East Coast Alerts

By Mel Neale

General Announcements

Deltaville Maritime Museum (Virginia) Fire:
A fire on Wednesday evening, July 18, 2012, heavily damaged this very special nautical landmark and some of its exhibits and artifacts. Check http://www.ssentinel.com/index.php/news/article/fire_destroys_deltaville_maritime_museum/ *

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

Moore Haven Lock Work Complete, Okeechobee Waterway Now Open:
With installation of the new Manatee Protection System completed early, the Moore Haven Lock (26.833683°-81.088144°) is open to navigation as of July 14, 2012. (from a July 10, 2012 Notice to Navigation Interests, USACE Jacksonville)

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:
July 8 and 22, 2012: The Elizabeth River Southern Branch will experience a full channel closure from 5 A.M. to 12 P.M. at the Gilmerton Bridge (36.775082° -76.294999°), ICW at Mile 5.8, for necessary work to continue building the bridge. The Gilmerton Bridge tender may be reached on VHF Channel 13 for updates.
July 15 and 29, 2012: The Elizabeth River Eastern Branch channel will be restricted through the Berkley Bridges (36.841417°-76.286277°) by 50% horizontally from 5:30 A.M. to 8:30 P.M. on Sunday, July 15 and on Sunday, July 29, 2012 due to maintenance on the bridge. The channel restriction will reduce the channel's width to 75 feet. The Berkley Bridge tender may be reached on VHF channel 13 for updates.
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 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.
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)

St. Augustine Inlet Dredging Update:
Marinex Construction Inc will continue dredging operations in the vicinity of the St Augustine Inlet until on or about September 15, 2012. The work will extend from inshore Tolomato River LB 60 (29.907067° -81.294738°) (LLNR 38910) to offshore St Augustine Inlet Buoy 2 (LLNR 9480). Submerged pipeline will extend from the inlet in a southerly direction and land at St Augustine Beach north of the St Augustine Pier. The dredge operations will continue on a 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. To make passing arrangements contact the Dredge "SAVANNAH" on VHF radio channels 13 & 16. Further information contact the Operations Manager, Mr. Thomas Payne 843-722-9083. Mariners transiting the St Augustine Inlet are to exercise caution and reduce speed between the navigation markers. (7th District LNM 28)

Quarterly Updates to the NOAA Tide Predictions Service:
The NOAA, National Ocean Service's, Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS) provides electronic tide predictions for more than 3000 locations around the US, Caribbean, and Pacific Islands as part of the NOAA Tide Predictions service of the CO-OPS Tides & Currents website. http://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov
The NOAA Tide Predictions service uses the most up-to-date information available in order to provide accurate tide predictions. Updates to the predictions provided by the NOAA Tide Predictions service, based on newly obtained or analyzed data, are released quarterly. The second quarterly update for 2012 to NOAA Tide Predictions service was released on July 10th, 2012. Changes this quarter include: 16 new stations and 25 updated stations. A listing of the stations effected by this quarterly update, as well as previous quarterly updates, are available through the NOAA Tide Predictions service of the CO-OPS Tides & Currents website. For additional information, please contact CO-OPS via email at Tide.Predictions@noaa.gov or (301) 713-2815. Issued: July 10, 2012

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

Hydrographic Survey: Penobscot Bay:
Hydrographic surveys are being done in Large Green Island (44.019594° -68.938094°) from 7 July - 25 August, 2012. The hours of operation are 7 days (weather permitting), 7:00 am - 5:00 pm. On scene is a 25 ft vessel that is monitoring VHF-FM Channel 16. (First District LNM 27)

Bucksport, Maine RNA:
The Coast Guard proposes to establish a regulated navigation area. (RNA) on the navigable waters of the Penobscot River near Bucksport, ME, under and surrounding the original Waldo-Hancock Bridge (44.559747° -68.801716°) in order to facilitate the removal of the center span. Comments and related material must be received by the Coast Guard on or before August 15, 2012. Requests for public meetings must be received by the Coast Guard on or before July 23, 2012. 77 Fed. Reg. 41717 http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-07-16/pdf/2012-17221.pdf (July 16, 2012). (First District LNM 29)

