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  • Dredging Underway, Panama City Entrance Channel, St. Andrew Bay, 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

    Panama City, on the east shore of St. Andrew Bay, is home to SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Panama City Marina. Caution in the vicinity of dredging equipment in the narrow entrance channel will be required.

    FL – PANAMA CITY HARBOR – Dredge Operations
    Continuing until approximately January 2, 2017, the Cutterhead Dredge E. STROUD will be dredging the Panama City Entrance Channel. The dredge will be placing material on the Gulf and Gator Lake beaches, on the west side of the channel. Dredging will be performed 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. The Dredge E. STROUD will be monitoring VHF-FM Channels 13 or 16. Mariners are urged to exercise extreme caution when transiting these areas. For up-to-date information, mariners can contact the USACE Panama City Site Office, at (850) 784-9780. Chart 11389, 11392 LNM 49/16

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

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  • Update on Repairs, DuPont Bridge, East Bay, GICW 295.5


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

    FL – GIWW – ST. ANDREWS BAY – Dupont Bridge – Rehabilitations – UPDATE
    Work continues on the fender replacement in kind and the bridge spall repairs at the Dupont Bridge crossing the GIWW, mile 295.5, EHL, east side of the St. Andrews Bay, Bay County, Florida. Additional work is needed on the bridge girders in Spans 9 through 16 and Spans 18 through 23. The main navigation channel is located in Span 16. On scene marine equipment will consist of a 150-foot by 45-foot spud deck barge with a crane and a 120-foot by 40-foot spud deck barge for materials. At times the main channel’s horizontal clearance of 180 feet will be reduced to 80 feet during removal and replacement of the fender system. The M/V LLOYD W will be monitoring VHF-FM Channel 16. The project will continue until March 2017. Contractors will work 6 days a week, Monday through Saturday, during daylight hours only. In an emergency, contact (850) 814-1918 or (850) 960-4839. Mariners are requested to exercise caution when transiting the area. Charts 11389, 11390, 11393 LNM 48/16

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  • Three Northern Gulf Off-Shore Warnings, 11/30/2016

    These three Local Notices could possibly affect Gulf Crossings in December.

    FL – GULF OF MEXICO – DESTIN PASS – U.S. Navy Testing – UPDATE
    Commencing December 3, 2016 and continuing until approximately December 22, 2016, the U.S. Navy will be conducting test operations in an area generally located approximately 15 nautical miles west of Destin Pass, FL. The test areas will include items on the ocean floor and/or moored near to the waters surface that are obstructions to navigation, extending from the beach out to approximate depth of 15 feet. These items will be guarded and/or buoyed while deployed for the duration of the test period. Additionally, helicopter operations will be conducted in the test area. It is requested that all surface vessels remain at least 1 nautical mile from the test area. The support/guard vessels include PSC-08, PSC-12 and/or PSC-07 or PSC-09, which will be on station in the testing area during the test events. Mariners should contact these support vessels via VHF-FM Channel 16, heed instructions given and stay a minimum of 1 nautical mile from the test vessels on station. U.S. Navy equipment has been deployed in the test area and will remain through the duration of the tests.
    Test area bound by the following approximate positions;
    30-23-12N 086-47-38W,
    30-23-01N 086-49-40W,
    30-21-44N 086-49-28W and
    30-21-57N 086-47-18W.
    Charts 11382, 11385 LNM 48/16

    FL – GULF OF MEXICO – Wreck (Adrift)
    A 42-foot F/V has been reported adrift in the Gulf of Mexico, in approximate position 29-16-36.0N 084-22-54.0W, on November 19, 2016. The wreck is reportedly not marked. Mariners are urged to use extreme caution in the area and report any findings/sightings to their nearest U. S. Coast Guard unit. Charts 1114A, 11400 LNM 48/16

