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East Coast Alerts by Mel Neale August 3, 2012

By Tom Neale - Published August 03, 2012 - Viewed 688 times

General Announcements

ICW Waterway Restrictions and Closures in Norfolk Area:
The Captain of the Port Hampton Roads advises all local mariners, vessels and facilities to take note of the following consolidated list of the most significant navigable waters restrictions and closures in the Hampton Roads area:
September 5 to 14, 2012: The USCG is proposing to close the Elizabeth River in Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Chesapeake from the Eastern Branch of the Elizabeth River to the Gilmerton Bridge (36.775082° -76.294999°)at the ICW Mile 5.8 for the move and installation of the new Gilmerton lift span. This closure, which was originally scheduled to begin on July 31st, is anticipated to last five days in the following manner: 12 hours for the move of the bridge span which requires closure of the Eastern Branch and Southern Branch of the Elizabeth river; and the subsequent 4.5 days after the move for the installation of the same which will require closure of the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River at the Gilmerton Bridge, ICW Mile 5.8. The five day closure is anticipated to occur within the dates of September 5th to the 14th; during this time no vessel traffic will be permitted to transit this area until the bridge span is installed. The public will have a chance to comment for consideration before the rule is made final via the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov, Fax at 202-493-2251, or mail to Docket Management Facility (M-30), U.S. Department of Transportation, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590-0001. The comment period is scheduled to begin on July 10 and close on August 6. Use Docket Number “USCG 2012-0642” as a reference when providing comments regarding this project.
Update: AIWW – Elizabeth River Southern Branch – Gilmerton (lift) Bridge – NPRM issued; proposes a temporary safety zone during new center span float-in and span construction effective from 0600 on 5 through 9 SEP 12; with inclement weather dates of 10 to 14 SEP 12. Comment period ends 14 AUG 12. (5th District LNM 31)*
Another significant project on the navigable waterway is the Jordan Bridge (36.808270° -76.290198°) project located in the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River, which is currently scheduled to be completed by the end of September of 2012. From time to time mariners may find construction vessels on the waterway. Specific waterways restrictions associated with the Jordan Bridge project are advertised at www.southnorfolkjordanbridge.com under the link of “Channel Restriction” at the top of the homepage in addition to being broadcasted via VHF channel 16. Comments and questions regarding this bulletin should be directed to LCDR Hector Cintron at (757) 668-5581 or via e-mail at Hector.L.Cintron@uscg.mil. -USCG BULLETIN NO: 12/010 TEL: (757) 638-6637, FAX (757) 483-8641 DATE: July 3, 2012 (5th District LNM 28)*

*Italicized text above and below indicates our comment or paraphrase. Plain text is copied from the Notices to Mariners or other sources given.

New Name for Daybeacons:
The Coast Guard is changing the abbreviations used in Section II (Discrepancies). Beginning with Local Notice to Mariners No. 33 of 2012, DAYMK (Daymark) will replace DBN (Daybeacon). (All Districts LNMs 31)

NAVTEX Broadcast Schedule Change:
Effective 1200 UTC 14 AUGUST 2012, most U.S. Coast Guard NAVTEX stations will readjust broadcast transmit schedules to conform to International Maritime Organization (IMO) guidelines. Broadcasts currently scheduled near this time may be interrupted or corrupted as these changes are being implemented. New broadcast schedules are as follows:
Atlantic
Boston [F] 0050, 0450, 0850, 1250, 1650, 2050 UTC
Portsmouth [N] 0210, 0610, 1010, 1410, 1810, 2210 UTC
Savannah [E] 0040, 0440, 0840, 1240, 1640, 2040 UTC
Miami [A] 0000, 0400, 0800, 1200, 1600, 2000 UTC
New Orleans [G] 0100, 0500, 0900, 1300, 1700, 2100 UTC
San Juan [R] 0250, 0650, 1050, 1450, 1850, 2250 UTC (5th District LNM 31)

