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  • Announcement: Western Florida 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 Western Florida 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: Shoaling: Johns Pass, near GIWW Statute Mile 123


    Johns Pass connects the Gulf with the Waterway at Mile 123 north of St. Petersburg. See https://cruisersnet.net/168527 for a recent off-station buoy report.

    FLORIDA – TAMPA BAY TO PORT RICHEY – JOHNS PASS CHANNEL: Johns Pass Channel Buoy 3.
    All vessels operating with more than a 3ft draft are advised to use extreme caution when transiting inbound and outbound of Johns Pass. Due to an encroaching shoal to the north in the vicinity of Johns Pass Buoy 3 (LLNR 25585.5).

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

  • LNM: Destroyed Daybeacon 18, Flamingo Channel, Everglades National Park, 12/13/2017


    Destroyed daybeacon 18 is the last marker on the east side of the entrance channel before entering the Flamingo harbor.

    FLORIDA – FLAMINGO CHANNEL – EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK: Private Aid/Hazard to Navigation
    Private aid Flamingo Channel Daybeacon 18 (LLNR 15720) is destroyed. The remains of the wreckage is approximately 1ft above the waterline at low-tide. Chart 11433 LNM 50/17

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

  • LNM: Destroyed Daybeacon 14, Alafia River, Eastern Hillsborough Bay, Tampa, FL, 12/6/2017


    This destroyed daybeacon marks the Alafia River Channel’s entrance into the Alafia River off Hillsborough Bay.

    FLORIDA – TAMPA BAY – ALAFIA RIVER: Hazard to Navigation
    Alafia River Daybeacon 14 (LLNR 23310) is destroyed. The wreckage has been marked with a TRLB, displaying FL Q R, 4M characteristics. Chart 11416 LNM 49/17

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Alafia River Entrance

  • LNM: Damaged Entrance Light, Little Shark River, Everglades National Park, 12/6/2017


    This damaged light marks the southwest tip of Shark River Island and the entrance to the deep waters of Little Shark River where several anchorages are located in the northwest portion of the Everglades National Park.

    FLORIDA – EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK – LITTLE SHARK RIVER ENTRANCE: Hazard to Navigation
    Little Shark River Entrance Light 1 (LLNR 15950) was reported missing the light and one daymark. The steel pile may pose a hazard to navigation. Chart 11433 LNM 49/17

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Little Shark River

  • LNM: Destroyed Daybeacon 23, Midway Pass, Whitewater Bay, Cape Sable, 12/6/2017


    This destroyed daybeacon marks the east side of Midway Pass, part of the Wilderness Parkway through shallow Whitewater Bay.

    FLORIDA – EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK – FLORIDA BAY – WHITEWATER BAY: Private Aid/Hazard to Navigation.Private aid Whitewater Bay Daybeacon 23 (LLNR 15790) was reported destroyed with wreckage 1ft above the waterline. The steel pile may pose a hazard to navigation. Chart 11433 LNM 49/17

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

  • LNM: Destroyed Waterway Daybeacon 43, Pine Island Sound, GIWW Statute Mile 15, 11/29/2017


    This destroyed Waterway daybeacon 43 lies on the west side of the channel as it passes through Pine Island Sound east of North Captiva Island.

    FLORIDA – AICW – ESTERO BAY TO LEMON BAY – PINE ISLAND SOUND: Hazard to Navigation
    Pine Island Sound Daybeacon 43 (LLNR 55890) is destroyed. Wreckage has been marked with a TRLB displaying Fl Q G, 4NM characteristics. Chart 11426 LNM 48/17

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Pine Island Sound

  • LNM: Off-Station Channel Buoy 3, Johns Pass, near GIWW Statute Mile 123


    This off-station channel buoy is the 2nd marker on the north side of the channel when entering from the west. Johns Pass connects the Gulf with the Waterway at Mile 123 north of St. Petersburg.

    FLORIDA – TAMPA BAY TO PORT RICHEY – JOHNS PASS CHANNEL: Johns Pass Channel Buoy 3.
    Johns Pass Channel Buoy 3 (LLNR 25585.5) is off station due to Hurricane IRMA. The Buoy was marking an encroaching shoal. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while entering Johns Pass Channel. Chart 11411

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

  • LNM: Destroyed Daybeacon 31, Pine Island Sound, GIWW Statute Mile 13, 11/22/2017


    This destroyed Waterway daybeacon marks the southwest side of the entrance into a long narrow channel through Pine Island Sound east of Captiva Island.

