Coast Guard Solicits Public Comments Regarding Changes To Light House

BALTIMORE – The Coast Guard is soliciting for comments from the public on proposed changes to the Smith Point Light House, which marks the southern entrance to the Potomac River.

Smith Point LighthouseProposed changes to Smith Point include reducing the nominal range of the white light from 22 nautical miles to 15 nautical miles, removing the red sector and discontinuing the sound signal.

Due to the catastrophic failure of the submarine power cable and the substantial cost to replace it with a buried submarine cable, the Coast Guard is exploring means to decrease the cost to restore the lighted aid to navigation and decrease electrical loads while simultaneously providing a lighted signal that would meet user operational needs.

Comments on the proposals to discontinue the horn, discontinue the red sector and reduce the nominal range are solicited and can be provided to:

Commander (dpw)
Fifth Coast Guard District
431 Crawford Street, Rm.100
Portsmouth, VA.23704
Attn.: Albert Grimes

Or email to:

In your comments, please address the impacts these proposed changes may impose on your operations. Please also include in your correspondence the means you are using to navigate in the area of Smith Point Light and any electronic sensors used while traversing the waters of Chesapeake Bay.

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