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  • Report Manatee Sightings in Northern Gulf

    Especially with the current red tide threat to manatees in the Gulf, reported sightings are even more  important. How to report sightings is listed below.

    See a manatee? Report it.
    WEARTV.com

    Sighting reports help monitor manatee health in the northern Gulf of Mexico
    AL.com (blog)

    Manatee sightings can be reported to the DISL/MSN team 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by phone 1-866-493-5803, email manatee@disl.org, or through an online sighting form found at manatee.disl.org.

  • FWC: Derelict Vessel Removal Grants Available in Florida


    DERELICT VESSEL REMOVAL GRANT 2018-2019 OPPORTUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is announcing the first opportunity to apply for Derelict Vessel Removal Grants for the 2018/2019 budget year.  The application period for the Bulk Derelict Vessel Removal Grant Program will begin on September 3, 2018, at 8:00 AM (EST), and end on October 17, 2018, at 5:00 PM (EST). Applications received after October 17, 2018, will not be eligible for consideration in round one. READ MORE!

    All removal applications must be complete and authorized for removal in the Statewide Derelict Vessel Database as well as demonstrate proof that due process was provided for each vessel’s owner. At a minimum, this would include an opportunity for the vessel owner to challenge the derelict vessel determination, either in criminal court or in an administrative hearing. Vessel cases not demonstrating that these opportunities have been offered to the owners of the vessels will not be considered for state funding assistance. A Letter of Authorization to remove and dispose of the vessel, issued by a law enforcement agency must be included in the application. Should funding be available for a second or subsequent round of applications, new announcements will be made.  The grant guidelines and application form may be downloaded at: http://www.MyFWC.com/DVGrant.  

    You may also receive the guidelines and application by contacting Phil Horning at (850) 617-9540 or email DVGrant@MyFWC.com. 

    Applications that meet the requirements for the Rapid Removal Grant Program may be submitted at any time after the opportunity announcement start date, but no later than November 23,2019, at 5:00pm (EST) (based on available funding). Rapid removal cases must meet requirements of published guidelines as well as due process requirements.  Total funding allocated for derelict vessel removal for fiscal year 2018-2019 was $1,000,000. Applications may be mailed to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Boating and Waterways Section, Derelict Vessel Grant Program Administrator, at 620 S. Meridian Street – Room 235, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1600 or emailed to DVGrant@MyFWC.com.

    For further information, please contact:

    Phil Horning, Derelict Vessel Program Administrator, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Division of Law Enforcement, Boating and Waterways Section, (850) 617-9540 or email Phil.Horning@MyFWC.com

  • LNM: Sailboat Race, July 14-22, Pensacola Bay, Pensacola, FL


    Bayou Chico is in the northwest corner of Pensacola Bay. Great caution, a sharp lookout and no wake is required in the vicinity of these slow moving vessels.

    FL – PENSACOLA BAY – Marine Event
    The Pensacola Yacht Club will be holding a sailboat race from July 14, 2018 until July 22, 2018, from 11:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., each day. There will be 300 small sailboats on Pensacola Bay just south of the entrance to Bayou Chico. Mariners are urged to exercise extreme caution when transiting in the vicinity of the event. For up-to-date information, mariners can contact the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Mobile, at (251) 441-5976. Chart 11382 LNM 26/18

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window Zoomed To the Entrance Channel to Bayou Chico

  • LNM: Safety Zone, June 14-30, southwest of Pensacola Bay


    This safety zone, related to unexploded ordnance, appears to be southwest of the Caucus Channel into western Pensacola Bay.

    FL – GULF OF MEXICO – PENSACOLA – Safety Zone
    The U.S. Coast Guard COTP Mobile under the Ports and Waterways Safety Act, is establishing a Safety Zone for all waters of the Gulf of Mexico within the approximate positions 30-17-47.65N 087-21-36.5W; 30-17-47.65N 087-19-39.8W; 30-16-06.35N 087-19-39.8W; and 30-16-06.35N 087-21-36.5W, near Fort Pickens in Pensacola, FL. The Safety Zone is necessary to protect persons, vessels, and the marine environment from potential hazards associated with the detonation of unexploded ordnance. This Safety Zone will be enforceable from June 14, 2018 until June 30, 2018. No vessel may enter this Safety Zone without permission from the U.S. Coast Guard COTP Mobile or their designated representative. For further information, mariners can contact U.S. Coast Guard Sector Mobile, at (251) 441-5976.
    Charts 411 11378 11382 11385 LNM 24/18

  • LNM: Military Exercise, June 16-18, south of Pensacola, FL

    Local Gulf boaters are accustomed to military drills in their waters, but this one – with anchored mannequins – is a bit different!

