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

  • Sunken Vessel in Gulfport Mooring Field, Boca Ciega Bay, near GICW Statute Mile 115

    The smaller-than-a-crab-trap-buoy marking the location of the sunken vessel is very difficult to see, even in daylight. See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=146123 for a photo sent to us by Skipper David Burnham.

    FLORIDA – GIWW – GULPORT – BOCA CIEGA BAY: Hazard to Navigation
    The Coast Guard received a report of a sunken vessel approximately 30ft in the Anchorage Area of Boca Ciega Bay. The vessel is approximately 3ft underwater and marked by an unlit white buoy in approximate position 27-43.88N 082-42.36W. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11411 LNM: 50/14

    Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Gulfport Anchorage/Mooring Field

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Gulfport Mooring Field

  • Repair Work Scheduled, Treasure Island Causeway Bridge, 1/5 to 2/6/2105, GICW Statute Mile 119

    Treasure Island Causeway Bridge crosses the ICW at Statute Mile 119, north of flashing daybeacon #14.

    FLORIDA – GULF INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY – TAMPA BAY TO ANCLOTE – TREASURE ISLAND BRIDGE: Bridge Repairs.
    Southern Road and Bridge Company will be working on the Treasure Island Bridge across the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, Treasure Island, Pinellas County, Florida from January 5 through February 6, 2015. The Treasure Island Bridge will be on single-leaf operations with double-leaf available with a half-hour notice to the bridge tender. There will be a work platform under the down leaf. Mariners should proceed with caution.
    Chart: 11411 LNM: 49/14

    Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Treasure Island Causeway Bridge

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

  • Destroyed Daybeacon at Wiggins Pass, West Florida Coast, 12/10/2014

    This destroyed daybeacon marks the narrow entrance to Wiggins Pass, which cuts the coast between Gordon Pass and Fort Myers Beach. Wiggins Pass is one of the most shoal prone inlets on the Western Florida coastline and is often dredged. But by the time the dredge disappears over the horizon, the sand is silting back in once again. 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 – WEST COAST – FORT MYERS TO CHARLOTTE HARBOR AND WIGGINS PASS: Private aid Hazard to Navigation
    Private aid Wiggins Pass Daybeacon 1 (LLNR 17780) is destroyed. The remains of the pile is partially submerged and is a hazard to navigation. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11427 LNM: 49/14

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

  • Follow Up on Submerged Vessel, Gulfport Mooring Field, Boca Ciega Bay, near GICW Statute Mile 115

    Our thanks to Skipper Burnham for his description of the location and depth of this underwater hazard. Gulfport Mooring Field is on the northeastern shore of Boca Ciega Bay on the lower portion of the Tampa peninsula.

    I have been remiss at reporting this submerged vessel because I had thought it was already posted on SSCN but cannot find it in the archives.
    There is a large powerboat that sunk in the Gulfport mooring area and it is marked by a small white buoy that may be mistaken for a crab pot marker except for the yellow band around the top. We cruised over this sunken vessel and found it to be lying entirely to the west of the marker buoy and not under the buoy as we had suspected. We were surprised to find less than 3 feet of water measured by our boat hook above the highest point of the sunken vessel.
    Because this sunken vessel lies quite a way south of the Gulfport fishing pier it is not a hazard to cruisers using the Gulfport Casino Dock for visiting Gulfport unless their approach is close by the Trawler with the light green hull that is moored to the west of the sunken vessel. If that light green hulled Trawler is NOT on her mooring, as usual, the sunken wreck is a poorly marked shallow water hazard that does not show up on Google Earth.
    David Burnham

    Through Skipper Burnham’s efforts, the USCG has issued Notice to Mariners. Thank you David Burnham! This is the Boating Community at its Best!!
    The Notice to Mariners and David’s correspondence is copied below:

    Larry,
    The USCG has located the 30′ Power Yacht that sunk in the Gulfport, Florida mooring area on June 4th and it is now on the Notice to Mariners with a GPS approximate location to help pinpoint the hazard for cruisers. I’m grateful that it hasn’t caused someone a serious problem up ’til now. I can’t help but feel that I’ve “stuck my nose” into some other Captain’s affairs although it seems irresponsible that the USCG wasn’t contacted earlier this year.

