Coast Guard to maintain Year-round operations at Station Shark River

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – After weighing the operational requirements and the various concerns expressed by members of the public and elected officials, the Coast Guard has decided to maintain year-round operations at Coast Guard Station Shark River in Avon by the Sea, N.J.

The Coast Guard considered changing the station’s year-round operational status to seasonal status – keeping the station open during the boating season, and closing the unit during the winter months.

The Coast Guard held a public meeting Aug. 8, 2007, and established a public web site to seek public opinion.  Approximately fifty local citizens attended the meeting, and 23 citizens also provided comments to the Coast Guard web site. All of the input received was considered during the decision-making process.

Capt. David Scott, Commanding Officer of Sector Delaware Bay said, “We appreciated the opportunity to present our case for seasonalizing our operation at Shark River during the public meeting last August. We were confident that the level of Coast Guard service expected by the residents of the Shark River area would have been maintained by the seasonal redeployment during winter months to the parent unit at Manesquan Inlet. However, we are mindful of the public concerns an we respect the positions taken by elected officials, and will continue to maintain a year round Coast Guard presence at Station Shark River.”

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