Coast Guard to enforce Kailua Bay security zone

ALAMEDA, Calif. - U.S. Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team 91105 members patrol the San Francisco Bay, Thursday, March 18, 2010, in a 25-foot Response Boat. MSSTs provide waterborne and shore side anti-terrorism force protection for strategic shipping, high interest vessels and critical infrastructure. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Melissa Leake)

USCG Maritime Safety and Security Team file photo

HONOLULU — Coast Guard law enforcement officers will enforce a temporary security zone in the waters of Kailua Bay beginning as early as Tuesday. The temporary security zone is necessary to ensure the safety of the President of the United States and his official party.

The security zone will be in effect from 10 a.m. Dec. 21, 2010 to 8 p.m. Jan. 5, 2011, unless canceled earlier by the Coast Guard Captain of the Port Honolulu, Capt. Joanna Nunan.

The Coast Guard is coordinating with the Honolulu Police Department, Marine Corps Base Hawaii and other Federal, state, and county law enforcement agencies on patrols of the area under the direction of the U.S. Secret Service.

The maritime security zone includes a portion of Kailua Bay, beginning at Kapoho Point and extending westward to the shoreline at Namala Place road, near the Castles surf spot. The zone also includes the adjacent channel beginning near Kapoho Point to a point extending the channel way to approximately 150 yards south of the North Kalaheo Avenue Road Bridge.

Yellow buoys will be placed on the water and in the channel for visual references of the zone.

Under the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations (33 CFR 165.33), the temporary law prohibits any unauthorized person or vessel from entering or remaining in this security zone. Any person entering the zone without the permission of the U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port is subject to a penalty of not more than $32,500 for each violation or a criminal penalty resulting in imprisonment of not more than 25 years, and a fine of not more than $250,000. Offending vessels may also be seized and held liable for any monetary assessments.

“Recognizing the zone may inconvenience residents and recreational users,” said Lt. Cmdr. Marcella Granquist, “we have coordinated closely with the local community to minimize the impact and still meet the security requirements for the President of the Unites States during his stay on Oahu.”

Details of the security zone and a map of the restricted area can be accessed at the below links:
Notice of Security Zone
Map of restricted area

The notice will also be posted at www.regulations.gov and can be found by typing “USCG-2010-1111” in the “Keyword” box.

Anyone with questions pertaining to the security zone should contact Coast Guard Sector Honolulu’s Waterways Management at 808-563-9906.

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