During August of 2012, we originally published the article below, which, as you will see, is an extract from the Local Notice to Mariners, describing a critical, missing aid to navigation on the Hawk Channel side of the Angelfish Creek passage. Now, here we are in early October, 2012, and one would think that this marker had been replaced.
On 10/4/12, a question from an SSECN user, prompted our Senior Editor, Captain Larry Dorminy, to check on this aid to navigation’s status. Surprise, surprise, as of today, October 4, 2012, according to the USCG in Islamorada, the flashing red #2A has NOT been replaced. Thus, we have reprinted our earlier warning below, and moved it back up into current notice on the SSECN Home Page and our various Floridian pages. Wonder when #2A will indeed be returned to its charted position. Let’s hope, SOON!
Angelfish Creek is the northernmost of the useful Florida Keys “connector passages” that allow access from the FLK Inside Route to Hawk Channel, or the other way around. The easterly mouth of Angelfish Creek cuts the shores of Card Sound, northeast of Pumpkin Key. For years, some cruisers have reported an “underwater rock” near the intersection of Angelfish Creek and Hawk Channel, but I have personally never been able to find this hazard, in spite of repeated soundings taken in these waters. Others however, have told me on numerous occasions, they have found this rock “the hard way.”
So, any navigation of the Angelfish Creek channel requires the greatest caution. Now, according to the report below, cherry picked from the latest Notice to Mariners, a missing aid to navigation may make navigation even dicier. This missing lighted buoy #2A marks the entrance from Hawk Channel.
FLORIDA-MIAMI TO MARATHON AND FLORIDA BAY-ANGELFISH CREEK: Temporary Lighted Buoy Missing.
The TRLB marking Angelfish Creek Daybeacon 2A (LLNR 11190) is missing. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11451