Riverfront Activity Claimed Last Week

One of the 10 prettiest towns in the U.S., per Forbes magazine, Tarrytown is now the most talked-about these days. While it buzzed with activity during President Barack Obama’s visit last Wednesday, another first-time event was unfolding that same day at the Riverfront Marina Newburgh.

Eric Lester caught this 60-pound bass May 14/Courtesy Boating on the Hudson

Eric Lester caught this 60-pound bass May 14/Courtesy Boating on the Hudson

Eric Lester of Goshen, NY, caught a record 60-pound striped bass in 15 feet of water near the marina, according to witnesses and an exact scale. To quote John Vargo, publisher of Boating on the Hudson, “The bite is on!”

The state’s recently-enacted Safe Boating Law requires anyone born on or after May 1, 1996, to complete an eight-hour boating safety course before operating a mechanically-propelled vessel in the state’s navigable waters. Those born before May 1, 1996, are exempt.

Certificates can be obtained, and the safety course completed, with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historical Preservation, U.S. Power Squadrons, or the U.S. Coast Guard. Learn about the Coast Guard boating safety information — excerpted and in its entirety — under Boater Safety Information on the New NY Bridge website. A LNM primer is here.

The Coast Guard’s recently-expanded RNA encompasses these 16 construction barge mooring locations.

The Coast Guard’s recently-expanded RNA encompasses these 16 construction barge mooring locations.

The Coast Guard’s expanded Regulated Navigation Area (RNA) is 500 yards north and 500 yards south of the span; see details in the weekly Local Notice to Mariners. Since October, temporary navigational lights marked the 600 foot-wide main channel, and while temporary and permanent piles are illuminated at night, activity in the river means BE EXTRA CAREFUL.

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Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2014

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