Not sure if everyone is aware Florida
gov. Rick Scott has declared an emergency
related to high water
in Lake O in the form of the Lake O Loan program. Problem is that there is so much water
in the lake that the ACE is releasing a billion gallons of water a day to the West side of the waterway and 1.7 billion gallons a day to the East.
Bottom line is my boat which has a 52' 10" mast height is stuck in Ft. Myers because the 54 foot bridge I was able to clear getting to Ft. Myers not has around 52 feet of air underneath it since the water way is running around two feet above mean high water.
Not sure what is happening on the East side of the waterway but I know it is running some what high. The ACE web site has real time updates but it changes day to day. Last time I checked on the East side it was 1.94 feet above MHW and around 940% of the normal water flow.
Also keep in mind that some of the big power boats can throw up a big wake, I have seen two or three feet, which can cause problems. When I brought my boat up river I anchored to wait for a calm period to clear the 54 foot bridge.
Hope this helps.