    FL – GULF OF MEXICO – PENSACOLA – Military Operations
    The U.S. Coast Guard Research and Development Center will be conducting a military exercise in the Gulf of Mexico, south of Pensacola, FL., from June 16, 2018 until June 18, 2018. The U.S. Coast Guard will have mannequins or simulated persons wearing life jackets anchored in the water. Mariners are urged to use caution when transiting the area, keep a sharp lookout and do not disturb these anchored test objects. For up-to-date information, mariners can contact the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Mobile, at (251) 441-5976 or the USCGC Decisive via VHF-FM Channel 16.
    Charts 411 11378 11382 11385 LNM 24/18

  • LNM: 8th District Hurricane Season Preparations

    This Local Notice includes 8th District areas well beyond Cruisers’ Net coverage of the Northern Gulf, but the advice is still relevant.

    SPECIAL NOTICE – HURRICANE SEASON
    Mariners are advised that the Hurricane Season extends from June 1, 2018 until November 30, 2018.
    Locks and Navigation Structures operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will attempt to pass navigation until such time that water levels and wind conditions render operations unsafe. READ MORE!

    The structures are then closed in accordance with Hurricane procedures. Be advised that this includes the Harvey Canal Sector Gate, located in the Harvey Canal immediately south of the Lapalco Bridge at mile marker 2.8 of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW) West of Harvey Lock (WHL).
    Mariners will be given as much notice as possible when Structures are to be closed. However, these Structures may be closed on short notice well in advance of the actual storm. Mariners are advised to seek safe harbor as soon as possible.
    General information for the New Orleans District can be found at: http://www.mvn.usace.army.mil
    Mariners using the following structures should consult the respective agency listed below for updates:
    * GIWW Sector Gate (on the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal Surge Barrier) – Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East
    * Bayou Bienvenue Floodgate – Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East
    * Bayou Bienvenue Lift Gate – Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East
    * Seabrook Sector Gate – Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East
    * Bayou Dupre Floodgate – Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East
    Information for the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East can be found at: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http3A__ww.slfpae.com_closures2.aspx&d=DwIFAg&c=0NKfg44GVknAUXkWXjNxQ&r=nFxrG0bZmQJWP9Nve12jxoIXB3scC5v7GE4xFny3If8&m=DaCdPP8xDeKj7a3xg6dHSSkisWWsicsC71ESD_dzao&s=fCVVL2nqAonjE8JSY42cbupB7OphFVgQ_6Mb8YahZgA&e=
    * GIWW West Closure Complex (WCC) – Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-West
    * Bayou Segnette Barge Gate – Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-West
    Information for the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-West can be found at: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http3A__slfpaw.org_floodgate-2Dsummary_&d=DwIFAg&c=0NKfg44GVknAUXkWXjNxQ&r=nFxrG0bZmQJWP9Nve12jxoIXB3scC5v7GE4xFny3If8&m=DaCdPP8xDeKj7a3xg6dHSSkisWWsicsC71ESD_dzao&s=_gIPCMgD3PVzhaEK47bwnfCrxiS0C4c8LA3o9VsFyWg&e=
    * Bayou Verret Floodgate (also known as the Sellers Canal Floodgate) – St. Charles Parish
    Information for St. Charles Parish Government can be found at: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http3A__www.stcharlesgov.net_departments_emergency-2Dpreparedness&d=DwIFAg&c=0NKfg44GVknAUXkWXjNxQ&r=nFxrG0bZmQJWP9Nve12jxoIXB3scC5v7GE4xFny3If8&m=DaCdPP8xDeKj7a3xg6dHSSkisWWsicsC71ESD_dzao&s=dR_GiltItdIb4F-ZaQic8veX2pC–7qrbFzfz2YE1rw&e=
    * Hero Canal Stoplog Gate – Plaquemines Parish
    * Empire Lock – Plaquemines Parish
    * Ostrica Lock – Plaquemines Parish
    * Empire Floodgate – Plaquemines Parish
    Information for Plaquemines Parish Government can be found at: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http3A__plaqueminesparish.com_flood-2Dcontrol-2Dheavy-2Dequipment_&d=DwIFAg&c=0NKfg44GVknAUXkWXjNxQ&r=nFxrG0bZmQJWP9Nve12jxoIXB3scC5v7GE4xFny3If8&m=DaCdPP8xDeKj7a3xg6dHSSkisWWsicsC71ESD_dzao&s=WnJ8JI59pD2LAGUQtda5j8ZRBZEjv3kOwXA8i4gXszE&e=
    * Larose Floodgate – Lafourche Parish
    * Leon Theriot Floodgate (Golden Meadow) – Lafourche Parish
    Information for Lafourche Parish Government can be found at: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http3A__www.lafourchegov.org_departments_homeland-2Dsecurity-2Demergency-2Dpreparedness&d=DwIFAg&c=0NKfg44GVknAUXkWXjNxQ&r=nFxrG0bZmQJWP9Nve12jxoIXB3scC5v7GE4xFny3If8&m=DaCdPP8xDeKj7a3xg6dHSSkisWWsicsC71ESD_dzao&s=bKMkWK9wFTaWiiN9wPvILeEaTTr4CvQ2NRJY7b7Rrps&e= LNM 22/18
  • Possible Storm System to Develop in the Gulf over Memorial Day Weekend

