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    • LNM: Shoaling Reported, AICW/St Johns River Intersection, FL Statute Mile 740


      This shoaling is in south side of the AICW/St Johns River intersection. There has been much discussion recently regarding marker placement and the location of the proper channel. See AICW/St Johns River Intersection.

      FLORIDA – AICW – ST SIMONS SOUND – TOLOMATO RIVER – PABLO CREEK: Shoaling
      There is shoaling in the entrance to Pablo Creek between aids Light 5 (LLNR 38360) and Daybeacon 7 (LLNR 38370). Pablo Creek Buoy 5A has been temporarily established in position 30-22-32.052N / 081-27-22.052W (30°22.5342N / 081°27.3676W, 30.375570 / -81.456126) . Mariners are advised to exercise caution when transiting the area. Chart 11489 LNM 11/19

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      1. Bob Keller -  March 14, 2019 - 10:29 am

        I have looked at this numerous times and find this post and information very confusing.

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    • FOCUS ON 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.

       
      We are located just off the Intracoastal Waterway Mile Marker 803. Latitude 29* 34.6 N  Longitude 81* 11.58 W  

      We monitor channel 16 and our working channel is 69.
      www.PalmCoastMarina.net
      386-446-6370

      One of Florida’s newest cities (officially incorporated 1999), Palm Coast is a Florida paradise – situated on 70 miles of saltwater and freshwater canals and the Intracoastal Waterway and just minutes from pristine Atlantic Ocean beaches. Vibrant lifestyle and the natural environment go hand-in-hand here. The City offers a dozen beautiful parks, 125+ miles of connecting trails and paths for walking/bicycling, abundant fishing and boating, a year-round Running Series, and world-class tennis and golf. Lined with historic oaks, towering pines and indigenous vegetation, Palm Coast’s parks and trails showcase the splendid elegance of the native Florida landscape. Bird-watching is popular at St. Joe Walkway and Linear Park, which are designated as Great Florida Birding & Wildlife Trails, and visitors can spot dolphins and seabirds as they stroll along the Intracoastal.

      For your convenience, our marina is open for business 7 days a week, from 7:00am until 5:00pm.

      So, next time you’re on the East Coast, cruise in and experience our peaceful surroundings, frequent wildlife sightings, convenient location, & professional staff and see for yourself why Palm Coast Marina has been the destination of genuine cruisers for over
      32 YEARS!


      The Palm Coast Marina, located at the mouth of the Palm Coast saltwater canal system, has 80 slips, a ship’s store, and a brand-new fueling station. Mobile repair services and detailing are available, and there is even on-site kayak rentals and yacht brokerage!  
      Volume fuel discounts are available! We are the only fuel stop between
      St. Augustine and Daytona Beach. We offer private showers, on-site laundry, and even a boater’s lounge!
       
      Palm Coast, located in Flagler County, is an oceanfront community with a hometown feeling that respects and protects the natural environment – where the sun shines abundantly and people love to get outdoors year-round for fresh air, exercise and family fun!

      Living in a healthy environment is important to us. Since our early days, Palm Coast has been carefully designed for a healthy balance between nature and development. We value trees, waterways and beautiful, natural landscaping that give our community a “wow” factor. You’ll find native Florida foliage and colorful birds and wildlife along magnificent trails, along with pristine beaches, world-class golf and tennis and plentiful boating and fishing.

      We are conveniently located less than 40 minutes from Daytona Beach International Airport and approximately 1.5 hours from the Orlando International Airport.

      Ocean access can be had from St. Augustine (approx. 25 miles north) and Ponce Inlet (approx. 40 miles south). Access can also be made from Matanzas’s Inlet (approx. 10-15 miles north of Palm Coast) depending on boat size and tidal conditions.

      St. Augustine Inlet
      Ponce Inlet
      Matanzas Inlet

      Our marina is conveniently located within walking distance to multiple restaurants, bars, shopping, parks and even the Palm Coast Community Center, which offers (often free!) classes and events for children, teens, and adults.

      The European Village is a ten minute walk from the marina and is a one stop-destination for all things dining, lounging, shopping, and entertainment – featuring 6 restaurants, 6 shops, 5 bars, and 2 cafes! Also, you don’t want to miss your chance to stock up on fresh produce, breads, tea, honey and more at their weekly Farmer’s Market.

