Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Coast Guard Seeks Input on Bar Safety

By Karen Robes Meeks

The US Coast Guard (USCG) is asking the public to weigh in on proposed safety requirements at several bar entrances in central and northern California.

The community has until Dec. 9 to submit comments on the proposed Regulated Navigation Areas for harbor bar entrances to Crescent City Harbor, Humboldt Bay, Noyo River and Morro Bay.

According to the Coast Guard, “the proposed regulation would create additional safety requirements for recreational and small commercial vessels operating in these areas during periods of hazardous conditions, such as high wind or breaking surf, as well as establish clear procedures for restricting and closing these harbor bar entrances in the event of unsafe conditions.”

For more details, contact Lt. Andres Ayure, the 11th Coast Guard District Waterways Management Aids to Navigation operations officer; at Andres.a.ayure@uscg.mil, or call 510-437-2982. Comments can be submitted in writing to Commander, 11th Coast Guard District, Waterways Management Branch (dpw), Bldg. 50-2, Coast Guard Island, Alameda, CA 94501-5100, Attn: ATON Operations Officer, or by visiting https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/11/07/2019-23968/regulated-navigation-areas-harbor-entrances-along-the-coast-of-northern-california.