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    • Gateway to the Gulf Newsletter from the City of Gulfport, Fl, July 27, 2020, 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.

      Week of July 27, 2020
      Gateway to the Gulf Newsletter
      Virtual/Regular Meetings
      Virtual City Council Meeting
      Tuesday, August 4th at 6 p.m.
      City Hall, 2401 53rd St. S.
      Contact: 727-893-1012
      Virtual City Council Meeting
      Wednesday, August 19th at 6 p.m.
      City Hall, 2401 53rd St. S.
      Contact: 727-893-1012
      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
      Community Outreach
      City of Gulfport Williams Pier Temporarily Closed
      In June, the City of Gulfport Williams Pier was temporarily closed for approximately three months for scheduled construction.
      If you have any questions, please contact the Public Works Department at 727-893-1089.
      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:
      5501 28th Ave. S. | 727-893-1074
      Free Face Masks at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom & 49th Street Neighborhood Center!!!
      Please Wear a Mask
      Don’t have a mask? No problem! Visit the Gulfport Casino Ballroom or the 49th Street Neighborhood Center for a FREE mask.
      Addresses & Hours of Operation
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom (Walk-up site)
      49th Street Neighborhood Center (Walk-up site)
      Cloth Face Coverings: Do’s & Don’ts
      Wearing a cloth face covering CORRECTLY can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 to others. When you go out on essential trips, follow these “do’s”.
      If you have a child, remember those under age 2 should not wear a face covering.
      The City of Gulfport is accepting applications for the Residential, Recovery and Resiliency R3 Program, a grant program aiding individual City of Gulfport Utility customers susceptible to an interruption in service i.e. “cut off” due to non-payment. Residents who are more than two months past due on their Utility Account and within two weeks from their scheduled turnoff are advised to apply for the R3 Grant Program.
      For more information on the program, how to identify your cycle number or to apply, please visit or call 727-893-1016.
      The City of Gulfport is still offering grant funding for eligible small businesses employing between 3 & 50 full time equivalent employees within City of Gulfport municipal boundaries. Grants in the amount of $1000 are distributed on a first come basis until the fund is depleted.
      For more information please visit, call Carmen Soto-Torres at 893-1045 or email
      It’s now even easier to apply for help paying overdue rent, mortgage or utilities with Pinellas CARES. Text COVIDCARES to 898211.
      Updated qualifications include: signed form attesting job/income loss from COVID19 & $10K or less in the bank + a picture of documents showing U.S. & Pinellas residency. You can get up to $5K per household, including new bills, even if you previously received help since March.
      Gulfport Flood and Hurricane Information
      If a disaster were to hit today, would you be ready? Visit for planning tips, evacuation zone information, a list of recommended supplies, and other useful hurricane-related information. Be prepared to stay safe. The Atlantic Basin Hurricane Season ends November 30.
      Gulfport Police Department Seeking Public Input on Use of Force Policy
      Gulfport Police Chief Rob Vincent is inviting public feedback in the agency’s review of their use of force policies. Please see Chief Vincent’s blog for specific information on the changes that are being considered as they relate to the “8 can’t wait” campaign.
      City Services and Important Contact Information
      Our highest responsibility to you is the delivery of reliable City Services. Below is important contact information to remain in contact with the City of Gulfport staff.
      Receive alerts about emergencies and other important community news by signing up for our community’s Emergency Alert Program – Alert Pinellas.
      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
      COVID-19 Service Change:
      2020 Mobile Electronics & Chemical Collection Schedule
      For hours, what to bring, quantity limits, and new unloading procedures, visit:
      For questions, contact the Department of Solid Waste at (727) 464-7500 or “live chat” at
      Take the 2020 Census
      Have you taken the 2020 Census yet? Don’t be afraid to be counted! It’s quick, secure and confidential; by law, your answers cannot be used against you in any way.
      Take the census at or by calling 844-330-2020.
      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.
      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!
      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
      City of Gulfport is proud to announce the launch of the new City of Gulfport app for iOS and Android mobile devices, the newest way to connect with its citizens.
      The Official City of Gulfport app offers citizens a simple way to submit requests-like reporting potholes, signs, trash or debris, code violations, and inquiring about an event venue. Users can include an address and description, GPS-specific location, as well as a photo of the issue. Once a request is submitted, you can keep track of pending and completed requests within the “My Requests” section. In addition, the City app has direct links to the online utility bill payment system, the City calendar, frequently asked questions, the city employee directory, the sanitation department, and the electronic newsletter signup.
      The City App allows residents to connect more conveniently with City government to report issues and request non-emergency services. Offering more ways for citizens to connect with the City, please email or call 727-893-1118 with questions or technical issues about the smart phone app.
      Reassurance Telephone Program
      Gulfport Senior Center
      5501 27th Ave. S.
      Let the friendly Volunteers of the Gulfport Senior Center chat with you on a daily basis. Sign up for the Gulfport Reassurance Program and choose between two call times: early-morning or mid-morning. This service is designed to help you feel secure and connected.
      For more information, call the Gulfport Senior Center at (727) 893-2237
      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

