Coast Guard holds meeting on proposed closure of MdR anchorage

MARINA DEL REY – Boat owners in Marina del Rey and other interested parities are invited to provide their comments on the U. S. Coast Guard’s proposal to disestablish the special anchorage in the  north end of harbor’s main channel.

The public meeting is scheduled from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 20 at the Burton Chace Community Room, 13650 Mindanao Way in Marina del Rey.

In the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking issued by the Coast Guard on May 28, the notice states that the meeting has been scheduled to solicit more comments to the proposed closing.

According to the notice posted in the agency’s Federal Register Notice, the anchorage’s closure is being considered for the following reasons,  several marina expansion projects have encroached upon the anchorage; vessels rarely use the anchorage due to a high volume of traffic moving through it as vessels transit in and out of the harbor, and the proposed action will remove the anchorage area from the regulations.

Vessels may anchor in the harbor during storms, stress, or other emergency situations.

Comments must be received by the Coast Guard on or before June 27, 2014. For more information, visit regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=USCG-2014-0142.

Questions on the  proposed rule can be addressed to Lt. Junior Grade Zachary Bonheim, Waterways Management Division, U.S. Coast Guard District 11, telephone (510) 437-2978, email Zachary.W.Bonheim@uscg.mil.

For questions on viewing or submitting material to the docket, call Cheryl Collins, program manager of  Docket Operations, at  (202) 366-9826.

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