Lat/Long Positions in Alerts:
Lat/Long positions derived from Google Earth will be given for significant places in the Alerts, such as bridge locations. These will be in italics, and in the following format: xx.xxxxxx°-xx.xxxxxx° for locations new with this alert. Where a Lat/Long position is copied from a USCG Local Notice to Mariners (LNM) or from the Light Lists, it will be in whatever format the Coast Guard has used which varies between districts and LNM and Light List writers, and will be in plain text, rather than italics. Some positions are approximate. We do not provide this information for navigational purposes and it should not be used as such.*

USCG First District
Coastal Waters from Eastport, Maine to Shrewsbury, New Jersey

Boston Light Nominal Range Reduced:
The Coast Guard will be making the following changes to this waterway on or about 1 September 2012 thru 15 October 2012: CHANGE Boston Light (LLNR 425) (42-19-40.855N, 070-53-24.266W) nominal range from 27nm to 12nm due to maintenance. (First District LNM 30) Note: This is a 15 nm difference, which is very significant.

Boston Harbor Hazardous Ops:
Dredging, drilling & blasting will be done In Boston Harbor from approximately 10 August - 30 September 2012. The work will be done in following positions: 42-20-19.2N 071-00-28.5W; 42-20-15.1N 071-00-20.9W; 42-20-12.5N 071-00-08.3W; 42-20-11.7N 071-00-08.1W; 42-20-06.6N 071-00-05.0W; 42-20-06.6N 071-00-04.5W and 42-20-07.6N 071-00-00.9W. The hours of operation will be Monday - Friday, 7:00 am - 5:00 PM. On scene will be the TRINITY that will be monitoring VHF-FM channels 13 & 8. Mariners are requested to proceed with caution and at a reduced speed. (First District LNM 31)

Offshore Anchorage in Rhode Island Sound:
The US Coast Guard promulgated a rule removing an obsolete naval explosives anchorage in Narragansett Bay (41.486584° -71.339817°) and adding an offshore anchorage in Rhode Island Sound for use by vessels waiting to enter Narragansett Bay. The rule comes into effect on 24 August. 77 Fed. Reg. 43514 (July 25, 2012) http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-07-25/pdf/2012-18127.pdf. (First District LNM 31)

Rhode Island Sound Survey Work:
The EPA Ocean Survey Vessel Bold will be conducting hydrographic survey operations in Rhode Island Sound (41.305590° -71.350111°) and adjacent waters offshore between August 1 and August 7. Survey operations will be conducted 24 hours a day. The survey grid area will extend approximately 15 nautical miles in the area surrounding Cox Ledge. OSV Bold is a 224 ft survey vessel and will be monitoring VHF channels 13 and 16. During survey operations, vessel speed will be approximately four knots with limited maneuverability. (First District LNM 30)

Hudson River Survey Work:
Alpine Ocean Seismic Survey Inc will be conducting a geophysical survey from 1 August through 1 September 2012 between Buchanan and Athens (42.256688° -73.800972°) in the Hudson River, New York. The vessel will be surveying close to the centre of the navigational channel throughout the length of the survey route. Operations will be conducted from the RV Henry Hudson 7 days a week, during daylight hours. The vessels captain will monitor Channel 16. Geophysical survey equipment will be towed behind the vessel and maneuverability of the vessel will be restricted. Please note that some of the equipment will be towed subsurface at a distance of up to 500ft behind the vessel, Mariners are advised to use caution when transiting near the survey vessel. (First District LNM 30)

Brooklyn Diving Ops:
Phoenix Marine will be conducting dive operations and pile rehabilitation on Pier 2 at the Brooklyn Bridge Park (40.701514° -73.998082°). Work hours are Mon-Fri, 6:00 am - 3:00 pm, Jul 30 to Sep 28, 2012. A 40’ x 4’ timber stage will be at the west end of the pier. Mariners are requested to transit at slowest safe speed to minimize wake. (First District LNM 30)

