Indian Key Channel provides access from the popular anchorage hard by Indian Key, to rustic and charming Everglades City, the only real port of call in the entire Ten Thousand Islands region of Southwest Florida, south of Marco Island.
The missing marker described below, in this article cherry picked from the latest Local Notice to Mariners, denotes the southeastern flank of the Indian Key channel as it crosses ultra shallow Chokoloskee Bay, on its way to the mouth of Barron River and Everglades City. The channel is narrow along this stretch, and depths outside of the cut in Chokoloskee Bay can be measured in inches.
Let’s hope #24 is replaced SOON. Until that happy occasion, ALL mariners bound for Everglades City need to take extra caution as they pass the former position of this aid to navigation!
FLORIDA-CHATHAM RIVER TO CLAM PASS-CHOKOLOSKEE BAY CHANNEL: Hazard to Navigation.
Chokoloskee Bay Channel Daybeacon 24 (LLNR 16065) is destroyed and the remains of the pile is broken with 3ft remaining above the waterline at high tide. A temporary lighted buoy “WR24” with Fl Q R characteristics is marking the remains. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution. Charts 11429 and 11430