Local Notices Jan 2007 Florida & the South

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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 on the World Wide Web at www.navcen.uscg.gov .

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 on the World Wide Web at www.navcen.uscg.gov .

REVISED NAUTICAL CHARTS

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

• chart 11484, 23rd ed. — Ponce de Leon Inlet to Cape Canaveral;

• chart 11441, 41st ed. — Key West Harbor and Approaches;

• chart 11534, 34th ed. — ICW, Myrtle Grove Sound and Cape Fear River to Casino 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.

JUPITER INLET TO FOWEY ROCKS, HILLSBORO INLET, FLA.

The Coast Guard has received a report of cables located on the east side of shoal area south of Hillsboro Inlet. All mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution when transiting this area. (NOAA chart 11466)

PALM SHORES TO WEST PALM BEACH, ST. LUCIE INLET, FLA.

Extensive shoaling has been reported in the St. Lucie Inlet, with the depth of water across the entire inlet decreased to about 5 feet. All mariners are advised to stay alert and transit the area with extreme caution. (NOAA 11472)

ESTERO BAY TO LEMON BAY,

INCLUDING CHARLOTTE

HARBOR, FLA.

Weeks Marine has requested that all vessels use extreme care and reduce speed in the vicinity of the intersection of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and Boca Grande Pass, Fla. Rafts of floating pipelines will be anchored at this location. The pipeline will be used to lay a temporary submerged pipeline between the borrow area and the beach along the Gulf of Mexico at Gasparilla Island. Boats and barges will be operating at the mooring area, borrow area and along the pipeline route. Dredge Beachbuilder was to commence dredging on or about Nov. 15, 2006. The excavated material will be pumped to the beach through the submerged pipeline. Attendant plant will be working near the dredge, submerged pipeline, and beach fill area. This operation will continue 24 hours per day, seven days per week. The dredge and attendant plant will have all required Coast Guard lighting at night and the pontoon line will have yellow flashing lights mounted on the lines. The project will be completed on or about Dec. 31, 2006. All mariners are urged to use extreme caution and transit the area at their slowest safe speed to create minimum wake. The dredge will monitor VHF channels 13 and 16. For further information contact the dredge at (985) 237-5009 or Charles Balentine at (985) 875-2525, (crbalentine@weeksmarine.com .) (NOAA 11426)

ST. JOHNS RIVER TO

ENTRANCE TO JACKSONVILLE HARBOR, FLA.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was scheduled to begin dredging in the northwest section of Jacksonville Harbor in September. This one-year project will be ongoing 24 hours per day, seven days per week, until around Sept. 1, 2007. Attendant plant will be working around the dredging area and have all required Coast Guard lighting for night-time operations. The dredge and attendant plant will monitor VHF channels 13 and 16. All mariners are urged to use extreme caution while transiting the area.