And another posting
I made earlier this week...
Florida, Tampa Bay, Republican National Convention Waterway Restrictions – MNN081712
The U.S. Coast Guard's plans to restrict several local waterways during the Republican National Convention, according to documents from the Department of Homeland Security
A Federal Security Zone for the 2012 Republican National Convention will be established on the water
near the Tampa Convention Center and the Tampa Bay Times Forum. The security zone will be in effect from August 25-31, 2012. The security zone will begin in Cut D, south of Harbour Island adjacent to the Robert E. Knight Pier. On the east side, the security zone will run as far north as Ybor Channel (near the dry docks). On the west side, the security zone will run through Seddon Channel north to Kennedy Blvd. Commercial
vessels that have an approved Notice of Arrival per 33 CFR Part 160 that indicates a mooring
at a facility located within the security zone are authorized to enter or transit through Sparkman Channel, Ybor Channel and Ybor Turning Basin, but will be subject to compliance with security protocols established by the Captain
of the Port St. Petersburg. Commercial
vessels requesting to conduct operations within the security zone, such as towing assistance or shifting between berths must contact the Captain
of the Port St. Petersburg or a designated representative via VHF radio
on channel 16, to request authorization. The following conditions apply to all vessels that request access into the security zone:
- High Capacity Passenger Vessels and vessels carrying Certain Dangerous Cargoes will be boarded by trained security teams.
- All authorized recreational vessels will be escorted through the security zone.
- Due to enhanced security in the area, delays are possible, so please plan accordingly.
- All persons and vessels who wish to enter or remain within the Federal Security Zone,
- may contact the Captain of the Port St. Petersburg or a designated representative via VHF radio on channel 16, to request authorization. You may also contact the Sector St. Petersburg Command Center at (727) 824-7524.
And this from the Associated Press...
TAMPA, Fla. — Law enforcement agencies are planning to boost their patrols of Tampa's waterways during the Republican National Convention.
The RNC will be held later this month on the city's waterfront. Federal and local law enforcement agencies say they'll saturate the waterway with armed boat patrols.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office says automatic machine guns
and infrared technology that can pick up body heat are among the new tools being mounted onto boats for the patrols.
U.S. Coast Guard spokeswoman Judy Silverstein says the marine
units are prepared for "everything that could possibly happen."
Tampa Police Cpl. James Reiser says anyone swimming or paddling in security zones will be detained and probably arrested.
Recreational boaters should expect security checkpoints and channel closures throughout the Aug. 27-30 convention.
(Story distributed by The Associated Press)