Drill Platform Installation, Hoboken, NJ:
Sterling Equipment Inc. will be installing a stationary drill platform east of the Lackawanna Canal and south of the NY Waterway Hoboken South ferry (40.732430° -74.026353°) terminal in Hoboken, NJ for Michels Corp to drill under the Hudson River to Manhattan for the Spectra Energy NJ/NY Pipeline Expansion Project. 18 barges, 2 tug boats, 2 push boats, one dredge, and one crew boat will be used to support this operation. Vessels will also be stationed at Gansevoort St Peninsula south of the Pier 53 fireboat station. Barges will be transported to and from these locations to Staten Island, NY and Elizabeth, NJ. Work hours are Mon-Sat from 6:00 am -6:00 pm from Aug 3, 2012 to Aug 31, 2013. (First District LNM 30)

USCG Fifth District
Coastal Waters from Shrewsbury River, New Jersey to Little River, South Carolina

NJICW Bridge Restrictions for Air Show:
ICW – Beach Thorofare – Route 30/Absecon Blvd (lift) Bridge (39.374460° -74.444020°)– To facilitate the 2012 Air Show, on FRI 17 AUG 2012, the bridge will operate shall open every two hours on the hour between 1000 and 1500 and need not open from 0830 to 1000 and from 1500 to 1800.
ICW – Inside Thorofare – US40-322/Albany Ave (lift) Bridge (39.353266° -74.456972°)– To facilitate the 2012 Air Show, on FRI 17 AUG 2012, the bridge will operate shall open every two hours on the hour between 1000 and 1500 and need not open from 0830 to 1000 and from 1500 to 1800. (5th District LNM 29)

Sound Signals to be Removed from Aids to Navigation:
The Coast Guard is soliciting comments on the discontinuance and removal of the sound signals from the following Aids to Navigation;
A. Cape May Inlet Lighted Bell Buoy 2CM (LLNR 135).
B. Indian River Inlet Lighted Gong Buoy 1 (LLNR 195).
C. Blackfish Bank Lighted Gong Buoy 8 (LLNR 290).
D. Parramore Bank Lighted Gong Buoy 10 (LLNR 315).
E. North Chesapeake Entrance Lighted Bell Buoy NCA (LLNR 385).
F. Delaware Bay North Approach Lighted Bell Buoy 2 (LLNR 1475).
G. Delaware Bay Lighted Bell Buoy 16 (LLNR 1570).
H. Elbow Lighted Bell Buoy 44 (LLNR 3405).
Send comments no later than 04 September, 2012 to:
Commander (dpw)
Fifth Coast Guard District
439 Crawford Street, Rm.100
Portsmouth, VA. 23704-5004
Attn.: CWO Mike Davis (5th District LNM 30)

Christina River Dredging:
Dredging operation are being conducted in the Christina River (39.717090° -75.510504°) from now until August 14, 2012. Mariners are cautioned that submerged and floating pipeline will be used. The Dredge ESSEX will be monitoring VHF Channels 13 and 16. All mariners are requested to contact the dredge 30 minutes prior to passage. All mariners transiting through the area are to proceed with extreme caution and obey all safe navigation rules. (5th District LNM 30)

Chincoteague Ocean Side Hazards:
The following hazards to navigation have been reported on the ocean side of Cedar Island (positions are approximate)
A. High pilings from the remains of a cottage in the surf zone at 37-35-42.15N, 075-36-49.91W.
B. High pilings east of the surf zone visible at all stages of the tide at 37-35-54.39N, 305, 075-36-45.27W.
C. 6 or 7 pilings visible at MLW at 37-36-09.04N, 075-36-46.87W.
D. Piling from remains of cottage near low water line at 37-38-17.08N, 075-35-56.27W.
E. Sunken crane, portions visible at MLW at 37-38-20.07N, 075-35-52.48W. (5th District LNM 31)

