Please Note That Postings Below From Fellow Cruisers Are Listed in Chronological Order, Based on Publication Date
Please Note That Postings Below From Fellow Cruisers Are Listed in Chronological Order, Based on Publication Date
Twin Dolphin Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, sits perched on the southern shores of Manatee River, just short of the Highway 41 Business bridge. We get lots of praise for this fine marina and their fund raising celebration for youth sailing is typical of the level of community involvement Twin Dolphin Marina exhibits all year long.
Hello Larry. You probably well know that National Marina Days celebrations are going on now right now. What you may not realize is this: the Twin Dolphin Marina recently hosted a wonderful event that inspired new and seasoned boaters and brought in enough money to send two children to sailing school.
National Marina Days Celebration at Twin Dolphin Raises Money for Youth Sailing
As part of a nationwide observance, members of the Bradenton area yachting community joined together for a National Marina Days: Summer Of Giving event Saturday at the Twin Dolphin Marina. The event included several raffle drawings to raise funds for the Manatee River Pram Fleet, a non-profit educational organization, dedicated to supporting and promoting the sport of sailing for the youth of Manatee County. Through raffle ticket sales, sponsorships and donations, the Twin Dolphin Marina staff, their members and guests raised the money needed to pay tuition dues in full for two youth sailing scholarships.
Lisa Fath, Sailing Director for MRPF, said, “Time on the water is always a learning lesson. The Manatee River Pram Fleet teaches kids safety and sailing. We believe a kid on the water is a kid out of trouble!” Fath also thanked the Twin Dolphin Marina staff for hosting the event and for giving the gift of boating to a pair of young sailors.
The raffles incorporated fourteen different prizes with nautical themes including marine products and services provided by Freundship Marine Inc., Go Rentals, Nicholson Marine Services, Riverwalk Yacht Sales, Subsurface Inc., PIER 22 Restaurant, and the Twin Dolphin Marina. It was a spirited event, which included party games and barbecue provided courtesy of PIER 22 Special Events & Catering. Some first-time visitors to the Twin Dolphin Marina accepted tours of the 225 wet slip facility and others received vessel safety checks compliments of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.
Cynthia Belfatto, Harbor Master for the Twin Dolphin Marina, called the event a great success. She went on to say “National Marina Days is a wonderful way to promote boating as a family-friendly leisure activity and a terrific opportunity to remind locals and visitors that Twin Dolphin is the premier resort marina on Florida’s Gulf Coast.”
About Twin Dolphin Marina
The Twin Dolphin Marina, located on the picturesque waters of the Manatee River, offers easy access to Tampa Bay and Florida’s Gulf Islands. Lending to its charm, both on the water fun and nearby land attractions are plentiful and include such activities as family-friendly entertainment along the Riverwalk, downtown Bradenton nightlife, performances by the Manatee Players and ongoing exhibits at the South Florida Museum.
Located only 25 minutes from SRQ Airport and in a protected walled harbor, the Twin Dolphin Marina includes 225 wet slips available for long and short-term stays. Members and visitors alike enjoy resort-style amenities, luxury liveaboard facilities, and award-winning waterfront dining at the PIER 22 restaurant. Other conveniences include a heated pool and spa, barbecue facilities, complimentary WIFI and cable television, an onsite business center and fax services, fuel dock, laundry facilities, and pump-out at slip.
Docking with Twin Dolphin Marina includes more than great views and high-end accommodations. It’s the friendly and knowledgeable team members that make the difference. Always ready with a smile and continuously working to exceed expectations, Twin Dolphin Marina management and staff provide a memorable riverside experience. For more information, please visit https://www.twindolphinmarina.com
About The Manatee River Pram Fleet
The Pram Fleet has a long and rich history in Manatee County going back to the early 1950’s. The fleet is a non-profit educational organization, which relies on donations to continue its programs. The Manatee River Pram Fleet is dedicated to supporting and promoting the sport of sailing for the youth of Manatee County including teaching sportsmanship, responsibility, self-reliance, respect for authority and equipment and the marine environment; while providing an atmosphere of good fellowship.
