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    • LNM: Normal Lock Hours, Okeechobee Waterway

      Our thanks to Specialist Erica Skolte for this notice.

      Notice is given that the extended lock hours on the Okeechobee Waterway have been suspended and we will be returning to normal lock hours of operation from 7:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m., with the last lockage starting at 4:30.

      https://www.saj.usace.army.mil/NTN/

      Be safe!
      Erica

      Erica Skolte
      Public Affairs Specialist
      Corporate Communications Office
      U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District Palm Beach Gardens
      OFFICE PHONE 561-340-1527
      Cell:  561-801-5734
      erica.a.skolte@usace.army.mil
      Twitter @JaxStrong
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      Jacksonville District: A team of professionals making tomorrow better “Keep Calm and Essayons”

       

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    • LNM: Reminder: AICW Bridges May Be Unable to Open during Hurricane

      Our thanks to Specialist Erica Skolte for this reminder.

      The state of Florida shut down the bridges in Stuart at 10 am this morning making it impossible for large vessels to move through. Be safe!

      Erica

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    • AIWA E-News July 2020

      Cruisers Net is proud to be a member of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association whose lobbying work is crucial to keeping the Waterway navigable. Your membership dollars directly support their vital work. Please join and encourage your boating neighbors to do likewise, regardless of their homeport.

       
      Federal Appropriations Update

      GOOD NEWS! On July 31st, the U.S. House of Representatives approved over $7.63 billion for the U.S. Army Corps Engineers Civil Works Program in their passage of H.R. 7617. The Corps funding for Energy & Water Development was included in an FY21 appropriations bill that was combined with five appropriation packages for other federal agencies and programs, also called a minibus appropriations bill. The H.R. 7617 minibus bill included funding packages for Commerce-Justice-Science, Defense, Financial Services and General Government, Labor-Health and Human Services-Education, Transportation-Housing and Urban Development.

      Diving into the details of how this impacts the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AIWW), the Corps received their funding broken into the following accounts:
      Investigations- $151 million
      Construction- $2.6 billion
      Operation & Maintenance- $3.84 billion
      Other- $1.039 billion

      Since the AIWW is an existing federal project, we receive our funding through the Operation & Maintenance Account. This year, the individual allocations included in the Administration’s Budget are:
      VA – $685,000 for Dismal Swamp Canal & $1.262 million for the Albemarle-Chesapeake Canal
      NC – $3.625 million
      SC – $100,000
      GA – $202,000
      FL – $380,000
      Total for AIWW – $6.254 million  

      The House also included the following mini-pots for Additional Dredging Needs where we can compete for additional funding for AIWW projects this coming year. In our advocacy efforts, we asked that the mini-pots be $75 million each, which was a larger request than we had previously received.

      Navigation – $5.7 billion ($40.156 Million in FY20)
      Inland Waterway- $55 million (same as FY20)
      Small, Remote or Subsistence Navigation- $65 million (same as FY20)

      While the numbers were less than requested in two categories (but equal to their FY20 allocation), Navigation funding well exceeded our request and is being envisioned to fund waterway infrastructure projects that will provide a stimulus to the U.S. economy during the current pandemic and recession. Overall, the Corps funding included over $17 billion in emergency funding including the $5 billion in the Navigation mini-pot listed above.

      Looking ahead, this completes the process for the House until the Senate proposes their appropriation bills and approves them. Once the Senate completes their process, the two legislative bodies will need to agree on a final compromise (a Conference Bill) and the House and Senate will need to vote to approve the Conference Bill and the President will need to sign the Bill. Since it is a Presidential election year and FY21 begins on October 1, 2020, we do not expect the appropriations process to be completed before the new fiscal year begins. Therefore, Congress will need to pass a Continuing Resolution to continue funding the federal government at FY20 levels until the new bills are passed or we would have a government shutdown. We will be tracking the next few months in Washington, D.C. and we will continue to keep our membership informed.

       
      From our friends at NMMA, please find below a press release on the historic Great American Outdoors Act.
       
