From Clairborne Younge’s site: http://www.cruisingguide.com/cruise-news/default.asp
FLORIDA EAST COAST
Updated St. Lucie Inlet Info
The St. Lucie Inlet at Stuart is in a bad way. Boats are already grounding and no dredging is planned before next winter. The Army Corps of Engineers received funding
for it in February, later in the year than usual, went out for bids, but drew none do to the rapidly approaching sea turtle season when sand can no longer be placed on the beach. Now another round of bidding is planned for November. The Corps may arrange some emergency
dredging in the meantime.
Last week, engineers hired by our county made a detailed depth survey
of the inlet. Depths of as little as 3.6 to 4.5 feet were found near the North boundary of the federal project
"channel". The US Coast Guard has moved the two red buoys just inside the inlet to the South edge of the project
. The current
physical channel has depths of ten feet or more, but describes an "S" curve to the South of the project
"channel", very close to the detached breakwater jetty. If you're entering or leaving the breakwaters, you have to be very close to the detached breakwater. Now, the County is trying to get the USCG to move the reds and a green again, because they're still not correctly placed. The green buoy sits in only six feet of water
and needs to be moved North back to where it probably used to be, making the "S" curve even more exagerated. Carebeful! Don't try a straight line entrance! Hurricane
Wilma ended that.
Shoaling at Boynton Beach Inlet
This is a new shoaling problem, or at least one I had not heard about heretofore. If anyone else encounters the shallow strech briefly described below, please post more details here on the net!
We ventured out the Hillsboro Inlet into reported 3-5'waves, which indeed was the case. After things rearranged themselves with a few rolls we returned to the shelter of the ICW
and headed north.
We encountered shoaling in the [ICW] channel [near its intersection with] Boynton Inlet at L 26 32.89' at the red daymark [probably #46] with the tide near low. We draw 4'9" and were showing depths of1.5' and there did not appear to be a favorable side to the channel.
Faber Cove - Fort Pierce Inlet Cruising Notes
Faber Cove (near Ft. Pierce) has shoaled in since last year. Saw 3.5 foot depths when I visited the place on a shallow draft
powerboat. Boat US claims that you can anchor
here with a six foot draft
, but you might have to feel your way around. If you do find a way into the cove, stay close to the north and eastern shores. The middle is shallower.
Careful of a crab pot adjacent to the Green 9 buoy in the Fort Pierce Inlet. There is a significant length of line just floating on the surface. It is attached to a crab pot ball though, so it's pretty easy to see. Give it a wide berth. I reported it to the Coast Guard, but am not sure if they'll do anything about it. With the tidal currents here, I wouldn't want to foul a prop.
Report on St. Lucie Inlet
Dredging of the St. Lucie Inlet again by the USAOE is now scheduled for May, thanks to Florida
Senators Nelson and Martinez and Rep. Alcee Hastings. The inlet desparately needs dredging after the last two years' hurricanes. It is down to a maximum of seven foot depth
; less at low tide, and consequently dangerous on an outgoing tide with an Easterly wind
Martin County is also thinking about asking Florida to fund dredging of the Manatee Pocket channel.
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