    FL – GULF OF MEXICO – Wreck
    The 38-foot F/V MARION J has reportedly sunk in the Gulf of Mexico, in approximate position 29-13-06.0N 085-39-06.0W, on November 23, 2016. It is not known if the wreck sunk in this position or drifted off and sank. Mariners are urged to use extreme caution in the area and report any findings to their nearest U.S. Coast Guard unit.
    Chart 1115A 11360 LNM 48/16

  • Panama City Parade of Lights, December 10, St. Andrew Bay, 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
    St. Andrew's Marina

    Special care and caution, especially near anchored spectator boats, is required in the vicinity of the lighted parade. St. Andrew Bay is home to two SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSORS, Panama City Marina and St. Andrews Marina.

    FL – ST. ANDREW BAY – Boat Parade
    Panama City will be conducting its annual Boat Parade of Lights in St. Andrew Bay on December 10, 2016. The parade will begin at 4:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. This event is published in 33 CFR Part 100.801 as a Special Local Regulation. The regulated area for this event is St. Andrew Bay from St. Andrew Bay Yacht Club to the St. Andrew Bay Marina. Vessels desiring to transit the regulated area may do so only with prior approval of the Patrol Commander and when so directed by that officer and will be operated at a no wake speed in a manner which will not endanger participants in the event or any other craft. The Patrol Commander may be contacted on VHF-FM Channel 16, call sign “PATCOM”. For up-to-date information, mariners may contact U.S. Coast Guard Sector Mobile at (251) 441-5976. Chart 11391 LNM 47/16

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  • US Navy Testing, St. Andrew Bay, GICW Statute Mile 285, Panama City, FL


    St. Andrew's Marina

    The Gulf Waterway passes through At. Andrew Bay requiring slow passes and standing clear of Naval vessels. The test area is dues west of St. Andrews Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!

    FL – ST. ANDREW BAY – U.S. Navy Testing
    Continuing until approximately January 16, 2017, the U.S. Navy will be conducting testing operations in St. Andrew Bay, in the vicinity of Alligator Bayou, in approximate position 30-10-11.2N 085-44-04.9W. It is requested that all vessel traffic maintain a 100 yard distance from the test area position. The U.S. Navy support vessel, PSC 08, will monitor VHF-FM Channel 16. Mariners are urged to transit the area with caution and heed all instructions from the U.S. Navy support and test vessels. For additional information, mariners can contact the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Mobile at (251) 441-5976. Charts 11390, 11391 LNM 47/16

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of At. Andrew Bay

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    Click Here To View the Northern Gulf Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For St. Andrews Marina

  • Question re Height of Fort Walton Beach Bridge, NGICW Statute Mile 223


    If you have local knowledge of the air clearance extremes at this bridge, let us hear from you. With a charted clearance of 50ft, but noted as 48ft, Brooks – Fort Walton Beach Bridge – crosses the Northern Gulf ICW at Statute Mile 223 – west of the Waterways exodus from Choctawhatchee Bay and unlighted daybeacon #4A.

    What height sailboat can pass under this bridge? Ours is 47.5 feet from the waterline to the top of the mast. Info says if 48 or higher you will not pass under. Is this measured at high or low tide?

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  • Stolen Sailing Vessel, Panama City, FL

    If you sight this vessel, please contact Tony at 850-851-8619, local authorities or SSECN via email contact@cruisersnet.net.

    About two weeks ago, a crewmate stole my 43′ Gulfstar sailing ketch from Panama City Florida. The name of the boat is “The Solution”. She has white hill with red sail covers and red canvas over the cockpit.
    The guy who stole it is 18 yrs old named Bear McGinty. He has his girlfriend on board with her 6 month old baby boy. Believe they are headed to Galveston Texas.
    If anyone sees the boat please call me at 850.851.8619.
    Much thanks,
    Robert A. (Tony) Hicks

  • Log of the Ideath, Surviving Hermine, Captain Randy Mims, September 3, 2016

    You only have to spend a short time talking with Randy Mims to know that he has the

