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Okeechobee Waterway Local Notice to Mariners Extracts

Posted by admin | Posted on 01-11-2011

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.

UPDATE: Fort Denaud Swing Bridge Returns to Normal Schedule, Okeechobee Waterway Statute Mile 108

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 03-17-2014

Fort Denaud Swing Bridge - Click for Chartview

Fort Denaud Swing Bridge – Click for Chartview

The Fort Denaud swing bridge crosses the Okeechobee Waterway at Statue Mile 108. at the charted position of Denaud.

March 17, 2014: The following from Skipper Julie has been confirmed and is correct:

Just talked with a cruiser who passes through the bridge March 15. They said the repairs are complete and bridge is opening on request.
Julie

The info below is now outdated, but we are leaving it here a little longer so cruisers can know (see above), this issue has been set right.

FLORIDA – OKEECHOBEE WATERWAY – ST LUCIE INLET TO FORT MYERS – CALOOSAHATCHEE RIVER – FORT DENAUD SWING BRIDGE: Bridge Discrepancy.
The Fort Denaud Swing Bridge, Ft Denaud, Hendry County, Florida has an equipment failure and is operating manually. Starting 7:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 13, 2014 through May 15, 2014, the bridge will open once an hour on the top of the hour from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily. From 8:01 p.m. to 7:59 a.m. the bridge will open if at least three hours advance notice if given to 863-673-2974. Chart: 11428 LNM: 09/14

Click Here To View the Okeechobee Waterway Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory Listing For Fort Denaud Swing Bridge

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Restricted Locking at Ortona Lock, Okeechobee Waterway Statute Mile 94

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 06-07-2013

Ortona Lock - Click for Chartview

Ortona Lock is just east of unlighted daybeacon #1 and flashing daybeacon #2 and normally opens on demand. It is unlikely that the 24-foot horizontal beam limit will be a problem for any pleasurecraft.

Notice to Navigation Interests:
Restricted locking at Ortona Lock, Okeechobee Waterway
Vessels locking through Ortona Lock are restricted to 24 foot in beam width due to unexpected maintenance on the northeast lock chamber gate. The lock remains fully operational in the event of weather or other emergencies. Restrictions are anticipated to remain in place through June 27, 2013 while repairs are completed.

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

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 05-28-2013

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) 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. St Lucie River South Fork Buoy 30 (LLNR 51090) has been relocated to position 27-10-42.626N 080-15-48.339W to mark shoaling. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution while transiting the
area. Chart 11428

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Shoaling in St. Lucie River, Okeechobee Waterway, Statute Mile 1, Stuart, FL

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 05-08-2013

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

HAZARD: Missing Daybeacon, Okeechobee Waterway, Statute Mile 130, 3/27/13

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 03-27-2013

Missing Marker - Click for Chartview

The missing aid to navigation, detailed below in this article cherry picked from the latest Local Notice to Mariners, lies on the south side of the Caloosahatchee River/Okeechobee waterway, just west of the SCL railroad bridge near Statute mile 130, a short hop upstream of downtown Fort Myers.

FLORIDA-INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY-ST LUCIE INLET TO FORT MYERS AND LAKE OKEECHOBEE-CALOOSAHATCHEE RIVER:
Hazard to Navigation.
Caloosahatchee River DBN 19 (LLNR 52210) is destroyed. The remains of the pile are broken at the waterline. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11428

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HAZARD TO NAVIGATION: Floating Debris in Okeechobee Waterway, Statute Mile 130, 1/7/13

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 01-07-2013

Seminole Gulf Railway - Click for Chartview

The Seminole Gulf Railway (old SCL) crosses the Okeechobee Waterway at statute mile 130 in North Fort Myers.

FLORIDA-OKEECHOBEE WATERWAY ST LUCIE INLET TO FORT MYERS– CALOOSAHATCHEE RIVER–OLD CSX RAILROAD SUBSTRUCTURE: Hazard to Navigation.
The substructure of an old Railroad line next to the existing Seminole Gulf Railroad line across the Caloosahatchee River is deteriorating and parts have been reported floating in the waterway causing a potential hazard to navigation. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11428

Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Seminole Gulf Railway Bridge (SCL)

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Update: Okeechobee Waterway To Be Partially Obstructed Between Clewiston and Moore Haven Until 2015, Statute Mile 75, 10/3/12

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 10-03-2012

Herbert Hoover Dike - Click for Chartview

We have plotted the Lat/Lon position given in the message below, cherry picked from the latest Local Notice to Mariners, and it appears that the described construction is taking place on the canal-like portion of the Okeechobee Waterway between Clewiston and Moore Haven, probably near charted “Liberty Point.” And, notice that this construction is ongoing until Spring of 2015.
All mariners navigating the OKWW between Clewiston and Moore Haven should be on the lookout for the below described construction vessels, and pass this equipment with minimum wake.
The Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net is declaring a Navigational Alert for these waters.

FLORIDA-OKEECHOBEE WATERWAY: Herbert Hoover Dike Rehabilitation Project (Update September 28, 2012).
Odebrecht Construction, Inc. will be replacing two culverts along the Okeechobee Waterway near Moore Haven (Culverts 1 and 1A) 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 restricted and may be intermittently 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 and be prepared to stop when navigating through this section of the waterway between the Alvin L Ward park boat ramps and Uncle Joe’s Fish Camp boat ramps. Flagmen will be present as needed to signal vessels to stop or to proceed with caution. The controlling width through Culvert 1A project area is 20ft minimum, limited by a controlling depth of 6ft when the lake is at elevation +11.0ft Mean Sea Level. 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 spring of 2015. The Project point of contact is Elizabeth Lamborghini at 305-704-5848. Chart 11428
Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position on the Okeechobee Waterway Between Clewiston and Moore Haven