Director of Marketing
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. See a recent Nav Alert re shoaling at New Pass.
June 9, 2017
U.S. Coast Guard 7th District PA Detachment Tampa Bay
Contact: Coast Guard PA Detachment Tampa Bay
Coast Guard to close, remove New Pass navigational markers in Sarasota
SARASOTA, Fla. — The Coast Guard is scheduled to close the New Pass channel and remove the navigational markers due to hazardous conditions between Monday, June 12 and Friday, June 16. READ MORE!
New Pass is one of the three channels leading into Sarasota Bay and cuts just between the two keys past Mote Marine Laboratory.
Due to unpredictable weather, an exact date of navigational marker removal is not determined; however, a notice to mariners will be broadcasted before the removal starts and when it’s complete.
“We re-established this channel in September 2016 after dredging was complete,” said Chief Warrant Officer Darren Pauly, Aids to Navigation Officer for Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg. “In nine months, the channel has become unsafe due to shoaling that was intensified following the major storms during the 2016 hurricane season. Significant shoaling is causing hazardous conditions for boaters and the Coast Guard can no longer safely mark the ‘best water’ in this channel. Aids to navigation will not be returned until the conditions improve.”
The Coast Guard expects to remove nine New Pass channel buoys. The following aids will be disestablished or removed:
New Pass Channel Buoy 1 (21590)
New Pass Channel Buoy 2 (21595)
New Pass Channel Buoy 2A (21598)
New Pass Channel Buoy 3 (21599)
New Pass Channel Buoy 3A (21600)
New Pass Channel Buoy 4 (21603)
New Pass Channel Buoy 5 (21605)
New Pass Channel Buoy 5A (21610)
New Pass Channel Buoy 6 (21612)
Officials also plan to convert two channel lights into “Danger Shoal” markers with quick, white flashing lights visible for three nautical miles. Both are detailed (on page 53) in the Coast Guard’s recent local notice to mariners.
The following aids will be renamed:
New Pass Channel Light NP (1345) will be renamed “New Pass Shoal LT A”
New Pass Channel Light 7 (21620) will be renamed “New Pass Shoal LT B”.
For breaking news, follow us on Twitter @uscgsoutheast.
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. On June 9, the USCG announced their intention to close New Pass.
FLORIDA – CHARLOTTE HARBOR TO TAMPA BAY – NEW PASS CHANNEL: Severe Shoal/Hazard to Navigation.
Due to increased shoaling mariners are advised to use extreme caution when transiting offshore, New Pass, Sarasota, from New Pass Channel to New Pass Bascule Bridge. Due to frequent changing conditions, buoys are not charted in this channel. The U.S Coast Guard strongly recommends avoiding this channel if possible. Chart 11425 LNM 23/17
Our thanks to David Conway of YourObserver.com for this report. Big Sarasota Pass, which has frequent channel shifts and shoals, connects the Gulf with the Gulf Waterway and the southern tip of Sarasota Bay.
Residents on Siesta Key and Lido Key are taking legal action to support their stance on the proposed dredging of Big Pass.
This dredging is in the intersection of the southern branch of Longboat Pass and the Gulf Waterway. Our thanks to SSECN Team Member, Winston Fowler, for this photo.
Dredging on GICW just SE of Jewish Fish Key coming out of Sarasota Bay between Red 38 and Red 40 at GICW Miles Marker 85.
Winston Fowler CLICK FOR PHOTO
.Route suggestions are requested from a fellow trawler. Palmetto is on the north shore of the Manatee River opposite Bradenton. Fort Myers is south at the western terminus of the Okeechoebee Waterway. Local knowledge anyone?
With our Grand Banks 46, what is the fastest way from Palmetto to Ft. Meyers?
