Local Waterway Input Sought

OCEAN CITY — The U.S. Coast Guard last week put out a request to hear from mariners, maritime industries, commercial fisherman, recreational boaters and other port and waterway users that operate off the mid-Atlantic Coast.

In an effort to ensure everyone affected is represented in the process, the Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register a notice of study and reopening of comments entitled “Port Access Route Study: The Atlantic Coast from Maine to Florida” to evaluate the applicability and need for potential modifications to current vessel routing measures off the Atlantic Coast from Maine to Florida.

The original notice of study and comment period was opened in May 2011 and resulted in 26 comments. After reviewing the comments, the Coast Guard has determined that it needed to reopen the comment period to seek more information to ensure the study is comprehensive in its data collection and analysis.

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