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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: 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: 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: 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

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

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    • Five-Year Study on Florida’s Red Tide

      Here is an interesting article on red tide which had a recent bloom in the Big Bend region of the Gulf, see /?p=144423.

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      FWC, partners unlock some mysteries behind red tide in 5-year study

      Last month, researchers at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) published new findings on Florida’s red tide organism, Karenia brevis, in a special issue of the scientific journal Harmful Algae. This publication is the culmination of an unprecedented collaboration on red tide research in the Gulf of Mexico led by the FWC’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) and funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
      For more on this study, go to:

      http://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/FLFFWCC/bulletins/dbfa20

      redtide2

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    • More on Channel at Dike Break in Northern Gulf ICW between Panama City and Choctawhatchee Bay (Statute Mile 263)

      Dike at Mile 263

      Back in July, we reported that the a narrow, canal-like section of the Northern Gulf ICW (a. k. a. the Gulf Coast Intracoastal Waterway) had been closed, due to the collapse of a dike, following torrential rains, and tons of mud and sand had been washed into the channel. Then, on 8/24/13, we published an article that dredging had partially reopened the channel, but budgetary restrictions had kept the ACOE from widening the channel to its original breadth (see /?p=119741). Skipper Sandberg’s comments are in response to this earlier posting: /?p=127419

      Passed by red and green markets 2/19/14 heading west to Fort Walton. Sufficient room to pass by both markets IF I do not encounter other traffic headed in opposite heading to yours. Stay alert since marker appear when you may Not be expecting ‘˜aids to navigation.’!! This was our first time in Grand Canyon.
      Sandy Sandberg

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

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    • Continuing Problems on Northern Gulf ICW Between Panama City and Choctawhatchee Bay (near Statute Mile 265)

      Back in July, we reported that the a narrow, canal-like section of the Northern Gulf ICW (a. k. a. the Gulf Coast Intracoastal Waterway) had been closed, due to the collapse of a dike, following torrential rains, and tons of mud and sand had been washed into the channel. Then, on 8/24/13, we published an article that dredging had partially reopened the channel, but budgetary restrictions had kept the ACOE from widening the channel to its original breadth (see /?p=119741).
      Now, below we hear from Captain Rich Gano, in Panama City, (who sent us the original report of the Waterway closing) that more rains have worsened the situation, and moneys are still not available for a full fix. Sounds like there may be hope though!

      Last month I reported on the dike break which closed the ICW between Panama City and Destin for a week or two. We have continued to have inordinate amounts of rain, and the US COE now reports this same area has shoaled up to on the southern half of the channel at this mile marker. The northern part of the channel is OK.
      For the uninitiated, that is NOT enough room for easy passage of two trawlers. There is no estimate of when the money will be available to fix this, but because it hinders barge delivery of fuel to Panama City (our normal method), I assume it will not be long.
      Rich Gano
      Calypso

      Click Here, Or on Chartlet Above, To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of The “Partially Reopened” Section of the Northern Gulf ICW

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    • Northern Gulf ICW Partially Reopens Between Panama City/West Bay and Choctawhatchee Bay (near Statute Mile 265)

      On July 7, 2013, the SSECN published an extensive posting, inspired by information received from Captain Rich Gano, to the effect that the Northern Gulf ICW (a. k. a. the GIWW) had been closed between Panama City and Choctawhatchee Bay/Fort Walton Beach, due to the almost 20 inches of rain dumped along the Gulf Coast, [which] collapsed a levee alongside the cut. We are pleased to report that two dredges are now on-site, working 24/7 to return the channel to normal width and depth, and as of 7/24/13, the Waterway has been “partially” reopened.
      How can a Waterway be “partially reopened,” you may ask, as did we. Well, seems that some sort of narrow channel has already been restored by dredging operations, BUT, we strongly advise one and all (see below) to follow the USCG’s advice, and contact the dredge operators via VHF, for advice on how best to bypass their operations, while still maintaining the best depths. Hopefully, within another week or so, the dredges will have finished their work, and this “closure” will be only a bad, short-lived memory!