      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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    • Good Words for Town Dock at Hertford, NC, off the AICW, Western Albemarle Sound

      A marina that is included in the Albemarle Loop but not listed in our North Carolina Marina Directory is Hertford Bay Marina on the Perquimans River off western Albemarle Sound. Below are praise by Henry Zalegowski and the marina’s description sent to us by Town Manager Brandon Shoaf. Access to the new free town dock is limited to vessels of less than 33ft air draft.

      We stopped Hertford North Carolina yesterday, everything was close by, the bridge tender was the politest bridgetender I had ever talked to. The docks were in very good shape better than most marinas Electric Power and Water, definitely a stop you have to make going on the icw.
      Henry Zalegowski

      “70MM (Alternative Route) Hertford Bay Marina, NC ‘“ 32.5 miles west of ICW 70MM offering free dockage for 48 hours is brand new for 2015 and includes 9 slips that can accommodate a wide range of transient vessels. The marina is located one block from the Historic Downtown with restaurants, shops, a hardware, and a convenience store that has groceries. Free electric, pump out, and water are also available with the complementary dockage. Access to Hertford is limited by a 33′ fixed vertical bridge just east of town on the Perquimans River. If you can clear the fixed bridge there is also a swing bridge that must be negotiated in order to enter the town harbor. Sailboats over 33’ can anchor in the Perquimans River and dinghy into the town’s dock. The town manager suggests that boaters contact the town office prior to arrival at 252-426-1969.The Ablemarle Loop is a group of marinas and towns that have come together to promote the marine aspects of the Albemarle Sound offering free dockage for 48 hours.”

      Brandon S. Shoaf
      Town Manager
      Town of Hertford
      114 W. Grubb St.
      PO Box 32
      Hertford, NC 27944
      Welcome to Hertford, NC










      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Hertford Waterfront

      Comments from Cruisers (1)

      1. Alan V. Cecil -  July 24, 2015 - 2:59 pm

        Well now there Mrs. McGilacuddy!
        I never knew that Hertford, NC was accessible to any large boats at all. If it gets to measure up to the hospitality of Elizabeth City and Edenton, NC then perhaps there might be a new “pearl” of hidden beauty discovered by boaters, cruisers, and folks doing America’s Great Loop!

        Larry, thanks for the article and thanks to the town of Hertford for investing in the long term resources to gather tourists and the boating public!

        Alan V. Cecil

        Reply to Alan
    • Another Update: Capsized Golden Ray, St. Simons Sound, GA, near AICW Statute Mile 677

      Royal Marsh Harbour Yacht Club

      The wreck of the capsized PCTC Golden Ray may take more than a year to remove from St. Simons Sound, Georgia, the U.S. Coast Guard told local leaders recently.
      Maritime Executive

      7/27/20 Golden Ray Salvage Delayed Due to COVID-19 Outbreak, Weather Risk
      Maritime Executive

      7/9/20 Barge Crew at Golden Ray Site Tests Positive for COVID-19
      Maritime Executive

      3/4/20 Contractors Install Protective Barrier for Golden Ray Salvage
      Maritime Executive

      2/28/20 Overturned Cargo Ship Soon To Be Sliced Up And Removed From Georgia Sound

      2/27/20 Competing Golden Ray Salvors Face Court
      Maritime Executive

      2/3/20 Environmental Protection Barrier to be Built Around Golden Ray
      Maritime Executive

      12/13 Lightering of Fuel from Golden Ray Complete

      11/23 Removal of Grounded PCTC Golden Ray Could Take One Year
      Maritime Executive

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    • Boatlines July 25 from MIATC, 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.


