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      Below, you will discover our COMPLETE listing of Eastern Florida cruising news/postings from fellow cruisers, arranged in chronological order, based on publication date. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO NARROW YOUR SELECTION of EF cruising news to those messages which pertain to a specific geographic sub-region, locate the RED, vertically stacked menu, on the right side of this, and all Cruisers’ Net pages. Click on “Eastern Florida.” A drop down menu will appear, with a blue background, Now, click on “EF Regional Cruising News.” A sub-drop-down menu will now appear, listing 12 Eastern Florida geographic sub-regions. Select your waters of interest, and after clicking on your choice, a list of messages will appear, confined to the sub-region you have picked!

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    • MIATC – 2019 Lionfish Social TOMORROW, May 23, Stuart, FL


      Martin County Florida
      Vero Beach Marina
       Fort Pierce City Marina 1 Avenue A, Ft. Pierce, FL 34950 Toll Free (800) 619-1780 (772) 464-1245 Facsimile (772) 464-2589

      At the intersection of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway and the Okeechobee Waterway, Martin County, A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, is a hub of boating activity and events of interest to boaters.

       
       
      MIATC – Lionfish Social
      When
      Thursday, May 23, 2019
      5:30PM to 7:30 PM EDT
       
      Where

      Pirates Cove
      4307 SE Bayview St

      Stuart, FL 34997 

      Learn about Lionfish
      Guest speaker on Lionfish Invasion Jessica Garland, from Martin County Coastal Engineering will be joining us.
       
      Lionfish Tasting
      Networking
      Get Important Association Information
        Appetizers and Cash Bar will be available.
      Register Now!
       
       

       

      MIATC, PO Box 1639, Stuart, FL 34997
       
       

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    • Boatlines May 7 from Marine Industries of the Treasure Coast, Martin County, FL


      Martin County Florida
      Vero Beach Marina
       Fort Pierce City Marina 1 Avenue A, Ft. Pierce, FL 34950 Toll Free (800) 619-1780 (772) 464-1245 Facsimile (772) 464-2589

      At the intersection of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway and the Okeechobee Waterway, Martin County, A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, is a hub of boating activity and events of interest to boaters.

       
       
       
       
       
      Interested in being featured in the 2019 Marine Business Guide?
       
      Well, Now is your chance!
       
      We are still accepting artwork to put in our marine business guide
      The Deadline to submit is June 3rd.
       
       
      If you have any questions please contact Michele or Kelsey at karnold.miatc.com or
      (772) 692-7599
       
       
      Lionfish Social
       
      Pirates Cove
      May 23rd 5:30-7:30
      $15 Members $20 Non-Members
      Guest speaker
       
       
       
      May Classes at Chapman School of Seamanship
       
      Career Classes:
      OUPV (Less than 100 GRT) 4/9/19 – 4/17/19 (Evening Class)
      Master/Mate (Less than 100 GRT) 4/8/19 – 4/20/19
      Upgrade from OUPV to MASTER (Less than 100 GRT) 4/18/19 – 4/20/19
      Upgrade from MASTER (Less than 100 GRT) to MASTER (Less than 200 GRT) 4/23/19 -4/26/19
      Commercial Assistance Towing 4/18/19
      MROP – Marine Radio Operator’s Permit 4/11/19
       
      Recreational Classes:
      CPC 100 Boating Essentials 4/13/19 – 4/14/19
      CPC 200 Powerboat Handling 4/6/19 – 4/7/19
      CPC 2000 Coastal Cruising 4/8/19 – 4/12/19
       
      MIATC Board of Directors
       
       President:       John Yudin of Guy Yudin & Foster
      Vice President:   Bill Biggs of Riverwatch Marina
      Secretary:       Artie Olson of Vero Marine Center
      Past President:   Mike Kiefer of Kimley-Horn & Associates
         Director:         Gail Byrd of Coastal Realty of Stuart
         Director:         Dan Dietz of Dietz Enterprises
         Director:         Gary Geurtin of Coastal Angler – Treasure Coast/Bahamas
         Director:         Eric Hruska of Hinckley Yachts   
         Director:       Mike Kiefer of Kimley-Horn & Associates
         Director:          Butch Olsen  of Pt. Salerno Commercial Fishing Dock Authority
         Director:        Debbie Skidmore of Water Pointe Realty Group
         Director:         Jim Truslow of Boat Owners Warehouse
       
