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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

 

 

USCG DISTRICT EIGHT

The USCG District Eight (Gulf) Local Notices to Mariners (07-2015) is now available for download.
                  
In addition, the 2015 USCG Light List Volume Four is now available and is updated to Local Notice (52-2014), as is the summary of corrections.

The Local Notice to Mariners, Light List, and Summary of Corrections are posted weekly and require Adobe Acrobat Reader (free download) or another PDF Viewer.

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NEW for MARCH 2015

Latest news is still "not much news" on the Anchoring & Mooring Pilot Program and All Aboard Florida. Check our archives over the past few months for more information.

Anchoring & Mooring Pilot Program (most recent survey that we know about, with 12/7/14 deadline) apparently complete but no results have been announced at our Press Time.

All Aboard Florida (private investment group's plan to run 32 trains a day from Orlando to Miami causing more bridge closures on the St. Lucie, Loxahatchee and New Rivers) continues to be unsettled at our Press Time.

USCG's request for comments on All Aboard Florida continues, probably 'til June, by mail at Office of the Commander, 7th Coast Guard Dist., Brickell Plaza Federal Bldg., 909 SE 1st Ave., #432, Miami, FL 33131-3050.
 
For up-to-date information on both of the above situations we suggest watching Florida news and checking websites listed for Boat Owners Association of the United States (BoatUS.com) FWC (myfwc.com) and this monthly website update, where press releases appear as received.
 

 

Suggested Tweet: Snook set to reopen in Gulf state waters March 1 @MyFWC:

http://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/FLFFWCC/bulletins/f2a2ba

 #fishing #snook #Florida

SNOOK TO REOPEN IN GULF STATE WATERS

The recreational harvest season for one of Florida’s premier fish, snook, reopens on March 1 in Florida’s Gulf of Mexico state and adjacent federal waters, including Everglades National Park and Monroe County. The season will remain open through April 30.

In the Gulf, anglers may keep one snook per day that is not less than 28 or more than 33 inches total length, which is measured from the most forward point of the head with the mouth closed to the farthest tip of the tail with the tail compressed or squeezed while the fish is lying on its side. A snook permit is required to keep snook, along with a saltwater fishing license unless exempt from the license requirements. Only hook-and-line gear is allowed when targeting or harvesting snook.

It is illegal to buy or sell snook.

Snook are one of the many reasons Florida is the Fishing Capital of the World. The FWC encourages anglers to use moderation when determining whether or not to take a snook home during the open season. When choosing to release a fish, the FWC encourages anglers to handle it carefully to help the fish survive upon release. Proper handling methods can help ensure the species’ abundance for anglers today and generations to come. To learn more about fish handling, visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on “Saltwater,” “Recreational Regulations” and “Fish Handling.”

Researchers ask anglers who harvest the fish to save the carcasses after the meat is filleted and provide the carcasses to the FWC by dropping them off at a participating bait and tackle store. These donations allow researchers to better determine the age groups that are being harvested, which makes stock assessments more precise. For a county-by-county list, go to MyFWC.com/Research and click on “Saltwater,” “Saltwater Fish,” “Snook” and “Snook Anglers Asked to Help with Research.”

In Atlantic state and federal waters (including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River) the season is open through May 31, and one snook may be kept per person, per day. The size limit in Atlantic waters is no less than 28 inches total length and no more than 32 inches total length.

For more information, visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on “Saltwater,” “Recreational Regulations” and “Snook.”
 

 

REPEATING IN MARCH

Suggested Tweet: Grouper seasonal closure started Jan. 1 on east coast:
http://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/FLFFWCC/bulletins/e4cce1
 #Florida #fishing
 
SEASONAL GROUPER CLOSURE STARTED JAN. 1 IN ATLANTIC, MONROE COUNTY WATERS

Several species of grouper have been closed to recreational and commercial harvest in Florida state waters of the Atlantic, including Monroe County. This seasonal closure includes gag, black, red, yellowmouth, yellowfin and tiger grouper; scamp; red hind; rock hind; coney; and graysby. State waters in the Atlantic are from shore out to 3 nautical miles.

