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    • New Red Tide Reports from Atlantic and Gulf Coasts

      Red tide continues to plague West Florida’s beaches and coastal waterways.

      10/21 FWC report: Red tide reaches Volusia County
      Daytona Beach News-Journal

      10/19 Florida red tide map: Second wave hits Key West, Florida Keys; is it headed to East Coast?
      TCPalm

      Red tide is spreading in Florida. Hurricane Michael didn’t stop it.
      erienewsnow.com

      10/15 Hurricane Michael failed to end Gulf coast’s red tide
      Sun Sentinel

      10/9 Red tide: Hurricane Michael could have major impact on Florida’s toxic algae
      CBS News

      10/5 Red tide spreads to Florida’s east coast, shuttering some Miami-Dade beaches
      CNN The red tide bloom that’s been in the waters off Florida’s Gulf coast for months is now choking the Atlantic Ocean waters from Miami Beach to …
      Red tide plagues Florida beaches on all sides of state – WCJB
      Red tide is plaguing beaches on both of Florida’s coasts – PAHomePage.com
      Red tide plaguing beaches on both of Florida’s coasts – Fox 35 Orlando

      10/4 Florida confirms toxic red tide spreading along Atlantic coast
      Miami Herald

      10/4 Florida DOH to begin testing air for red tide toxins
      Wink News

      10/2 Red tide likely spreads in Florida, causing breathing problems for beachgoers
      CBS News

      10/2 Marine life experts address red tide concerns
      WPBF West Palm Beach

      10/2 Red Tide bloom now touching all three of Florida’s coasts
      Tampa Bay Times

      State says it is ready to address red tide in Atlantic
      Fox 35 Orlando

      Red Tide confirmed along Florida’s east coast
      WJXT News4JAX

      9/28 Florida’s Red Tide: Killing More Than Fish?
      GlobeSt.com

      9/28 Red tide ramping up across Southwest Florida
      Fox 4

      9/28 Toxic algae Florida: Rick Scott’s algae plan not a hit with everyone
      The News-Press

      9/24 Red tide is ‘suffocating’ marine life near Southwest Florida’s shores
      NBC2 News

      9/20 Red tide stretching along 35 miles of Florida’s west coast
      Bay News 9

      9/20 Clay May Be The Fix For Red Tide Woes – FWC
      South Florida Reporter

      9/20 Red tide reaches the Panhandle
      Tallahassee.com

      9/19 Red Tide has swept into the Intracoastal Waterway, littering parks and canals with dead fish
      Tampa Bay Times

      9/18 Red Tide continues to foul Pinellas beaches
      Tampa Bay Times

      9/17 FL WFO TAMPA Warnings, Watches, and Advisories
      WWSB ABC 7

      9/15 Mote and NOAA Report Spike in Dolphin Deaths—and Red Tide is Likely to Blame
      Sarasota

      9/15 Red tide continues to stalk Florida’s Gulf Coast
      Trade Only Today

      9/8 Red tide still firmly entrenched along Southwest Florida coast
      The News-Press

      9/3 Red tide continues to worsen
      Baker Orange

      8/31 Red Tide Map, Update: ‘High’ Concentrations of Algae Found Off Shore of Pinellas County
      Newsweek

      FL WFO TAMPA Warnings, Watches, and Advisories from WWSB ABC 7

      Third species of algae, fueled by decomposing fish, is found blooming in Southwest Florida waters
      Naples Daily News

      RED TIDE UPDATE: Brown tide blended with red tide, recipe for super bloom?
      WWSB ABC 7

      Brown Tide Feared To Worsen Florida Red Tide
      Tech Times

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    • Next Week’s Happenings on Charlotte Harbor, Punta Gorda, FL, October 22-29, 2018


      Fisherman's Village Marina and Resort, Punta Gorda, FL
      Punta Gorda, Florida - a GREAT cruising destination

      There is always plenty to do around Charlotte Harbor, as you will see in the calendar below. Whether you are moored in Punta Gorda’s mooring field or berthed at Fishermen’s Village Marina, A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, you will enjoy your visit to beautiful Charlotte Harbor, where Punta Gorda, also A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, lies on Western Florida’s Charlotte Harbor/Peace River.

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      1700 Tamiami Tr., Unit G2
      Port Charlotte, FL
      941.743.1900

       

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    • Leon County and Tallahassee Hurricane Service News and Updates

      Leon County in the Big Bend region of the Gulf coast, is home to Tallahassee, Florida’s State Capitol. The county was spared the brunt of Michael but is still suffering from loss of power and services. Cruisers Net will continue to post county updates in this posting. Please excuse any duplication of information. 

      850.606.5300 | cmr@LeonCountyFL.gov | www.LeonCountyFL.gov
      301 S. Monroe St., Suite 502, Tallahassee, FL 32301

      10/17 Leon County and City of Tallahassee Residents Eligible for Individual Assistance Following Hurricane Michael

      Leon County has been designated for Individual Assistance for damages caused by Hurricane Michael, meaning county and city residents are now eligible to apply with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for funds to help recover.

      Individual Assistance provides a broad range of disaster assistance resources to eligible residents, such as the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged homes. Families impacted by Hurricane Michael can also apply for additional financial support for child care, medical, dental, vehicle damage and damages to essential household items.

      Residents who have suffered damage directly related to Hurricane Michael are encouraged to file a claim with their insurance right away.

