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    • Update from Save Georgia’s Anchorages by James H. Newsome

      Our thanks to James H. Newsome of Save Georgia’s Anchorages, a group whose aim is to prevent unreasonable restriction to Georgia’s anchorages. See Anchoring Restrictions in Georgia.

      Much thanks for Larry and Cruisers Net for publicizing the ongoing issue with infringement on anchoring rights in Georgia. Please visit Save Georgia’s Anchorages on Facebook for the latest news in our efforts to have HB201 rewritten in the next legislative session starting in January.

      Since publication of proposed rules for HB201 in late May, many individuals and boating groups have voiced strong opposition to the intent of the law and subsequent rules. Following a public meeting in June, a record number of public comments submitted to GA’s Coastal Resource Division of DNR, and a Stakeholders’ Meeting at CRD headquarters in Brunswick in late July, it became apparent that changes were needed in HB201. Following weeks of review and exchange of ideas between several boating stakeholder groups and individuals, areas of concern in HB201 were identified and suggested revisions were developed.

      Stakeholders representing Waterway Guide, a coalition of membership organizations (including America’s Great Loop Cruisers’ Association (AGLCA), Seven Seas Cruising Association (SSCA), Marine Trawler Owners’ Association (MTOA), and Defever Cruisers), National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), and Save Georgia’s Anchorages contributed to the Suggested Revisions for GA’s Anchoring Law – HB201.

      This document was submitted to key GA legislators, DNR Commissioner Williams, and Coastal Resource Division Director Haymans in November, and now has been sent to the Legislative Council for review and to be drawn into a bill for submittal to the 2020 General Assembly.

      A complete copy of the Suggested Revisions for GA’s Anchoring Law is now uploaded to files here on Save Georgia’s Anchorages for your review.

      While we do not know what changes will be made in the final bill, we are pleased that GA legislators, DNR Board members, DNR Commissioner Williams and Director Haymans are working with us to find a solution to the problems in HB201.

      And a special thanks is extended to GA Representative Ron Stephens from Savannah District 164 who has been instrumental in helping our coalition of boating groups move this process through the negotiation and filing process. Representative Stephens is also a Great Loop Cruiser.

      We will keep members informed here on SGA when any developments arise. Please visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/SaveGeorgiasAnchorages/ where you can download a complete copy of Suggested Revisions to Georgia’s Anchoring Law, HB201.

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    • LNM: Partially Submerged Vessel, Pensacola Bay, Northern Gulf, FL


      This partially submerged fishing vessel is on the east side of the Bay Channel Reach 4, 0.5 NM south of Pensacola harbor.

      FL – PENSACOLA BAY – Wreck
      A F/V has been reported partially submerged and leaning at approximately 30 degrees with 15-20 feet protruding above the waterline in approximate position 30-23-06.0N 087-12-36.0W (30°23.1000N / 087°12.6000W, 30.385000 / -87.210000) . The F/V is reportedly not marked. Mariners are urged to avoid the area. Chart 11383 LNM 50/19

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    • LNM: Sunken Vessel, St. George Sound/Apalachee Bay, Northern Gulf, FL


      This sunken vessel appears to be on the west side of South Shoal, 4.5 NM south southwest of Lighthouse Point and 10.6 NM east of Dog Island.

      FL – GULF OF MEXIC0 – Submerged Vessel
      A vessel has been reported sunk off of Alligator Point, FL., in approximate position 29-50-09.8N 084-22-24.1W (29°50.1634N / 084°22.4017W, 29.836056 / -84.373361) . The vessel is reportedly not marked. Mariners are requested to transit the area with caution. Chart s 11400 11405 LNM 50/19

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    • Anchoring near Panama City, FL Northern Gulf


      Most marinas in Panama City and St. Andrews were destroyed during Hurricane Michael leaving little option for dockage. See Updates. Our thanks to AGLCA Loopers Dwight Pierce, Eric Lambert, Jack Nickerson and Larry McCullough for sharing their recent anchoring experiences in the area. Location details for the anchorings are very general and as you will see on the chart, there are no Cruisers Net  anchorages marked, but if you are adventuresome, as were these Loopers, anchoring is possible near Panama City. 