      Historic Boating Access and Conservation Bill Approved by Congress
       

      On July 22, 2020 in an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote, Congress passed the Great American Outdoors Act – legislation that will stimulate the recreational boating industry and create more safe and sustainable recreation access for all Americans. The bill – which is expected to be signed by the President in the coming days – follows years of advocacy by the outdoor recreation community, including NMMA and boating industry stakeholders. The Great American Outdoors Act addresses two long-standing priorities of the outdoor recreation community. First, it fully funds the Land and Water Conservation Fund – a go-to program for conserving and maximizing outdoor recreation access. Second, the bill tackles the maintenance backlog on our public lands and waters by investing in boating infrastructure like docks, ramps and parking facilities. 

      “With more Americans flocking to boating in the era of social distancing, the Great American Outdoors Act is the shot in the arm we need to continue delivering the memorable experiences and significant economic impact our industry provides, including more than 35,000 businesses and 700,000 American jobs,” said Frank Hugelmeyer, NMMA president. “We applaud Congress for coming together in an overwhelmingly bipartisan manner on legislation that ensures both local economies and families can reap the benefits of outdoor recreation activities for generations to come.” “From Boating United and social media, to coalition letters and virtual meetings with members of Congress, the recreational boating industry – in concert with our outdoor recreation community partners – showed exactly what can be accomplished when we all work together to advance a top advocacy priority,” said Nicole Vasilaros, NMMA senior vice president of government and legal affairs. “Thanks to the tireless work of countless NMMA members and boating industry stakeholders, the Great American Outdoors Act is the law of the land, which will allow more American to get out on the water today and beyond.” Learn more at nmma.org

       

      AIWA Members Receive 20% Off Aqua Map Bundles

      AQUA MAP is now partnering with the AIWA to offer 20% off their software bundles. AIWA Executive Director Brad Pickel has used the Aqua Map App extensively throughout the Lowcountry of South Carolina and highly recommends the Aqua Map App 👍🏼. We hope our AIWA membership will take advantage of this opportunity. Learn more on this Special Limited Time Offer from Aqua Map by clicking here.
       
       
       
      ⛴ 📍🛳 Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Inspection Tour © 2020.
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      AIWA The Unified Voice of the Waterway ~ Over 20 Years of Advocacy and Education 

      The AIWA is a national non-profit organization with the mission of securing funding and support for the maintenance of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. We are the only organization dedicated to ensuring the future of the AIWW and proudly represent all stakeholders of the waterway. 

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      5A Market, Beaufort, South Carolina 29906  (843) 379-1151

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    • Update on Isaias and COVID-19, City of Gulfport, FL


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

      Gulfport Municipal Marina, A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, and the City of Gulfport always have a full calendar of events for all ages. The marina and harbor, found on the northern shores of Boca Ciega Bay, are easily accessible from the Western Florida ICW, just north of Tampa Bay.

      Mayor Henderson's Public Service Announcement on Friday, July 31, 2020
       
      City of Gulfport
      2401 53rd Street South
      Gulfport, FL 33707  
      (727) 893-1000
      For Immediate Release, Friday, July 31, 2020 – 4:30 PM
       
      MAYOR HENDERSON’S PUBLIC ADDRESS ANNOUNCEMENT ON FRIDAY, JULY 31, 2020
       
      Mayor Henderson provides an update on COVID-19 and Hurricane Isaias. Click here for the Mayor’s Public Service Announcement on Friday, July 31, 2020.
       
       

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    • Learn & Work Remotely from Bald Head Island! Cape Fear River, NC


      910-457-7380

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

      Bald Head Island, Cape Fear River, NC

      Click here for Learn & Work Remotely from Bald Head Island

       

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

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      1. Sean Welsh -  July 31, 2020 - 11:37 am

        Seems to be the wrong headine. July 4th has come and gone. Maybe you meant to post about Isaias?

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    • Cruise In and Out, Historic Edenton, Chowan County, NC, Albemarle Sound


      Edenton, NC - the prettiest town in the South!

