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Western Florida 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 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.

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

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 04-14-2014

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

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Hernando Beach Channel Daybeacon Destroyed, Western Florida Big Bend Region, April 2, 2014

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 04-02-2014

Hernando Beach Channel - Click for Chartvew

Hernando Beach Channel – Click for Chartvew

Hernando Beach is a small community with a little used (by visitors anyway) channel, which lies north of Western Florida’s Anclote Key and south of Homosassa River. The waters west of Hernando Beach are extremely shallow and Hernando Beach Channel leads westward to depths of less than 3 feet.

FLORIDA – WEST COAST – ANCLOTE KEYS TO CRYSTAL RIVER – HERNANDO BEACH CHANNEL: Private Aid Hazard to Navigation.
The Coast Guard received a report of Private Aid Hernando Beach Channel Daybeacon 10 (LLNR 27550) is destroyed. The remains of the pile are partially submerged and are a hazard to navigation. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11409 LNM: 13/14

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

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 03-12-2014

Pinellas Bayway C Span - Click for Chartview

Pinellas Bayway C Span – Click for Chartview

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

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

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 02-26-2014

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.

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

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

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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

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Dredging in Wiggins Pass, Gulf Coast, Naples, FL

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 05-22-2013

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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Hazard: Destroyed Daybeacon, Bay Pine Channel, Western Florida ICW Statute Mile 102.5, May 2, 2013

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 05-02-2013

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Bay Pines channel is a narrow passage of multiple markers, which departs the Waterway eastward at mile 120.5 north of St. Petersburg. The destroyed aid to navigation, #11, is the eastern-most Green marker in this channel.

FLORIDA-INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY-BAY PINES CHANNEL: Hazard to Navigation.
The Coast Guard received a report of Private aid Bay Pines Channel DBN 11 (LLNR 61250) 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 11411

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Dredging in Doctors Pass, Naples, Florida

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 02-27-2013

Doctors Pass - Click for Chartview

Cruisers’ Net has had a Navigation Alert posted since January of this year for Doctors Pass. This pass leads to shallow bays that do not connect to Naples Bay. Used mostly by smaller boats, Doctors Pass experiences regular shoaling, as earlier reports have shown, and has to be dredged every few years. Gordon Pass, further south, is the primary inlet serving the Naples, Florida region.

FLORIDA-LOSTMANS RIVER TO WIGGINS PASS-DOCTORS PASS: Shoaling
The Coast Guard has received a report of severe shoaling in two locations in Doctors Pass. The first shoal is located in approximate position 26 – 10’ – 24”N, 081 – 48’ – 48”W on the south side of the channel near Private Aid Doctors Pass Daybeacon 4 (LLNR 17730). The shoal extends approximately 20 feet into the channel. Depths of less than 3 feet have been reported during low tide. The second shoal is located in approximate position 26 – 10’ – 36”N, 081 – 48’ – 42”W on the east side of the channel near Private Aid Doctors Pass Daybeacon 14 (LLNR 17765). This shoal extends approximately 4 feet into the channel with reported depths of less than 2 feet during low tide. A temporary “Danger Shoal” buoy has been established in each location of the reported shoaling. Mariners are reminded that these temporary buoys are not charted and the positions may not be reliable due to changing conditions. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting Doctors Pass. Chart 11430

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Bridge Security Zones, Tampa Bay Area, August 25 to August 31

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 08-24-2012

The Coast Guard will enforce 15 temporary security zones around certain bridges on the waters of Pinellas County and Tampa Bay during the 2012 Republican National Convention. The security zones will be in effect from Sat. Aug. 25 at 12:01 p.m. until Fri. Aug.31 at 1:00 a.m. All vessels and boaters are prohibited from loitering, anchoring, stopping, or mooring on waters within 50 yards of the designated bridges, during the times and dates listed below. Please note the security zones will be enforced 24-hours daily for the Gandy Bridge, Howard Franklin Bridge, and Courtney
Campbell Causeway. However, expeditious transit through the security zones will be authorized.

Although much of the security plan is sensitive law enforcement information and cannot be released, visible measures will include waterside security zones, increased harbor patrols and increased inspections of merchant and recreational boats.

“Our multi-mission capabilities make the Coast Guard uniquely qualified as a leader in maritime homeland security,” said Capt. Sheryl Dickinson, Captain of the Port and commanding officer of Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg. “We will blend our capabilities with our maritime law enforcement partners to create a layered approach to RNC safety and security.”

Coast Guard security boats will work with local, state and federal enforcement partners to enforce permanent and temporary waterside security zones and patrol waterways throughout the Tampa Bay region. Violators are subject to a maximum penalty of six years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.
http://coastguardnews.com/

Dredging in Hurricane Bay, Fort Myers, FL

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 07-11-2012

This west coast dredging operation is in Hurricane Bay, east of the Gulf Waterway in Fort Myers. Navigation of the Waterway should not be affected.

