East Coast Alerts

By Mel Neale

More Shoaling in St. Lucie Area:
            All mariners are advised of continuous shoaling in the St Lucie Inlet, St Lucie River, and St Lucie Canal. Additional shoaling has also been reported west of the crossroads (ICW) in St Lucie on the north side of the channel, (Shoaling extends the entire width of the Channel).
            St Lucie Inlet: Between St Lucie Inlet Buoy 6 and St Lucie Inlet Lighted Buoy 7
            St Lucie River: Between St Lucie River Inlet Daybeacon 6 and St Lucie River Inlet Daybeacon 8
            St Lucie Canal: In the vicinity of St Lucie Canal Daybeacon 38
Mariners are urged to transit areas affected with extreme caution and general knowledge. See Enclosure Number 13 of this LNM for copy of chartlet of area. (USCG Seventh District LNM 28. This chartlet shows shoaling area in the St. Lucie River on the north side of the channel, between “2” and “4”.)

St. Lucie Inlet Jetty Construction:
            JE McAmis Construction has commenced work on the jetties at the entrance to St Lucie, FL Inlet. As part of this work multiple piles will be established along the channel's edge and may not be marked or lighted during certain periods of construction. Mariners are requested to pass this location with caution and at slow speed. For passing information contact the tug REGINA on channel 16. For other information contact the contractor at 561-723-0588. (USCG 5th District LNM 29)

Summer Lock Closures for Maintenance in Okeechobee Waterway:
            It is not now possible to use the Okeechobee Waterway to cross from one side of Florida to the other, as the Moore Haven Lock closed for major maintenance on June 8 and will not open again till September 3, 2009. The W.P. Franklin Lock is now also closed as of July 6, for installation of a Manatee Protection System and will reopen on August 26, 2009. (USACE Jacksonville)
            And now that the lake route is not available for crossing the Florida peninsula, the level is finally up to an adequate depth for most boats for that purpose. On July 22, 2009 the Lake Level was 13.43 feet. Check for lake level at http://w3.saj.usace.army.mil/h2o/reports/r-oke.html.

Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM 29:

            Trout River Railroad Bridge (off the St. Johns River): Closed due to bridge failure until the end of July. There is also a proposal to place this bridge on an automated system, without a bridge tender. Comments are requested before August 3, 2009 to Coast Guard 7th District.
            BB McCormick Bridge, Mile 747.5: There will be work on the fender system of the new bridge until October, 2009. The channel may be restricted by a barge which can be moved to accommodate larger vessels.         
            Bridge of Lions, Mile 777.9: See schedule above.
            Max Brewer Bridge, Mile 878.9: AKA Titusville Bridge will be replaced with a high level bridge. Construction will begin May 11, 2009 and continue through April, 2011. Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville will broadcast Notices to Mariners regarding restrictions as needed.
            Bakers Haulover Bridge, North Miami Beach (Not on the ICW): The fender system on this bridge will be replaced between April 12 and December 7, 2009.A barge and floating equipment will be in the vicinity and at times will be restricting the navigable channel.
            East Venetian Causeway Bridge, Miami Beach, (Not on the ICW): Due to equipment failure, this bridge will be on single leaf operation until August 2, 2009.    
            Cortez Bridge, Mile 84.6 GIWW: Emergency repairs will require this bridge to be on single leaf operation July 27-July 31, 2009 and will then be on single leaf operation, with a two hour notice for double leaf operation from August 3-August 7, 2009.
            Big Marco Pass Bridge, Marco Island: Painting until September 30, 2009 will reduce vertical clearance by three feet.
           US 41 Bridge, Ft. Myers: Painting until September 30, 2009 will reduce vertical clearance by three feet. 

Shoaling in Sunshine Skyway Channel:
            Extensive shoaling has been reported 100 yards south of Sunshine Skyway Channel Daybeacon 13 and Sunshine Skyway Channel Daybeacon 14. Water depth reported at 6 feet MLW. All mariners are advised to transit area with caution and general knowledge. (USCG 7th District LNM 29)

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.