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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.

  • Shoaling in Big Carlos Pass, Estero Bay, Fort Myers Beach, FL


    Big Carlos Pass is north of New Pass and leads into Estero Bay near Fort Myers Beach.

    FLORIDA – FORT MYERS TO CHARLOTTE HARBOR AND WIGGINS PASS – BIG CARLOS PASS: Shoaling/Hazard to Navigation
    The U.S. Coast Guard has received a report of shoaling in the vicinity of Big Carlos Pass. Shoaling is occurring from Private aid Big Carlos Pass Lighted Buoy 1 (17975) position 26-23-11.760N/081-53-27.100W to the SR 865 Big Carlos Pass Bridge. This channel is very shallow and marked with Private Aids to Navigation. . MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO EXERCISE EXTREME CAUTION AND LOCAL KNOWLEDGE OF THE CHANNEL CONDITIONS IS RECOMMENDED BEFORE ATTEMPTING PASSAGE.
    Chart 11427 LNM 15/16

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

  • Shoaling Hazard in New Pass, Sarasota, FL, Gulf Coast


    New Pass has been undergoing surveying , NavAid relocation (http://cruisersnet.net/155984) and Navigation Alerts in the past months, a need confirmed by this Local Notice. 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.

    FLORIDA – FORT MYERS TO CHARLOTTE HARBOR AND WIGGINS PASS – NEW PASS CHANNEL IN LEE COUNTY: Shoaling/Hazard
    to Navigation.

    The U.S. Coast Guard has received a report of shoaling in the vicinity of New Pass. Shoaling is occurring from Private aid New Pass Lighted Buoy 1 (LLNR 17964) position 26-22-19.080N/081-52-27.960W to Buoy 4 (LLNR 17970) position 26-22-38.460N/081-52-09.330W. This channel is very shallow and marked with Private Aids to Navigation. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO EXERCISE EXTREME CAUTION AND LOCAL KNOWLEDGE OF THE CHANNEL CONDITIONS IS RECOMMENDED BEFORE ATTEMPTING PASSAGE. Chart 11427 LNM 15/16

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

  • Destroyed Daybeacon, Big Sarasota Pass, near GICW Statute Mile 73


    This destroyed daybeacon is on the east side of Big Sarasota Pass off Fishery Point near GICW mile 73.

    FLORIDA – CHARLOTTE HARBOR TO TAMPA BAY – NORTH SIESTA KEY: Private Aid/Hazard to Navigation
    Private aid North Siesta Key Daybeacon 1 (LLNR 21570.1) is destroyed and partially submerged. The wreckage poses a hazard to navigation. are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area.
    Chart 11425 LNM 14/16

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

  • More on New Pass NavAids, Sarasota, FL, Gulf Coast


    This Local Notice is an extension of last week’s notice, see http://cruisersnet.net/155984. 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.

    FLORIDA – CHARLOTTE HARBOR TO TAMPA BAY – NEW PASS
    Danger Shoal marker with an Fl Q W light and 3NM.
    NEW PASS CHANNEL LIGHT 7 (21620) has been temporarily discontinued and renamed NEW PASS INTERIOR SHOAL LIGHT and converted to a Danger Shoal marker with an Fl Q W light and 3NM. The increased shoaling has created an unsafe situation and the U.S. Coast Guard can no longer mark “SAFE WATER”. The following aids have been temporarily discontinued:
    NEW PASS CHANNEL BUOY 1 (21590)
    NEW PASS CHANNEL BUOY 2 (21595)
    NEW PASS CHANNEL BUOY 3A (21600)
    NEW PASS CHANNEL BUOY 4 (21603)
    NEW PASS CHANNEL BUOY 5 (21605)
    NEW PASS CHANNEL BUOY 5A (21610)
    THE ENTRANCE CHANNEL IS SUBJECT TO CONTINUAL CHANGE. BUOYS ARE BEING REMOVED DUE TO INSUFFICIENT WATER. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO AVOID NEW PASS AND SEEK ALTERNATE ROUTES TO AND FROM THE GULF OF MEXICO AND USE EXTREME CAUTION WHILE IN THIS AREA. FOLLOWING SUMMER DREDGE OPERATIONS, THE U.S. COAST GUARD WILL RETURN THE AIDS TO NAVIGATION BACK TO THEIR ASSIGNED POSITIONS. Charts 11424, 11425 LNM 13/16

