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East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale June 10, 2010 - Part II

By Tom Neale - Published June 11, 2010 - Viewed 877 times

USCG Seventh District
Coastal Waters from Little River, South Carolina to Panama City, Florida

Another New Bridge Proposed for Myrtle Beach Area, the Third Bridge for Socastee:
Special Bridge Notice.
          The Coast Guard has issued a public notice regarding the permit application for approval of location and plans to construct a new high level fixed bridge (Carolina Bays Parkway Bridge, SC 31 Extension)across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, mile 372.3, near the Town of Socastee (between Surfside and Myrtle Beaches), Horry County, South Carolina. This public notice 3-10 which solicits comments through July 8, 2010, is attached to this Local Notice to Mariners. The project manager is Miss Evelyn Smart and may be contacted at (305) 415-6989 or by e-mail at Evelyn.Smart@uscg.dhs.gov.
Chart: 11534 CG Bridge File: 265 (7th District LNM 23)
Ed. Note: The ancient relic, Socastee Swing Bridge, is at Mile 371. The recently built Socastee High Level Bridge is at Mile 371.3. The location of this proposed bridge is a mile farther at Mile 372.3. When the older high level bridge opened, we all hoped that the swing bridge would be closed as it is so old that there are no parts available when it breaks (which is often), they have to be manufactured. I know that our comments are not going to prevent this bridge from being built, but a good question for the Coast Guard project manager would be “Why do we still need the swing bridge when there will be two other bridges within 1.3 miles?”


WAMS Study of Kings Bay Area:
          The Coast Guard is conducting a Waterway Analysis and Management System (WAMS) study of St. Mary’s, Kings Bay, and Amelia River Main Ship Channel commencing 01 June 2010 thru 31 August 2010. The study focuses on the area’s aid to navigation system, waterborne commerce, marine casualty information, port/harbor resources, emergency response plans, communication capabilities and future development projects. Any interested company or individual wishing to provide comments or participate in a user survey should contact: Commander, Sector Jacksonville, 4200 Ocean Street, Atlantic than 15 July 2010. (7th District LNM 23)

Okeechobee Waterway Update:
          On June 8, 2010 the lake level was reported at 14.61 feet.

Oyster Reef Restoration in Jupiter Area:
          Martin County is installing temporary pilings and wooden fenders during an oyster reef restoration project in the Loxahatchee River on June 4 - July 30, 2010. For additional information, please contact CSA International Inc. at (772)219-3055. See enclosure for project location. (7th District LNM 23)

WaveRider Buoy off Port Everglades:
          The United States Navy, South Florida Ocean Measurement Facility (SFOMF) will deploy a 27 inch WaveRider Buoy in approximate position 26- 03.139N 080-5.698W, 2.5 NM S-SE of Port Everglades Inlet. The buoy will be tethered to a clump weight on the seafloor. The buoy is lighted with an amber light displaying 5 group flashes every 20 seconds. The deployment is scheduled to during the week of June 8th to June 16th and will be deployed for 3 months. When deployed, this buoy will be a hazard to navigation. All vessels are advised to steer clear of this hazard. (7th District LNM 23)

FIT Launches Buoy in Keys:
          The Florida Institute Technology will deploy a research instrumentation surface buoy and a bottom mounted ADCP system just off the coast of Manasota Key from June 2-14, 2010. This is a yellow buoy with a yellow flashing light (2.5 - 4.0 sec intervals between flashes). When deployed, this buoy is a hazard. All mariners are advised to steer clear of this hazard. (7th District LNM 23)
          The Florida Institute Technology will deploy a research instrumentation surface buoy and a bottom mounted ADCP system just off the coast of Manasota Key from June 2-14, 2010. This is a yellow buoy with a yellow flashing light (2.5 - 4.0 sec intervals between flashes). When deployed, this buoy is a hazard. All mariners are advised to steer clear of this hazard. (7th District LNM 23)
          URS Corporation is conducting a seagrass mitigation project on a shallow seagrass covered shoal within Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserve located approximately 0.51 miles S-SE from the southernmost tip of Brickell Key and 0.72 miles N-NE from the center channel below the Rickenbacker Causeway. There are 212 bird stakes installed on six foot centers in two parallel lines approximately 4 ft apart from 25-45.36N 80-10.86W to 25- 45.42N 80-10.92W. All mariners are advised to stay clear of the area. For additional information, please contact URS Corporation at (305) 884- 8900. See enclosure for project location. (7th District LNM 23)
In case you miss the obvious, these stakes are for birds to sit on and poop into the water to fertilize the seagrass. This is mitigation—which means that somewhere else, not even necessarily nearby, seagrass has been disturbed by some construction project, and allowing birds to poop excessively on this seagrass makes up for the loss of the other seagrass.


