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Local Notices to Mariners – Florida

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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 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 at www.navcen.uscg.gov .

REVISED NAUTICAL CHARTS

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

• chart 11453, 17th ed. — Florida Keys, Grassy Key to Bahia Honda Key;

• chart 25665, 11th ed. — Punta Lima to Cayo Batata;

• chart 25664, 16th ed. — Pasaje de Vieques and Radas Roosevelt.

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.

JACKSONVILLE TO SANFORD, ST. JOHNS RIVER, FLA.

Shoaling has been reported at a depth of 4 feet at low water in the channel south of Mount Royal light 63 (LL 8510) to Fort Gates light 65 (LL 8520). A temporary aid, Mount Royal light 62A, has been established due to shoaling in approximate position 29 25 42.024N, 081 39 31.914W. All mariners are urged to use extreme caution while transiting the area. (NOAA charts 11487, 11495)

ICW, PALM SHORES TO WEST PALM BEACH, INDIAN RIVER, FLA.

The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission has been advised that a two pile waterway marker is split with the sign lying in water, and is in the vicinity of a submerged pipe within the Indian River west of the Intracoastal Waterway near Cape Malabar in Brevard County. The objects could pose a hazard to navigation. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution when operating within this vicinity. The coordinates are 28 01 11.160N, 080 33 38.580W, and 28 01 11.100N, 080 33 39.900W. The split pilings are exposed but the pipe may only be seen at low tide. FWC is working with a local contractor to remove these objects. (NOAA chart 11472)

ICW, BEAUFORT RIVER

TO ST. SIMONS SOUND, GA.

Shoaling has been reported in the middle of the channel near Florida Passage daybeacon 102 (LL 102). The reported depth at low tide is 6 feet. Chart 11507 has a sounding of 19.7 feet at this position. (NOAA chart 11507)

ATLANTIC ICW, SAVANNAH RIVER TO ST. SIMONS SOUND, SKIDAWAY RIVER, GA.

Effective May 3, the Coast Guard changed the operating regulations of the Skidaway Bridge (SR 204) across the Intracoastal Waterway, mile 592.9, in Savannah. This rule allows the bridge to open as necessary on the hour from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., and on the half-hour between 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday except federal holidays. Due to the amount of vehicle traffic and the lack of openings during the requested time period, this action should improve the movement of vehicular traffic while not unreasonably interfering with the movement of vessel traffic. Public vessels of the United States, tugs with tows, and vessels in distress will be passed at any time. At all other times, the draw will open upon signal. For further information contact Gwin Tate, project manager, 7th Coast Guard District, Bridge Branch, (305) 415-6747. (NOAA chart 11507)

ICW, BEAUFORT RIVER

TO ST. SIMONS SOUND, GA.

Dangerous shoaling has been reported at mile marker 602 in the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway and the channel depth has reportedly been reduced to 3.8 feet at MLW from the centerline to the east side of the channel, starting at Hell’s Gate light 92 (LL 36290) and continuing to Hell’s Gate daybeacon 89 (LL 36290). All vessels are requested to use extreme caution when transiting this area. (NOAA chart 11507) n

CAPE CANAVERAL TO BETHEL SHOAL, FLA.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has advised that maintenance dredging has commenced in Canaveral Harbor June 1. This project will be ongoing 24 hours per day, seven days per week until Sept. 30. All mariners are advised to use extreme caution while transiting the area. (NOAA chart 11476)

ICW, TOLOMATO RIVER, PALM SHORES, MATANZAS RIVER, FLA.

All mariners are advised that reports of extreme/severe shoaling has been reported across the Matanzas River in approximate position 29 43 10.198N, 081 14 44.717W, in the vicinity/between Matanzas River buoy 80 (LL 39525) to Matanzas buoy 81D (LL 39540).

On May 24 the Coast Guard was scheduled to reposition the aids to navigation in Matanzas River to mark best water for safe transit through this area with a depth of 6 feet at mean low tide increasing to 10 feet near Matanzas River buoy 81D. All mariners are advised to use extreme caution while transiting this area. (NOAA chart 11485)

ANCLOTE KEYS TO CRYSTAL RIVER, FLA.

