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    • Special Boat Group Rates, June 1-September 30, Legacy Harbour Marina, Fort Myers, Okeechobee Waterway Statute Mile 135


      239 461-0775 Legacy Harbour Marina entrance is located on the Okeechobee Waterway East of Marker #49 on the Caloosahatchee River. The Marina is situated two blocks from historic downtown Fort Myers and three blocks from the historic Edison-Ford Winter Estates. The Marina's 131-Slips range in size from 40 feet to 80 feet and can accommodate Transient Boats of 100 feet plus. The large Fairways make our slips easily accessible. Our slips are surrounded by one of the largest 'floating breakwaters' on the Gulf of Mexico. The floating docks are state-of-the-art. Legacy Harbour Marina is a full-featured facility with all the modern conveniences of home including pump-out station, heated pool, fitness center, full electric metered at the slip, cable TV, laundry, air-conditioned showers and wireless Internet connections available. The Boaters' Lounge is available for relaxing after a cruise or for private parties. The view from the lounge is spectacular! Our grounds are beautifully manicured and provide great strolling along the river with benches, Chickee Hut, and excellent access to all of historic Fort Myers. Please take a few moments to browse our website and see for yourself what our beautiful boating facility can offer you the next time you are cruising in Southwest Florida.

      Legacy Harbour Marina, A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, located on the Caloosahatchee River/Okeechobee Waterway, is in the heart of downtown Fort Myers, Florida. Multiple dining and shopping opportunities are found within easy walking distance of this absolutely first-rate marina!

      Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Western Florida Marina Directory Listing For Legacy Harbour Marina

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    • USACE Lunchtime Webinars on Lake Okeechobee Water Levels, May 20-June 4

      The Corp of Engineers is offering a series of lunchtime webinars on Lake Okeechobee water management for general public, starting Mon. May 20. The water level in Lake Okeechobee directly affects the depths in the Okeechobee Waterway routes and the May 20 webinar should be of particular interest to boaters. Our thanks to Specialist Erica Skolte for this notice.

       


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    • TowBoatUS Now in LaBelle, FL, Okeechobee Waterway Statute Mile 103


      Always hoping you never need their services, it is good to know they are there.

      NEWS From BoatUS

      Boat Owners Association of The United States
      5323 Port Royal Road, Springfield, VA 22151
      Read this press release online at: https://bit.ly/2JmcikB



      Photo Caption: Capt. Mike Ammons aboard his 24-hour boat towing and response vessel

      For Boaters Crossing Florida, TowBoatUS Has You Covered

      LaBelle is fourth location for TowBoatUS on the Okeechobee Waterway

      LABELLE., Fla., May 8, 2019 – Most boats crossing the state of Florida on the Okeechobee Waterway are transient, only trying to get from one coast to the other as quickly as possible. That means their captains may not have local knowledge, and if they need assistance for an unexpected grounding or engine problem, the newly opened 24-hour on-water towing and assistance service for recreational boaters, TowBoatUS LaBelle, is ready to help.

      It’s the fourth TowBoatUS port servicing the 134.3-nautical-mile waterway, which includes bookend locations in Stuart and Fort Myers, and in Okeechobee. TowBoatUS is the only national, 24-hour on-water service delivering professional assistance on the waterway from end-to-end, providing boaters with routine help with dead batteries, soft ungroundings, running out of fuel, or a tow back to the launch ramp or marina.

      TowBoatUS LaBelle is the second location for Capt. Mike Ammons, who opened TowBoatUS Lake Okeechobee in 2018. Prior to that, Ammons owned three TowBoatUS ports in the early 2000s. Today, TowBoatUS has over 300 locations and 600 towing response vessels across the country.

      Much like an auto club, BoatUS offers on-water Unlimited Towing Memberships for boaters and anglers for just $159 per year. Boaters without BoatUS towing services face costs that average $750 per towing incident, with some paying thousands out of pocket.

      TowBoatUS LaBelle and TowBoatUS Okeechobee offer extended service areas, including Lake Okeechobee in its entirety and the Caloosahatchee River. St. Lucie Canal service is provided by TowBoatUS Stuart.

      TowBoatUS LaBelle operates a 22-foot power cat response vessel with twin outboards, easily recognizable by its red hull and TowBoatUS logos emblazoned in bright white letters on its sides, rigged and ready for towing, jump starts, fuel delivery and soft ungroundings.

      Boaters can reach TowBoatUS LaBelle by hailing on VHF channel 16, by calling the company directly at (239) 600-0140, by phoning the BoatUS toll-free 24/7 Dispatch Center at (800) 391-4869, or via smartphone using the BoatUS App. More information can be found at BoatUS.com/Towing, or call (800) 888-4869.

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      About TowBoatUS:

      Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) is the nation’s leading advocate, services and safety group for recreational boaters. We are the Boat Owners Auto Club and provide our more than half-million members with a wide array of helpful services, including 24-hour on-water towing that gets you safely home when your boat won’t, jump starts, fuel delivery, and soft ungroundings. The TowBoatUS towing fleet is North America’s largest network of towing ports with more than 300 locations and over 600 red towing assistance vessels, responding to more than 70,000 requests for assistance each year. The BoatUS App makes it easy to summon water and road assistance 24/7 and can speed response times (BoatUS.com/App). For more information go to BoatUS.com/Membership.

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    • LNM: Rim Route Shoaling Reported, OWW Marker 66, FL Statute Mile 51


      This shoaling appears to be actually in the Waterway channel near ICW marker 66 and the marina entrance. Keep an eye on your depth finder through this section.

