The Caloosahatchee Marching and Chowder Society
Winner of US Sailing’s 2012 Outstanding Organizational Support Award
Here is a brief summary of this very active sailing club’s activities:
- Up to sixteen cruises every year. Cruises range from weekend events to two week extended jaunts. Check out our Cruising Schedule under the Cruising drop-down menu.
- Eleven race events every year. There are a combination of buoy races and off-shore races. Check out our Club Racing Schedule under the Racing drop-down menu.
- Besides our monthly socials / meetings, the club hosts several additional social activities throughout the year.
Scroll down on this webpage to view a recap (BLOG) of what we do…
Guests are always welcome to one of our casual monthly socials / meetings at 6:30 PM on the third Tuesday of every month (except January) at the Cape Coral Yacht Club, 5819 Driftwood Pkwy., Cape Coral, FL. (No dress codes here.) To learn more about CMCS, simply, scroll down on this page to view our online journal (BLOG). You may also go to About Us for additional links, or email us by going to Contact Us.
In 2012 U.S. Sailing recognized CMCS with the Outstanding Organizational Support award. The award is given annually to an individual or organization that has made notable contributions to promote public access sailing in the development and organization of sailing programs. In addition, CMCS member Ross Webb won the Excellence in Instruction award for his work with the Edison Sailing Center.
In the News
Legislative / Environmental
from CMCS Vice-Commodore Jason Pim
Lots going on since May/June report, so I have tried to outline the many headlines/issues, but its still a long read unfortunately. (Hopefully this is the ugliest time of year and I don’t have to keep going on about this for long?)
- In mid-June, salinity in the Caloosahatchee reached critically low levels due to Lake O releases and other fresh water run-off. SCCF details and call to action >
- In just the last few days (June 20-26) possibly toxic algae blooms have exploded in the Lake. Nearly the entire Lake is now covered in algae. The Caloosahatchee in Labelle looks like this. The algae is now reaching the Franklin Locks (June 26) and headed our way. Calusa Waterkeeper is a leading voice on this issue and worth a follow or membership.
- During the same week, large fish kills are happening near SWFL Gulf Beaches. The worst seems to be concentrated from Sarasota to Captiva.
- Notes: Red tide (Karenia brevis) typically starts offshore and is totally different stuff than the blue/green algae blooms (cyanobacteria) incubating in Lake O. Nutrient rich outflow from the Lake and run-off from our coastal areas (plus high temps) all play a role in feeding both types of blooms.
- Opinion: FL Department of Environmental Protection, Army Corps of Engineers, South Florida Water Management, FWC, etc. all seem slow in their responses and announcements to these complex issues. However, anyone who was in Florida in 2016 could probably see all this coming.
- City Council Approved Bimini Basin Mooring Field (with no idea who will run it or what it will cost). Also, on Monday June 25, a contractor started on maintenance clearing the culvert from Rubicon canal to the Basin. This blockage was discovered while examining the poor water quality in the basin.
- I have heard from a reliable source that FDEP is poised to grant the permit to the city to remove the Chiquita Lock, possibly in the next few weeks. The Army Corps has not responded to inquiries regarding federal permits.
- Judge Clarifies Wording of FL Amendment 1 (2014) for state lawmakers who were misinterpreting voters’ intent
- 1,093 people broke a guinness world record on Fort Myers Beach.
A New Boaters’ App from U.S. Customs & Border Protection
New Rules for Sailing to Cuba
from CMCS member Rodger Pfeiffenberger:
Here’s a link to a Cruising World article on what’s in store before you set sail to Cuba.
Bimini Basin Mooring Field
To all who have been watching, an ordinance establishing amooring field in Cape Coral’s Bimini Basin seems like a virtual certainty. Despite a boat load of uncertainties, no monetary resources allocated and a state permitting process that will likely take a year or more, the Mayor and City Council members seem poised to push this through. At the public hearing on May 1st, the City’s consultant (Stantec) proposed two alter- nate designs. One of them would hold 18 boats, up 35 feet in length, with another holding 15 boats, with three moorings for 45-foot boats. This design proc- ess seems to be largely driven by research into other state mooring fields and the public’s input, with the property owners in the area, naturally being very vocal so far. Its important for responsible boaters to make their voices heard. I’d estimate there were 10 or so sailors there from the Cape Coral Sailing Club and 3 CMCS members. If you would like to make comments/feedback on the ordinance or mooring field design, do so ASAP at capecoralmooring- field.com/contact. The City council is set to hear this again on June 4th & 11th.
City Council Hearings:
Monday, June 4th, 4:30 pm & Monday, June 11th, 4:30 pm
1015 Cultural Park Boulevard
Cape Coral, FL 33990
Recap of May 1 meeting: http://www.cape-coral- daily-breeze.com/page/content.detail/id/666827/ Second-workshop-held-for-Bimini-mooring- field.html?nav=5011
Okeechobee Waterway Closure
Notice is given that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is notifying the public, marinas, commercial and recreational vessels traveling the Okeechobee Waterway that Ortona Lock will be closed for maintenance 4 through 16 June 2018. This will be the first lock closure along the Okeechobee Waterway in 6 years; maintenance is necessary to repair aging and damaged infrastructure in addition to improving public and vessel safety. Repairs will require the lock chamber to be dewatered for crews to perform inspections, replace gate seals and repair Manatee Protection system components. During the closure, barges, floating cranes and divers will be working in the lock entrance, requiring vessel operators in the area to use minimal speed and caution for safety.
Cape Coral – Chiquita Lock Issue
from Jason Pim of CMCS’s Legislative Committee
Despite being delayed by Irma, the City of Cape Coral applied to remove the Chiquita Lock, which has been deemed an application of “Heightened Public Concern” by the state. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is expected to rule on this permit on January 15th. It is expected to be approved.
There are likely CMCS members who see benefits in the lock’s removal and agree with the city that it will be a help to navigation and safety. However, it is also thought that modifying the city’s canal and storm water mitigation in this way will be another large setback to the water quality and overall health of the Caloosahatchee.
There is an interesting OpEd about it in this morning’s News-Press which points out several reasons and examples why this is a bad idea on the city’s part. Concerned citizens are encouraged to contact the City of Cape Coral / Mayor and ask them to withdraw the request. There will also be a short challenge period after the permit is approved.
Regardless of which side of the fence (lock?) you’re on philosophically, I felt it’s a municipal/environmental issue that hits pretty close to home for a large chunk of the club’s members, and ultimately “trickles down” to all who enjoy boating in SWFL.
Fire Extinguisher Recall!
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports:
The Kidde corporation has recalled 40 million fire extinguishers. Kidde is the most common marine fire extinguisher sold in the United States. There is a good chance that you have one or more of these units on your boat. This recall is for plastic top Kidde fire extinguishers produced between the dates of January 1, 1973 and October 25, 2015. The nozzles can clog and fail to activate and have also detached with enough force to cause a hazard.
Kidde is providing free replacements with metal tops. We urge you to check your fire extinguishers and see if they are covered by the recall.
Go to Kidde’s Product Safety Recall webpage , and follow their instructions to obtain your free replacement.