Coast Guard establishing safety zone in Valdez

Coast Guard Alaska NewsVALDEZ, Alaska — The Coast Guard will establish a temporary 200-yard safety zone around the Valdez Spit in advance of the annual fireworks display Wednesday.

The safety zone will be in effect from 10:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. The entrance of the Valdez small boat harbor will be closed to both inbound and outbound traffic during this time. Boaters who violate this safety zone will be directed to leave the restricted area and may be subject to a vessel boarding, as well as civil or criminal penalties.

The safety zone will be enforced to ensure the safety of the public viewing this year’s City of Valdez Fourth of July fireworks display, as well as the safety of mariners transiting the port during the display.

The temporary final rule on the safety zone will be available at Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Valdez. To obtain a copy of the temporary final rule or for questions regarding the safety zone, contact the Coast Guard MSU Valdez waterways management department at 907-831-7223 or email

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