    National Hurricane Center gives system near Gulf 40 percent chance of development

    Tropical downpours expected in South Florida over Memorial Day weekend
    MIAMI – The National Hurricane Center gave a low pressure system near Belize a 40 percent chance of development as it moves into the Gulf of Mexico and near Florida over the weekend.

    CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL REPORT from National Hurricane Center

  • Get Hurricane Ready and Be Hurricane Strong, Leon County, FL

     
     

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    Get Hurricane Ready and Be Hurricane Strong

    Community Disaster Preparedness Event to be Held on June 2

     

    The Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1. Residents should begin preparing now. To help, the City of Tallahassee, Leon County Government and the Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross will host the fourth annual Build Your Bucket disaster preparedness expo on Saturday, June 2, from 9 a.m. to noon at the North Florida Fairgrounds441 Paul Russell Road. Gates will open at 8:30 a.m.

     

    This year’s Build Your Bucket will be a family-friendly expo with demonstrations, information and exhibits. The first 800 households will receive a free disaster preparedness bucket and critical starter supplies.

     

    There will be four bucket pick-up stations in Building 2 at the fairgrounds. After picking up a bucket, attendees will visit exhibitors at their own pace to collect supplies and learn about local resources for surviving and recovering from any disaster. More than 30 community response groups will be on hand to provide valuable information and supplies.

     

    Disaster events can be scary for children. To help them be prepared, Red Cross will offer special Pillowcase Project workshops during the expo in the meeting room of Building 2 at 9:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Using three steps – Learn, Practice and Share – children learn how to stay safe in an emergency. The Pillowcase Project is taught by trained Red Cross volunteers in a 45-minute session. Children who participate receive their own abbreviated preparedness toolkit, which includes a “My Preparedness Workbook.”

     

    Adding to the activities, a Touch-a-Truck area will be set up outside Building 2. Attendees can explore a variety of vehicles big and small from local response agencies, such as the Tallahassee Fire Department, Leon County Emergency Medical Services, Salvation Army and more. At Touch-a-Truck, families can interact with local first responders to learn about what they do during disasters and become familiar with the uniforms that could arrive to assist them when they need it most.

     

    Attendees should use the Monroe Street entrance to the fairgrounds. Parking is free and will be available on the northwest portion of the property. Handicap parking will be available adjacent to Building 2. Parking attendants will be on hand to help direct traffic.

