The shoaling described below in this article, cherry picked from the Local Notice to Mariners, is taking place in the primary Fort Myers Beach entry channel, providing access to the very popular Fort Myers Beach Mooring Field, and the various marina facilities in the area. And, as you will see, MLW soundings of 3.5 feet hard by the south-side entrance point, are really bad news for the cruising community.
We are following this situation closely, and attempting to acquire more information. If any cruisers have had recent experience with the Fort Myers Beach/Mantanzas Pass Channel, PLEASE click the “Comment on This Posting/Marina/Anchorage/Bridge” link below, and share your information!
In the meantime, we are declaring an SSECN Navigation Alert for these waters!
FLORIDA-WEST COAST-FORT MYERS TO CHARLOTTE HARBOR AND WIGGINS PASS-MATANZAS PASS CHANNEL: Shoaling
Shoaling has been reported into the center of the channel between Matanzas Pass Channel Light 5 (LLNR 18107) and Matanzas Pass Daybeacn 6 (LLNR 18110). Depth reported to be 3.5ft at MLW. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11427