No Obstruction Found In Coastal Bays Navigation Channel

OCEAN CITY — Despite concerns raised on the eve of the 43rd Annual White Marlin Open, Coast Guard officials on Monday reported there is no obstruction in the main navigation channel in the area north of the Route 50 Bridge to 14th Street and Harbour Island.

On Saturday, White Marlin Open officials reported “the Coast Guard was advising all boats traveling from the Route 50 bridge north to Harbour Island to stay on the west side of the channel,” and “there is a large sunken obstruction that they are hoping to have marked with a buoy by Sunday.” The same message was heard throughout the weekend at local marinas with some reporting a dumpster that had blown into the bay during last week’s major storm.

On Monday, however, Coast Guard Ocean City officials said the Maryland State Police Dive Team had scoured the area and found no obstruction in the navigation channel between the Route 50 Bridge and Harbour Island, the host of the 43rd Annual White Marlin Open.  

About The Author: Shawn Soper

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Shawn Soper has been with The Dispatch since 2000. He began as a staff writer covering various local government beats and general stories. His current positions include managing editor and sports editor. Growing up in Baltimore before moving to Ocean City full time three decades ago, Soper graduated from Loch Raven High School in 1981 and from Towson University in 1985 with degrees in mass communications with a journalism concentration and history.