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Intracoastal Waterway,

c.3,000 mi (4,827 km) long, partly natural, partly artificial, providing sheltered passage for commercial and leisure boats along the U.S. Atlantic coast from Boston, Mass. to Key West, S Fla., and along the Gulf of Mexico coast from Apalachee Bay, NW Fla., to Brownsville, Tex., on the Rio Grande. The toll-free waterway, authorized by Congress in 1919, is maintained by the Army Corps of Engineers at a minimum depth of 12 ft (4 m) for most of its length; some parts have 7-ft (2.1-m) and 9-ft (2.7-m) minimum depths. Among some of the waterway's most often used canals along the Atlantic route are the Chesapeake & Delaware and the Chesapeake & Albemarle; along the Gulf route the most used are the New Orleans–Rigolets Cut, the Port Arthur–Corpus Christi Channel, and the Inner Harbor Navigational Canal at New Orleans. The separate Okeechobee Waterway, S Fla., crosses the Florida peninsula. Plans to build a canal across N Florida to link the Atlantic and Gulf sections were blocked in 1971 by a presidential order to prevent potential environmental damage. Many miles of navigable waterways connect with the coastal system, including the Hudson River–New York State Canal System, the Chesapeake Bay, the sounds of North Carolina, the Savannah River, the Apalachicola River, and the entire Mississippi River system. The Intracoastal Waterway has a good deal of commercial activity; barges haul petroleum, petroleum products, foodstuffs, building materials, and manufactured goods.

Intracoastal Waterway


a system of canalized water routes along the shore of the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean in the USA.

The channel consists of two branches divided by the Florida peninsula: the Gulf branch, from Brownsville, Texas, to Apalachicola, Florida, and the Atlantic branch, from Boston to Miami, Florida. It is 2.85–3.66 m deep in the main sections, and it is accessible to sea vessels in certain portions. The main cargoes transported along the Gulf waterway, the more important of the two, are oil and oil products, metal pipes, and sulfur. Wood pulp, paper, and oil products are transported along the Atlantic branch. The channel is used for coastal transport.

Intracoastal Waterway

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An inside protected route extending through New Jersey; from Norfolk, Virginia, to Key West, Florida; across Florida from St. Lucie Inlet to Fort Myers, Charlotte Harbor, Tampa Bay, and Tarpon Springs; and from Carabelle, Florida, to Brownsville, Texas.
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Treasure Island -- as are most of the Pinellas beaches -- is bordered by the Gulf of Mexico to the west, and the intra-coastal waterway and Boca Ciega Bay to the east.
Seatrout of all sizes are a cinch over Intra-coastal Waterway flats and spoils from Stuart north to Vera.
The view from the tubs is spectacular: 750 feet of private beach and the Atlantic Ocean on one side and yacht-lined Baker's Haulover Inlet on the Intra-Coastal Waterway on the other.
FORT LAUDERDALE: pounds 789pp Greater Fort Lauderdale has 23 miles of Blue Wave certified beaches and more than 300 miles of inland waterways that run from the Intra-coastal Waterway to the Everglades.
A planned group of 1800 luxury condominiums will rise in two towers, as well as smaller mid-rise clusters on either side of the planned Hyatt Regency, offering breath-taking views of thousands of acres of waterfront, the historic Marshes of Glynn, as well as the Intra-Coastal waterway and nearby Atlantic Ocean.
Funnily enough, it wasn't even the most expensive yacht or stunningly magnificent house that we passed as we chugged along the Intra-coastal Waterway that separates the sandy beaches of Fort Lauderdale from the shopping centres downtown.
The 2,000 acre Port of Shreveport-Bossier operates as a Foreign Trade Zone and is an inland multimodal transportation and distribution center, linking customers throughout the Ark-La-Tex region to domestic and international markets via the Mississippi River and the Gulf Intra-coastal Waterway.
Boaters will depart from a base near Fort Myers on the Gulf Coast and head into the secluded waters of the Gulf Intra-Coastal Waterway.
the nation's leading commercial mortgage banking firm, arranged a $45 million acquisition loan for the purchasers of Sunrise Harbor Apartments, a 368-unit luxury apartment and mega-yacht marina complex located on the intra-coastal waterway in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
The Coconut Malorie Hotel and Resort in Ocean City, Maryland has 85 units in an all-suite configuration, and is located directly on the intra-coastal waterway.
Pam Bingemann Realty has been in business since 1989 and has enjoyed a solid reputation as one of the leading brokerage firms in the beaches area from Ponte Vedra north to Atlantic Beach as well as the communities immediately west of the Intra-Coastal Waterway," says Cowherd.
A barge canal connects Victoria to the Gulf Intra-coastal Waterway, allowing access to ports on the Gulf and Atlantic coasts, as well as destinations on the Mississippi River.

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