FLORIDA-WEST COAST-FORT MYERS TO CHARLOTTE HARBOR AND WIGGINS PASS-HURRICANE BAY: Dredging Operations.
Energy Resources, Inc. will commence dredging operations on or about the week of July 9, 2012. The project is dredging a 40’ wide channel from Port Carlos Mobile Home Park approximately ½ mile to the main channel in Hurricane Bay in south Fort Myers, Florida. This channel is approximately 0.9 mile northeast of the highway 865 bridge at Fort Myers Beach. The operations will be during daylight hours only. The Dredge “NATE” will monitor VHF FM channel 16 and will be supported by a small 24ft tender boat “Lucille”. The only floating pipeline that is in the channel will be directly adjacent to the dredge. The project is expected to be completed in 90 days. For further information contact Energy resources, Inc., Mr. Paul Reinhardt 636-532-9558. Chart 11427

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7-Foot Depths Reported in Charlotte Harbor – Peace River Channel Off the Punta Gorda Waterfront, 1/7/12

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 01-17-2012

Marker #3A, from which the shoaling reported below (cherry picked from the Local Notice to Mariners) extends into the Charlotte Harbor/Peace River channel, lies just north of the Punta Gorda waterfront, and a short hop northwest of the marked entry passage to Fishermens Village Marina. While most of us can cruise through 7-foot soundings without any problem, a look at chart 11426, does suggest these shallows are encroaching from the north and northeast, southwest of Live Oak Point. Someday, the 5 and 6-foot soundings adjacent to this point of land could shelve into the main channel, but, fortunately, that day is not yet here.
Nevertheless, in an abundance of caution, the Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net is declaring a Navigational Alert for these waters.

FLORIDA-CHARLOTTE HARBOR TO TAMPA BAY-CHARLOTTE HARBOR: Shoaling.
Shoaling has been reported to depths of 7ft extending from the vicinity of Charlotte Harbor Channel Buoy 3A (LLNR 19915) channel ward to the center of the channel. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution when transiting this area. Charts 11425 11426 11427

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Grounded Vessel in Tampa Bay

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 11-22-2011

This grounded sailing vessel is in Tampa Bay south of marker #6 in Gadsen Point Cut.

FLORIDA-WEST COAST-TAMPA BAY-LITTLE MANATEE RIVER: Hazard to Navigation.
The Coast Guard has received a report of a 30ft sailing vessel aground approximately 1 NM north of the Little Manatee River Entrance in position 27-44.339N 082-29.263W. All mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. [Ref: STP BNM 1359-10] Chart 11416

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Sunken Chain Reported West of Crystal River Barge Canal (Florida’s Big Bend Region), 11/14/11

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 11-14-2011

We have plotted the reported position of the “sunken chain” detailed in the cherry picked “Local Notice to Mariners” below, and it lies some 1.6 nautical miles west, of the westernmost of the barge canal markings which eventually split into two marked passages farther to the east. All these complicated channels are found between the Crystal and Withlacoochee Rivers.
Cruisers plying the Big Bend region between the Crystal and Withlacoochee Rivers should avoid this hazard, and be on the lookout for the “danger sign” described below, which marks this obstruction.
The Salty Southeast Crusiers’ Net is establishing a Navigational Alert for these waters.

FLORIDA-WEST COAST-CRYSTAL RIVER TO HORSESHOE POINT: Hazard to Navigation.
The Coast Guard received a report of an anchor 450ft of chain dropped 20NM west of Crystal River Barge Canal in approximate position 28-55.5N – 082-59.9W. A 24” buoy and a danger sign are marking the hazard. Mariners are requested to exercise caution while transiting the area [Ref STP BNM 1148-11] Chart 11408

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“Wave Attenuators” Being Added to Bird Sanctuary South of Alafia River Channel (Tampa Bay – Hillsborough Bay)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 09-27-2011

Sounds like it might be a good idea to enter and exit the Alafia River channel at no-wake speed until this project is complete.

FLORIDA-WEST COAST-TAMPA BAY-ALAFIA RIVER-SUNKEN ISLAND BANK BIRD SANCTUARY’S WESTERN ISLAND: Installation of Wave Attenuation Devices
Audubon of Florida will be installing concrete Wave Attenuation Devices on the shoreline of Alafia Bank Bird Sanctuary’s western island, south of the Alafia River Entrance Channel. This installation will commence on Monday September 26, 2011 and is expected to occur daily from 7 A.M. to 5 P.M. until approximately October 2, 2011. On scene equipment will consist of two barges and a small tugboat. Mariners are to exercise extreme caution when transiting the area so as not to disrupt the construction process and contact the work crews on VHF Channel 68 or at (813) 727-5476 for further details. Chart 11416

Hernandon Beach Channels To Be Dredged (Western Florida Big Bend Region)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 09-09-2011

Hernando Beach is a small community with a little used (by visitors anyway) channel, which lies north of Western Florida’s Anclote Key, and south of Homosassa River. I sounded these channels some years ago, and found them so shoally, that I have never recommended them to visiting cruisers. So, the dredging reported below in the Local Notice to Mariners, could hardly be bestowed on waters that need such a project more.

