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    • Thank you! from Staniel Cay and Makers Air, Bahamas

      The Care Package initiative was a huge success and the appeal for donations has ended. Good for you readers!

       
      All of us at the Staniel Cay Yacht Club and Makers Air wish to express our sincere gratitude for the support and love everyone has shown to the community of Staniel Cay and the staff of SCYC. Thanks to you, our Care Package Initiative was a huge success, and we far exceeded our goal!
       
      We are officially ending this fundraising effort today, but due to the outstanding generosity of so many of you, we will now be able to do a second Care Package delivery in early June without the need to raise any additional funds.
       
      We will be delivering the much needed initial Care Packages this weekend, as planned.
       
      A very heartfelt “Thank You!!” from us to all of you.
       
      Be safe and we hope to welcome you back soon!
       
      Sincerely,
       
      Staniel Cay Yacht Club and Makers Air
      on behalf of the Community of Staniel Cay
       
      Makers Air | Staniel Cay Yacht Club | Watermakers, Inc. | Exumas, ., Bahamas

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    • This Week at Interior!

      A weekly recap of events at the U.S. Department of the Interior.

       

       
       
      This Week at Interior
      Three uniformed National Park Service employees gather on a courtyard outside a building to listen to Secretary Bernhardt speak.

      This week: Secretary Bernhardt was on the road again, affirming the extraordinary coronavirus recovery efforts underway in Indian Country, and continuing to increase public lands access for visitors; the Second Lady joins Interior’s Deputy Secretary to talk about the mental health benefits of the great outdoors; Interior continues to implement its aggressive efforts to prevent and manage wildfires; it’s been forty years since America’s worst volcanic disaster; Interior is leading the way to eradicate invasive species in Pacific Island territories; the Fish and Wildlife Service, USGS, and the U.S. Navy, sign an agreement to continue protecting Guam’s unique ecosystems and native biological diversity, while supporting our nation’s military readiness needs; in his Memorial Day message, Secretary Bernhardt says he hopes Americans will take the time to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, and express gratitude to all who have served; and a sunset at Maine’s Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge shines in our social media Picture of the Week.

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      COVID-19 in Indian Country

      Secretary Bernhardt wears a face masks and sits at a large wooden table in a conference room with three other men wearing masks.

      Secretary Bernhardt was on the road again, traveling to New Mexico and Arizona. Meeting with the Pueblo Council of Governors and the Navajo Nation, the Secretary affirmed the extraordinary efforts underway to work alongside Indian Country as we overcome the coronavirus.

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      Expanding Park Access

      Several U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employees in Blue shirts stand in an outdoor courtyard listening to Secretary Bernhardt speak.

      The Secretary also made stops at the Grand Canyon, Petroglyphs National Monument and Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge to talk to employees as public lands continue to increase access to visitors.

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      Great Smoky Mountains Visit

      Second Lady Karen Pence and Deputy Secretary Katharine MacGregor swing open a metal gateway on a road curving through a forest.

      Second Lady Karen Pence, joined by Deputy Secretary of the Interior, Katharine MacGregor and Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks, Robert Wallace, visited the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to talk about the many mental health benefits the outdoors offers. They opened the gates to Clingman’s Dome, and shared more on the park’s progress on the second phase of restoring access to the public.

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      Fire Leadership for Women

      A woman in a yellow shirt, hard hat and firefighting gear kneels on the ground in a forest and talks on a radio.

      The National Interagency Prescribed Fire Training Center has held multiple Fire Leadership for Women training modules in Tallahassee, Florida this year. Interior continues to implement its aggressive efforts to prevent and manage wildfires, and these female leaders are critical to protecting communities throughout the country.

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      40 Years Since the Mount St. Helens Eruption

      An aerial photo of a volcano erupting with a huge cloud of ash.

      It was forty years ago this week that Mount St. Helens erupted with a cataclysmic blast, tragically killing 57 people. The eruption fed a towering plume of ash for more than nine hours…volcanic mudflows, or lahars, carried large boulders and logs, destroying forests, bridges, roads and buildings. It was the worst volcanic disaster in US history. USGS scientists continue to conduct critical work to monitor volcanic activity to better forecast possible future natural disasters.

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      Invasive Species Grants

      Close up photo of a beetle.

      Interior is leading the way to eradicate invasive species, providing critical funding to the US territories of Guam and Saipan, and the Republic of Palau, and Yap, in the Federated States of Micronesia. The funds will be used to introduce biological control of coconut rhinoceros beetles, remove monitor lizards, and to destroy wild vines, all of which are disruptive to the natural ecosystem and people’s livelihoods in the islands.

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      Guam Virtual Signing Ceremony

      A sandy path leads out of a forest on to a beach and the ocean.

