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.

General Information for the Okeechobee Waterway can be found at South Florida Operations Office web page.

Information from COE

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

General Information for the Okeechobee Waterway can be found at South Florida Operations Office web page.

 

NOTICES FROM FWC

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 website is www.myfwc.com


Gone Coastal



NEW FOR JUNE

For immediate release: May 28, 2014
Photos available on FWC Flickr site: Go to https://flic.kr/s/aHsjBiA5CJ.
 
Video available on FWC YouTube site: Go to http://youtu.be/dwxL70RT4Ls.
 
Suggested Tweet: First 250 Report Florida #Lionfish app users get free interactive shirt @MyFWC: http://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/FLFFWCC/bulletins/baacd6
 
NEW ‘REPORT FLORIDA LIONFISH’ APP UNVEILED;
FIRST 250 USERS RECEIVE FREE T-SHIRT
 
See a lionfish in the wild? Report it using the new Report Florida Lionfish app. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) unveiled the new smart device app today (May 28) during a live Twitter chat. The first 250 people who successfully complete the Report Florida Lionfish app reporting form will receive a free, interactive and newly redesigned “Lionfish Control Team” T-shirt. The logo on these shirts is designed to come to life. Learn more about the new app, T-shirt and interactive logo by watching a video online.

Lionfish are an invasive species that are negatively impacting Florida’s reefs and wildlife.
The new Report Florida Lionfish app includes educational information on lionfish and safe handling guidelines, as well as an easy-to-use data-reporting form so divers and anglers can share information about their sighting or harvest with the FWC. App users also can take and share a photo of their catch. These photos may be used in future publications or social media efforts.

All data will be available to the public and shared with other groups and agencies who collect this kind of information. Don’t have a smart device? Submit your data to us online at MyFWC.com/Fishing by clicking on “Saltwater,” “Recreational Regulations” and “Lionfish.”

Interactive “Lionfish Control Team” T-shirts will be awarded one per household, and participants must provide a valid email to win. Staff will send all winners an email from Saltwater@MyFWC.com to the address provided, and participants must reply with their complete mailing address and selected shirt size (small through extra large) within 30 days of receiving the email. Entries must be recent. Photos of lionfish in tanks or aquariums and pictures of photos are not eligible. Twitter chat participants also received “Lionfish Control Team” T-shirts for answering trivia questions correctly. Make sure to follow us @MyFWClife or use the #FWCLionfish on Twitter to learn about other upcoming FWC events.

To make your shirt interactive, download and open the free Aurasma app. Once you complete the introduction, you will come to a screen that looks like the one your camera displays before you take a photo.

Tap on the Aurasma symbol (looks like an A) at the bottom of the screen, then click the magnifying glass so you can search for the MyFWCMarine channel. Once you’ve found our channel, hit the “Follow” button.

Finally, click the brackets at the bottom of the screen and frame the logo as if you are going to take a picture. You may have to wait a minute or readjust the angle, but the logo will come to life with a video telling you more about lionfish.
This feature can be used anytime you see the lionfish logo.

Be sure to check out the other ways you can use the Aurasma app to makes images come to life and don’t forget to tell others about the Report Florida Lionfish app today.

Learn more about lionfish at MyFWC.com/Nonnatives; click on “Marine Life.”
 

Have questions, comments or suggestions for this column? Email them to Saltwater@MyFWC.com.

Gone Coastal is one of many ways that the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Division of Marine Fisheries Management is helping recreational anglers understand complex saltwater regulations and learn more about saltwater fishing opportunities and issues in Florida. We are also available to answer questions by phone or email anytime, and we would love the opportunity to share information through in-person presentations with recreational or commercial fishing organizations. To contact the FWC’s Regulatory Outreach subsection call 850-487-0554 or email Saltwater@MyFWC.com.
 

Get your FREE subscription to Florida Wildlife Magazine. Visit the Subscriber Preferences Page and look for the Florida Wildlife Magazine box under the FWC heading.

Update your subscriptions, modify your password or email address, or stop subscriptions at any time on your Subscriber Preferences Page. You will need to use your email address to log in. If you have questions or problems with the subscription service, please contact subscriberhelp.govdelivery.com.

This service is provided to you at no charge by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission.
 

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.

For immediate release: May 19, 2014
 
Suggested Tweet: Gulf recreational red snapper opens May 24 in #Florida waters @MyFWC: http://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/FLFFWCC/bulletins/b86a58 #fish
 
Photos available on FWC Flickr site: Go to https://flic.kr/s/aHsjyV8nUQ.
 
GULF RECREATIONAL RED SNAPPER SEASON OPENED MAY 24 IN STATE WATERS
 
The recreational red snapper season in Gulf state waters opened Saturday, May 24, and will remain open through July 14, a total of 52 days, closing July 15.

This season was set at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) meeting in April. Opening the season the Saturday before Memorial Day will provide recreational red snapper fishing opportunities through an important holiday weekend, helping attract more visitors and bringing economic benefits to our coastal communities.
The federal season will be 9 days, starting June 1 and remaining open through June 9, closing June 10.
Florida state waters in the Gulf are from shore to 9 nautical miles. Federal waters extend from where state waters end, out to about 200 nautical miles.