      I went in pass from gulf and went East in the bay apx 2 miles behind shell island and anchored about 100 yards off island. Depths seemed to match my Navionics pretty good. We draft 5’ 4”. Dinghy to shell island and walk beach. Very beautiful beach. We did have a north wind leaving us exposed but it was not too bad at anchor.
      Dwight Pierce

      When we went through Panama City back in June we anchored in Pearl Bayou whic was recommended by several fellow loopers. The Anchorage is very protected, in fact we arrived just before a rough thunderstorm with very strong winds and were glad to be in this protected area. The depths were 10’-15’ in the bayou. An easy dinghy ride to shore got us to a park that is actually part of Tyndal AFB. Unfortunately, there is not much within a walkable distance to this anchorage. We were fortunate to have a cousin who is stationed at Tyndal to pick us up and drive us around town.
      Eric Lambert

      Panana City is one of the topics we cover at docktails each night. Pirates Cove and Lighthouse (one call covers both) & CSS Yacht Basin have been taking transits. St Andrew,s Marina has fuel only no slips. We recommend Pearl Bayou as the almost perfect anchorage. 360 deg protection, plenty of depth, room for 20 boats, good access to shore for dogs and well marked entrance. 56 miles for our slip to Pearl. 3 easy travel days here to Carrabelle.
      Jack Nickerson

      I agree with Aquaholic, Pearl Bayou is a great anchorage. We were there last month and could not have asked for a better spot after a long day. Plenty of water and even with 4 other boats we had plenty of swing room. Great holding in very sticky mud. Bonus of seeing a few F-35 buzzing overhead but all quiet after a beautiful sunset.
      Larry McCullough

      AREA SPONSORING MARINAS – Neither able to offer dockage

      Click Here To View the Northern Gulf Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Panama City Marina

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Panama City Marina

      Click Here To View the Northern Gulf Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For St. Andrews Marina

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of St. Andrews Marina

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    • LNM: Dredging to Begin, Fernandina Harbor to Kings Bay, GA AICW Statute Mile 707


      The Kings Bay entrance channels and ranges in Cumberland Sound become part of the Waterway at statute mile 707, requiring extra care in the vicinity of dredge equipment working in the Waterway.

      GEORGIA AND FLORIDA – CUMBERLAND SOUND – FERNANDINA HARBOR TO KINGS BAY: Dredge Operations
      Great Lakes Dredge will commence dredge operations at the Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay – Entrance Channel, Cut-1N Through Range-E, 49, 45, and 44-Foot Project, Camden County Georgia & Nassau County E, Florida. Dredge operations will begin on or about December 15, 2019 until approximately March 31, 2020 – operations will occur 24 hours per day -7 days per week.
      Project work involves maintenance dredging of the Kings Bay Entrance Channel Cut-1N through Range-E. The excavated material will be distributed among the Fernandina Ocean Dredged Material Disposal Site (ODMDS) (D/A-O), the Fernandina Nearshore Disposal Area (D/A-N), and North Beach Disposal Area (D/A-NB). Dredges TERRAPIN ISLAND and LIBERTY ISLAND can be contacted VHF channels 13 and 16. See enclosure sections for project may details. Dredging and Disposal Operations are done at slow speeds with limited maneuverability. Mariners are urged to use extreme caution in the area of the dredge and to transit at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake/proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. There will be a small survey vessel conducting surveys operations daily and will be crossing perpendicular to channel. Mariners are advised to pass survey vessels stern and provide a slow bell. Further information contact Site Manager, Megan Place at (630) 209-7619, MPlace@gldd.com or Site Manager, Matt Ferrell at (630) 248-4078, MFerrell@gldd.com Chart 11503 LNM 50/19

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Kings Bay

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      Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Fernandina Harbor Marina  HURRICANE DAMAGE AND CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Fernandina Harbor Marina

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    • LNM: AICW Light 103 Extinguished, NC Statute Mile 273


      This extinguished ICW light is on the southeast shoulder of the Waterway south of New Topsail Inlet.

