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Coast Guard Salutes Clearwater

Clearwater is now one of 14 cities throughout the nation to be designated a Coast Guard City and the only one in the State of Florida. The designation, endorsed by Congress and the Coast Guard, is made to recognize the outstanding support the community provides to Coast Guard personnel and their families. The city actively coordinates community recognition, events and programs to best support its valued Coast Guard families.

We at FCD also salute the City of Clearwater on this achievement and can’t help but observe that this area is quite friendly toward us cruising folk, as well. If you’re not familiar with Clearwater, you’ll find lots of useful information in the Sun Coast Cruising Section of this site and on Sketch Chart Twenty.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael De Nyse

 

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CLEARWATER, Fla. – Coast Guard Adm. Bob Papp, Commandant of the Coast Guard, celebrates as he receives the key to the City of Clearwater during a celebration where Clearwater was designated the title of “Coast Guard City”, at a ceremony downtown on Jan. 27, 2012.

BRIDGE NOTICES:

Now and henceforth, we attempt to include here only notices regarding serious bridge operating schedules. We will discontinue 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.

NEWS received from USCG Miami Bridge office, January 31, 2012 (via e-mail to Capt. John Yeager).

MIAMI HARBOR – MIAMI RIVER – FLAGLER STREET BRIDGE: Bridge Repairs/Updated January 19, 2012.

M&J Construction has advised this office that they will be working on the Flagler Street Bridge across the Miami River mile 1.0, Miami-Dade County, Florida from January 28 through August 2012. This work consists of painting and fender system replacement. The painting containment system has reduced the vertical clearance of the bridge by three feet. The Flagler Street Bridge is on single-leaf operations with a four hour notice to the bridge tender for a double-leaf opening through August 2012.

UPDATING IN FEBRUARY 2012: ST JOHNS RIVER – FEC RAILROAD BRIDGE: Bridge Closure.

The Coast Guard HAS APPROVED THE REQUEST FROM THE OWNER of the FEC Railroad Bridge across the St Johns River mile 24.9, Jacksonville, Florida. Permission to close this bridge to navigation from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily Sunday through Thursday starting from January 15, 2012 until March 29, 2012 has been granted. The Coast Guard recognizes that this will place a burden on vessels transiting through this area during these dates and times. After review of this request with the bridge owner it has been determined that this work cannot be safely completed during nighttime operations nor would it be beneficial to reduce the amount of time allocated for this requested closure, doing so, would have the potential of extending this project an additional 4 to 6 months.

Closed clearance on this bridge is 6' per Capt. Jim Suber, City of Jacksonville's Waterways Coordinator/Dockmaster.

(All following information from USCG is repetition ...)

REPEATING IN FEBRUARY 2012:
ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY - WEST PALM BEACH TO MIAMI - JUPITER (Indiantown Road Bridge, SR 706)

Due to painting, the SR 706 Indiantown Road Bridge, mile 1006.2 will have another operation re: 9:05PM to 5:55 AM nightly for a period of 30 days. Start date will be published in a future local notice to mariners

REPEATING IN FEBRUARY 2012:
OKEECHOBEE WATERWAY (SOUTH FORK) ST. LUCIE CANAL -
INDIAN STREET BRIDGE. Bridge Construction.

Construction on Indian Street Bridge across the south fork of the St. Lucie Canal has started on a portion of the bridge that crosses the St. Lucie Lagoon. This portion of the work is expected to continue through April 2012.

In October, 2011, the contractor began placing a temporary trestle in the vicinity of the (South Fork) St. Lucie Canal. This is not expected to impact the main navigational channel. There will also be a crane barge in the area that may restrict a small portion of the channel. The contractor will be placing beams on a barge which will be used for the main portions of the new bridge. During the time that the beams are on the barge and the crane places the new beam onto the bridge, the channel will be closed to navigation for safety reasons. The exact schedule for this operation will be published in future Local Notice to Mariners.

REPEATING IN FEBRUARY 2012:
GULF INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY - SAN CARLOS BAY - MATLACHA PASS BRIDGE

MATLACHA PASS BRIDGE construction continues as reported in the current FCD (Chart 18) and recent updates. TThe schedule is posted on the Lee County web site where there are continual updates. The posted information has been approved by the Coast Guard Bridge Branch. Due to major construction activity at this bridge site mariners are reminded to be extremely careful when transiting through this area. The contractor may not be in the channel at all times during this restrictive period. Contact the bridge tender for passing information. Closures are being scheduled for November/December. The dates of those closures will be published in future LNMs and reported here also.

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