Marine Survey Activity for Cape Wind Energy Project, Nantucket Sound:
Between early July to early November, 2012, survey activities in support of the Cape Wind Energy Project will be conducted within the area on and around Horseshoe Shoal in Nantucket Sound (41.482643° -70.417353°)that has been identified as the proposed location for the Cape Wind Energy Project. Survey activities may be conducted continuously, 24 hours per day, seven days per week (weather dependent.) Survey activities may include a 39 foot vessel with a towed array of data gathering instrumentation as well as stationary work platforms obtaining shallow vibracore samples, cone penetrometer tests (CPTs) and deep borings to provide data necessary to support the final design of monopile foundations for the proposed wind turbine structures. The stationary activities will take place at the proposed turbine locations. A maximum of three (3) different work platforms (multi-point anchored vessels) will be in use within the project area along with up to two (2) attendant tugs. All vessels and the work platforms will be monitoring VHF-FM channel 16. The survey contractor is Fugro Atlantic of Norfolk, Virginia, which will have a local field office in West Dennis, MA. The Cape Wind Energy Project contact for survey operations is: Jack Arruda, Phone: 617-904-3100 xt. 113, Mobile: (508) 942-4078, Email: jarruda@emienergy.com
Mariners are requested to remain clear of all work platforms and attendant tugs while conducting survey activities in Nantucket Sound, and otherwise use extreme caution when navigating in the vicinity of Horseshoe Shoal. (First District LNM 27)

Stratford Point, CT, Temporary Buoy:
A temporary buoy has been established approximately 0.3 nm ENE Stratford Point in position 41-09.398 N 73-05.672 W. A Small lighted buoy approximately 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet in height, yellow 4S flashing light. The buoy will be in position until approximately 06 August 2012. (First District LNM 29)

Potential for Sewage Discharge--No Shellfish Take in NY NDZs:
NOTE: All of these areas are NO DISCHARGE ZONES: The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will temporarily designate all of Three Mile Harbor (41.018030° -72.187491°), including the inlet and tributaries, in Town of East Hampton, as UNCERTIFIED for the harvest of shellfish, before, during and after the scheduled fireworks event to be held on Saturday, July 21. The closure will begin at sunrise on Saturday, July 21 and continue through Wednesday, July 25, 2012, both dates inclusive. The harvest of shellfish from UNCERTIFIED water is prohibited. This designation is necessary to protect public health and is required due to the potential for sewage discharges from marine sanitation devices aboard the large number of transient vessels that will anchor and remain overnight in Three Mile Harbor. Boaters should be aware that all the waters in the Peconic-Gardiners Bay estuary, including Three Mile Harbor, are designated as "No Discharge Zones." Boaters in these areas are required to use pump out facilities when they empty their holding tanks. The East Hampton Town Trustees operate a pump out boat and the Town Harbormaster's office at Gann road has a self-serve facility, both at no fee for the boater. The town's pump out boat can be contacted using marine radio VHF channel 73. The Three Mile Harbor fireworks display is scheduled for the evening of July 21. In the event of rain, the fireworks will be held on Sunday, July 22. Further information is available during normal working hours by calling the NYSDEC Shellfisheries Section at (631) 444-0475, after hours, (631) 444-0480 or the Town of East Hampton at (631) 324-6393. The DEC's website provides detailed information including map images of the closed areas: http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/35917.html
Following is a description of the area that is affected by this temporary closure: All the normally certified shellfish lands in Three Mile Harbor, including tributaries, located south of a line extending due east from the western jetty at the inlet of Three Mile Harbor, to the eastern jetty, on the eastern side of said inlet. (and the entrance channel of said harbor). (First District LNM 27)