      Linear Park, located less than two miles from the marina, is a 57-acre property featuring many amenities for all to enjoy, including a playground, picnic pavilions, hiking and biking trails, shuffleboard, bocce ball and bird watching. The park has been designated as a Great Florida Birding Trail by the Audubon Society for its vast diversity of bird species numbering at times over 40.

      Care to play a round of golf? Palm Harbor Golf Club is located a short 1.2 miles away and offers a full service practice facility with a driving range, putting green, & chipping green complete with newly renovated bunker. The pro shop carries both men’s and women’s name brand apparel and equipment.

      Other nearby amenities include:

      ATM/Bank:offsite; 2.50 miles
      Post Office:offsite; 2.50 miles
      FedEx / UPS:offsite; 2.50 miles
      Dry Cleaner:offsite; 2.50 miles
       
      Grocery:offsite; 2.50 miles
      Restaurant:offsite; 0.25 miles
      Shopping:offsite; 2.50 miles
      Liquor store:offsite; 2.50 miles
      Pharmacy:offsite; 2.50 miles
      Marine Store:onsite
      Hardware:offsite; 3.00 miles
       
      Motel:offsite; 0.10 miles
      Airport:offsite; 30.00 miles
      Car Rental:offsite; 3.00 miles
        
       
      Hospital:offsite; 1.00 miles
      Doctor:offsite; 2.50 miles
      Dentist:offsite; 2.50 miles
      Veterinarian:offsite; 2.50 miles
       
      Beach:offsite; 3.50 miles
      Fitness Center:offsite; 2.50 miles
      Golf:offsite; 1.00 miles
      Our dock services include:

      • A brand new FULL SERVICE FUEL STATION WITH Valv-Tect DIESEL & Valv-Tect NON-ETHANOL GAS, fuel available at transient slips for added convenience
      • Pump Out
      • After Hours Docking Assistance
      • Trash pick-up and disposal
      • Dock Carts
      • Professional, on-site Marine Mechanics and Boat Detailing
      For your communication needs, we provide:

      • Free High-Speed Wi-Fi
      • On-site General Mailbox
      • Mail Pick-up
      • Mail & Package Hold
      • Phone Messages
      • Fax
      • Fedex & UPS
      Palm Coast Marina is proud to be recognized as a Clean Marina by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection!
       
       
      Copyright © 2019 Palm Coast Marina, All rights reserved. 

      Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Palm Coast Marina

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

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    • Further Discussion on AICW/St Johns River Intersection, FL Statute Mile 740


      Our thanks to Looper Dave Fuller for allowing us to share his excellent report on the AICW/St. Johns River Intersection as posted on AGLCA’s Forum.

      As others have reported, this area has been dredged and a new channel was cut for safe passage. The problem is that the old legacy markers G5, G7, and R6 are still on station and the Coast Guard has not updated their charts to show placement of the new ICW markers G7 and G5. The charts do show the new channel however.

      A survey was taken back in November 2018 that shows the shoaling area very well. See pic below labeled “1 Survey”. Note that the individual who posted the survey to the Waterway Guide Nav Alert also took a path similar to Alex, south and west of the shoaling area. Obviously you can be successful this way, but this is not the new channel. Also note in the pic that old G7 and R6 do a great job of marking the south side of shoal while G5 marks the north side of shoal. Using these old markers will guarantee a grounding.

      The new channel is EAST and North of the shoaling area. I personally have taken this route, EAST and North of the shoaling two times with no issues.

      I found a pic in the Coast Guard Notice to Mariners that shows the new route as well as the placement of the new G7 and G5 markers. See pic labeled “2 Dredged Route” I added a red circle to mark the shoaling, circled the new G7 and G5 in green, and added a magenta line on top of the dredged route.

      I also included a pic of my Navionics chart that I run on the I-Pad. Note pic “3 Navionics” it shows the new G7 and G5, well East and North of the shoaling.

      We will go thru here again in two weeks and will update if we find any new info.

      Suggestion: This is a good place to lay down a route line on your chart the night before and follow your route crumb line as you transverse the area.
      Claudia & Dave Fuller aboard Still Waters II
      1981 Viking 43′

      1. Survey

       

      2. Dredged Route

       

      3. Navionics

       

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of AICW/St. Johns Intersection

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    • FWC: Notice of Public Meetings

      Let’s hope you never find yourself in the position of having to prove your vessel seaworthy. Obviously, these “input” meetings have more to do with restricting anchoring than with derelicts. See Anchoring Legislation.

