This information is taken from the 5th Coast Guard District’s Local Notice to Mariners alerting boaters to navigational changes or hazards. The list here is not an official Coast Guard statement but edited excerpts from recent notices. The notices also are available online at www.navcen.uscg.gov.
U.S. Navy Restricted Areas: Hampton Roads—Elizabeth River to Sewell Point to Willoughby Bay, Va.
Mariners are reminded that the area in the vicinity of the U.S. Naval Station Norfolk, from the Elizabeth River Channel lighted gong buoy 5 (LLNR 9470) to the Elizabeth River Channel Lighted Buoy 11 (LLNR 9525) and along the south side of Willoughby Bay, is a restricted area. Unauthorized vessels entering this restricted area may encounter use-of-force procedures by patrolling security vessels. Boaters are requested to remain in the marked channel clear of shipping while transiting the Norfolk Harbor Reach. Naval Station Norfolk security can be contacted on channel 14. (NOAA charts 12245, 12253, 12256, 12206)
Wolf Trap to Pungoteague Creek — Hungar Creek, Va.
Due to shoaling, the Coast Guard is unable to rebuild the following as a fixed aid to navigation. As a result, the following aid to navigation will be permanently changed to a buoy: Hungar Creek daybeacon 7 (LLNR 21620). (NOAA charts 12226)
Virginia Inside Passage, Va.
On or about June 15, Virginia Inside Passage daybeacon 110 (LLNR 5955) was set to be changed to Virginia Inside Passage buoy 110 (LLNR 5955).
Due to widespread shoaling in the Virginia Inside Passage, restoration of the daybeacon is not possible at this time. (NOAA charts 12221, 12245)
Fenwick Island to Chincoteague Inlet—Isle of Wight Bay, Sinepuxent Bay, Md.
Due to shoaling, the Coast Guard is unable to rebuild these daybeacons. As a result, the following aids to navigation will be permanently changed to buoys:
Isle of Wight Bay daybeacon 5 (LLNR 4830)
Sinepuxent Bay daybeacon 2 (LLNR 5000)
(NOAA charts 12210, 12211)
This article originally appeared in the Mid-Atlantic Home Waters Section of the August 2009 issue.