Shoaling at the entrance to New Pass was recently posted in LNM: /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 [27°18.9185N / 082°35.8861W, 27.315309 / -82.598102]), 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.