You Can Weigh In on Changes to Cape Charles Anchorages

The Coast Guard is inviting the public to comment on possible changes to Cape Charles anchorages during meetings in June and July.

Cape Charles Harbor. Photo: David Broad

The Coast Guard has proposed a new anchorage off Cape Charles and the relocation of another to the southern Chesapeake Bay.

According to the Coast Guard, the proposal was the result of more vessel traffic, improved maritime infrastructure, and the findings of an environmental study. Public comments already received also played a part.

The Coast Guard will hold the following public meetings:

June 25, 5 to 7 p.m. – Slover Public Library meeting room, 235 E. Plume St., Norfolk, VA 23510
July 10, 1 to 3 p.m. – Cape Charles Civic Center, 500 Tazewell Ave., Cape Charles, VA 23310
July 10, 6 to 8 p.m. – Cape Charles Civic Center, 500 Tazewell Ave., Cape Charles, VA 23310

Comments can also be submitted online via the Federal eRulemaking Portal by July 17. Be sure to identify your comments with docket number USCG-2015-1118 and the specific section to which your comment relates.

Captain Jerry Barnes, 5th Coast Guard District prevention chief, says input from the public is welcome and necessary. “Public participation is essential to effective rulemaking,” he says. “Every comment received during the comment period will be taken into consideration as we try to balance the safety, security and environmental protection needs of Virginia ports.”

Laura Boycourt