The Indian River waterfront in Cocoa Village reopened this week, nearly three years after Hurricane Irma destroyed boardwalks, pavilions and docks. Lee Wenner Park is on the south side of the western end of the parkway bridge.
This partial closure, even though brief, only adds to the confusing circumstances at these three bridges, Old Roosevelt, FEC RR bridge and the New Roosevelt bridge. See Change of Schedule.
FLORIDA – EAST COAST – ST. LUCIE INLET TO FORT MYERS AND LAKE OKEECHOBEE – OLD ROOSEVELT (SR 707) DIXIE HIGHWAY BRIDGE: Single Leaf Operation.
The Old Roosevelt – SR 707/Dixie Hwy Over St. Lucie River, Stuart, Florida will be in single leaf operation from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday July 7, 2020 to facilitate repairs. The bridge will operate on it’s normal schedule per 33 CFR 117.317 (D). Vessels that may pass through the bridge without an opening may do so at any time. For waterways questions, call or e-mail Coast Guard Sector Miami, FL, Waterways Management Division, telephone 305-535-4317, email D07-PF-SECMIAMI-MARINE-PERMITS@USCG.MIL
Ref: LNM 22-20 through 26-20 Chart: 11428
Our thanks to Bill King for this update on the temporary conditions at the old and new Roosevelt bridges. The Old Roosevelt bridge, its opening schedule always dependent on the adjacent RR bridge openings, is apparently now on the Federal Holiday schedule, see our Bridge Directory listing below. Also see Not Restricted. Don’t get confused, just be patient!
The Bridge Tender at the bascule bridge across the St. Lucie in Stuart, FL, today reported that openings no longer are “on request.” Instead, the Old Roosevelt Bridge will adhere to a strict schedule, opening only on the hour and half-hour. This change probably is tied to the decision to close the “new” high rise bridge that carried southbound traffic across the St. Lucie. It was found to have structural damage. Southbound traffic now shares the adjacent twin bridge that had been for traffic northbound. Heavy trucks now are prohibited from the high-rise and must cross the river on the old Roosevelt Bridge.
This notice was posted as a comment from our friend Joe Valinoti of Oriental to an April LNM and it is re-posted here as a reminder. Oriental is home to longtime CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, Oriental Marina and Inn located on the eastern banks of inner Oriental Harbor. Whittaker Creek lies east of Oriental on the north shores of the Neuse River.
Be advised that Whittaker Creek Channel in Oriental, NC has been dredged to 7 – 8 feet as of last month and is not longer the problem it once was.
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.
Key Lime Sailing Club, A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, always has very special offers for their visitors! Key Lime Sailing Club is on the Inside Route side of Key Largo. Key Lime Sailing Club is a unique slice of KEYS ENJOYMENT…give it a try and let us hear about your experience.
A new NC law gives the state Wildlife Resources Commission authority and funding to remove abandoned and derelict vessels from public waters and state lands.
New Law Addresses Abandoned Boats
Coastal Review Online
This added ICW buoy is on the west shoulder of the narrow channel connecting Snows Cut and Cape Fear River.
THE FOLLOWING TEMP AID WAS ESTABLISHED DUE TO SHOALING
1. NEW RIVER – CAPE FEAR RIVER BUOY 172A
A. ESTABLISHED TEMP AID DUE TO SHOALING. COGARD ANT OAK ISLAND CREATED TEMP AID 172A DUE TO
SEVERE SHOALING IN THE ICW BETWEEN DAYBEACONS 172 AND 174 FOLLOWING A RECENT
USACE SURVEY. UNIT SET A 6NFR TRUB IN 6FT OF WATER IN POSITION
34-02-20.789N, 077-55-52.949W (34°2.3465N / 077°55.8825W, 34.039108 / -77.931375) W/ 30FT OF 1/2IN CHAIN AND A 135LB DOR-MOR
SINKER. DISTRICT DPW WILL ASSIGN AID A LLNR IN A FUTURE BNM.
For cruisers wanting to explore the AICW Scenic Route, no duck weed is good news! Floating duck weed masses, which can clog engine cooling, are the result of a normal small petal plant, which because of heat, nutrients, and no exposure to brackish water, will often proliferate. The Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center is located adjacent to the Dismal Swamp State Park, offering trails, exhibits and ongoing programs in Camden County, NC. Docks are provided by the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center, A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR and a NC DOT Rest Area facility.
Dismal Swamp Welcome Center reports NO duck weed in the Dismal Swamp Canal.