      Calendar of Events
      July 25 ~ Virtual Treasure Coast Waterway Clean up (See Below)
      July 31 ~ Boat Captains Needed! (See Below)
      August 18 ~ Martin County Primary Election
      Chapman School of Marine ~ See their website for the latest on their events
      Virtual Treasure Coast Waterway Clean Up!
      We’re excited to announce our 13th Annual Treasure Coast Waterway Cleanup.  Due to Covid-19, the event will be all virtual this year.  It will run from Saturday, July 18th-Sunday, July 26th.  The Virtual Cleanup is simple:
      1. Register online
      2. Pick up trash anywhere you choose during cleanup week
      3. Record your data using the digital data collection link
      You are encouraged to cleanup multiple times during the week. Loaner grabbers and burgees for boaters, will be available for pick up at various marina locations along the Treasure Coast. 
      Visit the link below for more information!
      We hope you can join our effort. 
      Whiticar Boat Works x Shearwater
      Stuart, Fla. – Whiticar Boat Works, a family-established and family-run business that has been a part of marine life in Stuart, Florida for nearly seventy-five years is charting a new course for the future. With little fanfare and great excitement, Whiticar announces that the owners have chosen to separate the assets of the company. 
      Incorporated in 1959 by Curt Whiticar and John Dragseth, the rich history they built in the boating and marine industry has stood the test of time. Their sons, John Whiticar and Jim Dragseth, joined the company and eventually took the helm of the business as the popularity of the recreational boating lifestyle continued to grow. Under the leadership of John Whiticar and Jim Dragseth, the company expanded from the original boat yard in Stuart to include other marine repairs, services and equipment sales locations in Stuart and Ft. Pierce. Today, Whiticar Boat Works employs 48 people at three locations and in 2019 had more than $8 million in gross revenue.
      With the separation, John Whiticar will become president of Whiticar Boat Works, retaining ownership of the boat yard on Willoughby Creek at 3636 SE Old St Lucie Blvd in Stuart, Florida, located just west of the old charter boat fleet docks started by John’s grandfather in 1917. To read their full press release please see the link below.
      Boat Captains Needed!
      Marine Resources Council is looking for help with upcoming Spoil Island days for Summer Camp. These days are always a huge hit with the kiddos, as they take them out to one of the spoil islands to run water quality tests, plant mangroves, and identify different animal species. 
      They are looking for volunteers for the following:
      Friday, July 31st:
      • 1 boat captain to drive a boat that the Palm Bay Marina is donating
      • 2-3 additional boats and captains willing to donate their boat and time
      Please note, that out of the safety of the campers, all volunteers must be over the age of 18. You may also be asked to wear a face mask for some part of the day or when around the kids. They would need all boats and their captains to be anchored offshore of the Lagoon House no later than 8:30am to allow for an on time departure. We will be heading back from the spoil island to the Lagoon House around 12:30pm. You can expect a roughly 5 hour day. If you are interested please contact Nicole at for more information.
      Roosevelt Bridge Update!
      BoCC Approval to Use McCulley Marine Services to Deploy this Summer’s Secondary Concrete Reef
      The St. Lucie County Board of County Commissioners has given approval to deploy the FWC-funded artificial reef this summer. Thanks to the BoCC!
      The new reef(s) will consist of up to 2,000 tons of secondary concrete materials scattered in 12 discrete piles near the CCA – Curtis Bostic Reef. This will give the area needed habitat diversity and may even enlarge the schools of baitfish on the CCA – Curtis Bostic Reef. Anecdotal reports by divers indicated that gag inhabited the reef during the spawning season this past winter. Please give me any other reports or experiences on any of our artificial reefs.
      I am working on an alternative stockpiling and staging area that could be used for artificial reefs once Harbour Pointe Park becomes unavailable. To secure this area we must first partner with the Florida Department of Transportation. Please inform me via email whether you are willing to do this and what advantages and disadvantages you foresee in this partnership.
      MIATC Board of Directors
      President:  John Yudin of Guy Yudin & Foster 
      Vice President: Tom Whittington of Manatee Pocket Yacht Sales
      Secretary:  Artie Olson of Vero Marine Center
      Director: Sean Collins of Vero Beach City Marina
      Director: Chris Dempsey of Sailfish Point Marina
      Director:  Dan Dietz of Dietz Enterprises
      Director: Don Green of Don Green Electric
      Director:  Bruce Grout of Sovereign Yacht Sales
      Director:  Gary Guertin of Coastal Angler – Treasure Coast/Bahamas
      Director: Rob Mac Keen of Derecktor Ft. Pierce
      Director: Jill Marasa of St. Lucie County EDC
      Director:  Thomas O’Brien of Chapman Marine Supply
      Director:  Butch Olsen  of Pt. Salerno Commercial Fishing Dock Authority
      Director: Mark Palazzo of METCo
      Director:  Jim Truslow of Boat Owners Warehouse
      Michele Miller                             Amber Novy
       Director of Operations                           Communications Coordinator
      MIATC | PO Box 1639Stuart, FL 34997