       


      Notice of Public Meeting

      The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), Division of Law Enforcement, will be holding meetings to seek the input of the public in the process of rulemaking. Per direction of the Florida Legislature, FWC will be seeking public input on developing the process that law enforcement officers use to determine that a vessel has an effective means of propulsion for safe navigation. This rule will allow a law enforcement officer to conduct an evaluation of a vessels propulsion capabilities to determine whether or not the vessel is at risk of becoming derelict. This evaluation process will be part of s 327.4107, F.S., through incorporation by rule.

      Please see the dates and times scheduled for these public meetings below:

      March 11, 2019 Pinellas County Commission Chambers 6:00pm 8:00pm 315 Court Street, Clearwater, Florida 33756

      March 12, 2019 St. Augustine City Commission Chambers 6:00pm 8:00pm 75 King Street, St. Augustine, Florida 32085

      March 14, 2019 Pensacola City Council Chambers 11:00am 1:00pm 222 W. Main Street, Pensacola, Florida 32502

      April 2, 2019 Bernstein Park Meeting Facility 6:00pm 8:00pm 6751 5th Street, Stock Island, Key West, Florida 33040

      April 3, 2019 Murray Nelson Government Center 6:00pm 8:00pm 102050 Overseas Highway, Key Largo, Florida 33037

      April 4, 2019 Palm Beach County Vista Center, Rooms E-58/E-59 6:00pm 8:00pm 2300 North Jog Road, West Palm Beach, Florida 33411

      Comments from Cruisers (1)

      1. Dave Bennett -  March 5, 2019 - 6:34 pm

        If it is a sailboat, it does not need an engine. So will they inspect the sails?

        Reply to Dave
    • Request for Information re Cruising Northern Florida in 151 foot Vessel

      Among our readers there must be several who are experienced in cruising the AICW in a vessel this size. If so, please let us hear from you. Maybe Chief Officer Perks will take you along as Pilot!

      Good morning,

      I am currently trying to find any information I can about cruising in Northern Florida. We are a 151ft vessel with a 8ft draft. We would like to cruise the Jacksonville, St Augustine and Cape Canaveral areas. Is there anyone you recommend for me to talk with about the ICW routes and Marinas that could accommodate us?

      Thanks in advance,

      Andrew Perks
      Chief Officer – Motor Yacht Time for Us

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      1. james -  March 12, 2019 - 7:59 pm

        Hope you have good anchors. Just plan on staying near the inlets, any venture up or down the ICW from Jax or St Aug would be most difficult with your draft. Plenty of dockage for you in downtown Jax on the St Johns, but watch the currents since it rips thru downtown on the outgoing tide. Call ahead in St Aug for assistance with the inlet as it shoals as fast as they move the buoys. Port Canaveral is your best shot, no current, extremely safe inlet and once into the Indian River you will have deep ICW north and south for at least 20 miles, but no marinas outside Port Canaveral that will accommodate your size (both length and mass) pushing on their docks.

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      2. Robert Russo -  March 8, 2019 - 4:56 pm

        With an 8 foot draft , parts of the ICW can only be safely run at high tide. After leaving Haulover as you arrive at Daytona, do not take any of the side channels. Just before Matanzas, make sure you hug the GREEN side of the channel. Recommend taking bridge of lions at the start of an incoming tide. You will be pushed to the west side of the bridge during transit.

        I’ve pushed 200’ barges on the route with a 7 foot draft so it’s doable with care

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    • A Big Welcome and High Praise for Ortega Landing Marina, off the St. Johns River, Jacksonville, FL


      The Marina at Ortega Landing

      Stop in and say 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.

      We’ve been to plenty of marinas in our cruising days but The Marina at Ortega Landing is something special. This place is tucked along the Ortega River in the historic district surrounded by old southern waterfront mansions and it’s about a mile from downtown Jacksonville with the skyline visible from your slip. The amenities, ski lodge style clubhouse with stone fireplace, spotless restroom facilities, and the boaters and staff in the office are wonderful and friendly. No one is a stranger at this place and you feel like family as soon as you tie off. Nice floating docks, gated access, great WiFi, free ice, incredible pool and spa, free bikes with saddle bags to ride to the grocery that is a couple blocks away, very pet friendly, fun boater events monthly, and the calm river setting is so quiet and upscale that it just feels good. No fuel, but there is fuel very close by. Pump out at the slip. We are always sad to leave, but look forward to our return! Oh…call ahead because their reputation of being a first class marina keeps their slips pretty full year round.
      Captain Dog and the Admiral

