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Local Notices to Mariners - Florida and the South

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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 notices also are available on the World Wide Web at www.navcen.uscg.gov.)

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.gov .

REVISED NAUTICAL CHARTS

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

• chart 11452, 22nd ed. — ICW, Alligator Reef to Sombrero Key;

• chart 11426, 37th ed. — Estero Bay to Lemon Bay, including Charlotte Harbor, Continuation of Peace River;

• chart 11527, 17th ed. — Cooper River above Goose Creek;

• chart 11416, 8th ed. — Tampa Bay, Safety Harbor, St. Petersburg, Tampa;

• chart 11487, 20th ed. — St. Johns River, Racy Point to Crescent Lake.

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 Buoy Inlet buoy 4 (LL 10000), buoy 5 (LL 10125) and buoy 7 (LL 10135). All mariners are advised to stay alert and transit the area with caution. (NOAA chart 11472)

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ICW, PALM SHORES TO

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA.

Shoaling has been reported between Indian River (South Section) daybeacon 128 (LL 44135) and daybeacon 130 (LL 44145). Shoaling is encroaching about 35 feet into the channel (channel in the area is about 70 feet in width) with depth ranging from 2.7 feet near the edge of the channel, 4.4 feet in the middle of the shoal (about 20 feet into the channel), to 6 feet at the edge of the shoal (about 35 feet into the channel). All mariners are urged to use extreme caution while transiting the area. (NOAA chart 11472)

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GULF ICW, CHARLOTTE HARBOR TO MIDNIGHT PASS LAGOON,

LITTLE SARASOTA BAY, FLA.

The commander, 7th Coast Guard District, has approved a temporary deviation from the regulations governing the operation of the Stickney Point (SR 72) Bridge, Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, mile 68.6, Sarasota County, Fla. This temporary deviation allows the Coast Guard to test an operating schedule with the bridge opening as necessary on the hour, 20 minutes past the hour and 40 minutes past the hour, from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Friday, except federal holidays. At all other times the bridge will open upon demand. This temporary deviation will allow the Coast Guard to gather data to determine if this schedule meets the reasonable need of navigation while accommodating vehicle traffic and whether it should be proposed as a permanent change. The deviation is effective until 10 p.m. July 21. For further information contact, Barry Dragon, project officer, 7th Coast Guard District Bridge Branch, at (305) 415-6743. (NOAA chart 11425)

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ATLANTIC ICW, WEST PALM BEACH TO MIAMI, FLA.

The Hollywood Boulevard Bridge, Intracoastal Waterway mile 1072.2, Hollywood, Fla., will be on single-leaf operations on the hour and half-hour through July 27, due to construction. A double-leaf opening will be available with a two-hour notice to the bridge tender. The horizontal clearance will be reduced to 50 feet during this time period. From Oct. 26 through Nov. 26, 2006, the bridge will open a single-leaf only on the hour and half-hour. (NOAA chart 11467)

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SAN JUAN HARBOR, P.R.

The following changes were scheduled to be made to the aids to navigation system in San Juan Harbor during April:

• Bahia de San Juan Range Front light (LL 30745) will be changed to a flashing white ISO on throughout 24 hours,

• Bahia de San Juan Range Front light passing light (LL 30745.5) will be changed to a flashing white six seconds. Located on the same structure as the range front light. (NOAA chart 25670)

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BAHIA de PONCE AND

APPROACHES, PONCE HARBOR, WEST INDIES

Weeks Marine Inc. has commenced dredging in the Port of Ponce, Ponce, P.R. Dredge barge Weeks 2 will be performing the operation with tug Trevor. This operation will be during daylight hours only, seven days per week, until completion on or about Sept. 6. All mariners area advised to use extreme caution while transiting this area. For further information please contact Louis Santiago at (787) 812-4195 or (787) 812-4197. (NOAA chart 25683)

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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., daily, Monday through Friday. This operation will continue until about 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 TO

PORT 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 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 11411)