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    • Bahamas Chatter: Bahamian Covid

      Explorer Charts - the best charts for the Bahamas and Exumas

      Bahamas Chatter is produced by Explorer Chartbooks, A CRUISERS NET PARTNER, which has long been the standard navigational supplement for enjoyable, informative, and safe cruising through the beautiful Bahamian waters and island visits.

       

      Bahamas Chatter: Bahamian Covid

      Bahamian Covid

      Posted: 04 Jan 2021 05:06 AM PST

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      Just talked to a captain returning from a Christmas/New Years trip to the Bahamas.
      Come for the sunshine….go home with Covid.
      4 people have already tested positive and others are having symptoms.
      Damn it…wear a mask and be careful everyone or we’ll never get to travel

      Comments from Cruisers (1)

      1. James Gano -  January 9, 2021 - 11:50 am

        I have been following the continuously changing policies for entry into the Bahamas. My wife and I just got our first of two vaccines for Covid (we got Moderna). Is anyone hearing that proof of vaccination may in the future suffice for entry into the Bahamas?

        Reply to James
    • Gateway to the Gulf Newsletter from the City of Gulfport, Fl, January 4, 2021, Boca Ciega Bay


      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.

       
      Happy New Year
       
      Week of January 4, 2021
       
      Gateway to the Gulf Newsletter
       
       
       
      FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IN PINELLAS COUNTY ANNOUNCES COVID-19 VACCINE REGISTRATION METHODS
      Per the executive order issued by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County will begin distributing COVID-19 vaccines to those 65 years or older starting Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021.
       
      Due to the limited supply of vaccines arriving in county and the need to distribute these to those 65 years or older in an orderly fashion, registration will be required for those wishing to receive a vaccination. No vaccines will be administered without a registration. The registration process will begin at noon on Monday, Jan 4.
       
      To register, residents should:
       
      • Click the “Register Here” link below to complete an online registration
      • For those without internet access, call (727) 824-6900, option 4 for assistance. Please be advised there may be an extended wait time.
      • Residents are encouraged to print and complete the consent form from the website in order to receive the vaccine. Paperwork will be available upon registration.
      • Vaccines will be administered at the Health Department offices. Those receiving vaccines will be asked to wait for 15 minutes after the shot to monitor for potential adverse effects.
      • Information about how to receive the second dose of the vaccine will be issued at the time of the vaccine.
       
      Those registering to receive a vaccine must bring a form of identification with their birth date indicating that they are age 65 or older and agree to be in Pinellas County to receive their second dose of the vaccine in 21 days. Those who are unable may be excluded from receiving the vaccine.
       
      The Department has identified the following locations where vaccines will be
      administered:
       
       
      You must fill out this screening and consent form before being vaccinated, bring a photo ID and your registration confirmation to your appointment.
       
      Floridians are encouraged to opt-in to receive updates about the COVID-19 vaccine via text. Floridians can receive these text updates by texting FLCOVID19 to 888777. For more information on COVID-19 and the Florida Vaccine Distribution Plan, please visit http://pinellas.floridahealth.gov/COVID-19 Call Center available 24/7 | +1 (866) 779-6121.
       
      Virtual/Regular Events & Meetings
       
       
      Tuesday Fresh Market
      Tuesday, January 5th
      9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
       
      Join us weekly at our open-air fresh market for the region’s freshest produce, arts & crafts from local creators and a fresh array of locally sourced botanicals along the shops and restaurants of scenic Beach Boulevard. With social distancing and safety protocols in place to keep vendors and shoppers safe, the Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market offers people an outdoor venue where they can safely shop.
       
      For more information or to register to become a vendor, please visit http://visitgulfportflorida.com/gulfport-tuesday-market/
      Virtual Neighborhood Watch Meeting
      Wednesday’s at 7 p.m.
       
      Broadcasting “live on Facebook” Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. Check on updates for your area and learn about recent incidents related to vehicle, residential burglaries, BOLO’s and stolen vehicles.
       
      For more information, please contact Mr. Jim Wright Volunteer Coordinator at 727-893-1022 or jwright@mygulfport.us.
       