Navy Missing Inert Mine:
1. Navigational shipping hazard to fishing trawl nets and submarines.
2. The U.S. Navy reports an inert mine (non-explosive), surface moored mine deployed within the Virginia Capes (VACAPES) Range complex is missing. Last known position was 25NMs east of Wallops Is., VA in approximate position 37-37.128N,075-07.180W. The mine shape is 5 to 10 feet long and 1 to 2 feet in diameter with spikes and may have a concrete block 2X2X2 mooring. It is requested that any vessel sighting or snagging the inert mine in a tow or fishing net contact the U.S. Coast Guard. (5th District LNM 30)

Craney Island Mooring Buoys:
Coastal Design and Construction has established an additional four (4) mooring buoys, until December 1, 2012, in association with their Craney Island Fuel Pier (36.886475° -76.339020°) project.
A. CDC Temporary Mooring Buoy Elizabeth River D (no LLNR) 36 53 35.34N ,076 19 43.44W, White with blue band.
B. CDC Temporary Mooring Buoy Elizabeth River E (no LLNR) 36 53 52.80N, 076 19 42.12W, White with blue band.
C. CDC Temporary Mooring Buoy Elizabeth River F (no LLNR) 36 53 51.18N, 076 19 46.20W, White with blue band.
D. CDC Temporary Mooring Buoy Elizabeth River G (no LLNR) 36 53 50.04N, 076 19 38.34W, White with blue band. (5th District LNM 30)

Alligator River Bridge Inspection May Delay Openings:
Mariners are advised that the North Carolina Department of Transportation will be performing a special inspection at the US 64 Swing Bridge (35.896119°-76.010145°), at AIWW mile 84.2, across Alligator River in Columbia NC, each day during daylight hours, on August 29 and 30, 2012.
To facilitate the inspection, an under bridge snooper truck will be used on the roadway and the draw span will open with possible slight delays up to 10 minutes. Mariners should exercise extreme caution when transiting the area. (5th District Bridge Branch)

AICW Ranges to be Discontinued:
On or about 15 September, 2012 the following aids to navigation changes will be made in Adams Creek (AIWW) waterway:
1. The following aids to navigation will be permanently discontinued:
A. Adams Creek Range A Front Light 7 (LLNR 38310).
B. Adams Creek Range A Rear Light (LLNR 38315).
C. Adams Creek Range B Front Light 9 (LLNR 38330).
D. Adams Creek Range B Rear Light (LLNR 38335).
2. The following aids to navigation will be established:
A. Adams Creek Light 7 (LLNR 38310) will be established in approximate position 34-56-36.748N, 076-39-35.366W, QG (4nm nominal range), SG-SY on pile.
B. Adams Creek Light 8 (LLNR 38313) will be established in approximate position 34-56-17.507N, 076-39-26.576W, FL 2.5s (4nm nominal range), TR-TY on pile.
C. Adams Creek Light 8A (LLNR 38317) will be established in approximate position 34-55-50.398N, 076-39-16.536W, QR (4nm nominal range), TRTY on pile.
D. Adams Creek Light 9 (LLNR 38330), will be established in approximate position 34-55-59.507N, 076-39-07.040W, QG (4nm nominal range), SG-SY on pile.
On or about 15 September, 2012 the following changes will be made to the aids to navigation in Snows Cut (AIWW):
1. The following aids to navigation will be permanently discontinued:
A. Snows Cut Range Front Light A (LLNR 39830).
B. Snows Cut Range Rear Light A (LLNR 39835).
C. Snows Cut Range Front Light B (LLNR 39840).
D. Snows Cut Range Rear Light B (LLNR 39845).
2. The following aids to navigation will be established:
A. New River/Cape Fear River Daybeacon 164 (LLNR 39836) will be established in approximate position 34-02-57.310N, 077-55-33.230W, TR-TY on pile.
B. New River/Cape Fear River Light 168 (LLNR 39858) will be established in approximate position 34-03-04.040N, 077-55-15.400W, QR (4nms nominal range), TR-TY on pile.

