operator 561-996-3844
    //signed//
    Chief Navigation &
    Flood Risk Management
    South Florida Operations

    Click Here To View the Okeechobee Waterway Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory Listing For Torry Island Bridge

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

  • LNM: Culvert Replacement at Clewiston, Rim Route, Okeechobee Waterway


    All rim route users are aware that culvert replacement has been and will continue to be an ongoing process until November of 2017!. So, here is another construction site for your logbook.

    FLORIDA – OKEECHOBEE WATERWAY: Herbert Hoover Dike Rehabilitation Project Culvert 2 – CLEWISTON    READ MORE

    Ebsary Foundation will commence operations from January 27, 2017 thru May 31, 2017 in Clewiston, FL. Equipemt: 48’ x 120’ Deck Barge, EB 120 with a 150 Ton crane mounted on it, and a 25’ x 14’ Tug Boat, MACK will work in the waterway adjacent to the Herbert Hoover Dike. The GPS Coordinates of the work area are; N 26° 43′ 40”, W 80° 51′ 6”. The scope of work involves removing the steel cofferdam structure at Culvert-3 of the Herbert Hoover Dike. The barges and tug boat will be located inside the construction area and will monitor VHF Channel 16. The canal will be restricted to marine traffic during construction operations. Operations will be Monday through Saturday from 7:00am to 5:00pm. Recreational and commercial boaters are asked to use extra precaution when navigating through this section of the waterway. Further information contact Brent Huffman, 305-986-7414. Chart 11428 LNM 05/17

    And this one:

    FLORIDA – OKEECHOBEE WATERWAY: Herbert Hoover Dike Rehabilitation Project Culvert C3 & C4a
    Archer Western will be replacing two culverts along the Okeechobee Waterway near Clewiston (Culvert C-3) & near South Bay (Culvert C-4a) as part of the overall Herbert Hoover Dike Rehabilitation Project sponsored by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Construction will occur 5 to 6 days a week, with the possibility of night time work & obstruction (Steel Cofferdam /or Barge) during the installation and removal of the cofferdams on both the lakeside and land side of the dike. Recreational and commercial boaters are asked to use caution when navigating through this section of the waterway and adjacent to the Hoover Dike Culvert C-3 & Culvert C4a. All vessels should operate as slow to idle speeds with only enough forward movement to maintain control of the vessel. Boaters are responsible for any damage from boat wakes they create. Two (2) obstruction buoys with solar powered lights, with reflective hazard warning and symbol will be placed at the outermost edge of cofferdams obstructing the waterway to delineate the cofferdam location and guide boaters through the work zone area. Once the culvert replacements are complete, the cofferdams will be removed and waterway restored. The project is anticipated to be completed by the end of July 2017. Further information contact Yankyer Gomez, 239-634-7804 or at ygomez@walshgroup.com.

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Culvert Replacement

  • 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

  • Floating Vegetation Clogging Lake Okeechobee Routes, 10/1


    Until this vegetation is cleared, whether you take the rim route or the lake route, you are going to be delayed in crossing Lake Okeechobee. We will keep you posted as notices come in from the Corp of Engineers.

    Notice is given that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is advising commercial and recreational vessels to use extreme caution traveling the Okeechobee Waterway Route 2 from Port Mayaca to Clewiston and Rim Canal from Clewiston to Moore Haven due to floating vegetation blocking sections of canal. Read More

    Corps of Engineers is working to clear blocked areas as quickly as possible when found. Point of contact is Carl Williams at 863-983-8101.
    Thanks for helping to get the word out!
    Erica
    Erica Skolte
    Public Affairs Specialist
    Corporate Communications Office
    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District
    South Florida Restoration Office, West Palm Beach

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

  • Possible Nav Aid Damage from Hermine

    The local notice below is standard USCG procedure, but caution is still the proper watchword. Of course, such nav aid damage may well extend all along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts.

    SOUTH CAROLINA – GEORGIA – FLORIDA
    DUE TO THE PASSAGE OF HURRICANE HERMINE, AIDS TO NAVIGATION, STRUCTURES OR PLATFORMS MAY BE DAMAGED, DESTROYED OR SUBMERGED. LIGHTED AND UNLIGHTED BUOYS MAY MOVE FROM ASSIGNED POSITIONS, BE DAMAGED, EXTINGUISHED, SINK, OR OTHERWISE MADE INOPERATIVE. MARINERS SHOULD NOT RELY COMPLETELY UPON THE POSITION OR OPERATION OF AN AID TO NAVIGATION IN THESE AREAS, BUT SHOULD ALSO EMPLOY SUCH OTHER METHODS OF DETERMINING POSITION AS MAY BE AVAILABLE. WRECKS AND SUBMERGED OBSTRUCTIONS MAY MOVE FROM CHARTED LOCATIONS AND PIPELINES MAY BECOME UNCOVERED OR MOVE DUE TO THE FORCE OF STORM SURGE. MARINERS ARE URGED TO USE EXTREME CAUTION AND REPORT ALL AIDS TO NAVIGATION DISCREPANCIES TO THE NEAREST COAST GUARD UNIT. LNM 36/16

  • 2016 Tropical Storm and Hurricane Operations at South Florida Locks

    With the 2016 hurricane season underway, this is valuable information for boaters navigating the Ockeechobee Waterway or the Canaveral Barge Canal in South Florida. This notice comes to us from our good friend, Specialist Erica Skolte, US Army Corp of Engineers.