      To apply for Individual Disaster Assistance, visit https://www.disasterassistance.gov/ or call 1-800-621-3362. Residents without internet access can visit any Leon County library or City of Tallahassee community center.

      The deadline to apply is December 10, 2018.

      For more information, visit https://www.fema.gov/individual-disaster-assistance.
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      850.606.5300 | cmr@LeonCountyFL.gov | www.LeonCountyFL.gov
      301 S. Monroe St., Suite 502, Tallahassee, FL 32301

       

      10/16 Leon County and Goodwill Industries to Distribute Free Tarps at Stores in Community

      Leon County Government and Goodwill Industries — Big Bend, Inc. will distribute free tarps to households at five different Goodwill store locations across the community beginning Tuesday, October 16. The tarps provide temporary covering of plastic sheeting to help reduce further damage to property until permanent repairs can be made.

      Tarps will be made available at the following locations and will be limited to two tarps per family:

      North Monroe – 2578 North Monroe St., Tallahassee, FL 32303
      Apalachee Parkway – 2309 Apalachee Pkwy, Tallahassee, FL 32301
      Capital Circle – 2734 Capital Circle, Tallahassee, FL 32308
      Pensacola St. – 2551 W. Pensacola St., Tallahassee, FL 32304
      Bradfordville – 6810 Thomasville Road, Tallahassee, FL 32312
      All Goodwill Industries stores will open at 9 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. Distribution will occur near the donations drop-off center at each site.

      For some tips on how to use a temporary roof tarp, see this Lowe’s how-to guide.

      Please note, emergency repair is only a temporary fix. Final repair is best left to someone who has the equipment and skill to do it safely and permanently.

      As a reminder, Leon County Government has waived permit fees to rebuild and repair after Hurricane Michael. To learn more, call Leon County Development Support and Environmental Management at (850) 606-1300 / www.LeonPermits.org .

      10/14 Feeding and Distribution Operations Continue in Leon County

      As Leon County continues to return to normal following Hurricane Michael, distribution sites will continue today, Sunday, October 14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to meet the community’s most critical needs.

      Distribution operations will cease at 5 p.m. and resources will demobilize and re-stage to head out west to the hardest hit areas of the Florida Panhandle if requested by the State of Florida.

      Distribution sites will offer water, ice, and MREs (Meals-Ready-to-Eat). Please note, MRE supplies are somewhat limited and may not be available at all sites. The locations are as follows:

      Ft. Braden Community Center – 16387 Blountstown Hwy
      J. Lewis Hall Sr., Woodville Park – 1492 J. Lewis Hall Sr. Lane
      Apalachee Regional Park – 7550 Apalachee Parkway
      Fire Station #4 – 2899 West Pensacola Street
      Fire Station #1 – 327 North Adams Street
      Fire Station #2 – 2805 Sharer Road
      Fred George Park – 4830 Fred George Road
      Miccosukee (Concord School) – 15011 Cromartie Road
      Fire Station #3 – 3005 South Monroe Street
      Fire Station #15 – 1445 Bannerman Road
      Also, Salvation Army will serve lunch at noon and dinner at 5 p.m. at the following locations:

      Lawrence-Gregory Community Center – 1115 Dade St.
      Friendship Primitive Baptist – 700 Putnam Dr.
      Woodville Branch Library – 8000 Old Woodville Rd.
      Braden Community Park – 15100 Blountstown Hwy
      Bond Westside – 14833 Main St.
      For citizens will continuing needs following Hurricane Michael, 2-1-1 Big Bend can provided much needs referral services to local human services agencies. Calls are free, confidential and anonymous. Trained hotline counselors are available to listen and provide emotional support, crisis counseling, suicide prevention and information.

      Dial 2-1-1 or (850) 617-6333 for 24/7 human service information and assistance. Bilingual and translation services are available. TDD/TTY or 711Florida Relay is available for hearing impaired individuals. For more information, visit www.211bigbend.org .

      10/13 Evening Update on Leon County’s Recovery Activities Following Hurricane Michael for October 13

      Shelter Status:

      As of this afternoon, 24 citizens are sheltered at Sail High School and 70 citizens remain in the special needs shelter at Florida High. We are demobilizing Sail High School as a risk shelter and transition remaining shelterees to a host shelter at Tallahassee Community College Lifetime Sports Complex this afternoon. Our partners continue to provide meals and water to shelterees at Sail in the meantime. The state has established a regional special needs shelter at Florida State University to provide care for special needs citizens from the most impacted counties; the state will make a determination regarding when to transition the Florida High special needs shelter to this regional shelter. Florida High will reopen for classes on Monday while the special needs shelter occupies the gymnasium.

      Public Safety:

      We have had no loss of life directly related to the storm. Leon County EMS has returned to normal staffing as call volumes have returned to normal. The Leon County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) has been fully activated throughout preparedness, response, and recovery efforts for Hurricane Michael and continues to provide security for points of distribution tonight and tomorrow. LCSO is beginning to scale down disaster operations overnight tonight, with a return to normal staffing by Sunday evening.

      Road Clearing:

      Public Works remains fully activated with 130 personnel working in Alpha and Bravo shifts alongside utility crews to reopen remaining blocked roads as quickly as possible. Leon County Public Works has 15 crews in the field, supplemented by 7 additional contracted crews. Leon County Public Works has made significant progress by clearing 778 blocked roads since the winds died down late Wednesday evening. All major and arterial County roads are passable by car at this time. Public Works crews are working to clear school entrances and exits and bus routes in the unincorporated area in anticipation of schools reopening on Monday. We will continue working tomorrow to clear all remaining road blockages that have been reported in coordination with our local utility providers.