The harvest of these species of grouper in Atlantic state waters will remain closed through April 30, reopening May 1. The harvest closure was established to ensure the long-term sustainability of Atlantic grouper species.

A similar closure will also occur in federal waters of the Atlantic. Tiger grouper is not included in the federal closure.

Grouper information, including Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico grouper regulations, is available online. Go to MyFWC.com/Fishing and select “Saltwater” then “Recreational Regulations” and “Groupers.”
 

 

As announced here in January, BLUE CRAB TRAP CLOSURES HAVE BEGUN IN NORTHWEST FLORIDA. Additional information follows:

Areas of our state where blue crab traps may not be in state waters (shore to 9 nautical miles, including intracoastal waterways) from the Florida/Alabama state line through the Franklin/Wakulla county line include Waters of the Ochlockonee River and Ochlockonee Bay.

Until trap season reopens, blue crabs may be harvested with other gear, such as dip nets and fold-up traps. Blue crab harvesters may also use standard blue crab traps during the closure if the traps are attached to a dock or other private property.

Lost and abandoned blue crab traps are a problem in the blue crab fishery, because they can continue to trap crabs and fish when left in the water. They can also be unsightly in the marine environment, damage sensitive habitats and pose navigational hazards to boaters on the water.

These closure are part of three regional, 10-day blue crab trap closures that will occur in 2015. Coastal waters from Broward through Pasco counties will close to traps July 10-19, and waters from Hernando through Wakulla counties, including all waters of the Ochlockonee River and Ochlockonee Bay, will close to traps July 20-29. There are six regional closures total: three in even-numbered years on the east coast and three in odd-numbered years on the west coast (see map).

  Blue crab map

For more information regarding the FWC’s trap-retrieval program, blue crab trap closure dates, regulations and cleanup events, go to MyFWC.com/Fishing (click on “Saltwater Fishing,” then “Trap Retrieval/Debris Removal”). For additional information, contact the FWC’s trap-retrieval coordinator, Kyle Miller, at 850-487-0554.

 

 

LADIES, LET’S GO FISHING!

To learn more, visit ladiesletsgofishing.com, call 954-475-9068 or email info@ladiesletsgofishing.com.

 

Ladies and Guests to Make Waves at "Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!"® Treasure Coast Fishing University Stuart, FL May 29-31, 2015

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT BETTY BAUMAN 954-475-9068

2/2015 - Mothers, daughters, and families interested in learning to fish are invited to get away for a weekend of fishing and fun. This year's Treasure Coast award-winning "Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!"® University is May 19-31 will be held at the Stuart Corinthian Yacht Club, Stuart, FL.The weekend conservation-minded university offers classroom presentations, networking, hands-on skill practice and an optional charter fishing trip.

Activities launch Friday evening with a networking social and appetizer contest. Saturday morning presentations include: Offshore, Inshore, Bottom and Fly Fishing, plus Fishing Basics. Hands-on skill practice follows lunch, for releasing, knot tying, dehooking, bait rigging, spin casting, gaffing grapefruits, cast netting, trailer backing, boat handling, reel maintenance and more.
On Sunday is an optional fishing trip with choices of bay/river, offshore or group boat, followed by a fillet demonstration.
New for 2015 is the Ladies Choice option to bring a male guest or invite teens to include the whole family.

Featured on national network television and more, the series is supported by major partners including the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, Mercury Outboards, Ranger, Minn Kota, Humminbird and Magic Tilt Trailers.

The Stuart Corinthian Yacht Club is located at 4725 SE Capstan Ave., Stuart, FL 34997. Overnight lodging is available at less than a mile away at Pirates Cove Resort & Marina, 4307 SE Bayview St., Stuart, Florida 34997, www.piratescoveresort.com. Participants are encouraged to book their overnight rooms as early as possible.