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

    1. Notice to Navigation
    Notice is given that 72 hours prior to a Tropical Storm or Hurricane making local landfall locks will be open 6 AM to 10 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 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.
    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 AM to 5 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
    //signed//
    Digitally signed by WILLIAMS.CARL.MABRY.IV
    Date: 2016.08.22 14:57:47 -04’00’
    Chief Navigation & Flood Risk Management
    South Florida Operations

  • Destroyed Daybeacon, Okeechobee Waterway Statute Mile 12, 6/2/2016


    This destroyed daybeacon 37 is on the eastern side of the canal north of St. Lucie Lock

    FLORIDA – ST LUCIE CANAL TO FORT MYERS AND LAKE OKEECHOBEE – ST LUCIE INLET: Hazard to Navigation
    St Lucie Canal Daybeacon 37 (LLNR 51115) is destroyed. The remains of the concrete pile may pose a hazard to navigation. Wreckage has been marked with a TRLB, FL Q G, 3M light on its assigned position. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11428 LNM 22/16

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at St. Luce Canal

  • Culvert Replacement at Clewiston, Rim Route, Okeechobee Waterway, 9/18/2015


    All rim route users are aware that culvert replacement has been and will continue to be an ongoing process (November of 2017!). However, here is another construction site for your logbook.

    FLORIDA – OKEECHOBEE WATERWAY: Herbert Hoover Dike Rehabilitation Project Culvert 2 – CLEWISTON
    Harry Pepper & Associates, Inc. will be replacing one culvert along the Okeechobee Waterway near Clewiston (Culvert C-2) as part of the overall Herbert Hoover Dike Rehabilitation Project sponsored by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Construction will occur 5 to 6 days a week, with the possibility of night time work. Construction consists of steel and earthen cofferdams on both the lakeside and landside of the dike to create a selfcontained
    work area. The coordinates for the work site are as follows; 26°45’51″N, 80°55’32″W. Recreational and commercial boaters are asked to use caution when navigating through this section of the waterway west and adjacent to the Hoover Dike Road City Boat Ramp and Clewiston City Marina and Boat Ramp. All vessels should operate as slow to idle speeds with only enough forward movement to maintain control of the vessel. Boaters are responsible for any damage from boat wakes they create. Two (2) obstruction buoys with solar powered lights, reflectorized hazard warning and symbol will be placed at the outermost edge of cofferdams obstructing the waterway to delineate the cofferdam location and guide boaters through the work zone area. Once the culvert replacements are complete, the cofferdams will be removed and waterway restored. The project is anticipated to be completed in November 2017. For further information contact Mike Nelson, 863-902-1303 or mnelson@hpepper.com

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Culvert Replacement

  • 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: 08/26/2015
    00:00 thru 12/31/2015 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:
    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 35/15

  • More on Culvert Repairs in Okeechobee Waterway, Statute Mile 39 to 78.

    This culvert replacement has been ongoing for several years and is slated to be completed in 2017. The repairs involve some portions of 39 miles of the south rim route and were originally set as a Navigation Alert, but we have not heard of any difficulties passing through the construction sites. See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=147735, http://cruisersnet.net/?p=143557 and http://cruisersnet.net/?p=81398 for reports on earlier and on-going culvert repairs.

    FLORIDA – OKEECHOBEE WATERWAY ROUTE 2: Culvert Construction Restricting Navigation
    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has multiple contracted companies in the process of replacing culverts along Route 2 of the Okeechobee Waterway from Port Mayaca to Moore Haven as part of the Herbert Hoover Dike Rehabilitation Project. Construction consists of steel and earthen cofferdams on the lakeside and landside of the dike to create a self-contained work area. The waterway will be obstructed during installation and removal of the cofferdams and during the process of replacing culverts. Recreational and commercial boaters are asked to use caution when navigating through these sections of waterway. Buoys, lights and reflectorized hazard signs will be placed at each cofferdam to delineate its location and assist boaters through the work zone. Once culvert replacements are complete, the cofferdams will be removed and waterway restored. Construction will occur 5 to 6 days a week with the possibility of night time work. The projects are anticipated to be completed in 2017. Point of contact is Carl Williams at 863-983-8101. Chart 11428 LNM 28/15

  • Changes in Lock Schedules, Okeechobee Waterway

    This notice of schedule changes was copied from East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale, April 9, 2015.

