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  • Ineffective Anchoring Ban, Broward County, FL

    As this report by Susannah Bryan Contact Reporter at Sun Sentinel states, the anchoring ban put into effect July 1st is not working in Broward County. Go to for more on the anchoring ban.

    “No Beaching, No Landing, No Launching, No Tying Up,” say the signs that went up in April.

    But so far, the signs don’t seem to be working. The dozen or so live-aboard boaters anchored in the cove at North Beach Park are not only coming ashore on their dinghies, they’re using the signs as tie-up posts.

    Signs at North Beach Park in Hollywood warn boaters against tying up, but they do it anyway. (City of Hollywood, courtesy)

    Signs at North Beach Park in Hollywood warn boaters against tying up, but they do it anyway. (City of Hollywood, courtesy)

    CLICK HERE for the full report from Sun-Sentinal

  • Update: Possible Storm Impact on South Florida by Weekend

    8/26, 11:00 AM. As Gaston heads northwest and north away from the US coast, a smaller tropical depression, 99L, is weakening and showing no signs of developing, but will still impact the Florida and Gulf coasts over the weekend. It bears watching!

    Tropical disturbance moving west, northwest.


    This wave has a medium chance of development as it moves to the west/northwest.

    CLICK HERE for the 8/26 report and video from WPTV, West Palm Beach, FL

  • This Week’s Happenings on Charlotte Harbor, Punta Gorda, FL, August 26, 2016

    There is always plenty to do around Charlotte Harbor, as you will see from the list of events below. Whether you are moored in Punta Gorda’s mooring field or berthed at Fishermen’s Village Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, you will enjoy your visit to beautiful Charlotte Harbor! Punta Gorda, also A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is on Western Florida’s Charlotte Harbor/Peace River.

    New Weekly Happenings just posted,
    Click here to find out what’s happening this week and next!

    Charlotte Harbor & The Gulf Islands
    18500 Murdock Circle, B104
    Port Charlotte, FL 33948

    Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Punta Gorda Waterfront Anchorage

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of the Punta Gorda Waterfront

    Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Fishermen’s Village

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Fishermen’s Village

  • 2016 Tropical Storm and Hurricane Operations at South Florida Locks

    With the 2016 hurricane season underway, this is valuable information for boaters navigating the Ockeechobee Waterway or the Canaveral Barge Canal in South Florida. This notice comes to us from our good friend, Specialist Erica Skolte, US Army Corp of Engineers.



    1. Notice to Navigation
    Notice is given that 72 hours prior to a Tropical Storm or Hurricane making local landfall locks will be open 6 AM to 10 PM supporting vessel safe harbor passage. Lock operations will stop 8 hours prior to land fall as Rail Road and drawbridges will be lowered or rotated and locked into a secure position. It’s important that all vessels are at their intended destination before bridges are secured and passage across the waterway suspended.
    For Lock Operator safety the locks will:
    1. Stop locking vessels or working outdoors if lightning is observed within five miles of the lock and
    operations will not resume until lightning has not been seen in the area for 30 minutes.
    2. Stop locking vessels when winds exceed 35 MPH.
    After a storm it could be days or weeks before the waterway is reopen depending on damage to structures and
    how quickly debris creating navigation hazards can be removed.
    For up to date Lock information contact the shift operator 7 AM to 5 PM at:
    Canaveral Lock 321-783-5421
    St Lucie Lock & Dam 772-287-2665
    Port Mayaca Lock & Dam 561-924-2858
    Moore Haven Lock & Dam 863-946-0414
    Ortona Lock & Dam 863-675-0616
    WP Franklin Lock & Dam 239-694-5451
    Digitally signed by WILLIAMS.CARL.MABRY.IV
    Date: 2016.08.22 14:57:47 -04’00’
    Chief Navigation & Flood Risk Management
    South Florida Operations

  • Confusing RR Bridge Sign on Manatee River

    Can you explain this RR bridge sign on the Manatee River east of the GICW? Sent to us by Rivera Dunes Marina

    Can you explain this RR bridge sign on the Manatee River east of the GICW? Since RR bridges are normally open except during a train crossing, is this a sign of things to come with Florida railway bridges? Photo sent to us by Rivera Dunes Marina

  • ‘Hands Off!’ is Best Policy for Sea Turtle Hatchlings

    ‘Hands off!’ is best policy for sea turtle hatchlings

    Sea turtle hatchlings are digging out of their nests and clambering toward the ocean in September and October, the last months of Florida’s sea turtle nesting season.
    Just remember, “Hands off!” is the best policy for beachgoers encountering sea turtle hatchings.

    Well-meaning efforts to rescue a sea turtle hatchling by helping it leave a nest or picking it up and placing it in the ocean are not good ideas, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) biologists.

