Local notices to mariners

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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. 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.

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 11013, 46th ed. — Straits of Florida and Approaches;

• chart 11449, 16th ed. — Intracoastal Waterway Matecumbe to Grassy Key;

• chart 11463, 17th ed. — Intracoastal Waterway Sands Key to Blackwater Sound;

• chart 11469, sixth ed. — Straits of Florida Fowey Rocks, Hillsboro Inlet to Bimini Islands, Bahamas;

• chart 11430, 26th ed. — LostmansRiver to WigginsPass;

• chart 11506, 42nd ed. — St.SimonsSound, BrunswickHarbor and TurtleRiver;

• chart 11518, 34th ed. — Intracoastal Waterway, Casino Creek to BeaufortRiver;

• chart 11429, 22nd ed. — ChathamRiver to ClamPass, NaplesBay, EvergladesHarbor;

• chart 11514, 28th ed. — Savannah River 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.

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CAPEROMANO TO

PONCE DE LEON BAY, FLA.

All mariners are advised that the Coast Guard is experiencing degraded VHF communications in the areas from CapeRomano to Ponce De Leon Bay. Mariners can expect to experience unreliable communications with Coast Guard while transiting the area. All vessels are requested to exercise caution while in the area. (NOAA chart 11429)

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ST. JOHNS RIVER, FLA.

The ClapboardCreekBridge (Heck-scher Driver) across Clapboard Creek, mile 1.0, is being repaired. The Coast Guard has been advised that the contractor will be using a small work float and that work will be conducted outside the channel limits. The work will be completed in February 2006. (NOAA chart 11491)

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WEST INDIES, PUERTO RICO,

VIRGIN ISLANDS, FLA.

Because of the passing of Hurricane Wilma, mariners are reminded that aids to navigation, particularly lighted and unlighted buoys, may be moved from charted positions, damaged, destroyed, extinguished, or destroyed as a result of hurricane and storms. Mariners should not rely solely upon the position or operation of an aid to navigation, but also employ all other means available to determine positions.

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PALMSHORES TO WESTPALMBEACH, OCEAN RIDGE, FLA.

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company has commenced dredging at a designated offshore borrow area for the purpose of beach nourishment at Ocean Ridge, Fla. (NOAA chart 11472)

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SEACOAST, NEW SMYRNA BEACH, FLA.

Lake Michigan Contractors Inc., under contract with Subaqueous Services Inc. of Orlando, has commenced dredging at the dredge material island MSA 434/434C offloading and emergency dune restoration. This project will continue until around May 15, 2006. Floating material and a dredge discharge pipeline (both floating and submerged) will be in the vicinity of the dredge material island, MSA 434/434C and ICWW/Shapiro Road. All mariners are advised there will be a dredge plant, attendant plant, and vessel traffic between the mainland and the island on a daily basis, seven days/week, 24 hours/day. VHF channels 13 and 16 will be monitored with the working channel being 18. Construction lights will be used as needed to mark pipeline and buoys, etc. For further information, contact Doug Ipolita at (407) 926-7796. (NOAA charts 11485, 11486)