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    • Northern Gulf Local Notice to Mariners Extracts

      PLEASE CAREFULLY READ OUR DISCLAIMER!
      Below you will discover extracts the Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net has copied from the Local Notice to Mariners, that concern the waters of the Northern Gulf from Carrabelle, Florida to New Orleans. The choice of what to extract is based on our appraisal of news that is of primary interest to the cruising community, and should not in any way be considered a comprehensive relisting of all the information that is available in the Local Notice to Mariners’ various editions.
      Also, please note that LNM extracts are listed below in chronological order, based on publishing date.

    • LNM: US Army Corp of Engineers: Apalachicola, Chattahoochee and Flint River Levels

      The USACE has declared 7ft depth channel levels in this Northern Gulf river system.

      FL – AL – GA – APALACHICOLA – CHATTAHOOCHEE AND FLINT (ACF) RIVER SYSTEM – WATER LEVEL INFORMATION
      Attached as an enclosure to this LNM is USACE Mobile District Navigation Bulletin 19-09, regarding water level information on multiple waterways.

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    • Northern Gulf GPS Testing

      If you experience GPS outage while in the 8th District Northern Gulf area, you are asked to contact NIS by calling 703-313-5900.

      GPS TESTING
      At times, throughout our area or responsibility, multiple U.S. Government Agencies conduct GPS testing. These tests vary in duration, affected range from the test site and potential impact to the maritime user as they may affect systems that rely on GPS such as E-911, AIS and DSC. More information is available at the U.S. Coast Guard Navigation Center Website, https://www.navcen.uscg.gov . During these periods, GPS users are encouraged to report any GPS outages that they may experience, to the Navigation Information Service (NIS) by calling (703) 313-
      5900 or by using the NAVCEN Website to submit a GPS problem report. LNM 07/19

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    • LNM: Partially Submerged Wreck, Choctawhatchee Bay, Northern Gulf, FL


      This unmarked wreck is north of Santa Rosa Island at the northern edge of Gulf Islands National Seashore protected area.

      FL – CHOCTAWHATCHEE BAY – Partially Submerged Wreck
      A 20-foot S/V has been reported sunk in the vicinity of Choctawhatchee Bay Light 61 (LLNR-32115) in approximate position 30-24-29.7N 086-32-14.3W (30°24.4950N / 086°32.2384W, 30.408250 / -86.537306), with approximately 8 inches visible above water. The wreck is reportedly not marked. Mariners are urged to avoid the area. Chart 11385 LNM 05/19

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    • LNM: Caution with Channel ATONS, Apalachicola River, Northern Gulf, FL


      The Northern Gulf is still suffering the effects of Hurricane Michael. The Apalachicola River runs from Lake Seminole, on the Florida-Georgia border at Chattahoochee, 106 miles south through the Panhandle to the Gulf of Mexico, at the town of Apalachicola. The Jim Woodruff dam/lock is located at the northern entrance to the Apalachicola River in Chattahoochee, FL.

      FL – PANAMA CITY – APALACHICOLA RIVER – Channel Condition
      Due to Hurricane Michael and high water on the Apalachicola River, the U.S. Coast Guard has been unable to regularly service aids to navigation below the Jim Woodruff L/D. U.S. Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team Eufaula anticipates returning to the Apalachicola River below the Jim Woodruff L/D once weather and river conditions allow. All mariners are urged to exercise extreme caution when transiting these waterways as the aids to navigation may not be reliable. Chart 11402 11404 LNM 05/19

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    • LNM: New Year’s Eve Fireworks Display in the Northern Gulf of Mexico

      Despite 2018 hurricane devastation in several of these communities, residents are managing to carry on their tradition of greeting the New Year with celebrations. A reminder to spectator boats, that the time immediately following the displays, when boats are weighing anchor and departing, requires slow speed and sharp lookout. Please get back to your homeport alive!

