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  • Announcement: Western Florida 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 Western Florida waters. 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: Lighted Research Buoy, Egmont Channel, Tampa Bay, FL


    This research buoy is between Egmont Key and Mullet Key and appears to be on the southern edge of the Egmont Channel west of the Sunshine Skyway and the West Florida ICW.

    USF College of Marine Science has temporarily placed Tsunami/Earthquake Research Mooring Buoy until approximately January 2019. The buoy is yellow displaying a FL Y 4.5s characteristic in position 27-36.00N/82-45.22W. Mariners are to avoid close proximity, or any other interference of this buoys data gathering function. For further information, contact Jason Law at jlaw@mail.usf.edu at the USF College of Marine Science. Chart 11412 11415 LNM 33/18

  • NAV ALERT: LNM: Destroyed ICW Daybeacon “G”, GIWW Naples Bay, 7/25/2018


    ICW Daybeacon “G” is on the west side of the channel immediately south of the RG Daybeacon at the intersection of the Waterway and the Gordan Pass channel.

    FLORIDA – LOSTMANS RIVER TO WIGGINS PASS – BIG MARCO-GORDON PASS: Hazard to Navigation
    Big Marco-Gordon Pass Junction Daybeacon G (LLNR 17445) is destroyed. The steel pile wreckage is marked with a TRLB WR G, displaying Fl Q R 4M characteristics in position 26-06-04.045N / 081-47-13.090W. Chart 11430 LNM 30/18

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Daybeacon G

  • LNM: Indian Rocks Bridge Repairs, May 29-July 31, 2018, GICW Statute Mile 128.2


    FLORIDA – WEST COAST – TAMPA BAY – ST PETERSBURG – INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY -INDIAN ROCKS BRIDGE: Bridge Repairs.
    Quinn Construction, INC. has been contracted by Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to perform the construction work on the Indian Rocks Bridge at mile 128.2 over the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GICW) in Pinellas County, FL. READ MORE!

    The project is will begin May 29, 2018 and will continue thru July 31, 2018. During construction they will have floating equipment, small barges, and support vessels in the channel and behind the fender systems. Mariners are advised to proceed with caution with minimum wake.
    For safety purposes, a one leaf opening request will be on demand from May 29, 2018 to July 31, 2018. A 6 hour notice is required for vessels needing double leaf opening. This would allow enough time for the contractors to secure equipment, remove necessary floating equipment, and allow safe passage of any vessel requiring full channel width openings. Mariners are strongly advised to stay clear of all construction equipment and support vessels and to use caution when transiting the area. For further details contact Mr. Tom Quinn at 941-322-4552 with Quinn Construction INC. For waterways related questions, contact Coast Guard Sector St Petersburg Waterways at (813) 228-2191 or via email at D07-SMB-Tampa-WWM@uscg.mil. Chart 11411 LNM 21/18

    Click Here To View the West Florida Cruisers’ Net Bridge Directory Listing For Indian Rocks Bridge

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window Zoomed To the Location of Indian Rocks Bridge

  • NAV ALERT: LNM: Destroyed GIWW Light 26, Tampa Bay Entrance


    This Gulf Waterway light is on the east side of the north/south channel parallel to the Sunshine Skyway near the Skyway’s northern passageway.

    FLORIDA – GIWW – TAMPA BAY – SUNSHINE SKYWAY CHANNEL: Hazard to Navigation
    Sunshine Skyway Channel Light 26 (LLNR 60435) reported destroyed and poses a hazard to navigation.
    Chart 11416 LNM 20/18

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Sunshine Skyway

  • LNM: Corey Causeway Bridge on Single Leaf Opening until March, 2019, GIWW Statute Mile 118


    With a closed vertical clearance of 23ft, Corey Causeway Bridge crosses the Waterway northwest of unlighted daybeacon #39 in northern Boca Ciega Bay.

