Local Notices to Mariners – Florida and 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 online 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 online at www.navcen.uscg.gov .

ICW, PALMSHORES TO

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA.

Shoaling has been reported on the north side of the channel in Jupiter Inlet, about 200 yards southeast of Lighthouse Point. Minimum depths observed is 5 feet at MLW. (NOAA chart 11472)

JUPITER INLET TO

FOWEY ROCKS, FLA.

The U.S. Navy will be installing a subsurface mooring off the shore of Fort Lauderdale. The intended plant position of the subsurface mooring is 26 3.99N, 079 59.58W, in 820 feet of water. The subsurface mooring consists of four 60-inch steel spheres connected by a 5/8 steel mooring wire to an acoustic release and a clump anchor. Anchor weight is estimated at 3,000 pounds. The subsurface floats will be 80 feet below the surface in still water. The mooring will have no surface expression. Attached to the mooring line is an array of self-recording temperature and depth sensors. The mooring will be recovered on Nov. 29, by firing the acoustic release. The steel anchor will be abandoned in place. For further information contact William A. Venezia, at (954) 926-4001. (NOAA chart 11466)

PORT CANAVERAL HARBOR, FLA.

Weeks Marine Inc. has advised that maintenance dredging will continue in the Canaveral Harbor Entrance Channel South Jetty Sediment Trap adjacent to and in the vicinity of Canaveral Harbor Entrance lighted buoy 13A (LL 9650.5). Bucket dredge No. 506 and attendant plant will be on scene and operating on a 24 hours per day, seven days per week, basis until completion on or about Dec. 15. The dredge can be contacted on VHF channels 12 (Port Canaveral working channel), 13 and 16. All equipment is outfitted for day- and nighttime operations in accordance with Coast Guard Regulations. All mariners are urged to use extreme caution and transit at their slowest speed to create minimum wake. For further information or questions contact Jimmy Rude at (985) 237-5063. (NOAA chart 11478)

ICW, ST. LUCIE INLET TO FORT MYERS AND LAKE OKEECHOBEE, ST.LUCIE CANAL, FLA.

Shoaling has been reported in the vicinity of St. Lucie Canal daybeacon 38 (LL 51120). A navigation aid has been relocated and rebuilt in approximate position 27 08 39.565N, 080 15 35.590W. All mariners are urged to transit the area with caution. (NOAA chart 11428)

ICW, CHARLOTTEHARBOR TO MIDNIGHT PASS LAGOON, FLA.

Marine Contracting Group Inc. has commenced constructing a breakwater for SarasotaCounty near the BirdColonyIslands in RobertsBay. The project area extends from the northern end at 27 17 42N, 082 32 41W, to the southern end at 27 17 32N, 082 32 41W. One crane barge will be stationed about 200 feet east of the Intracoastal Waterway near Venice Inlet-Siesta Key daybeacon 81 (LL 58435). A second barge and tug will be bringing material from the Siesta Key Bridge Staging area to the project site one to two times per day. The tug will monitor VHF channels 13 and 16. The work will be done during daylight hours only, Monday through Friday. All possible measures will be taken not to impede traffic in the Intracoastal Waterway. This area has been approved by The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. A temporary Idle Speed No Wake Zone will be posted. Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Marine Division Officers will be patrolling the area and enforcing the Temporary Idle Speed No Wake Zones. This project will continue until completion on or about Dec. 15. All mariners are urged to use extreme caution and transit at their slowest safe speed. The person of contact is Bryan Flynn at (813) 281-7689 (office) or (772) 633-5300. (NOAA chart 11425)

PALMSHORES TO

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has reported that Banty Saunders Recreation Area daybeacon 19 (LL 9925) (Private Aid) with two regulatory markers (Idle Speed No Wake and Resume Normal Safe Operation) has been damaged and broken off below the waterline. The charted position for this aid is 27 28 27.900N, 080 19 17.880W. All mariners are urged to be on the lookout and transit this area with caution. (NOAA chart 11475)

ICW, TOLOMATORIVER,

PALM SHORES, FLA.

Shoaling has been reported in the vicinity of San SebastianRiver daybeacon 13A (LL 39153). All mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. (NOAA chart 11485)

ST. JOHNS RIVER, ATLANTIC OCEAN TO JACKSONVILLE, FLA.

Norfolk Dredging Company will commence maintenance dredging in JacksonvilleHarbor on or about Aug. 1. The dredging will be conducted in Bar Cuts 3, 4, 5, 8, and 9. Several navigational aids will be relocated or removed during this project. All mariners are urged to transit the area with extreme caution. Please review future Local Notice to Mariners for updates on this project. For further information contact Paul Lougheed at (757) 547-9391. (NOAA chart 11491) n

OKEECHOBEE WATERWAY,

ST. LUCIE RIVER TO

CALOOSAHATCHEE RIVER, FLA.

Due to extremely restricted channel depths in Lake Okeechobee, mariners are strongly advised that the following should be taken in consideration whether transiting the lake or stopping for recreational activities such as fishing.

Route 1: Lake elevations have been averaging 9.10 feet and below.

Route 2 (the RimCanal) is closed with navigation depths of 0.44 feet and less.

For complete text and water depth table see: Local Notice to Mariners 30/07, Enclosure Number 8. (NOAA chart 11428)

ICW, CHARLOTTEHARBOR TO TAMPA BAY, FLA.

Dredging has commenced in the Intracoastal Waterway in the vicinity of SiestaKey-TampaBay buoy 43 (LL 59525). This aid has been disestablished to facilitate dredging. After completion of the dredging, the channel will be evaluated and the aid will be reset on the assigned position. All mariners are requested to transit the area with caution. (NOAA chart 11425)

ST. JOHNS RIVER, ATLANTIC OCEAN TO JACKSONVILLE, FLA.

Norfolk Dredging Company will commence dredging in the St. Johns River on or about Aug. 7. Dredge Atlantic will be dredging in the main channel between Mayport Basin channel buoy 2 (LL 7180) and the intersection of the Intracoastal Waterway in the vicinity of Miles Point lighted buoy 24 (LL 7180). 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, scows, tugs, derricks and operating wires about the dredge. Operators of vessels of all types should be aware that the barges are held in place by cables, attached to anchors some distance away from the equipment. Buoys are attached to the anchor so that the anchors can be moved if needed. Mariners are cautioned to strictly comply with the Inland Rules of the Road when approaching, passing and leaving the area of operations, and remain a safe distance away from the dredge, buoys, cables, barges, derricks, wires and related equipment. All fishnet, crabpots and structures in the general area must be removed prior to the commencement of the work. Owners and lessees of fishnet, crabpots and other structures that may be in the vicinity and that may hinder the free navigation of attending vessels and equipment must remove these from the area where tugs, tender boats and other equipment will be navigating. This project will be conducted 24 hours per day, seven days a week until completion on or about Nov. 10. For further information, please contact Steve Newton at (757) 547-9391. (NOAA chart 11491)