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
Our thanks to Officer Michael Lieberum for sending this very interesting report covering discussion between the USCG, FDOT and local community leaders concerning road traffic delays from bridge openings. Both these bridges cross inlet that are subject to frequent shoaling and New Pass is not recommended by SSECN for use.
With a closed vertical clearance of 23ft, New Pass bridge connects Longboat Key and Lido key. 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.
Commissioners gave Town Manager Dave Bullock direction to invite Coast Guard and FDOT officials to a future meeting to discuss bridge openings.
by: Kurt Schultheis Senior Editor
When New Pass Bridge goes up, and there’s not a boat in the water, Mayor Jack Duncan calls the bridge opening “incredibly frustrating.”
“You have a few boats in the water and thousands of cars backed up on the road, and the bridge opens without a boat in sight,” Duncan said. “It’s counter intuitive.”
2015 traffic counts
The Longboat Key Police Department’s license-plate recognition system has the ability to count the number of cars entering and exiting the island. Below is a snapshot of traffic counts so far this year:
* A camera malfunction caused readings to not be counted for one week.
Key resident and retired U.S. Coast Guard Rear Adm. Steve Branham was asked by Commissioner Lynn Larson and Town Manager Dave Bullock to look into the drawbridge openings on the Key to see if they can be adjusted to ease seasonal traffic. Branham spent months perusing Coast Guard data and crunching traffic count numbers with resident Lenny Landau.
His conclusion at the Sept. 9 Longboat Key Town Commission regular meeting?
“New Pass Bridge and Longboat Pass Bridge are not a primary contributor to the traffic problem,” Branham said. “It’s opening once a day on average when you look at the numbers. It’s very difficult to convince the Coast Guard and FDOT we have a problem with a bridge that averages opening once a day on average.”
But the Town Commission will continue to press the issue, noting the island’s two bridges go up many times just for maintenance and not for boat traffic.
By the Numbers
13 – Cars per minute crossing New Pass Bridge in March 2015
20,000 – Estimated cars per day crossing New Pass Bridge during season
7 – Minutes it takes for bridge to open and close
17 – Steps a bridge tender must follow to open and close the bridge
387 – Openings for New Pass Bridge in 2014
32 – Average openings a month for New Pass Bridge
For the week of Jan. 24 this year, Branham noted New Pass Bridge opened 18 times, but only five of those times were because boats were in the water.
Branham told the Longboat Observer Tuesday that FDOT has agreed not to open the bridge for maintenance from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.; 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
“That’s a siginificant amount of time the bridge won’t open for that purpose,” Branham said.
Branham explained it would cost the Coast Guard a premium amount to perform maintenance openings at night instead of during working hours.
The New Pass Bridge opens every 20 minutes when boats are present, which can be up to three times an hour between the hours of 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Between 6 p.m. and 7 a.m., the bridge must open on signal with at least three hours’ notice. The Longboat Pass Bridge opens on demand for boaters. The Cortez Bridge, which connects Bradenton Beach to mainland Manatee County, opens on demand every 20 minutes between May 16 and Jan. 14 and every 30 minutes on demand from Jan. 15 through May 15.
But Duncan says it’s worth pressing the issue further and even deciding if it’s worth the town helping to pay the extra cost to perform night maintenance openings.
“Motorists get frustrated when they’re sitting and sitting and don’t even see a boat go through,” Younger said.
Commissioners gave Bullock direction to invite Coast Guard and FDOT officials to a future meeting to discuss the issue. http://www.yourobserver.com/article/bridge-openings-don%E2%80%99t-clog-traffic-study-shows
Seventh Coast Guard District
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Big Sarasota Pass separates Lido Key and Siesta Key leading into lower Sarasota Bay.
FLORIDA – CHARLOTTE HARBOR TO TAMPA BAY – BIG SARASOTA PASS: Shoaling
Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution and use local knowledge of BIG SARASOTA PASS and its conditions due to shoaling before attempting passage through Big Sarasota Pass Channel, Shoal Daybeacon A (LLNR 21465) position 27-15-58.000N/ 082-33-53.000W to Daybeacon 15 A (LLNR 21530) position 27-18-17.609N/082-33-37.740W. Private Buoys are not charted due to constantly shifting shoals and Buoys may not signify best water.
Chart 11425 LNM 20/16
Longboat Key Club Moorings, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, guards the western shores of Sarasota Bay, north of the city of Sarasota, and south of Longboat Pass. With the advent of mooring fields in Florida, you might mistake this marina as just another set of mooring balls. But, believe you me, this is one gorgeous marina. Book Now.
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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 http://cruisersnet.net/156085 for a recent Local Notice on this area. Our thanks to BOSN4 Pauly for these updates.
The Coast Guard continues to do outreach to the public regarding the removal of the navigation markers in New Pass. Attached is a Port Community Information Broadcast issued by the Commander, Sector St. Petersburg. Feel free to print this out, post and share this with the community, law enforcement, and any other concerned person or groups.