      Michele Miller                                        Debbi Czerniak    
       Director of Operations                              Communications Coordinator
       mmiller.miatc@gmail.com                dczerniak.miatc@gmail.com 
       
      MIATC | PO Box 1639Stuart, FL 34997

       

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    • Atlanta Magazine: 10 Reasons You’ll Fall in Love with the Treasure Coast, Martin County, FL


      Martin County Florida
      Vero Beach Marina
       Fort Pierce City Marina 1 Avenue A, Ft. Pierce, FL 34950 Toll Free (800) 619-1780 (772) 464-1245 Facsimile (772) 464-2589

      At the intersection of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway and the Okeechobee Waterway, Martin County, A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, is a hub of boating activity and events of interest to boaters.

      10 Reasons You’ll Fall In Love With The Treasure Coast
      Atlanta Magazine

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    • Shands Bridge, St. Johns River, Green Cove Springs, FL


      For our tall-masted friends thinking of exploring the upper St. Johns River, Bruce Phaup kindly reminds us that the Shands Bridge with a fixed vertical clearance of 45ft connects Red Bay and Smith Points just south of Green Cove Springs. Funds have been approved for the replacement of Shands Bridge by the Florida Legislature, see links below. The bridge portion of the project is scheduled for completion in 2030.

      The Shands Bridge, just south of Green Cove Springs, has a clearance of 45 feet. The Shands Bridge is the controlling height for the entire navigable extent of the St. John’s River, extending south to Sanford, Florida.
      Bruce Phaup

      Current Shands Bridge

      Click here for Renderings of the new Shands Bridge

      Click here for State funds $763M to replace Shands Bridge, extend beltway

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    • Anchorage Harassment: A Cruiser Responds


      Recent reports of cruisers being harassed by law enforcement in Florida anchorages prompted experienced cruiser Wally Moran to begin a campaign against illegal infringement of boaters’ rights. See Anchorage Harassment. Jeffrey Moran (no relation to Wally) is the first to respond to our call for details.

      A friend forwarded me your call on Cruisers Net for examples of recent harassment for anchoring by local Florida officials. I was subject to such harassment recently, as recounted in the attached PDF file. The experience has cost me money (unplanned marina fees) and left me reluctant to return to North Palm Beach where the incident occurred, or even to cruise Florida waters at all. I hope you (and Wally Moran – no relation as far as I know) are successful in your efforts to address this harassment by local authorities.
      Kind regards,
      Jeffrey Moran
      “Sail La Vie”

      May 6, 2019
      To whom it may concern,
      There is a large anchorage in North Palm Beach, Florida, close to Old Port Cove Marina (OPCM) and not too far from Parker Bridge – but more than ½ mile from the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) – that is popular with snowbirds like me, who travel up and down the ICW following the seasons. Because it is not too far from the Lake Worth Inlet, this anchorage is also popular with boaters who are staging to cross over the Gulf Stream to the Bahamas. The anchorage is so large (it is over 1/3 mile wide) that there is space to safely accommodate scores of boats. Adding to the anchorage’s popularity, a nearby dinghy landing gives access to grocery stores, restaurants, pharmacies, marine supply stores, and many other services a boater might need.

      While I sometimes stay in the nearby OPCM, I also like to stay in this anchorage as well. While I was anchored there in April, taking care of some local business (see below) and getting ready to head north for the season, a Sherriff’s patrol boat came alongside my boat – which is clean and well maintained – and the Deputy piloting the patrol boat informed me that anchoring was not permitted in this area and he then issued me a warning citation for “Interference with Navigation”. (I was lucky to get just a warning; the Deputy had the option of ticketing me.)