    Randy Mims

    Randy Mims

    soul of a true sailor and, as you will read in the log below, he is the very essence of the DYI! Randy not only built his 27ft gaff-rigged cutter, Ideath, but each year he single-hands the cutter from North Carolina to the Northern Gulf Coast and back again. “Ideath” is pronounced Idea-th and loosely translates as “house of ideas”. Randy stops along the way to visit maritime museums and, indulging his passion for music, he volunteers to sing and play in church choirs along the way. He also takes time to share his travels with his friends and has agreed to allow SSECN to post his emails. For more photos and more on Randy, go to http://towndock.net/shippingnews/ideath?pg=1 from TownDock.net in Oriental, NC. See previous installment: http://cruisersnet.net/157772.

    CLICK HERE FOR LOG OF THE IDEATH
    Dear Friends,
    Let me begin by apologizing to everyone that does not follow me on Facebook or Youtube for not sending a text update when I arrived back in Apalachicola. I posted a video about the nice sail from St. Pete to Apalach but forgot to tell everyone that I had made it. OOPS! Since I arrived, I have been playing a lot of music. In addition to practicing four instruments for half an hour each almost every day, I have played at the Apalachicola Farmer’s Market and various Open Mics. Of course I have resumed doing a Prelude for the church service every other Sunday and play flute along with the organ on the Processional and Recessional. I hope everyone had a great summer. It seems strange that just when you get the faintest hint that fall is actually going to get here that Hurricane season get’s the most active. Back is 2002 I went across the creek from the dock at low tide and cut a hole in the marsh grass. On what I remember as probably the hottest day there ever was, I dug a three foot deep hole that measured three feet by two feet. Out each end of this hole I dug a trench two feet deep that was about a foot wide and eight feet long. Into this trench a went a “landscape timber”. Around this timber I fastened a length of five-eights inch chain. Into the big hole (which of course was beginning to fill with the tide coming back in) I mixed eight ninety pound bags of concrete mix. This produced about a six hundred pound anchor with which to hold the boat out in the creek and off the dock when the storm surge actually gets higher than the dock. When I got back this time I noticed that the buoy that marked the end of the chain was missing. Investigating I found that over the years the massive chain had melted into something that wouldn’t hold a rowboat in place. It took weeks for there to be a low tide that wasn’t in the middle of the night. Thankfully last week the tide was right at about seven thirty one evening. With shovel and post hole digger and a piece of 3/4 inch nylon anchor line that I had prepared with a loop spliced in one end and a thimble spliced into the other I paddled across the creek not looking forward to what I had to do. Actually I had my doubts if it would even be possible. But with a positive attitude and only about an hour and a half till dark, I dug a hole on the side of the block away from the creek and a smaller hole down beside the block on the creek side and lying face down in the mud I began trying to push a drain cleaning snake through the mud under the anchor from one hole to the other. I lost track of how many tries it took but with the light failing I hit the other hole. Hallaluja!! I had my anchor back. This proved to be a very good thing. Depression Nine about which the weather service didn’t seem to have a clue did indeed become a hurricane though thankfully not a powerful one and came right to Apalachicola. I spent last night with IDEATH tied to the dock and fore and aft to the anchor across the creek and with an anchor down the creek. Every hour (until the barometer started going back up) and then every two hours I went out into the thirty to fifty mile an hour wind and the DRIVING rain and checked and adjusted lines and was thankful that the storm wasn’t worse. I love living on the boat. It is not always Fun and Relaxing, but NOTHING is more beautiful than the sunrise after a storm. The air is completely clean and the world is peaceful and new.
    Peace and Love to you All,
    Randy
  • Gulf Crossing Roll Call

    This call for a fleet formation of Gulf crossing vessels is from our good friends at AGLCA.

