Waterway restrictions in place for Blue Angels air show in Annapolis

News Release, US Coast Guard

BALTIMORE — The Coast Guard is scheduled to establish a temporary regulated area Tuesday and Wednesday in certain waters in the Severn River and College Creek for a Blue Angels air show.

The regulated area will be in effect from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday, which may limit or prohibit navigation by commercial and recreational waterway users.

The regulated area will include the Severn River south from the U.S. Highway 50 fixed highway bridge to Greenbury Point. The specific coordinates are included in Sector Maryland-National Capital Region’s Maritime Safety and Security Bulletin 13-18.

Buoys marking the boundary zone for Coast Guard safety and enforcement patrol operations will be set by 9:30 a.m. each day, and can be a visual reference for spectators setting up anchorage.

A temporary access channel marked with red and green buoys will be established near Horn Point, to allow vessels to transit into and out of Annapolis Harbor during the event; vessels operating in this area will do so at their own discretion. At no time will spectators be permitted to obstruct both the temporary access channel and the federal navigation channel outside the regulated area. In addition, a commercial vessel spectator zone is located immediately adjacent to the temporary access channel. Only pre-approved commercial passenger vessels will be permitted within this designated on-water spectator zone.

The Coast Guard patrol commander may forbid and control the movement of all vessels in the regulated area. When hailed or signaled by an official patrol vessel, a vessel in the area shall immediately comply with the directions given. Failure to do so may result in expulsion from the area, citation for failure to comply or both. Spectators may contact the patrol commander to request permission to operate within the regulated area but shall at all times remain outside the designated air show box. If permission is granted, spectators must proceed at a safe speed and without loitering.

The Coast Guard may be assisted in the patrol and enforcement of this area by federal, state and local agencies. 

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