      Debris Removal:

      Debris collection efforts began today and will continue until all storm-related debris is picked up. Over the weekend, debris removal efforts will focus on the County’s main corridors, schools, and school bus stops in the unincorporated areas. Starting Monday, October 15, a map of debris collection activities and an update on operations will be available daily at: www.LeonCountyFL.gov/EI/Debris. We have also posted on the EIP some helpful tips for citizens on how to organize and safely place debris at the curb.

      Solid Waste:

      As Leon County residents continue to clean up their properties following Hurricane Michael, Leon County has extended the free of charge period for both the Solid Waste Management Facility and the Rural Waste Service Centers. The facilities will be open during their normal hours and will remain free of charge until Sunday, October 21. Hours of operation will be as follows:

      The Solid Waste Management Facility (7550 Apalachee Parkway) will be open Monday, October 15 through Friday, October 19 from 7 AM to 7 PM.
      The Rural Waste Service Centers will be open Fridays from 9 AM to 6 PM, and Saturdays and Sundays from 9 AM to 5 PM at the following locations:
      O Woodville, 549 Henry Jones Road

      O Fort Braden, 2485 East Joe Thomas Road

      O Miccosukee, 13051 Miccosukee Road

      Also, Leon County and the City of Tallahassee are resuming residential and commercial garbage collection services today. Following is the updated schedule for solid waste collection:

      Wednesday customers were collected on Friday, October 12
      Thursday customers will be collected on Saturday, October 13
      Friday customers will be collected on Sunday, October 14
      Starting Monday, October 15, all customers will receive service during their regularly scheduled service
      Power Restoration as of 5 pm:

      Immediately following the storm, City of Tallahassee Utilities and Talquin Electric both reported outages to more than 90% of their customers in Leon County. Following are the latest reports of outages at this time:

      City of Tallahassee: 37,858 outages (69% restored)
      Talquin Electric: 13,101 outages (47% restored)
      Duke Energy: 0 outages (100% restored)
      Both utilities incurred significant damage to all components of their electric grid (transmission lines, substations, and distribution circuits) from the storm and are working to repair all systems as quickly as possible with extensive support from mutual aid agencies. The City has announced a goal to restore 90% of its customers by the end of this weekend.

      98% of all traffic signals are in normal operation at this time including all critical intersections.

      Points of Distribution and Feeding Operations:

      As we advised previously, we have established 10 points of distribution throughout the community that will be operating again tomorrow from 9 AM to 5 PM, managed and staffed by Leon County and the City of Tallahassee and complemented by the Florida National Guard. Meals-Ready-to-Eat (MREs) and bottled water will be available at the following locations:

      Ft. Braden Community Center – 16387 Blountstown Highway
      J. Lewis Hall Sr., Woodville Park – 1492 J. Lewis Hall Sr. Lane
      Apalachee Regional Park – 7550 Apalachee Parkway
      Fire Station #4 – 2899 West Pensacola Street
      Fire Station #1 – 327 North Adams Street
      Fire Station #2 – 2805 Sharer Road
      The following locations will be distributing water and a limited amount of MREs.

      Fred George Park – 4830 Fred George Road
      Miccosukee (Concord School) – 15011 Cromartie Road
      Fire Station #3 – 3005 South Monroe Street
      Fire Station #15 – 1445 Bannerman Road
      Comfort Stations:

      The Main Library continues to operate today and tomorrow from 9 AM to 7 PM as a comfort station, providing citizens with air conditioning, water, a place to charge mobile devices, and computer access. Another 550 citizens have visited the comfort station so far today, totaling over 1,500 citizens served since it opened yesterday morning. We have distributed an enormous amount of food and water and people are in generally good spirits and highly appreciative of the County’s efforts. We have also established a Community Recovery Center at the comfort station for local community partners to assist citizens through the recovery process, and a representative from 2-1-1 Big Bend will also be on site to assist citizens in person. We are welcoming all visitors to the comfort station regardless of whether they have a library card or are a Leon County resident.

      The City is operating comfort stations at the following locations from 9 AM to 9 PM on today and 1 PM to 6 PM on Sunday, October 14:

      Lawrence-Gregory Community Center – 1115 Dade Street
      Jack McLean Community Center, including the pool and showers – 700 Paul Russell Road
      Tallahassee Senior Center – 1400 North Monroe Street
      Trousdell Aquatic Center, including the pool and showers – 298 John Knox Blvd.
      Damage Assessments:

      Our County/City damage assessment teams will be in the field again tomorrow conducting assessments to support a request for federal assistance under FEMA’s Individual Assistance program. Our local damage assessment teams are collecting information on damage to homes which will support our request for this federal assistance, and we continue to encourage citizens through our public information efforts to report damage through our online damage assessment tool on the Emergency Information Portal (EIP). Damage assessment information from our teams in the field and from citizens’ reports is being automatically uploaded into our GIS system in order to help expedite follow-up inspections that will be conducted by the state in the coming weeks. To self-report, visit: http://tlcgis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/GeoForm/index.html?appid=6f338e584b9349fb889e77c8fe10b0b3

      Following Hurricane Michael, we expect that the President will issue a “major disaster” declaration for the state of Florida, which provides a wide range of federal assistance programs, including assistance for individuals and households. To initiate this assistance, the Governor must submit a request to the President within 30 days of the incident, which will specify the types of assistance requested for each affected county. Should Individual Assistance be authorized for Leon County, a FEMA Disaster Recovery Center will be opened in the County, with phone numbers and websites for citizens to contact a FEMA representative and file for federal assistance. If Individual Assistance is authorized for Leon County, we will be coordinating a comprehensive public information campaign with FEMA, as we did following Hurricane Hermine.