FLORIDA-WEST COAST-ANCLOTE KEYS TO CRYSTAL RIVER-HERNANDO BEACH-HERNANDO BEACH CHANNEL: Dredging Operations (UPDATE September 6, 2012).
B.C. Peabody Construction Services dredging operations ongoing through January 1, 2012 in the Hernando Beach Channel, Hernando Beach, Florida. The mechanical Dredges “800” (orange 800 Hitachi excavator) and “400” (yellow 400 Komatsu excavator) will conduct operations 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and will monitor channel VHF 68. Hydraulic Dredge and all associated pipeline has been removed from the channel. Associated workboats are material barges, push boats skiffs and a secondary barge with smaller yellow excavator “200”. Barges will continue to be spudded down in the channel and material barges will be constantly moving material. All watercraft will be lighted and clearly marked. Hernando County Parks & Recreation is working closely with B.C. Peabody. For further information please contact the Project Manager, Mr. Wayne Konga, 941-545-6188. Chart 11409

Hazard to Navigation, Hernanco Beach Channel

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 08-24-2011

The waters west of Hernanco Beach are extremely shallow and Hernanco Beach Channel leads westward to depths of less than 3 feet. The daybeacons mentioned below do not show on Chart 11409. Dredging is in progress in this area until September 2, 2011

FLORIDA-WEST COAST-ANCLOTE KEYS TO CRYSTAL RIVER-HERNANCO BEACH CHANNEL: Hazard to Navigation.
The Coast Guard received a report of a sunken 25ft S/V with 2 masts showing above the waterline in approximate position 28-29.9N 082-40.1W in the channel between Hernando Beach Channel DBN 64 (LLNR 27770) and Hernando Beach Channel DBN 66 (LLNR 27780). [Ref: STP BNM 877-11] Chart 11409

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Hazard to Navigation: Gulf ICW, Anna Marie Channel 10/27/2011

Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 07-23-2011

LOCAL NOTICE TO MARINERS: Week 43/11 This alert refers to an area of shallow water west of the Gulf Waterway near statute mile 90.

FLORIDA-GULF INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY-ANNA MARIECHANNEL: Hazard to Navigation
The Coast Guard has received a report of a unmarked piling in approximate position 27-30-39.066N, 082-42-35.070W. All mariners are advised to transit this area with extreme caution. Chart 11425

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Grounded 27-Foot Sailing Vessel Reported on Caloosahatchee River, North of Fourmile Point (near OKW St. M. 137)

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 07-13-2011

We have plotted the position of the grounded sailcraft reported in the Local Notice to Mariners extract below, and it lies fairly close to the Caloosahatchee River’s western shoreline, north of Paradise Yacht Club. Considering its position, this derelict will probably affect most cruising craft, absent a rather gross navigational error. Nevertheless, all navigators operating on the waters of the Caloosahatchee River near Paradise Yacht Club, should take extra caution.

FLORIDA-WEST COAST-FORT MYERS-CALOOSAHATCHEE RIVER: Hazard to Navigation
There is an aground 27FT white sailing vessel anchored and lit in the Caloosahatchee River in approximate position 26-37.8N 081-54.7W. All
mariners are advised to use caution when transiting the area. Chart 11427

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Aids to Navigation and Signs Being Updated on Suwannee River Entrance Channel

Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 06-15-2011

Well, this work couldn’t come too soon, as there have been some aids in these waters for years that didn’t mark any channel at all. Even the main Suwannee River Channel can only be relied upon to carry 4 1/2 feet at MLW.
Once over the entrance bar, however, the Suwannee is one of the Big Bend region’s most delightful streams, with beautiful scenery and multiple anchorage possibilities. So, if new markers can really help captains make better use of this delightful river, so much the better for the cruising community.

FLORIDA-WEST COAST-SUWANNEE RIVER AND SALT CREEK: Repair & Replacement of Aids and Information Signs
Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission has contracted for the repair and replacement of the Aids to Navigation (ATON) and Information Signs at Salt Creek, West Pass/Alligator Pass and McGriff Channel (Wadley Pass) at the entrance to the Suwannee River and Salt Creek. This includes the replacement of the channel entrance marine aids to navigation lanterns at GPS: N 29° 14.58222 ‘ W 083° 11.78629′ (entrance to Alligator Pass Channel) and McGriff Channel (Wadley Pass) N 29° 18.57992 ‘ W 083° 12.01615′. The project started on May 18, 2011 and is expected to be completed by mid June 2011.
Any questions, please contact FWC Captain Richard Moore or Dawn Griffin at (850) 488-5600.
Chart 11408

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