This information is taken from the 7th Coast Guard District’s Local Notice to Mariners alerting boaters to navigational changes or hazards. The list here is not an official Coast Guard statement but edited excerpts from recent notices. The notices also are available online at www.navcen.uscg.gov .
REVISED NAUTICAL CHARTS
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has updated the following nautical charts:
• chart 11480, 40th ed. — Charleston Light to Cape Canaveral;
• chart 11514, 29th ed. — Savannah River Savannah to Brier Creek.
The new editions are available through NOAA sales agents. A free list of authorized sales agents is available by contacting the National Ocean Service, Distribution Division (N/ACC3), 6501 Lafayette Ave., Riverdale, Md.20737.
ST. JOHNS RIVER,
LAKE DEXTER, FLA.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has advised that a Manatee Zone Slow Speed Minimum Wake sign has been damaged and is leaning at a 45-degree angle. The top of the sign is sticking out of the water and is barely visible. The approximate position is 29 07.010N, 081 30.462W, in the St. Johns River, north of LakeDexter. The downed sign is marked with a temporary buoy until the hazard can be removed. For additional information please contact Rick Hunter at (850) 591-6957 or Tom Edwards at (850) 545-6749. (NOAA chart 11495)
MIAMIHARBOR, BISCAYNE BAY, MIAMI RIVER, FLA.
Florida and Power and Light Company has advised that construction (transmission poles) and relocation (about 100 feet east) of an existing transmission line that currently crosses the Miami River was scheduled to begin on or about June 15. The location of this project is east of MiamiInternationalAirport and south of NW 36th Street traveling north and south crossing the Miami River. No work barges, boats or construction equipment will be in the Miami River and no impact to mariners will occur. This project is expected to be completed no later than Dec. 31. For further information please contact Jenny Smith at Florida Power and Light, (561) 694-4283. (NOAA chart 11466)
GORDON PASS CHANNEL, FLA.
Shoaling has been reported in between GordonPass daybeacon 2 (LL 17455) and GordonPass daybeacon (LL 17460). Shoaling is reported to be extending one-half mile across the channel. All mariners are urged to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. (NOAA chart 11430)
PASSAGE KEY INLET, FLA.
Aztec Development Company has commenced dredging adjacent to and in a private channel at Waterlefe Golf and River Club in Bradenton. The approximate position of operation is 27 31.3N, 082 26 31W. All marine traffic in the area is urged to proceed with caution and transit with safest slow speed. Possible hazards are lighted. (NOAA chart 11424)
KEY WEST HARBOR, FLA.
The following changes will be made to the aids to navigation system in Key West Main Ship Channel:
• Key West Main Channel Cut B range front light (LL 14870) will be changed to a flashing white 2.5 seconds characteristic. The aid will be lighted throughout 24 hours and visible 1.5 degrees each side of the range line. The range board will be removed.
• Key West Main Channel Cut B range rear light (LL 14875) will be changed to a flashing white ISO 6 seconds characteristic. The aid will be lighted throughout 24 hours and visible 1.5 degrees each side of the range line. The range board will be removed.
The work was scheduled to be completed in May. (NOAA chart 11447)
ICW, CHARLOTTEHARBOR TO TAMPABAY, JEWFISH KEY, FLA.
The West Coast Inland Navigation District in conjunction with Dock and Seawall Dredge Company has commenced mechanical dredge operations east of Jewfish Key between Tampa Bay-Siesta Key buoy 38A (LL 59340) and Tampa Bay-Siesta Key daybeacon 44 (LL 59530). This operation will completed on or about July 30. No work will be performed on weekends during this period. (NOAA chart 11425)
PALMSHORES TO WESTPALMBEACH, ST. LUCIE INLET, FLA.
Due to channel realigning after dredging in St. Lucie Inlet, Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company has placed temporary buoys in various locations to mark best water within the channel. All mariners are requested to transit the area with caution and monitor marine radio VHF channel 16 for Broadcast Notice to Mariners pertaining to buoy movements and locations and observe articles in the Local Notice to Mariners. (NOAA chart 11472)