FORT MYERS,FL — As we approach the one-year anniversary of the devastation brought to southwest Florida by Hurricane Ian, the Marine Industries Association of Southwest Florida and Tampa Bay (MIA) and the Old Salt Fishing Foundation has wound down its Boaters Helping Boaters Fund. The fund was established to provide relief to those who make a living on the waterfront directly impacted by the storm. Read more “HURRICANE IAN MARINE INDUSTRY RELIEF FUND DISTRIBUTES $69,500 “
As the winds of change swept through Southwest Florida with Hurricane Ian, the boating community experienced significant impacts. However, amidst the challenges, a remarkable transformation has occurred. Read more “Welcome Back to the Water: Local Perspectives on Southwest Florida’s Boating Resurgence”
Online applications may be made here: RELIEF FUNDS APPLICATION
The marine industry has truly stepped up to help friends and co-workers as the BHB Hurricane Ian Relief Fund has surpassed $60,000 in donations. The Annapolis and Ft. Lauderdale Boat shows each made significant contributions through campaigns at their shows and many other marine companies and individuals have been very generous. Read more “Boaters Helping Boaters Relief Funds Now Available – Apply Here”
Four weeks ago, Southwest Florida was devasted by the deadliest hurricane to strike Florida since 1935. In Ian’s wake, communities were not only scrambling to ensure their families and loved ones were safe, but many were left to rebuild their businesses or ensure they still had jobs. Because of the extreme winds and record storm surge, some of those hardest hit were the people in our region’s marine industry. Read more “Boaters Helping Boaters Launches to Help Marine Industry Victims of Hurricane Ian”
Law enforcement is beginning to hand out warnings and tickets to boaters who do not have proper discharge systems or are not properly securing them. Make sure you’re in full compliance by reviewing these important regulations courtesy of “The Florida Boaters Guide: A Handbook of Boating Laws and Responsibilities”:
NOTICE TO NAVIGATION INTERESTS
US ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS JACKSONVILLE DISTRICT
ATTN: CESAJ-OD-SN PO Box 4970
JACKSONVILLE, FL 32232-0019
NOTICE NUMBER: 007
LOCAL NUMBER: 20180412
WATERWAY: CANAVERAL & OKEECHOBEE WATERWAY LOCKS
EFFECTIVE: 04/16/2018 00:00 thru 04/23/2018 24:00 EST
Notice to Navigation Interests: NTN 2018-02 Okeechobee Waterway – Ortona Lock Closure June 2018; Public Comment through March 31
Notice is given that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is notifying the public, marinas, commercial and recreational vessels traveling the Okeechobee Waterway that Ortona Lock will be closed for maintenance 4 through 16 June 2018. This will be the first lock closure along the Okeechobee Waterway in 6 years; maintenance is necessary to repair aging and damaged infrastructure in addition to improving public and vessel safety. Repairs will require the lock chamber to be dewatered for crews to perform inspections, replace gate seals and repair Manatee Protection system components. During the closure, barges, floating cranes and divers will be working in the lock entrance, requiring vessel operators in the area to use minimal speed and caution for safety.
The Yacht Club Boat Ramp in Cape Coral re-opened on Saturday, December 16 after it was severely damaged by Hurricane Irma. The storm damaged both piers along the boat launches, which have been closed since Irma. Repairs to the finger piers cost more than $18,000.
Okeechobee Waterway – St. Lucie Canal (C-44) High Flow and Low Water Hazardous Navigation
Notice is given that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is advising commercial and recreational vessels to use extreme caution traveling the Okeechobee Waterway between Port Mayaca and St. Lucie Locks due to high current flowing east and low canal levels created by maximum lake releases.
A new management boundary and several conservation measures for hogfish will go into effect in state and federal waters starting Aug. 24. State changes were approved by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) at its November 2016 meeting.