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

    • LNM: Wreck South of Cape St. George, West Florida Gulf


      This marked wreck is south of Apalachiacola Bay off the Cape St. George, FL.

      FL – GULF OF MEXICO – Wreck
      A sunken barge has been reported approximately 6 nautical miles south of Cape St. George, FL., in approximate position 29-30-18.00N 085-07-12.00W (29°30.3000N / 085°7.2000W, 29.505000 / -85.120000), in approximately 50 feet of water. The barge is reportedly marked with a buoy. Mariners are urged to transit the area with caution. Chart 11360 LNM 45/18

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    • LNM: Phone Numbers for Florida Lock Operators

      If you lock through Canaveral or the Okeechobee Waterway, please put the numbers for the Corps locks into your phone. Remember to listen to any direction offered by the lock operator to ensure everyone’s safety as you lock through! Our thanks to Officer Erica Skolte for this information and advice.

      W.P. Franklin Lock 239-694-5451
      Ortona Lock 863-675-0616
      Moore Haven Lock 863-946-0414
      Port Mayaca Lock 561-924-2858
      St. Lucie Lock 772-287-2665
      Canaveral Lock 321-783-5421

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    • LNM: Port Condition Zulu Set for North Florida Gulf Coast Ports

      All commercial port operations from Cedar Key to Tarpon Springs are suspended. Private recreational vessels should follow the Coast Guard advice and stay off the water!



      YANKEETOWN, Fla. — The Coast Guard set port condition Zulu for northern Florida Gulf Coast ports, Tuesday, and continues to prepare for impacts of Hurricane Michael.

      All commercial port operations from Cedar Key to Tarpon Springs are suspended.

      Port Condition Zulu is set when gale-force winds are possible within 12 hours. All commercial and recreational vessel operators are urged to seek safe harbor.

      Maritime and port facilities are reminded to review and update their heavy weather response plans and make any additional preparations needed to adequately prepare in case of a potential impact to the area.

      “Coast Guard Station Yankeetown crew members and all of our crews along Florida’s Gulf Coast are preparing early for the hurricane,” said Cmdr. William Walsh, the Sector St. Petersburg deputy commander. “Use this time before the storm to save your property, but more importantly your life.”

      Mariners all along Florida’s Gulf Coast are urged to heed all local weather watches, warnings and advisories, and use these tips to stay safe:

      Stay off the water. The Coast Guard’s search and rescue capabilities degrade as storm conditions strengthen. This means help could be delayed.

      Evacuate as necessary. Coast Guard personnel and other emergency responders may not be able to evacuate or rescue those in danger during the storm. If mandatory evacuations are set for an area, the public should evacuate without delay.

      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. Trailer-able 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 remove EPIRBs and to secure life rings, lifejackets and small boats. These items, if not properly secured, can break free and 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.

      Stay informed. Monitor your local television, radio and internet sources for storm progress. Storms move quickly and are unpredictable. Boaters can monitor Hurricane Michael’s progress on VHF radio channel 16 including small craft advisories and hazards.

      Don’t rely on social media. People in distress should use 911 to request assistance whenever possible. Social media should not be used to report life-threatening distress due to limited resources to monitor the dozens of social media platforms during a hurricane or large-scale rescue event.

      For information on Hurricane Michael and hurricane preparedness, please visit the National Hurricane Center’s website.

      Visit the Coast Guard’s Homeport site for port condition updates.

      For more breaking news follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

      -USCG-

      HURRICANE SEASON PORT CONDITIONS AND CATEGORIES Port Conditions are set by the COTP and are used to alert the maritime community to changes in port operations needed to prepare for the hurricane’s arrival. Approximate Time Port Condition Jun 1 – Nov 30 Seasonal Alert 72 Hrs Whiskey 48 Hrs X-Ray 24 Hrs Yankee 12 Hrs Zulu After Landfall Recovery

      PORT CONDITION WHISKEY: Gale force winds (34 knots or 39 mph) are predicted to arrive within 72 hours. Ports Status: Open to all commercial and recreational traffic.

      PORT CONDITION X-RAY: Gale force winds are predicted to arrive within 48 hours. Port Status: Open to all commercial and recreational traffic.

      PORT CONDITION YANKEE: Gale force winds are predicted to arrive within 24 hours. Ports status: Closed to inbound traffic and vessel traffic control measures in effect on vessel movements within the port.

      PORT CONDITION ZULU: Gale force winds are predicted to arrive within 12 hours. Ports Status: Closed to all inbound and outbound traffic.