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

Floating Bridge Proposed to Replace Minim Creek Ferry (AICW Mile 411.4):
The Coast Guard is processing a Draft Environmental Assessment for the construction of a floating swing span bridge and is now soliciting comments from mariners and other public interests In regard to any proposed adverse impacts that may affect the environment. The proposed floating swing bridge crosses the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway at mile 411.4, from the mainland to Cat Island/South island, just south of Winyah Bay, south of Georgetown, Georgetown County, South Carolina (Lat: 33 15’02.84”N & Long: 79 16’07.50”W). The proposed floating swing span bridge will replace an existing ferry system at this waterway location. The proposed swing span will remain in the open-to-navigation position along the Cat Island shoreline until needed to allow vehicles to cross the waterway. It will take the swing span approximately 3 minutes to swing close, 2 minutes for each vehicle to cross the bridge and approximately 3 minutes to reopen the swing span to navigation. The Draft Environmental Assessment document is available at the following web site: http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=pnBridges&Active=1®ion=7. Solicitation for public comments will end on August 31, 2012. The bridge project manager is Mr. Brodie Rich can be contacted by telephone at (305) 415-6736 or by e-mail at Brodie.E.Rich@uscg.mil. (5th District LNM 30)

Wassau Island Light (Not on the AICW) Destroyed:
Wassaw Island Light 17 (LLNR 5680) is destroyed. The remains of the pile are marked with a temporary lighted buoy TRLB “WR17” displaying Fl G 4s characteristics in position 31-55-11-170N/080-57-50.768W. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM 30)

Skidaway Narrows Light Hazard:
Skidaway Narrows Light 74 (LLNR 36175) is knocked down. The remains of the pile are marked with a temporary lighted buoy TRLB “WR74” displaying Fl R 4s characteristics in position 31-55-35.201N 081-04-18.186W. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM 30)

Coast Guard Proposes More AICW Ranges to be Discontinued:
Recommendations for additional aids and/or concerns are welcome. Address them to Commander (DPW), Seventh Coast Guard District 909 S.E. 1st Ave (STE 406) Brickell Plaza Federal Bldg Miami, FL 33131 to be received no later than August 31, 2012.
Teakettle Creek, GA:
Permanently discontinue Old Teakettle Creek Range A Front Daybeacon (LLNR 36710) (31-28-59.695N, 081-19-06.496W).
Permanently discontinue Old Teakettle Creek Range A Rear Daybeacon (LLNR 36715).
Permanently discontinue Old Teakettle Creek Range Front Daybeacon B (LLNR 36755).
Permanently discontinue Old Teakettle Creek Range Rear Daybeacon B (LLNR 36760).
The following changes have been proposed for the aids to navigation system in the Intracoastal Waterway at Buttermilk Sound. As part of this project, the Coast Guard will be evaluating the waterway. Additional lateral aids will be installed if needed to assist the mariner transiting this area. Buttermilk Sound, GA:
Change: Buttermilk Sound Range B Front Daybeacon 218A (LLNR 37020) (31-18-08.820N, 081-24-02.700W) to Light 218A displaying Quick Red and TR-TY on a pile.
Permanently Discontinue: Buttermilk Sound Range B Rear Daybeacon (LLNR 37025).
The following changes have been proposed for the aids to navigation system in the Intracoastal Waterway at Frederica River. As part of the project, the coast guard will be evaluating the waterway. If needed lateral aids will be installed to assist the mariner transiting the area.
Permanently Discontinue: Frederica River Cut Range Front Light A (LLNR 37045) (31-17-05.580N, 081-23-05.700W).
Establish: Frederica River Light 223 (LLNR 37057) in position 31-17-05.580N/081-23-05.700W displaying Flashing Green 2.5s and SG on a pile. This position is the same a Frederica River Cut Front Light A (LLNR 37045).
Renumber: Frederica River Light 223 (LLNR 37060) to Light 223A.
Permanently Discontinue: Frederica River Cut Range Rear Daybeacon A (LLNR 37050).
Permanently Discontinue: Frederica River Cut Range Front Light C (LLNR 37065).
Establish: Frederica River Light 227A (LLNR 37078) in position 31-15-52.740N/081-23-27.540 W displaying Flashing Green 2.5s and SG on a pile. This position is the same as Frederica River Cut Front Light C (LLNR 37065).
Permanently Discontinue: Frederica River Cut Range Rear Daybeacon C (LLNR 37070).
Change: Frederica River Cut Range Front Daybeacon D (LLNR 37080) to Daybeacon 228 displaying TR-TY on a pile.
Permanently Discontinue: Frederica River Cut Range Rear Daybeacon D (LLNR 37085). (7th District LNM 30)
The following changes have been proposed for the aids to navigation system in the Intracoastal Waterway in the Mackay River.
Change Mackay River Range Front A (LLNR 37110) (31-14-54.940N, 081-25-13.306W) to Light 234A displaying Quick Red and TR-TY on a pile.
Permanently discontinue Mackay River Range Rear Daybeacon A (LLNR 37115).
Recommendations for additional aids and/or concerns are welcome. Please address them to Commander (DPW), Seventh Coast Guard District 909 S.E. 1st Ave (STE 406) Brickell Plaza Federal Bldg Miami, FL 33131 to be received no later than September 3, 2012. (7th District LNM 31)

