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.

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

Gulf oil spill reaches Florida’s ‘loop current’

Federal officials confirmed oil from the Gulf has reached the so-called loop current, which could send it around South Florida and into the Atlantic Ocean. The National Oceanic Atmospheric and Atmospheric Administration reported Wednesday “a small portion” of the oil slick resulting from the Deepwater Horizon’s explosion last month has reached the current, according to…more

Gulf oil spill could spread to the Florida Keys

Scientists warn that oil from the spill in the Gulf of Mexico is moving rapidly toward a current that could carry it into the Florida Keys and the Atlantic Ocean, according to news reports. Government officials said the oil had not yet entered the Gulf’s so-called loop current, and they are continuing to monitor the…more

Oil spill could cripple Florida tourism

It’s anyone’s guess whether the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico will reach the shores of South Florida, but if it does it could translate into a loss of $10 million a day for hotel, boating and fishing businesses in the area. Authorities and forecasters says the spill is still days away, or may…more

Members sought for National Boating Safety Advisory Council

The Coast Guard is seeking applications for membership on the National Boating Safety Advisory Council. The 21-member council meets at least twice a year. Members include state officials, representatives of recreational boating industry manufacturers, including equipment manufacturers and representatives of national recreational boating organizations, and the general public. The Coast Guard is seeking to fill…more

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