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    • CRITICAL! WEAR A MASK! SAVE THE ECONOMY

      As states are experiencing huge spikes in COVID-19 cases, community leaders have finally taken the tough love action of requiring masks and social distancing in public. The governor of South Carolina has labeled not wearing a mask “stupid” but then refuses to require masks, so doing the right thing is up to us. We all – especially marinas and small businesses – want the economy to re-open, but until the proven COVID-19 protocols of wearing a mask and keeping your distance are followed, local businesses cannot recover and now face the possibility of a second lockdown. 
      Wearing a mask is such a small inconvenience compared to losing those favorite places and businesses you have been frequenting without a mask!
       
      THIS IS NOT ABOUT POLITICS…IT IS ABOUT SAVING OUR ECONOMY! IT IS UP TO YOU!
       
      Be smart, be kind, be considerate… WEAR A MASK!
       
       

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    • Cocoa Village Waterfront Reopens, Cocoa, FL, AICW Statute Mile 897


      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.

      Cocoa Village waterfront reopens with day docks, a promenade and water overlook platforms
      Florida Today

       

       

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    • LNM: Old Roosevelt Bridge on Single Leaf, 8:00 am – Noon, July 7, Okeechobee Waterway Statute Mile 7.4

      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

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    • Old Roosevelt Bridge Change of Schedule, Okeechobee Waterway Statute Mile 7.4

      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.
      Bill King

      Click Here To View the Okeechobee Waterway Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory Listing For Old Roosevelt Bridge

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    • Whittaker Creek Dredged to 8ft, Oriental, NC, Neuse River, AICW Statute Mile 181

      Toucan Grill and Fresh Bar in Oriental, NC

      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.
      Joe Valinoti

      Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Marina Directory Listing For Oriental Marina

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    • Happy Independence Day from the City of Gulfport, Fl, 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.

       

       
      Practice Safety this 4th of July Weekend!
       
       
      Fire Chief James Marenkovic would like to remind Gulfport residents the following fireworks safety message, have a safe and healthy 4th of July. 
       
      • Always have adult supervision.
      • Always wear eye protection when lighting fireworks.
      • Make sure the area is safe for the use of fireworks.
      • Alcohol and fireworks don’t mix. Make sure you have a designated shooter.
      • Follow label instructions and use common sense.
      • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
      • Have water handy.
      • Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.
      • Light one firework at a time.
      • Never attempt to re-light a firework.
      • Never have any portion of your body over the firework.
      • Don’t experiment with homemade fireworks. M-80’s are dangerous and ILLEGAL.
       
       
      City of Gulfport, FL | 727-893-1000
       
      City of Gulfport Florida | 2401 53rd Street SouthGulfport, FL 33707

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

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

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    • Safe and Happy 4th of July, Key Lime Sailing Club, Kay Largo, FL

      Key Lime Sailing Club in Key Largo, 305-451-3438, www.keylimesailingclub.com

      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.

       

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      Happy 4th of July
       
      Hotels and resorts are OPEN at limited capacity. At Key Lime Sailing Club and Cottages, we are implementing strict safety protocols so our guests and staff will have peace of mind while at the resort. HEPA air filters in cottages and spraying cottages and high touch areas with hospital-grade-all-natural disinfectant.
       
      We still have the Dolphin Cottage available for July 4th weekend. Call reservations or send us a Request to Book!
       
      Book at Key Lime now! Cottage rental includes unlimited use of a 22’ sailboat (for qualified sailors), kayaks, paddle boards, water toys, bicycles, snorkel and fishing gear on a first come, first served basis and at no extra cost.
       
      We also offer activities  such as ocean side sail and snorkel charters aboard a pirate shipbayside sunset cruisesailing lessons, and kayak/paddleboard eco-tours.
       
      Visit our website www.keylimesailingclub.com and send us a Request to Book! You can also call or text our reservation specialist at 305-451-3438!
       