Tom van Straaten
This new trolley service is good news for cruisers utilizing any of the several anchorages in Roberts and Little Sarasota Bays off the eastern shore of Siesta Key. Siesta Key lies south of Sarasota Bay and Big Sarasota Pass.
Team Member Winston Fowler will be speaking to the Bradenton Yacht Club on the many useful features of Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net’s free website and free mobile app. The dinner is open only to BYC members, but remember: SSECN is free, has no membership, no dues and no password – simply open and navigate.
Jewfish Key Anchorage will be found on the deep water southwest of the long private island southwest of flashing daybeacon #41, known as Jewfish Key. Our thanks to Skipper John for this review and advice.
Very nice anchorage – we spent 3 days here late February 2017. When we were here the water due SW of Jewfish Key was not as deep as depicted on the charts so head WNW immediately after clearing the southern tip of Jewfish. We enjoyed good Italian food at the Bayou Tavern, a short walk from the beach in the anchorage.
Siesta Key is immediately south of Big Sarasota Pass. The Gulf Waterway runs parallel to the east side of Siesta Key. The beached sailing vessel is obviously on the Gulf side of the Key and says something about total reliance on GPS for navigation. Our thanks to YourObserver.com for this photo and report.
Sailboat runs aground on Siesta Key Beach READ MORE
The owner of the vessel, which is based out of St. Petersburg, told bystanders he was traveling home in the Gulf of Mexico when his navigation system crashed, sending the sailboat over a sandbar and onto the public beach. Sea Tow, a boat towing service, is waiting until a higher tide this week to haul the ship back into the gulf.
“It’s not very easy,” said Sea Tow Bradenton office manager Amanda Newell. “They need a towboat by sea and people on the sand to pull that sucker out of there.”
New Pass, last dredged in August of 2016, leads directly to the Sarasota waterfront and the entrance portion between the Entrance Light and Light 7 is constantly shifting to the end that the Coast Guard no longer recommends using New Pass due to dangerous shoaling. See http://cruisersnet.net/162399 for more on New Pass.Read More!
FLORIDA – CHARLOTTE HARBOR TO TAMPA BAY – NEW PASS: Reports of Shoaling.
The U.S. Coast Guard has received reports of shoaling in New Pass, Sarasota County. Shoaling occurs between Buoys 5, 6 and Light 7 with depths of 4 feet in certain area. Mariners should use caution and consult the latest Army Corps of Engineers Hydrographic surveys for more information at http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Navigation/Hydro-Surveys/.
New Pass Channel Buoy 5A (LLNR 21610) has been repositioned to 27-19-34.036N/082-35-23.101W to best mark shoaling.
Mariners are advised to use extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11425 LNM 04/17
Longboat Pass separates Longbeach and Bradenton Beach south of Tampa Bay near GICW Statute Mile 85. Due to continuing shoaling at the entrance to Longboat Pass, adjustments to Nav Aids have ongoing for some time, see http://cruisersnet.net/144523.
GULF OF MEXICO – FLORIDA – LEMON BAY TO PASSAGE KEY INLET: Changes to the Aids to Navigation System in Longboat Pass
Longboat Pass Approach Light LP (LLNR 1350/21755) has been renamed to Longboat Pass Danger Shoal Light, displaying Q W characteristics and 4NM range.
Longboat Pass Approach Lighted Buoy LP has been established in position 27-26-06.005N 082-42-10.046W, displaying Mo (A) W characteristics and 6NM range. Charts 11424 11425 LNM 04/17
New Pass, last dredged in August of 2016, leads directly to the Sarasota waterfront and the entrance portion between the Entrance Light and Light 7 is constantly shifting to the end that the Coast Guard no longer recommends using New Pass due to dangerous shoaling. Our thanks to BOSN4 Darren Pauly for this advance MSIB and surveys of New Pass connecting the Gulf to Sarasota Bay.