Sunken Fishing Vessel Off Shore Fernandina Beach:
The Coast Guard has received a report of 73ft commercial fishing Vessel; MISS INGRID LOUISE has sunk. The last known position 30-34.48N 081-22.15W and is still shifting and moving. The vessels boom is 6ft from the surface of the water. All mariners are advised to use extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM 30)

Shoaling in AICW at Fernandina Beach:
Shoaling exists in between Amelia River Daybeacon 16 (LLNR 7100/37980) (30-39-51.360N, 081-28-38.220W) and Amelia River Daybeacon 18 (LLNR 7103/37983) from the center of the channel to the south side of the channel. Shoaling continues around the bend towards Fernandina Beach Light 1 (LLNR 37985) (30-39-48.060N, 081-29-03.060W) from the center of the channel to the east side of the channel. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution while transiting the area. Note: There has been shoaling here for years. It's a good idea to pass at mid-tide and rising. (7th District LNM 31)

Dredging in Pablo Creek Area:
Brance Diversified will commence dredging operations on or about August 6, 2012 taking place at Harbor Island at Marsh Landing in the vicinity of Pablo Creek DBN 21 (LLNR 38460) (30-19-04.749N, 081-26-00.095W) west of Neptune Beach, Florida. The dredge MC1 and work boats 140’ x 40’ Spud barge, 195’ x 35’ Scow will monitor VHF channels 16 and 68. Operations will be during daylight hours only Monday through Saturday with an approximate completion date of October 6, 2012. Further information contact the Project Manager, Mr. Fred Franken at 904-748-0050. Mariners are advised to minimize wake and proceed with caution. (7th District LNM 31)

Sunken Fishing Vessel Hazard, Offshore Nassau Sound:
The Coast Guard has received a report of a F/V the AMAZING GRACE sitting on the bottom with only the mast and one side of the bow remaining. The last known position is 30 30.78N 081 23.93W with a debris field along 1.5NM stretch. The vessel is still shifting and breaking apart. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM 31)

Sunken Sailing Vessel, Julington Creek:
The Coast Guard received a report of a sunken S/V near the Mandarin Holiday Marina in position 30-07.8N 081-38.1W with 20ft of the mast sticking out above the water. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution. (7th District LNM 31)

Palm Coast Shoaling:
Shoaling is present in the vicinity of Fox Cut Light 3 (LLNR 39680) (29-31-53.982N, 081-09-21.586W). A 2ft shoal extends approximately 10 yards into the channel at low tide. Mariners are advised to exercise caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM 28)

Partially Submerged Obstruction, Fort Pierce:
The Coast Guard has received a report of a partially submerged obstruction in approximate position 027-27-25.656N/080-19-19.524W. The obstruction is a submarine cable and PVC pipe located approximately 50 yards south of the Fort Pierce Inlet Turning Basin. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution. (7th District LNM 31)

