Monroe County declares April 2010 as America’s Waterway Watch month

MARATHON, Fla. — Monroe County Mayor, Sylvia Murphy, proclaimed April 2010 as America’s Waterway Watch month. The proclamation was presented to members of the US Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary at the County Commission meeting in Marathon on March 17. The proclamation included a request from the Mayor for the Coast Guard Auxiliary in the Florida Keys to lead the way in raising public awareness of this important program.

America’s Waterway Watch (AWW) is a national program with a local focus of the US Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary, both members of The Department of Homeland Security. The program encourages Americans who live, work or recreate on or near our waterways to become a part of the eyes and ears of our national defenders in the war on terrorism by being observant and reporting suspicious activities. Suspicious activities should be reported to The National Response Center (1-877-24WATCH) or 911.

The Coast Guard Auxiliary is scheduling numerous speaking engagements at local marinas, schools, and clubs throughout the coming months to help carry out the wishes of Mayor Murphy. The goal of AWW and the Coast Guard Auxiliary is for our citizens to continue this vigilance year round. Anyone who would like their organization to participate in this program, can call 305-745-1546. For more information on America’s Waterway Watch visit the web site at www.americaswaterwaywatch.us.

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