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Comments sought on proposed changes to navigational aids

The U.S. Coast Guard is accepting comments from mariners and stakeholders on the potential impacts of changes to the aids to navigation at Hole in the Wall in Mathews County’s Milford Haven.

Because of shoaling, the majority of the aids are not marking best water, said a Local Notice to Mariners issued by the Coast Guard on Friday. In addition, the shoaling has limited the Coast Guard’s ability to service the aids, since some of its servicing vessels can’t access them, said the notice.

The changes include establishing four numbered buoys marking the edges of the shoal, making lights 3 and 5 daybeacons, making light 6 a warning daybeacon, and renumbering a number of the daybeacons to make the numbers consecutive. There will no longer be any lighted buoys, said Sr. Chief Mark Emerson of the Aids to Navigation Team at Milford Haven. The affected nautical charts are 12235 and 12238.

Emerson said that, with no long-term plan by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to dredge...

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