    —–Forwarded Message—–
    From: “Pauly, Darren A BOSN3″
    Sent: Dec 10, 2014 12:32 PM
    To: “burnhad@peoplepc.com”
    Subject: FW: FWD:SECTOR ST PETERSBURG BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS 1164-14
    Mr. Burnham,
    I was not aware of this sunken boat until you contacted Ms. Dragon at our district office. We are currently doing a voice broadcast for this Hazard and it will go into the weekly Local Notice to Mariners and will stay there until the boat is removed. Thank you for reporting this.
    BOSN3 Darren Pauly
    Aids to Navigation Officer
    USCG Sector St. Petersburg
    155 Columbia Drive
    Tampa, Fl. 33606
    darren.a.pauly@uscg.mil
    (813) 228-2191 ext 8184 Tampa office
    (727) 502-1522 St. Pete office
    (727) 804-3972 CELL
    —–Original Message—–
    From: Darren.A.Pauly@uscg.mil [mailto:Darren.A.Pauly@uscg.mil]
    Sent: Wednesday, December 10, 2014 12:17 PM
    To: Pauly, Darren A BOSN3
    Subject: FWD:SECTOR ST PETERSBURG BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS 1164-14
    DTG: 101342Z DEC 14
    Originator: COMCOGARD SECTOR ST PETERSBURG FL//SCC//
    Subject: SECTOR ST PETERSBURG BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS 1164-14

    UNCLAS //N16750//
    SUBJ: SECTOR ST PETERSBURG BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS 1164-14 BROADCAST UPON RECEIPT AND EVERY 4 HRS FOR 24 HRS THEN EVERY SCHEDULED BCST UNTIL 202359Z DEC 14 FLORIDA – WEST COAST – HAZ TO NAV 1. CG RECEIVED A REPORT OF AN APPROX 30FT VSL SUNKEN IN THE ANCHORAGE AREA OF BOCA CIEGA BAY. VSL IS APPROX 3FT UNDER WATER AND IS MARKED BY AN UNLIT WHT BUOY IN POSN 27-43.88N 082-42.36W. ALL MARINERS EXERCISE CAUTION WHILE TRANSITING THE AREA.

    “Life’s a reach and then you jibe”
    David Burnham
    Treasurer, Past Commodore, RIYC 2014
    Racing Chairman, Board Member, BCYC 2014-2016
    C: 843-906-8637

    12/17/2014 And here is the Week 50/14 Local Notice:

    FLORIDA – GIWW – GULPORT – BOCA CIEGA BAY: Hazard to Navigation
    The Coast Guard received a report of a sunken vessel approximately 30ft in the Anchorage Area of Boca Ciega Bay. The vessel is approximately 3ft underwater and marked by an unlit white buoy in approximate position 27-43.88N 082-42.36W. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11411 LNM: 50/14

    Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Gulfport Anchorage/Mooring Field

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Gulfport Anchorage/Mooring Field

  • Destroyed Light, Little Sarasota Bay, Gulf Waterway Statute Mile 67, 12/6/2014

    This destroyed light marks a narrow passage between two points of land from White Beach and Coral Cove.

    FLORIDA – GICW – CHARLOTTE HARBOR TO TAMPA BAY – MATHENY CREEK: Hazard to Navigation
    Venice Inlet-Siesta Key Light 54 (LLNR 58285) is destroyed. The remains of the pile broken pile sits 1/2ft above the waterline. The wreckage is marked by a TRLB, Fl Q R, 4M in position 27-14-33.872N/082-31-12.125W. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution. Chart 11425 LNM: 48/14

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

  • Shoaling to 3.5ft in Johns Pass Channel, Boca Ciega Bay, West Coast, 12/6/2014

    This channel shoaling is near the intersection of Johns Pass Channel and the GICW at mile 121.3 in Boca Ciega Bay. Note the recommendation to acquire local knowledge. Madeira Beach Marina would be a good source to contact.

