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SECTION A - News & Regulations from COE, FWC and others, including Bridge information

The latest Navigation Report can be found at: www.saj.usace.army.mil
which goes to the Jacksonville District.

Additional information concerning Okeechobee Waterway or other Navigational interests may be obtained by accessing the Jacksonville District web site.
General Information for the Okeechobee Waterway can be found at South Florida Operations Office web page.

JUST FYI / WE MENTION THE FOLLOWING "OLD NEWS" ITEMS HERE MISSED OVER THE PAST FEW MONTHS / MOST ARE INCLUDED IN NEW EDITION

HOURS HAVE CHANGED ON OKEECHOBEE LOCKS

Jacksonville, Fla. – (Oct. 9, 2012)  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District has announced it will change the operating hours at locks on the Okeechobee Waterway in accordance with a national strategy to standardize lock operations.
The change is took effect in November, impacting the following locks:
Moore Haven Lock on the west side of Lake Okeechobee
Ortona Lock near LaBelle
Port Mayaca Lock on the east side of Lake Okeechobee
St. Lucie Lock near Stuart
W.P. Franklin Lock near Fort Myers
The new operating hours at each of the five locks is be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week. 
 
MATLACHA PASS BRIDGE - UPDATE

FLORIDA GULF INSTRCOASTAL WAERWAY - SAN CAROLS BAY - MATLACHA PASS BRIDGE: Bride Construction Update.

Archer Western Contractors have announced that through May 11, 2013, from 7:00 AM to 5:30 PM daily the bridge will be closed to complete the bridge work. The channel can be open with at least 48 hours notice to the bridge tender. Vessels that may pass under the bridge without an opening may do so at any time.

Due to major construction activity at this bridge site mariners are reminded to be extremely careful when transiting through this area.

See more on our Chart 18. Closed clearance is 9'; bridge phone is 239-283-2414.
Information from FWC
FWC UPDATE — Notes on Fishing Rules and other announcements
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (a/k/a FWC) keeps us up to date on changes that fishermen (cruising-fishermen included) should know, and other items of interest to boating people. As the audience is somewhat varied, we give a quick note on the news and suggest that those interested in specific topics check it all out at the FWC web site.
There's also information on boating, parks, ramps, etc., etc. and we'll hope to include news on anything we think you'll want to know about.
FWC's web site is www.MyFWC.com

News from USCG
BRIDGE NOTICES:
We attempt to include here only notices regarding serious bridge operating schedules. We have discontinued listing temporary changes that draw attention to semi-serious delays such as (most) painting projects, marathons, charity runs,  single-leaf operations, etc.
An exception to the above may be made because of seasonal traffic and items previously included may be kept w/updates.

These notices provided by Capt. John Yeager...
PORT EVERGLADES DREDGING HAS BEGUN
 
NOTICE: Extensive dredging has begun in Everglades Inlet, within Port Everglades Harbor and will eventually extend up the ICW as far as the Las Olas Bridge. This will include the spoil island at the New River and ICW junction as well as up the New River.
 
Original plans say this will be on-going until about mid-April.
 
The Lucas Dredging Company's Texas is reachable on CH 14 and CH 16.
 
Similar projects are scheduled for the Fort Pierce Inlet as well as the St. Lucie and Ponce Inlets. St. Augustine inlet underwent a recent dredging project.
 


REPEATING SOME IN APRIL as the projects continue ...
 
FLORIDA – ATLANTIC ICW – WEST PALM BEACH TO MIAMI – WEST PALM BEACH – LAKE AVENUE/ROBERT HARRIS BRIDGE: Special Bridge Regulations.

District Seven Bridge Branch office has been contacted by a Florida State Representative and the City of West Palm Beach with regard to vehicle traffic congestion concerns created by the removal of the East Ocean Avenue Bridge. Vehicle traffic has been detoured to the Lake Avenue/Robert Harris SR 802 Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 1028.8, West Palm Beach, Florida; for this reason they have requested that this bridge be placed on a twice an hour schedule. This office has evaluated the situation and determined that starting on May 1, 2012 the draw of the Lake Avenue/Robert Harris (SR 802) will open on the quarter-hour and three-quarter-hour, 24 hours-a-day, seven days-a-week. Public vessels of the United States and tugs with tows must be passed at anytime. This temporary schedule is expected to continue until April, 2013.
Ref: LNM 16-12 Chart: 11467

FLORIDA – ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY – WEST PALM BEACH TO MIAMI – WEST PALM BEACH – LAKE AVENUE/ROBERT HARRIS BRIDGE: Special Bridge Regulations.
District Seven Bridge Branch office has been contacted by a Florida State Representative and the City of West Palm Beach with regard to vehicle traffic congestion concerns created by the removal of the East Ocean Avenue Bridge . Vehicle traffic has been detoured to the Lake Avenue/Robert Harris SR 802 Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 1028.8, West Palm Beach, Florida; for this reason they have requested that this bridge be placed on a twice an hour schedule. This office evaluated the situation and determined that the draw of the Lake Avenue/Robert Harris (SR 802) will open on the quarter-hour and three-quarter-hour, 24 hours-a-day, seven days-a-week. Public vessels of the United States and tugs with tows must be passed at anytime. This temporary schedule is expected to continue until April, 2013.

 

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