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

  • Update on New Pass NavAid Relocation, Sarasota, FL, Gulf Coast


    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. Our thanks to BOSN4 Pauly for these updates.

    uscg
    All concerned,
    I wanted to keep you updated on the aids to navigation removal in New Pass, Sarasota/Longboat Key. Monday afternoon, we removed all floating aids and converted two of the markers to Danger/Shoal markers. All aids will be returned once New Pass is dredged later this summer. The Coast Guard is broadcasting the below message. It’s also in the weekly Local Notice to Mariners. Feel free to share this info with the public and others. If you have any questions, please give me a call or email.
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    BOSN4 Pauly

    SUBJ/SECTOR ST PETERSBURG BROADCAST NOTICE TO MARINERS 302-16 UPDATE GULF OF MEXICO – FLORIDA – SARASOTA – NEW PASS
    1. THE COAST GUARD HAS TEMPORARILY REMOVED ALL FEDERAL AIDS TO NAVIGATION FROM THE NEW PASS (NP) ENTRANCE LIGHT TO NEW PASS LIGHT 7.
    NEW PASS CHANNEL LIGHT (NP) (LLNR 1345), HAS BEEN TEMPORARILY DISCONTINUED AND CONVERTED TO A DANGER SHOAL MARKER WITH A QUICK FLASHING, WHITE LIGHT WITH A NOMINAL RANGE OF 3NM. DANGEROUS SHOALING EXISTS IN THE VICINITY OF THE NEW PASS ENTRANCE CHANNEL, SARASOTA COUNTY. THE INCREASED SHOALING HAS CREATED AN UNSAFE SITUATION AND THE COAST GUARD
    CAN NO LONGER MARK “SAFE WATER”.
    NEW PASS CHANNEL BUOY 1 (21590) HAS BEEN TEMPORARILY DISCONTINUED.
    NEW PASS CHANNEL BUOY 2 (21595) HAS BEEN TEMPORARILY DISCONTINUED.
    NEW PASS CHANNEL BUOY 3A (21600) HAS BEEN TEMPORARILY DISCONTINUED.
    NEW PASS CHANNEL BUOY 4 (21603) HAS BEEN TEMPORARILY DISCONTINUED.
    NEW PASS CHANNEL BUOY 5 (21605) HAS BEEN TEMPORARILY DISCONTINUED.
    NEW PASS CHANNEL BUOY 5A (21610) HAS BEEN TEMPORARILY DISCONTINUED.
    NEW PASS CHANNEL LIGHT 7 (21620) HAS BEEN TEMPORARILY DISCONTINUED AND CONVERTED TO A DANGER SHOAL MARKER WITH A QUICK, FLASHING WHITE LIGHT WITH A NOMINAL RANGE OF 3NM. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO AVOID NEW PASS AND SEEK ALTERNATE ROUTES TO AND FROM THE GULF OF MEXICO AND USE EXTREME CAUTION WHILE IN THIS AREA. FOLLOWING SUMMER DREDGE OPERATIONS, THE COAST GUARD WILL RETURN ALL FEDERAL AIDS TO NAVIGATION BACK TO THEIR ASSIGNED POSITIONS.

    Click Here To Open A Char27.31530833t View Window, Zoomed To the Location of New Pass Entrance Light

  • NavAids Changes to Address Dangerous Shoaling at New Pass, Sarasota, FL, 2/25/2016


    Shoaling at the entrance to New Pass was recently posted in LNM: http://cruisersnet.net/153973. These changes to existing NavAids are definitely needed and great caution is required until the new markers are in place. New Pass leads directly to the Sarasota waterfront and the entrance portion between the Entrance Light and Light 7 is constantly shifting. Our thanks to BOSN4 Pauly for these notices.

    All concerned,
    I’m seeking your assistance in notifying the public of upcoming Coast Guard changes to New Pass, Sarasota County.
    Please forward this information to county officials, marine police, boating groups, marinas, and any other users of New Pass as you wish. Feel free to publish this information or post on social media. Thanks for your assistance.
    Subject: New Pass info
    GULF OF MEXICO – FLORIDA – SARASOTA – NEW PASS

    Dangerous shoaling exists in the vicinity of the New Pass Entrance Channel, Sarasota County. There are currently no plans by the Army Corps of Engineers to maintain the federal project channel depth. The increased shoaling has created an unsafe situation and the Coast Guard has determined that it can no longer mark “safe water” and will be removing all federal Aids to Navigation from the New Pass (NP) Entrance Light to New Pass Light 7. A Safety broadcast to Mariners will be released notifying the public of the intended start date of this work.

