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    • The Weekly, Gabber’s Thursday Newsletter, October 15, 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.

      Local Men Under Water, Elections + Stone Crab

       

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

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      Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Gulfport Anchorage/Mooring Field

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    • LNM: AICW Daybeacon 89 Destroyed, FL Statute Mile 796


      This destroyed ICW daybeacon is on the east side of the Waterway’s narrow path through Matanzas River.

       

      Matanzas River Daybeacon 89 Structure destroyed, temporary buoy onsite   Chart 11485  LNM 41/20

       

      AREA SPONSORING MARINA

      Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers Net Marina Directory Listing For Marineland Marina

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    • LNM: AICW Buoy Off-Station, St Andrew Sound, GA Statute Mile 689


      This off-station ICW buoy is on the southwest side of the Waterway’s passage through what can be very rough water. Several alternate routes have been explored to avoid making the turn at infamous  Buoy 32. See Healy Report.

       

      St Andrew Sound Lighted Buoy 30 Off-station  off-station Chart 11489  LNM 41/20

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    • James H Newsome Responds to GA DNR Inquiry re Anchor Restriction Limits

      James H Newsome was one of the authors of the original protests over Georgia’s ultra restrictive HB 201, see Coalition Comments on Georgia’s HB 201, which resulted in the less restrictive HB 833. This issue now is not with the HB 833 legislation, but with the GA DNR’s implementation of those regulations. If you boat and anchor in Georgia, we invite your comments, so please let us hear from you.
       
      Once again, GA DNR rulemaking pertaining to navigation in the state’s coastal waters is causing confusion and frustration with recreational boaters and cruisers. The green colored “buffer regions around shellfish harvest and growing areas” which was recently announced on DNR’s web site appears to indicate that these entire areas are off limits to anchoring.
       
      A coalition of boating groups and cruising publications has reached out to DNR for additional information and clarification of the maps, but we have not received a reply at this time. However, information forwarded to me from an unnamed DNR representative stated that shellfish cages will not be placed within 150’ of any Federally maintain channel, and that the Army Corp of Engineers may apply more restrictive criteria when shell fishermen apply for permits at the federal level.
       
      How are boaters to interpret this information? Does this mean there are holes in DNR’s green colored areas that conflict with federal navigation law and are therefore not included in the restricted areas? 150’ from a Federally maintained channel essentially eliminates much of the ICW from inclusion in oyster bed designated areas, but 150’ from what part of the channel, the middle, the edge?
       
      At a minimum we are looking at 300’ from the center of the channel or essentially the length of a football field. With the elimination of the Magenta Line where is the center of the channel? Aids to Navigation (ATON) certainly cannot be used as indicators of the center channel. 
       
      A buffer for navigable channels, or exclusion from shellfish growing and harvesting areas, will exclude most of the marked channel in GA or at least a large part of it. So why has DNR colored these areas green when their own rule clearly excludes them for incorporation into shellfish beds? Would it not have been better to post accurate information for boaters to reference rather than confuse everyone again?
       

      Also, define “(ii)” below. Bottom leases may be granted in areas with minimum width of 200.’ Does this mean that eligible areas must be at least 200’ wide, or does it mean that areas under 200’ cannot be leased?

       “(6) Leasing of State-Owned Water Bottoms Terms, Siting, other Considerations.
      (a) The term of a state-owned water bottoms lease shall not exceed ten years and is subject to such provisions, requirements and conditions as determined by the Department. Leases may be renewed for additional terms if the lessee is in compliance with the terms of the current lease.
      (b) Subtidal water bottoms leases shall be sited in accordance with the following criteria: (i) In Approved Shellfish Growing areas as determined by the department;
      (ii) In areas with a minimum width of 200 feet at mean low water;
      (iii) In areas with a minimum depth of not less than 6 feet at mean low water; and….“
       
      Boaters in coastal waters depend on ATON and charts as roadmaps for navigating an already confusing waterway. We should not be required to reference inaccurate and non-conclusive maps on a difficult to find web site link to legally comply with GA law and rulemaking. This is a confusing and overbearing burden on boaters.
       
      Once again, it appears DNR has used the green brush rather liberally, and green does not mean “go,” it means “stop” don’t anchor. But where?
       
      Thanks,
       
      James H Newsome
      s/v CaiLeigh Anna – Coastal Cruising With Hugh & Suze 

      ICW Free Docks 

      Contributing Writer – Southwinds Magazine

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    • Southeast Marine Fuel Best Price Summary as of Oct 14

      This week’s lowest current marina fuel prices as of Oct 14
              Diesel Range: $1.58 to $3.05 Lowest @ New River Marina in (North Carolina)
              Gas Range: $2.17 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 $1.58 to $3.79)

      $1.58 New River Marina (10/13)
      $1.69 Dudley’s Marina (10/13)
      $1.75 Albemarle Plantation Marina (10/12)

      Lowest By Region

      Virginia to North Carolina (Price Range $1.89 to $2.44)

       

      North Carolina (Price Range $1.58 to $3.05)

      $1.58 New River Marina (10/13)
      $1.69 Dudley’s Marina (10/13)
      $1.75 Albemarle Plantation Marina (10/12)

       

      South Carolina (Price Range $1.88 to $3.70)

      $1.88 Osprey Marina (10/12)
      $1.88 Myrtle Beach Yacht Club (10/12)
      $1.95 Leland Oil Company (10/13)

       

      Georgia (Price Range $2.20 to $3.49)

       

      Eastern Florida (Price Range $1.89 to $3.60)

      $1.89 Sands Harbor Resort and Marina (10/12)
      $2.23 Lake Park Harbor Marina (10/12)
      $2.25 LukFuel (10/13)

       

      St Johns River (Price Range $2.00 to $2.99)

       

      Florida Keys (Price Range $2.51 to $3.79)

       

      Western Florida (Price Range $1.94 to $3.63)

       

      Okeechobee (Price Range $2.53 to $3.60)

       

      Northern Gulf (Price Range $1.95 to $2.79)

       

      Comments from Cruisers (1)

      1. Robert Asby -  October 14, 2020 - 9:58 am

        Yes, we like 'cruisers net' !!
        Robert Asby

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