The regulations in this section apply to the marine events listed in Table 1 of this section. The regulations in this section will be effective annually for the duration listed in Table 1 of this section. The Coast Guard will notify the maritime community of exact dates and times each regulation will be in effect and the nature of each event (e.g. location, number of participants, type of vessels involved, etc.) through a Notice of Enforcement published in the Federal Register, Local Notice to Mariners, and Broadcast Notice to Mariners.
(a) Definitions. The following definitions apply to this section:
(1) Designated representative. The term “designated representative” means Coast Guard Patrol Commanders, including Coast Guard coxswains, petty officers, others operating Coast Guard vessels, and Federal, state, and local officers designated by or assisting the Captain of the Port (COTP) Charleston in the enforcement of the regulated areas.
(2) Spectators. All persons and vessels not registered with the event sponsor as participants.
(b) Event patrol. The Coast Guard may assign an event patrol, as described in § 100.40, to each regulated event listed in Table 1 of this section. Additionally, a Patrol Commander may be assigned to oversee the patrol. The event patrol and Patrol Commander may be contacted on VHF Channel 16.
(c) Special local regulations.
(1) The COTP Charleston or designated representative may control the movement of all vessels in the regulated area. When hailed or signaled by an official patrol vessel, a vessel in these areas shall immediately comply with the directions given. Failure to do so may result in removal from the area, citation for failure to comply, or both.
(2) The COTP Charleston or designated representative may terminate the event, or the operation of any vessel participating in the event, at any time it is deemed necessary for the protection of life or property.
(3) Only event sponsor designated participants and official patrol vessels are allowed to enter the regulated area, unless otherwise authorized by the COTP Charleston or designated representative.
(4) Spectators may request permission from the COTP Charleston or designated representative to enter, transit, remain within, or anchor in the regulated area. If permission is granted, spectators must abide by the directions of the COTP Charleston or a designated representative.
(d) Event delays or termination. The COTP Charleston or designated representative may delay or terminate any event in this section at any time to ensure safety of life or property. Such action may be justified as a result of weather, traffic density, spectator operation, or participant behavior.
Table 1 to § 100.704 - Special Local Regulations; Marine Events Within the Captain of the Port Charleston
[Datum NAD 1983]
|1. The First Saturday in April:|
|Time (Approximate): 7 a.m. to 10 a.m||Cooper River Bridge Run
Sponsor: The Cooper River Bridge Run Executive Committee
|Charleston, SC and Mt. Pleasant, SC||Location: The following is a safety or security zone. All waters of the Cooper River, and Town Creek Reaches encompassed within the following points: Beginning at 32°48′32″ N, 079°56′08″ W, thence east to 32°48′20″ N, 079°54′20″ W, thence south to 32°47′20″ N, 079°54′29″ W, thence west to 32°47′20″ N, 079°55′28″ W, thence north to origin.|
|2. One week (Monday through Sunday) in April:|
|Time (Approximate): 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day||Charleston Race Week
Sponsor: Charleston Race Week LLC
|Charleston, SC||Location: There are five race areas:
(i) Race Area #1. All waters of the Charleston Harbor encompassed within a 700 yard radius of position 32°46′10″ N, 079°55′15″ W.
(ii) Race Area #2. All waters of the Charleston Harbor encompassed within a 700 yard radius of position 32°46′02″ N, 079°54′15″ W.
(iii) Race Area #3. All waters of the Charleston Harbor encompassed within a 700 yard radius of position 32°45′55″ N, 079°53′39″ W.
(iv) Race Area #4. All waters of the Charleston Harbor encompassed within a 600 yard radius of position 32°47′40″ N, 079°55′10″ W.