    Hey all,
    We are moving to Panama City today To sort of get in position for our crossing. Since it has been awhile since the weather window opened many of us have taken Eddy’s advice and been slow floating Since getting off of the rivers. Loopers are strung out from Carrabelle back to Mobile. It looks like that when a opportunity finally arrives there will be a whole armada of us moving. It would be nice to know how many, who we are and planned crossing speed.
    Probably not too early to get a roll call of vessels who are staged intending to cross at the next window since we are at many different ports right now. Our plans a capability:

    Panama City until the window is a day or so away. Then Apalachacola or Carrabelle (if there will even be room). If no room we are capable of going direct from Panama City.
    Boat speed 7 MPH to 25 MPH. Prefer 10 – 20.
    Charlie and Kay Woodard

  • More on Red Tide Risks on the Beaches of Florida

    These latest warnings must be heeded if you have children or pets playing at the beach. See “Red tide public health risks” below.

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    For immediate release: October 30, 2015
    Contact: Kelly Richmond, FWC 727-502-4784

    Red tide confirmed in Florida: What you need to know

    Red tide is a naturally occurring, higher-than-normal concentration of microscopic algae. In Florida, the species that causes most red tides is Karenia brevis. This organism produces toxins that can affect the central nervous system of aquatic organisms such as fish and marine mammals. Red tide toxins also pose a human health risk. The toxins can aerosolize and be carried to beaches with onshore winds, leading to respiratory irritation in people. Toxins can accumulate in shellfish and result in illnesses if contaminated shellfish are consumed. Shellfish harvesting areas are closed when blooms are present.

    Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) researchers are currently monitoring two blooms along Florida’s Gulf coast, one located in northwest Florida and the other in southwest Florida.

    “We confirmed the presence of both blooms in September, and they have persisted since that time,” said Alina Corcoran, FWC research scientist. “The bloom in the Panhandle is currently affecting Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Bay and Gulf counties. In southwest Florida, patchy blooms have been confirmed along Pinellas, Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte and Lee counties. Extensive fish kills and respiratory irritation have been associated with the bloom in the Panhandle but in southwest Florida the effects have been less.”

    Red tide public health tips:

    People in a red tide area can experience varying degrees of eye, nose and throat irritation. When a person leaves an area with a red tide, symptoms usually go away.
    People with severe or chronic respiratory conditions such as asthma or chronic lung disease are cautioned to avoid areas with active red tides.
    In some red tides, dead fish wash ashore; during these conditions it is advised that beachgoers avoid swimming in water where dead fish are present.
    Pet owners are advised that red tide poses a risk to animals brought to the beach. If a pet swims in a red tide patch at the beach, rinse off its fur and paws as soon as possible with fresh water. Also, do not let pets eat fish or drink water from the red tide.
    Recreational harvesting of bivalve mollusks such as hard clams, oysters and mussels from approved shellfish harvesting areas is banned during red tide closures. To determine whether harvesting of shellfish is permitted in an area, visit the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Aquaculture website.
    FWC researchers work closely with partners, including Mote Marine Laboratory, the University of South Florida, Department of Health, Department of Agriculture and NOAA, to track blooms, share information and develop products that help to inform both citizens and scientists about bloom conditions.

    “Citizen scientists play a vital role in tracking blooms. Volunteers can provide the majority of water samples for bloom tracking in regions like the Panhandle,” said Corcoran.

    For updated red tide status reports, to track blooms or learn more about red tide, visit MyFWC.com/RedTide. To report fish kills to the FWC, contact the Fish Kill Hotline at 800-636-0511 or submit a report online.