The daily bag limit for red snapper will remain 2 per person in Gulf state and federal waters. The minimum size limit is 16 inches total length. There is a zero daily bag and possession limit for captain and crew of for-hire vessels.
Recreational anglers targeting reef fish such as red snapper in Gulf state and federal waters are required to use dehooking devices and non-offset, non-stainless steel circle hooks when fishing with natural bait. These devices are designed to help increase the likelihood a fish will survive if it is released. Venting tools are no longer required when targeting reef fish. This requirement was removed to allow fishermen the freedom to use the methods or tools of their choosing when releasing reef fish.

To learn more about recreational red snapper fishing in the Gulf of Mexico, visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on “Saltwater,” “Recreational Regulations” and “Gulf Snapper.”

 
FROM FISHING CLINICS TO LICENSE-FREE FISHING DAYS, FWC OFFERS PLENTY OF WAYS TO GET FISHING
 
Summer is approaching and as the weather warms and school lets out, it’s the perfect time to take up a new hobby. Need an excuse to get your line wet? The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) offers plenty of opportunities, including License-Free Fishing Days, Kids’ and Women’s Fishing Clinics and Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing! events.
Participating in one of these events is a great way to get involved in the lifetime sport of fishing.

Are you a do-it-yourselfer? Maybe you have friends or children who are always asking you to take them out and show them some things. The FWC offers eight license-free fishing days a year: four saltwater and four freshwater. License-free fishing days are a great way to try your hand at fishing without needing a recreational fishing license. Many also use these days as an opportunity to introduce a friend or a child to fishing (children under 16 are not required to have a license). June is a great month to participate because there are both saltwater (June 7-8) and freshwater (June 14-15) license-free fishing days. Miss those? Sept. 6 and Nov. 29 are also saltwater license-free fishing days.

Want to fish but feel like you need a little instruction? In June and July, the FWC is hosting several Kids’ and Women’s Saltwater Fishing Clinics and will be participating in a Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing! event. These events are held in various locations throughout the state and help introduce women and children to saltwater fishing. Learn how to be an ethical angler while gaining necessary angling and safety skills by attending one of these events that are sponsored in part by Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration funds.
Learn more about how you can participate in one of these upcoming events by visiting MyFWC.com/Calendar. Events include:

June 7: Women’s Fishing Clinic – St. Petersburg (which is also a saltwater license-free fishing day)
June 28: Kids’ Fishing Clinic – Cape Canaveral
July 19: Kids’ Fishing Clinic – Palm Coast
 
Don’t forget to record all of your catches on the iAngler phone app or at snookfoundation.org. Share your photos, stories and comments with us at Saltwater@MyFWC.com or visit our Ethical Angler page by going to MyFWC.com/Fishing and selecting “Saltwater” then “Ethical Angler Photo Recognition Program” at the bottom of that page.

“Gone Coastal” is one of many ways that the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Division of Marine Fisheries Management is helping recreational anglers understand complex saltwater regulations and learn more about saltwater fishing opportunities and issues in Florida. We are also available to answer questions by phone or email anytime, and we would love the opportunity to share information through in-person presentations with recreational or commercial fishing organizations. To contact the FWC’s Regulatory Outreach subsection, call 850-487-0554 or email Saltwater@MyFWC.com.
NEW FOR JUNE

STONE CRAB SEASON CLOSED MID-MAY; REOPENS  MID-OCTOBER

 
The commercial and recreational harvest of stone crab claws in Florida closes on May 16, with the last day of harvest on May 15. This closure occurs each year during the species’ peak spawning season to help protect and sustain Florida’s valuable stone crab resource. Stone crab season will reopen on Oct. 15.

Commercially harvested stone crab claws may be possessed and sold during the closed season but only if they have been placed in inventory prior to May 16 by a licensed wholesale or retail dealer.

Stone crab traps must be removed from the water within five days after the close of the stone crab season unless a special extension is granted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).

Learn more about the stone crab harvest season by visiting MyFWC.com/Fishing and clicking on “Saltwater” and then either “Recreational Regulations” or “Commercial.”

 

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.

FIRST ITEM ---
BRIDGE INFORMATION for JUNE / REC'D  TOO LATE FOR MAY


Ref: LNM 16-14 Chart 11472

FLORIDA – ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY - PALM BEACH SHORES TO WEST PALM BEACH - FLAGLE MEMORIAL BRIDGE:

Bridge Construction/Waterway Restrictions/Temporary Bridge
Regulation Changes/Update.

The Florida Department of Transportation has advised that the Flagler Memorial Bridge will be placed in the open to navigation position for a six month period. Mariners are reminded that the horizontal clearance at the Flagler Memorial Bridge is currently set  at 70 feet and will remain until the new bridge is built and this bridge is removed.