    FLORIDA – AICW – ESTERO BAY TO LEMON BAY – PINE ISLAND SOUND: Hazard to Navigation
    Pine Island Sound Daybeacon 31 (LLNR 55575) is reported destroyed. The remains of the pile may pose a hazard to navigation. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution when transiting the area. Chart 11426 LNM 47/17

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Pine Island Sound.

  • LNM: Destroyed Daybeacon 45, Pine Island Sound, GIWW Statute Mile 14.5, 11/22/2017


    This Waterway daybeacon is on the southwest side of the channel as the Waterway passes east of North Captiva Island.

    FLORIDA – AICW – ESTERO BAY TO LEMON BAY – PINE ISLAND SOUND: Hazard to Navigation
    Pine Island Sound Daybeacon 45 (LLNR 55895.5) is reported destroyed. The remains of the pile may pose a hazard to navigation. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution when transiting the area. Chart 11426 LNM 14/17

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Pine Island Sound.

  • LNM: Destroyed Daybeacon 55, Harbor Key Banks, west of Florida Bay, 10/13/2017


    Harbor Key Bank is at the northwestern end of Big Spanish Channel which itself lies alongt the western edge of Florida Bay west of Marathon, FL. The destroyed daybeacon marks the northern tip of shallow water of the west side of the channel.

    FLORIDA – BIG SPANISH CHANNEL TO JOHNSTON KEY: Hazard to Navigation
    Harbor Key Bank Daybeacon 55 (LLNR 12665) is destroyed. The steel pile is marked with a TRLB, displaying Fl Q G characteristics. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11448 LNM 41/17

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Harbor Key Bank

  • LNM: Unified Command begins removal process for vessels displaced in Florida by Hurricane Irma

    See also 1300 Boats Displaced

    united states coast guard

     

    Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Brian Moehler inputs the location and condition of displaced vessel into his phone at Vaca Marina in Marathon, Florida, Sept. 27, 2017. Coast Guard and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission members are working together to assess and report the pollution potential of vessels displaced or sunken as a result of Hurricane Irma. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Rene Pena.  A sailboat displaced by Hurricane Irma is hoisted near the Fleming Key Bridge in Key West, Florida, Sept. 28, 2017. Members of the Coast Guard and Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission conducted assessments and formulated a plan to raise the vessel without presenting a danger to the environment or responders on scene.   Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Kenneth Freeman prepares a tracking sticker for a displaced vessel at Vaca Marina in Marathon, Florida, Sept. 27, 2017. Coast Guard and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission members are working together to assess and report the pollution potential of vessels displaced or sunken as a result of Hurricane Irma. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Rene Pena.

     

    MIAMI — The Emergency Support Function 10 (ESF 10) Florida, a Unified Command consisting of multiple state and federal agencies, has initiated removal efforts prioritizing vessels displaced by Hurricane Irma which are actively polluting or creating a hazard to navigation to traffic in the area. READ MORE!

    The Unified Command consists of U.S. Coast Guard Cmdr. JoAnne Hanson serving as Incident Commander, Mr. Benjamin Franco, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Incident Commander, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Capt. David Schaeffer as State On-Scene Coordinator and Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) Environmental Administrator Kent Edwards as State On-Scene Coordinator.

    “The expanse of coastline affected by Hurricane Irma is logistically challenging,” said Hanson. “Having partners like the FWC, FDEP and EPA as part of the leadership of this response gives us the local knowledge and resources necessary to form an effective response to this situation.”

    Currently, response teams are conducting assessments of the most affected areas to include the ports and waterways from Jacksonville, Florida to Miami, Key West, and around to St. Petersburg and responding to instances of pollution or released hazardous material as they are reported.

    As the Florida Keys open for tourism on Oct. 1, visitors are encouraged to stay away from vessels displaced as a result of Hurricane Irma. Hundreds of the vessels damaged or sunken as a result of the storm present a hazard to health and safety. Boaters in the areas affected by Hurricane Irma are advised to transit with all due caution and report hazards to the Coast Guard Sector Key West command center at 305-292-8727 or305-292-8729.