      PORT CONDITION RECOVERY: The storm is no longer a threat to the area, however, some damage may have occurred and response and recovery operations are in progress. Ports status: Reopened to outbound traffic at the completion of the port survey. Vessel traffic control measures remain in effect on vessel movements within the port.

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    • LNM: Dredging to Begin, New Pass, Sarasota, FL, near GIWW Statute Mile 72


      Last dredged in 2016, New Pass leads directly to the Sarasota waterfront and the entrance portion between the Entrance Light and Light 7 is constantly shifting. And note that the Coast Guard no longer recommends using New Pass due to significant dangerous shoaling. Hopefully, this dredging will change that recommendation.


      FLORIDA – CHARLOTTE HARBOR TO TAMPA BAY – NEW PASS – Dredge Operations
      Coastal Dredging will commence dredge operations within and near New Pass in the City of Sarasota, Florida from approximately existing shoreline outbound approximately 4,000 feet. Dredge slurry will be transported via floating and submerged high-density polyethylene dredge pipeline. Submerged pipeline will be placed within and adjacent to New Pass as well as (up to) 1,000 feet offshore from the existing beach heading southeast to the southern end of Lido Beach. Floating and submerged pipeline may be in the channel while construction operations are underway. The pipeline will be marked. Barge and pipe fleeting may occur west of the Intracoastal Waterway and north of the New Pass inlet beginning October, 2018 through March, 2019. Moored barges and floating pipeline racks will be marked. The Dredge CLEUTUS will monitor CHF – FM channels 13, 16 and working channel 8. Operations will run 24/7. Mariners are urged to use extreme caution in and near the areas mentioned, transit at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake, and proceed with caution after passing arrangements (via VHF channel 8) have been made. Approximately 2,000 feet of floating pipeline will be utilized directly behind the dredge and portions of this pipeline and submerged pipeline may be inside of the navigation channel while construction operations are underway. Recreational pleasure craft shall attempt to avoid the immediate area of operations and comply with posted signage/day shapes. All traffic requiring passage through the worksite(s) shall make passing arrangements
      allowing sufficient time for operations to cease and for dredge equipment and pipeline to be relocated for safe passage.
      Project POCS:
      Site Contact: Gene Whittington (Dredge Captain) Cellular Phone: (985) 960-2819
      Site Contact: Dakota Fullner (1st Mate) Cellular Phone: (985) 645-0442
      Site Contact (Night): Ronnie Sims (1st Mate) Cellular Phone: (228) 671-7870
      Additional Project Contact (Non-Emergency): Justin Chorlog (PM): justin@coastaldredging.net
      Chart 11425 LNM 40/18

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

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    • LNM: Historical Site Buoys, off Manasota Beach, FL, west of GIWW


      These four markers are on the Gulf side of Manasota Key near GIWW Mile 48.


      FLORIDA – CHARLOTTE HARBOR – OFF MANASOTA KEY BEACH: Four (4) Regulatory Buoys
      Mariners should be advised of the presence of four (4) Regulatory Buoys that mark a State Historical Site. The buoys are located at: 26-59.68N / 082-24.467W (26°59.6800N / 082°24.4670W, 26.994667 / -82.407783), 26-59.561N / 082-24.325W (26°59.5610N / 082°24.3250W, 26.992683 / -82.405417), 26-59.442N / 082-24.451W (26°59.4420N / 082°24.4510W, 26.990700 / -82.407517), 26-59.561N / 082-24.596W (26°59.5610N / 082°24.5960W, 26.992683 / -82.409933) . The Buoys read: “State Historical Site. No: Removing, Defacing, Destroying, or Altering Any of this Archaeological Site.” Chart 11425 LNM 36/18

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    • LNM: Lighted Research Buoy, Egmont Channel, Tampa Bay, FL


      This research buoy is between Egmont Key and Mullet Key and appears to be on the southern edge of the Egmont Channel west of the Sunshine Skyway and the West Florida ICW.

      USF College of Marine Science has temporarily placed Tsunami/Earthquake Research Mooring Buoy until approximately January 2019. The buoy is yellow displaying a FL Y 4.5s characteristic in position 27-36.00N/82-45.22W (27°36.0000N / 082°45.2200W, 27.600000 / -82.753667) . Mariners are to avoid close proximity, or any other interference of this buoys data gathering function. For further information, contact Jason Law at jlaw@mail.usf.edu at the USF College of Marine Science. Chart 11412 11415 LNM 33/18

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    • LNM: Corey Causeway Bridge on Single Leaf Opening until March, 2019, GIWW Statute Mile 118


      With a closed vertical clearance of 23ft, Corey Causeway Bridge crosses the Waterway northwest of unlighted daybeacon #39 in northern Boca Ciega Bay.