    FLORIDA – WEST COAST – TAMPA BAY – ST PETERSBURG – INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY -COREY CAUSEWAY BRIDGE: Bridge Repairs.
    Quinn Construction, INC. has been contracted by Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to perform the construction work on the Corey Causeway Bridge in Pinellas County, FL. The project is estimated to begin late May, 2018 and will continue thru February 28, 2019. READ MORE!

    Construction will consist of mechanical and electrical repairs, painting, roadway and sidewalk grating replacement which includes concrete removal, spall repair and tender house renovation. During construction they will have floating equipment, small barges, and support vessels in the channel and behind the fender systems. For safety purposes, a one leaf opening request will be on demand. A 6 hour notice is required for vessels needing double leaf opening. This would allow enough time for the contractors to secure equipment, remove necessary floating equipment, and allow safe passage of any vessel requiring full channel width openings. Mariners are strongly advised to stay clear of all construction equipment and support vessels and to use caution when transiting the area. For further details contact Mr. Tom Quinn at 941-322-4552 with Quinn Construction INC. For waterways related questions, contact Coast Guard Sector St Petersburg Waterways at (813) 228-2191 or via email at D07-SMB-Tampa-WWM@uscg.mil. Chart 11411 LNM 19/18

    Click Here To View the VA to NC Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Corey Causeway Bridge

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

  • NAV ALERT: LNM: Destroyed GIWW Light 16, Northern Boca Ciega Bay, Statute Mile 124, 5/9/2018


    This ICW light is on the northeast side of the channel north of the Welch Causeway Bascule Bridge.

    FLORIDA – GIWW – TAMPA BAY TO PORT RICHEY – SAND KEY: Hazard to Navigation
    Sand Key Light 16 (LLNR 61425) is destroyed. The steel pile wreckage is marked with a TRLB, Fl Q R, 4M characteristics in approximate position 27-48-44.700N / 082-47-58.650W.

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Boca Ciega Bay

  • NAV ALERT: LNM: Destroyed Daybeacon 19, Big Sarasota Pass, near GIWW Statute Mile 73, 5/9/2018


    This destroyed Big Sarasota Pass daybeacon is on the northwest side of the channel and west of the GIWW.

    FLORIDA – CHARLOTTE HARBOR TO TAMPA BAY – BIG SARASOTA PASS: Private Aid/Hazard to Navigation
    Private aid Big Sarasota Pass Daybeacon 19 (LLNR 21580) is reported destroyed and poses a hazard to navigation.
    Chart 11425 LNM 19/18

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Big Sarasota Pass

  • LNM: Look Out for Manatees When Boating


    Chances of close encounters between Florida manatees and boaters increase in the spring.

    For manatees, it is the season when they leave their winter refuges and travel along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts and through inland waters. For boaters, it is a critical time to be on the lookout for manatees to avoid colliding with these large aquatic mammals. READ MORE!

    “Spring is a great time to go boating in Florida, but manatees are out there too. Please watch out for them,” said Ron Mezich, who heads the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) manatee management program.

    From April 1 through Nov. 15, seasonal manatee zones require boaters to slow down in certain areas to prevent manatees from being struck by motorboats or personal watercrafts. FWC law enforcement officers are on patrol in state waters to remind boaters of the seasonal manatee speed zones and take enforcement actions when appropriate.

    Since manatees are difficult to detect when underwater, operators of boats and personal watercrafts can help by:

    Wearing polarized sunglasses to help spot manatees.
    Looking for large circles on the water, also known as manatee footprints, indicating the presence of a manatee below.
    Looking for a snout sticking up out of the water.
    Following posted manatee zones while boating.
    Reporting an injured, distressed, sick or dead manatee to the FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922) or dialing #FWC or *FWC on a cellphone.
    FWC biologists, managers and law enforcement staff work closely with partners to evaluate current data and identify necessary actions to protect this iconic animal. Florida has invested over $2 million annually for manatee conservation, and the FWC works toward continued success for manatees in our state.