      FLORIDA – ST. LUCIE INLET TO FORT MYERS AND LAKE OKEECHOBEE – PAHOKEE MARINA: Hazard to Navigation/Marina Entrance Shallow Water Levels.
      The U.S Coast Guard has received a report of extremely shallow water levels in the marina entrance to Pahokee Marina in Lake Okeechobee in approximate position 26-49.36N, 080-40.54W (26°49.3600N / 080°40.5400W, 26.822667 / -80.675667) . When the lake water levels fall below 12.5ft the water depths in the marina entrance become extremely shallow, less than 6ft. Vessels that draw greater than 4ft should exercise extreme caution until water levels rise to greater than 12.5ft

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    • River District Connections Calendar May 2019, Caloosahatchee River/Okeechobee Waterway Statute Mile 135


      239 461-0775 Legacy Harbour Marina entrance is located on the Okeechobee Waterway East of Marker #49 on the Caloosahatchee River. The Marina is situated two blocks from historic downtown Fort Myers and three blocks from the historic Edison-Ford Winter Estates. The Marina's 131-Slips range in size from 40 feet to 80 feet and can accommodate Transient Boats of 100 feet plus. The large Fairways make our slips easily accessible. Our slips are surrounded by one of the largest 'floating breakwaters' on the Gulf of Mexico. The floating docks are state-of-the-art. Legacy Harbour Marina is a full-featured facility with all the modern conveniences of home including pump-out station, heated pool, fitness center, full electric metered at the slip, cable TV, laundry, air-conditioned showers and wireless Internet connections available. The Boaters' Lounge is available for relaxing after a cruise or for private parties. The view from the lounge is spectacular! Our grounds are beautifully manicured and provide great strolling along the river with benches, Chickee Hut, and excellent access to all of historic Fort Myers. Please take a few moments to browse our website and see for yourself what our beautiful boating facility can offer you the next time you are cruising in Southwest Florida.
      Gulf Harbour Marina ICW Marker 73, 4.5 miles from Gulf of Mexico 14490 Vista River Dr., Fort Myers, FL 33908 239-437-0881 gulfharbourmarina@comcast.net

      The river is Caloosahatchee and the CRUISERS NET SPONSORS are Legacy Harbour Marina and Gulf Harbour Yacht and Country Club. Legacy Harbor Marina entrance is located on the Okeechobee Waterway East of Marker #49 and Gulf Harbour Yacht and Country Club is on the south side of the Caloosahatchee River opposite Cape Coral.

       

      Click here for River District Connections Calendar May 2019

      Melissa Moore
      Web/Graphics Technician
      1631 Hendry Street
      Fort Myers, Florida 33901
      T: 239.337.1071 – F: 239-337.1076
      mmoore@cella.ccwww.cella.cc 

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    • Lake Okeechobee Crossing East to West, Stuart to Moore Haven, FL


      Our thanks to Gene Faatz for this descriptive report and detailed information from his recent crossing of Lake Okeechobee.

      Crossed the lake from Stuart Fl. to River Forest YC LaBelle in Moore Haven Fl. The St Lucie lock has a lift of about 15+ feet at this time but no issues locking through or in the canal all the way to Port Mayaca Lock. Did see the JFK Presidential yacht Honey Fitz tied up along the way. Mayaca Lock is open for pass through. Leaving the lock is shallow showing 4 – 5 ft for about a mile out of the lock,after which we were able to power up in 7 ft or more with plenty of water all the way to Clewiston. Never less the 7 ft in the channel. The canal from Clewiston to the Moore Haven lock is clear all the way with no work going on. Moore Haven lock has about a 1 ft drop at this time. Canal from there to River Forest is showing 18 to 25 feet all the way. Made the trip [about 75 miles] in under 5 hrs.
      Gene Faatz

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    • LNM: ICW Daybeacon 29 Destroyed, Okeechobee Waterway Statute Mile 132


      This destroyed ICW daybeacon is on the southeast side of the Caloosahatchee River/Okeechobee Waterway northeast of the twin bridges in Fort Myers.

      FLORIDA – ST. LUCIE INLET TO FORT MYERS AND LAKE OKEECHOBEE – CALOOSAHATCHEE RIVER: Hazard to Navigation
      Caloosahatchee River Daybeacon 29 (LLNR 52345) is destroyed. Wreckage is marked with a TRLB WR29 displaying FL Q G, 4NM characteristics. Chart 11428 LNM 17/19

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    • USACE Phone Numbers for OWW and Canaveral Locks plus Useful Links

      Put this posting on your steering station for future reference. 

      If you lock through Canaveral or the Okeechobee Waterway, please put the numbers for the Corps locks into your phone. Remember to listen to any direction offered by the lock operator to ensure everyone’s safety as you lock through, and wear your life jacket!

      W.P. Franklin Lock          239-694-5451 
      Ortona Lock                     863-675-0616 
      Moore Haven Lock          863-946-0414 
      Port Mayaca Lock           561-924-2858 
      St. Lucie Lock                  772-287-2665 
      Canaveral Lock               321-783-5421

      Useful links (please monitor these frequently for the most up-to-date information):
      Notices to Navigation are here: https://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Navigation/Notices-to-Navigation/
      Lake Okeechobee Water Levels and Route 1 and 2 Navigation depths: http://w3.saj.usace.army.mil/h2o/currentLL.shtml
      News Releases for Lake Okeechobee Water Management are on the Jacksonville District homepage (lower left): https://www.saj.usace.army.mil/

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    • Cruising the Okeechobee Waterway by Greg and Barbara Allard

      Our sincerest thanks to Greg and Barbara Allard for sharing their experiences and beautiful photography from their cruises, this time from the Okeechobee Waterway. Enter “Allard” in our Homepage Search window for the Allard’s beautifully documented Bahamas cruises.

      Here’s an update on the Okeechobee Waterway, with some local scenes.

      On February 22 and 23, 2019, we crossed the Okeechobee from west to east. We had been closely watching the water depth reports from the Corp of Engineers, since there are plans to lower the lake level in the immediate future.

      The reported depth for Navigation Route 1 (across the lake) was 6.79 feet, and the lake level was at 12.85. As expected, we found the lowest water along the eastern half of the Clewiston cut, in the channel which is east of the massive cylinder which sits just off the channel. With a calibrated depth finder, the shallowest water which we found along that stretch was 7.2 feet.

      Years ago, an old timer who had lived along the Caloosahatchee River his entire life, said that he believed the Corp of Engineers understated the lake level by half a foot. Now, please don’t rely on this for navigational purposes, but the next time you cross, make your own observation. Also: the depths we report are only for the exact spot where we were; even a few feet to the left or right of those positions might be entirely different.

      There is another shallow area at the entry/exit channel on the western side of the Port Mayaca lock. The lowest water where our boat traveled was 7.4 feet. The traditional advice when using that channel is to stay to the green side, and that is what we did. The Port Mayaca lock was in “pass through” mode – where the water level on either side of the lock is the same, so the lock gates remain open. You still need to call the lockmaster, who gives permission for individual boats to pass through the lock. That makes good sense, because there is not enough room for two boats to meet head-on in the lock chamber.

