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This information is taken from the Seventh Coast Guard District’s Local Notice to Mariners alerting boaters to navigational changes or hazards.

This information is taken from the Seventh 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 on the World Wide Web at www.navcen.uscg.mil.

REVISED NAUTICAL CHARTS

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has updated the following nautical charts:

• chart 11400, 36th ed. - Tampa Bay to Cape San Blas.

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.

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PALM SHORES TO WEST PALM BEACH, FLA.

Shoaling has been reported in the vicinity of St. Lucie Inlet buoy 4 (LL 10000) and buoy 6 (LL 10130). All mariners are advised to stay alert and transit the area with caution. (NOAA chart 11472)

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MIAMI, JUPITER INLET TO FOWEY ROCKS, FLA.

PSI Engineering has commenced bore drilling on the west end of the Port of Miami Main Ship Channel. The drilling barge will be in the channel from 7 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. This operation will continue until around May 31. Mariners are requested to keep clear of the drilling barge and use caution while transiting the area. (NOAA chart 11466)

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TAMPA BAY TOPORT RICHEY, FLA.

On March 31, dredge Vicksburg will be moored offshore of Indian Rocks Beach (Clearwater Beach Area) for a beach renourishment project. A pipeline will run from Vicksburg to shore. The pipeline route will be marked with buoys. This project will continue until around Aug. 31. The dredge operator will stand by on VHF channels 13 and 16. Traffic should call 30 minutes prior to expected time of passage. All mariners are requested to stay clear of the dredge, barges, derricks, booster, pipelines and operating wires about the dredge. Mariners are cautioned to strictly comply with the rules of the road when approaching, passing and leaving the area of operations. For further information, contact Steve Newton at (757) 547-2833. (NOAA chart 11411)

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TAMPA BAY ANDST. JOSEPH SOUND, FLA.

Dredges Atlantic and Virginian are currently working in the vicinity of Egmont Channel and will maintain a mooring area inside the inlet on the south side of Fort DeSoto. All equipment will be moored to the south and east of the Bay Pier on Fort DeSoto. Barges, dredges, tugs and scows will be moored there while waiting on weather or other delays. This project will continue until about Aug. 31. The dredge operator will stand by on VHF channels 13 and 16. Traffic should call 30 minutes prior to expected time of passage. All mariners are requested to stay clear of the dredge, barges, derricks, booster, pipelines and operating wires about the dredge. Mariners are cautioned to strictly comply with the rules of the road when approaching, passing and leaving the area of operations. For further information, contact Steve Newton at (757) 547-2833. (NOAA chart 11412)

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ST. LUCIE TO FORT MYERS AND LAKE OKEECHOBEE, FLA.

Lake Okeechobee Waterway Route 2 is closed and impassable due to vegetation blocking the channel. Mariners are advised to stay alert and transit the area with caution. Route 2 will reopen once vegetation in the area is removed. For further information contact Jack Pasch at (863) 983-8101. (NOAA chart 11474)

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PALM SHORES TO WEST PALM BEACH-SINGER

ISLAND CHANNEL, FLA.

Shoaling has been reported in the vicinity of Singer Island daybeacon 1 (LL 10211). A temporary unlighted buoy has been set in position 26 46 28.5440N, 080 02 24.413W. All mariners are urged to use caution while transiting this area. (NOAA chart 11472)

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ICW, WEST PALM BEACH TO MIAMI, LAKE WORTH INLET, HILLSBORO INLET, FLA.

Shoaling has been reported in the Ocean Inlet Park Channel between Ocean Inlet Park daybeacon 1 (LL 47040 and Ocean Inlet Park daybeacon 8 (LL 47075). All mariners are advised to use extreme caution while transiting the area. (NOAA chart 11467)

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ICW, WEST PALM BEACH TO MIAMI,

LOXAHATCHEE RIVER, FLA.

The Tequesta Drive Bridge across the North Fork of the Loxahatchee River, mile 2.9, Tequesta, Fla., is closed to navigation due to falling concrete from the bridge. Any vessel requiring to transit under the bridge should contact the Tequesta Police Department for authorization.

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ICW, TAMPA BAY

TO PORT RICHEY, TREASURE

ISLAND, FLA.

Johnson Brothers Corporation has advised that demolition of the Treasure Island Causeway Middle Bascule Bridge is under way. Demolition will begin on the north side and then the south of the bridge through about June 30. Floating vessels involved in this operation will include four 150-foot-by-64-foot-by-8-foot crane barges, five 120-foot-by-34-foot-by-8-foot deck barges, twin screw tugs Abe-H and JBC Star, and single screw tug Triumph. These vessels will not be blocking the Intracoastal Waterway Channel. For further information contact Donald Hambridge at (727) 547-4575, Ext. 252. (NOAA chart 11411)

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CHARLOTTE COUNTY,

STUMP PASS, FLA.

Marinex Construction Company Inc. was scheduled to being dredging with dredge Hampton Roads in March. The operation will continue 24 hours per day, seven days per week until further notice. The dredge will monitor VHF channels 13 and 16. All mariners are advised to use extreme caution while transiting the area. For further information please call Kelly Albers at (843) 722-9083. (NOAA chart 11425)

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LOSTMAN RIVER TO WIGGINS PASS, COLLIER BAY, FLA.

(Updated)

The U.S. Coast Guard has received a report of a 1/4-nautical-mile-long dredge pipe partially submerged in the vicinity of Capri Pass daybeacon 12 (LL 16995). All mariners are advised to exercise caution while transiting the area. (NOAA chart 11430)

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TAMPA BAY ENTRANCE,

SOUTHWEST CHANNEL, FLA.

The following change was scheduled to be made to the aids to navigation system in March: Tampa Bay Southwest Channel lighted bell buoy 1 (LL 1385/21835) will be relocated to approximate position 27 32 19.800N, 082 48 36.000W, displaying published characteristics. (NOAA chart 11415)

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ICW, CHARLOTTE HARBOR TO TAMPA BAY, FLA.

The Coast Guard has received a report of a possible submerged object in the vicinity of the center span of the Ringling Bridge. On Feb. 10, three temporary buoys were deployed south of the new Ringling Causeway Bridge in Sarasota Bay to mark submerged rocks that could pose a hazard to navigation during high tides. All three buoys are east of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, outside of the marked channel either on or in close proximity to the submerged rocks. The approximate positions of the buoys are:

1. 27 19 52.620N, 082 33 24.060W,

2. 27 19 52.920N, 082 33 23.220W,

3. 27 19 53.940N, 082 33 22.080W.

It is requested that all mariners exercise caution when transiting this area. (NOAA chart 11425)

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ST. SIMONS SOUND, BRUNSWICK HARBOR AND TURTLE RIVER, GA.

Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company was scheduled to dredge in Brunswick Harbor and the channels entering the harbor. Dredging will be done in the Brunswick Cut Range, the Turtle River Range and the Cedar Hammock Range eastward as far as Cedar Hammock lighted buoy 24 (LL 6215). Dredge Florida and its accompanying pipeline, power cable, derricks, work barges and support tugs will be on scene. The dredge will monitor VHF channels 13 and 16.

This operation will continue 24 hours per day, seven days per week, until completion on or about July 15. All mariners are advised to use extreme caution while transiting this area. (NOAA chart 11506)