Flushing Bay Work Platforms:
The Chappy Corporation will have three floating work platforms anchored east of the approach light pier security zone in Flushing Bay (40.784686° -73.864947°) and west of Anchorage Ground Number 10 through November 1, 2012. Work hours are 24 / 7. (First District LNM 28)

Long Island Sound Sonar and Data Collection:
Sediment Profile and Sidescan sonar data collection to support monitoring for dredged material disposal sites will be done from 14 - 28, (no month given) 2012. The work is being done in Eastern and Central Long Island Sound in (PA) 41°08.353N, 72°57.439W - 41°12.637N, 71°50.345”W. The hours of operations will be 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. On scene will be a Sidescan sonar and sediment profile imaging system that will be monitoring VHF - FM channel 16. (First District LNM 28)

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)

Chesapeake Bay Bridge Painting Project Update:
Blastech Enterprises will be establishing four (4); until November 1, 2013, lighted crown buoys (anchor buoys) in association with their Chesapeake Bay Bridge Painting Project. The four 58” yellow buoys, with a flashing four second yellow light (Fl Y 4s) will be located approximately 500 ft (directional) from the lighted paint barge; (NW, NE, SE and SW). The initial, Site 1, Paint Barge location is 38 59 42.46N, 076 23 04.99W; which is west of West Tower-Pier 32. (5th District LNM 28)

Naval Research in Danger Zone, Chesapeake Beach, MD:
Mariners are advised that the Naval Research Laboratory's (NRL) Chesapeake Bay Detachment will be conducting research in the Chesapeake Bay in the Chesapeake Beach, MD firing range during July 16-27, 2012. The research will involve aircraft dispersing numerous flares, as well as a barge and other research equipment, located within the following danger zone areas described in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Section 334.170:
Area A. Bounded on the north by latitude 38°39’55”; on the south by latitude 38°39’09”; on the east by longitude 076°31’03”; and on the west by the shore of the Chesapeake Bay.
Area B. The sector of a circle bounded by radii of 9,600 yards bearing 31° (to Bloody Point Bar Light) and 137°30’ True (to Choptank River Approach Buoy 2), respectively; from the center of the southeast corner of Building No. 3 ; excluding Area A.
Area C. The segment of a circle enclosed by the arcs of two circles having radii of 9,600 yards and 13,200 yards, respectively, and bounded by the extended radii marking the north and south limits of Area B.
No person or vessel shall enter or remain in Area A between the hours of 8:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday operations are currently not planned. No person or vessel shall enter or remain in Area B between the hours of 9:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m. daily except Saturday and Sunday, except that through navigation of commercial craft will be permitted in Area C at all times. Questions or concerns may be directed to the NRL Test Control at telephone (410) 257-4055 or via marine band radio VHF-FM channel 16, or U. S. Coast Guard Sector Baltimore at (410) 576-2693. Charts: 12266, 12263. (5th District LNM 29)

Private Aquaculture Site, (Harness Creek):
On or about July 12, 2012, David Schwenk will establish four (4) regulatory buoys to mark the corners of his authorized reef (aquaculture site AA700); Northeast of entrance to Harness Creek in the South River. All buoys are white with an orange (red) diamond and worded “DANGER”. (Chart 12270)
South River (LL 19612) Warning Buoy A 38 55 35.6N 76 30 29.5W
(LL 19613) Warning Buoy B 38 55 44.3N 76 30 45.2W
Warning Buoy C 38 55 50.1N 76 30 39.0W
Warning Buoy D 38 55 42.6N 76 30 25.5W (5th District LNM 28)

