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Archive For: EASTERN FLORIDA – All Cruising News

  • Announcement: All Eastern Florida Cruising News

    PLEASE CAREFULLY READ OUR DISCLAIMER!

    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!

    Yellow Background Denotes Navigation Alert Postings

    Light Blue Background Denotes Postings Concerned with “AICW Problem Stretches”
  • FWC: Derelict Vessel Removal Grants Available


    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is announcing the opportunity to apply for Derelict Vessel Removal Grants. The application period for the Bulk Derelict Vessel Removal Grant Program will begin on January 8, 2018 at 8:00 AM (EST), and end on February 21, 2018 at 5:00 PM (EST).
    READ MORE!

    Applications received after February 21, 2018, will not be eligible for consideration in round one, but may be considered for a potential subsequent round, if funding remains available. All removal applications must demonstrate proof that due process was provided for each vessel’s owner. At a minimum, this would include an opportunity for the vessel owner to challenge the derelict vessel determination, either in criminal court or in an administrative hearing. Vessel cases not demonstrating that these opportunities have been offered to the owners of the vessels will not be considered for state funding assistance. Should funding be available for a second or subsequent rounds of applications, new announcements will be made. The grant guidelines and application form may be downloaded at: http://www.MyFWC.com/DVGrant.

    You may also receive the guidelines and application by contacting Phil Horning at (850) 617-9540 or email DVGrant@MyFWC.com.

    Applications that meet the requirements for the Rapid Removal Grant Program may be submitted at any time after the opportunity announcement start date, but no later than November 31, 2018 at 5:00pm (EST) (based on available funding). Rapid removal cases must also meet due process requirements. Total funding allocated for derelict vessel removal for fiscal year 2017/18 is $488,550. Applications may be mailed to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Boating and Waterways Section, Derelict Vessel Grant Program Administrator, at 620 S. Meridian Street – Room 235, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1600 or emailed to DVGrant@MyFWC.com.

    For further information, please contact:

    Phil Horning, Derelict Vessel Program Administrator, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Division of Law Enforcement, Boating and Waterways Section, (850) 617-9540 or email Phil.Horning@MyFWC.com

  • An Invitation from Old Port Cove Marinas, North Palm Beach, AICW Statute Mile 1014


    Old Port Cove Holdings

    A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Old Port Cove is located on the western shore of the northern Lake Worth channel, near unlighted daybeacon #7. A great place to spend your winter!

    Ahoy Boaters:

    Season has returned and we are thrilled to be welcoming so many of you back to the beautiful Palm Beaches! While both Old Port Cove and North Palm Beach Marinas are very full, we may have transient dockage available from time to time. Here’s the tip: Call as close to your ETA date as possible. It is very hard for us to know when a boater who has a lease on a slip will be away, that’s the reason. READ MORE!

    With so many events and activities planned for the winter season at Sandpiper’s Cove Restaurant & Bar which is located on site at Old Port Cove Marina, we hope you will join us. In the meantime, Happy Cruising – Happy Holidays! Upcoming Events

    All the best in cruising,
    Sue Morgan, Marketing Director
    Old Port Cove Holdings, Inc.
    www.OPCH.com
    www.SANDPIPERSCOVE.com

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Old Port Cove Marina

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Old Port Cove Marina

  • Sandpiper Cove Restaurant, Old Port Cove Marinas, North Palm Beach, AICW Statute Mile 1014


    Old Port Cove Holdings

    A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Old Port Cove is located on the western shore of the northern Lake Worth channel, near unlighted daybeacon #7. Looking for that special place to eat where you dock?
    Sandpiper Cove Restaurant is another great reason to visit Old Port Marinas!

    While You Were Sleeping, Our New Menu Rolled Out!
    Sandpiper Cove Restaurant

    CLICK HERE FOR SANDPIPER’S COVE’S NEW MENU!

