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    • Day-Long Webinar on Sailing to the Sun, hosted by Wally Moran, October 16, 2020

      Experienced yachtsman, advocate for boaters’ rights, outspoken critic of restrictive laws on boating, author of numerous cruising blogs and frequent contributor to Cruisers Net, Wally Moran regularly hosts seminars, webinars and cruises on the Waterway.

       

      Sail to the Sun is offering a day long webinar for anyone heading south and looking for good information (on top of what you find at CruisersNet!) to make their trip easier. Six top notch speakers on the ICW, anchoring and docking, dinghy maintenance and more. For more information, go to https://icwally.com/2020-seminars.htm.

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      Author of The Un-Adult A-Rated Wally – get your copy at https://www.seaworthy.com/product-p/978-1-948494-11-3.htm
      Keep up to date with the best information available…
      http://bloggingtheICW.blogspot.com – Fun, informative and professionally written cruising blog
      http://facebook.com/groups/sailorsandcruisers – spam free, troll free, “best Cruising Website on the Net”

      https://www.facebook.com/groups/SailingandCruisingCuba/ – interested in cruising Cuba? Here are the answers!

      North Channel Sailing
      Charters, Training, Deliveries
      Great Lakes through the Caribbean
      Cruising Seminars/Talks for Groups
      Associate Member, Boating Writers International
      (phone number available, please email)

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    • Dredging Near Ocracoke Village Underway, Pamlico Sound, NC


      Dredging in Big Foot Slough in the Pamlico Sound is expected to clear the way for the larger sound-class ferries in the next several days. Big Foot Slough channel connects Ocracoke with Pamlico Sound.

      The dredge Merritt is working in the Big Foot Slough area of the Pamlico Sound just outside of Ocracoke. Photo: Peter Vankevich

      Dredging Near Ocracoke Village Underway
      Coastal Review Online

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    • LNM: Shoaling Reported, Cape Fear River, NC AICW Statute Mile 297


      This area of shoaling is in the southbound Waterway’s approach to Cape Fear River south of Snows Cut. See Buoy 167 Relocated.

      • MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT SHOALING EXISTS IN THE VICINITY OF CAPE FEAR RIVER LT 168 (LLNR 39857), TO A DEPTH AS LOW AS 3FT MEAN LOW WATER. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO USE EXTREME CAUTION WHILE NAVIGATING THIS AREA.

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    • LNM: AICW Buoy 167 Relocated, Cape Fear River, NC Statute Mile 297


      This ICW buoy is on the east side of the southbound Waterway’s approach to Cape Fear River just south of Snows Cut. See Shoaling Reported.

      • THE FOLLOWING AID TO NAVIGATION HAS BEEN RELOCATED DUE TO SHOALING.
      • NEW RIVER – CAPE FEAR RIVER BUOY 167 (LLNR 39855) RELOCATED TO APPROX POSIT 34-02-53.789N,
        077-55-34.030W.

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    • Gateway to the Gulf Newsletter from the City of Gulfport, Fl, September 28, 2020, 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.

       
      CORRECTION: Week of September 28, 2020
       
      Gateway to the Gulf Newsletter
       
       
       
      Virtual/Regular Events & Meetings
       
       
      • Social Distance
      • Take the test
      • Routinely wash your hands
      • Only go out if you feel well
      • Notify your doctor if you feel sick
      • Go out wearing a mask
       
      Elected officials and Business Leaders Usher in Gulfport STRONG Campaign
       
      Tuesday, September 29th at 8:30 a.m.
       
      A Gecko Queen, Mullet King, and Dog Mayor join local dignitaries to launch enhanced safety awareness program.
       
      On Tuesday, September 29, in front of the Gulfport Welcome Center (3101 Beach Blvd. S. #1) at 8:30 a.m., leaders of the Gulfport Merchants Chamber and members of Gulfport’s City Council will join other local dignitaries and a colorful cast of Gulfport characters to usher in Gulfport STRONG, a new safety awareness program committed to keeping residents and visitors safe as Gulfport reopens its doors geared toward a “new normal.” There will be a ribbon cutting ushering in Gulfport STRONG, and Visit Gulfport Florida invites everyone (in masks) to attend.
       
       
      The Tuesday Fresh Market Returns!
      Tuesday, September 29th
      9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
       
      The Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market returns, better and safer than ever on Tuesday, September 29. With social distancing and safety protocols in place to keep vendors and shoppers safe, the Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market offers people an outdoor venue where they can safely shop.
       
