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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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    • March 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?

      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

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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: Bridge of Lions on Single-Leaf Openings, AICW Statute Mile 778, St. Augustine, FL


      With a closed vertical clearance of 18ft, the Bridge of Lions Bridge crosses the Waterway connecting the heart of downtown St. Augustine.

      FLORIDA – ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY – TOLOMATO RIVER TO PALM SHORES – BRIDGE OF LIONS: Bridge Repairs.
      Astron General Contracting Co., Inc. behalf of the bridge owner, Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), will be conducting repairs on Bridge of Lions across the AICW (Matanzas River) mile 777.9, St. Augustine, Florida. The Coast Guard is approving their request to allow single-leaf operations from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday from February 4, 2019 through March 28, 2019. During this designated time period, the bridge will be allowed single leaf operations, with a work barge beneath the closed span to perform necessary repair work. Vessels able to pass beneath the unobstructed span without an opening may do so at any time. A full opening will be
      provided with 2 hours advanced notice to the bridge tender. In the event of an emergency, a full opening will be expedited within 30 minutes of notification. During non-working hours the bridge will operate in accordance with 33 CFR 117.261(d), The drawbridge must return to its regular operating schedule, 33 CFR 117.261(d), at the end of the designated time period. We are approving this request under the provisions of 33 CFR 117.35. If you have any questions please contact USCG Sector Jacksonville Waterways Management Office, MST1 Jeremy Bailey at (904)714-7631, email jeremy.s.bailey@uscg.mil. Ref: LNM 06-19 Chart: 11485

      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

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      1. carole Heller -  February 7, 2019 - 10:37 am

        Unfortunately Garmin took Active Captain and now Explorer to benefit the company and tie us all to Garmin products. Not necessarily friendly for those who use other products.

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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
      The Weather Channel

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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
      Twitter @JaxStrong
      Jacksonville District Facebook:
      https://www.facebook.com/JacksonvilleDistrict
      Jacksonville District: A team of professionals making tomorrow better
      “Keep Calm and Essayons”

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    • Update from Palm Cove Marina, Jacksonville Beach FL, AICW Statute Mile 747


      FULL MARINE SERVICE ON SITE TRANSIENT DOCKAGE WELCOME

      Palm Cove Marina, A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, lies south of unlighted daybeacon #31, off the western shores of the Waterway, in the heart of Jacksonville Beach.

      Palm Cove Marina, Jacksonville, FL, continues to make investments in their operations to better serve the local and transient boaters. Palm Cove Marina is a full service marina with travel lift and with many unique amenities such as a pool, largest dry rack storage facility in the area, and outstanding wet slip accommodations, and the friendliest staff around. This past summer the bathroom, lounge and laundry facilities were completely refurbished. Palm Cove Marina now produces much of their own electric needs with the installation of 1,600 solar panels. Palm Cove Marina has a new dredge material area approved so they can continue to aggressively dredge. Palm Cove Marina dispenses diesel fuel and ethanol free gasoline at the lowest prices in Northeast Florida.

      Boaters and cruisers thank you Palm Cove Marina for your customer care and support.

      What an outstanding marine resource to the local boating and cruising community.

      Well Done Palm Cove Marina!
      Karen Farish
      Office Manager
      Palm Cove Marina
      14603 Beach Blvd, Ste 100
      Jacksonville, FL 32250
      Office (904) 223-4757
      Fax (904) 223-6601
      Website: http://www.palmcovemarina.com
      Office Hours: Monday – Friday 8am-5pm
      Dry Storage/Fuel/Docks:
      Monday-Thursday 7AM-5:45PM
      Friday, Saturday and Sunday 7AM-6:45PM
      (Nov 5, 2018 – Mar 10, 2019 – 18 WEEKS OF WINTER HOURS)
      DRY STORAGE/FUEL DOCK/DOCKMASTER & MARINA OFFICE
      CLOSED ON THANKSGIVING DAY & CHRISTMAS DAY

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

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

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    • FOCUS ON 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.

       
       
      Making Memories in Marineland, Florida 
       
      It’s vacation time and our serene marina is bursting with happy boaters. It’s our favorite time of the year! 
       

      We look forward to hosting you and your family as you visit our historic coast during this happy season, and we are honored to be part of your family memories for years to come. This month we want to help you create those memories by taking a few moments to highlight 5 unique experiences available right here in the Town of Marineland, Florida!

      Reservations for transient overnight, weekly and monthly have started. Please call as soon as possible to reserve your slip. 904-814-9886

      For site plan and additional info, please visit our website

      Safe travels and we will see you soon! 

      The town of Marineland, Florida was established in 1940, consists of 171 acres, and straddles the counties of Flagler and St. Johns. According to the 2016 census, the actual population of the town is only 17 people, although many scientists visit the area to study at the Whitney Lab and Georgia Aquarium Field Station, located adjacent to our marina.

      5 Memorable Things To Do in Marineland, Florida

       

      1) Take a tour of the  Sea Turtle Hospital!
       
      The Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience is a full-time University of Florida research center for biomedical research and biotechnology and is also home to the Sea Turtle Hospital, a teaching and rehabilitation center. Tours of the hospital are offered the 2nd & 4th Thursday of the month, and the 2nd Saturday of the month for only $15 per person. Tours are limited to 10 people, so reserve your spot in advance by visiting their  website.
       