The current schedule for the Flagler Memorial Bridge will remain in effect until it is placed in an open to navigation position. The Flagler Memorial Bridge will open once an  hour on the quarter-hour except that from 8:16AM to 9:14AM and from 4:16PM to 5:14 PM the bridge will be allowed to remain closed to navigation with no exemptions except for emergencies.

With the Flagler Memorial Bridge left in the open to navigation position from May 12, 2014 until October 31, 2014, all vehicle traffic will be detoured to the bridges south of this structure. For this reason, the Royal Park Bridge will be on an hourly schedule at the quarter-hour (open once an hour on the quarter past the hour) from 6:16AM until 8:14PM Monday through Friday, except that from 7:16AM to 9:14AM and from 4:16PM to 6:14PM this bridge will be allowed to remain closed to navigation. At all other times including Federal Holidays this bridge will open on the quarter-hour and three-quarter hour.

The Southern Boulevard Bridge will remain on the twice an hour schedule (top of the hour and bottom of the hour), except that from 7:31AM to 9:29AM and from 4:01PM and 5:59PM this bridge will be allowed to remain closed to navigation.

PCL Construction will be working on the new Flagler Memorial Bridge and will have floating equipment in the vicinity of the Flagler Memorial Bridge. Any and all channel restrictions/closures in support of this new structure will be published in future Local Notices to Mariners and Broadcast Notices to Mariners. This bridge construction is anticipated to be completed by September 1, 2016.

BRIDGE INFORMATION for MAY per CAPTAIN JOHN YEAGER

FLORIDA – EAST COAST - HILLSBORO INLET: Bridge Repairs
.

Due to repairs to the Hillsboro Inlet Bridge, this bridge will be allowed to remain closed to navigation from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 and from 12:01 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for a two week period. This work will be completed after Easter and before July 4th, 2015. Comments on this bridge closure should be directed Mr. Michael Lieberum at michael.b.lieberum@uscg.mil. The times may be changed based on comments received; however there is a need for the two 4 hour closures to allow these repairs to be completed within the two week time period. Vessels that can pass under the bridge without an opening may do so at any time.
The roadway will be closed to the vehicle traffic completely for 19 days in additional to the above two weeks two four hours closure periods. The Florida Department of Transportation will be issuing a separate press release on this restriction.

REPEATING,  JUNE through DECEMBER

FLORIDA - ST JOHNS RIVER – MAIN STREET BRIDGE - JACKSONVILLE: Bridge Repairs
.

The Coast Guard has approved a temporary change to the operating schedule of the Main Street Bridge across the St Johns River, Jacksonville, Florida, due to bridge repairs. From January 24 through December 30, 2014, the Main Street Bridge will open with a two hour advance notice between 6:00 a.m. and 6:59 p.m. to the bridge tender either via VHF-FM channel 9 or by calling 904-891-2191.

Between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 5:59 a.m. a four hour advance notice to the bridge tender will be required to receive an opening.

During the painting operation the contractor will be placing scaffolding under the bridge which will reduce the vertical clearance of the bridge up to 10 feet.
Chart: 11491

FLORIDA – ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY – WEST PALM BEACH TO MIAMI – NEW RIVER (SOUTH FORK) – CSX RAILROAD BRIDGE: New Bridge Construction/Temporary Regulation Change/Horizontal Clearance Reduction.

The contractor working on the CSX Railroad Bridge replacement across the South Fork of the New River mile 2.8, Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida has requested to temporarily change the regulation governing the existing CSX Railroad Bridge. This temporary regulation change has been approved and has placed this bridge to an on demand schedule whereas the bridge will be placed in the closed to navigation position during certain portions of the construction operations with an open on demand schedule. Mariners are requested to contact the bridge tender on VHF-FM channel 9 for opening and passing information.

The pile driving operation was scheduled to begin on February 14, 2014 on the north side of the channel with completion scheduled for June 3, 2014. The pile driving operation on the south side is scheduled to begin in August 2014.
The horizontal clearance of the CSX Railroad Bascule Bridge across the New River (South Fork) mile 2.8, Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida has been temporarily reduced to 56 feet.
Ref: LNM 16-08 through 04-14 CG File: 2500FLORIDA

OKEECHOBEE WATERWAY – (SOUTH FORK) ST LUCIE CANAL – INDIAN STREET BRIDGE Bridge Construction

The contractor constructing the Indian Street Bridge has completed placing the new beams across the south fork of the St. Lucie Canal, Stuart, Florida.

With the new beams in place the vertical clearance is 55 feet at mean high water.

Mariners are reminded to remain vigilant when passing thought this area as several pieces of floating equipment will be in the vicinity of the main navigational channel until this project is completed.

 

[Back to Top] [Section B] [Section C]
 

June 2014 Section A

Entire contents Copyright © 2014 by Waterways Etc., Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
No portion of this Web site may be reproduced in any form, printed or electronic, without the express written consent of the copyright holder.1

[Home] [Store] [FCD Interactive] [News] [About] [Contact Us] [Advertisers]