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Coast Guard issues boating restrictions for Trump visit this weekend


The Coast Guard has issued boating restrictions around Palm Beach ahead of President Donald Trump’s visit to his Mar-a-Lago Club this weekend.

The Coast Guard has set three security zones, all of which are in effect from 2 p.m. Friday through 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, according to a news release.

» COMPLETE COVERAGE: Donald Trump in Palm Beach

The zones, which are expanded from those set when Trump visited as president-elect, include the Atlantic Ocean off Palm Beach and the Intracoastal and Lake Worth Lagoon.

Residents can expect these restrictions to be in effect whenever Trump comes to visit his part-time Palm Beach home. According to alerts from the town of Palm Beach, the president will be at Mar-a-Lago from Friday afternoon through Monday evening.

Boats that want to enter security zone 1 need to contact the Coast Guard for permission, via marine-band radio VHF-FM channel 16. Those who violate the security zones could face a civil penalty of more than $88,000, a criminal fine up to $10,000 or a 12-year prison term.

» RELATED: Palm Beach residents in Trump ‘safe zone’ issued traffic placards

Here are the security zones established by the Coast Guard for Trump’s visit:

• Zone 1: No vessels or person will be permitted to enter this zone consisting of the waters of the Lake Worth Lagoon from the southern tip of the Everglades Island in the north to approximately 1,000 yards from the south of the Southern Boulevard Bridge on the south and eastern shore line west of Fisherman Island.

• Zone 2: All vessels transiting the second zone shall maintain a steady speed and shall not slow or stop from waters of the Lake Worth Lagoon including the Intracoastal Waterway from the southern tip of the Everglades Island in the north to approximately 1000 yards from the south of the bridge on the south and from the western shore line to the western edge of the Fisherman Island in the east. Vessels needing to wait for the Southern Boulevard Bridge to open in zone 2 are permitted to wait in this zone only for the draw bridge to raise for safe passage.

• Zone 3: All vessels transiting the third zone shall maintain a steady speed and shall not slow or stop from waters of the Atlantic Ocean from the Banyan Road in the north to Ocean View Road in the south and from shore to approximately 1000 yards east of the shoreline.



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