      FL – MEXICO BEACH – Fireworks Display
      Mexico Beach CDC will be conducting a fireworks display on December 31, 2018, at midnight. The fireworks will be fired from the Mexico Beach Pier. Mariners are urged to remain a minimum of 420 feet from launch site due, to hazards associated with fireworks. For up-to-date information, mariners can contact the U.S. Coast Guard Waterways Branch at (251) 441-5976. Chart 11389, 11393 LNM 52/18

      FL – SANTA ROSA SOUND – Fireworks Display
      The Portofino Island Resort will be conducting their 2018 Season of Fireworks display on multiple dates through December 31, 2018. Specific dates will be announced by Broadcast Notice to Mariners. Displays begin at 9:00 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. The fireworks will be launched from a floating platform anchored 500 feet off the end of the resort’s pier. Mariners are urged to remain a minimum of 280 feet from the floating platform due to hazards associated with fireworks. For up-to-date information, mariners can contact U.S. Coast Guard Sector Mobile, at (251) 441-5976. Chart 11385 LNM 52/18

      FL – GIWW – FORT WALTON BEACH – Fireworks Display
      The Fort Walton Beach New Years Eve fireworks display will be conducted on December 31, 2018, from 11:00 p.m. until 11:15 p.m. The fireworks will be launched from a floating platform in approximate position 30-24-05.3N 086-36-27.4W (30°24.0883N / 086°36.4567W, 30.401472 / -86.607611), in the GIWW, Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Mariners are urged to remain a minimum of 175 feet from the barge due to hazards associated with fireworks. For up-to-date information, mariners can contact the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Mobile, at (251) 441-5976. Chart 11385 LNM 52/18

      AL – GULF OF MEXICO – FORT MORGAN – Fireworks Display
      The Beach Club in Fort Morgan, AL., will be conducting its New Years Eve Fireworks display on December 31, 2018, from 11:55 p.m. until 12:15 a.m., January 1, 2019. The fireworks will be launched from approximate position 30-13-44.5N 087-52-32.1W (30°13.7417N / 087°52.5350W, 30.229028 / -87.875583) . All mariners are requested to remain a minimum of 300 feet from the pier, due to hazards associated with fireworks. For further information, mariners can contact the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Mobile, at (251) 441-5976. Chart 11373, 11374 LNM 52/18

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    • LNM: Phone Numbers for Florida Lock Operators

      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! Our thanks to Officer Erica Skolte for this information and advice.

      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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    • LNM: Shoaling, West Bay Creek, Northwest of West Bay, GIWW Statute Mile 273-275


      This shoaling is in West Bay Creek northwest of the Hwy 79 Bridge (West Bay Creek Bridge). While to east coast boaters, 11 feet seems plentiful, where there is shoaling, it may well increase.

      FL – GIWW MILE 273.0, EHL TO GIWW MILE 275.0, EHL – Shoaling
      Shoaling has been reported in the vicinity of GIWW, mile 273.0, EHL [east of Harvey Locks] to GIWW, mile 275.0, EHL. The depth in some areas, has been reduced to approximately 11 feet. Shoaling is reportedly not marked. Mariners are urged to exercise caution when transiting the area. For up-to-date information, mariners can contact the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Mobile at (251) 441-5976. Charts 11385 11390 11393 LNM 43/18

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

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    • LNM: Port Condition Zulu Set for North Florida Gulf Coast Ports

      All commercial port operations from Cedar Key to Tarpon Springs are suspended. Private recreational vessels should follow the Coast Guard advice and stay off the water!



      YANKEETOWN, Fla. — The Coast Guard set port condition Zulu for northern Florida Gulf Coast ports, Tuesday, and continues to prepare for impacts of Hurricane Michael.

      All commercial port operations from Cedar Key to Tarpon Springs are suspended.

      Port Condition Zulu is set when gale-force winds are possible within 12 hours. All commercial and recreational vessel operators are urged to seek safe harbor.

      Maritime and port facilities are reminded to review and update their heavy weather response plans and make any additional preparations needed to adequately prepare in case of a potential impact to the area.

      “Coast Guard Station Yankeetown crew members and all of our crews along Florida’s Gulf Coast are preparing early for the hurricane,” said Cmdr. William Walsh, the Sector St. Petersburg deputy commander. “Use this time before the storm to save your property, but more importantly your life.”

      Mariners all along Florida’s Gulf Coast are urged to heed all local weather watches, warnings and advisories, and use these tips to stay safe:

      Stay off the water. The Coast Guard’s search and rescue capabilities degrade as storm conditions strengthen. This means help could be delayed.