    Worse yet are instances where hatchlings are being handled by people who think it’s OK to get that close, often because they want to take a photo.

    “Some Florida beachgoers are unaware that sea turtle hatchings should be watched from a distance and left undisturbed,” said Dr. Robbin Trindell, who leads the FWC’s sea turtle management program. “Even well-meaning attempts to rescue sea turtle hatchlings can do more harm than good. And digging into a sea turtle nest, entering a posted area, or picking up a sea turtle hatchling to take a photo also are against the law.”

    Hatchlings must overcome many obstacles to survive. Digging out of their nests may take a few days. Once out, they are vulnerable to predators. And any misdirection on their path to the sea – from artificial lighting to items left on the beach, holes in the sand or people approaching or handling them – may leave them exhausted, lost or dehydrated on the beach in the morning sun.

    “So please remember to keep your hands off sea turtle hatchlings and tell others to do the same,” Trindell said. “The best way to help hatchings is to turn off any artificial lighting on the beach at night or at least keep it shielded. If you see hatchlings, watch from a distance and never shoot flash photos.”

    Bright lights on houses, motels, condominiums and businesses along the beach can disorient nesting adult females, but are particularly harmful to turtle hatchlings. The hatchlings will head for the bright lights, thinking they are the sparkling sea. They can end up walking landward and are more likely to become prey for animals like coyotes.

    People are asked to call the FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline, 1-888-404-FWCC (3922) or *FWC or #FWC on a cellphone, to report hatchlings that are stranded, wandering in a road or parking lot, heading away from the water or are dead.

    For more on sea turtle nesting and hatchlings, go to

  • September Celebrations in Historic Edenton, NC, Albemarle Sound

    Historic Edenton, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, always has an exciting calendar of community events in April with a full schedule of activities for all ages! Edenton is always young! Come and let them prove it!


    * Highlights With A Cooler Twist *

    September not only brings temps that may be a little cooler, it also brings many special events for everyone to gather and enjoy. unnamed (14)
    Gardens – such as “Annie’s”, Music on the Barker House Lawn with “Ancient Men”, Pottery Open Studio Weekends, Flying at our Airport, Touring: Trolley, Walking, Armchair or even Cruising, Celebrations such as the U S Constitution and of course the Chowan County Regional Fair all make up Activities for all ages
    * 70th Annual Chowan County Fair *

    Celebrating 70 years with Thrilling Rides, Exciting Games, Delicious Food, Live Entertainment, Mechanical Bull, Wood Carvers, and 1,000’s of Exhibits are all part of this year’s fair sponsored by the American Legion unnamed (13)
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    Chowan County Tourism Development Authority, PO Box 245, 101 W Water Street, Edenton, NC 27932

    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Edenton Harbor (City Docks)

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Edenton Harbor (City Docks)

  • Bahamas Chatter: Long Island Update

    Explorer Chartbooks, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET PARTNER, has long been the standard navigational supplement for enjoyable, informative, and safe cruising through the beautiful Bahamian waters and island visits.

    Bahamas Chatter: Long Island Update
    Long Island Update
    Posted: 24 Aug 2016 05:37 AM PDT
    We just got news of the reopening of Parrots of the Caribbean in Thompson Bay, now named Tiny’s Hurricane Hole. Also, LI Petroleum’s new dock is done and much easier take the big boat up to. And Midway Inn in the Bight is completely renovated, open and fabulous.

    Bess and Billy Storm
    S/V Alibi II

  • Destroyed Daybeacon 40, GICW Statute Mile 130, 8/24/2016

    This Waterway daybeacon is on the east side of the narrow channel south of Belleair Bridge.

    FLORIDA – GIWW – TAMPA BAY TO PORT RICHEY: Hazard to Navigation
    The Narrows Daybeacon 40 (LLNR 61670) was rebuilt and relocated to position 27-53-36.421N/ 082-50-20.757W approximately 3ft channelward of the remaining steel pile stump. The Coast Guard was unable to remove the steel pile stump that sits approximately 8ft below the waterline. Mariners are advised to stay within the marked channel at all times to avoid hitting the steel stump hazard. Chart 11411 LNM 34/16

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at GICW Statute Mile 130

  • Channel Light 3 Destroyed, Safe Harbor Channel, Stock Island, Key West, FL, 8/24/2016

    Safe Harbor channel, which departs Hawk Channel west of Boca Chica channel and leads to several marinas, including Safe Harbor Marina, Ocean Side Marina and Stock Island Village Marina on the southeast corner of Stock Island.

    Safe Harbor Channel Light 3 (LLNR 14650) is destroyed. The remains of the steel pile are a hazard to navigation. Wreckage is marked with a TRLB WR3 with Fl Q G characteristics. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11445 LNM 34/16

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Safe Harbor Channel

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