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
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.”
This destroyed daybeacon 68 is on the east side of the Waterway which runs parallel to the eastern shore of Siesta Key.
FLORIDA – GIWW – CHARLOTTE HARBOR TO TAMPA BAY – VENICE INLET – SIESTA KEY – MATHENY CREEK: Hazard to Navigation.
Venice Inlet-Siesta Key Daybeacon 68 (LLNR 58355) is destroyed. The steel pile may pose a hazard to navigation. Wreckage is marked with a TRLB, Fl Q R, 4NM characteristics. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11425 LNM 05/17
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. 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
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
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. 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.
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.
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
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