      FLORIDA – WEST COAST – TAMPA BAY – ST PETERSBURG – INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY -COREY CAUSEWAY BRIDGE: Bridge Repairs.
      Quinn Construction, INC. has been contracted by Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to perform the construction work on the Corey Causeway Bridge in Pinellas County, FL. The project is estimated to begin late May, 2018 and will continue thru February 28, 2019. Construction will consist of mechanical and electrical repairs, painting, roadway and sidewalk grating replacement which includes concrete removal, spall repair and tender house renovation. During construction they will have floating equipment, small barges, and support vessels in the channel and behind the fender systems. For safety purposes, a one leaf opening request will be on demand. A 6 hour notice is required for vessels needing double leaf opening. This would allow enough time for the contractors to secure equipment, remove necessary floating equipment, and allow safe passage of any vessel requiring full channel width openings. Mariners are strongly advised to stay clear of all construction equipment and support vessels and to use caution when transiting the area. For further details contact Mr. Tom Quinn at 941-322-4552 with Quinn Construction INC. For waterways related questions, contact Coast Guard Sector St Petersburg Waterways at (813) 228-2191 or via email at D07-SMB-Tampa-WWM@uscg.mil. Chart 11411 LNM 19/18

      Click Here To View the VA to NC Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Corey Causeway Bridge

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window Zoomed To the Location of Corey Causeway Bridge

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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.”

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      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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    • LNM: Shoaling in Big Marco Pass, Gulf Coast, Marco Island, FL


      Big Marco Pass and Capri Pass connect the Gulf to Gordan Pass Channel, a narrow waterway connecting Marco Island northward to Naples Bay. Daybeacon 1A is on the north side of the entrance channel.

      FLORIDA – LOSTMANS RIVER TO WIGGINS PASS – BIG MARCO PASS – GORDON PASS: ShoalingThere is shoaling between Big Marco Pass-Gordon Pass Channel Daybeacon 1A (LLNR 17100 [25°58.6088N / 081°44.4818W, 25.976813 / -81.741363]) and Big Marco Pass-Gordon Pass Channel Daybeacon 3 (LLNR 17165 [25°58.7375N / 081°44.3491W, 25.978959 / -81.739152]). A temporary aid (TRLB) has been established to best mark shoal.Big Marco Pass-Gordon Pass Channel TRLB 1B displaying Fl Q G, 4NM characteristics in position 25-58-42.787N / 081-44-21.753W (25°58.7131N / 081°44.3626W, 25.978552 / -81.739376) (25°58.7131N / 081°44.3626W, 25.978552 / -81.739376) Chart 11430 LNM 10/18

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Daybeacon 1A

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    • 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. Note too, Bill’s observation about buoy placement on the chartlet and on the full chart. Our recommendation is to keep the Green markers on your port side when entering.

      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 [27°46.6275N / 082°47.3258W, 27.777125 / -82.788763]).

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

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      1. Bill -  February 18, 2018 - 3:46 pm

        I’ve been looking at this chart because of the couple that sank on the way in here recently. It seems to me that the latest NOAA chart (and the ones you link to here) have a green (G”3″) marker on the *right* of the marked channel coming in, which is confusing, and possibly wrong. However, the thumbnail you show on this page has G”3″ on the left of the channel, where it should be. Is your thumbnail newer or older than the others?

        My theory is that the CG moved the marker because of the encroaching shoal but never erased the dotted-line channel marks. but that’s just a guess. I think there should at least be a LNM pointing this out.

        {Editor’s comment: The large chart showing G 3 stationed further south seems to mark the encroaching shoal’s new edge. Cruisers’ Net’s advice is to follow the markers rather than lines on the chart.}

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        • Gene Fuller -  February 23, 2018 - 7:19 pm

          It is very rare for chart features to be updated, other than positions for aids to navigation. Depths and channel indications can be wrong for years.

          *Always* follow the markers on the water unless you have direct local knowledge that says otherwise.

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        • Torie Cannon -  February 26, 2018 - 6:30 pm

          Friends of ours were coming Johns Pass this weekend and went hard aground causing serious damage to their 39’ Gulfstar Sailmaster. They were taking on water and beached the boat just inside the pass to prevent her from totally sinking. Then hailed SeaTow or Boat US to assist. They did manage to get hauled this weekend but not before a lot of water was in the boat. The towing company quickly showed up with pumps and manage to get them afloat at towed them to a near by yard for haul out. When I heard about the other boat going aground I thought old boat and newbies are a bad combination. But our friends have been in and out of the pass enough to know it. I think last time was about 6 months ago. Something is not marked in that pass.