    Manatee zones and maps are available at MyFWC.com/Manatee, where you can select “Protection Zones” for links to county maps. Boaters can get tips from “A boater’s guide to living with Florida Manatees.” And if you want to see manatees in the wild or captivity, go to “Where are Florida’s Manatees?”

    To support the FWC’s manatee research, rescue and management efforts, purchase a “Save the Manatee” Florida license plate at BuyaPlate.com, or donate $5 to receive an FWC manatee decal by going to MyFWC.com/Manatee and clicking on “Decals.”

  • LNM: Shoaling in Big Marco Pass, Gulf Coast, Marco Island, FL


    Big Marco Pass and Capri Pass connect the Gulf to Gordan Pass Channel, a narrow waterway connecting Marco Island northward to Naples Bay. Daybeacon 1A is on the north side of the entrance channel.

    FLORIDA – LOSTMANS RIVER TO WIGGINS PASS – BIG MARCO PASS – GORDON PASS: ShoalingThere is shoaling between Big Marco Pass-Gordon Pass Channel Daybeacon 1A (LLNR 17100 [25°58.6088N / 081°44.4818W, 25.976813 / -81.741363]) and Big Marco Pass-Gordon Pass Channel Daybeacon 3 (LLNR 17165 [25°58.7375N / 081°44.3491W, 25.978959 / -81.739152]). A temporary aid (TRLB) has been established to best mark shoal.Big Marco Pass-Gordon Pass Channel TRLB 1B displaying Fl Q G, 4NM characteristics in position 25-58-42.787N / 081-44-21.753W (25°58.7131N / 081°44.3626W, 25.978552 / -81.739376) (25°58.7131N / 081°44.3626W, 25.978552 / -81.739376) Chart 11430 LNM 10/18

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Daybeacon 1A

  • LNM: Shoaling: Johns Pass, near GIWW Statute Mile 123


    Johns Pass connects the Gulf with the Waterway at Mile 123 north of St. Petersburg. See https://cruisersnet.net/168527 for a recent off-station buoy report. Note too, Bill’s observation about buoy placement on the chartlet and on the full chart. Our recommendation is to keep the Green markers on your port side when entering.

    FLORIDA – TAMPA BAY TO PORT RICHEY – JOHNS PASS CHANNEL: Johns Pass Channel Buoy 3.
    All vessels operating with more than a 3ft draft are advised to use extreme caution when transiting inbound and outbound of Johns Pass. Due to an encroaching shoal to the north in the vicinity of Johns Pass Buoy 3 (LLNR 25585.5 [27°46.6275N / 082°47.3258W, 27.777125 / -82.788763]).

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

  • NAV ALERT: Rock Obstruction, Seaplane Basin, Tampa Bay, 2/1/2018


    The protected harbor known as Seaplane Basin lies just south of the city of Tampa, on the northern part of Hillsborough Bay.

    FLORIDA – TAMPA BAY – HILLSBOROUGH CUT D CHANNEL – OFF DAVIS ISLAND: Rocks Hazard Davis Islands
    The U.S. Coast Guard received a report of uncharted rock obstruction creating a hazard to navigation south of the entrance to the Seaplane Basin at Davis Islands, Tampa, Florida. The rocks are located at 27-54.233N / 82-27.403W (27°54.2330N / 082°27.4030W, 27.903883 / -82.456717) . The obstruction reduces the depth at that area from charted 10-11feet to an estimated 4.5feet. Chart 11416 LNM 05/18

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Seaplane Basin

  • LNM: Shoaling, Clearwater Pass Channel, near GIWW Statute Mile 135


    This area of shoaling is on the north side of the eastern end of Clearwater Pass Channel where it connects with the Western Florida Waterway.