    Additional red tide resources:

    Red tide facts and information pocket guide and Fact sheet
    Florida Department of Health
    Shellfish Harvesting Area Status
    Mote Marine Laboratory Beach Condition Reporting System at Mote.org/Beaches
    USF Collaboration for the Prediction of Red Tides (CPR)
    NOAA Harmful Algal Bloom Operational Forecast System (HAB-OFS)
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    And this from WTSP 10 News:

    Red tide sparks tourism concerns
    Eric Glasser, WTSP 5:40 p.m. EST December 9, 2015

    St. Petersburg Beach, FL — Pictures of dead fish washing ashore in the Bay area are not the images that tourism officials want popping up on social media.
    But red tide, say marine scientists, is now here. And how long it will last, they admit, is a mystery.
    Visitors like Kathy Keleher who came to St. Petersburg from Canada to experience its cuisine and culture have seen the images of bloated fish now floating in Boca Ciega Bay.
    “And then it’s gross, and it stinks,” said Keleher, “I don’t expect that at all. I expect beautiful white sandy beaches and clear water and palm trees. Not that,” she said.
    It’s not what those who rely on tourism want people texting their friends and relatives back home.
    “No, I mean it’s horrible for business obviously,” said Wade Parrish, head chef at O’Maddy’s Bar and Grille in Gulfport.
    “You know, the smell would be a deterrent for people to come out here and sit outside and enjoy the wonderful view that we’ve got here,” said Parrish.
    Bob Weisberg with the University of South Florida’s Marine Sciences lab in St. Petersburg, says red tide, or Karenia Brevis as they call it, can kill fish and even cause respiratory distress for people and marine mammals in high enough concentration.
    “There is very little we can do about the red tide,” said Weisberg, describing it as simply too large.
    “This particular plant can get a foothold, and when it does it then dominates,” said Weisberg, “which is what’s happening right now,” he said.
    The red tide algae, says Weisberg, makes its way inland from deep in the Gulf of Mexico riding along strong underwater currents.
    Scientists, he says, could better predict how long it might stick around if they were able to take more offshore observations.
    Unfortunately, he says, the estimated $300,000 cost to consistently send a boat out into the Gulf of Mexico to take those readings is regularly cut out of the state budget.
    Commonly, red tide will begin to dissipate this time of the year, said Weisberg.
    But he also warned that there have been some seasons when the algae bloom has survived well into the summer.
    For a closer look at the underwater current charts Weisberg and his colleagues at USF use to try to predict the direction red tide may be moving, click here.

  • Cost of Pumpouts in Florida to be Possibly Paid by Boaters

    As local commissioners struggle to fund the current free pumpout service, it becomes apparent that those costs may soon transfer to boaters, as reported in the article below by Kevin Wadlow in KeysInfoNet.com.

    Boat sewage pumpout costs likely to be assessed on the boaters
    BY KEVIN WADLOW
    A boat-pumpout program launched to protect Florida Keys nearshore waters from sewage discharges stands as a model for the state, but state funding for the program is drying up.

    Money from the state’s Clean Vessel Act “dropped significantly this year,” Monroe County Marine Resources administrator Rich Jones told county commissioners Wednesday at their Key Largo meeting.
    Local contractor Pumpout USA “had a lot of trouble making ends meet this year,” Jones said.
    Monroe County in 2015 will spend about $367,000 on the program, with the state funding around $319,000 toward an estimated 18,000 vessel sewage pumpouts.
    The county’s share works out to $21.10 per pumpout. Overall, average total per-pumpout cost is about $40, down from $55.70 in 2014.
    The state Department of Environmental Protection now seeks “throughout the state to build sustainable pumpout programs, using Monroe County’s pumpout program as a model,” Jones said in a report to commissioners.
    To reduce the number of illegal sewage discharges in Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary waters, the pumpouts are offered free of charge to boaters. However, commissioners have urged staff to work toward some type of fee system for boaters.
    “I am concerned about the long-term viability of free pumpouts,” Commissioner Heather Carruthers said. “We can’t count on the state for anything.”
    Commissioner Sylvia Murphy said her office receives “a constant supply of comments” from land residents “who pay for sewage” while anchored liveaboard residents “are not paying taxes or rent or anything else, and we’re paying for their sewage.”
    “I like doing something to keep sewage from going in the bay or ocean but sooner or later we’re going to get on the stick and make them pay,” Murphy said.
    Pumpouts are mandatory inside local managed anchoring areas, where Jones said compliance “is close to 100 percent.”
    Commissioners asked about extending the pumpout requirement to all nearshore Keys waters, but questions about jurisdiction and enforcement were cited as potential obstacles. Staff is “looking at any and all alternatives,” Jones said.