The 2015 schedule includes Gulf Coast/Fort Myers March 14-15, Treasure Coast/Stuart May 19-31 and Keys Nov. 13-15. International events are being planned, with the first event in Bimini, Bahamas Sept. 11-13. Contact: LLGF, phone 954-475-9068, fax 954-474-7299, email: fish@ladiesletsgofishing.com, website: www.ladiesletsgofishing.com, Facebook: www.facebook.com/ladiesletsgofishing

Brief release or calendar information:

Ladies and Guests to Make Waves at "Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!"® Treasure Coast Fishing University Stuart, FL May 29-31, 2015

"Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!"® will host the Treasure Coast Fishing University May 29-31, 2015 at the Stuart Corinthian Club, Stuart, FL. Women, teens and male guests can learn, then practice fishing at several hands-on skill stations, plus have an option for boat fishing on Sunday. Registration includes networking reception and fundraisers, classes, hands on practice and more. Guided fishing is additional. New for 2015 is the Ladies Choice option to bring a male guest or invite teens to include the whole family.

Contact: (954) 475-9068; email info@ladiesletsgofishing.com; website www.ladiesletsgofishing.com; Facebook www.facebook.com/ladiesletsgofishing.

 

 

GULF RECREATIONAL RED SNAPPER SEASON WORKSHOPS SCHEDULED FOR MARCH

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is hosting several public workshops in March to gather public input on the Gulf of Mexico recreational red snapper season in state waters (from shore out to 9 nautical miles).

The workshops are scheduled for the following locations (all are from 6 to 8 p.m. local time):

•March 9: Pensacola, Bayview Community Center, 2000 E. Lloyd St.

•March 10: Destin, Destin Community Center, 101 Stahlman Ave.

•March 11: Panama City, Gulf Coast State College, Student Union East, 2nd Floor Conference Room, 5230 W U.S. Highway 98

•March 12: Carrabelle, Carrabelle City Municipal Complex, 1001 Gray Ave.

•March 16: St. Petersburg, Fish & Wildlife Research Institute, 3rd floor #3A and 3B, 100 Eighth Ave. SE

At the workshops, staff will gather public input on a proposed 2015 season that would start the Saturday before Memorial Day (May 23) and run through Sunday, July 12, resume for all of Labor Day weekend (Sept. 5-7) and finish with Saturdays and Sundays throughout September and October, with the last day of harvest being Sunday, Nov. 1. This proposed season would be 70 days. This season was the preferred option discussed by FWC Commissioners during their February meeting in Jacksonville.

The 2014 season in Gulf state waters began the Saturday before Memorial Day and remained open through July 14 (a total of 52 days).

Staff will present workshop results to the Commission at its April meeting in Tallahassee. The Commission will take final action on setting the 2015 Gulf red snapper state season during the April meeting.

Red snapper is a popular species that has a strong economic impact for many coastal communities throughout Florida.

For more information, visit MyFWC.com/Fishing  and click on “Saltwater,” “Rulemaking” and “Upcoming Public Workshops” or call 850-487-0554.

 

 

Repeating in March REPORT FLORIDA LIONFISH APP UPDATED WITH NEW INTERACTIVE MAP

Lionfish mapThe Report Florida Lionfish app is now more interactive than ever. Not only can you continue reporting your lionfish sightings and catches, your reports and photographs are documented on an interactive map. The map includes your important data such as where you found your catch, the date caught, how many you saw or removed and what type of gear you used. You can use this map to help determine where lionfish are being spotted and what reefs have recently been cleaned. There is even a “show reef” option that maps all of Florida’s artificial reefs and provides the location and depth at which each reef can be found.

You can also share your submission on Face book or Twitter. Use #FWCLionfish to make sure we see it as well.

Download the app today at the Apple Store or Google Play. Don’t forget the most important information, the latitude and longitude where you caught your lionfish and the date caught. We can’t add your data to this new map without it.

Lionfish are a nonnative species that have a negative impact on Florida’s native wildlife and habitat. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) encourages you to remove lionfish from Florida waters whenever you can.