      The Sherriff’s patrol boat then visited every other boat in the anchorage to inform their owners and crew that they were interfering with navigation and that they needed to leave. The Deputy told me that he comes through the anchorage once a week; there is also a report on Active Captain from another boater last February of the Sheriff doing the exact same thing – so policing this anchorage is a committed, long term effort on the part of the Sherriff’s department.
      When I received my warning, I was safely anchored well outside of any marked channels and over half a mile from the ICW; some of the boaters visited by the Sheriff on the day I received my warning were even farther away.
      Boats navigating through this anchorage or to the marinas nearby are not impeded by the boats anchored here; navigation is so easy that high speed boats sometimes blast through the anchorage on weekends towing children on inner tubes. No reasonable person could conclude that there is any interference with navigation resulting from the boats anchored here. This anchorage has been used – and used safely, in all sorts of weather – by thousands of visiting boats for many years. It would not be an exaggeration to say that if anchoring here interferes with navigation then it would not be possible to anchor anywhere in the United States without interfering with navigation. My surmise is that “interference with navigation” is merely a pretext for clearing all the boats from the anchorage.
      Although I am a snowbird and I travel the US east coast in my boat, I am a Florida resident and I consider the Lake Worth area to be my “home base”. After I retired, I moved my bank here, my doctors here, and my lawyer here. I have spent many tens of thousands of dollars on goods and services in this area just over the last two years (and paid taxes on these transactions). Although this interaction with the Sherriff’s department has made to feel like riffraff, I’m a responsible person who continues to make a contribution to society and to this local community, even when that contribution is merely financial. Here, for example, is a rundown of what I’ve contributed to the local economy just since I dropped my anchor here in April:
      • The day before I received the warning, I ordered a new ultralight dinghy and outboard from Nautical Ventures in North Palm Beach for almost $5,000.
      • I ordered a new life raft from Inflatables International in Riviera Beach for about $5,000.
      • I spent several hundred dollars at the local West Marine in North Palm Beach.
      • I spent several hundred dollars at local grocery stores, pharmacies, and restaurants and other local businesses.
      • I paid for visits to my physicians at Mt. Sinai Heart and Jupiter Internal Medicine, both in Jupiter, as well as for labs at Quest Labs in Palm Beach Gardens (total value well over $1,000).
      Because I had doctor’s appointments to keep and also needed to wait for the delivery of my dinghy and life raft, when the Sherriff’s Deputy told to move out of the anchorage I really couldn’t just leave. As a consequence, I relocated to OPCM. While this is a nice marina and I do stay here sometimes, I hadn’t planned to stay there for more than a few days on this trip to do laundry and a few boat maintenance tasks. But I’ve had to stay at OPCM for several weeks in order to keep my appointments and to receive my orders, a stay that has cost me several thousand dollars I shouldn’t have had to spend. (In fact, I had planned to spend that money at the nearby Premier Dentistry in North Palm Beach to have some crowns put on – but that won’t be happening now.)
      The way things stand now, I don’t consider the area around this anchorage as welcoming to snowbirds like me or to those heading to the Bahamas who wish to anchor rather than to stay in a marina for the duration of every visit. I’m disheartened by all this and I’m pessimistic that my small voice will be able to change any of the minds that matter regarding current policy for this anchorage. So unless I hear that things have changed, I guess I’ll just “move along” as the local authorities seem to desire; but when I do I’ll relocate my essential services (banking, medical, and legal) someplace more accommodating, and I won’t stop here again or spend any more money here during my seasonal migrations. I know from my travels that there are other, friendlier places to visit and to spend money.
      Kind regards,
      Jeffrey Moran
      “Sail La Vie”

      Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers Net Anchorage Directory Listing For North Palm Beach – Lake Worth Anchorage

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      Comments from Cruisers (1)

      1. David Johnston -  May 8, 2019 - 7:37 am

        Unfortunately, to fight this, someone is going have to do what Dave Dumas did in Marco Island many years ago. Get prepared with a lawyer and then defy the order to move, get ticketed and go to court fully prepared. Once the city/county is shown to be in violation of the state law, only then will this stop. At least in that jurisdiction.

