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    • LNM: Shoaling and Channel Shifts, Matanzas Pass, Fort Myers Beach, FL


      This dogleg inlet channel has been an area of shoaling and shifting channels for years. Keep a sharp on your depth finder as you enter. See photo below.

       

      FLORIDA – FORT MYERS TO CHARLOTTE HARBOR AND WIGGINS PASS – MATANZAS PASS CHANNEL: Shoaling and changes to channel.

      Shoaling has been reported in the vicinity of the newly placed federal aids to navigation at Matanzas Pass at the previous position of Matanzas Pass Daybeacon 4 (LLNR 18095), in position 26-27-55.397n, 081-58-09.010w. Mariners are advised that recent dredge work has been completed returning the federal channel back to its original dimensions south of the current route. The channel runs close abeam of the southern beach at Bodwitch Point and is marked with a Temporary buoy 4. Additionally a temporary danger shoal light has been placed in position 26-27-58.002N, 081-58-09.943(26°27.9667N / 081°58.1657W, 26.466112 / -81.969429), flashing quick white at night with a white and orange danger board. This location was previously the position of Matanzas Pass Light 5 (LLNR 18107). All mariners are advised to be aware of these hazards to navigation and transit the area with caution.

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