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Old 10-01-2021, 17:55   #16
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Re: What is official source for ICW draw bridge clearance in Florida

Don't know of an official list, but you can use the following link:

https://www.offshoreblue.com/cruise/aicw-fl.php

About 2/3 down the page you can download a file that has the entire state.

I think I have attached the latest version.
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Old 10-01-2021, 18:36   #17
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Re: What is official source for ICW draw bridge clearance in Florida

You seem to want to “beat” the scheduled opening times of the bridges. But... you CAN’T, or at least not by very much.

The opening times are well timed to about a 6.5 knot SOG. If you maintain that speed, you will touch each bridge as it is ready to open for you. This area of the ICW is pretty much all no wake either for manatee protection or because of marinas lining the shore, so 6.5 is about what you are going to do—bridge opening or not.

If you came up to a bridge, and the tide board said 20 feet and you had another source that said 24 feet, and your air draft is 22 would you go run through? I hope not...

So now we have established that you actually DO trust the tide boards... USE THEM.
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Re: What is official source for ICW draw bridge clearance in Florida

There is no 100% sure way to get clearances.

As a delivery guy I have an excel spreadsheet with the bridge name, normal MHW clearance, ICW mile, open time (1/2, 1/4 or 20 for Camino) and bridge operator phone number.

If I was you I would develop that and then laminate the sheet.

Aside from Southern Blvd (raised clearance) and a bridge in Daytona, I could not recall a bridge without a clearance board. Bridge tenders are usually pretty good about reporting them. If you really want to go OCD, add a whippet or soft pole on the bow.

Me? If it is that close and there is no clearance board, get a opening.
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