Keys Diving Ops:
          The M/V Richard L. Becker will deploy equipment with divers for underwater testing from approximately June 15 through July 15, 2010 in the following postions. From 24-42.0N 080-50.0W TO 24-30.0N 080-50.0W TO 24-28.0N 081-50.0W TO 24-16.0N 081-50.0W. All mariners are advised to transit the area with caution. (7th District LNM 23)

Hazards to Navigation (7th District LNM 23):
          Florida West Coast:

          The Coast Guard received a report of a submerged I beam 1-2 ft below the waterline in approximate position 25-47.541N; 081-29-649W; 1.3 NM SW of Indian Key. All mariners are advised to transit the area with caution.
          The Coast Guard received a report of a 15 ft by 3 ft swim platform adrift in approximate position 27-18.408N 082-35.399W in vicinity of New Pass. All mariners are advised to transit the area with caution.
          The Coast Guard received a report of a partially submerged drydock; 342 ft long with 6 ft above the waterline in approximate position 28-58.77N; 083-12.593W; 15 NM SW of Cedar Key.

Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM 23
          NOTE: In the past we have kept specific bridge information in this list as long as it’s current, but since some projects go on for months or years, we have decided to removed items which have appeared for several alerts, or which are nearing their expiration date.
          Bridge of Lions (AICW Mile 777.9): Check the tideboards. If there is any question on the height, wait for an opening. Reports from boaters indicate that the new vertical clearance may be as low as 22 feet MHW, rather than the advertised 25 feet. We have no further update.
          The removal of the temporary Bridge of Lions, Intracoastal Waterway continues. The contractor has advised the Coast Guard that they are no longer in the channel; but will be working on removing the temporary structure….

          Max Brewer Bridge (AICW Mile 878.9): The A. Max Brewer Bridge, Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 878.9, Titusville, Brevard County, Florida is being replaced with a high-level fixed bridge. This work will continue through April 2011.
          Channel Restrictions/Bridge Regulations:
1. On June 15 and 16, 2010: Lane Construction will be restricting the channel by half of channel width, due to bridge construction next to the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. The contractor will be advising the mariner as to which of the two channels surrounding the swing span to use via the bridge tender and signage.
2. From June 29 through July 1, 2010 – 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day, the contractor has been authorized to close the waterway due to the placement of the center channel beams across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. In the case of weather delays, the contractor may need to continue this operation on July 6 and 7, 2010. Once the beams are in place the minimum vertical clearance will be 65 feet at Mean High Water. The clearance gauges for the new high-level fixed bridge will not be placed on the new bridge until the old swing bridge is removed.
3. In order to expedite bridge construction and not unduly restrict navigation; the Coast Guard Bridge Branch will be authoring a temporary change to the scheduled operation of the A. Max Brewer Bridge. Starting on July 6, 2010, the A Max Brewer Bridge will be allowed to open on hour and half-hour from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., seven days a week. Mariners that wish to comment on this temporary change may email Michael.b.lieberum@uscg.mil. Once the new bridge beams are placed on the center span the contractor will be placing navigation lights on the bridge to mark on side of the channel through the swing bridge. Mariners are advised to remain vigilant when passing through this area as there are various barges and floating equipment near the navigable channel.
          Marine interests should contact Lane Construction at 321 607 5700 for additional information on construction schedules. USCG Jacksonville Waterways Management Division contact is BM1 Peter Nelson, 904 564 7666.
          SR 776 Bridge, Myakka River: M&J Construction has advised the Coast Guard that they will be performing scour repairs to the SR 776 Bridge across the Myakka River, Port Charlotte, Florida. The contractor will have equipment outside the channel limits to perform this work and are expected to be completed by July 30, 2010. Mariners are advised to proceed at no wake/minimum wake through this area.
          US 19 Bridge, Anclote River, GIWW: Custom Built Marine Construction will be repairing the US 19 Bridge Fender System, across the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, Anclote River, Anclote, Florida. This work is expected to start on August 3, 2010 and will be completed by September 8, 2010.
          Labelle Bridge, OWW: Due to bridge repairs the Labelle Bridge (Caloosahatchee River Bridge/SR 29), Okeechobee Waterway, Caloosahatchee River mile 103.0, Labelle, Hendry County, Florida, the bridge regulation have been temporarily changed:
1. The bridge shall open a single-leaf on signal from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Monday through Friday except Federal holidays. A double-leaf will be available with a three-hour notice to the bridge tender.
2. The vertical clearance of the down span will be reduced by five feet.
3. The bridge will be closed to navigation from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
4. From 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. the draws shall open if at least three hours notice is given.
5. At all other times this bridge will open on signal.
6. At times there may be a work barge under the down span.
This work is expected to start on June 1 and will continue through December 30, 2010.
          Alva Bridge, OWW: Due to bridge repairs the Alva Bridge (SR 78), Okeechobee Waterway, Caloosahatchee River mile 116.0, Alva, Lee County, Florida, the bridge regulation has been temporarily changed:
1. The bridge shall open a single-leaf on signal from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Monday through Friday except Federal holidays. A double-leaf will be available with a three-hour notice to the bridge tender.
2. The vertical clearance of the down span will be reduced by five feet.
3. From 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. the draws shall open if at least three hours notice is given.
4. At all other times this bridge will open on signal.
5. At times there may be a work barge under the down span.
This work is expected to start on June 7 and will continue through October 29, 2010.

This information is not to be used for navigation. Consult the latest charts and Local Notices to Mariners and use prudent seamanship. Conditions may change.  Any person or entity that uses this information in any way, as a condition of that use, agrees to waive and does waive and also hold authors harmless from any and all claims which may arise from or be related to this use.





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