      A longtime CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, Edenton always has an exciting calendar of events including safe activities during the coronavirus pandemic. Edenton is at the mouth of the Chowan River on the northwest shore of Albemarle Sound.

      Click here for Cruise in and Out

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      1. Henry Zalegowski -  July 31, 2020 - 4:16 pm

        We spent two days in Edenton North Carolina the marina is very nice, although the waves did you get through the barrier and it was Rocky at night. The restrooms were air conditioned and very clean and the showers were nice . The Visitor Center Museum was open on Sunday which was a surprise. We took the trolley ride through historic Edenton and it was really worth the $12. The governor's Pub is a very welcoming beer and hamburger spot, I would recommend it to anybody. The docks are free for 48 hours electricity is $3 a night you can't go wrong with a night or two visit. there's an amazing amount of history in this little town, many beautiful gardens.

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    • Dowry Creek Marina Breaks Ground on New Restaurant, Belhaven, NC, AICW Statute Mile 131.5


      Dowry Creek Marina

      A longtime CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, Dowry Creek Marina is under new management and ownership by the Zeltner family who want to roll out the red carpet to transients, doing whatever you might need during your visit.  This highly praised and transient friendly marina lies off the AICW/Pungo River north of Belhaven, NC. See also COVID-19 UPDATE.

       

      Dowry Creek Marina breaks ground on new restaurant
      the washingtondailynews.com

       

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    • Mid-Summer Special, Safe Harbor City Boatyard, Charleston, SC


      Welcome to The City Marina The City Marina Wins Jack Nichol Award for Design See our feature on The Visitors Network Located on mile marker 469.5 of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, the Charleston City Marina features 19,000 feet of linear dock space covering 40 acres of water. The marina was named 2005 National Marina of the Year (Marina Dock Age Magazine), and offers state-of-the-art amenities and facilities to promise an enjoyable stay. The City Marina's MegaDock extends 1,530 feet and is the longest free standing floating fuel dock in the Southeast. These features, and Historic Downtown Charleston location, make The City Marina one of the east coast's most popular marinas.

      Safe Harbor City Boatyard, formerly Charleston City Boatyard, a subsidiary of Safe Harbor Marinas, A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, is found on the northern reaches of the Wando River north of red marker #40. 

       

      Click for details on Mid-Summer Special: Haul-out with Pressure Washing and Inspection Half Off!*

       

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    • The Mullet Wrapper from the 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 online 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 VI, 2020

       
      A Taste of Florida

      Savor the flavor of Florida’s past with the Gulfport Historical Society (GHS) as we present a unique look at the Sunshine State through the history of its food, as part of our “Florida Snapshots” series.

      On Friday, August 7, at 7 p.m., tune in for an hour long, virtual presentation from local writers addressing everyone’s favorite subject – food – and the fascinating role it has played in our state’s history. A short Q & A session will follow each writer.

      Topics to be covered: “Wasting Away Again: the Myth of Margaritaville,” “Key Lime Pie in the Sky” and “Florida Food, Drink and Women’s Journalism.”

      This event is free (but we’d really appreciate a $5 donation). Once you register for the event, you’ll receive a link with more meeting information.

      Further details and registration information are available at  the GHS webpage and on Facebook. To make a donation, please visit us here.

                 Can you offer a helping hand?

      Volunteers  are needed to help clean and paint the Art Center. With COVID-19 safety in mind, we are having only two volunteers working at a time. For more information, and to participate, please give us a shout out by contacting us here.
       
       
       
       
       
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      Copyright © 2020 Gulfport Historical Society, All rights reserved.

      Our mailing address is:

      Gulfport Historical Society

      5301 28th Avenue South

      Gulfport, FL 33707

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    • The Weekly, Gabber’s Thursday Newsletter, July 30, Gulfport, FL


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

      The City of Gulfport continues to respond to the coronavirus pandemic with information and numerous actions for self protection against the virus. Gulfport is home to Gulfport Municipal Marina, A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR.

      The Weekly: Food trucks, Schools + Masks

       

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

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