      The lockmasters are now enforcing two new rules: all persons on board while in the lock chamber must be wearing a life jacket, and once you are tied up to the lock, you must turn your engine(s) off.

      We saw no signs of green algae or red tide for our entire trip. It is reported that Tow BoatUS now has two boats stationed at Clewiston.

      Crossing the State of Florida on the Okeechobee Waterway is a trip and a half; a true time warp. Locals fishing with bamboo poles on the riverbank. Alligators. The wonderful local bridge-operator at the Fort Denaud swing bridge who chats with you on your way through, as she stands isolated on the center pivot point of the bridge. There’s the adventure of the locks – and the $1.00 a foot dockage (power included) at the city dock in Moore Haven.

      Every year we try to make a new stop. This time we decided to stay overnight at Calusa Jack’s Marina, approximately 2 miles west of the Franklin lock. The place always intrigued us. It could be a movie set for one of Randy Wayne White’s Doc Ford novels.


      Calusa Jack’s Marina has a face dock and pilings in excellent condition, and the water at the dock is deep enough for the biggest boat. Sometimes before 5 PM there are some tolerable boat wakes, but after that we had a calm and peaceful sleep.


      The views towards the river are beautiful.


      There are a number of marinas along the waterway, and some of the older ones, like Calusa Jack’s, have their share of boats which years ago were someone’s dream, and will likely never be used again.


      The people at Calusa Jack’s raise goats, and this billy goat was curious about the new visitors.


      You never know what you will find along the Okeechobee. We walked along the road to the marina, and came upon this knight in rusting armor perched on a piling.

      A day later, along a stretch of the St. Lucie River, we were again surprised – to say the least.

      We came upon this magnificent wooden yacht, docked behind a private home. She was beautifully restored. At first we thought it was a Trumpy, but the lines were different from that iconic boat.


      As we passed to her stern, our jaws dropped: the yacht is the Honey Fitz, one of the most famous historic yachts in the world. She was used by five presidents but made famous by John F. Kennedy. Why would this yacht be docked here? We don’t have an answer to that question, other than to say that nothing along the Okeechobee surprises us.

      If you are interested in learning more about this yacht, this link has some interesting background:
      https://gcaptain.com/photo-tour-of-jfks-presidential-yacht-honey-fitz/

      The Okeechobee Waterway has its challenges, but it remains a fascinating adventure for cruisers.

      Greg and Barbara Allard

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    • LNM: Good News: NO Width Restriction, St. Lucie Lock, OWW Statute Mile 15 Plus Revision


      St. Lucie Lock, the easternmost Okeechobee lock, lies west of Stuart, FL at Okeechobee Waterway Statute Mile 15. Our thanks to Specialist Erica Skolte for this latest good news re width restriction.

      2/19/19 Quick note with good news—
      Lake Okeechobee Levels are back up on web: http://w3.saj.usace.army.mil/h2o/currentLL.shtml with Route 1 and 2 depths; also, issues at St. Lucie have been resolved by the team and there is no longer a width restriction. Of course, we still ask that you call the lock operator to let them know you will be locking through prior to your approach. Save travels, all!
      Erica

      EXPIRED: Notice to Navigation: 2019-003 St. Lucie Lock and Dam Width Restriction on Okeechobee Waterway
      OKEECHOBEE WATERWAY
      ST. LUCIE LOCK & DAM WIDTH RESTRICTION

      1. Notice to Navigation

      Notice is given that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is advising commercial and recreational vessels that there is a 22 foot width restriction for vessels wanting to pass through the St. Lucie Lock & Dam. This restriction is due to an equipment failure. Maintenance staff is working diligently to repair issue. All vessels below restriction limit will be able to pass through.

      2/11 REVISION #1: Vessels wider than 22 feet will be able to pass but must call 772-287-2665 prior to arrival in order for operators to manually open the affected gate (please call at least 30 minutes in advance of arrival).

      For daily updated lake and route depths please see our website at: http://w3.saj.usace.army.mil/h2o/currentLL.shtml

      Point of contact is Gary Hipkins at 863-983-8101.
      Gary L. Hipkins
      Chief Navigation & Flood Risk Management
      South Florida Operations
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      Reminder:
      If you lock through Canaveral or the Okeechobee Waterway, please put the numbers for the Corps locks into your phone. Remember to listen to any direction offered by the lock operator to ensure everyone’s safety as you lock through! And remember to wear your life jacket!

      W.P. Franklin Lock 239-694-5451
      Ortona Lock 863-675-0616
      Moore Haven Lock 863-946-0414
      Port Mayaca Lock 561-924-2858
      St. Lucie Lock 772-287-2665
      Canaveral Lock 321-783-5421
      —————————————————
      NOTICE TO NAVIGATION INTERESTS
      Notice to Navigation
      Notice to Navigation: 2019-003 St. Lucie Lock and Dam Width Restriction
      Read the NTN: https://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Navigation/Notices-to-Navigation/Notice-to-Navigation-2019-003-St-Lucie-Lock-and-Dam-width-restriction/
      ———————————————————————————————————————
      Date: 02/08/2019
      US ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS
      JACKSONVILLE DISTRICT
      ATTN: CESAJ-OD-SN PO Box 4970
      JACKSONVILLE, FL 32232-0019
      863-983-8101
      NOTICE NUMBER: 003
      LOCAL NUMBER:2019003
      WATERWAY: OKEECHOBEE WATERWAY
      EFFECTIVE: 02/08/2019 00:00 thru UNTIL REPAIRED
      POC: http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/Navigation/NoticestoNavigation.aspx

      Erica Skolte
      Public Affairs Specialist
      Corporate Communications Office
      U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District
      Palm Beach Gardens
      NOTE: NEW OFFICE PHONE 561-340-1527
      Cell: 561-801-5734
      erica.a.skolte@usace.army.mil
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    • Report from Moore Haven Lock, Okeechobee Waterway Statute Mile 78


      This report comes from our good friends and partners, Sara and Monty Lewis, of Explorer Charts. Search “Bahamas Chatter” from our Homepage for more on Explorer Charts.