      Evacuate as necessary. Coast Guard personnel and other emergency responders may not be able to evacuate or rescue those in danger during the storm. If mandatory evacuations are set for an area, the public should evacuate without delay.

      Secure belongings. Owners of large boats are urged to move their vessels to inland marinas where they will be less vulnerable to breaking free of their moorings or to sustaining damage. Trailer-able boats should be pulled from the water and stored in a place that is not prone to flooding. Those who are leaving their boats in the water are reminded to remove EPIRBs and to secure life rings, lifejackets and small boats. These items, if not properly secured, can break free and require valuable search and rescue resources be diverted to ensure people are not in distress.

      Stay clear of beaches. Wave heights and currents typically increase before a storm makes landfall. Even the best swimmers can fall victim to the strong waves and rip currents caused by hurricanes. Swimmers should stay clear of beaches until local lifeguards and law enforcement officials say the water is safe.

      Stay informed. Monitor your local television, radio and internet sources for storm progress. Storms move quickly and are unpredictable. Boaters can monitor Hurricane Michael’s progress on VHF radio channel 16 including small craft advisories and hazards.

      Don’t rely on social media. People in distress should use 911 to request assistance whenever possible. Social media should not be used to report life-threatening distress due to limited resources to monitor the dozens of social media platforms during a hurricane or large-scale rescue event.

      For information on Hurricane Michael and hurricane preparedness, please visit the National Hurricane Center’s website.

      Visit the Coast Guard’s Homeport site for port condition updates.

      For more breaking news follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

      -USCG-

      HURRICANE SEASON PORT CONDITIONS AND CATEGORIES Port Conditions are set by the COTP and are used to alert the maritime community to changes in port operations needed to prepare for the hurricane’s arrival. Approximate Time Port Condition Jun 1 – Nov 30 Seasonal Alert 72 Hrs Whiskey 48 Hrs X-Ray 24 Hrs Yankee 12 Hrs Zulu After Landfall Recovery

      PORT CONDITION WHISKEY: Gale force winds (34 knots or 39 mph) are predicted to arrive within 72 hours. Ports Status: Open to all commercial and recreational traffic.

      PORT CONDITION X-RAY: Gale force winds are predicted to arrive within 48 hours. Port Status: Open to all commercial and recreational traffic.

      PORT CONDITION YANKEE: Gale force winds are predicted to arrive within 24 hours. Ports status: Closed to inbound traffic and vessel traffic control measures in effect on vessel movements within the port.

      PORT CONDITION ZULU: Gale force winds are predicted to arrive within 12 hours. Ports Status: Closed to all inbound and outbound traffic.

      PORT CONDITION RECOVERY: The storm is no longer a threat to the area, however, some damage may have occurred and response and recovery operations are in progress. Ports status: Reopened to outbound traffic at the completion of the port survey. Vessel traffic control measures remain in effect on vessel movements within the port.

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    • LNM: Sunken Vessel, Old Pass Lagoon, Destin, FL, near GIWW Statute Mile 228


      This sunken vessel is in Old Pass Lagoon in Destin, FL. The LNM cites Old East Pass, but there is East Pass and Old Pass Lagoon. The lat/lon given is in the Old Pass Lagoon south of Destin.

      FL – OLD EAST PASS HARBOR CHANNEL – Wreck
      On October 2, 2015, the U.S. Coast Guard marked a sunken S/V in Old East Pass Harbor Channel in approximate position 30-23-22.5N 086-30-09.5W (30°23.3750N / 086°30.1583W, 30.389583 / -86.502639) . Recent searches for the wreck by the U.S. Coast Guard have failed to locate it. Old East Pass Harbor Channel LB 10A has been discontinued pending a USACE Survey. Mariners are urged to use extreme caution in the area and report any findings to their nearest U.S. Coast Unit. Chart 11385 LNM 37/18

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    • LNM: Military Exercise, June 16-18, south of Pensacola, FL

      Local Gulf boaters are accustomed to military drills in their waters, but this one – with anchored mannequins – is a bit different!