      Cellular Service:

      OEV continues to coordinate with the State EOC as well as our telecommunications and mobile providers to find any available solutions to help restore mobile/cellular service and determine providers’ anticipated timelines for full service restoration. At this time, the state and mobile providers are prioritizing service restoration in the hardest hit counties, many of which remain entirely without service. However, today Verizon delivered mobile tower connection points to help alleviate coverage issues in Leon County. Verizon customers should turn their phones off and back on in order to establish connection to these connection points. Our mobile providers are advising that mobile coverage should improve in areas affected by outages as primary power is restored to cell tower sites.

      County Facilities:

      Facilities staff conducted checks of all County facilities and reported no damage. County offices will re-open on Monday, October 15. Branch libraries will reopen on Tuesday, October 16 (as they are normally closed on Sundays and Mondays).

      Permit Fee Waiver:

      To help the community rebuild after Hurricane Michael, Leon County will waive building permit fees for storm-related repairs. Citizens and contractors may begin storm related repairs immediately and apply for the necessary permits afterwards and removal of storm-damaged trees. Starting Tuesday, October 16, those interested in the waiver should contact Leon County Development Support and Environmental Management at (850) 606-1300 / www.LeonPermits.org.

      To be eligible for the waiver, the person performing the work must be the homeowner or a licensed contractor.

      EOC Status:

      Our EOC remains fully activated during today’s daytime shift. Starting tonight, we will begin partial activation at the EOC for overnight shifts with representatives from all essential agencies until operations are complete. Our regular conference calls have concluded at this time, although the EOC continues to serve as the central hub of coordination for all organizations and agencies involved in continuing operations.

      Emergency Management Assistance to Other Areas:

      Also, the State EOC has requested assistance specifically for Liberty County Emergency Management and we are deploying our Emergency Management Coordinator to assist with their response and recovery operations. As our EOC operations continue to scale down in the coming days, we will evaluate our capacity to send additional personnel and resources to assist other impacted counties if requested.

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    • Log of the Ideath: Surviving Michael, Captain Randy Mims, October 3, 2018

      You only have to spend a short time talking with Randy Mims to know that he has the soul of a true sailor. Randy not only built his 27ft gaff-rigged cutter, Ideath, but each year he single-hands the cutter from North Carolina to the Northern Gulf Coast and back again. “Ideath” is pronounced Ide’ath and loosely translates as “house of ideas”. Having survived numerous storms, Randy is no stranger to hurricanes and we are relieved that he made it through Michael safely. On his solo voyages, Randy stops along the way to visit maritime museums and, indulging his passion for music, he volunteers to sing in community church choirs. He also takes time to share his travels with his friends and has agreed to allow Cruisers Net to post his emails. For more photos and more on Randy, go to http://towndock.net/shippingnews/ideath?pg=1 from TownDock.net in Oriental. See previous installment: Surviving Hermine.