       
       
      In Person & Virtual City Council Meeting
      Tuesday, January 5th at 6 p.m.
       
      Catherine Hickman Theater
      Contact: 727-893-1012
       
       
       
      City of Gulfport Arbor Day Celebration
      Friday, January 15th at 3:45 p.m.
      City Facility, 4526 29th Ave. S.
       
      We invite everyone to attend Arbor Day to share their commitment to environmental stewardship with a special tree planting.
       
      Join the City of Gulfport, as we celebrate the life of trees and their importance to the environment. For more information, please call 727-893-1118. All are welcome. Face coverings are required and please practice social distancing.
      Permit FREE – City of Gulfport
      City-Wide Yard Sale
      Saturday, January 16th
      Dawn – Dusk
       
      Gulfport residents, dust off your unused stuff and clear out the clutter and sign up for the permit free City of Gulfport City-Wide Yard Sale, scheduled for Saturday, January 16 (rain date, Sunday, January 17). Do not miss this incredible opportunity to have your Gulfport address on the brochure for added visibility for free.
       
      The City of Gulfport is now kindly accepting addresses to be added to this year’s City Wide Yard Sale brochure. Deadline to sign up is January 8th by 3 p.m. in order to make print deadline.
       
      “How do I register?”
       
      • The easiest way is to go to https://mygulfport.us/gulfport-city-wide-yard-sale and fill out the web form and hit submit.
       
      • For those who do not have internet, you can also fill out a form at Gulfport City Hall, 2401 53rd St. S. or the Gulfport Public Library, 5501 28th Ave. S.
       
      So get ready and get your address on the City Wide Yard Sale brochure today! For more information, please call Kristin Ossola at 727-893-1118.
      Third Saturday IndieFaire
      Saturday, January 16th from 5 – 9 p.m.
      Downtown Waterfront District
       
      Welcome to Third Saturday IndieFaire! IndieFaire features high quality local art and contemporary crafts from across a wide range of mediums, as well as jewelry and locally sourced botanicals in an outdoor and socially distanced manner along scenic Beach Boulevard in downtown Gulfport.
       
      For more information, please visit http://visitgulfportflorida.com/indiefaire/
      First Friday Artwalk
      Friday, February 5th from 5 – 9 p.m.
      Downtown Waterfront District
       
      First Friday Art Walk is a juried event that welcomes emerging and professional artists in all media to engage our arts loving community in a safe, creative and socially distanced manner. Hosted by the Gulfport Merchants Chamber, all safety protocols are met and exceeded to ensure a safe and entertaining night out for the entire family. Come join us with free live music up and down the street. Follow the flags for artist clusters, displaying paintings, jewelry, glass, mixed media sculpture and more.
       
      For more information, please visit http://visitgulfportflorida.com/first-friday-art-walk/
       
       
      2021 12th Annual
      So Classic Car Show
      Saturday, February 6th, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
       
      49th Street South Business Association is working on a FUN project for everyone. After months of practicing the safe distancing at home, it is time to get out and re-emerge into the community our projected car show date is February 6th 2021. Our goal will be to provide; FREE Admission to Bounce Houses for the kids, Music throughout the day, A Car Show for all ages, Hot Dogs $2.00, Hamburgers $3.00, chips and Sodas $1.00. 
       
      This will be a free and open event to the whole community. For more information, please visit https://so49.org/so-classic-car-show
       
      Car Entry: Early Registration: $15 | At the gate: $20
      Gulfport In Person/Zoom Candidate’s Debate
      Thursday, February 11th, 6 – 8 p.m.
      Catherine Hickman Theater, 5501 27th Ave. S.
       
      The Gabber Newspaper and the Gulfport Merchants Chamber of Commerce will co-host the Gulfport Candidate’s Debate on Thursday, February 11th at the Catherine Hickman Theater of Gulfport. Social distancing and mask protocols will be enforced.
       
      Gulfport Fine Arts Festival
      February 13 – 14, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
      Veterans Park, 5350 31st Ave. S
       
      Celebrate art, near and far, at the Gulfport Fine Arts Festival, set against the idyllic backdrop of Boca Ciega Bay in Gulfport Florida. Meet local and nationally known artists and add to your collection.
       