      We are launching the Share a Little Sunshine Club Facebook page where, in partnership with VisitFloridaKeys.com, we and our members will be sharing beautiful places to visit and things to do in Florida and the Florida Keys. Please “Like” our page to get updates. There will be photo contests every now and then where participants can win stays at Key Lime Sailing Club and Cottages or a sunset sail aboard Pirate’s Choice!
       
      Congratulations to our guests Kelly Maki and Amanda Rengstorf for winning our “Florida Keys Reopening” Photo Contest held last month! They each won a FREE 5-night stay at Key Lime. Thank you to all that participated! Our yearly Photo and Video Contest is still open. Details are below.
       
      Win Stays at Key Lime Sailing Club
       
      To our guests and friends, get a chance to go back and vacation at KLSC without paying anything by sending us pictures of your stay here! Win our 8th KLSC Photo Contest and get a free 3 night stay. Check here for details.
      Got a talent for video making? Enter our KLSC Video Contest and get a chance to win a free 5 night stay! Check here for details.
       
      We at Key Largo Cottages at Key Lime Sailing Club love our guests and we will be happy to have you back again for another fun filled and relaxing Florida Keys vacation!
       
      Reservations is standing by @ keylargocottages@keylimesailingclub.com or call 1-305-451-3438
       
       
      Thank you and see y’all in the Florida Keys!
       
      Follow Key Lime Sailing Club and Cottages on Social Media: FacebookTwitterInstagramYoutube,
       
      Learn ASA-Certified Sailing at American Sailing Academy. Call 305-587-3205 for more information.
       
      Enjoy a Snorkel or Sunset Cruise both on the bay side or ocean side, rent a 22 ft. sailboat, or schedule a charter through Morning Star Charters. Call 305-451-7057 for more information.
       
      Key Lime Sailing Club and Cottages | 305-451-3438 | 99306 Overseas Highway, Key Largo Florida | www.keylimesailingclub.com
       
      Key Lime Sailing Club and Cottages | 99306 Overseas HighwayKey Largo, FL 33037

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    • NC Wildlife Resources Commission Given New Authority to Remove Derelicts

      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

      An abandoned vessel on the Rachel Carson Reserve. Photo: Rachel Carson Reserve

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      1. Wally Moran -  July 6, 2020 - 11:10 am

        Cruisers Rights Network of North America has been made aware of the issue in North Carolina and is now looking at it.
        We are in agreement with attempts to remove derelict vessels from the states waters and generally support those, but in our opinion, this legislation is not well worded and may have significant unintended consequences.
        I would ask that any of your readers who have concerns about this issue, who would like to follow it, or who would like to work with us in dealing with it, connect with CRNNA at our Facebook page, https://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=2387879271452164&ref=content_filter
        Thank you once again Cruisersnet for keeping people aware of what is going on on our waterways.

        Wally Moran

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      2. Jim Healy -  July 3, 2020 - 4:41 pm

        The article linked in this post describes this new law this way: "The measure defines an abandoned and derelict vessel as one that has been left or stored for more than 30 days in a wrecked, junked or substantially damaged or dismantled condition, or left in a harbor or anchored in state public waters without permission of the agency having jurisdiction. Vessels docked, grounded or beached on another’s property without the owner’s permission are also subject to the law, which also lays out the process for removal."

        Larry, do you have any idea what "or left in a harbor or anchored in state public waters without permission of the agency having jurisdiction" means?

        Was this new law a surprise to the boating community, or were people aware of it? No problem with removal of derelicts, and probably no problem with the definition of "derelict," but it looks like this law goes further.

        Did the legislature or the CRD do any public information sessions?

        This kind of vague, non-specific, open-ended language can mean anything any bureaucrat or county-mounty wants it to mean, and can lead to yet another anchoring rights issue.

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    • LNM: Added AICW Buoy 172A, NC Statute Mile 298


      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.

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    • Good News: Dismal Swamp Welcome Center Reports NO DUCK WEED!


      Set in beautiful Camden Count, NC, the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center provides free dockage for cruisers' on the Dismal Swamp AICW Alternate Route

      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.
      Donna Stewart
      Director

      Duck weed floats in years past

      Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers Net’s Marina Directory Listing For the Camden TDA/Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center

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