        Also, to the cruiser who reported this story, be sure to write letters to those companies you spent the money with and explain why you won't be returning.

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    • Sea Turtle Season is Here! Marine Industries of the Treasure Coast, Martin County, FL


      Martin County Florida
      Vero Beach Marina
       Fort Pierce City Marina 1 Avenue A, Ft. Pierce, FL 34950 Toll Free (800) 619-1780 (772) 464-1245 Facsimile (772) 464-2589

      At the intersection of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway and the Okeechobee Waterway, Martin County, A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, is a hub of boating activity and events of interest to boaters.

      May 2019
      Registration is now open for Hobe Sound Nature Center’s famous turtle walks! These popular Sea Turtle Nesting Walks are offered on Thursday and Friday nights from May 23 to July 26. Numbers are limited to 30 people per walk and spots fill up very quickly – so make your reservations early!
      Roadtrippers, travel experts and beloved brand, recently stopped by Martin County for a trip full of fun in the sun. Click the link above to find out why Roadtrippers thinks Martin County can help you find your sense of adventure! 
      Have you ever strolled under the banyan trees on Bridge Road in Hobe Sound? If you answered “no,” then plan a trip STAT! If you answered “yes,” then plan a return trip! This stunning sight will make you feel as though you’re walking through a Floridian fairytale.
       
      Whether you seek tranquility or exploration, discover your Martin County match in the myriad of adventures that await you at this beautiful destination.

      For more beautiful Martin County photography, follow us on Instagram. Share your photos with #DiscoverMartin and #ProtectOurParadise for the chance to be featured in our new eNewsletter.

       
       
      Martin County BOCC, 2401 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, FL 34996

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    • LNM: AICW Light 4 Destroyed, Ponce de Leon Cut, FL Statute Mile 840


      This destroyed ICW light is on the west shoulder of the Waterway at the northern entrance to Ponce de Leon Cut.

      FLORIDA – AICW – TOLOMATO RIVER – PALM SHORES – PONCE DE LEON CUT: Hazard to Navigation
      Ponce De Leon Cut Light 4 (LLNR 40525) is destroyed. Wreckage is marked with a TRLB displaying FL R 4s characteristics. Chart 11485 LNM 18/19

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    • May Newsletter from Marineland Marina, Marineland, FL, AICW Statute Mile 796


       The Town of Marineland has opened its ports with a brand new marina facility creating a destination for boaters on the Intracoastal Waterway between Daytona Beach and St. Augustine, FL.

      Marineland is home to Marineland Marina, A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, with many recent facility upgrades and consistently good words from cruisers. See FOCUS ON Marineland Marina for more on this fine facility.

      Click here for What’s new at the Town of Marineland Marina?

       

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    • Turn Out the Lights, It’s Nesting Season for Florida Sea Turtles

      May marks the beginning of sea turtle nesting season on many of Florida’s sandy beaches.

       

      Turn out the lights, it’s nesting season for Florida sea turtles

      May marks the beginning of sea turtle nesting season on many of Florida’s sandy beaches. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is asking beachfront property owners and beach visitors to help nesting turtles and hatchlings by turning off or shielding lights that are visible from the beach at night.

       “Making an effort to keep our beaches dark at night is one of the most important things you can do to help sea turtles.” said Robbin Trindell, head of the FWC sea turtle management program. “Even small artificial lights from a house, a flashlight or a cellphone camera can confuse female sea turtles and their hatchlings and cause them to wander off course.”

      Sea turtle nesting is starting now on beaches along the Gulf coast, including the Florida Panhandle, as well as the state’s northeast Atlantic coast and from Miami-Dade County south to the Keys. Nesting began earlier in March along Florida’s southeast Atlantic coast from Brevard County south to Broward County.

      Florida is a critically important destination for nesting sea turtles. More loggerhead turtles nest here than anywhere else in the continental United States, with 91,451 loggerhead nests counted statewide during the 2018 nesting season. Leatherback and green sea turtles also nest in significant numbers in Florida.