       
      2021 Great American Cleanup – Clam Bayou Cleanup
      Clam Bayou Nature Park, Miriam St. S.
      Saturday, March 20th, 9 a.m. – noon
       
      Gulfport Grassroots in partnership with Keep Pinellas Beautiful will be hosting in the City of Gulfport’s 2021 Great American Cleanup – Clam Bayou Cleanup.
       
      This is a perfect opportunity to volunteer your groups, family members, neighbors or just come on down solo to meet everyone and enjoy a beautiful morning at Clam Bayou. Directions to Clam Bayou are 49th Street S. to 29th Ave S. east to Miriam St. Volunteers should wear closed-toed shoes, sun protection, and weather appropriate clothing. Cleanup supplies and drinks will be provided.
       
      For more information, please contact 732-310-4932.
       
      Community Outreach
       
       
      Please recycle your Christmas tree. Trees will be chopped and processed into mulch then made available to residents at the Neighborhood Center located at 1617 49th St. S. For more information, call (727) 893-1089.
       
      To prepare your tree for recycling:
       
      • Remove all decorations, including hooks, garland, tinsel and lights.
      • Place tree at curb or alley for regular Wednesday yard waste pickup.
      • Do NOT bag or place tree in can.
      • For multiple-dwelling units, place your tree near the dumpster without blocking access to it.
       
      The Gulfport Public Works Department located at the 49th Street Neighborhood Center (1617 49th St. S.) is now an official collection site for rechargeable batteries!
       
      Only batteries weighing 11 lbs. or less, and cellphones (with or without their batteries) are accepted. The Call2Recycle program does not accept wet cell batteries.
      Rechargeable Batteries Accepted:
      • Lithium Ion (Li-Ion)
      • Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd)
      • Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH)
      • Nickel Zinc (Ni-Zn)
      • Small Sealed Lead Acid (SSLA/Pb)
       
      Batteries NOT Accepted:
      • Single-use (Alkaline, Lithium etc.)
      • non-rechargeable batteries
      • Wet cell Ni-Cd
      • Wet cell lead acid vehicle batteries
       
      For questions, please call the Public Works Department at 727-893-1089.
      City of Gulfport Annual Paving of Roadways
       
      On Monday, December 14, the City of Gulfport initiated its annual paving of roadways. Asphalt Paving Systems Inc. was the awarded contractor who will be milling and repaving the streets. The milling operation consists of removing approximately 1½ to 2 inches of old pavement and replacing it with new asphalt. This paving program prioritizes streets to be resurfaced based upon the condition of the asphalt. It is anticipated that there will be some interruptions to the regular flow of traffic where these paving projects will take place. Those interruptions will be appropriately marked with signs to alert motorists, and residents in these areas impacted will receive adequate notice prior to the project commencing. Motorists are asked to use caution as they travel through these construction zones. Residents with questions on the City wide paving program can call the Public Works Department at (727) 893-1089 or visit https://mygulfport.us/public-works-department.
       
      The following roadways are scheduled in this year’s paving program:
       
      Milling and resurfacing:
      • 52nd Street South from Gulfport Blvd to 27th Avenue South
      • 54th Street South from Gulfport Blvd to 27th Avenue South
      • 53rd Street South from 11th Avenue South to 15th Avenue South
      • 20th Avenue South from 55th Street South to 57th Street South
      • 25th Avenue South from 58th Street South to 56th Street South
      • 18th Avenue South from 54th Street South to 52nd Street South
      • 63rd Street South from 8th Avenue South to 11th Avenue South
       
      Micro-Surfacing;
      • Dupont Street South from 29th Avenue South to 28th Avenue South
      • York Street South from 11th Avenue South to 15th Avenue South
      • 55th Street South from 15th Avenue South to 18th Avenue South
      • 63rd Street South from 11th Avenue South to 13th Avenue South 
       
       
      ALERTPinellas
       
      Receive alerts about emergencies and other important community news by signing up for our community’s emergency notification service. – Alert Pinellas.
      COVID-19 Response & Recommendations
      Where to Get Help
       
      For information on eviction and foreclosure Assistance, Pinellas CARES financial assistance, food pantry distribution sites, pet care assistance and more , please visit https://covid19.pinellascounty.org/where-to-get-help/.
       
