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Mathews still awaiting permits before replacing markers

Mathews County is still waiting on approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Coast Guard before aids to navigation that were removed from Hole in the Wall and Davis Creek can be replaced.

The county’s board of supervisors voted last January to take over ownership of eight remaining aids to navigation in the two bodies of water after a number of the federal aids had been removed, leaving boaters without clearly marked channels. The board later decided to also replace some of the markers that had been removed, but permits were required.

Mathews Planning and Zoning Director Thomas Jenkins told the board during the December meeting that he had prepared a request for proposals that can be advertised as soon as the county gets approval. The Coast Guard has to approve alignment of the proposed markers as well as the numbering and lighting, he said, and the bids need to reflect that or they might have to be done again. He said that he had spoken with the Corps of Engineers the...

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