Offshore Virginia Hydrographic Survey:
The M/V ATLANTIC SURVEYOR (call sign WTR5417) will be conducting hydrographic survey operations until 30 November, 2012 in the waters east of Quinby Inlet to Great Machipongo Inlet, Virginia, area bounded by 37-29-33N, extending south to 37-20-45N and extending eastward to 25NMs. VHF-FM channels 10, 13 and 16 will be monitored. A towed side scan sonar will be used and it is requested that all vessels provide a wide berth to avoid fouling the towed equipment. Operations will be conducted 24/7 and all applicable lights and dayshapes will be displayed. (5th District LNM 29)

Piankatank River Bridge Fender Repairs:
Crofton Diving Corporation will be conducting fender system repairs for V.D.O.T at the Route 3 Bridge (37.507136° -76.421223°), between Middlesex and Matthews County over the Piankatank River beginning 23 July, 2012 through 31 December, 2012. Installation procedures will include pile driving operations, fender replacements, utilizing commercial divers, and general marines construction. Barges and vessels will be moored on site with divers working over the side. The construction equipment will be confined to the barges, with small crew boats working in the vicinity. Vessels are requested to transit this area at no wake speed. Work crews will be monitoring VHF Channels 13 & 16. (5th District LNM 29)

Southern Branch AICW Explosive Safety Zone:
Contractors will be performing metal anomaly recovery operations at St. Juliens Creek Annex, Chesapeake, VA, from barges operating between St. Juliens Creek (36.779863° -76.312099°) and the proximity of Blows Creek along the west shoreline of the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River. Operations have the potential for mechanized unintentional contact with munitions. An Explosive Safety Exclusion Zone of 43 feet is established around the recovery operations when they are in progress. Mariners should exercise caution when transiting the area. Request vessels avoid passing within 43 feet of the barge operations. Request no vessel anchor, fish or conduct waterborne activities between the navigable channel and the shoreline of the St. Juliens Creek Annex facility between July 23, 2012 and August 27, 2012 (except for vessels directly involved in the metal anomaly recovery operations). VHF-FM Channel 63A will be monitored for communications between the subcontractor vessels. VHF-FM Channel 16 will be used for emergency communications with the Coast Guard. The contractor plans to operate 10 hours per day, between 7 AM and 5PM, but the daily schedule may vary based on weather. A no-wake zone is requested in the vicinity of the barge operations. (5th District LNM 23)

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

Charleston Dredging:
Cottrell Contracting Corp will commence dredging operations in the Cooper River, Charleston County and Berkeley County from Cooper River Lighted Buoy 62 (LLNR 2930) and Cooper River Lighted Buoy 75 (LLNR 3065) (32-56-32.624N, 079-55-38.304W). Mariners are advised to remain a safe distance away from the dredge, pipelines, barge, booster, buoys, cables, derricks operating wires and other related equipment. The dredge and pontoon lines are held in place by cables attached to anchors from the dredge and pontoons. Buoys are attached to the anchors so they may move as the dredge moves. Submerged lines should be avoided. Mariners are to exercise extreme caution when approaching, passing, and leaving the dredge plant. The dredge “LEXINGTON” will monitor VHF channels 13 and 16. Dredge operations will be conducted (24) hours a day, (7) days a week with an approximate completion date of October 30, 2012. Fishnets, crab pots and structures in the general area must be removed prior to commencement of any work; a slow “NO WAKE” speed is advised of transiting vessels. All vessels are requested to contact the dredge prior to passing. Further information contact Mr. Benjamin Cottrell (757) 547-9611. (7th District LNM 28)

Sunken Sailboat, Halifax River:
There is a partially submerged white 29ft S/V named Antares in approximate position 29-14.598N 081-01.765 in the vicinity of Halifax River Daybeacon 29 (LLNR 39995). Mariners are advised to use caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM 28)

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)

Ft. Pierce City Marina Damaged Aids Update:
The Coast Guard has received a report that Private Aids: Fort Pierce City Marina  (27.450350° -80.322327°) Channel Light 10 (LLLNR 9986) and Fort Pierce City Marina Channel Daybeacon 11 (LLLNR 9986.1) were struck by a barge and both are marked by a 12 inch orange fender. Mariners are advised to use caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM 29)