      What are the basics of being sea turtle-friendly?

      • It’s a sea turtle night, turn off the light – After sundown, turn off any lights not necessary for human safety. Use long wavelength amber LED lamps for lights that must stay lit and shield lights so they are not visible from the beach. Remember to close shades or curtains.
      • Sea turtles get lost in the light – On the beach at night, don’t take flash photos or use bright cellphones or flashlights.
      • Sea turtles are protected and must be respected – Stay back and give sea turtles space if you see one on the beach at night. Don’t touch a nesting turtle because it may leave the beach without nesting if disturbed. Remember, it is illegal to harm or disturb nesting sea turtles, their nests, eggs or hatchlings.
      • Clear the way at the end of the day – Beach furniture, canopies, boats and toys left behind on the sand can become obstacles that block nesting and hatchling turtles. Fill in any holes dug in the sand.
      • Keep your distance from nests and hatchlings – Do not handle hatchlings crawling toward the water. Any interference or disturbance by people, such as getting too close or taking flash photos, increases the chances the hatchlings will get confused, go in the wrong direction and not reach the ocean quickly. That makes them vulnerable to dehydration, exhaustion and predators. As with all wildlife, watching from a distance is best.

      Buildings and other structures along the beach that need lights for human safety can be lit with long wavelength amber LED bulbs in a downward-directed, well-shielded fixture that is not visible from the beach. The FWC tests lights submitted by manufacturers to see if they meet our “Keep it long (wavelength), Keep it low (lumens and mounting height) and Keep it shielded” requirement. Approved fixtures are less likely to impact nesting or hatchling sea turtles. The agency maintains a list of these certified wildlife-friendly fixtures so property owners along Florida’s coastlines can easily find options that work for human and sea turtle safety. The list is available at MyFWC.com/Conservation by clicking on “How You Can Conserve,” “Wildlife Lighting” and then “Certified.”

      The FWC works to conserve Florida sea turtles, including coordinating nesting beach survey programs around the state. People can help by reporting sick, injured, entangled or dead sea turtles to the FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline: 1-888-404-3922, #FWC or *FWC on a cellphone or text Tip@MyFWC.com.

       Learn more about Florida’s sea turtles at MyFWC.com/SeaTurtle.

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    • NO WAKE Reminders Needed at Linton Blvd Bridge, Delray Beach, FL AICW Statute Mile 1041


      Lenny and Meryll’s frustration really isn’t with faded NO WAKE signs, but with the fact that too many boaters are not being good neighbors in this very crowded area though downtown Delray Beach. So…SLOW DOWN! With a closed vertical clearance of 27 ft, Linton Blvd bascule bridge crosses the Waterway at Statute Mile 1041.

      The NO WAKE signs on the Intracoastal North of the Linton Blvd bridge in Delray Beach are faded and mostly ineffective. There is only one and it can barely be seen. Would you know who I could contact about this?
      Thanks SO much!!
      Lenny and Meryll

      Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers Net Bridge Directory Listing For Linton Blvd

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      1. Jake Blindog -  April 26, 2019 - 8:54 am

        Ridiculous … even big yachts will occasionally plow right by marina areas … they all know better!! Need signs between Linton and Atlantic Ave bridges.

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    • Praise for Palm Coast Marina, FL AICW Statute Mile 803


      Palm Coast Marina – New Fuel Station! Diesel at transient slips, Gas & Diesel available.

      Palm Coast Marina, one of our newest CRUISERS NET SPONSORS, is located just west of the Intracoastal Waterway at Statute Mile 803 between St. Augustine and Daytona Beach. Our thanks to David Grimes for these kind words.

      Kudos to Chris and staff. Great dockside help with lines. Protected setting immediately adjacent to ICW. Little current and only 1.5 foot tidal range. 120 V shore power, unlike some other local marinas with <100 V. Excellent dockage rates as well. David GrimesClick Here To View the Cruisers Net Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Palm Coast Marina

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    • Tom Hale Comments on Confusing Area South of Fernandina Beach, FL AICW Statute Mile 719.5

      Our thanks to Tom Hale for his insight on this troublesome area south of Fernandina. See NAV ALERT of April 14th.