    OLD PORT COVE HOLDINGS, INC. MARINAS
    Sue Morgan, Marketing and Public Relations Director
    www.OPCH.com
    www.SANDPIPERSCOVE.com

    “Land was created to provide a place for boats to visit.” B. Atkinson  <“))))><(

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Old Port Cove Marina

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Old Port Cove Marina

  • New “Employees” at Fort Pierce City Marina, AICW Statute Mile 966.5

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

    Fort Pierce City Marina, a CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is located west of the Waterway, just south of the Fort Pierce high-rise bridge, and well north of unlighted daybeacon #188.

    Anne Maurer
    Fort Pierce City Marina
    772-464-1245
    amaurer@city-ftpierce.com
    fortpiercecitymarina.com

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Fort Pierce City Marina

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Fort Pierce City Marina

  • 2017 Christmas Boat Parades on the Treasure Coast, 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 of events of interest to boaters.

     
     
     
     
     

     

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Intersection of AICW/Okeechobee Waterway

  • New Marina Building, Marineland Marina, 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.

    Good reports keep pouring in for CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Marineland Marina which lies south – southeast of AICW marker #87, along the Waterway’s eastern shore. New Bellingham concrete floating docks and a new support building for a very attractive facility!

     

    November 2017

    New Marina Building with Restrooms and Laundry now open to support the new floating docks!

    CLICK HERE FOR TEXT AND PHOTOS

    Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Marineland Marina

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

  • Question Regarding Composting Toilets in Florida

    If you are familiar with Florida law related to composting toilets, let us hear from you.

    Hi, I am wondering how the pump out log requirements for some marinas in Florida (e.g. Dinner Key Marina) would apply to a composting toilet? Presently I use a Nature’s Head composting toilet, and there is only one toilet on the boat.
    Thanks for your help, Kevin Boothby

  • Seven Seas Cruising Association Gam, Nov 10-12, 2017, Melbourne, FL

    The Seven Seas Cruising Association has long been a strong advocate for boaters’ rights, especially the right to anchor without undue restrictions.


    On November 10-12 SSCA will host a Gam in Melbourne, Florida. Way back when whalers sailed the seas, they would sometimes meet in the “middle” of a distant ocean. If the weather allowed, sails would be furled allowing the ships to drift within hailing distance. Those on the outgoing vessel would shout news of friends and family back in New England as well as send news to those back home. That was a Gam. READ MORE!

    For many years SSCA has called their meet-ups Gams and a number are held along the East Coast each summer and fall. The largest of these is the Melbourne Gam coming up in just a few weeks. A Gam is the perfect way to learn more about SSCA and to meet fellow cruisers, both first timers and those with years of experience. Non-members are welcome. In fact this is where folks can ask questions, learn, and discover whether the cruising lifestyle may be right for them.
    Here’s a link to the events for the Melbourne Gam.
    https://www.ssca.org/media/attachments/Melbourne_Schedule_1.pdf
    And here’s a link for registration. https://www.ssca.org/#/melbournegam/ (Remember, members will need to sign in to the website to get member pricing.
    We welcome you and your friends to the Melbourne Gam. It’s a great opportunity and a great start to your next cruise—whether that next one is your first or your twenty-first.
    Those going by boat can anchor in Melbourne and take the dinghy to the Gam. See you there!
    The anchorage is on the north side of the bridge, west side of ICW, off the restaurant Squid Lips. The dock is right by Squid Lips. The Eau Gallie Library is right next door where the Thurs. Going South gathering is and then everyone goes to Squid Lips right on the water.
    Thank you,
    Barb
    904-814-9930


  • 3-Hour Closure, 7:30-10:30 AM, Bridge of Lions, Nov 12, 2017, St. Augustine, FL, AICW Statute Mile 778


    Our thanks to Barbara Hart for this notice on the Bridge of Lions. As most boaters know, the Bridge of Lions has been the topic of much community dissent over its opening schedule, see /167541.