      Dear Friends,
      I am sure that by now many of you must think that I have sailed off the edge of the world or that “Ideath” sank and there there was no one to send out an update. While it is true that I have not been on a long voyage in what seems like forever, I have been here in Apalachicola playing music, making jewelry, and sailing one day about every week and doing all kinds for projects on “Ideath”. Last Sunday I was telling my friends that after four months I had finally completed the project of replacing every piece of rigging on the boat. I have lost track of how many splices and line end whippings I have made. I listen to the NOAA weather radio every morning. At first they were saying that a tropical storm that could become a minimal Hurricane was headed up here to the Panhandle of Florida. Tropical storms and even Cat 1s don’t pose much of a problem for “Ideath” safely nestled three miles up a marsh creek. She has weathered many storms tied out in Scipio creek between the dock and the six hundred pound concrete block that I cast in the mud on the other side. Depending on whether the storm will pass east or west of us, I will put an anchor up or down the creek. On Monday morning I began preparations for the storm. Having spent all the time setting up the new rigging I was reluctant to take it all back down. I took down the sun awning and lazily got out the bigger dock lines and took tools and paint off the boat to tidy up down below. By noon they were talking about Category 3 Hurricane “Michael” that was headed right for Apalachicola. Preparations went into high gear. Still not wanting to down rig the boat, I wrapped each of the headsail halyards around their stays which will keep them from vibrating much like the spirals that you see on tall smoke stacks. The forecasters seemed to think that it would indeed pass to the west of us if it didn’t go right over. Jim Cantore was broadcasting from Panama City about fifty miles to the west. Hedging my bets I added fifty feet of chain to anchors and put two anchors down stream. One was to the southeast and the other was as close to south as I could get in the confines of the creek. I put a third anchor up the creek to the north “just in case”. It is quite a balancing feat to load an anchor with it’s normal 30 feet of chain and an additional 50 feet of chain and 200 feet of nylon line into a kayak and paddle into a fifteen knot wind and get it all out of the kayak without turning it over, three times. Tuesday noon found me as prepared as possible and hearing that the storm was now a Category 3 and was expected to become a Four.
      Tuesday evening saw the beginning of some rain bands and a definite increase in wind. Still it was nothing that “Ideath” and I hadn’t been through before. I set up a schedule for the night, getting up every hour to check chafe protectors and adjust lines as it became necessary. I was very glad to see the dawn as the schedule went out the window at about 3 Am when I was checking every half hour. I was still feeling confident of my setup and after eating some pancakes for breakfast, I spent a lot of time out in the cockpit marveling at the sheets of wind driven rain. Every once in a while a Tern or Gull tried valiantly to fly to windward only to be blown back. Once a Manatee came up right beside the boat and looked right at me before the driving rain made us both blink and down it went. It was a good thing that I managed to eat a Peanut butter sandwich around twelve thirty because by one o’clock things had changed remarkably. The wind had become a solid wall of screaming noise. To move about the boat I had to crawl from hand rail to rail. I couldn’t look in the direction of the wind and could only look down. I was wearing boat shoes and a bathing suit with a tee shirt under a foul weather jacket and the rain felt like needles hitting my legs and face. By now the water was over the dock and actually over the bench that is bolted to the dock. As the fury grew it also started to veer around to the south. Because the water was now above the marsh grass there was a three mile fetch all the way from town, and the chop was now about two feet high. Of course “Ideath” could care less about two foot waves, but the situation became a lot more intense when the dock to which we were tied began to come apart. Getting some of the strain off of the dock lines seemed imperative as the pilings were starting to undulate with the waves that were hitting them. The engine at about 2400 RPM seemed to do the trick. The only problem was that the water was so full of bits of marsh grass that the raw water filter was plugging up about every five minutes. I have two filter screens and got to where I could change out a clean one for one stuffed with grass in about 45 seconds. Worrying that the dock would fail completely, as the wind continued to swing around to the southwest and west, I put the little danforth anchor I had left in the water right off the bow. But knowing that it would not be effective in those conditions, I made the decision to do the only thing that I knew could work. I got out a long piece of three quarter inch line from my sea anchor and carefully laid it out on the deck. Shedding the foul weather jacket and putting on a life jacket, I hand over handed down one of the dock lines to the swaying dock and then swam the end around a palm tree and tied it off. Now that there was something solid again to hang on I could let “Ideath” swing out into the creek with her bow into the new wind direction. Happily as the wind came around more to the west it lessened the fetch and the waves became less. With the west wind I knew that “Michael” had made landfall and by three- thirty the twenty to thirty knot gusts seemed like gentle puffs compared to what we and just been through.
      When you live on a boat it is not necessary to be going anywhere to have to use sailoring skills and have adventures. As it turned out the eye of “Michael” went ashore about thirty miles west of us in Mexico Beach. I understand it practically destroyed a big hotel there. I certainly have a lot of cleaning up to do and a dock that will have to be rebuilt, but I am grateful that “Ideath” is sitting peacefully at the buckled dock and not languishing out in the middle of a marsh or smashed up against a bunch of trees. I hope the next update I send out is about a fun voyage. I have had all the Hurricane season I want!
      Peace and Love to all of you. I have missed showing up where you are,
      Randy

      Storm Fury

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    • Post Michael Assistance, Dial 211, Big Bend Region, FL

      211 Big Bend is a United Way Agency in the eight-county region of the big bend.


      For Assistance After The Storm 2-1-1 Big Bend

      Following Hurricane Michael, individuals and families in need can contact 2-1-1 by simply dialing 211 from a cell phone or landline. 2-1-1 is a free, 24/7, hotline available in multiple languages, that provides information to individuals seeking community resources like shelter, food and water, recovery support, short-term counseling and other basic needs before, during and after disasters.

      Calls are free, confidential and anonymous. Trained hotline counselors are available to listen and provide emotional support, crisis counseling, suicide prevention, and information.

      Dial 2-1-1 or (850) 617-6333 for 24/7 human service information and assistance.

      Bilingual and translation services are available. TDD/TTY or 711Florida Relay is available for hearing impaired individuals.

      For more information, visit www.211bigbend.org

      About 2-1-1 Big Bend

      2-1-1 Big Bend, A United Way Agency, is your gateway to human services in the eight-county region of the big bend. 2-1-1 Big Bend is a non-profit 501c3 organization accredited by the Alliance of Information and Referral Systems and the American Association of Suicidality. The agency’s mission is to provide assessment, emotional support, crisis assistance, education, training and referrals with accurate, up-to-date resource info.

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    • Next Week’s Happenings on Charlotte Harbor, Punta Gorda, FL, October 15-21, 2018


      Fisherman's Village Marina and Resort, Punta Gorda, FL
      Punta Gorda, Florida - a GREAT cruising destination

      There is always plenty to do around Charlotte Harbor, as you will see in the calendar below. Whether you are moored in Punta Gorda’s mooring field or berthed at Fishermen’s Village Marina, A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, you will enjoy your visit to beautiful Charlotte Harbor, where Punta Gorda, also A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, lies on Western Florida’s Charlotte Harbor/Peace River.

        

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      Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau
      1700 Tamiami Tr., Unit G2
      Port Charlotte, FL
      941.743.1900

       

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    • Storm Advice: Do Not Use Generators or Grills Indoors

      Leon County is the site of Florida’s State Capitol and is in the direct path of Category 4 Hurricane Michael. See Leon County Daily Brief.


      Remain Alert To Carbon Monoxide Dangers During Michael

      Residents advised not to use generators, grills indoors

      Tallahassee — As communities across the Big Bend region prepare for Hurricane Michael, the Florida Department of Health in Leon County urges residents to take precautions against carbon monoxide (CO) exposure.