      For more information or to register to become a vendor, please visit http://visitgulfportflorida.com/gulfport-tuesday-market/
      First Friday Artwalk
      Friday, October 2nd from 5 – 9 p.m.
      Downtown Waterfront District
       
      We’re proud to welcome back First Friday Art Walk on Friday, October 2, from 5 pm – 9 pm. Our debut themed event is, ‘Metamorphosis: Art for Hope and Healing,’ a timely theme we’re excited to see expressed by some of our area’s most talented artists. We hope you’ll join us.
       
      For more information, please visit http://visitgulfportflorida.com/first-friday-art-walk/
       
       
      Class is Dismissed: Retirement Party
      Saturday, October 3rd
      11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Recreation Center, 5730 Shore Blvd. S.
       
      All are welcome to join the City of Gulfport for a retirement party honoring Mrs. Joanne McRoberts. The retirement party will be held outdoors on the back patio. We encourage social distancing and recommend face coverings during your visit.
       
      For more information, please call 727-893-1068
       
       
      Call 727-344-3701 for appointment!
       
      Flu Shot Clinic
      Monday, October 5th
      2:30 – 5:30 p.m.
       
      Catherine Hickman Theater Parking Lot
       
      By getting a flu shot, you help defend yourself from the flu and are less likely to spread the virus to those around you. We’re making it easier for you and your family by dedicating pharmacy staff to a special flu shot clinic.
       
       
       
      CORRECTION: Virtual City Council Meeting
      Tuesday, October 6th at 6 p.m.
       
      Gulfport TV 640 (Spectrum only)
      Contact: 727-893-1012
       
      Virtual Neighborhood Watch Meeting
      Wednesday’s at 7 p.m.
       
      Broadcasting “live on Facebook” Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. Check on updates for your area and learn about recent incidents related to vehicle, residential burglaries, BOLO’s and stolen vehicles.
       
      For more information, please contact Mr. Jim Wright Volunteer Coordinator at 727-893-1022 or jwright@mygulfport.us.
       
       
      Community Outreach
       
      Public Works Department – Public Announcement
       
      Please be advised, Effective October 1, 2020, the following changes in fees for special trash pick-ups will take place: 
       
      • Single Item (Mattress, piece of furniture, other like items) – $24.00 each
      • Appliances – $48.00 each
      • Vehicle Tires – $24.00 each
      • Car Battery – $12.50 each
      • Propane Tank (20lbs or less & EMPTY) – $24.00
      • TV’s/Computer Components – $35.00
      • Excessive Amounts of Trash & Debris, and/ or Brush – $24.00 and up (based on size, amount and type of equipment used to remove debris)
       
      Excessive accumulation of trash, debris, and/or brush will be picked up by the city, with or without notification by the owner or resident. An additional fee shall be charged according to the type of item, or size of the load, which shall be billed as an additional charge on the utility bill. No trash shall be allowed to accumulate for a period of longer than 72 hours.
       
      Call the Public Works Department at 727-893-1089 for more information,
      or to schedule a special pick-up. 
       
       
      Check out what percentage of households in your state have been counted by census takers, as well as total response rates from across the country.
       
      Take the 2020 Census
       
      Have you taken the 2020 Census yet? Don’t be afraid to be counted! It’s quick, secure and confidential; by law, your answers cannot be used against you in any way.
       
      The 2020 Census is happening now. You can complete your questionnaire online, by phone, or by mail.
       
      Respond today! Deadline extended to October 31.
      Call: 844-330-2020 | Visit: https://my2020census.gov
       
      Let’s Get This Money, Gulfport! #PinellasCensusChallenge
      The Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger is working through an increase in distribution needs with more families accessing food and resources. Volunteers currently are needed to help pack meals on Tuesdays and Saturdays and for deliveries on Mondays and Wednesdays.
       
      Interested in volunteering? Please visit www.networktoendhunger.org/volunteer to complete a volunteer application. If you or anyone you know could benefit from this program, please call Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger at (813) 344-5837 or submit an application at www.NetworktoEndHunger.org/MOW4Kids.
      Pinellas CARES Fund
       
      If you lost your job or your business had to close or stop serving customers due to COVID-19, the Pinellas CARES programs are here to help. Individuals and families can apply for help paying overdue rent, mortgage or utilities while local businesses may be eligible for a one-time grant to keep them afloat in these difficult times.  
       
