The dredging project described below in this article cherry picked from the mid-August, 2012 Local Notice to Mariners, will be ongoing through a goodly part of the fall, 2012 transient season. The waters north and south sides of the Vilano Beach Bridge will be dredged as part of this project.
Snowbirds cruising south into St. Augustine’s waters prior to 11/1/12, and all year round northeastern Florida cruisers, need to take CAREFUL notice of the text below. Though this dredging will not completely close the AICW, nor St. Augustine Inlet, navigating both bodies of water is going to call for more than usual caution!
The Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net is declaring a Navigational Alert for these waters effective immediately, until 11/1/12
FLORIDA-ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY-TOLOMATO RIVER-PALM SHORES-ST JOHNS RIVER TO MATANZAS RIVER-ST AUGUSTINE: Dredging Operations.
St. Augustine, St. Johns County, Florida on August 24, 2012. The dredge WILKO and workboats: Miss Leanne and Proud Mary will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 & 16 working channel 78. Operations will be 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. The approximate completion date is November 1, 2012. Land POCâ€™s Mr. David Lynn (Foreman) Cell: 812-455-1770 and Mr. Richard Lassen (CQC Manager) Cell: 812-480-1740. There will be submerged and floating pipeline associated with dredging operation; use extreme caution in the area. Mariners are urged to transit at the slowest safe speed to minimize wake, and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. Pipeline and vessels will be visibly lighted and marked according to Coast Guard regulations. Submerged pipeline will be positioned in the vicinity of St. Augustine, Inlet traversing southerly along Salt Run to the designated beach fill placement site immediately adjacent to Anastasia State Park. Further information contact Mr. Stewart, Operations Director 812-867-7220. Chart 11485