      CO is an invisible, odorless, tasteless gas and is highly poisonous. Depending on the level of exposure, CO may cause fatigue, weakness, chest pains for those with heart disease, shortness of breath upon exertion, nausea, vomiting, headaches, confusion, lack of coordination, impaired vision, loss of consciousness and, in severe cases, death.

      DOH-Leon recommends the following precautions to help prevent CO poisoning:

      Do not burn charcoal or gas grills inside a house, garage, vehicle, tent or fireplace.
      NEVER use a generator indoors, including in homes, garages, basements, crawl spaces and other enclosed or partially enclosed areas, even with ventilation. Opening doors and windows or using fans will not prevent CO buildup in the home.
      ALWAYS locate the unit outdoors on a dry surface, away from doors, windows, vents and air conditioning equipment that could allow CO to come indoors. Follow the instructions that come with your generator.
      Install battery-operated CO alarms or plug-in CO alarms with battery backup in your home, according to the manufacturer’s installation instructions. The CO alarms should be certified to the requirements of the latest safety standards for CO alarms.
      Test your CO alarms frequently and replace dead batteries.
      Remember that you cannot see or smell CO and portable generators can produce high levels of CO very quickly.
      If you start to feel sick, dizzy or weak while using a generator, get to fresh air RIGHT AWAY…DO NOT DELAY.
      If you have a poisoning emergency, call your nearest Florida Poison Information Center at 1-800-222-1222. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call 9-1-1 immediately.
      For more information, please contact DOH-Leon at (305) 924-6839 or check out the Hurricane Information Fact Sheets posted at www.floridahealth.gov .

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    • LNM: Port Condition Zulu Set for North Florida Gulf Coast Ports

      All commercial port operations from Cedar Key to Tarpon Springs are suspended. Private recreational vessels should follow the Coast Guard advice and stay off the water!



      YANKEETOWN, Fla. — The Coast Guard set port condition Zulu for northern Florida Gulf Coast ports, Tuesday, and continues to prepare for impacts of Hurricane Michael.

      All commercial port operations from Cedar Key to Tarpon Springs are suspended.

      Port Condition Zulu is set when gale-force winds are possible within 12 hours. All commercial and recreational vessel operators are urged to seek safe harbor.

      Maritime and port facilities are reminded to review and update their heavy weather response plans and make any additional preparations needed to adequately prepare in case of a potential impact to the area.

      “Coast Guard Station Yankeetown crew members and all of our crews along Florida’s Gulf Coast are preparing early for the hurricane,” said Cmdr. William Walsh, the Sector St. Petersburg deputy commander. “Use this time before the storm to save your property, but more importantly your life.”

      Mariners all along Florida’s Gulf Coast are urged to heed all local weather watches, warnings and advisories, and use these tips to stay safe:

      Stay off the water. The Coast Guard’s search and rescue capabilities degrade as storm conditions strengthen. This means help could be delayed.

      Evacuate as necessary. Coast Guard personnel and other emergency responders may not be able to evacuate or rescue those in danger during the storm. If mandatory evacuations are set for an area, the public should evacuate without delay.

      Secure belongings. Owners of large boats are urged to move their vessels to inland marinas where they will be less vulnerable to breaking free of their moorings or to sustaining damage. Trailer-able boats should be pulled from the water and stored in a place that is not prone to flooding. Those who are leaving their boats in the water are reminded to remove EPIRBs and to secure life rings, lifejackets and small boats. These items, if not properly secured, can break free and require valuable search and rescue resources be diverted to ensure people are not in distress.

      Stay clear of beaches. Wave heights and currents typically increase before a storm makes landfall. Even the best swimmers can fall victim to the strong waves and rip currents caused by hurricanes. Swimmers should stay clear of beaches until local lifeguards and law enforcement officials say the water is safe.

      Stay informed. Monitor your local television, radio and internet sources for storm progress. Storms move quickly and are unpredictable. Boaters can monitor Hurricane Michael’s progress on VHF radio channel 16 including small craft advisories and hazards.

      Don’t rely on social media. People in distress should use 911 to request assistance whenever possible. Social media should not be used to report life-threatening distress due to limited resources to monitor the dozens of social media platforms during a hurricane or large-scale rescue event.

      For information on Hurricane Michael and hurricane preparedness, please visit the National Hurricane Center’s website.

      Visit the Coast Guard’s Homeport site for port condition updates.

      For more breaking news follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

      -USCG-

      HURRICANE SEASON PORT CONDITIONS AND CATEGORIES Port Conditions are set by the COTP and are used to alert the maritime community to changes in port operations needed to prepare for the hurricane’s arrival. Approximate Time Port Condition Jun 1 – Nov 30 Seasonal Alert 72 Hrs Whiskey 48 Hrs X-Ray 24 Hrs Yankee 12 Hrs Zulu After Landfall Recovery

      PORT CONDITION WHISKEY: Gale force winds (34 knots or 39 mph) are predicted to arrive within 72 hours. Ports Status: Open to all commercial and recreational traffic.

      PORT CONDITION X-RAY: Gale force winds are predicted to arrive within 48 hours. Port Status: Open to all commercial and recreational traffic.

      PORT CONDITION YANKEE: Gale force winds are predicted to arrive within 24 hours. Ports status: Closed to inbound traffic and vessel traffic control measures in effect on vessel movements within the port.