The FWC shares all data with the U.S. Geological Survey, which has been collecting similar data for years.

Learn more about lionfish by visiting MyFWC.com/Lionfish.

 

 

Save The Date: Lionfish Clinic & Hunt

Clinic: Friday, April 24, 2015, 6 p.m.
Hunt: Saturday, April 25, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Benefiting the Martin County Artificial Reef Program
Location: Loxahatchee River Center  805 US 1, Jupiter, FL 33477
Contact: info@mclionfish.com or Martin County Hotline: 772.221.1387
 

 

PLAN FOR CONSERVING 60 FLORIDA SPECIES READY FOR INPUT

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has released a draft plan to conserve 60 fish and wildlife species, including the Florida burrowing owl, roseate spoonbill, Big Cypress fox squirrel, Florida bog frog and blackmouth shiner.

The Imperiled Species Management Plan is an innovative new wildlife conservation model for Florida. The draft plan combines actions targeted to protect each of the 60 species with broader integrated strategies benefiting multiple species.

The process of determining how to best conserve dozens of Florida’s imperiled species listed currently as either state-threatened or species of special concern began in 2010, when the FWC adopted the new model. It conducted Biological Status Reviews of the 60 species that did not already have a draft or final management plan and then completed 49 Species Actions Plans to address the needs of all 60 species, including 37 to continue being listed as state-threatened, five as species of special concern, three that have been federally listed, and 15 being removed from the imperiled species list because they did not meet the criteria for being listed as state-threatened.

The big-picture approach, developed over multiple years by FWC staff in conjunction with partners and stakeholders, focuses on improving imperiled species conservation by filling in key information gaps and emphasizing cooperative efforts with other agencies, private landowners, stakeholders and the public. The FWC designed the draft plan to achieve conservation efficiencies and accountability by identifying key priorities and measurable goals.
The draft plan is available online for public review and comment. Visit MyFWC.com/WildlifeHabitats, click on “Imperiled Species” and then scroll down to “read, review and comment” on the right-hand side. The initial period for public input lasts through March 13.

“Florida has a diversity of imperiled species, from the American oystercatcher with its striking black and white plumage and bright orange bill, to the Santa Fe cave crayfish that lives entirely in below-ground aquatic caves. Preserving Florida’s rich biodiversity of species for future generations is the goal of the newly drafted plan,” said Laura Barrett, the FWC’s Imperiled Species Management Plan coordinator.

“With this plan, the FWC invites our many partners and the public to play prominent roles in conservation of imperiled fish and wildlife,” said Barrett. “Effective long-term stewardship of 60 species in this rapidly growing state requires all of us to work together on critical issues such as species monitoring, habitat conservation and education and outreach efforts.”
The draft plan includes summaries that serve as introductions to the 60 species, some of which are familiar to many people but others that are less well-known. Each one-page summary includes a species photo, description and Florida range map, along with the animal’s status, identified threats and conservation approaches.

What species are included in the plan? Here’s the list:

•Mammals:Big Cypress fox squirrel, Eastern chipmunk, Everglades mink, Florida bonneted bat, Florida mouse, Homosassa shrew, Sanibel Island rice rat, Sherman's fox squirrel and Sherman’s short-tailed shrew.

•Birds: American oystercatcher, black skimmer, brown pelican, Florida burrowing owl, Florida sandhill crane, least tern, limpkin, little blue heron, Marian's marsh wren, osprey (Monroe County population only), reddish egret, roseate spoonbill, Scott's seaside sparrow, snowy egret, snowy plover, Southeastern American kestrel, tricolored heron, Wakulla seaside sparrow, white-crowned pigeon, white ibis and Worthington's marsh wren.

•Reptiles: Alligator snapping turtle, Barbour’s map turtle, Florida brown snake (lower Keys population only), Florida Keys mole skink, Florida pine snake, Key ringneck snake, Peninsula ribbon snake (lower Keys population only), red rat snake, rim rock crowned snake, short-tailed snake, striped mud turtle (lower Keys population only) and Suwannee cooter.