      The Fish and Wildlife Service, USGS, and the U.S. Navy, have signed an agreement to continue protecting Guam’s unique ecosystems and native biological diversity, while supporting our nation’s military readiness needs. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Aurelia Skipwith says the agreement sets a benchmark for collaboration between our agencies on Guam, while enabling us to continue our ongoing research operations, provide public access, and meet our conservation mandate. USGS Director Jim Reilly says the collaboration minimizes the impacts of the invasive Brown treesnakes and improves controls on military lands on Guam.

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      Memorial Day 2020

      A male soldier stops to salute a grave in a cemetery while placing American flags.

      In his Memorial Day message, Secretary Bernhardt says he hopes Americans will take the time to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, and express gratitude to all who have served. Check out the Secretary’s Memorial Day message on our You Tube Channel.

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      Tweet of the Week

      Secretary David Bernardt
      Secretary David Bernhardt  @SecBernhardt

      I’ve directed @BLMNational to extend the public comment period deadline on the Farmington RMP by 120 days as we continue to work w/ the Tribes to beat this virus.

      Secretary Bernhardt wears a mask and bumps elbows with a man in a suit while standing in a conference room.

      21 May

       

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      Picture of the Week

      A lake bordered by trees under a colorful sunrise sky.

      Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge in Maine. Photo by Keith Ramos, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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    • A Safe Vacation On Bald Head Island, Cape Fear River, NC


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      Bald Head Island is home to Bald Head Island Marina, A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, which is found hard by the seaward mouth of the Cape Fear River, within sight of the “Old Baldy” lighthouse! See Emergency Status.

      Bald Head Island Covid-19 Guidelines

      We are excited to welcome back our guests to the island starting May 27th. The health and safety of Bald Head Island residents, visitors, and employees is our top priority. If you’re planning an island getaway, we wanted to share some important information in the wake of COVID-19.
       

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      Our Commitment To Our Guests

      NC Governor Roy Cooper announced Wednesday, May 20th that the state of North Carolina will be moving onto Phase Two of the phased re-opening plan  effective Friday, May 22, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

      SOCIAL DISTANCING MEASURES:

      • When in public, a distance of at least 6 feet should be maintained between yourself and others.
      • Island employees, residents, and guests are advised to wear face masks or coverings in public.
      • If you are experiencing possible COVID-19 symptoms, including cough, headache or fever, please self-quarantine and DO NOT travel to the island.

      FERRIES & TRAMS:

      • Passenger ferry capacities and scheduled runs may be reduced. Be prepared to wait longer to board your ferry. Tram reservations do not guarantee a seat on the ferry, so you should arrive at least 40 minutes in advance.
      • Face masks are required for all ferry and tram passengers ages 3 and up. Social distancing restrictions also apply.
      • For up to date ferry and tram information, visit baldheadislandferry.com.

      RECREATION/ACTIVITIES:

      • Island activities may be canceled or altered due to restrictions on large gatherings.
      • Restaurants may be open for takeout only or may be open for seated dining with limited capacity.
      • Bald Head Island Club and Shoals Club services and amenities may be restricted or be operating with limited capacity.
      • The Maritime Market is open and well stocked. Face masks or coverings must be worn and store occupancy is limited.
      • Retail businesses are open with limitations on occupancy. Face masks or coverings are required.
      • We recommend directly contacting restaurants, clubs and businesses for updates.

      CLEANING STANDARDS:

      • CDC-approved sanitizing and disinfecting products are being utilized to clean our vacation rental homes, both inside and on decks and porches.
      • Housekeeping teams use fresh cleaning rags to prevent the spread of germs from one home to another.
      • Bedding and towels are cleaned and dried in industrial grade washer/dryers at high temperatures.
      • Bed coverings that are difficult to wash and dry are being replaced with washable cotton blankets and the double top sheet method is being used.
      • Housekeeping staff are adhering to social distancing guidelines while working in homes and are wearing face masks and gloves.
      • Particular attention is being paid to disinfecting high touch areas and items, including house keys, remote controls, door and cabinet knobs, light switches and faucets.
      • Bring your own cleaning supplies to keep your home disinfected while you occupy it.

      Please be courteous with island workers who are enforcing guidelines for the safety of everyone in our community. We look forward to helping families make great island memories, even with the unprecedented challenges we all face together.

      For more information on COVID-19 safety measures, vacation rentals and general island information, visit www.baldheadisland.com.
       

      HELPFUL LINKS:

      Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers Net Marina Directory Listing For Bald Head Island Marina

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    • Lowcountry Maritime School May 2020 Newsletter

      Lowcountry Maritime School  has had an unusual Spring semester. Established in 2014, the Lowcountry Maritime School is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to helping educate our youth in the fields of science, technology, engineering, art and math using wooden boat construction and other maritime activities as their teaching platform.