  • Wild Crime on the Waters in Panama City, Northern Gulf ICW Statute Mile 287


    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 vesSt. Andrew's Marina Our thanks to Rich Gano for sending this note-worthy news item. We are grateful that the FWC officer survived the shootout, which occurred on the waters of St. Andrews Bay and not in a marina. Panama City is home to two SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSORS, St. Andrews Marina and Panama City Marina.

    You can read the basics here http://tinyurl.com/pwed56z and http://www.mypanhandle.com/news/more-information-released-about-fwc-officer-shooting

    It appears that the FWC officer was responding to a disturbance of some sort on the boat the two criminals were aboard, and when he pulled up, one of them disappeared into the boat’s cabin and then reappeared with a gun. Seems he may have had a drug-related warrant out on him in a northern tier state and knew that an identity check would land him in jail. So, of course, murder was the right choice for him, duh. Seems to me that if you want to remain below the radar, you don’t create disturbances on the water. A Panama City Beach police officer was killed (first ever) by a criminal on the run from a northern tier state 11 years ago during what the cop thought was a routine traffic stop.

    In the current case, a gun battle ensued during which the officer ended up in the water, and even reloaded while in the soup firing at the criminals as they hijacked his patrol boat and tried to run him down before running the boat ashore and briefly escaping into a residential area where at least one resident confronted them with a gun.

    Don’t be surprised if FWC guys are a bit cautious when they pull you over these days.
    Rich Gano

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  • History Essay on the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway

    Here is an interesting and readable essay on the history of the Gulf ICW from the Texas State Historical Association.

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    GULF INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY.
    The Gulf Intracoastal Waterway is a coastal canal from Brownsville, Texas, to the Okeechobee waterway at Fort Myers, Florida. The Texas portion of the canal system extends 426 miles, from Sabine Pass to the mouth of the Brownsville Ship Channel at Port Isabel. The grand concept of a canal system that would eventually connect Boston harbor with Brownsville harbor was introduced by Albert Gallatin, United States secretary of the treasury, in a report on Public Roads and Canals submitted to the United States Senate in 1808. By 1819 Secretary of War John C. Calhoun had published his Report on Roads and Canals, which posits an urgent need for an improved internal transportation system including waterways.

    Click Here to read the essay by Art Leatherwood.

    Art Leatherwood, “GULF INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY,” Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/rrg04), accessed March 23, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

     

  • Great White Caught off Panama City Beach, Northern Gulf


    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 vesSt. Andrew's MarinaThis report is from News5 WKRG.com, Panama City, home to two SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSORS, St. Andrews Marina and Panama City Marina, where you will absolutely never be bothered by great whites or any other sharks! Click on the banners above to be connected to their respective websites.

     

     

    Panama City Beach –
    A rare Great White Shark sighting on the Gulf Coast, this one actually caught in the surf near Panama City Beach.
    According to the Dark Side Sharkers fishing club, Derrick Keeny caught this 9′ 8 1/2″ Great White Sunday, March 1st.
    They snapped a few pictures, tagged and released the shark.
    We found these images on Facebook.
    It’s pretty unusual to see this species in the northern Gulf of Mexico, especially so close to shore.
    You can follow the Dark Side Sharkers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @DSSharkers.

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  • Updated Fuel Prices at Panama City and St. Andrews, Northern Gulf ICW


    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 vesSt. Andrew's MarinaPanama City is home to two SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSORS, St. Andrews Marina and Panama City Marina. Click on the banners above to be connected to their respective websites.