•Amphibians: Florida bog frog, Georgia blind salamander, gopher frog and Pine Barrens treefrog.

•Fish: Atlantic sturgeon, blackmouth shiner, bluenose shiner, crystal darter, Key silverside, harlequin darter, Lake Eustis pupfish, mangrove rivulus, saltmarsh topminnow and Southern tessellated darter.

•Corals: Pillar coral.

•Crustaceans: Black Creek crayfish and Santa Fe cave crayfish.

•Mollusks: Florida tree snail.

For more on Florida imperiled species, go to MyFWC.com/WildlifeHabitats and click on “Imperiled Species.”

 

 

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 with updates.

 

 

NEW INFORMATION FROM THE USCG

... for District 7


Electronic editions of the Light Lists are available on the USCG Navigation Center's website at: http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=lightLists.

 

Full updates to the electronic editions of these volumes are available at: http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=lightListWeeklyUpdates.

 

A summary of Light List corrections to the Light List Books are available at: http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=lightListCorrections.

 

... and District 8

 

Electronic editions of the Light Lists are available on the USCG Navigation Center’s website at: http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=lightLists.

 

Full updates to the electronic editions of these volumes are available at: http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=lightListWeeklyUpdates.

 

A summary of Light List corrections to the Light List Books are available at: http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=lightListCorrections.

 

 

From USCG DISTRICT EIGHT - February 18
                                                                                                                                               
The USCG District Eight (Gulf) Local Notices to Mariners (07-2015) is now available for download.
                  
In addition, the 2015 USCG Light List Volume Four is now available and is updated to Local Notice (52-2014), as is the summary of corrections.

The Local Notice to Mariners, Light List, and Summary of Corrections are posted weekly and require Adobe Acrobat Reader (free download) or another PDF Viewer.

If the link does not work directly from your email editor you should either copy and paste the entire link into your web browser or follow the LNM links from the Navigation Center home page.

In order to download the latest information more rapidly:

•Place your mouse over the “PDF” symbol next to the corresponding week.

•Right click for PC / Control click for Mac.

•Choose “Save Target As”.

•Save the PDF to your computer and open using Adobe Acrobat Reader.

If you have questions regarding this message, you may contact the Navigation Center (use “LNMs, Charts, Chart Corrections, or Light Lists” as the subject from the pull down menu).

 

 

NEW FOR MARCH FROM CAPT. JOHN YEAGR

Here's latest from the USCG per Capt. John Yeager:

HILLSBORO INLET:  There's a long and confusing re-hab project going on here on this heavily used bridge.  I have read that there will be a lot of different closure schedules depending on the work being done at the time.

FLORIDA – EAST COAST - HILLSBORO INLET: Bridge Repairs. PCL Civil Constructors, Inc. has advised the Coast Guard that repairs have begun and the project is anticipated to be completed by November 14, 2015. There will be various bridge restrictions and closures throughout this project. The contractor will be working closely with the marine interests to ensure impacts to navigation will be at a minimum. As started on January 5, 2015, from 7:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. the bridge will be closed to navigation nightly through April 30, 2015. Mariners may request an opening during these time periods by providing a four-hour advance notice to the bridge tender or by calling (954)-943- 1847. The vertical clearance will be reduced by 2 feet during the entire project length.

The north and south side channels will be closed to navigation during this entire time frame as there will be turbidity barriers in place and a small barge will be behind the fender system.

FLORIDA – WEST COAST – LONGBOAT PASS: Bridge Update. The Longboat Pass Bridge across Longboat Pass, Longboat, Manatee County, Florida has been repaired and is fully operational. Both the Longboat Pass and New Pass Bridges have returned to their normal operating schedules.