Okeechobee Waterway Update:
Despite the recent heavy rains in Central and North Florida, The Okeechobee Waterway is still feeling the drought. On August 2, 2012 at 2400 hours the lake level was reported at 12.12 feet and the navigational depths were reported at 6.06 feet for Route 1 (26°58'32.23"N, 80°38'22.92"W) and 4.26 feet for Route 2 (Rim Route) (26°47'0.61"N, 26°47'0.61"N). The USACE Jacksonville issued a Notice to Navigation Interests on March 27, 2012 stating that drought restrictions (lake level below 12.5 feet) are in effect for lockage at the St. Lucie and W. P. Franklin Locks, which will now open every two hours at 0700, 0900, 1100, 1300, 1500, 1700 and 1900 hours. When the lake level drops to between 11.5 and 10.5 feet, there will be only three lockages per day at 0700, 1300, and 1900 hours. Notices to Navigation Interests are available at http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Divisions/Operations/Branches/Navigation/NavNotices.htm
You can usually check the daily lake level and navigational depths at http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Divisions/Operations/Branches/MultiProject/WaterMgt/DOCS/Reports/r-nav.txt

Capsized Boat in Homosassa River:
There might be an interesting story here: The Coast Guard received a report of a capsized 18ft vessel with a gray outboard and USCG written on the hull in the vicinity of Homosassa River DBN 45 (LLNR 28515) (28-46-12.635N, 082-41-03.789W) and DBN 46 (LLNR 28520) in position 28-46.27N 082-41.01W. Mariners are advised to use caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM 31)

Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM 31/2012:
NOTE: Information new with this alert is in bold. There are many on-going projects lasting sometimes for years. You can “Search” a bridge name for previous East Coast Alerts that may contain information that is still current.
Amelia River SR A1A Bridge (AICW Mile 721) Update: The Coast Guard Bridge Branch has approved a vertical clearance reduction of four foot reducing the vertical clearance to 61 feet for one half of the navigable channel at the SR A1A Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 721.0 (30.626304°-81.484527°), Fernandina Beach, Nassau County, Florida, from April 9, 2012 through March 15, 2013. (7th District LNM 13/2012)
SR 312 Bridge (AICW Mile 780.0): Update: Astor General Contracting has advised this office that they will start painting the East Bound SR 312 Bridge (29.862672° -81.309784°) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 780.0, Lake City (this bridge is in St. Augustine), St John’s County, Florida. Due to weather delays, the vertical clearance of the SR 312 Bridge continue to be reduced by 4 feet until July 25, 2012. Mariners are advised to exercise caution when transiting the area. The Coast Guard Bridge Branch has approved a vertical clearance reduction of four foot reducing the vertical clearance to 61 feet for one half of the navigable channel at the SR 312 Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 780.0, Lake City (St. Augustine), St John’s County, Florida, through August, 2013.
Jay Jay Railroad Bridge: The bridge owner has advised the Coast Guard that they will be repairing the fender of the Jay Jay Railroad Bridge (28.650153° -80.807159°), across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Canaveral, Florida from August 1 through August 21, 2012. The contractor does not intend to restrict or block the main navigational channel. Vessels are requested to maintain minimum wake through the area.
L. B. Knox Bridge (AICW Mile 816): The Coast Guard has issued a Public Notice (PN) regarding the permit application for approval of location and plans to replace the fender system at the Leonard B. Knox Bridge (Highbridge Road – CR-2002) (29.408291°-81.100950°) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (Halifax River), mile 816.0, near Ormond Beach, Volusia County, Florida. You may access PN 05-12 dated 20 July 2012 which solicits comments through 06 August 2012 at http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=pnBridges&Active=1®ion=7. The project manager is Miss Evelyn Smart and comments may be expressed by writing to Commander (dpb), Seventh Coast Guard District, 909 S.E. 1ST Avenue, Suite 432, Miami, FL 33131, by email at Evelyn.Smart@uscg.mil, by facsimile at 305-415-6763 or by telephone at (305) 415-6989. Chart: 11485 CG File: 2267
Boynton Inlet Bridge (Not on the AICW): The Florida Department of Transportation has advised this office that they will have a snooper truck performing an inspection of the Boynton Inlet (A1A) Bridge (26.545321° -80.043387°), across Boynton Inlet, Palm Beach County, Florida on August 7, 2012 between 9:30 a.m. and 3::30 p.m. This action could reduce the vertical clearance up to 8 feet at times. The snooper bucket can be removed from the structure if 15 minutes notice is provided via VHF-FM channel 16.
Hillsboro Inlet Bridge (Not on the AICW): The Florida Department of Transportation will be working on the Hillsboro Inlet Bridge (26.261248° -80.083221°), Hillsboro, Broward County, Florida from August 27 through August 30, 2012 between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. daily. The Coast Guard is approving a change to the operating schedule of this bridge. The Hillsboro Inlet Bridge will only open on the hour and ½ hour from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily from August 27 through August 30, 2012. At all other times the bridge will operate per 33 CFR 117. 289 which states the drawspans of the SR A–1–A Drawbridge, mile 0.3 at Hillsboro Beach, must open on signal; except that, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., the drawspans need be opened only on the hour, quarter hour, half hour, and three quarter hour. Public vessels of the United States and tugs with tows must be passed at anytime. Due to the nature of this work, the project may be delayed due to weather.
Port of Miami Railroad Bridge: Due to extensive repairs to the Port of Miami Railroad Bridge (25.778902° -80.182536°) across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Miami-Dade County, Florida, the bridge contractor, PCL Constructors Inc are beginning repair operations on the Port of Miami's FEC railroad bridge. The bridge is allowed to be in the down position when the Security Zone is not enforced and the Miami Main Channel is open for normal traffic. On days when the bridge is in the down position there will be 15 minute openings at 11:45 am, 1:45 pm, and 3:45pm.
Upcoming bridge closings are published below. Clearance gauges are also under repair and do not currently read properly. PCL will be monitoring Marine Channel 9. PCL POC - Adlai Jourdin (561) 253-6995.
August 2012
Week 1: August 1, 2
Week 2: August 5, 7, 8, 9
Week 3: August 12, 14, 15,16
Week 4: August 19, 21, 22, 23
Week 5: August 26, 28, 29, 30
If for any reason the Miami Main Channel Security Zone is in force during these dates, the bridge will not be allowed to remain closed. This work is expected to be completed in January 2013.

Big John Monahan Bridge: Work has started on the new Big John Monahan (SR 710) Bridge (27.011411°-80.455312°) across the St. Lucie Canal, Okeechobee Waterway, Florida. There is currently no equipment in the navigable channel. This work is expected to continue until Fall 2014.
Siesta Key Bridge: Coastal Mariner construction has advised the Coast Guard that they will start working on the Siesta Key Bridge (27.253914° -82.531599°) across the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, Siesta Key, Florida, on June 5, 2012. The Siesta Key Bridge will open a single-leaf on the hour, 20 minutes past the hour and 40 minutes past the hour, per 33 CFR 117.287(c). A double-leaf will be available on this same schedule with a three hour advance notice to the bridge tender. This schedule will be affective 24 hours-a-day, 7 days a week from June 5, 2012 through October 3, 2012. From July 11 through September 20, 2012, the vertical clearance of one span of this bridge will be reduced by three feet for painting operations.
Hernando DeSoto Bridge: URS Corporation has advised the Coast Guard that CMA Corporation and Worth Contracting will be reducing the vertical clearance of the US 301 (Hernando-Desoto) Bridge (27.503233° -82.563164°), across the Manatee River, Bradenton, Sarasota County, Florida from May 22 through August 16, 2012. The Coast Guard has approved the vertical clearance reduction by five feet during the cleaning and painting operations. Mariners requiring more than 35 feet of vertical clearance to pass under this bridge should contact Mr. Armando Cardona at 786-586-0548 for passing information.

 


 

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