    FLORIDA – WEST COAST – TAMPA BAY TO PORT RICHEY – JOHNS PASS CHANNEL: Hazard to Navigation/Shoaling
    The entrance to Johns Pass Channel has a project depth of 10ft. The ACOE surveys found the project depth between Johns Pass Channel Light 2 (LLNR 25585) and Johns Pass Channel Light 4 (LLNR 25600) have reported soundings as low as 7.5ft due to shoaling. Shoaling also exists between Johns Pass Channel DBN 8 (LLNR 25625) and Johns Pass Channel Light 10 (LLNR 25630) with soundings as low as 3.6ft along the northern side of the channel. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting these areas. Local knowledge recommended as the channel is constantly changing. Chart 11411 LNM: 48/14

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

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Western Florida Marina Listing For Madeira Beach Marina

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Madeira Beach – Johns Pass Anchorage

  • Shoaling to Four Feet MLW in Clearwater Pass, near GICW Statute Mile 135, 12/5/2014

    This shoaling in the popular Clearwater Channel is at the southern end of the curving channel north of the fixed bridge .

    FLORIDA – WEST COAST – TAMPA BAY TO PORT RICHEY – CLEARWATER PASS – CLEARWATER MARINA CHANNEL: Hazard to
    Navigation/Shoaling

    The ACOE survey project depth between Clearwater Marina Channel Light 2 (LLNR 25730) and Clearwater Marina Channel DBN 4 (LLNR 25745) are as low as 4ft due to shoaling. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution when transiting the area. Local knowledge recommended as the channel is constantly changing. Chart 11411 LNM: 48/14

    Our thanks to Skipper Fuller for catching our error. The symbol has been corrected.

    The alert is in the wrong position. The actual problem area is inside the bridge, at the southern end of the curving channel that heads toward the Clearwater Marina. That channel has long been a trouble spot, and it was dredged not too long ago. It has filled in very fast.
    There is no problem in the area shown by your alert symbol [now corrected].
    Gene Fuller

    Hi Larry,
    We passed through Clearwater a couple of weeks ago. I was shocked when we saw 5.5 feet in the trouble area, at HIGH tide. (We need 5.3 feet.) A year ago the readings were more like 10 feet.
    Regards,
    Gene Fuller

     

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

  • Damaged Daybeacon, Barron River Channel, Everglades City, West Florida, 11/27/2014

    The Barron River Channel connects Chokoloskee Bay to the Everglades City waterfront. Damaged Daybeacon # 39 is the third of three Green markers at the south end of the waterfront.

    FLORIDA – CHATHAM RIVER TO CLAM PASS -BARRON RIVER CHANNEL: Hazard to Navigation.
    Barron River Channel Daybeacon 39 (LLNR 16185) is destroyed. The remains of the pile are 1ft below or above the waterline depending upon the tide. The wreckage marked with a TRLB, WR39, Fl Q G. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11429 LNM: 47/14

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

  • Severe Shoaling Reported South of Anclote Key, near West Florida ICW Statute Mile 150, May 9, 2014

    This shoaling at the southern tip of Anclote Key was enough to set a Navigation Alert in May of this year, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=140538. Obviously, the shoaling has become much more severe since May. Take care!

    FLORIDA – TAMPA BAY TO PORT RICHEY – ANCLOTE SOUTH ENTRANCE: Severe Shoaling
    Shoal exists with a depth of 2ft at high tide in approximate position 28-09-12.60N/082-50-12.00W shoal runs NW to SE between DBN 5 (LLNR 26085) and LT 7 (LLNR 26100)and extending across the channel. The Lateral Daymarks have been removed from Daybeacon 5(LLNR 26085) and 6 (LLNR 26095) and replaced with Non-lateral White Daymarks “DANGER SHOAL”. TRUB, 5 has established in position 28-09-04.908N/082-50-20.881W and TRUB, 5A established in position 28-09-16.279N/082-50-10.078W. Chart 11411

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

  • Tentative Closures of I-75 Twin Bridges, Caloosahatchee River, Okeechobee Mile 129

    There are five fixed bridges with 55ft vertical clearances between Lake Okeechobee and the western end of the Okeechobee Waterway, beginning with the I-75 twin bridges at statute mile 129.