FLORIDA – ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY – TOLOMATO RIVER TO PALM SHORES – ATLANTIC BOULEVARD/SR 10 BRIDGE: Bridge Repairs. Genesis CEI Services, LLC has advised the Coast Guard that due to painting operations on the Atlantic Boulevard (SR 10) Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (San Pablo Creek) mile 744.7, Duval County, Florida, the vertical clearance of the 65 foot high bridge will be reduced by four feet slightly more than one-half the channel through April 10, 2015. The contractor will maintain 65 ft of vertical clearance within a 45 ft horizontal clearance at all times on one side of the channel. Mariners are requested to proceed through the east side of the channel through this area.
Ref: LNM 22-14 through 06-15 Chart: 11485

 

 

FLORIDA – ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY – WEST PALM BEACH TO MIAMI – WEST PALM BEACH – LAKE AVENUE/ROBERT HARRIS BRIDGE: Temporary Bridge Regulations/Bridge Repair. The Florida Department of Transportation has initiated coordination with the Coast Guard to consider regulations on the Lake Worth/Lake Avenue/Robert Harris Bridge, across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 1028.0, Lake Worth, Palm Beach County, Florida, which will allow for some bridge closures and temporary regulation changes to order to facilitate construction/repair activity on this bridge. The Coast Guard has agreed to allow this bridge to remain closed to navigation from 12:05 a.m. to 4:59 a.m. and from 7:05 a.m. to 10:59 a.m. daily, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. This bridge will be allowed to open once an hour on the top of hour for the remainder of the day. The vertical clearance of the bridge will be reduced by 5 feet which will allow for a vertical clearance of 30 feet in the closed position. On Saturday, Sunday and Federal holidays the bridge will open on-demand. Coastal Gunite Construction Company has advised the Coast Guard that the project began on September 2, 2014 and will continue until May 15, 2015.
Ref: LNM 45-13 through 06-15 Chart: 11467

 

 

REPEATING IN MARCH
MAIN STREET BRIDGE ON ST. JOHNS RIVER, JACKSONVILLE, BRIDGE REPAIRS AND FLORIDA – ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY – PALM SHORES TO WEST PALM BEACH – FLAGLER MEMORIAL/ROYAL PARK/SOUTHERN BOULEVARD BRIDGES
: Bridge Construction/Waterway Restriction/Temporary Bridge Regulation Changes/Update.

 

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 April 30, 2015, the Main Street Bridge will open with a two hour advance notice between the 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. The project completion date is April 30, 2015.
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.

Superior Construction Company has advised the Coast Guard that they will be using a snooper truck as part of this operation which will reduce the vertical clearance to 22 feet at different locations. The snooper truck can be removed if 30 minutes advance notice is provided.

Update:
Please note these dates may change or be added due to unforeseen circumstances such as weather or equipment failure. Unless specifically identified in the schedule, mariners should anticipate the described opening restrictions are in effect. Additionally, to support mariners with the latest information we have provided a cell phone to the bridge tenders at the Main Street Bridge who can be contacted at any time, 904-891-2191.

Scheduled bridge closures to navigation
6am Jan 10, 2015 – 6am Jan 11, 2015
6am Jan 17, 2015 – 6am Jan 18, 2015
6am Jan 24, 2015 – 6am Jan 25, 2015
Ref: LNM 04 through 50-14

 

 

REPEATING IN MARCH
FLORIDA – ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY – PALM SHORES TO WEST PALM BEACH – FLAGLER MEMORIAL/ROYAL PARK/SOUTHERN BOULEVARD BRIDGES
: Bridge Construction/Waterway Restriction/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 Florida Department of Transportation has requested that the Flagler Memorial Bridge be placed on a restricted opening schedule until the new Flagler Memorial Bridge construction can be completed.

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 Flagler Memorial Bridge opening schedule has been changed to once an hour on the quarter-hour. In addition to the once an hour schedule, the Flagler Memorial Bridge will be allowed to not open at 8:15 a.m. and at 4:15. p.m. Monday through Friday except Federal holidays to allow for rush hour traffic. The bridge will be allowed to remain closed to navigation with no exemptions except for emergencies. The Royal Park and Southern Blvd Bridges will return to their normal operating schedules per 33 CFR 117.261:

(v) Royal Park (SR 704) bridge, mile 1022.6, at Palm Beach. The draw shall open on the hour and half-hour.
(w) Southern Boulevard (SR 700/80) bridge, mile 1024.7 at Palm Beach. The draw shall open on the quarter and three-quarter hour.

