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  • Farmers Market Brings Produce to Lido Key, Sarasota Bay


    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

    CLICK HERE FOR FULL DETAILS

    Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Otter-Lido Key Anchorage

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Otter-Lido Key Anchorage

  • More on Shoaling in New Pass, GICW Statute Mile 75, Sarasota, FL


    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

    All concerned,
    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.
    http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Navigation/Hydro-Surveys/

    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.
    v/r
    BOSN4 Darren Pauly
    Aids to Navigation Officer
    US Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg
    155 Columbia Drive
    Tampa FL 33606
    darren.a.pauly@uscg.mil
    (813) 228-2191 Ext. 8184 Tampa office

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

    For a recent Local Notice on New Pass, see http://cruisersnet.net/159755

  • Shoaling Reported in New Pass, GICW Statute Mile 75, Sarasota, FL


    Despite the dredging of New Pass just completed in August of this year, this new shoaling confirms the constant shifting of the channel. The entrance channel connects the Gulf with Sarasota and intersects the Gulf Waterway at Marker #17. Note that the Coast Guard and SSECN no longer recommend using New Pass due to significant dangerous shoaling.

    FLORIDA – CHARLOTTE HARBOR TO TAMPA BAY – NEW PASS: Shoaling
    There are reports of shoaling between New Pass Channel Light 13 (21705) 27-20-18.273N, 082-34-27.440W and New Pass Channel DBN 17 (21725) 27-20-28.987N / 082-33-54.003W. Surveyed depths show depths as low as 4.2ft MLLW in the channel. ACOE survey link http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Navigation/Hydro-Surveys/. Mariners are advsed to use extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11425 LNM 38/16

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

    For more on New Pass, see http://cruisersnet.net/159010 and http://cruisersnet.net/156388

  • More Good Words for Longboat Key Club Moorings, GICW Statute Mile 77.5, Sarasota, FL


    longboatLongboat 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. Anna’s comments are typical for this excellent facility and we are glad they stumbled upon it!

    My husband and I stayed here last week while on vacation….we actually stumbled upon it. What a beautiful resort. We were pleasantly greeted by Pete the dockhand. He was very helpful. We were very impressed by the amenities, pool (pool towels are given at office) and very nice showers, bicycles for loan, Publix within walking distance. Harbor masters store and staff was awesome. We didn’t make it to Portofinos but will visit it next time.
    We will definitely be back.
    Anna

    Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Longboat Key Club Moorings

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Longboat Key Club Moorings

  • Infestation of Sea Lice on the Gulf Coast

    In case you haven’t seen this story. We called these “nettles” in the Chesapeake and they can make a trip overboard miserable. A poultice of Adolph’s Meat Tenderizer was the remedy of choice for us. This report is from AOL.com.

    Sea lice are infesting Gulf Coast beaches
    Tiny creatures are lurking in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. The nearly invisible creatures are known as sea lice and can cause an itchy rash and even flu like symptoms.

    Although the small creatures are almost undetectable to the human eye, their sting packs a huge punch. The itchy rash they cause, known as “ocean itch” or “seabather’s eruption,” can last for days but luckily it goes away on its own. Applying an oatmeal preparation and calamine lotion can soothe the itch.

    According to Florida Department of Public Health, “outbreaks of seabather’s eruption occur intermittently between March and August, but they appear to peak during early April through early July.”

    The appearance of sea lice during the summer months is caused by shifts in south Florida’s current and the highest incidence of cases of seabather’s eruption occur in Palm Beach County and Northern Broward County.

    Sea lice are the larvae of adult jellyfish and their small size sometimes causes them to get stuck between a swimmers’ skin and their swim suit, clothes or hair, which causes them to sting.

    Swimmers can reduce their chances of getting seabather’s eruption by avoiding wearing T-shirts while in the ocean and changing out of their bathing suits as soon as possible after exiting from the water.

  • Bridge Openings and Road Traffic Delays, Sarasota Bay, Gulf Coast


    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:

    January: 318,984
    February: 520,568
    March: 490,564
    April: 559,289
    May: 492,769
    June: 420,091
    July: 310,971*
    August: 386,823
    * 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.

    Bridge openings
    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.
    Younger agreed.
    “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

    Michael Lieberum
    Seventh Coast Guard District
    Bridge Branch
    Operations Section
    305-415-6744

  • Shoaling in Big Sarasota Pass, near GICW Statute Mile 73, 5/19/2016


    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

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

  • A Good Word from Longboat Key Club Moorings, GICW Statute Mile 77.5, Sarasota, FL


    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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    Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Longboat Key Club Moorings

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Longboat Key Club Moorings

     

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


    New Pass leads directly to the Sarasota waterfront and the entrance portion between the Entrance Light and Light 7 is constantly shifting and shoaling. SSECN has long recommended that this pass not be used. See http://cruisersnet.net/156085 for a recent Local Notice on this area. Our thanks to BOSN4 Pauly for these updates.

    All,
    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.
    CWO Pauly
    BOSN4 Darren Pauly
    Aids to Navigation Officer
    US Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg
    155 Columbia Drive
    Tampa FL 33606
    darren.a.pauly@uscg.mil
    (813) 228-2191 Ext. 8184 Tampa office

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

  • Shoaling in Big Carlos Pass, Estero Bay, Fort Myers Beach, FL, 4/13/2016


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

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

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

  • Shoaling Hazard in New Pass, Sarasota, FL, Gulf Coast, 4/13/2016


    New Pass has been undergoing surveying , NavAid relocation and Navigation Alerts in the past months, a need confirmed by this Local Notice. New Pass leads directly to the Sarasota waterfront and the entrance portion between the Entrance Light and Light 7 is constantly shifting and shoaling. SSECN has long recommended that this pass not be used.

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

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

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

  • More on “Terrific” Yanmar Diesel Mechanic in Bradenton, Florida

    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.
    Michael Leporati

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

  • Shoaling at Entrance to New Pass, Sarasota, FL


    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

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

  • Another Abandoned Vessel in West Florida

    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.
    Winston Fowler

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  • A Stormy Stop at Bradenton Beach Marina, GICW Statute Mile 87


    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.
    Marc Holtzberg

    Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Bradenton Beach Marina

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Bradenton Beach Marina

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