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Archive For: West FL – 9 – ICW, Venice Pass to Tampa Bay

  • Praise for Gulf Coast Canvas, Bradenton, FL

    If you are in the Bradenton area and have need of canvas repairs, here is a company that can be trusted to do the job correctly.

    We first used Gulf Coast Canvas back around 2008 and they have done all our canvas work ever since. This past week, we needed to have some of our favorite boat and beach chairs repaired and Tom and Sue took them in and did an absolutely perfect job. If anyone is in the Sarasota, Bradenton area and in need of canvas replacement, repair, re-stitch, or even embroidery work, then we highly recommend Gulf Coast Canvas. Call and leave a message and Sue will always get in touch with you. Their work is highly regarded, five star quality.
    Always good to find marine businesses that care about and know about our needs as boaters.
    Thanks to Tom and Sue Helmig.- owners of Gulf Coast Canvas, Bradenton, FL Tele: 941-752-9980
    First Mate Sue

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  • LNM: Destroyed Waterway Light 44, Sarasota Bay, GIWW Statute Mile 65.5, 7/21/2017


    This destroyed Waterway light is on the east side of the channel through Sarasota Bay east of Bird Keys.

    FLORIDA – GIWW – CHARLOTTE HARBOR TO TAMPA BAY – VENICE INLET-SIESTA KEY: Hazard to Navigation
    Venice Inlet-Siesta Key Light 44 (LLNR 58155) is destroyed and submerged approximately 1 foot below the waterline. Wreckage has been marked with a TRLB displaying Fl Q R, 4NM characteristics in position 27-12-52.095N / 082-30-12.642W. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11425 LNM 29/17

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at GIWW Mile 65.5

  • LNM: Circus Bridge Construction Underway, Venice, FL, GIWW Statute Mile 55


    With a closed vertical clearance of 25ft, twin-leaf bascule Circus Bridge crosses the West Florida Waterway south of Venice.

    FLORIDA – GULF INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY – CHARLOTTE HARBOR TO TAMPA BAY – VENICE – CIRCUS BRIDGE: Bridge Repairs READ MORE!

    Construction on the Circus Bridge has begun. The construction Project will be ongoing from July 5, 2017 through late September/early October 2017. There will be several pieces of floating equipment remaining in the water during the period of construction to include barges, cranes, and other work vessels. The Circus Bridge construction project is located near mile 54.9 on the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, in Venice, FL. Single leaf operation should remain normal, but a three hour notice is requested for double leaf openings. All boaters are advised to use extreme caution while transiting the area.
    The project senior superintendant for Southern Road & Bridge, George Pappas, may be reached at 727-940-5395 for details on the project. Ref: LNM 28-17 Chart: 11425

    Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory Listing For South Venice/ Tamiami Trail/Circus Bridge

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of South Venice/ Tamiami Trail/Circus Bridge

  • National Marina Days Celebration at Twin Dolphin Marina, off Tampa Bay on the Manatee River


    Twin Dolphin Marina, 1000 1st Ave. West, Bradenton, Florida 34205-7852, 941.747.8300  -  fax 941.745.2831, e-mail: harbormaster@twindolphinmarina.com

    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
    READ MORE!

    Twin Dolphin Marina Day Barbecue emphasizes a summer of giving and celebrates boating and on the water fun!

    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.

    Best regards,
    Tabatha Davis
    PIER 22
    Director of Marketing
    941.748.3433 x109

    Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Twin Dolphin Marina

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Twin Dolphin Marina

  • LNM: USCG to Close 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 and shoaling. SSECN has long recommended that this pass not be used. See a recent Nav Alert re shoaling at New Pass.


    News Release
    June 9, 2017
    U.S. Coast Guard 7th District PA Detachment Tampa Bay
    Contact: Coast Guard PA Detachment Tampa Bay
    (305) 965-4672

    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.

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

  • LNM: Severe Shoaling, New Pass, Sarasota, FL, 6/8/2017


    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

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

  • Legal Battles Mount over Big Pass Dredge, Sarasota, near GIWW Statute Mile 72


    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.

    CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL REPORT

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

  • Dredging Confirmed at GIWW Statute Mile 85, Longboat Pass, Sarasota, FL


    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

    USACE “Currituck”

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

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of GIWW Mile 85

  • New Trolley Service for Siesta Key, Sarasota, FL GIWW Statute Mile 70


    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.

    CLICK HERE FOR THE REPORT from YourObserver.com

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Siesta Key

  • What Your SSECN Team is Doing

    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. 

  • Review of Jewfish Key Anchorage, near Longboat Pass, GICW Statute Mile 85


    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.
    John

    Click Here To View the West Florida Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For the Jewish Key Anchorage

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Jewish Key Anchorage

  • Beached Sailing Vessel on Siesta Key Beach, Sarasota, FL

    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 told several bystanders his navigation system crashed on the way to St. Petersburg.
    by: Alex Mahadevan News Innovation Editor
    A roughly 30-foot sailboat named Anthem ran aground on Siesta Key Beach Sunday, creating a photo opportunity for island visitors and residents all week.

    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.”

  • LNM: More on Shoaling in New Pass, Sarasota Bay, near GIWC Statute Mile 75


    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

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

  • LNM: Change to Nav Aids, Longboat Pass, south of Tampa Bay


    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

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

  • LNM: Buoy Relocation in New Pass, Sarasota Bay, near GIWC Statute Mile 75


    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.

    All concerned,
    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

    A voice broadcast will start today. This survey has not posted to the
    Corps website yet but I felt it was important to get the word out. It should be posted next week.
    Also, we are taking a close look at Longboat Pass because of reported shoaling and may take action there in the near future.
    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

    CLICK HERE FOR SURVEYS

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

  • Vehicular Traffic Concerns over Openings, Longboat Pass Bridge, GICW Statute Mile 85


    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

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

  • Three Sailors Rescued west of Sanibel Island, Fort Myers, FL

    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.

    CLICK HERE FOR FULL REPORT AND PHOTOS

  • Submerged Pipeline in Longboat Pass, GICW Statute Mile 85


    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

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

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