      PORT CONDITION ZULU: Gale force winds are predicted to arrive within 12 hours. Ports Status: Closed to all inbound and outbound traffic.

      PORT CONDITION RECOVERY: The storm is no longer a threat to the area, however, some damage may have occurred and response and recovery operations are in progress. Ports status: Reopened to outbound traffic at the completion of the port survey. Vessel traffic control measures remain in effect on vessel movements within the port.

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    • Gateway to the Gulf Newsletter from the City of Gulfport, Fl, October 8, Boca Ciega Bay


      Gulfport Marina includes dry boat storage, ship store, bathroom, public boat ramp, parking, fueling stations, lighted range markers and guest docking facility.

      Gulfport Municipal Marina, A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, and the City of Gulfport always have a full calendar of events for all ages. The marina and harbor, found on the northern shores of Boca Ciega Bay, are easily accessible from the Western Florida ICW, just north of Tampa Bay.

       

      Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Western Florida Marina Directory Listing For Gulfport Municipal Marina

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    • Next Week’s Happenings on Charlotte Harbor, Punta Gorda, FL, October 8-14, 2018


      Fisherman's Village Marina and Resort, Punta Gorda, FL
      Punta Gorda, Florida - a GREAT cruising destination

      There is always plenty to do around Charlotte Harbor, as you will see in the calendar below. Whether you are moored in Punta Gorda’s mooring field or berthed at Fishermen’s Village Marina, A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, you will enjoy your visit to beautiful Charlotte Harbor, where Punta Gorda, also A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, lies on Western Florida’s Charlotte Harbor/Peace River.

        

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      Happy Friday!

      This Week’s Happenings has posted.

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      Click for website • Attractions Reference (updated 10-4-18)

      Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau
      1700 Tamiami Tr., Unit G2
      Port Charlotte, FL
      941.743.1900

       

      Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Punta Gorda Waterfront Anchorage

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      Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Fishermen’s Village

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    • FWC Interactive Daily Sampling Map for Red Tide

      The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission Interactive link is at the bottom of this posting.


      FWC will provide interactive Daily Sampling Map for red tide

      The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will provide an enhanced, interactive map updated daily of water samples to inform the public on the status of naturally-occurring red tide throughout the state.

      The online Daily Sampling Map will be offered in addition to FWC’s current Wednesday and Friday updates on the status of Florida’s red tide blooms. This will provide the public with more immediate and accurate red tide data, as researchers process the many water samples from across the state.

      “We are pushing out all we can, when we can, in the spirit of providing the most timely and beneficial information to the public and partners,” said FWC Executive Director Eric Sutton. “We will continually expand efforts to assist during this difficult event.”

      The FWC works with a large network of partners, including private organizations, local governments and citizen volunteers, to continue research and sampling efforts and has conducted meetings and phone calls to develop a course of action for affected areas. This strong collaboration is critical to response efforts in coastal communities throughout the state.

      Additional information is at MyFWC.com/RedTide.

      Click Here for Red Tide Map of Florida Gulf and Atlantic Coasts

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    • Have You Heard? October 2018, Charlotte Harbor, Punta Gorda, FL


      Fisherman's Village Marina and Resort, Punta Gorda, FL
      Punta Gorda, Florida - a GREAT cruising destination

      There is always plenty to do around Charlotte Harbor and whether you are moored in Punta Gorda’s mooring field or berthed at Fishermen’s Village Marina, A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, you will enjoy your visit to beautiful Charlotte Harbor, where Punta Gorda, also A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, lies on Western Florida’s Charlotte Harbor/Peace River.

      CLICK HERE FOR OCTOBER HAVE YOU HEARD

      Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Punta Gorda Mooring Field

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    • LNM: Dredging to Begin, New Pass, Sarasota, FL, near GIWW Statute Mile 72


      Last dredged in 2016, New Pass leads directly to the Sarasota waterfront and the entrance portion between the Entrance Light and Light 7 is constantly shifting. And note that the Coast Guard no longer recommends using New Pass due to significant dangerous shoaling. Hopefully, this dredging will change that recommendation.


      FLORIDA – CHARLOTTE HARBOR TO TAMPA BAY – NEW PASS – Dredge Operations
      Coastal Dredging will commence dredge operations within and near New Pass in the City of Sarasota, Florida from approximately existing shoreline outbound approximately 4,000 feet. Dredge slurry will be transported via floating and submerged high-density polyethylene dredge pipeline. Submerged pipeline will be placed within and adjacent to New Pass as well as (up to) 1,000 feet offshore from the existing beach heading southeast to the southern end of Lido Beach. Floating and submerged pipeline may be in the channel while construction operations are underway. The pipeline will be marked. Barge and pipe fleeting may occur west of the Intracoastal Waterway and north of the New Pass inlet beginning October, 2018 through March, 2019. Moored barges and floating pipeline racks will be marked. The Dredge CLEUTUS will monitor CHF – FM channels 13, 16 and working channel 8. Operations will run 24/7. Mariners are urged to use extreme caution in and near the areas mentioned, transit at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake, and proceed with caution after passing arrangements (via VHF channel 8) have been made. Approximately 2,000 feet of floating pipeline will be utilized directly behind the dredge and portions of this pipeline and submerged pipeline may be inside of the navigation channel while construction operations are underway. Recreational pleasure craft shall attempt to avoid the immediate area of operations and comply with posted signage/day shapes. All traffic requiring passage through the worksite(s) shall make passing arrangements
      allowing sufficient time for operations to cease and for dredge equipment and pipeline to be relocated for safe passage.
      Project POCS:
      Site Contact: Gene Whittington (Dredge Captain) Cellular Phone: (985) 960-2819
      Site Contact: Dakota Fullner (1st Mate) Cellular Phone: (985) 645-0442
      Site Contact (Night): Ronnie Sims (1st Mate) Cellular Phone: (228) 671-7870
      Additional Project Contact (Non-Emergency): Justin Chorlog (PM): justin@coastaldredging.net
      Chart 11425 LNM 40/18