      For some reason the section between STM 717 and STM 719 is confusing to some. It needn’t be.
      Northbound after exiting Kinglsey creek you are in the Amelia River. Stay to the east side past R2. The charts show the deepest water on the lower east side. I have used the upper west side at the G2 bend of the river for about 5 years, as the water is deeper along the western shore The eastern channel has at least 8 feet of water at MLLW. The western channel has 12+ at MLLW . This is one place you do not want to follow the NOAA magenta line. It takes you right across the shoal in the middle of the river. At the northern end of either channel you will turn sharply to the east. At this point there are two green ATONs G1 and G1A. As of t4/15/2019, up to date NOAA chart show both G1 and G1A, a steel pole driven firmly into the river bottom with green day boards. As you turn the corner you must follow the south bank of the river. Stay away from R18,16 and 14 as they are marking a shoal. Both the sonar charts and USACE surveys show this south side of the river as the preferred route. Stay along the shore until you are past the paper mill. Then head towards Fernandina Beach Marina.

      Southbound is equally simple. Pass Fernandina Beach Marina and then hug the east and south shores past the paper mill. Head west past G1 and G1A to the western side of the river and turn south along the western shore. The attached Sonar Charts give a clear picture of the route. The USACE survey only covers the section north of G1.

      Tom Hale

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    • NAV ALERT: Shoaling/Buoy Confusion Reported South of Fernandina, FL AICW Statute Mile 719.5


      Reports of shoaling south of Fernandina Beach have been coming in for several years prompting numerous comments. Shoaling with a shifting channel and the resulting USCG relocation of ATONS leads to frequent confusion, even among local boaters. The troublesome area lies c. two miles south of Fernandina Beach harbor just north of the Waterway’s turn into Kingsley Creek. See Update on ATONs from 2018. Our thanks to Larry Shick for this Alert.

      The local TowBoat/US operator was doing a land-office business today pulling boats (including us) off the sandbars of the Amelia River south of Fernandina. The current NOAA S57 charts show markers (south to north) 1B, 1A, and 1. 1B is waaay off to the west. The advice from the local TowBoat/US operator for northbound boats is to favor the east side of the channel, ignore 1B, then pass 1A and 1 within about a boat length, leaving them to starboard as you would any northbound green, and then you’re good to go up the river from there. We got some misleading?/confusing?/incomplete? “local knowledge” which told us to pass northbound close to marker 1, with no mention of 1A, and we wound up on the putty as a result at near low tide.
      Larry Shick

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      1. Mike Cam -  April 19, 2019 - 2:34 pm

        The Schick comments are accurate in my opinion. This year northbound I called the TowBOAT/US operator ahead of time. He had towed me off at low water the two previous years. Stay well to the east until half way (approx) between G1B and G1A then aim to curve around 1A and 1. Then stay away from the Reds until past the mill.
        I also advise ignoring 1B. Here is an area I disagree with Bob423 although we both contribute to the same waterway publication. The comments about the tow operator are uncalled for and inaccurate.
        It's easy to mis-hear or mis-understand complicated directions while trying to visualize what you will see.

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      2. Thomas Hale -  April 17, 2019 - 3:50 pm

        For some reason the section between STM 717 and STM 719 is confusing to some. It needn’t be.
        Northbound after exiting Kinglsey creek you are in the Amelia River. Stay to the east side past R2. The charts show the deepest water on the lower east side. I have used the upper west side at the G2 bend of the river for about 5 years, as the water is deeper along the western shore The eastern channel has at least 8 feet of water at MLLW. The western channel has 12+ at MLLW . This is one place you do not want to follow the NOAA magenta line. It takes you right across the shoal in the middle of the river. At the northern end of either channel you will turn sharply to the east. At this point there are two green ATONs G1 and G1A. As of t4/15/2019, up to date NOAA chart show both G1 and G1A, a steel pole driven firmly into the river bottom with green day boards. As you turn the corner you must follow the south bank of the river. Stay away from R18,16 and 14 as they are marking a shoal. Both the sonar charts and USACE surveys show this south side of the river as the preferred route. Stay along the shore until you are past the paper mill. Then head towards Fernandina Beach Marina.