The U.S. Coast Guard has advised that because of damaged aids to navigation and the setting of their temporary replacement buoys, the narrow width of the channel, fast current, and the rocky bottom of the river in this area, all mariners are requested to exercise extreme caution while transiting through the Hells Gate section of the Homosassa River, specifically from Homosassa River daybeacon 57 (LL 28570.5) to Homosassa River daybeacon 61 (LL 28590). (NOAA chart 11409)

TAMPA BAY TO PORT RICHEY, PITHLACHASCOTEE RIVER, FLA.

Shoaling has been reported in the channel in the vicinity of Pithlachascotee River light 16 (LL 26585). All mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. (NOAA charts 11409, 11411)

ICW, TOLOMATO RIVER, PALMS SHORES, MATANZAS RIVER, FLA.

Shoaling has been reported in the Matanzas River in the vicinity of Matanzas River buoy 81A (LL 39535), in position 29 43 10.198N, 081 14 44.717W. Mariners are requested to use extreme caution when transiting the area. (NOAA chart 11485)

ST. JOHNS RIVER TO ENTRANCE TO JACKSONVILLE HARBOR, FLA.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has advised that maintenance dredging will continue in Jacksonville Harbor until completion on or about July 23. This operation will be on a continuous basis, seven days per week, 24 hours per day. All mariners are advised to transit the area at a safe speed and use extreme caution in the vicinity of the dredge, attendant plant and pipelines. (NOAA chart 11491)

JACKSONVILLE TO RACY POINT, FISHING PEN CREEK, ST. JOHN RIVER, FLA.

SeaTech Marine International Inc. has installed four temporary pilings at the entrance to Fishing Pen Creek, St. Johns River, Jacksonville. The temporary pilings will be used as overnight moorings for two dredge barges. The temporary piling was to remain in position 30 15 47.880N, 081 43 31.800W, until about August. All pilings are displaying a flashing white light. For further information contact Tom Hopkins at (904) 249-2998. (NOAA chart 11492)

ICW, ST. SIMONS SOUND, TOLOMATO RIVER, SAWPIT CREEK, FLA.

Southwind Construction Corporation advises that dredging was scheduled to begin in Nassau Sound and Sawpit Creek, Fla., May 8, in the vicinity of South Amelia River light 46 (LL 38165) and continue south from Nassau Cutoff light 47 (LL 38175) to Sister Creek light 74 (LL 38300) in the Intracoastal Waterway. The operation will be on a continuous basis 24 hours per day, seven days per week until completion on or about Oct. 15. Dredge Wilco will monitor VHF channel 16. All pipelines and vessels will be visibly lighted and marked according to Coast Guard regulations. All pipelines will be positioned along the channel’s edge. For further information contact Steve Bassett at (812) 867-7220. (NOAA chart 11489)

CRYSTAL RIVER TO HORSESHOE POINT, FLA.

The Coast Guard has received a report of an underwater obstruction in the channel leading into the Crystal River Power Plant between Crystal River daybeacon 28 (LL 28953.2) and Florida Power Corporation Channel light 32 (LL 29075) in close proximity to the position 28 55 35.100N, 082 50 45.480W. It is requested that all vessels exercise extreme caution when transiting the area. (NOAA chart 11408)

EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK, FLAMINGO CREEK, FLA.

US Corporation has advised that dredging will commence in Everglades National Park in the Flamingo Channel, closing the marina and boat ramp for about 90 days, or until July 31. Dredging will be from Flamingo Channel light 15 (LL 15710) to the boat launch. The approximate position of the project is 25 08 28.320N, 080 55 17.760W. The dredging will be five days per week from sunup to sunset. A shore-based and barge-mounted excavator will be used for the project. Boaters may still access the Whitewater Bay area from Flamingo by the Buttonwood Canal and associated boat launch. Fuel will be available on the Buttonwood Canal side of the marina. For further information contact Everglades National Park at (305) 242-7700 or (305) 695-2945. The marina can be contacted at (239) 695-3101. (NOAA chart 11433)

ANCLOTE KEYS TO CRYSTAL RIVER, FLA.

The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission has been advised by the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge that a waterway marker at the boundary of the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge and within the Chassahowitzka River within Citrus Co., has been damaged. Broken pilings are exposed at low tide and are just below the surface at high tide. The coordinates are 28 42.873N, 82 36.520W, and could pose a hazard to navigation. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution when operating in the vicinity of the missing marker. (NOAA chart 11409)