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    • NAV ALERT: Rock Obstruction, Seaplane Basin, Tampa Bay, 2/1/2018


      The protected harbor known as Seaplane Basin lies just south of the city of Tampa, on the northern part of Hillsborough Bay.

      FLORIDA – TAMPA BAY – HILLSBOROUGH CUT D CHANNEL – OFF DAVIS ISLAND: Rocks Hazard Davis Islands
      The U.S. Coast Guard received a report of uncharted rock obstruction creating a hazard to navigation south of the entrance to the Seaplane Basin at Davis Islands, Tampa, Florida. The rocks are located at 27-54.233N / 82-27.403W (27°54.2330N / 082°27.4030W, 27.903883 / -82.456717) . The obstruction reduces the depth at that area from charted 10-11feet to an estimated 4.5feet. Chart 11416 LNM 05/18

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

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    • 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 [27°57.8315N / 082°49.1721W, 27.963858 / -82.819535]) and Clearwater Marina Daybeacon 4 (LLNR 25745 [27°57.9094N / 082°49.0531W, 27.965156 / -82.817552]) in approximate position 27-57.633N / 082-48.857W (27°57.6330N / 082°48.8570W, 27.960550 / -82.814283) (27°57.633N / 082°48.857W, 27.96055 / -82.81428(27°57.6330N / 082°48.8568W) 3) . 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

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    • LNM: Severe Shoaling, New Pass, Sarasota, FL, 6/8/2017


      New Pass leads directly to the Sarasota waterfront and the entrance portion between the Entrance Light and Light 7 is constantly shifting and shoaling. SSECN has long recommended that this pass not be used. On June 9, the USCG announced their intention to close New Pass.

      FLORIDA – CHARLOTTE HARBOR TO TAMPA BAY – NEW PASS CHANNEL: Severe Shoal/Hazard to Navigation.
      Due to increased shoaling mariners are advised to use extreme caution when transiting offshore, New Pass, Sarasota, from New Pass Channel to New Pass Bascule Bridge. Due to frequent changing conditions, buoys are not charted in this channel. The U.S Coast Guard strongly recommends avoiding this channel if possible. Chart 11425 LNM 23/17

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

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    • LNM: Shoaling Reported in Pass-a-Grille north of Tampa Bay


      This shoaling is in the North Channel of Pass-a-Grille Channel north of the entrance to Tampa Bay.

      FLORIDA – TAMPA BAY TO PORT RICHEY – PASS-A-GRILLE: Shoaling.
      The U.S. Coast Guard has received reports of shoaling in the vicinity of Pass-A-Grille between Pass-A-Grille Daybeacon 7 (LLNR 25480 [27°40.5250N / 082°44.9422W, 27.675416 / -82.749036]) and Daybeacon 7B (LLNR 25490 [27°40.6919N / 082°44.4790W, 27.678198 / -82.741316]). Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11411 LNM: 14/17

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Pass-a-Grille

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    • LNM: More on Shoaling in New Pass, Sarasota Bay, near GIWC Statute Mile 75


      New Pass, last dredged in August of 2016, leads directly to the Sarasota waterfront and the entrance portion between the Entrance Light and Light 7 is constantly shifting to the end that the Coast Guard no longer recommends using New Pass due to dangerous shoaling. See /162399 for more on New Pass.

      FLORIDA – CHARLOTTE HARBOR TO TAMPA BAY – NEW PASS: Reports of Shoaling.
      The U.S. Coast Guard has received reports of shoaling in New Pass, Sarasota County. Shoaling occurs between Buoys 5, 6 and Light 7 with depths of 4 feet in certain area. Mariners should use caution and consult the latest Army Corps of Engineers Hydrographic surveys for more information at http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Navigation/Hydro-Surveys/.
      New Pass Channel Buoy 5A (LLNR 21610) has been repositioned to 27-19-34.036N/082-35-23.101W (27°19.5673N / 082°35.3850W, 27.326121 / -82.589750) to best mark shoaling.
      Mariners are advised to use extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11425 LNM 04/17

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

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    • Shoaling, Gordan Pass, Gulf Coast, Naples, FL


      Gordan Pass is the inlet into Naples, FL and shoaling is regularly reported in the channel from its entrance to the point where the channel joins the Naples Channel in Naples Bay.