Attached is the latest Army Corps survey for New Pass. Shoaling is occurring and we will likely be relocating buoys to mark best water in the next couple days. Read More
With a closed vertical clearance of 17ft, Longboat Pass Bridge crosses Longboat Pass which separates Longbeach and Bradenton Beach, south of Tampa Bay near Statute Mile 85.
Longboat Key petitions for bridge-opening fixes
-Terry O’Connor News Editor
U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Longboat Key, said he would intervene with the Coast Guard to help change the bridge-opening schedule.
CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL STORY from www.yourobserver.com
The US Coast Guard doing what they do so well. Thank you Coast Guard!
FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. — The Coast Guard rescued three boaters Friday after their boat took on water 12 miles west of Sanibel.
Watch standers from Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg received an emergency relay call at 4:05 a.m. from Sea Tow National dispatch, stating three people were aboard a 35-foot sailboat taking on water and were in need of emergency assistance.
A Coast Guard boat crew aboard a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium from Station Fort Myers Beach responded.
The crew arrived on scene and provided dewatering assistance, which enabled the vessel to remain afloat while under tow. The tow was transferred to Sea Tow National who took them to Fort Myers. No injuries were reported.
“Thankfully we were alerted quickly, which enabled our boat crew to get on scene and prevent a bad situation from getting any worse,” said Lt. Cmdr. Brittany Poley, command duty officer at Sector St. Petersburg.
Longboat Pass, where shoaling has been reported for years, separates Longbeach and Bradenton Beach south of Tampa Bay near GICW Statute Mile 85.
FLORIDA – CHARLOTTE HARBOR TO TAMPA BAY – LONGBOAT PASS: Submerged Pipeline
The U.S. Coast Guard received a report of a submerged pipeline in Longboat Pass in position 27-26-36.158N/082-41-26.537W. Mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. Chart 11425 LNM 49/16
This is good news for cruisers visiting Lido Key which lies west of southern Sarasota Bay and south of New Pass. This notice comes from www.yourobserver.com.
On Nov. 3, the Lido Pavilion hosted the key’s inaugural Veggie Market, a weekly open-air produce sale designed to serve barrier island residents.
by: David Conway Deputy Managing Editor
Some good news about Hurricane Matthew from the Gulf! See http://cruisersnet.net/159856
Hurricane Matthew washes out red tide on Longboat Key
Although the storm barely affected the Gulf Coast, rotting fish carcasses and seaweed disappeared from island beaches.
CLICK HERE for the full report from YourObserver.com
SSECN is not sure if this notice from BOSN Pauly means that the Coast Guard is now recommending the use of New Pass, but SSECN still does not recommend its use if your vessel draws more than 4ft.
Subject: RE: New Pass Channel Sarasota County and Longboat Key
Great news that New Pass is almost completed. We plan to install temporary buoys later this week and are discussing how many permanent, fixed pilings to add to the area. We do not want to add fixed aids only to have the Pass shoal up again and we not be able to remove them, leaving behind hazards.
The main reason I’m emailing is to let you know I’ve updated the Local Notice to Mariners with information about the shoaling inside the New Pass Bridge between Light 13 and Day Beacon 17. Shoaling is occurring with depths down to 4.2 feet MLLW as reported by the Army Corps of Engineers in 2015.
This section of the federal channel has a project depth of 8 feet. I mentioned this area of concern prior to the beginning of dredging. Here is a link for Army Corps surveys. Scroll down to New Pass.
Mariners should still use caution when transiting New Pass and be aware that the water in the channel will decrease from a dredged 13 feet to 4 feet inside the bridge. This information will be voice broadcasted for a week then go into the online edition of the LNM. This is important information for boaters and boating safety. Please share this information with the boating public.
BOSN4 Darren Pauly
Aids to Navigation Officer
US Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg
155 Columbia Drive
Tampa FL 33606
(813) 228-2191 Ext. 8184 Tampa office
For a recent Local Notice on New Pass, see http://cruisersnet.net/159755