    New Pass Channel Light (NP) (LLNR 1345), will be discontinued and converted to a Danger Shoal Marker with a Quick Flashing, White light.
    New Pass Channel Buoy 1 (21590) will be discontinued.
    New Pass Channel Buoy 2 (21595) will be discontinued.
    New Pass Channel Buoy 3A (21600) will be discontinued.
    New Pass Channel Buoy 4 (21603) will be discontinued.
    New Pass Channel Buoy 5 (21605) will be discontinued.
    New Pass Channel Buoy 5A (21610) will be discontinued.
    New Pass Channel Light 7 (21620) will be discontinued and converted to a Danger Shoal Marker with a Quick, Flashing White light.

    Boaters are advised to seek alternate routes to and from the Gulf of Mexico and also use extreme caution while in this area. Please contact Chief Warrant Officer Darren Pauly for additional information or questions. Darren.a.pauly@uscg.mil or (813) 228-2191 ext 8184.

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

  • Relocation of NavAids in Boca Grande Pass, Charlotte Harbor, Gulf Coast, 2/11/2016


    Boca Grande Pass connects the Gulf with Charlotte Harbor and Peace River, home of Punta Gorda and Fishermen’s Village, both SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSORS! Although one of the widest passes on the Gulf Coast, the safe depth channel is prone to shifting and shoaling.

    All,
    Since my last email warning of upcoming changes to the Boca Grande Channel, the decision was made to make even more significant changes to the aids to navigation system. Beginning Friday, Feb 12th, The Coast Guard Cutter JOSHUA APPLEBY will be relocating a number of the aids to mark best water. Work should be completed by Feb 15th. We will be upgrading the lighting characteristics to give mariners better visibility at night or in restricted visibility. We will also be reducing the number of floating aids. By moving the channel to the south/southeast and improving the lights, this gave us the opportunity to reduce the number of aids but still adequately and safely mark the Boca Grande Pass, mark the deepest part of the channel, and guide mariners well clear of the shoaling areas. The newly designed channel will also provide a more direct inbound and outbound course. Below is info from upcoming press release. Also below is information from the Weekly Local Notice to Mariners (LNM) identifying the changes to the aids to navigation. Please forward this information to your memberships, alliance members, and other members of the boating public.

    “The Coast Guard must redesign the aids to navigation system in the Boca Grande Channel, offshore of Charlotte
    County, FL. Due to significant shoaling and changing water depths, the floating aids to navigation currently in place do not mark the best navigable waters.

    The waterway is not currently scheduled to be dredged to its federal project depth in the near future. As a result of the decreased water depth, the Coast Guard vessel responsible for maintaining aids to navigation
    on this waterway has been unable to reach these buoys for regular maintenance. This creates a greater risk of aids
    parting their moorings and floating free, resulting in possible damage to the local ecosystem.

    We are redesigning this channel to mark the best navigable water, which is currently the natural channel just southeast of the federal project channel. New buoy configurations and numbering as noted in the Local Notice to
    Mariners are part of this redesign and will be forwarded to NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey for nautical chart corrections.”

    LNM ADVANCED NOTICE:

    FLORIDA – CHARLOTTE HARBOR TO TAMPA BAY -CHARLOTTE HARBOR

    The following change has been approved to the Aids to Navigation system in Charlotte Harbor.

    Dangerous shoaling exists in the vicinity of the Charlotte Harbor Entrance channel. There are currently no plans by the Army Corps of Engineers to maintain the federal project channel depth of 32 ft. The Coast Guard will be relocating the Aids to Navigation System to better mark the natural channel.

    Charlotte Harbor Entrance Lighted Bell Buoy 2 (LLNR 1300/199895) will be permanently discontinued.

    Relocate and rename Charlotte Harbor Channel Lighted Buoy 3 (LLNR 19910) to Lighted Buoy 1 in position: 26-40-29.04N, 082-18-45.69W. Change characteristic to Fl G 2.5s.