      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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      1. Sonny Reeves -  March 11, 2019 - 8:12 am

        This marina complex on the Ortega River is the top pick for us. We cruised out of there for 3 years and toured the St Johns River system. The staff are professional and run a safe tight ship. They have the ability to handle your size and bigger.
        Sonny Reeves

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      2. Sonny Reevs -  March 11, 2019 - 8:10 am

        I am pleased to see the nicest first class marina of Jacksonville as a sponsor of Cruisersnet. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit with your marina. The safety and care your staff gave us during the hurricane was awesome.
        Sonny Reeves

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    • AICW/St. Johns River Intersection, FL Statute Mile 740


      There has been much recent discussion and questions on AGLCA Forum and Facebook about shoaling and markers on the Waterway channel immediately south of the St. Johns River. If you have navigated this passage in the past few weeks, let us hear from you regarding depths and buoy placements. Many thanks!

       

      See Healy Report: Waterway/St Johns Intersection, AICW Statute Mile 740 for a 2017 report.

       

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of AICW/St. Johns Intersection

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    • Question Regarding Cocoa Anchorages, AICW Statute Mile 897


      The two Cocoa anchorages flank both sides of the Waterway channel immediately south of the Cocoa twin bridges. A spokesperson at Cocoa Village Marina confirmed today that the anchorages are usable, but the boat ramp (southwest corner below the bridge) dinghy dock is no longer there. Also, Cocoa Village Marina does not have a dinghy dock, so do not expect easy access to shore facilities. Skipper Yoshima was responding to an outdated report and would appreciate any report of recent experience using these anchorages.

      We stayed there in 2016 and 17 but we saw the devastation caused by Irma, and it seems we cannot anchor or use the dinghy dock there any longer… is that so?
      Yoshima

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

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

       

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      1. John Hensley on Eleven Eleven -  March 6, 2019 - 7:54 am

        Anchored mid Feb. 2019 near the power lines South of the causeway at the anchorage indicated on the chart view. There are several permanently anchored or moored boats there forcing you to anchor further South of the causeway. There is a protected boat ramp at the park on the South side of the causeway, however there is only one cleat on a concrete bulkhead to tie a dinghy. It was used by a permanently anchored boater who locked his dink while he was at work. There also is a 10-15 ft wide clear area West of the anchorage and just South of a wooden walkway where locals beach their kayaks/dinks. Be careful here as a sizable alligator patrols the area. Lock your dink if you use this spot.
        Unfortunately the wind blew 20-25 out of the S while there and we did not feel comfortable leaving the dink exposed and did not get to explore Cocoa Village. A dinghy dock would be a boon to cruisers and the town.

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      2. Kevin Koehl -  March 4, 2019 - 9:06 am

        Cruisers’ Net I was referring to the H. H. Humphrey Park boat ramp near the Cocoa NE anchorage on the EAST side of the Causeway.

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    • FWC Implementing Enhancements to 2019 Aquatic Plant Management

      What does plant management have to do with boating? The necessary steps to correct or slow invasive plant growth may affect channel depths (see Lake Depths) as well as limit anchoring availability in treated areas. 

      FWC implementing enhancements to Aquatic Plant Management Program

      The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is moving forward with implementing a variety of enhancements to the agency’s Aquatic Plant Management Program. FWC staff recently completed a series of listening sessions that provided the public with an opportunity to provide feedback about management activities on Florida waterbodies with a focus on invasive plant management. Based on the input provided at these meetings, the FWC will begin implementing a number of improvements including:  

      • Accelerating the development of habitat management plans for individual lakes.
      • Forming a Technical Assistance Group consisting of staff, partners and stakeholders.
      • Improving the timing of herbicide-based invasive aquatic plant treatments.
      • Exploring ways to better integrate and increase the strategic use of mechanical aquatic plant harvesting.
      • Exploring new methods and technologies to oversee and increase accountability of aquatic plant control contractors.
      • Developing pilot projects to explore better integrated plant management tools.
      • Improving agency communication regarding plant management activities.

      As discussed at the FWC Commission meeting on Feb. 21, in Gainesville, it was worthwhile to temporarily pause aquatic herbicide treatments while the public meetings were in progress. Now the meetings have concluded, it is essential for the FWC to resume its aquatic plant management program and to implement enhancements identified by the public. The FWC uses an integrated plant management approach that includes chemical, mechanical, biological and physical methods to control invasive plant species.

