Coast Guard Proposes Changes to Navigational Buoys in SE Mass.

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Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England is proposing changes that may affect 43 of the approximately 450 federal ATON in Buzzards Bay, Nantucket Sound, and adjacent waters. 

In its public notice, the Coast Guard states that these changes will “maintain or improve navigation safety while increasing the efficiency and cost effectiveness” of the overall ATON program.  The notice continues: “Our review suggests that the 43 aids identified in this proposal consume Coast Guard (and taxpayer) resources that exceed any navigation safety benefit delivered to the boating public.”

Of the 43 aids identified for modification, 2 are proposed to be relocated near their current positions, 10 are proposed to have their sound signal (bell) removed, and 31 buoys have been identified for removal.   

Public comment on the proposed changes should be submitted to Mr. Edward G. LeBlanc at (401) 435-2351, or Edward.G.LeBlanc@uscg.mil by June 30, 2016.  No changes will take place before November 1, 2016

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