    FLORIDA – TAMPA BAY TO PORT RICHEY – CLEARWATER MARINA CHANNEL: Shoaling
    The U.S. Coast Guard received a report of shoaling in the vicinity of Clearwater Marina Daybeacon 3 (LLNR 25735 [27°57.8315N / 082°49.1721W, 27.963858 / -82.819535]) and Clearwater Marina Daybeacon 4 (LLNR 25745 [27°57.9094N / 082°49.0531W, 27.965156 / -82.817552]) in approximate position 27-57.633N / 082-48.857W (27°57.6330N / 082°48.8570W, 27.960550 / -82.814283) (27°57.633N / 082°48.857W, 27.96055 / -82.81428(27°57.6330N / 082°48.8568W) 3) . Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11411 LNM 38/17

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

  • LNM: New St. Pete Pier Construction Underway, St. Petersburg, FL, Tampa Bay


    Slips are now available!! On the brand new Dock 5. For information please call (727) 893-7329 or 800 782 8350

    The new St. Pete pier will be just north of the current municipal pier and of SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, St. Petersburg Municipal Marina, located on the western shore of Tampa Bay in downtown St. Petersburg.

    FLORIDA – ST PETERSBURG – TAMPA BAY: St Petersburg Pier Construction.
    Construction of the newly designed St. Petersburg Pier has begun. READ MORE!

    The pier project is located at approximate position 27°46.42’N, 082°37.29’W. There will be several pieces of floating equipment remaining in the water during the period of construction. There will be several barges, a tug boat, safety boat and a work boat. The project will be ongoing for approximately 14 months and expected to be completed approximately August, 2018. For more information contact the Project Senior Superintendent for Skanska USA, Inc. at (704) 622-4070. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11416 LNM 26/17
    Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For St. Petersburg Municipal Marina

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of St. Petersburg Municipal Marina

  • LNM: Severe Shoaling, New Pass, Sarasota, FL, 6/8/2017


    New Pass leads directly to the Sarasota waterfront and the entrance portion between the Entrance Light and Light 7 is constantly shifting and shoaling. SSECN has long recommended that this pass not be used. On June 9, the USCG announced their intention to close New Pass.

    FLORIDA – CHARLOTTE HARBOR TO TAMPA BAY – NEW PASS CHANNEL: Severe Shoal/Hazard to Navigation.
    Due to increased shoaling mariners are advised to use extreme caution when transiting offshore, New Pass, Sarasota, from New Pass Channel to New Pass Bascule Bridge. Due to frequent changing conditions, buoys are not charted in this channel. The U.S Coast Guard strongly recommends avoiding this channel if possible. Chart 11425 LNM 23/17

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at New Pass

  • LNM: Shoaling Reported in Pass-a-Grille north of Tampa Bay


    This shoaling is in the North Channel of Pass-a-Grille Channel north of the entrance to Tampa Bay.

    FLORIDA – TAMPA BAY TO PORT RICHEY – PASS-A-GRILLE: Shoaling.
    The U.S. Coast Guard has received reports of shoaling in the vicinity of Pass-A-Grille between Pass-A-Grille Daybeacon 7 (LLNR 25480 [27°40.5250N / 082°44.9422W, 27.675416 / -82.749036]) and Daybeacon 7B (LLNR 25490 [27°40.6919N / 082°44.4790W, 27.678198 / -82.741316]). Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11411 LNM: 14/17

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Pass-a-Grille

  • LNM: More on Shoaling in New Pass, Sarasota Bay, near GIWC Statute Mile 75


    New Pass, last dredged in August of 2016, leads directly to the Sarasota waterfront and the entrance portion between the Entrance Light and Light 7 is constantly shifting to the end that the Coast Guard no longer recommends using New Pass due to dangerous shoaling. See /162399 for more on New Pass.

    Read More!