        Southbound is equally simple. Pass Fernandina Beach Marina and then hug the east and south shores past the paper mill. Head west past G1 and G1A to the western side of the river and turn south along the western shore. The attached Sonar Charts give a clear picture of the route. The USACE survey only covers the section north of G1.

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      3. Bob Keller -  April 14, 2019 - 9:26 pm

        Your problem is not with the markers but rather with the Tow Boat operator who provides false information. Happened to me about 1.5 years ago before the ATONs were relocated. Called him ahead of time and he told me to stay to the east near marker 1 and we did and hit bottom. Did not get stuck but learned afterward that you actually have to stay to the west. Follow bob423 route and do not call the local Tow Boat operator!

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    • LNM: Midge Barge, Lake Monroe, St Johns River, upstream of Jacksonville, FL


      A midge is a blind mosquito and cruisers anchoring in the area will be grateful. Another midge barge was successfully anchored here last Fall, but if you find yourself cruising the St Johns after dark (definitely not a good idea), this would be startling to encounter.

      FLORIDA – ST. JOHNS RIVER – LAKE MONROE – STONE ISLAND: Midge Barge
      Volusia County Mosquito Control has a barge located located approximately 300ft off Stone Island in Lake Monroe Florida, in approximate position 28-50.59N, 81-14.51W (28°50.5900N / 081°14.5100W, 28.843167 / -81.241833) . The barge lies in about two feet of water and is in an idle zone. The barge lighting is a center mast mooring light with two barricade style flashing lights at the front and back of the center mast. The barge is a decoy lighting source to keep midges (blind mosquitoes) away from residences on the shoreline, in addition from 7:00pm to 3:00am there are also four solar powered LED lights shining on 4×8 panels. For further information, contact William Greening at (386) 663-5466. Chart 11495 LNM 15/19

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      1. Ron Widman -  April 10, 2019 - 7:25 pm

        If you keep your anchor light on in central Florida, you will soon learn about midges (blind mosquitos). And the leave a green stain on your boat that no chemicals will erase. It will eventually fade away on its own.

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        • Ron Widman -  April 10, 2019 - 8:16 pm

          Cruisers’ Net They don’t bite but they are juicy and if you squash them it makes a stain.

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        • Cruisers' Net -  April 10, 2019 - 9:38 pm

          I will take your word for it. Too many summer nights in Minnesota in my earlier days and those night hawks would eat you alive….

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        • Ron Widman -  April 11, 2019 - 8:20 am

          When we take up boating we leave our sealed up airconditioned life behind.

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    • LNM: ICW Dredging to Begin, Delray Beach and near Hillsboro Inlet, FL Statute Miles 1045 and 1054


      These Waterway dredging projects are scheduled to continue until July of this year. Caution in the narrow channels will be required.

      FLORIDA – AICW – WEST PALM BEACH TO MIAMI – LAKE WORTH SOUTH AND HILLSBORO RIVER: Maintenance Dredging Palm Beach and Broward Counties.
      Cavache Inc. will commence dredge operations in the AICW in two locations approximately 16 miles apart. The first operation will be in Palm Beach County, Delray Beach located adjacent to DMAA MSA-641A and the second, in Broward County, at the confluence of the AIWW and the Hillsboro Inlet channel. Mobilization of equipment, pipeline set up and dredging expected to begin in late April. Project completion expected no later than July 2019.

      The dredge MAYA CAELYN will be disposing of the material via floating, submerged and landward pipelines at the DMMA MSA-641A Delray Beach off the ACWW. There will be portions of the pipeline closest to the dredge that will remain floating and marked with flashing lights at night. The remaining pipeline will run on the shoreline or sunk to allow boating traffic to have access to the channels.