      Research and decades of experience show that chemical control, using herbicides approved for use in aquatic systems, achieves the best results for addressing many of Florida’s toughest invasive plant infestations such as water hyacinths and hydrilla. However, many participants in the meetings encouraged the FWC to manage waterbodies in ways that would reduce the use of herbicides. Therefore, the FWC is re-committing to employing methods that minimize the quantity of herbicides needed to achieve the desired level of control.

      “During the listening sessions we heard a diversity of concerns and opinions. Waterfront property owners, boaters and community officials stressed how important it is for the FWC to quickly resume control of the worst plants such as hydrilla before they grow to a point that makes lakes virtually unusable,” said Kipp Frohlich, Director of the FWC’s Division of Habitat and Species Conservation.

      “We also heard from anglers and waterfowl hunters that some hydrilla can be beneficial. Finding the balance, that manages a system in a way that pleases all the diverse user groups of Florida’s lakes, is very difficult. Nevertheless, we are committed to continue our work with stakeholders to better understand their needs and strive to manage our aquatic resources in ways that benefit the greatest number of people,” said Frohlich.

      While the listening tour has ended, the FWC continues to welcome suggestions from stakeholders. People can provide comments by emailing InvasivePlants@MyFWC.com.

      For more details on aquatic plant management visit MyFWC.com/AquaticPlants.

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    • USACE to hold Public Meetings on Lake Okeechobee Operations

      The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District announces details for the public scoping meeting in Fort Lauderdale regarding the development of the new Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual (LOSOM). The meeting locations listed in the link below include Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Miami Gardens. 
      Our thanks to Specialist Erica Skolte for this notice.

      Click here for Corps announces public meeting in Ft. Lauderdale on Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual

      Contact
      Erica Skolte
      561-340-1527
      561-801-5734 (cell)
      Erica.A.Skolte@usace.army.mil

      See Okeechobee Waterway Overview.

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    • Atlantic Magazine Visits Vero Beach, FL AICW Statute Mile 952


      Vero Beach Marina

      Vero Beach is home to Vero Beach Municipal Marina, A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR. The marina lies on the eastern shores of Bethel Creek, northeast and north of the Vero Beach/Merrill Barber high-rise bridge.

      Fall In Love With Vero Beach
      Atlanta Magazine

      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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    • Welcome New Sponsor: Palm Coast Marina, FL AICW Statute Mile 803


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

      Welcome to Palm Coast Marina, our newest CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, located just west of the Intracoastal Waterway at Statute Mile 803 between St. Augustine and Daytona Beach.

       

      Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Palm Coast Marina

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

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    • LNM: USACE Seeks Owner of Sunken Sailing Vessel, Daytona Beach, FL AICW Statute Mile 830


      The sunken vessel appears to be in the spoil area on the eastern side of the Waterway’s channel through the Main Street Bridge in downtown Daytona Beach. Our thanks to Specialist Erica Skolte for this notice.

      Corps of Engineers seeks owner of sunken sailboat in Intracoastal Waterway

      JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking the owner of a sunken 39-foot sailboat bearing the name MONIQUE II. The vessel is obstructing navigation in the Intracoastal Waterway in the vicinity of Daytona Beach, just north of the Main Street Bridge at 29 degrees 13.4133 minutes north latitude and 081 degrees 01.1479 minutes west longitude.

      The Corps of Engineers and U.S. Coast Guard have jointly determined that this obstruction presents a hazard to navigation and requires removal under federal law (Title 33, U.S. Code Section 409).

      All attempts to contact the owner of the vessel have failed. The owner, operator or lessee of this vessel is responsible for marking and immediate removal of the wreck. The owner, operator or lessee should contact the Coast Guard directly for marking requirements, and contact the Corps of Engineers concerning intentions and plans for removal of the vessel.

      Failure to commence immediate removal of the vessel and to pursue removal diligently may result in a court judgment against the owner, or a determination of abandonment, subjecting the vessel to removal and disposal by the Corps of Engineers at the owner’s expense. Additionally, the owner may be liable for criminal charges and/or actions against any Coast Guard licenses the owner may carry, as a result of the sinking of this vessel. It is imperative that owner contact the Coast Guard and the Corps of Engineers immediately on this matter.

      Any information concerning this vessel should be forwarded to: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, John Bearce, 904-232-3525 or john.w.bearce@usace.army.mil and/or U.S. Coast Guard, 904-714-7557, or d07-dg-secjax-waterways@uscg.mil.