      The 11 July 2013 Mobile COE Nav note states the dredge Integrity will be on site and expected a week to clear the blockage.
      Now I have word from Stan Reynolds, who intends to move his trawler from Panama City to Destin, that the USCG says via a phone call that the “ditch” is partially opened to pleasure vessels. Just contact the dredge for passing instructions.
      Rich Gano
      Calypso (GB42 Hull # 295)
      Panama City area, FL

      Stan Reynolds got Morning Star through the ongoing dredging operation yesterday. He had previously called the USCG and had been told that the area was partially open for pleasure vessels. He was instructed to call the dredge for passing instructions. However, when he got there at about 11 AM, he found two dredges with both operators at lunch and no communications. He successfully eased on through and also found a significant shoal area on the south side of the canal at mile 270.
      The last update of the COE Mobile District’s Navigation Notes page is the 11 July comment that there is a dredge working the area.
      Rich Gano
      Calypso (GB42 Hull # 295)
      Panama City area, FL

      And, here’s some less welcome news just received from Captain Gano on 7/24/13:

      Local news reporting tonight reports the Corps of Engineers has cleared the mile marker 265 bank collapse enough to allow a barge to pass, but there is not enough money in the remaining fiscal year budget to completely clear all debris. They may be having to wait until November to complete repairs.
      Begging to be answered is the question of how the canal will fare through the rest of hurricane season. Significant rainfall in a short period of time could easily exacerbate the current problem.
      Rich Gano
      Calypso (GB42 Hull # 295)
      Panama City area, FL

      Click Here, Or on Chartlet Above, To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of The “Partially Reopened” Section of the Northern Gulf ICW

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    • Free Dock in Ft. Walton Now Re-Opened, Gulf ICW, Mile 223, Fort Walton Beach, FL

      Fort Walton Free Dock - Click for Chartview

      The free dock in Ft Walton Beach, located between R6 and R8 on the north side of the ICW, just west of the Brook Bridge, has been closed for repairs and, as Capt. Riggs relates, the dock is now open. The 3 deepest spots are on the SW corner of the dock, 1 being a lay along and the other 2 being the first two slips. Avoid blocking the pump out station as boaters do come to use it and then leave immediately.

      Cruising News:
      The free dock provided by the City of Ft. Walton, Fl is located just west of the fixed span Brooks Bridge at GICW mile 223. This facility has been closed for repairs for several months. The repairs have been effected, and the dock is now welcoming transient vessels effective May 29, 2013.
      Bob Riggs

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

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    • Lack of Transient Dockage in Destin, Florida Reported

      The message below is copied from the American Great Loop Cruisers’ Association forum. Shalimar Yacht Basin (see below) is located just west of Destin in Fort Walton Beach.

      Mint Julep is traveling east on the ICW together with Moonstruck. Yesterday, we attempted to make transient slip reservations in Destin Harbor and learned that there are none easily available. We checked with Harborwalk Marina and Marina Cafe….neither are providing slips for transients at this point in time. We even checked with the Destin
      Fisherman’s Co-Op and they do not take transients either.
      We stopped at Shalimar Yacht Basin, just off the ICW at 225EHL, and they have provided great service and good wind protection. Other good marinas (like Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin) are available on Choctawhatchee Bay, but we wanted the migrating group of Loopers coming from the Rendezvous to know that marinas in the Destin Harbor are not an option. If you still want to enjoy the Destin Harbor area, it is a very good deep water anchorage.
      Also, we learned yesterday that this weekend is the Apalachicola Seafood Festival, and no docks are available until Sunday night, for folks preparing to cross when/if a window opens next week.
      Bob and Pam Shircliff
      Gold Loopers
      M/V Mint Julep