Okeechobee Waterway Update:
Despite the recent heavy rains in Central and North Florida, The Okeechobee Waterway is still feeling the drought. On July 18, 2012 at 2400 hours the lake level was reported at 12.06 feet and the navigational depths were reported at 6.00  feet for Route 1 (26°58'32.23"N, 80°38'22.92"W) and 4.20 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

Lantana Ocean Ave Bridge Demolition:
GLF Construction Corp. will be demolishing the west bascule pier of the Ocean Avenue Bridge (26.583375°-80.046117°), Lantana, Florida July 30, 2012. The demolition will take place approximately one hour and will occur between 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. During this time the Intracoastal Waterway will be restricted. GLF Construction will have safety vessels on scene and can be contacted on Marine Channels 9 and 16 for passing arrangements. The point of contact for this operation is Mr. John Kemp 954-317-6169. (7th District LNM 29)

US Navy Ops, Offshore South Florida:
The United States Navy, South Florida Ocean Measurement Facility (SFOMF) will be recovering INERT Target Shapes with the M/V Freedom Star operated by NASA, immediately east and south of Port Everglades Inlet (26.093200°-80.109032°) and immediately east of the Port of West Palm Beach. Operations are scheduled within a period beginning July 19 to August 9, 2012 from 7:00am to 6:00pm. During these recovery dates, INERT Targets may be visible on the surface prior to recovery. All vessels are urged to stay clear of the NASA vessel ‘Freedom Star” and the INERT TARGETS. The vessel will be working between 100 feet of water and 1100 feet of water approximately 1 NM to 12 NM off shore, and from ½ NM south of the Port Everglades Inlet to 10 miles south of the Port Everglades Inlet. The vessel will also be working between 100 feet of water and 600 feet of water approximately 1 NM to 3 NM off shore, and from 3 NM North of the Port of West Palm Beach Inlet and 3 NM South of the Port of West Palm Beach Inlet. The M/V Freedom Star will be deploying a ROV and will be restricted in maneuverability. All vessels are urged to stay clear of the M/V Freedom Star. (7th District LNM 29)

Angelfish Creek Aid Missing:
The TRLB marking Angelfish Creek (25.335347°-80.260958°) Daybeacon 2A (LLNR 11190) is missing. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution while transiting the area. (7th District LNM 29)

Wiggins Pass Shoaling:
Shoaling has been reported in the vicinity of Wiggins Pass (26.289128°-81.829163°). Vessels transiting the area are recommended to have a draft of 3ft or less. (7th District LNM 29)

Dredging in Fort Myers Beach:
Energy Resources, Inc. will commence dredging operations on or about the week of July 9, 2012. The project is dredging a 40’ wide channel from Port Carlos Mobile Home Park (26.467246° -81.949579°) approximately ½ mile to the main channel in Hurricane Bay in south Fort Myers, Florida. This channel is approximately 0.9 mile northeast of the highway 865 bridge at Fort Myers Beach. The operations will be during daylight hours only. The Dredge “NATE” will monitor VHF FM channel 16 and will be supported by a small 24ft tender boat “Lucille”. The only floating pipeline that is in the channel will be directly adjacent to the dredge. The project is expected to be completed in 90 days. For further information contact Energy Resources, Inc., Mr. Paul Reinhardt 636-532-9558. (7th District LNM 28)