     

    Expo details can be found at https://adobe.ly/2Ikfca5 or by checking out the event on Facebook. For more information about local preparedness and resources, visit the Leon County Emergency Information Portal atwww.LeonCountyFL.gov/EI and the City of Tallahassee Public Safety page at Talgov.com. During a disaster, information is also posted to both agencies’ Twitter accounts, @LeonCounty and @COTNews.

     

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  • LNM: Update on Repairs, DuPont Bridge, East Bay, GIWW 295.5


    With a fixed vertical clearance of 50ft, the DuPont Bridge crosses the Gulf Waterway at Mile 295.5.

    Fender damage repairs to the Southwest dolphin is scheduled between May 7, 2018 and May 18, 2018, during daylight hours only, 5-days a week, Monday through Friday, at the Dupont Bridge crossing the GIWW, mile 295.5, of St. Andrews Bay, Bay County, Florida. The main channel will not be blocked. A crane barge measuring 150 feet by 45 feet and excavator will be spud south and southwest of the dolphin. The barge will be properly lighted at night according to the “Inland Navigational Rules of 1980”. While onsite, the contractors will monitor VHF-FM Channel 16. In an emergency, mariners can contact (850) 960-4839. Mariners should be alert for equipment in the waterway at all times and pass exercising extreme caution at slowest safe speed to minimize wake. Chart 11389 LNM 39/17

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

  • LNM: Dredging Continues, GIWW Statute Mile 179-180, Santa Rosa Sound, Pensacola, FL


    This dredging operation is west of the Pensacola Beach Bridge, Pensacola, FL.

    FL – GIWW – SANTA ROSA SOUND – Dredge Operation
    Continuing until further notice, the Dredge KELLY L will be conducting dredging operations to remove shoaling in an area between GIWW, mile 179.0, EHL and GIWW, mile 180.0, EHL. Dredge material will be disposed into an upland disposal area located just south of the channel utilizing floating and submerged pipelines. All vessels will be lighted in accordance with U.S. Coast Guard Safety Regulations. The Dredge KELLY L will be monitoring VHF-FM Channel 13 or 16. Mariners are urged to exercise caution when transiting the area. Chart 11378 11383 LNM 18/18

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

  • 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. READ MORE!

    “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.”

  • Derelict Vessel Removal Grant Money Available in Florida


    In FWC’s first application period for derelict vessel removal grants, $488, 550.00 was available and only $184,935.00 was requested. This leaves $303,615.00 still available for derelict vessel removal grants. Therefore this 2nd opportunity announcement is being advertised. READ MORE!

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is announcing the opportunity to apply for Derelict Vessel Removal Grants. The application period for the Bulk Derelict Vessel Removal Grant Program will begin on Monday March 26, 2018 at 8:00 AM (EST), and end on Wednesday May 9, 2018 at 5:00 PM (EST). Applications received after Wednesday May 9, 2018, will not be eligible for consideration. All removal applications must demonstrate proof that due process was provided for each vessel’s owner. At a minimum, this would include an opportunity for the vessel owner to challenge the derelict vessel determination, either in criminal court or in an administrative hearing. Vessel cases not demonstrating that these opportunities have been offered to the owners of the vessels will not be considered for state funding assistance. The grant guidelines and application form may be downloaded at: http://www.MyFWC.com/DVGrant.

    You may also receive the guidelines and application by contacting Phil Horning at (850) 617-9540 or email DVGrant@MyFWC.com.

    Applications that meet the requirements for the Rapid Removal Grant Program may be submitted at any time after the opportunity announcement start date, but no later than November 31, 2018 at 5:00pm (EST) (based on available funding). Rapid removal cases must also meet due process requirements. Total funding allocated for derelict vessel removal for fiscal year 2017/18 is $488,550. Applications may be mailed to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Boating and Waterways Section, Derelict Vessel Grant Program Administrator, at 620 S. Meridian Street – Room 235, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1600 or emailed to DVGrant@MyFWC.com.

    For further information, please contact:

    Phil Horning, Derelict Vessel Program Administrator, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Division of Law Enforcement, Boating and Waterways Section, (850) 617-9540 or email Phil.Horning@MyFWC.com

  • LNM: Apalachicola, Chattahoochee and Flint River Channel Depths

    This good news for all of you wanting to explore the inland rivers of the Northern Gulf.

