Waterway restrictions issued for President Trump’s visit this weekend


The Coast Guard has issued its restrictions for the waters around Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach as President Donald Trump is set to arrive this evening.

With each of Trump’s visits to his part-time Florida home, the Coast Guard implements three security zones in the Atlantic Ocean to the east of Mar-a-Lago, and in the Intracoastal Waterway and Lake Worth Lagoon to the west.

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The restrictions went into effect at noon Friday, and continue through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, the Coast Guard said in a news release. The president is expected to leave sometime before 10:30 p.m. Sunday, which is when temporary flight restrictions for the area expire. On past visits, he has left in the afternoon to return to the White House.

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.

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

• Zone 1 (central): 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 (west): 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 (east): 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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