      The Moore Haven lock had only one gate open and it was a narrow squeeze for our 17’ wide catamaran. All locks require life jackets now for all persons aboard and they all supply lines to tie up. Some of them hang in the water and are a bit slimy. Good to have a wiper handy.
      Sara and Monty

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      1. Winston Fowler -  February 8, 2019 - 9:04 am

        As for lock lines, we carried rubber utility gloves for line handlers. Easy to clean and very protective.
        Winston Fowler

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    • Cape Coral Cruise Club, Legacy Harbour Marina, Okeechobee Waterway Statute Mile 135.5


      239 461-0775 Legacy Harbour Marina entrance is located on the Okeechobee Waterway East of Marker #49 on the Caloosahatchee River. The Marina is situated two blocks from historic downtown Fort Myers and three blocks from the historic Edison-Ford Winter Estates. The Marina's 131-Slips range in size from 40 feet to 80 feet and can accommodate Transient Boats of 100 feet plus. The large Fairways make our slips easily accessible. Our slips are surrounded by one of the largest 'floating breakwaters' on the Gulf of Mexico. The floating docks are state-of-the-art. Legacy Harbour Marina is a full-featured facility with all the modern conveniences of home including pump-out station, heated pool, fitness center, full electric metered at the slip, cable TV, laundry, air-conditioned showers and wireless Internet connections available. The Boaters' Lounge is available for relaxing after a cruise or for private parties. The view from the lounge is spectacular! Our grounds are beautifully manicured and provide great strolling along the river with benches, Chickee Hut, and excellent access to all of historic Fort Myers. Please take a few moments to browse our website and see for yourself what our beautiful boating facility can offer you the next time you are cruising in Southwest Florida.

      The Cape Coral Cruise Club is a group of dedicated cruisers who always provide unique reports from the marinas they visit. And, of course, several CRUISERS NET SPONSORS will be visited in their 2019 spring cruise schedule: Legacy Harbor, Pink Shell Resort, and Fishermen’s Village.

      LEGACY HARBOUR CRUISE JANUARY 2019
      By Mike Stewart
      Ahh, good old bitter cold weather with high winds…perfect cruise conditions! Seems like a January constant.
      Legacy Harbour dock hands helped six boats to their berths on Tuesday, with two more boats arriving on Wednesday. The cruise leaders, Mike and Brenda Stewart, he with a shoulder replacement and she with a knee replacement less than a week away, left their boat at home and took a room in the Legacy Marina Hotel and Suites for the three days of the cruise. It took the Jettons, their two guests and two hotel employees to unload the Stewart’s car’s load into the room!
      The hotel room was most fortuitous as it served the group as respite from the brutal weather conditions. “Heavy” hors d’oeuvres, provided by the cruising ladies, were eagerly downed by the bone-chilled cruisers, who then escaped to the hotel room for cocktails and tales.
      Wednesday morning showed no warming trend so everyone gathered in the Stewart’s room for scrambled eggs, sausage, muffins, bagels, fruit and orange and tomato juices prepared by the cruise leaders, with early rising sausage chef Pete Oiderma. Couples Scavenger Hunt III was explained after breakfast. The couples had until 11:30 AM to return with their collection of items off their boat. Again, ingenuity and creativity were encouraged. The participants returned and each submission was documented and “inventive” items were agreed on or rejected by the group. Score sheets were left behind for Mike and Brenda to tally scores and determine First, Second and Last places to be announced with prizes to be awarded at 4:30 PM at happy hour.
      At 4:30 the hotel room again filled with boaters. After some time for everyone to warm up a bit, it was time for contest results. First place was Moonlighter, Lee and Brenda Jetton and guests. Second place was Semper Paratus, John and Patti Queen. Last place was claimed by Spoiled Yacht’n, Armond and Pam Sikes. Prizes were in large bags and a blind pick conducted according to placing. Deals were struck on trades afterwards and everyone was happy.
      Thursday. Oh well, just repeat Wednesday without the game! The weather relented some, so there were a couple of hours later in the day that negated the need for layered clothing. It was ideal weather for lunch and exploration downtown.
      It was back to the Stewart’s for cocktails before dinner at Pincher’s. Cruisers were joined by car attendees, some of whom had also joined the group for breakfast/cocktail activities. After some cancellations, we ended up with 26 attendees. We had a long table in a side room shared with a yacht club. Yes, it was loud!
      On Friday everyone left by boat or car and peace returned to Legacy Harbour.
      The Cape Coral Cruise Club is open to new members who own a boat with overnight accommodations and reside in the Cape Coral / Ft. Myers area. For membership information please contact Phil Kryger at 239-541-0236. Read additional Club information on its website, www.c-c-c-c.org Like us on Facebook.

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    • More on Proposed Lake Okeechobee Dry Season Depths

      Experienced cruiser and frequent Cruisers Net contributor, Greg Allard, comments on a recent movement to keep Lake Okeechobee’s dry season depths at 10.5ft, two feet lower than official low water for navigation. See USACE Requests Input for more on this issue and an opportunity to submit comments.

       
      Here is a link to a news report of a discussion between the State of Florida and the federal government about reducing the level of Lake Okeechobee.
      Today (Feb. 1, 2019), the level of Route #1 is 6.61’, and the “Stage” level is 12.67’, which is the height above sea level.  The proposed change would reduce the lake level by 2’, which as an example based on today’s data, would make the depth of Route #1 to be 4.61’. It is unknown whether this will be enacted, but any cruisers considering crossing Florida on the Okeechobee Waterway should pay close attention to any changes.Greg Allard
      M/V “Meander”

      https://www.tcpalm.com/story/news/local/indian-river-lagoon/politics/2019/01/29/lake-okeechobee-discharges/2711545002/

       
       
       
       

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    • Okeechobee Route 2 Now Open to Sailing Vessels at Torry Island Bridge Statute Mile 60


      This low hanging cable at Torry Island Bridge on Lake Okeechobee Route 2 has restricted navigation to vessels with less than 35ft air draft. See UPDATE: Low Cable from 11/26/18. Our thanks to Office Erica Skolte for this good news for sailing vessels.