      SAFETY/NC – INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY – NEUSE RIVER TO MYRTLE GROVE SOUND – (CHART 11541) /ATON/SEC NC BNM 475-19
      SEC NC BNM 475-19

      NORTH CAROLINA – INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY – NEUSE RIVER TO MYRTLE GROVE SOUND (CHART 11541)

      NEW RIVER – CAPE FEAR RIVER LT 103 (LLNR 39560) EXT

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    • LNM: Channel Buoy 10C added to Mark Encroaching Shoal, Big Foot Slough, Ocracoke, NC


      Big Foot Slough is the eastern most of the two entrance channels connecting Ocracoke with Pamlico Sound.

      SAFETY/BIG FOOT SLOUGH CHANNEL BUOY 10C – LLNR REQUESTED/SHOALING/D05 BNM 537-19
      1. (537°19.0000N / 001°0.0000W, 537.316667 / -1.000000) BIG FOOT SLOUGH CHANNEL BUOY 10C (LLNR REQUESTED).
      A. UNIT ESTABLISHED TEMPORARY AID TO MARK ENCROACHING SHOAL IAW RECENT ACOE SURVEY.
      B. UNIT SET 6NFR HULL #14-45-GC WITH NEW 30FT OF 1/2INCH CHAIN AND 70LB DORMOR IN POSITION 35-09-03.583N 076-00-37.648W (35°9.0597N / 076°0.6275W, 35.150995 / -76.010458) .

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    • LNM: Channel Buoys 9C and 11 Relocated, Big Foot Slough, Ocracoke, NC


      Big Foot Slough is the eastern most of the two entrance channels connecting Ocracoke with Pamlico Sound.


      SAFETY/NC – BIG FOOT SLOUGH CHANNEL – OCRACOKE INLET AND NORTHERN CORE SOUND (CHART 11550)/ATON/CCGD5 BNM 538-19
      1. (538°19.0000N / 001°0.0000W, 538.316667 / -1.000000) THE FOLLOWING AIDS TO NAVIGATION HAVE BEEN RELOCATED.

      1. BIG FOOT SLOUGH CHANNEL BUOY 9C (LLNR 29061).
      A. UNIT RELOCATED AID TO MARK ENCROACHING SHOAL IAW RECENT ACOE SURVEY.
      B. UNIT FOUND AID ON STATION USING HYPOTENUSE METHOD. UNIT SET IN POSITION 35-09-00.728N 076-00-38.748W (35°9.0121N / 076°0.6458W, 35.150202 / -76.010763) BRG 356T 146.1 YDS FROM AP TO MARK BEST WATER.

      A. BIG FOOT SLOUGH CHANNEL BUOY 11 (LLNR 29070.3) TO APPROX POSIT 35-09-04.310N 076-00-40.688W (35°9.0718N / 076°0.6781W, 35.151197 / -76.011302)

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    • Southeast Marine Fuel Best Price Summary as of Dec 11

      This week’s lowest current marina fuel prices as of Dec 11
              Diesel Range: $2.39 to $3.39 Lowest @ New River Marina in (North Carolina)
              Gas Range: $2.55 to $4.15 Lowest @ Trout Creek Marina – Trout Creek Fish Camp in (St Johns River)
      Remember to always call the marina to verify the current price since prices may change at any time. Also please let us know if you find a marina’s fuel price has changed via the Submit News link.

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      All Regions (Price Range $2.39 to $3.93)

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      Virginia to North Carolina (Price Range $2.65 to $3.25)

       

      North Carolina (Price Range $2.39 to $3.39)

       

      South Carolina (Price Range $2.65 to $3.40)

       

      Georgia (Price Range $2.69 to $3.80)

       

      Eastern Florida (Price Range $2.49 to $3.75)

      $2.49 Sands Harbor Resort and Marina (12/09)
      $2.65 LukFuel (12/09)
      $2.90 Anchor Petroleum (12/09)

       

      St Johns River (Price Range $2.44 to $3.45)

       

      Florida Keys (Price Range $3.02 to $3.93)

      $3.02 Keys Fisheries Market & Marina (12/10)
      $3.19 Sunset Marina (12/09)
      $3.20 A & B Marina (12/09)

       

      Western Florida (Price Range $2.73 to $3.75)

      $2.73 Cape Haze Marina (12/09)
      $2.84 Gasparilla Marina (12/09)
      $2.90 Madeira Beach Marina (12/09)

       

      Okeechobee (Price Range $3.12 to $3.71)

       

      Northern Gulf (Price Range $2.55 to $2.94)

       

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