(v) Race Area #5. All waters of the Charleston Harbor and Entrance Channel encompassed within a 500 yard radius of position 32°45′34″ N, 79°52′09″ W continuing to Charleston Entrance Channel Buoys Green 11 (LLN 2395.5) and Red 12 (LLN 2400).
|3. One Saturday or Sunday in April:|
|Time (Approximate): 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m||Myrtle Beach Triathlon
Sponsor: GO Race Productions
|Myrtle Beach, SC||Location: The following is a safety zone: Certain waters of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway within the following two points of position and the North shore: 33°45′03″ N, 78°50′47″ W to 33°45′18″ N, 78°50′14″ W, located in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.|
|4. One Saturday or Sunday during the last two weeks of May or the first two weeks of June:|
|Time (Approximate): 6 a.m. to 11 a.m||Low Country Splash
Sponsor: Logan Rutledge Children's Foundation
|Charleston, SC and Mt. Pleasant, SC||Location: All waters within a moving safety zone, beginning at Daniel Island Pier in approximate position 32°51′20″ N, 079°54′06″ W, south along the coast of Daniel Island, across the Wando River to Hobcaw Yacht Club, in approximate position 32°49′20″ N, 079°53′49″ W, south along the coast of Mt. Pleasant, S.C., to Charleston Harbor Resort Marina, in approximate position 32°47′20″ N, 079°54′39″ W.|
|5. One night during the first week of July:|
|Time (Approximate): 8 p.m. to 10 p.m||North Charleston Fireworks
Sponsor: City of North Charleston
|North Charleston, SC||Location: The following is a safety zone. All waters within a 500-yard radius of the barge, from which fireworks will be launched on the bank of the Cooper River at River Front Park in North Charleston, South Carolina.|
|6. One night during the first week of July:|
|Time (Approximate): 8 p.m. to 10 p.m||Patriots Point Fireworks
Sponsor: USS Yorktown Foundation Patriot's Naval Museum
|Mt. Pleasant, SC||Location: The following is a safety zone: All waters within a 500-yard radius of the barge, from which fireworks will be launched on the bank of the Cooper River at Patriots Point in Charleston, SC.|
|7. Ten consecutive days (Friday through the next Sunday) in July:|
|Time (Approximate): 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day||Beaufort Water Festival
Sponsor: Beaufort Water Festival
|Beaufort, SC||Location: All waters 200 yards from seawall at Waterfront Park extending from Lady's Island Bridge to Spanish Point in Beaufort, SC.|
|8. One Saturday or Sunday in July:|
|Time (Approximate): 12 p.m. to 5 p.m||Beaufort Water Festival Air Show
Sponsor: Beaufort Water Festival
|Beaufort, SC||Location: The following is a safety zone: A portion Beaufort River near Riverfront Park in Beaufort, SC. The zone is 700 feet wide by 2600 feet in length on waters of the Beaufort River encompassed within the following points: (1) 32°25′47″ N/080°40′44″ W, (2) 32°25′41″ N/080°40′14″ W, (3) 32°25′35″ N/080°40′16″ W, (4) 32°25′40″ N/080°40′46″ W.|
|9. One Saturday or Sunday during the last two weeks of September or the first two weeks of October:|
|Time (Approximate): 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m||Swim Around Charleston
Sponsor: Kathleen Wilson
|Charleston, SC||Location: The following is a moving safety zone. All waters 50 yards in front of the lead safety vessel preceding the first race participants, 50 yards behind the safety vessel trailing the last race participants, and at all times extends 100 yards on either side of safety vessels. The Swim Around Charleston swimming race consists of a 12 mile course that starts at Remley's Point on the Wando River in approximate position 32°48′49″ N, 79°54′27″ W, crosses the main shipping channel under the main span of the Ravenel Bridge, and finishes at the I-526 bridge and boat landing on the Ashley River in approximate position 32°50′14″ N, 80°01′23″ W.|
|10. One Friday, Saturday or Sunday in December:|
|Time (Approximate): 4 p.m. to 9 p.m||Charleston Parade of Boats
Sponsor: City of Charleston, SC Office of Cultural Affairs
|Charleston, SC||Location: Charleston harbor, South Carolina, from Anchorage A through Shutes Folly, Horse Reach, Hog Island Reach, Town Creek Lower Reach, Ashley River, and finishing at City Marina.|
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