    FLORIDA – OKEECHOBEE WATERWAY – ST LUCIE INLET TO FORT MYERS – CALOOSAHATCHEE RIVER – I-75 BRIDGE: Bridge
    Construction.

    The de Moya Group, Inc. has advised the Coast Guard that they will be setting the new bridge girders across the Caloosahatchee River. During main girder installation the waterway will need to be closed to navigation for the protection of the workers as well as the vessel operators passing under this location. The tentative schedule for waterway closures are Saturday, November 21, 2014, Wednesday, December 3, 2014, Wednesday, December 10, 2014, Wednesday, December 17, 2014, Wednesday, December 24, 2014 and Saturday, January 10, 2015.
    The exact dates and times will be published in future Notice to Mariners, due to possible weather delays.
    Chart 11428 LNM: 40/14

    Click Here To View the Okeechobee Waterway Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory Listing For I-75 Bridges

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of I-75 Bridges

  • New Navigation Aids and Markers at Longboat Pass, south of Tampa Bay, 9/25/2014

    Longboat Pass separates Longbeach and Bradenton Beach south of Tampa Bay near Statute Mile 85. This shoaling appears to be west of the Pass between the Approach Light Mo (A) W and entrance channel marker #1, as reported in an earlier Local Notice: http://cruisersnet.net/?p=144209. The additional buoys listed below will make navigating the Pass easier and safer.

    FLORIDA – WEST COAST – CHARLOTTE HARBOR TO TAMPA BAY – LONGBOAT PASS: Shoaling/Hazard to Navigation
    Temporarily Disestablished and Installed “DANGER SHOAL” Boards:
    -LONGBOAT PASS DBN 1 (LLNR 21757) removed SG1 dayboard and installed a“Danger Shoal” board
    -LONGBOAT PASS DBN 3 (LLNR 21760) removed SG3 dayboard and installed a “Danger Shoal” board
    Temporarily Established:
    -LONGBOAT PASS BUOY 1 in position 27-25-56.095N/082-41-45.036W
    -LONGBOAT PASS BUOY 2 in position 27-26-04.025N/082-41-44.206W
    -LONGBOAT PASS BUOY 2A in position 27-26-18.456N/082-41-37.788W
    -LONGBOAT PASS BUOY 3 in position 27-26-10.131N/082-41-46.746W
    -LONGBOAT PASS BUOY 3A in position 27-26-20.809N/082-41-43.716W
    Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area.
    Chart 11424 LNM: 38/14

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

  • Shoaling outside Longboat Pass, south of Tampa Bay

    Longboat Pass separates Longbeach and Bradenton Beach south of Tampa Bay near Statute Mile 85. This shoaling appears to be west of the Pass between the Approach Light Mo (A) W and entrance channel marker #1.

    FLORIDA – GULF OF MEXICO – LEMON BAY TO PASSAGE KEY INLET – LONGBOAT PASS: Shoaling.
    The Coast Guard received a report of shoaling in the vicinity of Longboat Pass Approach Light (LLNR 1350/21755). Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution transiting the area. Chart 11424 LNM: 35/14

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

  • Severe Shoaling in Tarpon Springs, Anclote River, West Florida, 8/6/2014

    The charming community of Tarpon Springs lies at the eastern end of the Anclote River, upstream of the northern terminus of the West Florida ICW. The turning basin is in the heart of downtown Tarpon Springs.

    FLORIDA – WEST COAST – TAMPA BAY TO PORT RICHEY – ANCLOTE RIVER: Severe Shoaling.
    There is severe shoaling in the center of the Turning Basin, Anclote River, Tarpon Springs in the vicinity of Anclote River Turning Basin Daybeacon 51 (LLNR 26360) and Anclote River Turning Basin Daybeacon 53 (LLNR 26365). Mariners are advised to use extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11411 LNM: 31/14

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

  • Jetty Construction on West Side of Honeymoon Island, north of Clearwater, FL

    Hurricane Pass, separating Honeymoon Island and Caladesi Island, leads to south St. Joseph Sound and Clearwater Harbor. These new jetties will be on the west side of Honeymoon Island in the vicinity of charted Pelican Point. Cruisers approaching Hurricane Pass from the north should avoid this construction site.