      Lowcountry Maritime School May 2020 Newsletter

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    • Reminder: It’s Waterbird Nesting Season – Respect Marked Boundaries

      The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is reminding the public that it’s waterbird nesting season. Many Floridians and guests are returning to the state’s beaches to celebrate Memorial Day weekend but this is also a critical time for Florida’s vulnerable wading birds, shorebird and seabird populations. By respectfully sharing our beaches and waterways with these birds, people can help ensure their survival.

      Least tern chick by Carol Rizkalla/FWC.

      Help us conserve beach nesting birds

      The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is reminding the public that it’s waterbird nesting season. Many Floridians and guests are returning to the state’s beaches to celebrate Memorial Day weekend but this is also a critical time for Florida’s vulnerable wading birds, shorebird and seabird populations. By respectfully sharing our beaches and waterways with these birds, people can help ensure their survival.

      Shorebirds and seabirds, such as snowy plovers and black skimmers, build shallow nests on the ground. Their eggs and chicks are well camouflaged and can easily be missed and even stepped on. Wading birds, such as herons, egrets and pelicans, are also nesting now. They typically nest in mangroves and on tree islands around the state. When people come too close to their nests, they can cause birds to abandon their nesting sites, leaving eggs and chicks vulnerable.

      “Startling birds might not seem like a big deal, but disturbing shorebirds and seabirds can actually be deadly,” said FWC Florida Shorebird Alliance Coordinator, Shea Armstrong. “If a mother bird is forced to leave her nest, her eggs or chicks are left behind where they can be eaten by predators, exposed to the hot sun, or trampled by unsuspecting beachgoers.”  

      Boaters and beachgoers can make a big difference for Florida’s vulnerable nesting shorebirds and seabirds by following these simple guidelines:

      • Keep your distance from birds, on the beach and on the water. If birds become agitated or leave their nests, you are too close. Birds calling out loudly and dive-bombing are signals to back off.
      • Respect posted areas. When possible, stay at least 300 feet from a posted nesting area. Avoid entering areas marked with signs for nesting birds and use designated walkways.
      • Do not enter Critical Wildlife Areas. CWAs are established to give wildlife the space needed for nesting, roosting and foraging, and they are clearly marked with signs or buoys to alert boaters to areas that are closed to public access.
      • Avoid intentionally forcing birds to fly or run. This causes them to use energy needed for nesting, and eggs and chicks may be left vulnerable to the sun’s heat or predators. Teach children to let shorebirds and seabirds rest instead of chasing them, and encourage friends and family to do the same. Shorebirds and seabirds outside of posted areas may be feeding or resting and need to do so without disturbance.
      • It is best to leave pets at home but if you bring them to the beach, keep them leashed and avoid shorebird and seabird nesting areas. Pets are not permitted on most beaches, including state parks, so always check and be respectful of local rules when preparing for a day at the beach.
      • Keep the beach clean and do not feed wildlife. Food scraps attract predators, such as raccoons and crows, which can prey on shorebird eggs and chicks. Litter on beaches can entangle birds and other wildlife.
      • Spread the word. Let your friends and family know how important it is to give shorebirds space and share the message on social media!
      • Report disturbance of nesting birds to the FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922) or by texting Tip@MyFWC.com. You can also report nests that are not posted to our Wildlife Alert Program.

      For more information on how you can help Florida’s shorebirds, go to MyFWC.com/Shorebirds or FLShorebirdAlliance.org.

      To learn more about Florida’s CWAs or confirm CWA locations in your area, visit MyFWC.com/CWA

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    • Get Caught Up in Gulfport! Gulfport Historical Society, Gulfport, FL


      Gulfport Marina includes dry boat storage, ship store, bathroom, public boat ramp, parking, fueling stations, lighted range markers and guest docking facility.

      During the pandemic, the Gulfport Historical Society continues its educational activities for the City of Gulfport, home to Gulfport Municipal Marina, A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, located on the northern shores of Boca Ciega Bay and easily accessible from the Western Florida ICW, just north of Tampa Bay.


       
       

      Volume IV, 2020

      SWAT Teams, Near Death Experiences & MoreThere’s much more to the wonderful, weird and downright astounding history of Florida than you might know. Find out the details on Friday, May 22 at 7 p.m., when the Gulfport Historical Society hosts a new virtual event. Sign on to experience the historical thrills at meet.google.com/jstoiza-sbjHuddle ’round your computer and learn more from “Florida Snapshots,” which will offer up a series of short presentations on Sunshine State history. Each presentation will be accompanied by a signature beverage; since this is a time of social distancing, we’ll provide the recipe and you provide the drink!

      GHS Needs You!

      We’re looking for a few good helpers.The Gulfport Historical Society is in need of assistance with its website, including writers and photo submissions. We also greatly need a volunteer web designer who is highly skilled with WordPress to assist with proofreading. Help us keep you informed! If available, would you please contact us at info@gulfporthistoricalsociety.org.