      Contact 211 Tampa Bay Cares by texting your zip code to 898211 or dialing 211 (available 24 hours a day).
       
      Pinellas County has also established a dedicated COVID-19 webpage where citizens can find in-depth information on the virus, links to resources and regular updates.
       
      COVID-19 testing is available from Community Health Centers of Pinellas and Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County. Find testing sites near you at https://covid19.pinellascounty.org/testing/
       
       
      Household Electronics & Chemical
      Collection Center (HEC3)
       
      Pinellas County Solid Waste operates the Household Electronics and Chemical Collection Center (HEC3) as a disposal location for certain household waste. Pinellas County residents are invited to bring their unwanted electronics and chemicals to the center (at no charge). Businesses, visit here for information.
       
      Monday – Saturday 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Closed Sundays and 
       2855 109th Ave. N., St. Petersburg
      City of Gulfport Senior Center Telephone Reassurance Program:
      Keeping you Safe and Connected
       
      The City of Gulfport Senior Center’s Telephone Reassurance Program is a free service for Gulfport Residents 50 years of age or older. Volunteers provide daily phone calls to registered members and provide comfort, security, and peace of mind to members and families.
       
      Registration is simple and free. If you or someone you know could benefit from this service during this difficult time, please call (727) 893-2237 and register today.
       
       
      Catch A Ride With GEMS
       
      The Gulfport Extended Mobility Service (GEMS) run thru the Senior Center has resumed limited, essential transportation services to grocery stores, medical appointments, etc.
       
      Any Gulfport residents 55 & older or residents with a disability can take advantage of GEMS door to door service for a yearly membership of $70 plus $2 per ride.
       
      For more information, call 893-2242.
       
       
      Gulfport Library is Open with Limited Service
       
      Check out all the Virtual Events the Gulfport Public Library has to offer on their Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/GulfportLibraryFL.
       
      5501 28th Ave. S. | 727-893-1074
       
       
      Do you love Gulfport and wish you could be here all the time? Check out our live streaming cameras to see what you are missing. From beaches and volleyball to dining and special events; Gulfport has it all! After all we are one of the most fun and exciting cities on the Gulf coast!
       
       
       
      The City of Gulfport is Proud To Be A
      Tree City USA Community
       
       
       
       
       
       
      Latest Beach Water Quality Sampling Data:
       
       
       
      City of Gulfport
      High Efficiency Toilet Rebate Program
       
       
      For more information, please visit 
      or contact 727-893-1016.
       
       
      Gulfport on the Go!
      Get the City App
       
      The City App for iOS and Android mobile devices, allows residents to connect more conveniently with City government to report issues and request non-emergency services.
       
      For more information, please email info@mygulfport.us or call 727-893-1118.
       
      Online access to the City of Gulfport Municipal Code is provided at the following link: Gulfport, Florida – Code of Ordinances
       
      City of Gulfport Florida | 2401 53rd Street SouthGulfport, FL 33707
       
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      Click Here To View the Cruisers Net Western Florida Marina Directory Listing For Gulfport Municipal Marina

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window Zoomed To the Location of Gulfport Municipal Marina

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

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window Zoomed To the Location of Gulfport Anchorage/Mooring Field

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    • More on Capsized Golden Ray Removal, St. Simons Sound, GA, near AICW Statute Mile 677


      The wreck of the capsized PCTC Golden Ray has taken more than a year to remove from St. Simons Sound, Georgia. This is the first clear view of the autos lost. Also see Safety Zone.

       

      © Savannah Corps of Engineers via Facebook The Golden Ray has been awaiting removal since September 2019, when the 656-foot-long ship caught on fire and capsized with 4200 newly built vehicles on board.

