News from USCG

PALM SHORES-WEST PALM BEACH-LAKE WORTH INLET: Semi-Submersible Testing
Lockheed Martin – Riviera Beach in conjunction with the United States Navy will be conducting offshore testing of an unmanned, remotely piloted, semi-submersible vehicle 1 to 5 miles offshore from the Lake Worth Inlet to Boynton Beach Inlet.  Operations will take place beginning January 1, 2012 and ending December 31, 2012.  The Lockheed Martin RHIB and Sea Tow RHIB vessels will support the semi-submersible and will be in constant radio contact with the operations crew and equipped with a remote kill switch.  They will also be monitoring VHF channel 16.

Mariners are advised to stay clear of the RHIB boats, the semi-submersible vehicle and posted dive flags  by at least 200 yards. For further information please contact  Sea Ops Division, Mr. Donny Jones 561-494-2245.

SEACOAST-FLORIDA-JUPITER INLET TO FOWEY ROCKS: Hillsboro Inlet Entrance Light
The Coast Guard is evaluating the continued operation of the Hillsboro Inlet Entrance Light (LLNR 775). The Coast Guard is currently engaged in consultation with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service regarding potential impacts to endangered sea turtles from the current operation of the Light. In response to these concerns,  the Coast Guard is considering three options: discontinuing the operation of the light, obscuring portions of the light, or continuing the status quo. The purpose of this notice is to solicit comments from local waterways users and to determine if mariners still utilize the light for navigational purposes. Any interested party wishing to provide comments should contact: Commander, USCG Seventh District, Brickell Plaza Federal Building, 909 SE 1st Avenue, Miami Florida 33131 Attn: LTJG Andrew Haley at (305) 415-6748, or E-mail andrew.s.haley@uscg.milno later than April 20, 2012.

AMELIA ISLAND TO ST AUGUSTINE-ST AUGUSTINE INLET: Shoaling/Dangerous Inlet.
The entrance to St Augustine Inlet is subject to frequent changes in depth and direction because of shifting shoals. Buoys are not charted because of frequent changes in position. Mariners are advised to seek local knowledge prior to entering the channel.

TOLOMATO RIVER TO PALM SHORES-PONCE DE LEON INLET: Shoaling.
The Coast Guard has observed shoaling in Ponce de Leon Inlet.  The shoal encroaches 10 yards into the main channel with a depth of 3ft at low tide near Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighted Buoy 7 (LLNR 9540). Ponce de Leon Inlet Buoy 7A (LLNR 9543) and Ponce de Leon Inlet TEMP Buoy 7B the lowest depth is 4.5ft the channel has been shifted east to mark best water.  Mariners are reminded that the entrance to Ponce de Leon Inlet is subject to frequent changes in depth and direction because of shifting shoals. And are advised to seek local knowledge prior to entering this inlet and to exercise extreme caution during transit.

TOLOMATO RIVER TO PALM SHORES-PONCE DE LEON INLET: Hazard to Navigation.
Ponce de Leon Inlet North Jetty Temporary Light has been destroyed. The Jetty is unlit and a hazard to navigation. Mariners are advised toexercise extreme caution in the vicinity of Ponce de Leon Inlet.

PALM SHORES TO WEST PALM BEACH-ST LUCIE INLET: Shoaling/ Dangerous Inlet.
Mariners are reminded that the entrance to St. Lucie inlet is subject to dangerous and frequent changes in depth and direction because of shifting shoals. As a result of these changes, mariners are advised that the channel buoys are subject to frequently being relocated. Shoaling has been reported and confirmed between St. Lucie Inlet Light 3, (LLNR 10000) and St. Lucie Inlet Temporary Lighted Buoy 6. The shoaling appears to be encroaching from the red side of the channel past the center of the marked channel, with reported depths of 4.7 feet at MLW. With this report of shoaling, mariners are advised that the channel width is reduced to approximately 15yds in this vicinity. All mariners are urged to seek local knowledge prior to entering this inlet and to exercise extreme caution during transit.