    FL – APALACHICOLA-CHATTAHOOCHEE-FLINT RIVER BASIN – Channel Conditions
    Continuing through May, 2018, a 7-foot navigation channel will be supported on the Apalachicola, Chattahoochee and Flint River System (ACF), according to the ACF Water Control Manual dated March 2017,when the composite storage for the systems in Zones 1 and 2. The critical Blountstown gage needed to support navigation is a 7.4-foot gage reading. Mariners anticipating using the system are encouraged to monitor the flow and water levels at the following website: http://water.sam.usace.army.mil/ .
    The current water level on the ACF is sufficient to support navigation, however dryer conditions are forecast in the near future. Further, while Jim Woodruff Lock is operational by appointment only, the George W. Andrews and Walter F George locks are closed due to mechanical failures. To schedule lockage mariners can contact (229) 723-3482. Anyone anticipating a barge shipment on the system is encouraged to contact Carl Dyess, at (251) 690-2570.
    Chart 11401 LNM 09/18

  • Over 6000 Manatees Counted in Florida

    Be on the lookout for manatees! 2017 was the third highest mortality rate for manatees and tied with the all-time record for watercraft deaths.

    More Than 6000 Manatees Counted In Florida
    The survey serves as a loose population count. It’s conducted during Florida’s coldest days as manatees gather for warmth near deep canals, natural springs and power plants.

    READ MORE from Amy Green, WUSF News

  • Good Words for Panama City Marina, Panama City, FL, GICW Statute Mile 290


    The Panama City Marina is located on the intercoastal Waterway one block from Downtown Panama City. The Panama City Marina is a newly renovated 240-slip marina facility designed for all classes of ves

    Our thanks to AGCLA member, Terry Godhold, for these words of praise for longtime CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Panama City Marina, located on the eastern shore of St. Andrews Bay.

    I rarely, if ever, recommend a marina however, this is different. Yesterday, on the way to Panama City, I blew a oil hose. We had to call Sea Tow to tow us 17 miles where we successfully secured the Magic. The marina was given a “heads up” that we were being towed in. Rick, the harbor master, met us, helped us tie, gave us mechanics recommendation and all in all, was more helpful than almost any other marina we have visited.
    Terry Godbold

    Click Here To View the Northern Gulf Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Panama City Marina

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Panama City Marina

  • FWC: Derelict Vessel Removal Grants Available


    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is announcing the opportunity to apply for Derelict Vessel Removal Grants. The application period for the Bulk Derelict Vessel Removal Grant Program will begin on January 8, 2018 at 8:00 AM (EST), and end on February 21, 2018 at 5:00 PM (EST).
    READ MORE!

    Applications received after February 21, 2018, will not be eligible for consideration in round one, but may be considered for a potential subsequent round, if funding remains available. All removal applications must demonstrate proof that due process was provided for each vessel’s owner. At a minimum, this would include an opportunity for the vessel owner to challenge the derelict vessel determination, either in criminal court or in an administrative hearing. Vessel cases not demonstrating that these opportunities have been offered to the owners of the vessels will not be considered for state funding assistance. Should funding be available for a second or subsequent rounds of applications, new announcements will be made. The grant guidelines and application form may be downloaded at: http://www.MyFWC.com/DVGrant.

    You may also receive the guidelines and application by contacting Phil Horning at (850) 617-9540 or email DVGrant@MyFWC.com.

    Applications that meet the requirements for the Rapid Removal Grant Program may be submitted at any time after the opportunity announcement start date, but no later than November 31, 2018 at 5:00pm (EST) (based on available funding). Rapid removal cases must also meet due process requirements. Total funding allocated for derelict vessel removal for fiscal year 2017/18 is $488,550. Applications may be mailed to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Boating and Waterways Section, Derelict Vessel Grant Program Administrator, at 620 S. Meridian Street – Room 235, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1600 or emailed to DVGrant@MyFWC.com.

    For further information, please contact:

    Phil Horning, Derelict Vessel Program Administrator, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Division of Law Enforcement, Boating and Waterways Section, (850) 617-9540 or email Phil.Horning@MyFWC.com

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