      FLORIDA – LOSTMANS RIVER TO WIGGINS PASS – GORDON PASS CHANNEL: Shoaling.
      The U.S. Coast Guard received a report of shoaling in Gordon Pass Channel from the center of the Federal Project Channel to Gordon Pass Channel Light 2 (LLNR 17455 [26°5.4649N / 081°48.4687W, 26.091081 / -81.807812]). Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11430 LNM 50/16

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    • More on Shoaling in New Pass, GICW Statute Mile 75, Sarasota, FL


      SSECN is not sure if this notice from BOSN Pauly means that the Coast Guard is now recommending the use of New Pass, but SSECN still does not recommend its use if your vessel draws more than 4ft.

      Subject: RE: New Pass Channel Sarasota County and Longboat Key

      All concerned,
      Great news that New Pass is almost completed. We plan to install temporary buoys later this week and are discussing how many permanent, fixed pilings to add to the area. We do not want to add fixed aids only to have the Pass shoal up again and we not be able to remove them, leaving behind hazards.

      The main reason I’m emailing is to let you know I’ve updated the Local Notice to Mariners with information about the shoaling inside the New Pass Bridge between Light 13 and Day Beacon 17. Shoaling is occurring with depths down to 4.2 feet MLLW as reported by the Army Corps of Engineers in 2015.
      This section of the federal channel has a project depth of 8 feet. I mentioned this area of concern prior to the beginning of dredging. Here is a link for Army Corps surveys. Scroll down to New Pass.
      http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Navigation/Hydro-Surveys/

      Mariners should still use caution when transiting New Pass and be aware that the water in the channel will decrease from a dredged 13 feet to 4 feet inside the bridge. This information will be voice broadcasted for a week then go into the online edition of the LNM. This is important information for boaters and boating safety. Please share this information with the boating public.
      v/r
      BOSN4 Darren Pauly
      Aids to Navigation Officer
      US Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg
      155 Columbia Drive
      Tampa FL 33606
      darren.a.pauly@uscg.mil
      (813) 228-2191 Ext. 8184 Tampa office

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

      For a recent Local Notice on New Pass, see /159755

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      1. Bob Dockery -  September 28, 2016 - 11:16 am

        I just returned to Longboat Key and have observed that New Pass has been dredged and that Longboat Pass is in the process of being dredged. I do not know the details.
        Bob Dockery

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    • Shoaling Reported in New Pass, GICW Statute Mile 75, Sarasota, FL


      Despite the dredging of New Pass just completed in August of this year, this new shoaling confirms the constant shifting of the channel. The entrance channel connects the Gulf with Sarasota and intersects the Gulf Waterway at Marker #17. Note that the Coast Guard and SSECN no longer recommend using New Pass due to significant dangerous shoaling.

      FLORIDA – CHARLOTTE HARBOR TO TAMPA BAY – NEW PASS: Shoaling
      There are reports of shoaling between New Pass Channel Light 13 (21705) 27-20-18.273N, 082-34-27.440W (27°20.3045N / 082°34.4573W, 27.338409 / -82.574289) and New Pass Channel DBN 17 (21725) 27-20-28.987N / 082-33-54.003W (27°20.4831N / 082°33.9001W, 27.341385 / -82.565001) . Surveyed depths show depths as low as 4.2ft MLLW in the channel. ACOE survey link http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Navigation/Hydro-Surveys/. Mariners are advsed to use extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11425 LNM 38/16

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

      For more on New Pass, see /159010 and /156388

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    • Shoaling in Wiggins Pass, Naples, FL


      Even with dredging, Wiggins Pass is one of the most shoal prone inlets on the Western Florida coastline. Wiggins Pass cuts the coast between Gordon Pass and Fort Myers Beach. To be safe, we strongly recommend calling Pelican Isle Yacht Club at 239-566-1606 for up-to-date depth information BEFORE attempting entry.

      FLORIDA – FORT MYERS TO CHARLOTTE HARBOR AND WIGGINS PASS: Shoaling.
      The U.S. Coast Guard received a report of shoaling in Wiggins Pass between Safe Water Light WP (LLNR 17775 [26°17.2600N / 081°50.1400W, 26.287667 / -81.835667]) 26-17-15.600N/081-50-08.400W (26°17.2600N / 081°50.1400W, 26.287667 / -81.835667) and Wiggins Pass Daybeacon 12 (LLNR 17815 [26°17.3833N / 081°49.6500W, 26.289722 / -81.827500]) 26-17-23.000N/081-49-39.000W (26°17.3833N / 081°49.6500W, 26.289722 / -81.827500) . Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11427 LNM 28/16

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