Coast Guard

The Coast Guard enforces federal laws on the high seas and waters within U.S. territorial jurisdiction, develops and operates aids to navigation and maintains a network of lifeboat and search-and-rescue stations using surface vessels and aircraft.

Oil spill: speed up claims process, monitoring manatees

The man overseeing a $20 billion claims fund set up by oil company BP said he wants the payment process accelerated and its transparency increased. “We’ve got to get the claims out quicker, we’ve got to get them out with more transparency so claimants understand the status of their claim, and we’ve got to ease…more

Amendment would give tax break to Gulf businesses

An amendment to the Senate tax extenders bill introduced by Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., would allow fishing and tourism-related businesses, including recreational boating businesses, an extended net operating loss carryback period from the current two years to five years for tax-year 2010, the National Marine Manufacturers Association reports. This means that tourism-related businesses in the…more

Companies offer help for oil spill protection

As the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico continues to grow, some companies are offering information on new or refined products to help boaters and industry workers deal with the aftermath. Others are offering tips on how to remove oil from their products. * * * Working with MBI International, Restructure Marine Products has…more

Oil spill delivers economic hit to Florida marinas

The massive BP oil spill is taking its toll on Florida marinas, which are the backbone of the state’s fishing, diving and charter boat industries. Slip booking and transient traffic has been dropping since the first news of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and subsequent oil spill, which is yet to be completely contained, according to…more

Now Floridians must deal firsthand with the oil spill

The BP oil spill disaster continues to dominate the news as the front line of the oil sheen washed onto Florida beaches last Friday. The Tampa-area newspaper The Ledger has a story on which tactics offer the best choices for authorities combating the pollution onslaught now that the inevitable staining of the white sands of…more

Oil spill could complicate hurricane season

Today marks the official start for the Atlantic hurricane season, which forecasters are predicting will be an active one. Compounding the situation is the Deepwater Horizon/BP oil rig accident and the growing oil slick continuing to spread across the Gulf of Mexico. Before the first storm is named, winds from the southwest predicted for this…more

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Mired in an oily, black limbo

Gulf Coast businesses can only wait and watch as crews struggle to cap the flow and limit the toll After 25 years of guiding anglers from three houseboats moored off Louisiana’s pristine Chandeleur Islands, Capt. Mark Stebly is dead in the water. “Fishing there has been shut down for a week already,” says the 50-year-old…more

Florida charter captain sues BP

A charter captain in Key West, Fla., is suing BP Global, saying the oil company is responsible for his loss of tourist customers. Although no oil from the Deepwater Horizon well has reached the Florida Keys, Michael J. Burge, who goes by the nickname Capt. Duck, said it’s the “perception” that has cost him significant…more

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New Coast Guard commandant takes the helm

Adm. Robert J. Papp Jr. assumed command Tuesday as the commandant of the Coast Guard, relieving Adm. Thad W. Allen during a military ceremony at Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington, D.C. “I am honored to serve as the 24th commandant of the Coast Guard,” Papp said in a statement. “When I assumed the duties…more

PFD use is theme of safety week

This is National Safe Boating Week and one of the key themes of the program is to get more people to wear life jackets. The Coast Guard notes that in about 9-of-10 boating deaths, those involved were not wearing life jackets. Alcohol, lack of training and inability to swim also contribute to fatal accidents. About…more

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