      Marbella Yacht Club also offers transient slips in Destin Harbor. East Pass Realty (850) 837 4191 offer slips in Destin Harbor at East Pass Towers Marina and Watergate Towers Marina. Both of these marinas are private but will accept transients.
      Blake Dupuis
      M/V Marlee Ann

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    • Free Dock (Fort Walton Beach)

      The question was asked, where is the free dock in Ft Walton Beach. It is located between R6 and R8 on the north side of the ICW, just west of the Brook Bridge. The 3 deepest spots are on the SW corner of the dock, 1 being a lay along and the other 2 being the first two slips. Avoid blocking the pump out station as boaters do come to use it and then leave immediately.
      Stay safe,
      Tom

      For all those [cruisers] who have used the free dock at Ft Walton Beach, consider writing a personal note to the city c/o Carol Jones at cjones@fwb.org. If you went ashore during your visit and spent money, especially let her know. Feedback like this is what will keep that dock available in the future.
      For those considering the use of this dock, remember it is without electricity and only for a single night. Other private marinas in the area want a chance at your longer term business.
      Stay safe,
      Tom

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    • Baytowne Marina at San Destin (Choctawhatchee Bay)

      Baytowne Marina is easily accessible off the Northern Gulf ICW’s run across the lengthy of Choctawhatchee Bay. I have always thought this facility to be a bit exposed, but a partial breakwater helps.

      I have to agree with Dick. We enjoyed spending time with Captain Ron in Baytowne. The Marina is a vibrant community unto itself, complete with a friendly Golden Retriever. Great facilities, Laundry, showers, BAR!, and all the Clubs, Restaurants, and Golf you could possibly want. Like Arnold said, `I’ll be back’.
      Paul Kelly
      On the Dot.Calm

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    • Sabine Marina (Little Sabine Bay, Pensacola Beach)

      The marked channel leading to Sabine Marina cuts to the south, immediately west of the Pensacola Beach Bridge. Observe all markers carefully and heavily favor the eastern shores after entering the Bay.

      Was just at the Sabine Marina this past December in 09. While I was there that had a dredge working in the pass coming into the Marina so its plenty deep now. Great little bar and nice shower and laundry facilities.
      Rob

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    • Free City Dock at Fort Walton Beach, FL

      I think, if memory serves, and sometimes it does not, we have had an earlier posting here on the Net concerning the free city dock in Fort Walton Beach, described below. Sounds like a wonderful municipal resource for the cruising community!

      Subject: Ft Walton FL free dock
      Cruising News: We stayed at the Ft Walton city Dock January 18, the water on the way in was 8 to 10 feet deep, the slip about 6 feet deep. The slips are fine and the park is nice there is a Publix supermarket a short walk away. About 10PM I heard a clatter outside. I pulled back the curtain to see a man standing on the finger pier of the next slip to my boat, when he saw me open the curtain and the light he ran up the dock to the parking area jumped into a car which was parked and the car took off. There was an aluminum skiff tied to the pier he was standing on, I think he was getting ready to steal it or the outboard motor. The next morning I saw the skiff tied to an anchored boat near the dock. The owner must have arrived later on and used it to go out to his boat. I went by and warned him of what I had seen.
      I would warn anyone stopping there to be very careful of their boat or if walking around the area after dark.
      Steve Willett
      Monk 36, Gumbo
      Thibodaux, Louisiana

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    • “Specter Island” Anchorage (Statute Mile

      I have never heard the anchorage referred to below in Captain Root’s note named as “Specter Island, but, then again, the late Skipper Bob apparently knew something I did not about this small land mass. Anyway, it lies south of the ICW, on the section referred to as “the Narrows,” west of Choctawhatchee Bay and Fort Walton Beach.