      Financial Assistance for Individuals and Families
      If you lost a job or significant income due to impacts from the pandemic, you may qualify for financial assistance up to $5,000 per household to pay for rent, mortgage or utility payments.
       
      Text the word COVIDCARES to the phone number 898211 to start the process.
       
      For a detailed list of all program qualifications and step-by-step instructions: https://covid19.pinellascounty.org/pinellascaresindividual
       
      New Pinellas CARES programs expand help for local businesses
      More than 3,200 small business owners have received emergency grants since the initial Pinellas CARES program launched in May, but more help is on the way for a broad range of businesses still struggling from the impacts of COVID-19.
       
      Pinellas CARES is now offering expanded grant funding for Pinellas-based businesses most affected by the pandemic: generally, those that were required to shut down or whose customers were required to shut down or stop doing business.
       
      Businesses that make $3 million or less in gross annual revenue may qualify for up to $10,000 in grant assistance based on a sliding scale.
       
      A detailed list of all program qualifications and a link to the online application can be found at: https://covid19.pinellascounty.org/pinellascaresbusiness
       
       
      To apply, links below:
       
       
      Duke Energy realizes the financial impact of the pandemic is far from over. Credit & debit card fees and walk-in payment fees will be waived through the end of October. Customers still facing financial challenges can request an extended payment arrangement quickly and easily
       
      Residential customers with more complex issues should call 800-700-8744 Monday – Friday 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.; business customers should call 877-372-8477.
       
      Free Face Masks at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom & 49th Street Neighborhood Center!!!
       
       
      Please Wear a Mask
       
      Don’t have a mask? No problem! Visit the Gulfport Casino Ballroom or the 49th Street Neighborhood Center for a FREE mask.
       
       
      Addresses & Hours of Operation
       
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom (Walk-up site)
      • 5500 Shore Blvd. S.
      • Monday – Friday, 1 p.m. – 8 p.m.
       
      49th Street Neighborhood Center (Walk-up site)
      • 1617 49th St. S.
      • Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
       
       
      Cloth Face Coverings: Do’s & Don’ts
       
      Wearing a cloth face covering CORRECTLY can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 to others. When you go out on essential trips, follow these “do’s”.
       
      If you have a child, remember those under age 2 should not wear a face covering.
       
       
      Washing Your Cloth Face Covering
       
      Cloth face coverings should be washed after each use. It is important to always remove face coverings correctly and wash your hands after handling or touching a used face covering. Remember: Cloth face coverings are still required when inside indoor public places in Pinellas County. Learn how to keep your mask clean: https://bit.ly/37Fjpid
       
       
      Gulfport Flood and Hurricane Information
       
      If a disaster were to hit today, would you be ready? Visit www.mygulfport.us/hurricane-center/ for planning tips, evacuation zone information, a list of recommended supplies, and other useful hurricane-related information. Be prepared to stay safe. The Atlantic Basin Hurricane Season ends November 30.
       
       
      2020-2021 School Year Teen Night
       
      For Teen Night Registration Form contact, John Lapham Recreation Coordinator at jlapham@mygulfport.us
      or by calling 727-893-1079
       
      Gulfport Recreation Center
      5730 Shore Blvd. S. Gulfport, FL 33707
       
       
       
      Gulfport Library is Open with Limited Service!
       
      Check out all the Virtual Events the Gulfport Public Library has to offer on their Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/GulfportLibraryFL.
       
      5501 28th Ave. S. | 727-893-1074
       
       
      City of Gulfport Williams Pier Temporarily Closed
       
      In June, the City of Gulfport Williams Pier was temporarily closed for approximately three months for scheduled construction.
       
      If you have any questions, please contact the Public Works Department at 727-893-1089.
       
       
      ALERTPinellas
       
      Receive alerts about emergencies and other important community news by signing up for our community’s Emergency Alert Program – Alert Pinellas.
      Pinellas County has also established a dedicated COVID-19 webpage where citizens can find in-depth information on the virus, links to resources and regular updates.
       
      COVID-19 testing is available from Community Health Centers of Pinellas and Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County. Find testing sites near you at https://covid19.pinellascounty.org/testing/
      Household Electronics & Chemical
      Collection Events
       
      The Household Electronics and Chemical Collection Center (HEC3) has reopened. For the safety of our customers and staff, the handling of items has changed. Staff and customers shall practice social distancing of 6 feet. Customers are required to unload items from their vehicles. Staff will advise customers to place items on a cart or on the ground (for larger items, like TVs).
       