    For those arriving in St. Augustine Sunday morning, Nov 12, the Bridge of Lions will be closed 7:30 AM-10:30 AM for a road race.
    Barbara Hart
    Cruiser in St. Augustine

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Bridge Directory Listing For Bridge of Lions

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

  • Healy Report: St. Augustine Marker R60, AICW Statute Mile 776


    The Marker R60 to which Jim refers is just west of the St. Augustine Inlet proper. Our continued thanks to Peg and Jim Healy for sharing their observations and advice. The Healys are dating themselves and showing their sense of humor with the reference to Will Robinson.

    ALERT, Will Robinson! ALERT!
    At St. Augustine – Experienced cruisers know that southbound approaching St. Augustine, the ICW hugs the barrier island to the east, and takes a hard STBD at floating R”60.” READ MORE!

    Well folks, EITHER R’60” has been relocated and I missed the announcement OR R”60″ is way off station. In any case, R”60″ is not where it’s always been. I don’t know if the shoal that it formerly guarded is there or not. People laugh at me for the detail of my routes. But today, I was very glad my boat knew where it was supposed to turn. R”60″ is MISSING IN ACTION.

    Peg and Jim Healy aboard Sanctuary, currently at Rock Creek, Pasadena, MD
    http://gilwellbear.wordpress.com
    Monk 36 Hull #132
    MMSI #367042570
    AGLCA #3767
    MTOA #3436

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of St. Augustine Inlet

  • Healy Report: Pay Attention!

    Experienced cruisers, Jim and Peg Healy, have been generously sharing their observations and advice as they make their way south for the winter. The photos below attest to the healy’s advice to pay attention! Thank you Jim and Peg!

    PAY ATTENTION TO THE WATERWAY. Here are two interesting pictures. READ MORE!

    First, DSCN8150 shows a sunken boat IN THE CHANNEL AT FERNANDINA BEACH.

    Second, DSCN8155 shows what can happen when you mistake a Range Marker for a Red lateral on a falling tide.

    It was an interesting day.
    Peg and Jim Healy aboard Sanctuary, currently at Rock Creek, Pasadena, MD
    http://gilwellbear.wordpress.com
    Monk 36 Hull #132
    MMSI #367042570
    AGLCA #3767
    MTOA #3436
  • Healy Report: South Amelia River, Fernandina, FL, AICW Statute Mile 717


    The Waterway’s channel through the bend in the Amelia River described by Jim and Peg Healy has long been a source of shoaling and channel shifting. The good news is that, as this post is being written, dredging should be underway to realign this pesky channel, see this week’s Local Notice

    Sanctuary and crew departed Brunswick, GA, southbound, at 08h40 on 11/1/2017. The weather was clear, winds light and variable, seas flat, low humidity. A great welcome to Florida in November!

    Fernandina Beach, FL at the South Amelia River – We transited that area at 13h30, just a few minutes off low tide. READ MORE!

    The tide station at Fernandina Beach, Amelia River, Florida reported +0.4 ft. On the route we followed, we saw one sandpile at 7.8 ft, with the majority of the area at 8.5 ft. The control depth on the route we followed is 7.8-0.4=7.4 ft at MLLW. Not bad. Screen shot attached. Our route is in black. Our actual track is the blue highlighted line. The route recommended by Bb Sherer (Bob423) is shown in lime. Screen shot “Fernandina” shows that area, attached.

    Peg and Jim Healy aboard Sanctuary, currently at Rock Creek, Pasadena, MD
    http://gilwellbear.wordpress.com
    Monk 36 Hull #132
    MMSI #367042570
    AGLCA #3767
    MTOA #3436

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Amelia River

  • LNM: Welcome Dredging Underway South of Fernandina Beach, AICW Statute Miles 717 – 720


    This dredging is good news for boaters, because it realigns the Waterway channel south of Fernandina Beach from Daybeacon 14 south to below Daybeacon 2. The bend in the river in this area has long been a source of shoaling and channel shifting. See /154124 for past efforts to deal with the area. Our thanks to Darrell Stewart of Southwind Construction for supplying the aerial photos of the dredge area below and for managing this dredge project.