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
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
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
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
Michael is referencing an earlier posting praising mechanic Kevin McGary, 941-713-3936, of Bradenton, FL. Kevin is very much in business and will be glad to assist you with mechanical issues. See http://cruisersnet.net/27077.
I can’t express how happy I am with Kevin, thank you Dudley Fort. He is exceptional, it’s nice to find courteous honest people in which you can trust nowadays.
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
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.
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.firstname.lastname@example.org or (813) 228-2191 ext 8184.
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
New Pass leads directly to the Sarasota waterfront and the entrance portion between the Entrance Light and Light 7 is constantly shifting.
FLORIDA – CHARLOTTE HARBOR TO TAMPA BAY – NEW PASS: Shoaling.
The U.S. Coast Guard has received a report of shoaling in the vicinity of New Pass Entrance Light NP (LLNR 21585/1345) and New Pass Channel Light 7 (LLNR 21620). The Entrance Channel is subject to continual change. Buoys are not charted because they are frequently shifted in position. Local knowledge recommended as the channel is constantly changing.
Chart 11425 LNM 47/15
Abandoned, derelict vessels are much discussed and bemoaned, but the cost of removal continues to prevent communities from addressing the problem. See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=150203, as well as other articles by typing “derelicts” in the Search window in our Homepage.
After last Sundays, Oct. 4th, big winds, we have another abandoned vessel washed ashore at DeSoto Park, Manatee River, Bradenton FL.
Bradenton Beach Marina lies at the terminus of the charted, L-shaped channel cutting in from the Cortez Bridge’s southwestern corner in Bradenton Beach, FL
I stayed here on Sunday night of Labor Day Weekend and the Marina and Bradenton Beach is so quaint and cute. There are no floating docks. We were placed out on the end of the large T-dock which was fine, we had called and they said they would send some one out to help tie up but, no one showed up. We got tied up and powered when a storm rolled in from the Southeast and pummeled us against the dock for a hour and half seeing gusts to 35-40 knots on the beam. After the storm we dinked across the ICW to Tide Tables and had a great dinner. Bradenton Beach is a great town and we might come driving back in a car.
Everyone refers to the large, downtown Sarasota, Florida municipal marina as “Marina Jacks” but, in reality, that is the name of the on-site restaurant, and the maritime part of the operation is officially known as “Marina Operations.”
I have not stayed in Marina Jacks in a long time but, their service is unchanged. When you radio for a slip they come meet you and help you tie up. In the morning you will find a newspaper in your cockpit. The only problem I had was a Fountain powerboat that was next to me was incorrectly tied and threatened to crash into my boat when the winds shifted. I jumped on the boat and fixed his lines. Never saw the owner or any of the marina staff there at all to correct or comment on the issue. I guess he was a just another blow boater.
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. The bridge was closed to navigation for several weeks in October and November of 2014, see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=145234.
FLORIDA – WEST COAST – LONGBOAT PASS: Bridge Update
The Longboat Pass Bridge across Longboat Pass, Longboat, Manatee County, Florida has been repaired and is fully operational. Both the Longboat Pass and New Pass Bridges have returned to their normal operating schedules.
Due to the problem with the bridge, the bridge owner, Florida Department of Transportation, will be making some emergency repairs to the bridge. They do not anticipate requesting any navigation restrictions during these repairs. As it will take some time to initiate this emergency repair action, the Longboat Pass Bridge may malfunction which could cause this bridge to be stuck in either the open or closed position. If the bridge is closed to navigation the bridge tender will notify any vessels in the vicinity of the bridge of this issue immediately and will request that they transit either north or south to avoid this bridge. The Coast Guard upon notification will issue a Broadcast Notice to Mariners and the New Pass Bridge will operate on a 24 hour a day schedule until repairs are made to the Longboat Pass Bridge. Chart 11425 LNM 31/15
Our thanks to Skipper Fort for sending us this warning and advice. Sara Bay Marina is at the eastern end of a narrow, shallow, multi-marked channel.
Danger: marker #2 at the entrance to Sara Bay Marina has been knocked down.
It is imperative that you stay west and north of this sign as water to the south of the piling is 8″ at low tide and even out of water at dead low tide even though the nautical chart shows 5 feet.
Marina Operations/Marina Jacks abuts the east-northeastern shores, to the northeast of red unlighted daybeacon #8A in Sarasota Bay, in the heart of downtown Sarasota, Florida. Our thanks to Skipper Cohen for this report.
Stayed at Mooring Field 2 nights. Great location and beautiful spot. There are some issues that need to be addressed. There are only a couple of no wake signs installed be Marina Jack which manages the Field owned by the City. Fishing and pleasure boats cruise through the Field regularly; there is no policing or security although there is a Fish and Wildlife boat at the marina. One of the tour boats operating out of the marina–Le Barge–takes a sanctioned shortcut through the field. Folks at marina seem to feel there is not much they can do. It’s a shame!