Dancer’s resolution urges Congress to replace markers on NJ Intracoastal Waterway

Dancer’s resolution urges Congress to replace markers on NJ Intracoastal Waterway

Ron Dancer

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Ron Dancer’s resolution urges Congress to appropriate the necessary funds to enable the U.S. Coast Guard to completely replace the steel channel markers and buoys on the New Jersey Intracoastal Waterway, a popular water-based travel route between the Manasquan Inlet along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean and the Cape May Canal on the Delaware Bay. Several boats have sunk along the waterway this year because steel channel markers that should be aiding in navigation have rotted and now lurk dangerously beneath the surface.

“One sunken boat is one boat too many,” said Dancer (R-Ocean).” “The safety of those traveling on the New Jersey Intracoastal Waterway is a matter needing immediate attention and should be a top concern for New Jerseyans.”

The U.S. Coast Guard is responsible for the repair and management of the markers.  According to local reports, although the Coast Guard has been notified and has begun repair, it has not been directed to fully replace the markers and buoys. The insufficient funding to allow for the timely replacement of the markers and buoys on an on-going basis continues to be an issue.

“Our Coast Guard should have access to the funds needed to protect our waterways and the good people of New Jersey,” said Dancer. “Making sure funds are appropriated is necessary for them to complete their mission to fix the broken and rotted buoys and is of the upmost importance.”

This resolution reflects the local concern regarding the safety of the New Jersey Intracoastal Waterway, one of the busiest segments of the Intracoastal Waterway – an 3,000-mile waterway running south from Boston along the Atlantic seaboard to the Gulf Coast of Brownsville, Texas. The replacement and the funding of the markers and buoys are very important for New Jersey and the safety of hundreds of boaters “Our Coast Guard should have access to the funds needed to protect our waterways and the good people of New Jersey,” said Dancer. “Making sure funds are appropriated is necessary for them to complete their mission to fix the broken and rotted buoys and is of the upmost importance.”

This resolution reflects the local concern regarding the safety of the New Jersey Intracoastal Waterway, one of the busiest segments of the Intracoastal Waterway in the country.  The replacement and the funding of the markers and buoys are very important for New Jersey and the safety of hundreds of boaters.