    Relocate and rename Charlotte Harbor Channel Buoy 4 (LLNR 19920) to Lighted Buoy 2 in position: 26-40-24.53N, 082-18-42.76W. Change characteristic to Fl R 2.5s.

    Relocate and rename Charlotte Harbor Channel Lighted Buoy 7 (LLNR 19935) to Lighted Buoy 3 in position: 26-41-52.24N, 082-17-49.28W. Change characteristic to Fl G Q.

    Relocate and rename Charlotte Harbor Channel Lighted Buoy 8 (LLNR 19940) to Lighted Buoy 4 in position: 26-41-49.95N, 082-17-47.09W. Change characteristic to Fl R Q.

    Relocate Charlotte Harbor Channel Lighted Buoy 5 (NEW LLNR 11955) in position: 26-42-20.66N, 082-16-34.44W. Change characteristic to Fl G 4s.

    Relocate and rename Charlotte Harbor Channel Lighted Buoy 12 (LLNR 19960) to Lighted Buoy 6 position: 26-42-17.90N, 082-16-33.15W. Change Characteristic to Fl R 4s.
    CHART: 11425 11426

    US Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg

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

  • Private Daybeacon in Matanzas Pass Destroyed, Fort Myers Beach, FL, 2/11/2016


    This private nav aid is in the narrowing portion of Matanzas Pass that leads to Snook Bight Marina, well south of the other marinas in Fort Myers Beach, of which Fort Myers Beach Marina is A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR.

    FLORIDA – FORT MYERS TO CHARLOTTE HARBOR AND WIGGINS PASS – NORTH ESTERO BAY: Private Aid/Hazard to
    Navigation.

    Private aid North Estero Bay Daybeacon 7 (LLNR 18520) is destroyed and leaning approximately 2ft above the waterline. The wreckage poses a hazard to navigation. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11427 LNM 6/16

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position in Matanzas Pass.

  • Daybeacon Relocating by USCG, February 13-18, Gordon Pass, Naples, FL


    Gordon Pass is the primary inlet serving the Naples, Florida region and shoaling is a perennial problem as shown in this 2015 Nav Alert. Our thanks to Kevin Barnhill for forwarding this USCG Notice.

    RELAYED FROM USCG:
    FW: COAST GUARD OPERATIONS IN GORDON PASS AND NAPLES BAY

    I’m requesting your assistance in notifying the boating public of an upcoming project the Coast Guard will be doing in Gordon Pass and Naples Bay channels. Normally, we prefer to advertise in the Weekly Local Notice to Mariners but due to the short time frame I’m seeking other ways to inform the boating public. Please feel free to publish this information, post on websites or blogs, pass to marina and boat rental companies or other boating information websites.

    Between Feb 13th and Feb 18th, the Coast Guard Cutter VISE will be relocating the Daybeacon 1 and Light 2 at the entrance to Gordon Pass approximately 100 yards south of the shoal. An additional 8 aids to navigation will be serviced or relocated to mark the best water in these areas. This project will continue to mark the best water and meet the needs of the users of Gordon Pass and Naples Bay Channels. Once the work is completed, a Coast Guard voice broadcast will relay the changes and it will be published in the Local Notice to Mariners. Gordon Pass and Naples Bay Channel have been a major area of concern for its continual shoaling and impact on safe navigation. The need for future relocations may be necessary to mark best water due to the ever changing conditions. The proposed project is expected to be completed by the Coast Guard utilizing Best Management Practices that were developed in order to avoid and minimize environmental impacts. If you have questions, I can be reached at Darren.a.pauly@uscg.mil or (813) 228-2191 ext 8184.
    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
    (727) 502-1522 St. Pete office
    (727) 804-3972 cell

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

  • Shoaling at New Pass, Sarasota Gulf Coast near GICW Statute Mile 75, 1/13/2016


    New Pass is the northernmost of Sarasota’s two inlets and connects to the southern tip of Sarasota Bay at Statute Mile 75 of the West Florida Waterway. However, because of perennial shoaling, SSECN has long recommended that mariners not use New Pass!