      Good news- Route 2 is open for navigation for sail boats. I expect that I will have an additional notice to navigation in the next day or so.
      Erica

      Erica Skolte
      Public Affairs Specialist
      Corporate Communications Office
      U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District
      Palm Beach Gardens
      NOTE: NEW OFFICE PHONE 561-340-1527
      Cell: 561-801-5734
      erica.a.skolte@usace.army.mil
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    • LNM: Effect of Water Releases on Okeechobee Waterway Naviagtion

      The water releases can similar to crossing against an outgoing tide, especially at narrow ICW/inlet intersections. Be prepared a for the turbulence and the effect on your vessel.

      FLORIDA – ST. LUCIE INLET TO FORT MYERS AND LAKE OKEECHOBEE – OKEECHOBEE WATERWAY: NOTICES TO NAVIGATION INTERESTS.
      Mariners are reminded that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District post regularly “Notices to Navigation” News at: https://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Navigation/Notices-to-Navigation/
      Due to the changing water levels of Lake Okeechobee, The Army Corps of Engineers often release water through the Okeechobee Waterway Lock and Dam system. The water released often creates high currents along the waterway. During this time, boaters can expect unfavorable conditions between Port Mayaca lock and St. Lucie lock. Such as, unexpected high current conditions east of the St. Lucie lock where the released water funnels thus creating unexpected hazardous conditions for mariners expecting slack tide where the bridges intercept the waterway.
      https://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Navigation/Navigation-Locks/Bridges/

      LOW LAKE LEVELS CREATING HAZARDOUS NAVIGATION ROUTE 1 & 2: EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1 THRU AUGUST 31, 2019
      Commercial and recreational vessels advised to use extreme caution while traveling the Okeechobee Waterway Route 1 and 2 and be cautious of shallow water and submerged objects when navigating through these sections of waterway. https://www.saj.usace.army
      mil/NTNOkeechobeeWaterwayLowWaterNavHazard/

      CANAVERAL HARBOR AND OKEECHOBEE WATERWAY LOCK PROCEDURES: JANUARY 4 THRU DECEMBER 31, 2019
      https://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Navigation/Notices-to-Navigation/Notice-to-Navigation-2019-001-Guidance-aboutCanaveral-and-Okeechobee-Waterway-Lock-procedures/

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    • Cape Coral Cruise Club 2019 Spring Cruise Schedule

      239 461-0775 Legacy Harbour Marina entrance is located on the Okeechobee Waterway East of Marker #49 on the Caloosahatchee River. The Marina is situated two blocks from historic downtown Fort Myers and three blocks from the historic Edison-Ford Winter Estates. The Marina's 131-Slips range in size from 40 feet to 80 feet and can accommodate Transient Boats of 100 feet plus. The large Fairways make our slips easily accessible. Our slips are surrounded by one of the largest 'floating breakwaters' on the Gulf of Mexico. The floating docks are state-of-the-art. Legacy Harbour Marina is a full-featured facility with all the modern conveniences of home including pump-out station, heated pool, fitness center, full electric metered at the slip, cable TV, laundry, air-conditioned showers and wireless Internet connections available. The Boaters' Lounge is available for relaxing after a cruise or for private parties. The view from the lounge is spectacular! Our grounds are beautifully manicured and provide great strolling along the river with benches, Chickee Hut, and excellent access to all of historic Fort Myers. Please take a few moments to browse our website and see for yourself what our beautiful boating facility can offer you the next time you are cruising in Southwest Florida.
      Pink Shell Beach Resort and Marina
      Fisherman's Village Marina and Resort, Punta Gorda, FL

      The Cape Coral Cruise Club is a group of dedicated cruisers who always provide unique reports from the marinas they visit. Please note how many CRUISERS NET SPONSORS are included in their 2019 spring cruise schedule: Legacy Harbor, Pink Shell Resort, and Fishermen’s Village.

      Cape Coral Cruise Club 2019 Spring Cruise Schedule
      By Bruce Longman

      The Cape Coral Cruise Club, founded in 1963, is unique among S.W. Florida boat clubs in that it owns a portion of a private spoil island on the Caloosahatchee River east of the Franklin Lock near Alva. Over the years a covered pavilion has been built where the members enjoy elaborate monthly picnics, bocce, horseshoes and other relaxing activities.

      A major advantage for members is that the Island has ample dockage for member’s boats. Over the years, four docks have been installed on an inside oxbow off the ICW having both 30amp and 50amp electric service. This allows for as many as 16 member boats, up to 45′ in length, to be docked for the weekend at minimal cost. Ferry service across the ICW aboard the club’s 30′ covered pontoon boat, skippered by a USCG licensed captain, is provided for members & guests who do not come to the monthly picnic by boat.

      The Club welcomes boaters who are new to the area who are unfamiliar with the local, many times very shallow, Southwest Florida waters, yet are anxious to use their boats on a year round basis. Many of the Cruise Club members have been boating in south Florida for many years and are more than willing to share the gained local knowledge with others.

      Because the Club is a cruising organization, in addition to the Island picnics, members can participate in monthly cruises to local destinations. The spring 2019 cruises include:

      January destination: For the last few years Legacy Harbour in downtown Ft. Myers has become one of the most popular, nearby Club cruise destinations. With a beautiful pool and outstanding docking facilities this cruise always has a wait list. Cruise leaders have been known to plan very interesting and different daytime activities that many times include a visit to a variety of First Street dining destinations.

      February destination: A few years ago Pink Shell Resort revamped and expanded its Marina.
      The Cape Coral Cruise Club was welcomed as the first group to use the new facilities. Since then Pink Shell has repeatedly been on our cruise destination list. The resort has several pools, excellent beach facilities and outstanding restaurants. This cruise normally has at least a dozen or more member boats in attendance.

      March destination: For the 2019 March cruise The Club is returning to “Tween Waters Resort and Marina. In 2018 this facility upgraded both of its restaurant kitchens and we are looking forward to returning to this excellent facility. The Resort has an excellent pool, two fine restaurants, and access to a beautiful Gulf of Mexico beach.

      April destination: For the past few years the Club promotes a cruise that is longer than most, sometimes lasting as long as two weeks. The 2018 destination was downtown Tampa. In past years the Club’s long spring cruise went as far as Tarpon Springs, the Georgia Isles, and the Bahamas. Final specifics are not available at this writing, but if past cruises are any indication, the experienced cruise leaders will put together an enjoyable west coast of Florida cruise.

      May destination: It has been a few years since the Club went east on the GICW, crossed Lake Okeechobee and enjoyed boating on the East Coast. In May we will be heading to Stuart, Florida, with possible side trips from there.

