East Coast Alerts

By Mel Neale

Weather Info for Caribbean, Bahamas and East Coast:
For the past year we have been receiving the daily email weather reports and forecasts for the above areas from Chris Parker, a fellow cruiser and dedicated student of meteorology. Chris lives aboard his boat, Bel Ami, and cruises full time. He receives a vast array of weather products via email, Internet, satellite, SSB and ham radio, etc. and puts his knowledge and experience together to produce once daily (sometimes more during weather emergencies) email reports and forecasts that have been amazingly helpful throughout the year. Chris also gives voice weather information several times a day on the SSB radio that is tailored for different cruising areas. Just recently he warned us all about Katrina’s potential many days before the TV weather stations.

Chris has written a book, Coastal and Offshore Weather, the Essential Handbook, which we have found to be extremely helpful in understanding weather patterns in the above areas and the products available for our own onboard information.

You can email Chris Parker at chris@mwxc.com or check his website, www.MWxC.com, to learn more about his email weather, SSB broadcasts and book.

New Broward County Bridge Schedule Call for Comments:
The proposed Broward County bridge opening schedule follows:
Open on the hour and half hour--
Hillsboro Boulevard (SR 810), mile 1050.0
Atlantic Boulevard (SR 814), mile 1056.0
Commercial Boulevard (SR 870), mile 1059.0
East Sunrise Boulevard (SR 838), mile 1062.6
SE. 17th Street Causeway, mile 1065.9
Dania Beach Boulevard, mile 1069.4
Hollywood Beach Boulevard (SR 820), mile 1072.2
Open on the quarter hour and three-quarter hour--
NE. 14th Street, mile 1055.0
Oakland Park Boulevard, mile 1060.5
East Las Olas Boulevard, mile 1064.0
Sheridan Street, mile 1070.5
Hallandale Beach Boulevard (SR 824), mile 1074.0

Comments and related material must reach the Coast Guard on or before October 1, 2005.

After comments are received, there will be a period of around six months before a final rule is made on the schedule. The above schedule could be adjusted in the final rule, depending on comments received.

You may mail comments and related material to Commander (obr), Seventh Coast Guard District, 909 SE. 1st Avenue, Room 432, Miami, Florida 33131-3050. Commander (obr) maintains the public docket for this rulemaking. Comments can also be sent via email to
mlieberum@d7.uscg.mil. Comments and material received from the public, as well as documents indicated in this preamble as being available in the docket, will become part of this docket, (CGD07-04-136) and will be available for inspection or copying at Commander (obr), Seventh Coast Guard District, 909 SE. 1st Avenue, Room 432, Miami, Florida 33131-3050 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

New Schedule for Dominion Blvd. Bridge (aka Steel Bridge), Mile 8.8:
Effective on September 19, 2005, the Coast Guard is changing the regulations governing the operation of the Dominion Boulevard (US 17, “Steel Bridge”) Bridge across the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River, at Atlantic ICW mile 8.8, in Chesapeake, VA. The interim rule, with request for comment, will change the morning rush hour closure period so that it starts at 7 a.m. and ends at 9 a.m. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and Federal holidays, the draw need be opened every hour on the hour. This change is necessary to relieve vehicular traffic congestion and reduce traffic delays between weekday rush hour periods, and on weekends and Federal holidays, while still providing for the reasonable needs of navigation. Comments on this interim rulemaking, with request for comment, should be forwarded to the above address COMMANDER, FIFTH COAST GUARD DISTRICT, 431 Crawford Street, Portsmouth, Virginia 23704, attention (obr), no later than October 3, 2005. A copy of Public Notice 5-1051, which describes the changes in detail, can be obtained by writing to the address above or by calling (757) 398-6222. Chart 12253.

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

Copyright 2004-2005 Tom Neale