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    • Martin County Moments: July 2020, Stuart, FL

      Martin County Florida
       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 a hub of boating activity and of events of interest to boaters.


       July 2020


      We hope our monthly check-in finds all of our subscribers in good health and high spirits. Martin County’s beloved attractions, restaurants, hotels, and boutiques have started to welcome customers back through their doors.

      The Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing recently launched the #MartinTogether website, which includes an ever-expanding directory of local businesses who have committed to following the most up-to-date procedures in order to operate safely and responsibly. The goal is to help those interested in supporting our local businesses feel as comfortable and confident as possible while doing so.

      Visit #MartinTogether to learn more about the program and be sure to review the Martin County Coronavirus website for the latest updates regarding Covid-19. The more we work together, the faster we’ll emerge on the other side of the pandemic, stronger than ever.


      “Reach. Keep reaching, Because the things worth holding are never handed to you.” -@wilderpoetry 

      We couldn’t help but share this stunning Hutchinson Island sunset
      captured by Instagram user @skubrick


      Did you know that Sunday, July 19 was National Ice Cream Day? To celebrate, we rounded up a few of our favorite ice cream spots in Martin County – check it out below!

      Where to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth in Martin County

      Local photographer @singlefinphoto snapped these rays swimming off the coast of Stuart! To see more of his phenomenal work, pop over to his Instagram page. 

      To honor Martin County’s rich fishing legacy, we recently launched our Fish Like A Local page, where aspiring anglers can read more about our world-class fishing, test their knowledge, and find inspiration for their next fish-filled getaway. 

      Fish Like a Local in Martin County

      Paddleboard image captured by Karl Shakur

      Anybody who has ever visited Martin County knows we’re full of aquatic adventures!
      Which must-try activity is calling your name?

      Hobe Sound was just featured in a Reader’s Digest article, which was sequentially published on MSN. The piece highlights domestic destinations that feel like you’re traveling abroad, and Blowing Rocks Preserve made the cut! Check out the interesting read below.

      12 U.S. Destinations That Could Feel Like Your Canceled Vacation Abroad

      Fun Fact: Did you know that the South Florida coastline from Martin County through Monroe County is home to the only living coral barrier reef in the continental United States and is the world’s third largest coral reef system, measuring at 105 miles? Tomorrow officially kicks off Coral Reef Awareness Week – to learn more about our precious coral reefs, visit our most recent blot post below.

      Read Up on Coral Reef Conservation

      Check out our Special Offers page to see all of the best deals in Martin County.

      For even more inspirational content, follow us across our social media platforms and be sure to share your favorite Martin County memories using #DiscoverMartin. Remember, we’re all in this together and there are brighter days ahead. 