      June destination: Rounding out the spring cruise schedule the Club will return to Fisherman’s Village Marina on Charlotte Harbor. This is a very popular location and this cruise normally fills quickly as there are so many interesting things to do and see in Punta Gorda.

      The Cape Coral Cruise Club is open to new members who own a boat with overnight accommodations and reside in the Cape Coral / Ft. Myers area. For membership information please contact Phil Kryger at 239-541-0236. Read additional Club information on its website, www.c-c-c-c.org Like us on Facebook.

      Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Western Florida Marina Directory Listing For Legacy Harbour Marina

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      Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Pink Shell Beach Resort and Marina

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Pink Shell Beach Resort and Marina

      Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Fishermen’s Village

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    • LNM: USACE 2019 Manual for Locking Procedures

      Our thanks to Specialist Erica Skolte for this record length Local Notice. This information is essential for safely locking through, especially during storms and emergencies, and should be kept near your steering station.

      Notice to Navigation 2019-001 Guidance for Canaveral and Okeechobee Waterway Locks (EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT LOCK PROCEDURES!)

      All, please share widely with other interested parties, including our post of Facebook https://twitter.com/JaxStrong and on Twitter @JaxStrong.

      Reminder:
      If you lock through Canaveral or the Okeechobee Waterway, please put the numbers for the Corps locks into your phone. Remember to listen to any direction offered by the lock operator to ensure everyone’s safety as you lock through!

      W.P. Franklin Lock 239-694-5451
      Ortona Lock 863-675-0616
      Moore Haven Lock 863-946-0414
      Port Mayaca Lock 561-924-2858
      St. Lucie Lock 772-287-2665
      Canaveral Lock 321-783-5421
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      Notice to Navigation
      Notice to Navigation: 2019-001 Guidance for Canaveral and Okeechobee Waterway Locks
      Read the NTN: https://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Navigation/Notices-to-Navigation/Notice-to-Navigation-2019-001-Guidance-about-Canaveral-and-Okeechobee-Waterway-Lock-procedures/
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      Notice to Navigation: GENERAL:
      Reference revised Regulations, 33 C.F.R. 207.300, and their tributaries; use, administration, and navigation, and 33
      C.F.R. 207.800, Collection of navigation statistics.

      The following information is furnished in addition to the above-referenced regulations to provide guidance about the procedures, control, and management of the locks on the Okeechobee Waterway and Canaveral Harbor Lock. Suggested towboat operations are also included that will enhance safety and reduce damage to Government structures, commercial vessels, and recreational craft.

      SAFETY:

      1. Vessels shall not pass under dam or spillway gates when they are out of the water and the river is flowing freely through the gate openings.

      2. Lockage of leaking, listing vessels or overloaded vessels may be refused. Leaking, listing vessels or overloaded vessels shall be moored in a location outside of the channel and outside of the Arrival Point so as not to interfere with passing navigation.

      3. All craft and tows approaching a lock, within a distance of 200 feet of the upper or lower lock gates, shall proceed at a speed not greater than two miles per hour (rate of a slow walk) during normal flow conditions.

      4. All tows entering the lock shall be properly aligned with the guide or lock wall.

      5. It is the responsibility of the vessel operator to provide adequate mooring lines. The lock operator may require mooring lines to be replaced with satisfactory lines before lockage is made if the lines appear to be of such quality, size, or condition that would make safe lockage questionable.

      6. All towboat crews, while locking or moving a tow into or out of a lock chamber, must station themselves to preclude the possibility of being injured by the parting of a cable or line under strain. Single part lines only will be used to check a moving tow. Working lines shall be kept dry and in good working condition to allow lines to be worked properly and to prevent injury to personnel.

      7. Towboat crewmembers shall not jump between moving tows and lock or guide walls while preparing for lockage, locking, or departing lock

      8. Tabulated below are the minimum numbers of vessel personnel required for handling lines during lockages. The captain/pilot cannot act as a deckhand.

      9. All vessels, when in the locks, shall be moored and/or moved as directed by the lock operator.

      10. Commercial towing companies shall ensure that vessel operators and boat crew members have received orientation and training in all aspects of deck work and lockage procedures to ensure the safety of personnel, floating plant, and structures.

      11. All cylinders or containers holding gases or liquids under pressure or any other chemical or substance shall be securely fastened to the hull of the vessel to prevent their rolling overboard into the lock chamber.

      12. All containers holding paint, gasoline, or other volatile materials shall be securely fastened with tight fitting covers.

      13. The sides of all vessels passing through the locks shall be free from projections that may damage lock structures or Manatee Protection System sensors. Suitable fenders shall be used with all commercial tows passing through the locks to prevent damage to the lock walls and structures. Fenders shall be cylindrical in shape and no less than 6 inches in diameter. The fenders shall be used on guide walls and lock chambers to protect the structures. The fenders shall be manufactured or fabricated for the purpose of fendering, using woven rope; laminated, molded reinforced, natural, or synthetic rubber, or other suitable material. Single, double, or triple strands of mooring line, with or without knots, and old tires will not be considered as suitable fenders. Lock operators may refuse lockage to all commercial and recreational vessels and/or tows not conforming to the above.

      OPERATIONAL ASPECTS:

      PART A. RECREATIONAL CRAFT

      1. Commercial fishing craft and Vessel Delivery craft are included in the classification “recreational craft” when considering the precedent at the locks. Operators of recreational craft and their passengers are required to wear Coast Guard approved PFDs during lockage. All vessels will be required to turn off engines during lockages to include bow thrusters.

      2. Personal watercraft of the “sit-down” variety, (those you sit on and ride), will be accepted for lockage. The “stand-up” variety, (those that require the vessel to be moving for the operator to be out of the water), will not be accepted for lockage unless the craft is tied off to and locked through with an approved vessel, and the operator of the “stand-up” craft boards the approved vessel. Operators of personal watercraft and their passengers are required to wear Coast Guard approved PFDs during lockage.

      3. Kayaks and canoes will be locked without other vessels in the chamber for safety reason. Operators and their passengers are required to wear Coast Guard approved PFDs during lockage.