     A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration chart displays the geographic area encompassed by the Miami Branch of the ESF 10 response to Hurricane Irma and the points of concern being addressed in that area. Miami Branch: 22 personnel

    • Vessels assessed: 207
    • Vessels removed by citizens: 48
    • Crews have successfully mitigated pollution from a leaking motor yacht and are enacting a plan for removal.
    A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration chart displays the geographic area encompassed by the St. Petersburg Branch of the ESF 10 response to Hurricane Irma and the points of concern being addressed in that area.  St. Petersburg Branch: 18 personnel

    • Vessels assessed: 185
    • Vessels removed by citizens: 46
    • A plan to remove 10 displaced vessels at Goodland Bay and three displaced vessels from Hurricane Bay in Fort Myers is being developed.
    A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration chart displays the geographic area encompassed by the Jacksonville Branch of the ESF 10 response to Hurricane Irma and the points of concern being addressed in that area.  Jacksonville Branch: 13 personnel

    • Vessels assessed: 99
    • Vessels removed by citizens: 19
    • Oil Spill Response Organizations are booming off two vessels at the Bill Dye Marina after an oil sheen was observed by assessment teams emanating from two vessels.
    A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration chart displays the geographic area encompassed by the Florida Key Branch of the ESF 10 response to Hurricane Irma and the points of concern being addressed in that area.  Key West Branch: 53 personnel

    • Vessels assessed: 364
    • Vessels removed by citizens: 3
    • A sailboat has been removed near the Fleming Key Bridge.
    • Pollution mitigation continues as vessels determined to be leaking hazardous materials are identified.

    “The assessment portion of our response is ongoing, but we’ve reached a point where we can begin facilitating the removal of vessels in a manner that is both safe for our responders, while having minimal impact on the environment,” said Franco. “As in previous stages of our response, our priority continues to be the well being of our responders and the Florida citizens affected by Hurricane Irma.”

    The ESF 10 is the framework by which federal support is coordinated with state agencies in response to actual or potential oil spills or hazardous material releases. Partner agencies, including National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary are contributing expertise and experience to the assessment efforts.

  • LNM: Shoaling, Clearwater Pass Channel, near GIWW Statute Mile 135


    This area of shoaling is on the north side of the eastern end of Clearwater Pass Channel where it connects with the Western Florida Waterway.

    FLORIDA – TAMPA BAY TO PORT RICHEY – CLEARWATER MARINA CHANNEL: Shoaling
    The U.S. Coast Guard received a report of shoaling in the vicinity of Clearwater Marina Daybeacon 3 (LLNR 25735) and Clearwater Marina Daybeacon 4 (LLNR 25745) in approximate position 27-57.633N / 082-48.857W. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11411 LNM 38/17

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

  • 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: Coast Guard sets port condition Zulu for South Florida Ports

    Coast Guard sets port condition Zulu for South Florida Ports 

    MIAMI – Effective 8 a.m. Saturday, the Coast Guard captain of the port (COTP) set port condition Zulu for Port Miami, Miami River, Port Everglades, Port of Palm Beach, Port of Fort Pierce and all other South Florida terminals and facilities due to the expectation of sustained gale force winds of 25 mph and gusts up to 40 mph generated by Hurricane Irma that may arrive within 12 hours

    READ MORE!

    Sustained winds between 39 and 54 mph are possible within 12 hours. Mariners are reminded there are no safe havens in these facilities, and ports are safest when the inventory of vessels is at a minimum.

    While port condition Zulu is in place no vessels may enter or transit within these ports without permission of the COTP. All vessel movements are prohibited at this time, and all ship-to-shore operations must cease.

    The Coast Guard is warning the public of these important safety messages:

    • Stay off the water.  The Coast Guard’s search and rescue capabilities degrade as storm conditions strengthen.  This means help could be delayed.  Boaters should heed weather watches, warnings and small craft advisories.
    • Evacuate as necessary.  If mandatory evacuations are set for an area, the public should evacuate without delay.  Coast Guard personnel and other emergency responders may not be able to evacuate or rescue those in danger during the storm. 
    • Secure belongings.  Owners of large boats are urged to move their vessels to inland marinas where they will be less vulnerable to breaking free of their moorings or to sustaining damage. Trailerable boats should be pulled from the water and stored in a place that is not prone to flooding.  Those who are leaving their boats in the water are reminded to update your Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) registration, and secure them safely to your vessel prior to a major storm. These devices often float free from vessels in marinas or at docks during hurricanes and signal a distress when there is none. They can also break free and would require valuable search and rescue resources be diverted to ensure people are not in distress.
    • Stay clear of beaches. Wave heights and currents typically increase before a storm makes landfall. Even the best swimmers can fall victim to the strong waves and rip currents caused by hurricanes.  Swimmers should stay clear of beaches until local lifeguards and law enforcement officials say the water is safe.
    • Be prepared. Area residents should be prepared by developing a family plan, creating a disaster supply kit, having a place to go, securing their home and having a plan for pets. Information can be found at the National Hurricane Center’s webpage.
    • Stay informed. The public should monitor the progress and strength of the storm through local television, radio and Internet. Boaters can monitor its progress on VHF radio channel 16. Information can also be obtained on small craft advisories and warnings on VHF radio channel 16.