PALM SHORES TO WEST PALM BEACH-LAKE WORTH INLET: Dredging Operations.
Cashman Dredging and Marine Contracting Co., LLC will commence dredging operations on or about March 19, 2012, in Lake Worth Inlet, Palm Beach County, FL. Dredging operations will be conducted within the Federal Navigation Channel encompassing the entire channel width from Lake Worth Inlet Lighted Buoy 6 (LLNR 10205.5) extending eastward 1000’ past the northern jetty.  The project will involve the Trailing Suction Hopper Dredge “ATCHAFALAYA” removing shoaled material from the Federal Channel and then transiting around the south jetty to dispose of the material in the near shore disposal area directly south of Lake Worth Inlet’s southern jetty.  The dredge will be supported by the crew launch/survey vessel “Cape Elizabeth”.  All vessels will monitor VHF channels 16, 14, and use 74 as the working channel. The dredge will operate 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.  The work is scheduled to be completed on or about April 18, 2012. Mariners are urged to transit at their slowest safe speed to minimize wake and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made.  Contact the Project Manager, Mr. Aaron Barton with further information 617-645-3697.

MIAMI-NORTH MIAMI BEACH: Beach Erosion and Hurricane Protection Project.
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, LLC will commence dredging operations on or about March 12, 2012 until approximately mid April, 2012. The project partially consists of placing approximately 250,000 cubic yards of sand from an offshore borrow area on approximately 4,000 feet of beach in North Miami Beach, FL. The trailing suction hopper dredge “LIBERTY ISLAND” will be dredging in a borrow area south of Government Cut with the following limits:
Latitude Longitude
NW 25 41 15.9 80 05 29.3
NE 25 41 16.5 80 05 24.8
E 25 40 57.8 80 05 25.0
S 25 40 49.7 80 05 36.6
W 25 40 57.2 80 05 45.4

After each dredge event the “Liberty Island” will sail north and pump the sand ashore through submerged steel pipeline via a floating hose pump out station located at the approximate location.
Latitude Longitude
25 51 12.5 80 05 37.1

Upon completing a pump ashore event, the dredge will dump any rock collected from the borrow area in a 500 foot by 500 foot Rock Disposal Site centered at the following location:
Latitude Longitude
25 50 09.5 80 04 46.8

Pipeline mobilization will be staged inside Bakers Haulover Inlet in the Intracoastal Waterway next to Haulover Beach Park. Demobilization will continue approximately three weeks after dredging operations cease. The following support equipment will be working on the project: a crew boat, a turbidity monitoring boat, a dive boat, 2 tug boats, a crane barge, and an anchor barge. All vessels will monitor marine VHF channels 13 and 16.

Operations will be 7 days per week and 24 hours per day. Mariners are requested to exercise caution in and around the project areas. Diving operations will occur in the vicinity of the borrow area and pump out location several times per week to monitor environmental conditions. For further information contact the Project Manager, Mr. Dave Allen 305-793-8619 (cell) or DAllen@gldd.com.

OKEECHOBEE WATERWAY-LAKE OKEECHOBEE-TAYLOR CREEK: S-193 Lock Refurbishment.
Mariners are advised to use caution when navigating around Lake Okeechobee and Taylor Creek, The S-193 navigation lock is located between the Lake Okeechobee and Taylor Creek, in the LD4 levee about 2.5 miles southeast of the City of Okeechobee, will be closed from APRIL 2012 through SEPTEMBER 2012. For additional information concerning this project may be obtained by accessing the Jacksonville District website http://www.saj.usace.army.mil and choose Operations Division and select Notice to Navigation.

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 with updates.

MIAMI HARBOR – MIAMI RIVER – NW 12 th  AVENUE BRIDGE:  Bridge Closure
The NW 12th  Avenue Bridge, Miami River
mile 2.1, Miami, Florida will be closed to navigation from 6:46 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. April 4 through July 3, 2012 during Miami Marlin home games.  This deviation will test a change to the drawbridge operation schedule to determine whether a permanent change to the schedule is needed.  Federal Register Docket Number USCG-2012-0078 will provide  comment instructions once published in the Federal Register.  Tugs and tugs with tows, vessels in distress and public vessels of the United States shall be passed at any time.

The Miami Marlins Home Baseball Schedule is available on their Website.

GOOD BRIDGE NEWS for APRIL 2012 UPDATE:

ST JOHNS RIVER – FEC RAILROAD BRIDGE: St Johns River mile 24.9, Jacksonville
Capt. John Yeager suggested on
March 23 that we announce the early  completion and congratulate all concerned on the work originally scheduled for completion on March 29. 