      4. Paddleboards, sailboards and surfboards will not be locked.

      5. Lock operators may refuse lockage to all commercial and recreational vessels and/or tows not conforming to the above.

      PART B. COMMERCIAL TOWS

      1. Lock Personnel will monitor the Marine Channel 13. All tows awaiting lockage shall monitor the appropriate lock channel at all times.

      2. Radio communications between a lock and an approaching tow are required at all times. All tows shall have a positive two-way voice communication between the pilot and the head of the tow to facilitate proper and safe approach to the lock guide wall and subsequent entrance into the lock chamber. All tows that decide to switch to another channel during the locking process for communication with their deckhands will be required to inform the lock personnel as to what channel they are changing to. Prior to beginning each lockage, procedural aspects of the lockage will be coordinated between the lock and vessel operators in an effort to insure a mutual and thorough understanding of the locking procedure.

      3. At no time will a tow or barge be left unattended. Tows will not tie off to mooring dolphins overnight or any unnecessary length of time during hours of operation.

      4. Under normal conditions, tows that can be arranged to avoid a double lockage shall be rearranged prior to approaching the lock. Non-compliance will result in not being assigned a lock turn, until tow has been rearranged to comply or until no other vessel awaits lockage. In a knockout lockage, the towboat shall be placed in the hole alongside the rear barges and should be located sufficiently forward to allow for ample clearance between its stern and the gates. While exiting from any lockage, the towboat shall proceed slowly to reduce backwash action and possible damage to lock gates.

      5. Towboats, when entering a lock, must remain fully attached to the barges until the tow has been stopped and properly moored. Barges within the tow configuration must be properly cabled. Lockage may be refused if lock operator considers barge couplings inadequate.

      6. When leaving the lock in down bound movement, rearrangement of tows in motion will be permitted while passing out of the lock at the discretion of the lockmaster. If there is a floating plant, bridges, or other structure located immediately downstream from the lock, these procedures shall not be used.

      7. Lockage lengths in excess of 230 feet, but not more than 245 feet, will be permitted in a 250 foot chamber with the following conditions:
      a. The vessel operator shall inform the lock operator by radio, prior to arrival, as to the precise overall length of an integrated tow (single lockage) or the cut lengths of a multiple lockage, the number of barges in the tow, cargo type, and tonnage. Failure to provide all information may result in refusal of lockage.
      b. The pilot shall be in the pilothouse and be in constant radio contact with lock personnel during the entire lockage procedure.
      c. Experienced deck personnel shall be stationed at each end of the tow to monitor movement.

      8. When requested, the pilot of the towboat shall provide an accurate description of the contents of any covered or tank barge in their tow. Transiting of the locks with unknown cargos will not be permitted. All towboat pilots are required to provide accurate, detailed information concerning commodity classification and tonnage. Lockage turn may be forfeited if tow pilots do not provide this data.

      9. All deck barges loaded with rock, scrap material, construction equipment and other material shall be loaded to allow for safe passage of crew members along the edge of the barges. A minimum of 2 feet of clear space shall be maintained along the edge of all of the barges. To protect the lock walls and equipment, nothing loaded on the barge shall extend beyond this 2-foot clear space from the edge of the barge. The barges shall be loaded such that the material does not move or fall into the 2-foot wide clear space while moving or transporting the barges. Additionally, material shall be loaded on barges such that it will not become dislodged or moved during the locking process, possibly falling off the barge into the lock chamber or coming to rest protruding off the edge of the barge. Lock operators may refuse lockage to all commercial tows not conforming to the above.

      10. When moving or making up tows prior to leaving the lock in an upbound movement, towboat operators are required to keep all barges secured to the lock or guide wall. Generally, the deckhand will not release snubbing and holding lines from the lock or guide walls until the towboat is properly secured to the tow. For a single lockage, with a towboat only set over, deviating from this procedure will be allowed if the immediate situation will permit

      safe departure under power and a lock operator walks a line out with the tow until the towboat is again adequately secured to the tow. However, when moving barges from the lock chamber, it is the responsibility of the vessel master to assure that adequate lines and personnel are available for safe handling and mooring of the tow or sections to the lock or guide walls. Sufficient personnel shall remain with the other sections to assure its security.

      11. It is the responsibility of the Vessel Master to ensure that deckhands that are assisting with lockages are familiar with the location and proper use of life saving devices or rescue equipment such as safety blocks and ring buoys and are wearing Coast Guard approved PFDs during lockage.

      12. Outdraft warning signs are not used on the Okeechobee waterway or at Canaveral Harbor Lock. All tow boat operators upon request when calling a lock system will be provided with the Dam Gate opening, if applicable and available, the upper and lower river gages and the current river predictions as provided by the National Weather Service. All Decisions concerning the existence of an outdraft and the effect of said outdraft will have upon their tows will be made by each vessel operator.

      13. Waterways Action Plans provides the marine industry, U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), States and local governments with a plan for facilitating the safe and orderly movement of traffic during extreme conditions on the inland rivers.

      14. Barges will be moored to the lock wall at all times during the lockage cycle. On all lockages, deckhands will not remove mooring lines until signaled to do so by the lock operator. This will be done by use of a whistle or by verbal command. On knockout single cut lockages, once the deckhand has been signaled to remove the mooring lines, the tow boat may proceed out of the chamber and the tow boat may face back up to the tow as the tow moves forward. If requested by the deckhand, the lock operator will assist to moor the tow to the lock wall once the tow has moved a sufficient distance along the wall so that the tow boat can face up to the tow. On all set-over lockages, the tow will move far enough along the wall to provide room to set the barges back over and face up to the rest of the tow. The tow will then be moored to the wall until the face up process is completed. The lock operator will then remove the mooring lines at the request of the deckhand. On all multiple cut lockages, the cut will be pulled from the chamber using the assistance from a helper boat. The tow will then be moored to the wall outside of the chamber until the remaining cuts of the tow have been faced up to the first cut. Once the tow is faced up and ready to depart, the mooring lines will be removed by the lock operator at the request of the deckhand.

