News from Our Coasts: Week of 6/29/2020


NOTE FROM THE EDITOR: To help our coastal community weather the pandemic, US Harbors is posting weekly news summaries of updates and announcements received from our coastal community, including timely information on the status of harbors and marinas around the country. The deadline for submission is Thursday, 11PM ET. Items received after that time will be put in the next week’s summary.

Updates on Boating and Fishing

The Coast Guard urges mariners to exercise vigilance and caution for the upcoming holiday weekend as celebrations are expected to increase the presence of boaters on the waterways.

The Coast Guard and local partners will be on heightened alert for boaters operating vessels while under the influence in support of Operation Dry Water.

Operation Dry Water is an annual, nationwide campaign that takes place during the Fourth of July weekend targeting boaters suspected of operating under the influence. According to the 2019 recreational boating statistics report, alcohol continued to be the leading known contributing factor in fatal boating accidents, accounting for more than 100 deaths, or 23 percent of total fatalities.

  • Catalina Island, CA – The island is officially reopened and welcoming leisure travelers back. While activities will look a bit different than normal this holiday weekend (there will not be fireworks, or the annual golf cart parade this year), the island is still planning on doing a “Let’s Get Loud” tribute for essential workers, encouraging locals and visitors to make noise at 8 pm, followed by a patriotic music tribute broadcast over Avalon (around 15-20 mins in length). Following guidelines from the County of Los Angeles, many of the local restaurants have expanded outdoor dining options, many with beautiful beachside/ocean views. Love Catalina Island has a running list of what’s open, on the website, which is updated hourly.
  • Dyckman Marina, NY – NYC Parks Marinas recently began direct operation of Dyckman Marina on the Hudson River in Northern Manhattan.

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Updates From Our Coastal Business Community

CT Marine Trades Association – There have been some positive changes in CT – as in lifting same house-mates – same boat mates – so we have updated our graphic on how to Boat Safely in Connecticut!

Stay safe everyone!


Halifax River Yacht Club is once again closed to transient/reciprocal guests, due to the increase in Covid cases in our state, Florida, we are limiting our docks, slips and facility use and dining to our local members only.


Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries (MCCF) in Stonington, Maine is finding ways to get creative because the COVID-19 pandemic has put limitations on their ability to engage with the public in-person. This includes a new online video series, “Ask Leroy”, which features retired fisherman, Captain Leroy Weed, whose mission is to pass along his knowledge and share his experiences of fishing in Maine’s coastal waters.

Last summer, Leroy entertained and informed visitors about all aspects of Maine’s fisheries in the Discovery Wharf, MCCF’s on-site visitation center located on Stonington’s working waterfront. Quick with a joke and a tale, Leroy provides genuine sincerity and knowledge from his experience working as a fisherman and living in a hard working fishing community. We hope this helps keep people interested and informed about Maine’s fishing industry and its importance to our communities.

Ever wondered how a lobster trap works? What lobstering was like 50 years ago? Leroy would be happy to answer your questions! Just call 224.58.LEROY (224.585.3769), and his answer to your questions will be shared in an upcoming episode of “Ask Leroy!” New episodes are released weekly on Fridays throughout the summer and can be found on MCCF’s website at


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Harbor tours are available with a slice of social distancing!


Suzuki Marine is recognized worldwide for making advanced technology and features available to boaters of all types — not just those who run the largest, highest-horsepower outboards. This tradition continues with today’s global unveiling of Suzuki’s new-for-2021 DF115BG and DF140BG 4-stroke outboards, the first in their class to offer all the advantages of drive-by-wire technology.

By bringing its proven drive-by-wire technology to its 115HP and 140HP in-line four-cylinder models, Suzuki is providing simplified rigging for a wide range of boat builders, along with silky smooth shifting, instant throttle response, enhanced performance and superior fuel efficiency. The reliability and precision control of Suzuki’s drive-by-wire technology has been proven for years on Suzuki’s popular 150HP through 350HP models


Wreaths Across America (WAA) has announced that its Stem to Stone 5K Road Race to be held in Columbia Falls, Maine, on Saturday, July 18, will continue as planned as a live race that runners and supporters can participate in. However, understanding that there may be people who want to participate but have personal concerns regarding COVID-19, it will also be held as a virtual event too. The live 5k race will be run in accordance with the CDC’s recommendation for large gatherings stemming from concerns surrounding the pandemic.This sixth race in a series of eight, is in partnership with event management and timing company CompetitorME, and was announced earlier this year and features eight 5K road races peppered throughout the year. Some of these races have been converted into a VIRTUAL races in places like Nevada and Colorado, this race will be unique as it will be the only hybrid live / virtual 5k race held this year. Registration for virtual participation will be open through race day.

Click here to register.

Photos of the Week

NOTE FROM OUR EDITOR: Do you have a beautiful or fun photo of your harbor, what you’ve been doing for social distancing, or a project you’re working on? Send it to us!