      Amanda D. Parker
      Public Affairs Specialist
      Corporate Communication Office
      U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
      Jacksonville District
      Office: 904-232-1576
      Cell: 904-614-2240

      www.saj.usace.army.mil
      facebook.com/JacksonvilleDistrict
      twitter.com/JaxStrong

      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
      Twitter @JaxStrong
      Jacksonville District Facebook:

      Jacksonville District: A team of professionals making tomorrow better
      “Keep Calm and Essayons”

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      1. Heather Nierman -  February 21, 2019 - 7:29 pm

        Hope it gets moved. It has been there for about two years blocking part of channel. Huge navigational threat at night if you do not know it is there!

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    • Donations Sought to Fight Anti-Anchoring Legislation in Florida

      The battle with Florida legislators over anchoring privileges has been going on for years and the restrictions on anchoring appear to be raising their ugly heads…AGAIN! For earlier discussions, see Right to Anchor, Restrictive Anchoring, Continued Discussion. Please donate if you can.

       

      We want to thank each of you who has made contributions to help keep Florida anchorages open to cruisers. While contributions from our members and members of SSCA, DeFever Cruisers and MTOA are appreciated, presently, the total contributions are running short of our expectations.

      This year, SEVERAL FLORIDA CITIES ARE ACTIVELY ENGAGED IN A HOST OF ANTI-ANCHORING, ANTI-CRUISING BILLS including but not limited to the Cities of Melbourne and Hollywood. These bills can result in the elimination of specific anchorages that you currently enjoy.

      Our coalition and the lobbying firm representing us in Tallahassee are working closely with BoatUS lobbyists to stop local governments from passing legislation which would allow them to regulate anchoring in their jurisdictions, but we need your help. Please do not assume that our lobbying efforts can proceed without your help. We can win but it takes resources and commitment throughout the upcoming Legislative Session.

      We know that a law passed in Florida will set the precedent for the same maritime treatment in other states along the I95/AICW corridor.

      WHETHER YOU CRUISE IN FLORIDA OR NOT, WE NEED YOUR HELP TO STOP THIS ASSAULT ON OUR RIGHTS TO CRUISE AND ANCHOR IN FLORIDA AND BEYOND.

      Please contribute today!

      Thanks to all of you for your support!

      -Kim
      Kimberly Russo
      Director
      America’s Great Loop Cruisers’ Association
      krusso@greatloop.org
      843.879.5030

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    • LNM: AICW Dredging to Begin, Feb 18-May 30, Palm Beach, FL


      This 4.5 mile Waterway dredging project is south of Palm Beach.

      FLORIDA – AICW – PALM SHORES TO WEST PALM BEACH – LAKE WORTH SOUTH: Dredge Operations
      Orion Marine will commence dredge operations on or about February 18 until approximately May 30, 2019. Operations include dredging approximately 4.5 miles of the Intracoastal Waterway between the Port of Palm Beach to the Town of Palm Beach Docks. Loaded scow barges will be transported to the Tarpon Cove Placement Area located in the Lake Worth Lagoon between Royal Park Bridge (Royal Palm Way) and Southern Blvd Bridge, adjacent to South Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County (Latitude 26.6915°; Longitude 80.0483°) Operations will run 24/7. The M-1702 (LIEBHERR) will monitor CHF channels 13, 16 and working channel 1. Mariners are urged to use extreme caution in the area, transit at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake, and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. For more information, contact Orion, John Vannoy (Project Manager) at: (813) 205-6352 or Loren Martinez (Assistant Project Manager) at: (813) 390-2269. Charts 11466 11467 LNM 06/19

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    • WARNING: Sewage Spill, Miami AICW and East

      If it isn’t bridge closures, it’s sewage spills. Ah, the joys of south Florida living!

      2/4/19 Miami, Florida Officials: Don’t Swim, Fish After 720000 Gallons of Sewage Spills Into Water
      Newsweek

      2/5/19 Sewer spill leads to advisory for Oleta River State Park, Haulover Beach and Intracoastal area
      WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports | Fort Lauderdale

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    • Three Right Whale Calves Spotted off Florida’s Northeast Coast

      This is good news for right whales. See Right Whale Migration and Right Whale Advisory. The photo below is of two adults and we hope to have a photo of the calves soon.

      3 right whale calves spotted in Florida’s Atlantic waters
      Fox 35 Orlando

      Rare Right Whale Calf Spotted Off Florida’s Atlantic Coast
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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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