Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 12-06-2012
This damaged red marker lies along the so-called “Miserable Mile” section of the Western Florida ICW, just west of the Caloosahatchee River/Okeechobee Waterway and Fort Myers. By the way, these waters are known as the “Miserable Mile” because the prevailing currents set across the channel at an almost 90 degree angle. It’s all too easy to be swept sideways out of the Waterway, just when you think you are correctly pointed towards the next marker.
FLORIDA-ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY-FORT MYERS TO CHARLOTTE HARBOR AND WIGGINS PASS-PINE ISLAND SOUND: Hazard to Navigation.
Pine island sound Daybeacon 4 (LLNR 54820) is damaged and leaning parallel with the channel. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. Charts 11426 and 11427