      We are anchored tonight behind Spectre Island MM 217.4. Enter west of G51 per Skipper Bob, watch your depth carefully as the shoal to the east side is very shallow. We found six feet all the way in, ten feet behind island between it and the barrier island. Barrier island is restricted, but Spectre island is sand, so walking dog should be OK. Alternative is eight foot charted pool east of Spectre Island and along barrier island at 30 24 07N, 86 41 43W
      Travel safe
      Bill Root

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    • Sabine Bay Marina (Pensacola Beach. St. M. 189)

      The entrance to Sabine Bay, home of the facility discussed below, runs to the south, immediately east of the high-rise Pensacola Beach Bridge. This passage has been subject to periodic shoaling in the past, but it has been several years since I sounded its depths. Anyone know what the current MLW depths are in this cut????
      Oh yes, as you will guess from the wording of Captains Steve and Liz’s message below, it is copied from the AGLCA mail list.

      [Sabine Bay Marina is] not listed in Skipper Bobs but just wanted to let any loopers still coming know about a great little marina right in Sabine Bay (ICW mile 189.0). Skipper Bobs only lists the Beach Marina at $1.50/foot with no showers or laundry, but right next door is the Sabine Marina with a few transient slips at $1/foot (plus the florida taxes of course) with great shower, laundry and fun looking bar/restaurant. it’s right at the bridge to Pensacola Beach, so all the shops are within walking distance.
      Steve & Liz Kemper

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    • Low Water Levels in the Florida Panhandle as of 10/18/09

      I, too, have experienced the low water – wind tide conditions described by Captain Tom below. As he notes, these depths usually persist only a few days, but while they are underway, soundings can be spooky!

      If you are near or in the Florida Panhandle this morning, you will find the water levels are 1-2 feet below the charted depths. The north winds have been blowing hard for a few days and pushed the water off the coastline. It will come back in a few days; but for now, be careful.
      Stay Safe,
      Tom

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    • Free Fort Walton Beach City Dock

      If memory serves, and sometimes it does not, there was an earlier posting here on the Cruisers’ Net about the free city dock at Fort Walton Beach. In any case, what a deal, assuming, of course, you can clear an 17-18 foot fixed bridge (see below)!

      Ft Walton Beach free dock if you can clear 17-18 ft bridge . Low amp electric & H2O available . Length & beam probably not a problem if you can clear the bridge . Airport short hop .
      Jim Tharp

      There are 50′ bridges at Navarre to the west and downtown Fort Walton (to the east Brooks Bridge) to navigate to get to the city dock. It is indeed free but you must call city hall or after hours the police department to request permission to stay. Numbers are posted on the dock.
      Steve Purvis

      We stopped here last spring on the way north. We did NOT spend the night but did use the free pump-out, and while I took care of that Jennifer went to the market for supplies. I don’t recall any low (18′) bridge to get into this dock. The free city dock is just off the ICW and just west of the high bridge.
      Jim & Jennifer

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    • Free City Dock – Fort Walton Beach, Florida

      If memory serves (which sometimes it does not), there was a much earlier posting here on the Net’s “Northern Gulf” section about the free city dock at Fort Walton Beach. However, the series of messages below are much more detailed than any previously posted here!

      Fort Walton Beach City Dock, on the panhandle of Florida, is a free dock. Although there is no electricity, it is a very nice dock, with several fingers. There is room for 8 boats. There is a 24 hour limit and permission is needed from the City Manager to stay, but that is only a phone call (850-833-9500)
      There is a Publix very close and a West Marine a little further.
      Darrell & Beth Berge
      M/V L’Attitude Changer

      As i recall only 2 maybe 3 of the docks had 4.5′ to 6 ‘ of water. i believe the outward 2 on the west side were safe.
      GEORGE & MIRIAM GRAFER
      TIME OUT

      George, your memory is correct, water is a little skinney on the east finger docks and those closer to shore. If you find there is still a white water hose coiled at the water faucet, that is mine. After watering up two of us last December, hose was nicely coiled on the dock, and left there, not realising the hose belonged to us.
      George and Miriam, we look forward to seeing you in a few days in Beaufort, assume you must be getting close.
      Chuck and Claria Gorgen
      ODYSSEE, waiting for spring in Rimouski, Quebec

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