Town Sets July 4 Boat Speed Limit

By Andrew Wroblewski

awroblewski@longislandergroup.com

 

A map displays where a temporary 5 mph boat speed limit will be enforced on July 4 from 8:30 p.m.-11 p.m. in both Huntington and Northport bays and the Long Island Sound.

A map displays where a temporary 5 mph boat speed limit will be enforced on July 4 from 8:30 p.m.-11 p.m. in both Huntington and Northport bays and the Long Island Sound.

Town of Huntington officials announced on Monday that a speed limit will, once again, be enforced in town waters during July 4 fireworks celebrations.

As it has since 2013, a 5 mph speed limit will be in effect from 8:30 p.m.-11 p.m. on July 4, when several fireworks displays are expected to fill Huntington’s skies with colorful chaos.

The speed limit will cover both Northport and Huntington bays, south from the line extending from Target Rock to Buoy One in Coast Guard Cove; it will also be enforced in the Long Island Sound from the easternmost section of the Northport Power Plant to the westernmost end of the causeway on Asharoken Avenue.

To enforce the speed limit and ensure the safety of boaters, Huntington officials will team up with the Suffolk County Police Department, the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, the Village of Northport harbormaster and police department, the Asharoken police department and the Huntington, Northport, Centerport and Cold Spring Harbor fire departments.

Additionally, while some town facilities will remain open past sunset at 5 p.m. – such as Crab Meadow, West Neck/Quentin Sammis and Hobart beaches and the Soundview Boat Ramp – entry will be limited to town residents on a space-available basis.

“On both land and sea, we ask all residents to be respectful of others and to follow the rules for everybody's safety,” Huntington Supervisor Frank Petrone said in press release. “We hope that everyone will enjoy July 4 in a way that is safe for themselves, their families and their guests.”