       

      Capsized Car-Carrying Cargo Ship Cut in Half as Salvage Continues
      CarandDriver

      Video: Stern Section of Golden Ray Removed on Barge
      Maritime Executive

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    • Five Reasons to Visit Gulfport in January! City of Gulfport, Fl, Boca Ciega Bay


      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.

       

      Click here for Five Reasons to Visit Gulfport in January!

       

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

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window Zoomed To the Location of Gulfport Municipal Marina

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

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window Zoomed To the Location of Gulfport Anchorage/Mooring Field

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    • Check Out the New Local Notices Format

      The new posting format for Local Notices for Marinas has several advantages over our former process of posting the LNMs on our Homepage as they were received, which required scrolling through our Homepages or searching via state. With CURRENT LOCAL NOTICES TO MARINERS local notices are still posted as received, but are now in one location and by the week of USCG’s posting. Also previous weeks’ notices will be kept under the same link for 30 days. NAV ALERTS will continue to be posted on our Homepage as well as under Current Notices.

      Give the new format a try and let us know what you think.  Suggestions to improve the immediacy and convenience for you are always welcome. Thanks to a suggestion from one of our readers, the Local Notice titles now begin with Mile Marker designation rather than Statute Mile at the end.

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    • Farewell 2020 / Welcome 2021, Historic Edenton, NC, Albemarle Sound


      Edenton, NC - the prettiest town in the South!

      A longtime CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, Edenton always has an exciting calendar of events, especially during the holidays! Edenton is at the mouth of the Chowan River on the northwest shore of Albemarle Sound.

       

       

      Click here for  Farewell 2020 / Welcome 2021

       

      Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers Net Marina Directory Listing For Edenton Harbor City Docks

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window Zoomed To the Location of Edenton Harbor City Docks

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    • Georgia Anchoring Update

      Our thanks to AGLCA Director Kimberly Russo for posting this update on AGLCA’s Forum and to Ted Arisaka for his research. See also Update on Anchoring in Georgia.

       

      I’m sharing some information on the Georgia Anchoring issue that was prepared by one of our Coalition members, Ted Arisaka. Ted prepared this information to help show the impacts Coalition’s efforts to preserve our cruisers’ rights in Georgia’s waters over the last few years.

      Here we analyzed the 150 unique anchorages as published in Active Captain, Waterway Guide and Cruisers’Net between 2019 Legislation HB201 and 2020 replacement bill HB833, showing the dramatic growth of what Georgia DNR considered approved shellfish harvest areas – impact grew from 19 prohibited anchorages to 50 prohibited anchorages.

      SGA Shellfish Harvest Areas 2019 / Early 2020 comparison photo album

      After offline dialogue with GA DNR, documenting the impact to 50 anchorages, they greatly reduced these areas to impact “only” 11 anchorages. These maps show the 150 anchorages in Georgia – OK in yellow, Prohibited in red. Bob423 tracks on ICW shown in magenta.

      Dec 2020 Maps of Reduced Shellfish Harvest Area Impact to 11 Anchorages

      Georgia House Bill 833 Passed Into Law 2020

      Here is an interactive map published by DNR showing the various anchoring zones for marine structures setbacks, marina setbacks and approved shellfish harvest area setbacks. (There is a legend for the colors). You can also put Lat / Long in the search field. Georgia DNR Liveaboard Anchoring Illustrative Map

      Here is our FB group that has chronicled the evolution of these regs as well as some of our communications and analyses. There are also video recordings of the initial DNR presentation to the public on their stated rationale for the need of the original HB201. Save Georgia’s Anchorages Facebook

      GA DNR Page re: Commercial Shellfish Harvest

      Cruisers’ Net Update on Steamboat Creek SC including USCG LNM Excerpt

      Georgia House Bill 501 (2019) governing Commercial Shellfish

      Best Regards,

      Ted Arisaka

      s/v Little Wing Valiant 42 #186

       

      If you value this kind of work done for the cruising community, please consider contributing to the Boater’s Rights Advocacy Fund. Our coalition is currently fundraising for 2021. We need your help to be able to continue working to keep anchorages open for boaters. Contribute now!

      Kim Russo

      Director

      America’s Great Loop Cruisers’ Association

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