    GULF OF MEXICO – FLORIDA – LEMON BAY TO PASSAGE KEY INLET: Dangerous Shoal
    Dangerous shoaling in the vicinity of New Pass Channel in between New Pass Entrance Light LP (LLNR 1345/21585) position 27-18-55.113N/082-35-53.168W and New Pass Channel Daybeacon 17 (LLNR 21725) position 27-20-28.987N/082-33-54.003W. (Ref: LNM 17/15, 02/16)
    The Entrance Channel is subject to continual change. Buoys are not charted due to frequent shifting of shoals.
    MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO AVOID NEW PASS CHANNEL IF POSSIBLE AND EXERCISE EXTREME CAUTION IF TRANSITING THE AREA
    Chart 11424 LNM 2/16

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

  • Dredging to Begin in Tampa Bay, Gulf Coast


    This longterm dredging project will begin west of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge and carry eastward/northeastward for the entire length of the main shipping channel across Tampa Bay.

    FLORIDA – TAMPA BAY: Tampa Harbor Dredging.
    Cashman Dredging and Marine Contracting Company, LLC will begin dredge operations in Tampa Bay, Hillsborough County, Florida on or about November 14, 2015. Operations will be conducted within the Federal Navigation Channel encompassing the entire Tampa Bay from Mullet Key Channel Lighted Buoy 26 (LLNR 22395/60290) west of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge extending the entire length of the Tampa Bay Channel.
    The Dredge “ATCHAFALAYA” will actively be working in Tampa Bay: Cut-A, Cut-B, Cut-C, Cut-D, Cut-E, Cut-F, Cut-G, Cut-J, Cut J-2, Cut-K and Gadsden Point Cut. The scope of the project will be removing shoaled material from the Federal Channel and then transiting to a booster barge in Hillsborough Bay. The booster barge will be secured with spuds outside of the navigable channel along the south side of Disposal Island 3. Approximately 1,500 linear feet of floating and submerged pipeline will be placed in line with the booster barge to the shoreline. The pipeline will be marked with lighted buoys, for local traffic. The Dredge will be supported by the survey vessel “SURVEY 2” and various other support vessels. All vessels will monitor VHF channels 16, 13, 12, and use 74 as the working channel. The Dredge will operate 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. The work is scheduled to be completed on or about May 6, 2016. The project POC for Cashman is Aaron Barton and can be reached at (617) 890-0600.
    Mariners are urged to transit at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made.

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

  • Shoaling Reported in Cedar Keys Channel, Big Bend Region, June 11, 2015


    Cedar Keys is one of a limited number of ports of call along Western Florida’s waterwayless Big Bend region, the Western Florida coastline between Anclote Key and Dog Island. The reported shoaling is in the main entrance channel to the east of Seahorse Key.

    FLORIDA – CRYSTAL RIVER TO HORSESHOE POINT – CEDAR KEYS MAIN CHANNEL: Hazard to Navigation
    The U.S. Coast Guard received a report of shoaling between Cedar Keys Main Channel Daybeacon 19 (LLNR 29805) 29-06-42.737N/083-02-42.411W and Cedar Keys Main Channel Light 21 (LLNR 2981) 29-06-50.837N/083-02-25.131W with depths as low as 3 ft at low tide. Mariners are advised to exercise caution while transiting the area.
    Chart 11408 LNM: 23/15

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

    Click Here To View An Article on the Waters of Cedar Keys

  • Shoaling Reported in Gordan Pass, south of Naples, FL, 6/3/2015


    Gordan Pass is the inlet into Naples, FL. The reported shoaling encompasses the entire Gordan Pass 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 TO NAPLES BAY CHANNEL: Shoaling/Hazard to Navigation.
    There is shoaling from Gordon Pass Channel Daybeacon 1 (LLNR 17453) to Naples Bay Channel Light 20 (LLNR 17540). It is strongly advised that all mariners should obtain local knowledge of the channel conditions before attempting passage. Chart 11430 LNM: 22/15

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

  • Shoaling Reported and Surveyed in Matanzas Pass, Fort Myers Beach, Gulf Coast, May 21, 2015


