Burnt Store Isles Boat Club

Punta Gorda Florida

BURNT STORE ISLES REPORTS, NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS


Punta Gorda Boaters Alliance Meeting Notes

3/4/18

 

The weather station on Peace River Marker 4 is still not operational.  The radio transmitter is still not connecting properly with the shore based receiver.

 

Legislation initiatives of note:

  • Eliminate paper copy of registration on-board vessel. It will be accessible on-line.

  • Salvage companies will be required to establish in advance of work what the cost will be.

  • Boat safety inspection decals to be good for 5 years. If visible and in date, inspectors cannot board without probable cause.

  • The "Bird Cut" is behind schedule for federal permit. The project is now engaged in "Cultural Resources Survey" that requires archaeological boreholes to determine possible historical value of area.  Also a "bat survey" to determine if a Florida bat species lives in the area, and if so what would be the impact.


BOATER EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

FLORIDA LAW REQUIRES THAT PERSONS 21 YEARS OF AGE OR YOUNGER COMPLETE A NASBLA APPROVED BOATER EDUCATION COURSE PRIOR TO OPERATING A VESSEL POWERED BY A MOTOR OF 10 HORSEPOWER OR MORE. THE “HOW TO BOAT SMART” COURSE MEETS THESE REQUIREMENTS. 

A LIMITED SUPPLY OF THE COURSE HANDBOOK IS AVAILABLE BY CONTACTING YOUR VICE-COMMODORE, JIM ELLSWORTH AT 941-505-1016 OR BY PLACING YOUR ORDER THROUGH WWW.MYFWC.COM.

HAVING STUDIED THE MATERIAL AND TAKEN THE EXAM I MIGHT SUGGEST THAT NOVICE BOATERS OLDER THAN 21 YEARS OF AGE MIGHT ALSO GET SUBSTANTIAL BENEFIT FROM  STUDYING THE COURSE MATERIAL AS WELL.

Florida vessel inspection law goes into effect July1, 2016.  Read Waterway guide article HERE.

New 2017 Punta Gorda Water Front Properties Owners Guide

A copy can be found on the City's Canal Maintenance website. Click this link:

http://www.ci.punta-gorda.fl.us/government/public-works/canal-maintenance 

 

Hard copies can be found at the City of Punta Gorda Clerks, Building, Code, Urban Design and Public Works offices.

UPDATE FROM THE BSI CANAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE

To all those who attended the June 9 CAC meeting and to those who could not attend but sent emails, the committee wishes to thank you. Ideas and suggestions, as well as your expression of opinions regarding the proposed Rim Canal dredging project are appreciated. If you could not make the meeting, an overview follows.

The meeting began with a presentation explaining the results obtained from the bathymetric survey of the entire rim canal conducted by Hyatt Survey Services of Bradenton, FL. Conclusions the CAC reached, the proposed compromise plan, the timeline and financial plan were presented. Perhaps the one graph from the survey that best explains the findings is:


The top of the blue cross-hatched area is actual bottom of the canal while the solid line at the bottom of the blue cross-hatch is the original permitted canal design. Instead of approximately 18 feet of six foot deep water, we actually have 5 or 6 feet wide at a depth of 4.1 feet. If a boat travelling at the visual centerline (bottom check mark) moves to the left 8 feet while meeting another boat, he/she will be in less than 2 feet of water. Most boats would have a problem.

The committee proposed the project with the belief that both safety and value to our community will be improved. The proposal is to dredge about 75% of the rim canal to the original approved design. We recognize it is a lot of money, but also believe it is necessary.

After numerous speakers, one committee member asked for a show of hands, for and against. An exact count was not taken, but the capacity crowd (about 65 people) were approximately 80/20 for the project. The Advisory Committee voted to recommend to City Council that the project continue as presented. We will present this to City Council on June 17. If you wish to give your opinion to City Council, the best way is to send an email to all council members at citycouncil@ci.punta-gorda.fl.us .  Or email the CAC at gbrewster@earthlink.net .

Click Here for the complete presentation that Gary Brewster used at the CAC meeting June 10th 2015

Click Here for Gary Brewster's clarification on city council's action of the BSI rim canal proposal at the meeting June 17th 2015

Click Here for Part 1 of the complete 2015 Bathymetric Survey.


Click Here for Part 2 of the complete 2015 Bathymetric Survey.


2015 Great American Canal Cleanup BSIBC Chief Garbologist’s Report


"This year's BSIBC Canal Cleanup had an increase in both number of participants (16) and weight collected (113 lb).   Thanks to all who participated and especially to those who newly joined the collection crew this year.  A report has been filed with the Keep Charlotte Beautiful organization. Click the link to view photos, participants, and full report." 


For the CHEC Punta Gorda Canal Water Quality Sampling Program Click here

BSIBC is a member organization of the Punta Gorda Boaters Alliance.

 

Background: MAC is a 21 member advisory board established by the Charlotte County Board of County Commissioners.


Meeting Schedule: The Marine Advisory Committee (MAC) meets the second Thursday of every month in Room 119, 18500 Murdock Circle, Administration Center, Port Charlotte at 9:30 a.m.  Pre-Agenda meetings are held the first Thursday of every month in Room B-106, 18500 Murdock Circle, Administration Center, Port Charlotte at 9:30 a.m.


Roles and Responsibilities: An excerpt from Charlotte County Resolution 2001-026, Section 8, defines the functions, powers and duties of this committee as follows:


  • To evaluate, consider and review marine-related matters in the County.

  • To consider and analyze the development and maintenance of marine-related facilities and waterways.

  • To solicit input from the public that may assist with the duties listed above.

  • To provide recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners on issues related to those duties specified above or other duties assigned by the Board of Commissioners.

  • To review and provide input on the Capital Improvement Budget for marine-related facilities.

 


MAC Boater Improvement Fund



Gayle Moore

Staff Liaison

Charlotte County Administrative Assistant I

941.623.1094

A great benefit as a member of the Burnt Store Isles Boat Club is a 50% discount on a BoatUS membership.

Click on the link for more information:

BoatUS

BSI Waterways
Soundings

BSI Guide to Seawall Grass Edging

BSI Canal Advisory Committee meeting agenda and minutes page Click Here

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CPR