Blind Pass Dredging Update:
Florida Dredge & Dock LLC is revising the dredge pipeline for Blind Pass (between Sanibel and Captiva) Hydraulic Dredging and Beach Nourishment Project (26.483740-82.187788°). The dredge pipeline traverses southerly to designated beach fill area along the beach dune line. Due to Dredge discharge pipeline of the original pipeline route may possibly interfere with endangered species. To relocate the dredge discharge pipeline to new pipeline route, this action will accommodate and resolve the issues that may occur with endangered species. Floating rubber and submerged polyethylene pipeline associated with dredging operation. Pipeline and vessels will be visibly lighted and marked according to Coast Guard regulations. Mariners are urged to use extreme caution in the area, transit at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake, and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made. Pipeline will traverse Southerly directly from Blind Pass Dredging Area to designated beach fill location from FDEP monuments R-116 to R-118. For further information contact the Project Manager Mr. Prasong Burnankitipinyo (727) 942 7888 or cell (904) 451-3216. (7th District LNM 28)

Anclote River (Tarpon Springs) Boating Restricted Area:
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on June 5, 2012, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (Commission) received a complete application from Pasco County and the City of Tarpon Springs (28.145656° -82.775872°) requesting review of an ordinance pursuant to Section 327.46, Florida Statutes (F.S.), establishing boating restricted areas within the Anclote River.
PUBLIC PARTICIPATION: Pursuant to Rule 68D-21.002, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.), comments regarding the request will be accepted no more than 21 calendar days from the date of publication/distribution of this public notice.
COPY OF THE LOCAL ORDINANCES CAN BE OBTAINED BY EMAIL (IN PDF FORMAT) OR BY US MAIL. Please submit your request directly to waterway.management@myfwc.com
COMMENT DUE DATE: July 30, 2012 327.46, Florida Statutes (7th District LNM 29)

Cedar Key Obstructions:
Cedar Keys Northwest Channel Light 16 (LLNR 29975) is destroyed. The remains of the old structure are bent in line with the channel and lies approximately 2ft below the water. The wreckage is marked with a TRLB “WR16” displaying Fl Q R characteristics, 5 yards channelward in position 29-07-15.024N 083-33-33-919W. Mariners are advised to avoid the area. (7th District LNM 28)
Cedar Keys South Bar Channel Daybeacon 7 (LLNR 29910) is missing. A temporary lighted buoy “WR7” displaying Fl Q G characteristics is marking the remains of the old structure. The steel I-beam is bent in line with the channel and lies approximately 2ft below the surface. Mariners are advised to avoid the area. (7th District LNM 29)

Florida Bridge Update: From the USCG 7th District LNM 29/2012:
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): Astor General Contracting has advised this office that they will start painting the East Bound SR 312 Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 780.0, Lake City (29.862672° -81.309784°), Lake City (this bridge is just south of St. Augustine), St Johns County, Florida on March 26, 2012. 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.
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.
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.
Miami RR Bridge Update: 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. Additional closure dates in July are:
July 19
July 22, 24-26
July 29, 31
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.
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.
Pinellas Bayway Structure "E": The Pinellas Bayway “Structure E” (Terra Verde) Bridge (27.693641°-82.717942°) across Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, St. Petersburg, Pinellas County, Florida is being repaired. This project started on May 14, 2012 is expected to be completed by April 1, 2013. Due to the nature of these repairs M&J Construction will have floating equipment in the area and has assured the Coast Guard that this equipment can be moved outside the channel limits upon request. Any delays should be reported directly to the Coast Guard at 305-415-6744 and a follow up email should be sent to Michael.b.lieberum@uscg.mil with a copy to Jessica.r.hopkins@uscg.mil. The contractor has requested that this bridge be placed on single-leaf operations from 7:00 a.m. on September 24, 2012 through 5:00 p.m. on October 11, 2012 and from 7:00 a.m. October 15, 2012 through 5:00 pm. October 31, 2012. During this time no double-leaf operations will be available due to machinery removal and replacement. Any objections to these single-leaf operation dates should be sent to Michael.b.lieberum@uscg.mil no later than August 1, 2012. Mariners are cautioned that a scaffolding system will be placed on this bridge outside the navigable channel limits which will reduce the vertical clearance on the approaches. Mariners are requested to transit through the main navigable channel during these repairs.



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