       

      2) Interact with dolphins, sea turtles and more at  Marineland Dolphin Adventure, located just across the street!

      And, as an added bonus, stay 3 nights with us and get complimentary general admission passes to visit the park. General admission passes can even be used towards the purchase of a dolphin experience! Visit  Marineland Dolphin Adventure’s website for descriptions of the exciting, interactive experiences available!
       
       

      3) Go on an Eco-Adventure with  Ripple Effect Ecotours!

      Launching right from our marina, this well established tour company functions with an emphasize on ethical, eco-friendly tourism. Whether you choose to join one of several daily kayaking adventures, or jump on the “Ripple Effect 1”, their custom bio-diesel jet boat, your ecotour will take you into otherwise inaccessible areas of the pristine estuary surrounding our marina. The tours are exciting, educational, and are a great way to get a glimpse of the area as it stood when the Native Americans first arrived. Kayak rentals are also available for your solo adventures. Reservations are required, so  

      book your ecotour today! 

       

       

       

      4) Hike, bike, fish, camp, and more at the 

      The  River to Sea Preserve is located on both sides of highway A1A at Marineland, adjacent to the marina, and is owned jointly by Flagler County and the Town of Marineland. The 90-acre preserve offers walking trails, nature vistas, and ecological education opportunities as well as public access to the beach. Be sure to visit the beachside boardwalk for a majestic view of the beach and ocean. It’s a great spot to catch the sunrise!
       

      5) Grab lunch or dinner at Captain’s BBQ in Bing’s Landing!

      Just a short dinghy ride away, Captain’s BBQ is known not only for their delicious BBQ (try the brisket!) but carries a wide assortment of amazing, homemade cheesecake! They also serve beer & wine, and offer indoor & outdoor seating. 
       
      After you fill your belly, be sure to check out the park! Bing’s Landing consists of 8 acres within a maritime oak hammock. The park houses a state of the art boat launch, fishing pier, picnic & playground facilities, and an archaeological dig of the Mala Compra Plantation. 
      This is just a taste of all the wonderful things that our area has to offer.  We look forward to helping you and your family make the most out of your stay, so please reach out with any questions or concerns. We love our boaters and we are so happy that cruising season is off to a fabulous start here at the
       

       


      While you’re here, don’t forget to check out the  Salt Air Farmer’s Market, located right in our marina parking lot. With fresh veggies, baked goods, honey, crafts, and more, you never know what treasures you might find!
      The market is held every Sunday from 10am – 2pm. 
      Follow us on our new Instagram page! And let’s be friend’s on Facebook too!
       

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    • Continued Discussion: Right to Anchor in Florida in Jeopardy

      Our thanks to Kim Russo, Director of America’s Great Loop Cruisers’ Association, for continuing this discussion on anchoring rights in Florida, began recently by Wally Moran, Anchoring Restrictions. Cruisers Net wants to hear your opinions and your experiences with restricted anchorages.

       

      Right to Anchor in Florida is Once Again In Jeopardy
      Kimberly Russo-America’s Great Loop Cruisers Association

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    • LNM: Construction Underway, Miami Marine Stadium Basin, FL AICW Statute Mile 1091.5


      The Marina Stadium Anchorage is a large cove indenting the northwestern banks of Virgina Key, lying opposite the city of Miami on the eastern flank of Biscayne Bay. The basin and onshore facilities are the site of the annual Miami International Boat Show.

      FLORIDA – AICW – WEST PALM BEACH TO MIAMI – MIAMI – BISCAYNE BAY – VIRGINA KEY: Marine Stadium Basin
      Construction.

      Dock and Marine Construction have begun construction on the temporary marina in the basin at Miami Marine Stadium located on Virginia Key. There will be a variety of changing configurations of the floating docks as they build the layout in the plan. There are lights on and around the floating structures as well as barges and cranes on site. Approximate completion is expected around April 2019. For further information contact USCG Sector Miami, Waterways Management Division at (305) 535-4307 or Dock and Marine Construction, John Korvick at (305) 751-9911.
      Chart 11467 LNM 52/18

      Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Marine Stadium Anchorage

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of the Marine Stadium Anchorage

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    • No-Contact-With-Water Advisory for AICW Statute Mile 1088, Miami, FL


      The Venetian Causeway connects Miami with Miami Beach.

      No-Contact-With-Water Advisory After Intracoastal Sewer Spill Near Julia Tuttle and Venetian Causeway
      NBC 6 South Florida
      No-Contact-With-Water Advisory After Intracoastal Sewer Spill Near Julia Tuttle and … to the east, the Venetian Causeway to the south and the shoreline to the west.

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

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    • LNM: Safety Zone around SpaceX Rocket, east of Canaveral, FL

      This two-mile radius safety zone is east of Cape Canaveral.

      Coast Guard issues safety broadcast after SpaceX rocket lands in water


      U.S. Coast Guard stock photo

      JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Coast Guard issued a Safety Marine Information Broadcast (SMIB) Wednesday after the SpaceX rocket “Falcon 9” landed in the water off the coast of Cape Canaveral.

      The SMIB instructs all mariners to remain a minimum of two nautical miles away from the rocket.

      A Coast Guard Station Port Canaveral 45-foot Response Boat – Medium crew is on scene monitoring while SpaceX is implementing their response plan.

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