      WHY?

      Q: Why are they called dutch ovens?
      A: The Dutch began producing cast-iron cookware in the 17th century. They were named “Dutch ovens” in the early 18th century when the manufacturing procedure was patented.

       
       
       
       
       
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      Copyright © 2020 Gulfport Historical Society, All rights reserved.
      You’re getting our emails because you either signed up at the Gulfport History Museum, the Gulfport Arts Center, online, or at one of our events. You might also be on the City of Gulfport’s mailing list. You may unsubscribe from this list at any time, although it will make us sad.Our mailing address is:

      Gulfport Historical Society

      5301 28th Avenue South

      Gulfport, FL 33707

       

      Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Western Florida Marina Directory Listing For Gulfport Municipal Marina

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    • More Advice Needed on Air Draft at Wilkerson Creek Bridge, Alligator/Pungo Canal, AICW Statute Mile 126


      Our most recent report on clearance at Wilkerson Creek Bridge is from experienced tall-master, Rick Dammeyer. Answers are needed for new questions from John Rahm. If you carry 64ft mast height and have passed under this bridge successfully (or not!?!), please let us hear from you.

      Requesting insight on the Wilkerson Bridge at MM 125.9.
      Are the clearance boards in tact?
      What is the tidal range there?
      Is there anyone close, that I can call, to check the clearance, before I leave Portsmouth?
      Need the phone number of the closest house!
      Thanks in advance. Moving a boat with a 63 foot mast.
      Cheers, Captain John Rahm

      Wondering about the height of the water at the Wilkerson Bridge and whether or not a boat with 64 ft mast will be able to get under the bridge.
      Bill Combs

      Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Bridge Directory Listing For Wilkerson Creek Bridge

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      1. Captain Rick Brass -  May 12, 2017 - 7:44 pm

        The nominal air draft at the Wilkerson Bridge is 64 ft. There is negligible lunar tide in this area, but water depths will vary depending on wind speed and direction. Strong westerly or northwesterly winds will lower the water levels by up to 2 ft. Conversely, strong east or southeasterly winds across the Pamlico Sound will raise the water level and reduce bridge clearance.

        Since the water level varies from day to day, the best thing to do is contact an approaching sailboat that has recently passed under the bridge and ask about conditions. If you are southbound, do that when still in the Alligator River, since there is no place to anchor in the Alligator River Cut to wait for a wind shift. If northbound, ask someone in the Belhaven/Dowrey Creek area so you can anchor in the Pungo River anchorage just south of the Wilkerson Bridge, if needed. The folks at Dowrey Creek Marina can also give you information about the current water depths in the area.

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      2. Mary -  May 12, 2017 - 1:43 pm

        We just passed under this bridge on Friday May 12th without issue. We require 63 1/2′ clearance and had approximately 6″ to spare. Height board showed 64′.

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    • MIATC COVID-19 Survey, Martin County, FL

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       Fort Pierce City Marina 1 Avenue A, Ft. Pierce, FL 34950 Toll Free (800) 619-1780 (772) 464-1245 Facsimile (772) 464-2589

      At the intersection of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway and the Okeechobee Waterway, Martin County, A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, is home to Marine Industries Association of the Treasure Coast and a hub of boating activity and events of interest to boaters. MIATC invites you to participate in the following survey.

        
      COVID-19 Relief Survey
       
      As things begin to reopen, we would like to collect information on how COVID-19 has affected your business.
       
      Please take a moment to participate in the following survey:
       
       
       
      MIATC, PO Box 1639, Stuart, FL 34997

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    • LNM: Harbor Dredging, May 27-July 31, Morehead City, NC AICW Statute Mile 205


      The Waterway passes through Morehead City harbor north of Beaufort Inlet.

      NC – BEAUFORT INLET – MOREHEAD CITH HARBOR – DREDGING
      Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company will be commencing dredging operations on or around May 27, 2020 and dredging will take place 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Project work involves maintenance dredging located in the entrance channel of the Morehead City Harbor Ocean Bar Carteret County, North Carolina. Disposal of dredged material will be offshore distributed among the Ocean Dredged Material Disposal Site (ODMDS), the Nearshore
      East Placement Area and the Nearshore West Placement Area. Work is to be performed by a trailing suction hopper dredges PADRE ISLAND and DODGE ISLAND. Dredges may be contacted on VHF-FM Channels 13 and 16. Dredging is expected to continue until Jul 31 2020. Should you have any questions concerning this project, please contact Site Manager Matt Ferrell at (630) 248-4078, MFerrell@gldd.com or Contract Manager, Megan Place at (630) 209-7619, MPlace@gldd.com.

      AREA SPONSORING MARINA

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