    This shoaling is occurring at the northern tip of Estero Island, Fort Myers Beach. In the Survey linked below, just look at all the RED around Marker #4 where there should be BLUE! Matanzas Pass leads to several marinas on the east side of Estero Island, including Pink Shell Resort, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    FLORIDA – FORT MYERS TO CHARLOTTE HARBOR AND WIGGINS PASS – MATANZAS PASS CHANNEL: Shoaling
    There is a report of a shoaling between Matanzas Pass Channel Daybeacon 2 (LLNR 18087) and Matanzas Pass Channel Daybeacon 4 (LLNR 18095) shoaling is on the south side of the channel and gets as low as 1.7 feet MLLW. The following aid was temporarily established to mark SHOALING into the channel: Matanzas Pass Channel TEMP BUOY 2A in position 26-27-52.620N / 081-58-10.620W. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. Link to the survey http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Portals/44/docs/Navigation/hydro_surveys/14-101.pdf

    estero survey

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

  • Shoaling Reported In New Pass, between Longboat and Lido Keys, Sarasota, FL, near GICW Statute Mile 75


    New Pass is the northernmost of Sarasota’s two inlets and this channel separates Longboat Key from Lido Key. It is spanned by a bascule bridge with a closed vertical clearance of 23ft.
    Because of perennial shoaling, WE SPECIFICALLY DO NOT RECOMMEND THAT ANY MARINER MAKE USE OF NEW PASS! This channel shoals faster than it can be dredged. You would be far better served to make use of Longboat Pass to the north, or better yet, Venice Pass to the south.

    FLORIDA – WEST COAST – CHARLOTTE HARBOR TO TAMPA BAY – NEW PASS: Shoaling/Hazard to Navigation
    The Coast Guard received a report of shoaling in the vicinity of NEW PASS in between DBN 15 (LLNR 21715) and DBN 17 (LLNR 21725). Mariners are advised to exercise caution while transiting the area. Chart 11425 LNM: 17/15

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

  • Update on Navigation Aids and Markers at Longboat Pass, south of Tampa Bay, 4/23/2015


    In response to perennial shoaling at the entrance to Longboat Pass, the following navigation aids have been relocated or replaced with temporary aids. Longboat Pass separates Longbeach and Bradenton Beach south of Tampa Bay near GICW Statute Mile 85. This shoaling appears to be 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
    Longboat Pass Approach LT (LLNR 1350/21755) relocated to 27-25-50.747N/082-41-40.341W
    Longboat Pass DBN 1 (LLNR 21757) changed to Temp Buoy 1 temp relocated to 27-25-55.788N/082-41-43.138W,
    Longboat Pass DBN 2 (LLNR 21758) changed to Temp Buoy 2 (LLNR 21758) temp relocated to 27-25-56.232N/082-41-40.045W
    Temp Buoy 2A to 27-26-22.076N/082-41-39.324W
    Temp Buoy 3A to 27-26-20.809N/082-41-43.716W (Ref: LNM 36/14)
    Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area.
    Chart 11424 LNM: 16/15

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

  • Request for Comment on Lake Okeechobee Restoration

    This request asks for your comments on lake restoration in South Florida, including Lake Okeechobee.

    fwc
    Public input sought on permit request allowing FWC lake restoration in south Florida
    Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission sent this bulletin at 03/11/2015 10:06 AM EDT March 11, 2015

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has applied for a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District to conduct restoration activities on four lakes and water bodies in the FWC’s South Region.
    This permit is required pursuant to Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899. The request is part of an overall initiative in which the FWC is working with the Corps to obtain permits for routine restoration work in 95 lakes and water bodies throughout Florida.
    The public can review the request and comment on it (see link below).

    The following water bodies within the FWC’s South Region are included in the permit application:
    •Lake Okeechobee in Glades, Hendry, Okeechobee, Martin and Palm Beach counties;
    •Lake Trafford in Collier County;
    •Lake Hicpochee in Glades County;
    •Lake Osborne in Palm Beach County.

    The Corps permitting process requires the opportunity for public comment. The Corps has published a Public Notice for the proposed work on its website at: http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/PublicNotices.aspx. To view the notice, click on the following file number to open the Public Notice: SAJ-2015-00641 (SP-SLR). If you would like to provide comments or have any questions regarding the Corps permit process, please follow the directions included in the Public Notice. Note that the Web address is case sensitive and should be entered as it appears above.

    Click Here to read the complete Bulletin

  • Sunken Vessel in Gulfport Mooring Field, Boca Ciega Bay, near GICW Statute Mile 115, 12/19/2014


    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

  • 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

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