      FL – GULF OF MEXICO – PENSACOLA – Military Operations
      The U.S. Coast Guard Research and Development Center will be conducting a military exercise in the Gulf of Mexico, south of Pensacola, FL., from June 16, 2018 until June 18, 2018. The U.S. Coast Guard will have mannequins or simulated persons wearing life jackets anchored in the water. Mariners are urged to use caution when transiting the area, keep a sharp lookout and do not disturb these anchored test objects. For up-to-date information, mariners can contact the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Mobile, at (251) 441-5976 or the USCGC Decisive via VHF-FM Channel 16.
      Charts 411 11378 11382 11385 LNM 24/18

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    • LNM: Update on Repairs, DuPont Bridge, East Bay, GIWW 295.5


      With a fixed vertical clearance of 50ft, the DuPont Bridge crosses the Gulf Waterway at Mile 295.5.

      Fender damage repairs to the Southwest dolphin is scheduled between May 7, 2018 and May 18, 2018, during daylight hours only, 5-days a week, Monday through Friday, at the Dupont Bridge crossing the GIWW, mile 295.5, of St. Andrews Bay, Bay County, Florida. The main channel will not be blocked. A crane barge measuring 150 feet by 45 feet and excavator will be spud south and southwest of the dolphin. The barge will be properly lighted at night according to the “Inland Navigational Rules of 1980”. While onsite, the contractors will monitor VHF-FM Channel 16. In an emergency, mariners can contact (850) 960-4839. Mariners should be alert for equipment in the waterway at all times and pass exercising extreme caution at slowest safe speed to minimize wake. Chart 11389 LNM 39/17

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

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    • LNM: Dredging Continues, GIWW Statute Mile 179-180, Santa Rosa Sound, Pensacola, FL


      This dredging operation is west of the Pensacola Beach Bridge, Pensacola, FL.

      FL – GIWW – SANTA ROSA SOUND – Dredge Operation
      Continuing until further notice, the Dredge KELLY L will be conducting dredging operations to remove shoaling in an area between GIWW, mile 179.0, EHL and GIWW, mile 180.0, EHL. Dredge material will be disposed into an upland disposal area located just south of the channel utilizing floating and submerged pipelines. All vessels will be lighted in accordance with U.S. Coast Guard Safety Regulations. The Dredge KELLY L will be monitoring VHF-FM Channel 13 or 16. Mariners are urged to exercise caution when transiting the area. Chart 11378 11383 LNM 18/18

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

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    • LNM: Apalachicola, Chattahoochee and Flint River Channel Depths

      This good news for all of you wanting to explore the inland rivers of the Northern Gulf.

      FL – APALACHICOLA-CHATTAHOOCHEE-FLINT RIVER BASIN – Channel Conditions
      Continuing through May, 2018, a 7-foot navigation channel will be supported on the Apalachicola, Chattahoochee and Flint River System (ACF), according to the ACF Water Control Manual dated March 2017,when the composite storage for the systems in Zones 1 and 2. The critical Blountstown gage needed to support navigation is a 7.4-foot gage reading. Mariners anticipating using the system are encouraged to monitor the flow and water levels at the following website: http://water.sam.usace.army.mil/ .
      The current water level on the ACF is sufficient to support navigation, however dryer conditions are forecast in the near future. Further, while Jim Woodruff Lock is operational by appointment only, the George W. Andrews and Walter F George locks are closed due to mechanical failures. To schedule lockage mariners can contact (229) 723-3482. Anyone anticipating a barge shipment on the system is encouraged to contact Carl Dyess, at (251) 690-2570.
      Chart 11401 LNM 09/18

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    • LNM: Shoaling, Northern GWW, Statute Mile 273


      This shoaling is in the Northern Gulf Waterway which exits the northwest corner of West Bay.

      FL – GIWW – WEST BAY Channel – Shoaling
      Shoaling has been reported in West Bay Channel in the vicinity of the HWY 79 Bridge between West Bay Buoy 32 (LLNR-31365) and West Bay Buoy 34 (LLNR-31375), encroaching approximately 30 feet into the channel along the north edge. Mariners are urged to exercise caution when transiting the area. Chart 11385, 11390 23/17

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