Boating Season + Bridge Project = Boater Safety

Westchester County Police Marine Unit and Rockland County Sheriff’s Marine Unit are briefed about construction before summer boating season starts next weekend/NYSTA

Westchester County Police Marine Unit and Rockland County Sheriff’s Marine Unit are briefed about construction before summer boating season starts next weekend/NYSTA

You’d think it was early March or October. Nope. Memorial Day is next week.

Boaters need to be aware of the project site, the U.S. Coast Guard’s Regulated Navigation Area 500 yards north and south of the existing bridge and the safety zone banning recreational boaters from a two-mile area along the Rockland shore where construction barges are located.

Information is posted on the New NY Bridge website; link to it here.

Learn & heed the main channel rules/© Janie Rosman 2014

Learn & heed the main channel rules/© Janie Rosman 2014

Bridge Project Safety enhancements through the summer and beyond include lighted buoys around the barge moorings, eight channel markers including two additional markers for access to Piermont marinas, GPS tracking for TZC vessels and barges and an interactive map that shows vessel movement, high-tech security and patrols and extensive educational outreach with boating groups and marinas.

Effective May 1, 2014, anyone born on or after May 1, 1996, must 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.

Boaters — especially those not affiliated with local clubs or who come from other areas and don’t read the Local Notice to Mariners — are wise to find this weekly bulletin excerpted and in its entirety under Boater Safety Information on the New NY Bridge website. A LNM primer is here.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2016

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