    Changes in Okeechobee Waterway Lock Schedule, April 1, 2015:
    a. 33 CFR Navigation and Navigable Waters
    1. Notice to Navigation Notice is given that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District will change hours of operation at all five Locks along the Okeechobee Waterway beginning 1 April 2015. Changes will affect operations at the St Lucie, Port Mayaca, Moore Haven, Ortona and W.P. Franklin Locks. Hours of operation will be 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily with lockages at St Lucie and WP Franklin based on Lake Okeechobee’s water level as outlined below.
    Lake Okeechobee Level:
    1) Above 12.5′ Lock operations on demand 07:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily.
    2) Below 12.5′ Lock operations every 2 hours (07:00 AM, 09:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, 3:00 PM, 4:30 PM)
    3) Below 12.0′ Lock operations 4 per-day (07:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 1:00 PM, 4:30 PM)
    4) Below 11.5′ Lock operations 3 per-day (07:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 4:30 PM)
    5) Below 11.0′ Lock operations 2 per-day (07:00 AM, 4:30 PM)
    Lake Okeechobee water level can be viewed on the Corps of Engineers web site at http://w3.saj.usace.army.mil/h2o/currentLL.shtml
    Canaveral Lock near Canaveral Harbor will continue to operate from 6 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily. (from NOTICE TO NAVIGATION INTERESTS Date: 03/19/2015 NOTICE NUMBER: 003 US ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS LOCAL NUMBER: 20150319 JACKSONVILLE DISTRICT)*

  • Request for Comment on Lake Okeechobee Restoration

    This request asks for your comments on lake restoration in South Florida, including Lake Okeechobee.

    fwc
    Public input sought on permit request allowing FWC lake restoration in south Florida
    Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission sent this bulletin at 03/11/2015 10:06 AM EDT March 11, 2015

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has applied for a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District to conduct restoration activities on four lakes and water bodies in the FWC’s South Region.
    This permit is required pursuant to Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899. The request is part of an overall initiative in which the FWC is working with the Corps to obtain permits for routine restoration work in 95 lakes and water bodies throughout Florida.
    The public can review the request and comment on it (see link below).

    The following water bodies within the FWC’s South Region are included in the permit application:
    •Lake Okeechobee in Glades, Hendry, Okeechobee, Martin and Palm Beach counties;
    •Lake Trafford in Collier County;
    •Lake Hicpochee in Glades County;
    •Lake Osborne in Palm Beach County.

    The Corps permitting process requires the opportunity for public comment. The Corps has published a Public Notice for the proposed work on its website at: http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/PublicNotices.aspx. To view the notice, click on the following file number to open the Public Notice: SAJ-2015-00641 (SP-SLR). If you would like to provide comments or have any questions regarding the Corps permit process, please follow the directions included in the Public Notice. Note that the Web address is case sensitive and should be entered as it appears above.

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  • Caution Needed between Okeechobee Waterway Statute Miles 55 and 58


    The Okeechobee Waterway runs parallel to the Palm Beach Glades Airport near statute mile 55, then the waterway makes a dogleg southeast to southwest at Paul Rardin Park near statute mile 58. The area of caution noted below in bold runs from marker #82 to marker #91. The Herbert Hoover Dike Rehabilitation Project has been ongoing since 2012 and not expected to be completed until 2016.

    Thalle Construction Company, Inc. is replacing two culverts along the Okeechobee Waterway near Belle Glade, FL (Culverts 12) and Pahokee, FL (Culvert 10) as part of the overall Herbert Hoover Dike Rehabilitation Project sponsored by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Construction consists of the steel and earthen cofferdams on both the lakeside and landside of the dike to create a self-contained work area. The waterway will be obstructed during the installation and removal of the cofferdams and during the process of replacing the culverts. Recreational and commercial boaters are asked to use caution when navigating through this section of the waterway between the Paul Rardin park boat ramps location (26 45.363N, 080 41.498W) and just north of Palm Beach Glades Airport location (26 47.309N, 080 41.947W). Four (4) obstruction buoys with solar powered lights, reflectorized hazard warning and symbol will be placed at the outermost edge of cofferdams obstructing the waterway to delineate the cofferdam location and guide boaters through the work zone area. Also, two (2) obstruction buoys will be placed in the vicinity of boat ramps. Once the culvert replacements are complete, the cofferdams will be removed and waterway restored. Construction will occur 5 to 6 days a week, with the possibility of night time work. The project is anticipated to be completed in 2016. The Project point of contact is Tim Pernsteiner at 919-282-4674 or tpernsteiner@thalle.com. Chart 11428 LNM: 28/14

    Typical Cofferdam

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  • Caloosahatchee River Daybeacon #74 Discontinued, Okeechobee Waterway Statute Mile 174


    This discontinued daybeacon was on the north side of the channel between Redfish Point and Palmetto Point and north-northwest of Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net Sponsor, Gulf Harbour Marina.

    FLORIDA – AICW – FORT MEYERS TO CHARLOTTE HARBOR AND WIGGINS PASS – CALOOSAHATCHEE RIVER
    The following change has been approved to the aids to navigation system in the Caloosahatchee River.
    CALOOSAHATCHEE RIVER DBN 74 (LLNR 54065) will be permanently discontinued. Chart 11427 LNM: 24/14

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