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NEWS FROM AROUND THE SOUTH AND THE WORLD OF SAILING Send us news, including business press releases, to We need to receive them by the 1st of the month preceding publication. Contact us if later (it most likely will get in, but not certain).

Okeechobee Water Level Goes Down about 16 Inches Since December As of press date in early January, Lake Okeechobee was at 14.06 feet above sea level. This makes the navigational depth for Route 1, which crosses the lake, 8.0 feet, and the navigational depth for Route 2, which goes around the southern coast of the lake, 6.2 feet. Bridge clearance at Myakka was at 49.68 feet. For those interested in seeing the daily height of the lake, navigation route depths and bridge clearance, go to (copy this address exactly as it is here with upper and lower cases). This link is also available on our website, See the left column.

Dismal Swamp Canal Closed Indefinitely for Clearing and Dredging— Alternatives to the Intracoastal Waterway in Virginia and Northern North Carolina Available On Dec. 13, officials at the Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced that the Dismal Swamp Canal will be closed indefinitely. The canal, which was closed due to extensive damage from Hurricane Matthew in October, requires dredging, debris and tree removal, and an investigation into reports of shoaling at various locations in the canal.   The Norfolk District derrick boat Elizabeth has been working since October to clear debris from the waterway. The canal must be clear for engineers to perform a survey and assess the shoaling.  The storm also damaged Lake

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SOUTHWINDS February 2017


Southwinds February 2017  

A free, printed sailing magazine reporting on sailing in the southeast U.S: Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Missi...

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