      Mechanical excavation and barge operations in Broward County, lies at the confluence of the AIWW and the Hillsboro Inlet channel. Barges will use the ICWW to transport the dredged spoil to the Delray Beach, Palm Beach county disposal facility. Mariners are urged to stay clear of the
      barges and dredge to avoid potential interference with the pipeline and operations; and to take caution around working vessels and keep wake to a minimum. The dredge and barges will monitor VHF channels 16 and 79. For further information, contact Cavache at (954) 568-0007.

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    • Sunday Evening Docktails at Ortega Landing Marina, off the St Johns River, Jacksonville, FL


      The Marina at Ortega Landing

      Stop in and give a big Welcome to one of our newest Sponsors! Only a mile or so upstream from downtown Jacksonville, Ortega Landing Marina, now A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, is the first facility on your starboard as you enter the Ortega River from the St. Johns.

       

      Click Here To View the Cruisers Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Ortega Landing Marina

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Ortega Landing Marina

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    • LNM: 4-Hr Closures, Canaveral Lock, Mar 25-Apr 25, off AICW Statute Mile 894


      The first section of this LNM should be in your Helpful Numbers File and at your elbow when navigating the Okeechobee Waterway or the Canaveral Barge Canal. From the Atlantic, Canaveral Barge Canal, with a single 600X90ft lock, crosses Cape Canaveral and Merritt Island and intersects the Waterway at statute mile 894. Our thanks to Specialist Erica Skolte for this information.

      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 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/
      —————————————————
      Notice to Navigation: 2019-004 Canaveral Lock 4-hour Closures March 25 – April 25 2019  
      Read the NTN: www.saj.usace.army.mil/NTNCanaveral4hrClosureMar25Apr252019/
      ———————————————————————————————————————
      Notice to Navigation: 2019-004 Canaveral Lock 4-hour Closures March 25 – April 25 2019  
      NOTICE TO NAVIGATION INTERESTS

      US ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS                         LOCAL NUMBER:2019-004                      
      JACKSONVILLE DISTRICT                                      WATERWAY: CANAVERAL HARBOR                    
      ATTN: CESAJ-OD-SN                                             EFFECTIVE: 03/25/2019 00:00 thru 04/25/2019 24:00 EST 
      PO Box 4970
      JACKSONVILLE, FL 32232-0019

       POC: Gary Hipkins, South Florida Operations Office, 863-983-8101
      http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/Navigation/NoticestoNavigation.aspx 

      Canaveral Harbor Lock
      1000 Mullet Drive
       Canaveral, Florida 32920

      REFERENCE: 
       a.     33 CFR Navigation and Navigable Waters
      1. Notice to Navigation
      Notice is given that the Canaveral Lock will have scheduled 4-hour lock closures during maintenance projects starting 25 March 2019 through 25 April 2019.
      2. Restrictions
       The locking schedule is as follows: 
       Lock 06:00 to 07:00          Closure 07:00 to 11:00
      Lock 11:00 to 12:00          Closure 12:00 to 16:00
       The Lock will resume locking at 16:00 and continue until 21:30
      3.   Contact Information 
       Point of Contact is Daniel Hazebrook, lockmaster at 321-783-5421 or on marine channel 13. 

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

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    • NAV ALERT: Possible Submerged Obstruction, Vero Beach, AICW Statute Mile 951


      Our thanks to author and experienced cruiser Robert Sherer for this report from his Facebook page, Bob423. The reported obstruction appears to be near marker 136 less than a mile north of the Merrill Barber Bridge.

      AREA CRUISERS NET SPONSORING MARINA

      Click Here To View the Cruisers Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Vero Beach Municipal Marina

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Vero Beach Municipal Marina and the Vero Beach Mooring Field

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      1. Larry Shick -  March 20, 2019 - 12:48 pm

        I have an ancient (2009) copy of Skipper Bob's Anchorages Along the ICW which says (p.86):

        "Vero Beach: Caution, favor green side of channel near R128. Rock in center at 5.5' known by locals as the 'rock pile'."

        Might this be the same obstruction?

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