    FLORIDA – CHARLOTTE HARBOR TO TAMPA BAY – NEW PASS: Reports of Shoaling.
    The U.S. Coast Guard has received reports of shoaling in New Pass, Sarasota County. Shoaling occurs between Buoys 5, 6 and Light 7 with depths of 4 feet in certain area. Mariners should use caution and consult the latest Army Corps of Engineers Hydrographic surveys for more information at http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Navigation/Hydro-Surveys/.
    New Pass Channel Buoy 5A (LLNR 21610) has been repositioned to 27-19-34.036N/082-35-23.101W (27°19.5673N / 082°35.3850W, 27.326121 / -82.589750) to best mark shoaling.
    Mariners are advised to use extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11425 LNM 04/17

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

  • Shoaling, Gordan Pass, Gulf Coast, Naples, FL


    Gordan Pass is the inlet into Naples, FL and shoaling is regularly reported in the channel from its entrance to the point where the channel joins the Naples Channel in Naples Bay.

    FLORIDA – LOSTMANS RIVER TO WIGGINS PASS – GORDON PASS CHANNEL: Shoaling.
    The U.S. Coast Guard received a report of shoaling in Gordon Pass Channel from the center of the Federal Project Channel to Gordon Pass Channel Light 2 (LLNR 17455 [26°5.4649N / 081°48.4687W, 26.091081 / -81.807812]). Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11430 LNM 50/16

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

  • More on Shoaling in New Pass, GICW Statute Mile 75, Sarasota, FL


    SSECN is not sure if this notice from BOSN Pauly means that the Coast Guard is now recommending the use of New Pass, but SSECN still does not recommend its use if your vessel draws more than 4ft.

    Subject: RE: New Pass Channel Sarasota County and Longboat Key

    All concerned,
    Great news that New Pass is almost completed. We plan to install temporary buoys later this week and are discussing how many permanent, fixed pilings to add to the area. We do not want to add fixed aids only to have the Pass shoal up again and we not be able to remove them, leaving behind hazards.

    The main reason I’m emailing is to let you know I’ve updated the Local Notice to Mariners with information about the shoaling inside the New Pass Bridge between Light 13 and Day Beacon 17. Shoaling is occurring with depths down to 4.2 feet MLLW as reported by the Army Corps of Engineers in 2015.
    This section of the federal channel has a project depth of 8 feet. I mentioned this area of concern prior to the beginning of dredging. Here is a link for Army Corps surveys. Scroll down to New Pass.
    http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Navigation/Hydro-Surveys/

    Mariners should still use caution when transiting New Pass and be aware that the water in the channel will decrease from a dredged 13 feet to 4 feet inside the bridge. This information will be voice broadcasted for a week then go into the online edition of the LNM. This is important information for boaters and boating safety. Please share this information with the boating public.
    v/r
    BOSN4 Darren Pauly
    Aids to Navigation Officer
    US Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg
    155 Columbia Drive
    Tampa FL 33606
    darren.a.pauly@uscg.mil
    (813) 228-2191 Ext. 8184 Tampa office

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

    For a recent Local Notice on New Pass, see /159755

  • Shoaling Reported in New Pass, GICW Statute Mile 75, Sarasota, FL


    Despite the dredging of New Pass just completed in August of this year, this new shoaling confirms the constant shifting of the channel. The entrance channel connects the Gulf with Sarasota and intersects the Gulf Waterway at Marker #17. Note that the Coast Guard and SSECN no longer recommend using New Pass due to significant dangerous shoaling.

    FLORIDA – CHARLOTTE HARBOR TO TAMPA BAY – NEW PASS: Shoaling
    There are reports of shoaling between New Pass Channel Light 13 (21705) 27-20-18.273N, 082-34-27.440W (27°20.3045N / 082°34.4573W, 27.338409 / -82.574289) and New Pass Channel DBN 17 (21725) 27-20-28.987N / 082-33-54.003W (27°20.4831N / 082°33.9001W, 27.341385 / -82.565001) . Surveyed depths show depths as low as 4.2ft MLLW in the channel. ACOE survey link http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Navigation/Hydro-Surveys/. Mariners are advsed to use extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11425 LNM 38/16

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

    For more on New Pass, see /159010 and /156388

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