    As of today diesel (valvetec fresh because of fishing fleet) is $3.00 taxes included. If staying overnight you get 10 cents off = $2.90 a gal. and gas is $3.65. Nice floating concrete docks, protected and convenient to GICW. Dockage is discounted ($1.50 normally)with Boat US 25% also have a weekly rate of $6.50 a foot all inclusive. If stuck waiting for a crossing weather window it is a good spot with access to good shopping and restaurants. This applies to both St Andrews and the Panama City Marinas. By the way, weather and boat permitting you can cross via the St Andrews Inlet (aka Panama City). It is well marked and maintained for ships and is a class A inlet. We’ve crossed several times both directions to/from St Petersburg via this inlet in our slow 8mph trawler but the days are a tad short
    currently so using East Dog pass this time.
    Joe Pica
    Carolyn Ann GH N-37

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  • Good Words for Bay Point Marina, Panama City Beach, Big Bend Gulf Region


    These words of praise come our friends on the AGLCA Forum. Bay Point Marina is located along the Grand Lagoon, which lies northwest of the St. Andrew Bay entrance channel in Panama City Beach, Florida.

    We second the place to stop or leave your boat for the holidays is Bay Point Marina in Panama City Beach, Fl. We have spent four winters at this marina. The folks are so friendly, gated community, golf course, Publix and Winn Dixie close bye, close to beach and just a great place to be. We just finished 18 months in Nashville with both of us having surgeries and rehab. We had never spent more than 6 months in a marina since we moved aboard our Gulfstar in 2003 so we were ready to cruise. FINALLY we have been given good bill of healths and are on our way by boat to Florida to Bay Point Marina for the winter.
    Roy and Elvie Short

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  • Thanksgiving Lunch at Turner Marine, Dog River off Mobile Bay


    We have had many positive comments about Turner Marine over the years and this Thanksgiving lunch is typical of their care and concern for boaters. Turner Marine is the first facility to starboard as you cruise under the high-rise Dog River bridge. This notice comes to us from our friends on the AGLCA Forum.

    Hi everyone! Turner Marine want to remind everyone about our Thanksgiving lunch on Wednesday Nov. 26 at 12:30. Everyone is invited, all we ask is that you bring a dish. We will be providing the fried turkeys and paper products. The rest of the menu is up to YOU! Please call the office to RSVP and to make reservations for your boat, at 251-476-1444 or email at TMYS97@aol.com. We look forward to seeing everyone next Wednesday!
    Roger and Christie Turner

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  • Five-Year Study on Florida’s Red Tide

    Here is an interesting article on red tide which had a recent bloom in the Big Bend region of the Gulf, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=144423.

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    FWC, partners unlock some mysteries behind red tide in 5-year study

    Last month, researchers at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) published new findings on Florida’s red tide organism, Karenia brevis, in a special issue of the scientific journal Harmful Algae. This publication is the culmination of an unprecedented collaboration on red tide research in the Gulf of Mexico led by the FWC’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) and funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
    For more on this study, go to:

    http://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/FLFFWCC/bulletins/dbfa20

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  • Red Tide Outbreak on Florida Gulf Coast

    This notice is of especial interest to offshore boaters in the Big Bend area of the Northern Gulf. Our thanks to Jonathan Gorham for submitting this information.

    We have been following the progress of a red tide outbreak on the Florida Gulf Coast as we make our travel plans to the area. Currently (as of September 17) the red tide bloom has been located from 10-20 miles offshore from Levy to Pinellas Counties. It appears to come closest to shore in the area around Cedar Key. Fish kills and respiratory irritation have been reported in the bloom areas. The Florida FWC has a great site with regularly updated maps and lots of background information at:

    http://myfwc.com/research/redtide/statewide/

    Jonathan Gorham
    M/V Top Cat

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