      15. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers maintains an eight foot channel depth. Draft of vessels: No vessel shall attempt to enter a lock unless its draft is at least three (3) inches less than the least depth of water over the gate sills. Information concerning control depth over sills can be obtained from the District Navigation Charts. For general purpose information Route 1 has a maximum recommended of 8 feet @ 14.00 ft NGVD 1929. Route 2 has a maximum recommended draft of 6 feet @14.00 ft NGVD 1929

      PART C: LOCK OPERATIONS DURING TROPICAL STORMS, HURRICANES AND HIGH WATER EVENTS

      Notice is given that 72 hours prior to a Tropical Storm or Hurricane making local landfall locks will be open 7 AM to 10 PM supporting vessel safe harbor passage. Lock operations will stop 8 hours prior to land fall as Rail Road and drawbridges will be lowered or rotated and locked into a secure position. It’s important that all vessels are at their intended destination before bridges are secured and passage across the waterway suspended. No mooring will be allowed at any lock, approach walls or dolphins during a storm event.

      For Lock Operator safety the locks will:
      1. Stop locking vessels or working outdoors if lightning is observed within five miles of the lock and operations will not resume until lightning has not been seen in the area for 30 minutes.
      2. Stop locking vessels when winds exceed 35 MPH.

      After a storm it could be days or weeks before the waterway is reopen depending on damage to structures and how quickly debris creating navigation hazards can be removed.

      Operations during high water and floods in designated vulnerable areas: Vessels operating on these waters during periods when water stages exceed the level of “ordinary high water,” as designated on Corps of Engineers’ navigation charts, shall exercise reasonable care to minimize the effects of their bow waves and propeller washes on river banks; submerged or partially submerged structures or habitations; terrestrial growth such as trees and bushes; and man-made amenities that may be present. Vessels shall operate carefully when passing close to levees and other flood control structures and shall observe minimum distances from banks which may be prescribed from time to time in Notices to Navigation Interests. Pilots should exercise particular care not to direct propeller wash at river banks, levees, revetments, structures or other appurtenances subject to damage from wave action.

      Lock operators have no means of pulling tows from the chamber An assist tow will be required of sufficient size to maintain safe control of the tow in any wind or current condition.

      Lock hours are based on USACE Inland Marine Transportation System (IMTS) Standard Levels of Service.

      Canaveral Harbor:
      Canaveral Lock 6:00 AM to 9:30 PM Daily (Last lockage starting at 9:00PM)

      Okeechobee Waterway:
      St Lucie Lock 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM Daily (Last lockage starting at 4:30 PM) Port Mayaca Lock 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM Daily (Last lockage starting at 4:30 PM) Moore Haven Lock 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM Daily (Last lockage starting at 4:30 PM) Ortona Lock 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM Daily (Last lockage starting at 4:30 PM) WP Franklin Lock 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM Daily (Last lockage starting at 4:30 PM)

      PART D: USEFUL INFORMATION

      Lake Okeechobee water level can be viewed on the Corps of Engineers web site at http://w3.saj.usace.army.mil/h2o/currentLL.shtml

      Maximum vessel width and lengths are listed below for each lock. Vessels larger than the maximum dimensions will be refused lockage.

      Canaveral Harbor
      Canaveral Lock maximum vessel size 85′ X 585′

      Okeechobee Waterway
      St Lucie, Moore Haven and Ortona Locks maximum vessel size 45′ X 235′ Port Mayaca and W.P. Franklin Locks maximum vessel size 51′ X 385′

      REPAIR SCHEDULE FOR 2019

      It is anticipated that maintenance and repairs will be performed at the following locations during Calendar Year 2019. This notice may require periodic revision. It is given so that industrial waterway users may have a general knowledge of the lock outages and can plan their operations accordingly. Factors, which may affect this schedule, are the delivery of materials, repairs required but not anticipated, emergency repairs as a result of accidents, and funding.

      All interested parties should review the maintenance schedule for impact. Additional notices furnishing specific information and operating requirements will be published approximately two weeks in advance of commencing the work items listed.

      Canaveral Harbor:
      Canaveral Lock Sector Gate Manatee Screen Repair and cleaning TBD

      Okeechobee Waterway:
      St Lucie Lock and Dam Sector Gate Manatee Screen Repair and cleaning TBD
      Port Mayaca Lock and Dam Sector Gate Manatee Screen Repair and cleaning TBD
      Moore Haven Lock and Dam Sector Gate Manatee Screen Repair and cleaning TBD
      Ortona Lock and Dam Sector Gate Manatee Screen Repair and cleaning TBD
      W.P. Franklin Lock and Dam Sector Gate Manatee Screen Repair and cleaning TBD

      For up to date Lock information contact the shift operator 7 AM to 5 PM at:

      W.P. Franklin Lock 239-694-5451
      Ortona Lock 863-675-0616
      Moore Haven Lock 863-946-0414
      Port Mayaca Lock 561-924-2858
      St. Lucie Lock 772-287-2665
      Canaveral Lock 321-783-5421

      Point of contact is Gary Hipkins at 863-983-8101.

      //signed//
      Gary L.Hipkins
      Chief Navigation & Flood Risk Management
      South Florida Operations

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      Thanks for helping to get the word out!
      Erica

      Erica Skolte
      Public Affairs Specialist
      Corporate Communications Office
      U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District
      Palm Beach Gardens
      NOTE: NEW OFFICE PHONE 561-340-1527
      Cell: 561-801-5734
      erica.a.skolte@usace.army.mil
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    • UPDATE: Low Cable Continues to Restrict Air Space at Torry Island Bridge, Okeechobee Waterway Statute Mile 60


      This low hanging cable on Lake Okeechobee Route 2 was last reported in December of 2017, see Low Cable Restricting Air Space and, as Sue Ward sadly confirms, nothing has been done to remedy the situation. High-masted vessels are encouraged to use Route 1

      Sad to report that the low line across the waterway has still not been lifted from around 30 odd feet. This blocks access to all cruising yachts trying to follow the Rim route across Florida. Its nearly 12 months since this route was blocked. Some friends who had not been south for a couple of years, found out the hard way yesterday and had to back track back north to Port Mayaca then cross the lake to Clewiston.
      Sue Ward

      11/26 Good afternoon Larry and Sue,
      I was able to get a status-
      The lines will be raised when ATT relocates its lines. We expect this work to start in December. FPL must do work first, and they have already dropped off their poles, so we expect this to move forward in the near future.
      Thanks for checking in with us!
      Wishing you both Happy Holidays-
      Erica
      Public Affairs Specialist
      Corporate Communications Office
      U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District

      Click Here To View the Okeechobee Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory Listing For Torry Island Bridge

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Torry Island Bridge

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