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 online at www.navcen.uscg.gov.

REVISED NAUTICAL CHARTS
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration updated the following nautical charts:
• chart 11509, 31st ed. — Tybee Island to Doboy Sound
• chart 11514, 30th ed. — Savannah River Savannah to Brier Creek
• chart 25668, 20th ed. — North Coast of Puerto Rico, Punta Penon to Punta Vacia Talega, Puerto Arecibo, Puerto Palmas Altas
• chart 11416, 10th ed. — Tampa Bay, Safety Harbor, St. Petersburg, Tampa
The new editions are available through NOAA sales agents. Contact the National Ocean Service, Distribution Division (N/ACC3), 6501 Lafayette Ave., Riverdale, MD 20737. 

CAPE CANAVERAL
TO BETHEL SHOALS, FLA.
J.E. McAmis Inc. Marine Construction Company advised that maintenance dredging was scheduled to commence in the vicinity of Port Canaveral Intermin Corner Cut-off, Port Canaveral Harbor. The land-based dredge plant excavators EX 700 and CAT 385 will be operating at this location. Mariners are urged to use extreme caution and transit at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. This project will be completed on or about May 15. Contact Scott Vandedrift, project manager, at (530) 891-0904. (NOAA chart 11476)

REVISED NAUTICAL CHARTS
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration updated the following nautical chart:
• chart 11520, 43rd ed. — Cape Hatteras to Charleston
The new editions are available through NOAA sales agents. Contact the National Ocean Service, Distribution Division (N/ACC3), 6501 Lafayette Ave., Riverdale, MD 20737. 

TAMPA BAY,
UPPER TAMPA BAY, FLA.
Subaqueous Services is conducting dredge and pipe-laying operations through March. Maintenance dredging will occur at various berths in Port Sutton, Sparkman Channel and East Bay. Spoil Islands 2D and 3D will be used for dredge material. Dredge Mister O will be on scene and monitoring VHF channels 13 and 16. The operation will continue 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Mariners are urged to use caution and transit the area at the slowest safe speed to create minimum wake. (NOAA chart 11416)

ST. JOHNS RIVER, FLA.
As flood waters on the St. Johns River slowly receded, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission eased boating restrictions from the Highlands Park Canal south to the Interstate 4 bridge at Lake Monroe. The area, previously closed to boat traffic since Aug. 29, will be an idle-speed, no-wake zone for boaters. In addition, a no-vessel zone is in effect in Lake Monroe east and south of that area, continuing east and south all the way to State Road 50. (NOAA charts 11491, 11492, 11495)

ST. JOHNS RIVER, FLA.
Boating restrictions have been lifted from some areas of the St. Johns River that were under emergency-rule vessel restrictions for the safety of boaters since August. (NOAA charts 11491, 11492, 11495)

This story originally appeared in the February 2009 issue.