While the new Flagler Memorial Bridge is under construction, the following emergency plan will remain in effect with no exceptions except for emergencies:

If an emergency occurs and the Flagler Memorial Bridge is left in the open to navigation position, all vehicle traffic will be detoured to the bridges to the south. For this reason, the Royal Park Bridge will be on an hourly schedule at the quarter-hour, except that from 8:16 a.m. to 10:14 a.m. and from 4:16 p.m. to 6:14 p.m. this bridge will be allowed to remain closed to navigation. The Southern Boulevard Bridge will remain on the twice an hour schedule (top of the hour and bottom of the hour), except that from 8:31 a.m. to 9:59 a.m. and from 4:31 p.m. to 5:59 p.m. this bridge will be allowed to remain closed to navigation.
Ref: LNM 45-12 through 50-14 Chart: 11472

 

 

The following information provided by our editors is again included in the Gold Coast Cruising section of the new 15/16 edition:

PALM BEACH AREA BRIDGES

Usual opening schedules are listed on Chart 8, however, delayed construction on Flagler Bridge may cause further changes and once-an-hour openings are likely. Contact bridges on CH 9.

REPEATING IN MARCH
FLORIDA – ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY –WEST PALM BEACH TO MIAMI –WEST PALM BEACH – LAKE AVENUE/ROBERT HARRIS BRIDGE
: Temporary Bridge Regulations/Bridge Repair.

The Florida Department of Transportation has initiated coordination with the Coast Guard to consider regulations on the Lake Worth/Lake Avenue/Robert Harris Bridge, across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile 1028.0, Lake Worth, Palm Beach County, Florida, which will allow for some bridge closures and temporary regulation changes to order to facilitate construction/repair activity on this bridge.

The Coast Guard has agreed to allow this bridge to remain closed to navigation from 12:05 a.m. to 4:59 a.m. and from 7:05 a.m. to 10:59 a.m. daily, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. This bridge will be allowed to open once an hour on the top of hour for the remainder of the day. The vertical clearance of the bridge will be reduced by 5 feet which will allow for a vertical clearance of 30 feet in the closed position. On Saturday, Sunday and Federal holidays the bridge will open on-demand.

Coastal Gunite Construction Company has advised the Coast Guard that they will start this project on September 2, 2014 and will continue until May 15, 2015.
Ref: LNM 45-13 through 50-14
Chart: 11467 CG File: 2674

 

 

REPEATING IN MARCH

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 began on February 14, 2014 on the north side of the channel with completion scheduled for July 30, 2014. The pile driving operation on the south side began on January 5 with completion scheduled for April 30, 2015. The estimated completion date for this project is June 2016.

 

 

FLORIDA – ATLANTIC INTRACOATAL WATERWAY – WEST PALM BEACH TO MIAMI – MIAMI – BROAD CAUSEWAY BRIDGE: Bridge Discrepancy.

The Broad Causeway Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Miami, Florida is on singe-leaf operations at the quarter-hour and three-quarter hour until further notice. A double-leaf opening is available if two hours advance notice is provided to the bridge tender at 305-891-2221. This bridge provides a horizontal clearance of 33 feet with one leaf in the closed position.

M&J Construction has advised the Coast Guard that starting January 12, 2015, they have begun repairing the Broad Causeway Bridge. In order to complete these repairs, the Coast Guard has agreed to allow this bridge to operate on single-leaf operations with a four hour notice for a double-leaf opening to the bridge tender. Mariners are advised that during this 480 day operation, M&J Construction will be requesting permission to block the navigation channel at night to install the fender system under the bridge. This nighttime work will minimize disruptions to marine traffic. The start of this operation will be published in a future Local Notice to Mariners.
Ref: LNM 13 through 50-14 Chart: 11467

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