    FLORIDA – AICW – FLORIDA – ST SIMONS SOUND – TOLOMATO RIVER – AMELIA RIVER – FERNANDINA BEACH: Hydraulic
    Dredging / Upland Placement Disposal

    Southwind Construction will commence dredge operations approximately October 31, 2017 until approximately December 1, 2017 in the AICW Nassau County, Florida, Cuts B, C, N-FHP-1 and N-FHP-2 with fill placement to F.I.N.D. Upland Disposal Area DMMA NA-1. Dredging area is in the vicinity of Amelia River Daybeacon 14 (LLNR 7095/37975) to approximately Fernandina Beach Daybeacon 2 (LLNR 37987). Submerged and floating pipeline will be associated with the dredge operation. READ MORE!

    Submerged pipeline will be positioned from the active dredging area traversing southerly along the east shoreline of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway to F.I.N.D. Upland Dredge Material Management Area NA-1. Mariners are urged to transit at the slowest safe speed to minimize wake, and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. Dredge WILKO, workboats: PROUD MARY and MISS LEANNE will monitor VFH-FM channels 13 & 16 working channel 78. Operations will be 24/7. POC’s for the project are David Lynn and Jim Barton at: (812) 867-7220. See enclosure section for aerial image showing the approximate dredging area (green line) and pipeline routing (yellow line) to the Upland Disposal Area.



    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Dredging

  • Florida Manatee Migration Underway: Keep a Sharp Lookout!


    Florida manatees on the move, public stewardship on the water makes a difference.

    People who remember in November to watch out for manatees as they begin migrating to warmer waters are making a difference in the species’ survival. READ MORE!

    Florida is home to more than 6,600 manatees. With the arrival of Manatee Awareness Month, people again are slowing down and looking out for these large aquatic mammals in waterways throughout the state.

    Many seasonal manatee protection zones go into effect Nov. 15. Though some signs identifying manatee zones may have been damaged by Hurricane Irma, information on manatee zone locations is also available online. If you see damaged waterway signs, report them at MyFWC.com/Boating by clicking on “Waterway Management,” “Waterway Markers” and then “Damaged/Missing Waterway Markers.”

    Earlier this year, the Florida manatee was reclassified from endangered to a threatened status, under the federal Endangered Species Act, in a decision announced by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. While this is a notable step, there is still work to be done to ensure continued progress toward recovery of our official state marine mammal.

    “People’s efforts to help Florida manatees are working. Let’s celebrate the fact that conservation actions are making a difference and manatees are no longer endangered by thanking all the individuals and organizations that contributed to this milestone,” said Carol Knox, who leads the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Imperiled Species Management Section.

    “It’s important though to remain vigilant,” Knox said. “Let’s keep up the efforts that are helping with manatee recovery.”

    How can people keep making a difference for manatees?
    Watch for these large aquatic mammals as they search for warmer waters to help them survive winter’s cold, which they generally find in freshwater springs and the outflow of power plants.
    Wear polarized sunglasses to spot them moving, grazing and resting in the water. Keep a lookout for the circular “footprints” they leave on the surface of the water.
    Slow down when boating and follow posted manatee zones.
    Observe manatees from a distance to limit disturbance.
    Report injured, entangled, orphaned or dead manatees to the FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline: 888-404-FWCC (3922), #FWC or *FWC on your cellphone or text Tip@MyFWC.com.
    Continue to support the manatee decal and license plate, and tell everyone how the decal and license plate support the FWC’s manatee conservation efforts.
    Want to see a manatee? Go to MyFWC.com/Manatee and click on the link in the “Where Can I See Manatees?” box.

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