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    • River District October 2018 Connections, Caloosahatchee River/Okeechobee Waterway Statute Mile 135


      239 461-0775 Legacy Harbour Marina entrance is located on the Okeechobee Waterway East of Marker #49 on the Caloosahatchee River. The Marina is situated two blocks from historic downtown Fort Myers and three blocks from the historic Edison-Ford Winter Estates. The Marina's 131-Slips range in size from 40 feet to 80 feet and can accommodate Transient Boats of 100 feet plus. The large Fairways make our slips easily accessible. Our slips are surrounded by one of the largest 'floating breakwaters' on the Gulf of Mexico. The floating docks are state-of-the-art. Legacy Harbour Marina is a full-featured facility with all the modern conveniences of home including pump-out station, heated pool, fitness center, full electric metered at the slip, cable TV, laundry, air-conditioned showers and wireless Internet connections available. The Boaters' Lounge is available for relaxing after a cruise or for private parties. The view from the lounge is spectacular! Our grounds are beautifully manicured and provide great strolling along the river with benches, Chickee Hut, and excellent access to all of historic Fort Myers. Please take a few moments to browse our website and see for yourself what our beautiful boating facility can offer you the next time you are cruising in Southwest Florida.
      Gulf Harbour Marina ICW Marker 73, 4.5 miles from Gulf of Mexico 14490 Vista River Dr., Fort Myers, FL 33908 239-437-0881 gulfharbourmarina@comcast.net

      The river is Caloosahatchee and the CRUISERS’ NET SPONSORS are Legacy Harbour Marina and Gulf Harbour Yacht and Country Club. Legacy Harbor Marina entrance is located on the Okeechobee Waterway East of Marker #49 and Gulf Harbour Yacht and Country Club is on the south side of the Caloosahatchee River opposite Cape Coral.

      Click Here for October 2018 River Connections

      Melissa Moore
      Web/Graphics Technician
      1631 Hendry Street
      Fort Myers, Florida 33901
      T: 239.337.1071 – F: 239-337.1076
      mmoore@cella.ccwww.cella.cc 

      Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Western Florida Marina Directory Listing For Legacy Harbour Marina

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    • Next Week’s Happenings on Charlotte Harbor, Punta Gorda, FL, October 1-7, 2018


      Fisherman's Village Marina and Resort, Punta Gorda, FL
      Punta Gorda, Florida - a GREAT cruising destination

      There is always plenty to do around Charlotte Harbor, as you will see in the calendar below. Whether you are moored in Punta Gorda’s mooring field or berthed at Fishermen’s Village Marina, A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, you will enjoy your visit to beautiful Charlotte Harbor, where Punta Gorda, also A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, lies on Western Florida’s Charlotte Harbor/Peace River.

        

      Punta Gorda Englewood Bch Logo

      Happy Friday!

      This Week’s Happenings has posted.

      Printer-friendly PDF

      Click for website • Attractions Reference

      Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau
      1700 Tamiami Tr., Unit G2
      Port Charlotte, FL
      941.743.1900

       

      Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Punta Gorda Waterfront Anchorage

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of the Punta Gorda Waterfront

      Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Fishermen’s Village

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    • LNM: Destroyed ICW Daybeacons 39 and 40, St. Joseph Sound, Tarpon Springs, FL


      These destroyed ICW daybeacons mark the west and east sides at the north end of a narrow channel through St. Joseph Sound west of Tarpon Springs.

      FLORIDA – GIWW – TAMPA BAY TO PORT RICHEY – ST. JOSEPH SOUND: Hazard to Navigation
      St. Joseph Sound Daybeacon 39 (LLNR 62280) is destroyed. The steel pile wreckage is marked with a TRLB, FL Q G, 5M characteristics in position 28-09-05.376N/082-49-53.579W (28°9.0896N / 082°49.8930W, 28.151493 / -82.831550) . Chart 11411 LNM 39/18

      FLORIDA – GIWW – TAMPA BAY TO PORT RICHEY – ST. JOSEPH SOUND: Hazard to Navigation
      St. Joseph Sound Daybeacon 40 (LLNR 62285) reported destroyed and the remains of the steel pile wreckage may pose a hazard to navigation. Chart 11411 LNM 39/18

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    • Gateway to the Gulf Newsletter from the City of Gulfport, Fl, September 24, Boca Ciega Bay


      Gulfport Marina includes dry boat storage, ship store, bathroom, public boat ramp, parking, fueling stations, lighted range markers and guest docking facility.

      Gulfport Municipal Marina, A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, and the City of Gulfport always have a full calendar of events for all ages. The marina and harbor, found on the northern shores of Boca Ciega Bay, are easily accessible from the Western Florida ICW, just north of Tampa Bay.

       

      Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Western Florida Marina Directory Listing For Gulfport Municipal Marina

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Gulfport Municipal Marina

      Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Gulfport Anchorage/Mooring Field

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