Friday, May 16, 2008

Harbor Fest Air Show Safety Zone Established

Boaters this weekend need to be aware that the Charleston Harbor Fest will have a "mini" airshow twice on Saturday and twice on Sunday. Don't expect the Thunderbirds to make an encore, but the folks at Michael Mancuso Airshows are expected to be on hand for a few low passes and loops.

The show is short only 30-45 mins, but it's free for Charelston's boaters at least.

Accordingly the the Coast Guard Captain of the Port of Charleston will establish a temporary safety zone on the Cooper River for the Harborfest Air Show Saturday and Sunday, June 16 and 17, 2008

The safety zone will be directly underneath the aerial performance, which extends over portions of Horse Reach and Hog Island Reach on the Cooper River.

Marine traffic will not be permitted to enter the safety zone without permission of the COTP (captain of the post) or his designated representative. The COTP encourages all recreational boaters to anchor at the foot of Drum Island and at the northwestern tip of Shutes Folly to view the air show.

Traffic needing permission to pass through the safety zone can contact the representative for the COTP on VHF-FM channel 16 or via phone at (843) 724-7616.

The Coast Guard will be making broadcasts on the day of the performances to provide current information at the start and finish of the performances.

Safety Zone Enforcement Times:

Saturday - 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Sunday - 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Here is the chart showing the permitted anchoring zones for the airshow

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