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Archive For: –LNM 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 LNM extracts are listed below in chronological order, based on publishing date.

  • LNM: IMPORTANT REMINDER! Notice to Navigation: Ortona Lock Closure June 4 -16, 2018, OWW Statute Mile 94


    This closure of Ortona Lock effectively closes the Okeechobee for 13 days. And, before you complain, remember we were given an opportunity to comment on this closure earlier this year: https://cruisersnet.net/171660. Note that the lock will be pumped dry, so there are no after work hours openings. Adding to your inconvenience are the repairs to Indiantown RR bridge, May 28-June 12: https://cruisersnet.net/171660, which does have early AM and late PM openings. Any float plans to cross the Okeechobee in June must be carefully considered. Our thanks to Specialist Erica Skolte for this important reminder!

    Please share this important reminder with other interested parties, including our Facebook post https://www.facebook.com/JacksonvilleDistrict/ and on Twitter @JaxStrong.

    Notice to Navigation Interests: Okeechobee Waterway – Ortona Lock Closure June 4-16, 2018
    http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Portals/44/docs/Navigation/Notices/NTN2018/NTN2018-02OkeechobeeWaterwayOrtonaLockClosureJune2018.pdf     

    READ MORE!

    Notice is given that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is notifying the public, marinas, commercial and recreational vessels traveling the Okeechobee Waterway that Ortona Lock will be closed for maintenance 4 through 16 June 2018. This will be the first lock closure along the Okeechobee Waterway in 6 years; maintenance is necessary to repair aging and damaged infrastructure in addition to improving public and vessel safety. Repairs will require the lock chamber to be dewatered for crews to perform inspections, replace gate seals and repair Manatee Protection system components. During the closure, barges, floating cranes and divers will be working in the lock entrance, requiring vessel operators in the area to use minimal speed and caution for safety.

    Note: The other locks on the Okeechobee Waterway (other than Ortona) and Canaveral remain in full operation.

    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 View the Okeechobee Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory Listing For Ortona Lock

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

  • LNM: NOTICE: Indiantown RR Bridge Under Opening Restrictions, May 28-June 12, Indiantown, FL, OWW Statute Mile 29


    With a four-hour advanced notice requirement, these opening restrictions essentially close the bridge and the Okeechobee to navigation for 3 weeks! With a closed vertical clearance, the Indiantown RR bridge crosses the Okeechobee immediately west of the Indiantown fixed bridge. For more on this RR bridge, see https://cruisersnet.net/163565.

    FLORIDA – EAST COAST – ST. LUCIE INLET TO FORT MYERS AND LAKE OKEECHOBEE– CSX ST. LUCIE CANAL RAILROAD BRIDGE: Bridge Repairs.
    The Coast Guard has received a request from PCL Civil Constructors, Inc to temporarily change the bridge operating schedule that governs the CSX Railroad Bridge across the Okeechobee Waterway (St. Lucie Canal), mile 28.2, at Indiantown, Florida. We are approving this request to allow the bridge to open only with a 4 hour advanced notice to the bridge tender from 7 a.m. on May 28, 2018 through 7 p.m. on June 3, 2018 at 772-597-3822. The Coast Guard is also approving the request to allow the bridge to remain closed to navigation from 7 a.m. on June 4, 2018 through 7 a.m. on June 12, 2018. During the designated time periods, the bridge will be allowed to remain closed to navigation to facilitate the preparation for and the replacement of the drive gear. At all other times, this bridge shall operate in accordance with its regular operating schedule, 33 CFR 117.317(e). We are approving this request under the provisions of 33 CFR 117. For questions regarding the repair work contact Brandon Hinson with PCL via phone at (407) 956-9640 or via email at bhinson@pcl.com. For waterways questions contact LT Ruth Sadowitz with Coast Guard Sector Miami Waterways. Phone: (305) 535-4307 or via email at Ruth.A.Sadowitz@uscg.mil.
    Ref: LNM 17-18 Chart 1128

    Click Here To View the Okeechobee Waterway Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory Listing For the Indiantown Railway Bridge

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

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    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.

    Click Here to read the complete Bulletin

  • Shoaling Reported In Okeechobee Waterway, St. Lucie River, Statute Mile 10, May 28, 2013

    Shoaling - Click for Chartview

    The developing shoal, reported below in this article cherry picked from the latest Local Notice to Mariners, lies directly along the path of the Okeechobee Waterway as it passes through the South Fork of the St. Lucie River, south and west of Stuart, Florida and a hop, skip and jump north of the St. Lucie Canal.

    FLORIDA-INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY-ST LUCIE INLET TO FORT MYERS AND LAKE OKEECHOBEE-ST LUCIE RIVER SOUTH FORK: Shoaling.
    The Coast Guard has observed significant shoaling in the vicinity of St Lucie River South Fork in the area between St Lucie River South Fork Buoy 30 (LLNR 51090 [27°10.7104N / 080°15.8057W, 27.178507 / -80.263428]) and the Palm City SR 714 Bridge at mile 9.5 of the Okeechobee waterway. Best water is near the green side of the channel depth as low as 4 feet were found center channel in position 27-10-33.630N/080-15-44.106W (27°10.5605N / 080°15.7351W, 27.176008 / -80.262252) . St Lucie River South Fork Buoy 30 (LLNR 51090 [27°10.7104N / 080°15.8057W, 27.178507 / -80.263428]) has been relocated to position 27-10-42.626N 080-15-48.339W (27°10.7104N / 080°15.8057W, 27.178507 / -80.263428) to mark shoaling. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution while transiting the
    area. Chart 11428

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position in St. Lucie River

  • Shoaling in St. Lucie River, Okeechobee Waterway, Statute Mile 1, Stuart, FL, 5/18/2014

    St. Lucie Shoaling – Click for Chartview

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

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

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position in St. Lucie River

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