      For details about accepted items and quantity limits, please visit www.pinellascounty.org/solidwaste/mobileoptions.htm
       
      For questions or live chat, please call Pinellas County Department of Solid Waste at (727) 464-7500 or www.pinellascounty.org/solidwaste
       
       
      Catch A Ride With GEMS!
       
      The Gulfport Extended Mobility Service (GEMS) run thru the Senior Center has resumed limited, essential transportation services to grocery stores, medical appointments, etc.
       
      Any Gulfport residents 55 & older or residents with a disability can take advantage of GEMS door to door service for a yearly membership of $70 plus $2 per ride.
       
      For more information, call 893-2242.
       
       
       
      The City of Gulfport is Proud To Be A Tree City USA Community
       
       
       
      Do you love Gulfport and wish you could be here all the time? Check out our live streaming cameras to see what you are missing. From beaches and volleyball to dining and special events; Gulfport has it all! After all we are one of the most fun and exciting cities on the Gulf coast!
       
       
       
       
       
       
      Latest Beach Water Quality Sampling Data:
       
       
      City of Gulfport
      High Efficiency Toilet Rebate Program
       
       
      For more information, please visit 
      or contact 727-893-1016.
      Gulfport on the Go!
      Get the City App
       
      City of Gulfport is proud to announce the launch of the new City of Gulfport app for iOS and Android mobile devices, the newest way to connect with its citizens.
       
      The Official City of Gulfport app offers citizens a simple way to submit requests-like reporting potholes, signs, trash or debris, code violations, and inquiring about an event venue. Users can include an address and description, GPS-specific location, as well as a photo of the issue. Once a request is submitted, you can keep track of pending and completed requests within the “My Requests” section. In addition, the City app has direct links to the online utility bill payment system, the City calendar, frequently asked questions, the city employee directory, the sanitation department, and the electronic newsletter signup.
       
      The City App allows residents to connect more conveniently with City government to report issues and request non-emergency services. Offering more ways for citizens to connect with the City, please email info@mygulfport.us or call 727-893-1118 with questions or technical issues about the smart phone app.
      City of Gulfport Senior Center Telephone Reassurance Program:
      Keeping you Safe and Connected
       
      The City of Gulfport Senior Center’s Telephone Reassurance Program is a free service for Gulfport Residents 50 years of age or older. Volunteers provide daily phone calls to registered members and provide comfort, security, and peace of mind to members and families.
       
      As of Thursday, August 13, 2020, five months into the coronavirus pandemic, the City of Gulfport Senior Center’s Telephone Reassurance Program has called 1,760 members, with the support of 39 volunteers, providing the opportunity for daily interaction, comforting conversation, and verification of the senior’s well-being.
       
      Registration is simple and free. If you or someone you know could benefit from this service during this difficult time, please call (727) 893-2237 and register today.
       
      Online access to the City of Gulfport Municipal Code is provided at the following link: Gulfport, Florida – Code of Ordinances
       
      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

      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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    • NAV ALERT: LNM: Shoaling Reported near AICW Buoys 60 and 61A, Browns Inlet Intersection, NC Problem Stretch Statute Mile 237


      This Problem Stretch is notorious for shoaling and shifting channels. The USCG regularly relocates buoy to indicate the best water, see 9/27 Local Notice. Mid to high tide is recommended.

      9/27 1.BOGUE SOUND NEW RIVER BUOY 61A (LLNR 39223)
      2.RELOCATED BUOY TO POS 34-35-50.816N 077-14-32.118W (34°35.8469N / 077°14.5353W, 34.597449 / -77.242255) IN 6.8FT MLW. REQUEST MPP
      BECOME AP.

      9/25 MARINERS ARE ADVISED THAT SHOALING EXISTS IN THE ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY IN THE VICINITY OF BROWNS INLET CROSSING BETWEEN BUOYS 60 AND 61A, TO A DEPTH OF LESS THAN ONE FOOT AT MEAN LOW WATER. MARINERS ARE ADVISED TO USE EXTREME CAUTION WHILE NAVIGATING THIS AREA.

       

       

      Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For the AICW/Browns Inlet Intersection

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To This AICW Problem Stretch

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    • Visit 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.

       

      Gecko Queen, Mullet King, & Dog Mayor Celebrate Gulfport’s Reopening

       

      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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