    FLORIDA – WEST COAST – TAMPA BAY TO PORT RICHEY – HONEYMOON ISLAND CHANNEL: Jetty Construction.
    Florida Dredge & Dock, LLC will commence jetty construction on or about August 15, 2014. Operations will include constructing 3 T-groins on the gulf side of Honeymoon Island centered approximately 1 mile north of Hurricane Pass. The jetties will extend 250 feet west from high water. Hours of ops will be daylight hours only, (6 days a week) Monday through Saturday. The project will run until approximately July, 2015. Further information contact Don Fletcher, Project Superintendent (727) 942-7888. Chart 11411 LNM: 30/14

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Hurricane Pass and Honeymoon Island

  • Advice on Shoaling in Longboat Pass, near Western Florida ICW Statute Mile 85.

    Longboat Pass - Click for Chartview

    Longboat Pass – Click for Chartview

    Longboat Pass separates Longbeach and Bradenton Beach south of Tampa Bay near Statute Mile 85. The shoaling described is in the Longboat Pass channel, not the intersection with the Waterway. SSECN posted a Navigation Alert for this area in 2013: http://cruisersnet.net/?p=104390

    FLORIDA- CHARLOTTE HARBOR TO TAMPA BAY – LONGBOAT PASS: Shoaling
    Shoal exists across the entire channel of Longboat Pass reaching a minimum depth of 4 feet. Shoal begins at Longboat Pass DBN 1 (LLNR 21757) and continues to Longboat Pass Bascule Bridge. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution. Chart 11425 LNM 14/14

    Claiborne, this is not a reply to your topics, but report on the gulf side entrance to longboat key bridge [Longboat Pass Bascule Bridge]. Stay away from the first green day marker. keep to the south and head for the first red and second green. once your through them it’s a straight shot to the bridge. If it is a sunny day and the water is clear, you can see the shallows by the first green. Another bit of advice is to not come out if the wind is piping up to 30 knots and anywhere from the southeast to the north west. The swells or waves can be rather large and the depth is not the best. If you draw over 5 feet, you most likely bump on the low part of the swells or waves. I went in and came out last week, quite an experience.
    Nick

    Captain Nick is correct as I live near LBK Pass and use it often in a 44-foot powerboat. You hug the red markers (RRR) and forget about the green markers that are near/in the shallow sand bar. Keep marker (shown on chart) Mo (A) 16M “LP” on your starboard (treat as green) on your approach. The natural, and rather deep channel is a “J-hook” that turns south, so boats approaching from the north would go past the inlet opening and then U-turn back to enter LBK Pass.
    Joe Curley

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

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  • Pinellas Bayway Northern High-Rise C Span nearing Completion, Western Florida ICW Statute Mile 114

    Pinellas Bayway northern “C” span crosses the ICW at Statute Mile 114, north of unlighted daybeacon #25, south of St. Petersburg. Our thanks to Skipper Julie for updating us on the new 65ft vertical clearance available (see LNM below), despite the fact that the construction is not yet complete.

    Structure C bridge is now a fixed bridge, 65′.
    Julie

    And we received this report from the Bridge Branch Chief of Operations, Michael Liebrum:

    Good Morning Larry,
    Pinellas Bayway C now looks like this, obviously not completed yet. It is published in the Local Notice to Mariners; but I thought you would enjoy the photos better.
    Mike

    Michael Lieberum
    Seventh Coast Guard District
    Bridge Branch
    Chief of Operations Section

    C Span Under Construction

    C Span Under Construction

    And here is the Local Notice to Mariners:

    FLORIDA – GULF INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY – TAMPA BAY TO ANCLOTE – PINELLAS BAYWAY “STRUCTURE C” BRIDGE:
    Bridge Construction/UPDATE.
    The Pinellas Bayway “Structure C” Bridge across Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, St. Petersburg, Pinellas County, Florida is being replaced with a high-level fixed bridge. This project is anticipated to start on December 15, 2011 and is expected to be completed by July 15, 2014. This work will require some waterway restrictions and closures. Vessels passing through this area are requested to contact the on-scene tug on VHF-FM channels 13/16 f or passing information.
    The main beam has been set across the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and the vertical clearance at this location is 65 ft at Mean High Water. The old bascule bridge has been removed. LNM: 08/14 Chart 11411

    Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory Listing For Pinellas Bayway C Span

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Pinellas Bayway C Span

  • Shoaling Hard By Anclote River Entrance, near Western Florida Intracoastal Statute Mile 150

    Anclote River Entrance Channel - Click for Chartview

    Anclote River Entrance Channel – Click for Chartview

    The shoaling described below seems be shelving to the west, on the broad swath of waters between Anclote River entrance channel marker #5 and a flashing marker #7, located well east of Dutchman Key, and marking a little used, treacherous channel, which rejoins the Anclote River passage between marker #5A and #9. Hopefully, this reported shoaling should not impede navigation in the narrow Anclote River entrance channel. However, care should be taken when approaching the westernmost set of markers from the north.

    FLORIDA-TAMPA BAY TO PORT RICHEY-ANCLOTE ANCHORAGE SOUTH ENTRANCE: Shoaling.
    Shoaling exists at the Anclote Anchorage South Entrance to a depth of 2ft at high tide in approximate position 28-09-12.60N/082-50-12.00W. The shoal runs NW to SE between Anclote Anchorage South Entrance Daybeacon 5 (LLNR 26085) and Light 7 (LLNR 26100). Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area.

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Anclote River Entrance

  • Hazard: Sunken Vessel, Anclote River Near Tarpon Springs FL, May 28, 2013

    Tarpon Springs - Click for Chartview

    This sunken fishing vessel in the Anclote River lies 1/2 nautical mile west and downsteam of the Tarpon Springs City Marina.

    FLORIDA-WEST COAST-TAMPA BAY TO PORT RICHEY-ANCLOTE RIVER: Hazard to Navigation.
    The F/V “SKYE MARIE” is submerged in the vicinity of Anclote River DBN 49 (LLNR 26350) and Anclote River DBN 50 (LLNR 26355) near the edge of the channel. The vessels outriggers are extending up and outwards toward the center of the channel. A TRLB displaying Q R characteristics and a 4NM range has been established in position 28-09-23.229N/082-45-47.410W in the vicinity of Tarpon Springs Sponge Dock. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11411

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position in Tarpon Springs

  • Dredging in Wiggins Pass, Gulf Coast, Naples, FL

    Wiggins Pass - Click for Chartview

    Even with the dredging done in March of this year, we have a Navigation Alert (http://cruisersnet.net/?p=92652) posted for Wiggins Pass, one of the most shoal prone inlets on the Western Florida coastline which cuts the coast between Gordon Pass and Fort Myers Beach. This channel is often dredged, but by the time the dredge disappears over the horizon, the sand is silting back in once again. However, dredging is always welcomed in this busy pass. And 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: Hydraulic Dredging.
    Orion Marine Construction Inc. will commence hydraulic dredging operations on or about May 24 2013. Operations will occur in Wiggins Pass, Naples. Orion Marine Construction will be performing preliminary construction in Wiggins Pass using a barge for equipment and other vessels. All Barges/Dredges/Tugs/Crew Boats will operate and monitor on working Channel 78 and VHF Channel 16. Hydraulic operations areas and explanations are listed below;
    Dredge JERI–B will be dredging in New Pass, Beach operations on Big Hickory Island and Orion Marine Group personnel will be performing crew transfers at Weeks fish Camping in Estero Bay. While dredging, the vessels will be displaying lights and dayboards as required, and may temporally impede the flow of traffic through the channel.
    The dredge “JERI-B” will work on Channel 78 and monitor VHF Channel 16. The “JERI-B” will operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A submerged pipeline will be utilized from the dredge to the overboard dredge material discharge area. The path of the pipeline will be properly marked IAW USCG 33 CFR 88.15. Buoys with “Caution Submerged Pipeline” will mark the submerged line. For further information contact the Project Manager Mr. Jared Rackley 904-868-9498, Mr. David Folsom Safety Officer (904) 210-2175 and/or the Project Engineer Mr. Patrick Link 813-508-1631.
    Mariners are urged to use extreme caution in the area, transit at their slowest speed to minimize wake, and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. Chart 11427

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