     

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

     

  • LNM: Coast Guard closes Tampa, St. Petersburg, Manatee ports

    Coast Guard closes Tampa, St. Petersburg, Manatee ports 

    TAMPA, Fla. – Effective 8 a.m. Saturday, the Coast Guard closed Tampa, St. Petersburg and Manatee ports, and set Hurricane Condition ZULU (sustained Gale Force winds from a hurricane force storm are predictedwithin 12 hours). READ MORE!

     

    The ports are closed to all inbound and outbound traffic. No vessel may enter, depart or transit within this safety zone without the permission of the Captain of the Port (COTP).

     

    All cargo and bunker handling operations must cease at this time. A safety zone has been established prohibiting vessel movement and activities unless specifically authorized by the COTP. All commercial vessels and barges who have received permission from the COTP to remain in port must be at their mooring site in accordance with their plan.Vessels bound for this port are advised to seek an alternate destination.

     

    Mariners are also advised that drawbridges will remain closed when wind speeds are 34 knots or greater. Due to uncertainty of weather movements and related bridge closures, mariners are urged to seek passage through drawbridges well in advance of the arrival of gale force winds.

     

    Coast Guard Stations Yankeetown, Sand Key, St. Petersburg, Cortez and Fort Myers Beach, have secured operations in anticipation of the storm. The Coast Guard strongly urges all boaters to stay off the water.

     

    Drawbridges will be closed and locked in the down position within eight hours prior to the arrival of gale-force winds.

     

    A bridge closure means the bridge will remain in the down position unless there is an emergency situation, such as a vessel removing hazardous cargo away from an area a storm is anticipated to affect.

     

    Once a bridge is locked, it will not be opened until bridge crews are able to return after the storm passes. Crews may not be able to immediately return to a bridge or may not be able to re-open it depending on available access to the bridge, damage to the area and power outages.

     

    Hurricane Irma is a large and powerful storm. All marine interests must take early and substantial 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 Force winds from a hurricane force storm within 12 hours.

     

    Mariners can stay updated on latest Florida Gulf Coast port conditions through the Coast GuardHomeport website.

    For breaking news, follow us on Twitter @uscgsoutheast.

  • 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: Circus Bridge Construction Underway, Venice, FL, GIWW Statute Mile 55


    With a closed vertical clearance of 25ft, twin-leaf bascule Circus Bridge crosses the West Florida Waterway south of Venice.

    FLORIDA – GULF INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY – CHARLOTTE HARBOR TO TAMPA BAY – VENICE – CIRCUS BRIDGE: Bridge Repairs READ MORE!

    Construction on the Circus Bridge has begun. The construction Project will be ongoing from July 5, 2017 through late September/early October 2017. There will be several pieces of floating equipment remaining in the water during the period of construction to include barges, cranes, and other work vessels. The Circus Bridge construction project is located near mile 54.9 on the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, in Venice, FL. Single leaf operation should remain normal, but a three hour notice is requested for double leaf openings. All boaters are advised to use extreme caution while transiting the area.
    The project senior superintendant for Southern Road & Bridge, George Pappas, may be reached at 727-940-5395 for details on the project. Ref: LNM 28-17 Chart: 11425

    Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory Listing For South Venice/ Tamiami Trail/Circus Bridge

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of South Venice/ Tamiami Trail/Circus Bridge

  • LNM: Underwater Hazard, south of Anclote River Entrance, near GIWW Statute Mile 150, 7/12/2017


    This underwater hazard is west of the Waterway near the entrance channel into the Anclote River.

    FLORIDA – TAMPA BAY TO PORT RICHEY – ANCLOTE ANCHORAGE SOUTH ENTRANCE
    The U.S. Coast Guard received a report of a broken metal I-beam approximately 1.5 feet below the surface at high tide in approximate position 28-09.145N / 082-50.413W. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11411 LNM 28/17

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

  • LNM: Destroyed Daybeacon 14, Hurricane Pass Channel, near GIWW Statute Mile 141, 7/12/2017


    This destroyed daybeacon is on the south side of the Hurricane Pass channel just west of the channel’s intersection with the West Florida Waterway at statute mile 141. Hurricane Pass is exposed to constant shoaling and SSECN recommends avoiding this inlet.

    FLORIDA -TAMPA BAY TO PORT RICHEY – HURRICANE PASS: Private Aid/Hazard to Navigation
    Private aid Hurricane Pass Daybeacon 14 (LLNR 26025.1) was reported destroyed. Wreckage may pose a hazard to navigation. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11411 LNM 28/17

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

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