      2401 SE Monterey Road Stuart Fl 34996

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    • LNM: USAGE Maintenance Closures, August 8-15, Moore Have Lock, OWW Statute Mile 78

      These closures will be intermittent and will require contact with the lock tenders, especially in the event of storm conditions. Our thanks to Specialist Erica Skolte for this notice.

      NOTICE TO NAVIGATION INTERESTSUS ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS                         LOCAL NUMBER:2020-006                   
      JACKSONVILLE DISTRICT                                         WATERWAY:  OKEECHOBEE WATERWAY             
      ATTN: CESAJ-OD-SN                                                 EFFECTIVE: 08/08/2020 00:00 thru 08/15/2020 24:00 EST
      PO Box 4970
      JACKSONVILLE, FL 32232-0019POC: Gary Hipkins, South Florida Operations Office, 863-983-8101

      Okeechobee Waterway
       a.     33 CFR Navigation and Navigable Waters
      1. Notice to Navigation
      Notice is given that Moore Haven Lock and Dam will be closed for critical repairs on lakeside sector gates. On August 8 and 9, divers will be inspecting gates and bulkhead slots. Closures will be intermittent, with lockages between dives. There will be full closures from August 10 through August 15. In the event of tropical storm activity, the closure time may be adjusted.

      2.  Contact Information

       For up to date Lock information, contact the shift operator 7 AM to 5 PM at:

                      St Lucie Lock & Dam 772-287-2665 or 863-662-9148

                      Port Mayaca Lock & Dam 561-924-2858 or 863-662-9424

                      Moore Haven Lock & Dam 863-946-0414 or 863-662-9533

                      Ortona Lock & Dam 863-675-0616 or 863- 662-9846

                      WP Franklin Lock & Dam 239-694-5451 or 863-662-9908

                      Canaveral Lock 321-783-5421 or 863-662-0298 (6 AM to 9:30 PM)

      U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Point of Contact is William Keeney at 863-368-9086.

      Gary L. Hipkins
      Chief Navigation & Flood Risk Management
      South Florida Operations

      Be safe and thanks for getting the word out!

      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
      Twitter @JaxStrong
      Jacksonville District Facebook:
      Jacksonville District: A team of professionals making tomorrow better “Keep Calm and Essayons”

      Click Here To View the VA to NC Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Moore Haven Lock

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Moore Haven


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    • LNM: Channel Buoy 20A Added, Buoy 25 Relocated, Teaches Hole Channel, Ocracoke, NC

      In an area of confusingly numbered markers, the added channel buoy 20A is on the east side of the channel just north of channel buoy 10. Note that lighted buoy 20 northwest of the inlet is not a Teaches Hole Channel marker. Teaches Hole Channel connects the village of Ocracoke with Ocracoke Inlet.

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      1. (390°20.0000N / 001°0.0000W, 390.333333 / -1.000000) THE FOLLOWING AID TO NAVIGATION CHANGES HAVE BEEN MADE.
      A. TEACHES HOLE CHANNEL BUOY 20A (LLNR 28955.5) HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED IN APPROX POSITION  35-04-30.337N 076-01-08.535W (35°4.5056N / 076°1.1422W, 35.075094 / -76.019037) .
      B. TEACHES HOLE LIGHTED BUOY 25 (LLNR 28962.2) HAS BEEN RELOCATED TO APPROX POSITION  35-04-41.886N 076-00-16(35°4.6981N / 076°0.2666W, 35.078302 / -76.004444) -206W.

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    • LNM: Buoy 10C Relocated, Big Foot Slough, Pamlico Sound, NC

      This relocated channel buoy is on the east shoulder of Big Foot Slough which connects Ocracoke with Pamlico Sound.


      1. (389°20.0000N / 001°0.0000W, 389.333333 / -1.000000) THE FOLLOWING AID TO NAVIGATION HAS BEEN RELOCATED.

      A. BIG FOOT SLOUGH CHANNEL BUOY 10C (LLNR 29070.2) HAS BEEN RELOCATED TO APPROX POSITION 35-09-03.205N 076-00-38.718W (35°9.0534N / 076°0.6453W, 35.150890 / -76.010755) .

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