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

ALSO RECEIVED FROM CAPT. JOHN YEAGER FOR APRIL UPDATE

ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY – ST SIMONS SOUND TO TOLOMATO RIVER – AMELIA RIVER BRIDGE: Bridge Painting/Proposed Bridge Closure.
Gemstone Contracting has advised this office that they will start painting the SR A1A Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway
mile 721.0, Fernandina Beach, Nassau County, Florida on March 15, 2012. From June 4 through July 15, 2012, this work will reduce the vertical clearance of the bridge by four feet to 61 feet. This work is expected to be completed by March 15, 2013. Mariners are advised to exercise caution when transiting the area.

The contractor performing the repairs to this bridge would like permission from the Coast Guard to allow this vertical clearance reduction for up to a year. The Coast Guard is requesting mariners with vessels greater than 61 feet of height to contact Mr. Michael Lieberum at Michael.b.lieberum@uscg.mil if this vertical clearance reduction would be considered unreasonable. It is requested that all comments address which months would be less restrictive to navigation during this one year period. Comments received will become part of the decision making process.

ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY – ST SIMONS SOUND TO TOLOMATO RIVER – AMELIA RIVER RAILROAD BRIDGE: Proposed Bridge Closure.
The owner of the Amelia River
Railroad Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Fernandina Beach, Florida has requested permission to close this bridge to navigation from 8:00 a.m. to 11: 30 a.m. and from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily, during the first or second week of April 2012. The Coast Guard is considering approving this proposed schedule based on comments already received. Comments should be sent to Michael.b.lieberum@uscg.mil or can be faxed to 305-415-6763. The closure request may be changed/adjusted based on these comments.

NEWS

The following two items received from Capt. John Yeager (via USCG Miami Bridge Office - 2/14/12)

REPEATING IN APRIL. ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY – WEST PALM BEACH TO MIAMI - LANTANA - EAST OCEAN AVENUE BRIDGE: Bridge Replacement.
GLF Construction Corporation has advised ... that the demolition and replacement of the East Ocean Avenue Bridge across the AICW, Lantana, Palm Beach County, started on March 20, 2012 and will continue until April 16.

The first part of this activity will involve waterway closures during the removal of the existing bridge. Subsequent waterway restrictions are not anticipated until the latter part of this replacement project. Waterway closures/restrictions will be published in future Local Notices to Mariners. You can imagine that this, and the future construction, will frequently affect ICW traffic in the area. Work will be done on both causeways before the new draw bridge itself is put in place.

ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY – WEST PALM BEACH TO MIAMI - PORT OF MIAMI RAILROAD BRIDGE: Bridge Repairs.
Due to extensive repairs to the Port of Miami
Railroad Bridge across the AICW , Miami-Dade County, the  bridge contractor has requested closure periods and restrictive openings.

The Coast Guard is proposing to allow both the Port of Miami Railroad and Dodge Island Bridges to be closed from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Tuesday through Thursday for a two week period at the end of February or the first of March. After this period, the bridges will be allowed to remain closed during daylight hours with two openings during the day such as at 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM. At all other times these bridges will be left in the open to navigation position.

This work is expected to be completed in October 2012. Comments on this proposal should be sent to michael.b.lieberum@uscg.mil Ref: LNM 05-12 Chart: 11467/11468/11451

ICW traffic could re-route east around Dodge Island and west through Fishermen's Channel. If two or more cruise ships are in port, bridges will open.

The USCG has advised that this restriction is under consideration and if it is put in place, the bridges will only be closed when passage through the Port of Miami is unrestricted.

REPEATING IN APRIL, 2012: MIAMI HARBOR – MIAMI RIVER – FLAGLER STREET BRIDGE: Bridge Repairs/Updated January 19, 2012.
M&J Construction has advised ... 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.

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

REPEATING IN APRIL 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 APRIL 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.

GULF INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY - SAN CARLOS BAY - MATLACHA PASS BRIDGE
REPEATING IN APRIL 2012:
MATLACHA PASS BRIDGE construction continues as reported in the current FCD (Chart 18) and recent updates. The schedule is posted on the Lee County web site -http:www.matlachabridge.info 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.

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