Attention boaters: Beginning Tuesday at 5 p.m. until Sunday afternoon, the Coast Guard is establishing "security zones" in the Intracoastal Waterway and in the Atlantic Ocean to protect President-elect Donald Trump, who will be in town at his Mar-a-Lago Club on Palm Beach for the Thanksgiving holiday.
According to a release, the Coast Guard says, "The security zone is necessary to protect the VIP and accompanying official party, the public, and the surrounding waterway from terrorist acts, sabotage or other subversive acts, accidents, or other causes of a similar nature. Entering, stopping, or anchoring in this security zone is prohibited unless authorized by the Captain of the Port Miami or a designated representative. The security zone will be broken into three zones."
There will be three zones, 1, 2 and 3, which have different rules:
Vessels seeking authorization to transit the security zones must contact the Coast Guard via marine-band radio via VHF-FM channel 16.
Violation of these security zones are punishable by monetary fine, imprisonment, or both, according to the Coast Guard.
In addition, the Federal Aviation Administration announced temporary flight restrictions beginning Tuesday at 10:30 p.m. and ending Friday at 4:30 a.m. The restrictions mean that no pilots may operate an aircraft in certain areas, except for commercial aircraft, military aircraft supporting the Secret Service, and law enforcement.
The restrictions are in effect in a radius of three nautical miles from the center of the map below, and from the surface up to 2,999 feet.
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