Please note the following from USCG.
Marine Safety Information Bulletin
April 17, 2015
Scheduled Channel Closure
Neches River, Port Neches, TX
RIVERFEST, an annual event sponsored by the Port Neches Chamber of Commerce, is scheduled to be held on Friday, May 1st through Sunday, May 3rd, 2015. Some RIVERFEST events will take place on the Neches River in the vicinity of Port
Neches Park, including boat races and a fireworks display.
As a result, the Coast Guard will enforce Special Local Regulations adjacent to Port Neches Park in Port Neches, Texas, during the event. Specifically, vessels MAY NOT enter or remain in the portion of the Neches River, bound on the
west by 3000’00” N (near the Harrison Refinery Dock) and on the east by 9356’00” W (near FINA upper anchorage), during the boat races. Additionally, the Coast Guard will enforce a 500-yard safety zone around the fireworks launch site during the scheduled
fireworks display on Saturday, May 2nd, 2015.
The Coast Guard and other law enforcement agencies will enforce these regulations during the following times:
May 1, 2015: 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.
May 2, 2015: 8:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
8:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. (Fireworks Display)
May 3, 2015: 8:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Breaks during the racing events have been scheduled to allow shallow draft traffic to pass. Vessels desiring to transit through this area may contact Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) Port Arthur on channel 65A or 13 VHF-FM or the on-scene
Coast Guard vessel on channel 13 or 16 VHF-FM.
This notice will be posted on the Coast Guard’s HOMEPORT website at
http://homeport.uscg.mil and the VTS website at
www.uscg.mil/d8/vtsportarthur. If you have any questions regarding this notice, please call VTS Port Arthur at (409) 719-5070.
R. R. OGRYDZIAK
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain of the Port
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