Aids to navigation are the waterways’ road signs. They can provide a boater with information similar to that which drivers get street signs, stop signs, road barriers, detours and traffic lights.
If you ever see discrepancies or outages of lights or damage to any aids to navigation, report it. You can do this 24 hours a day, seven days a week via radio, telephone, fax or visiting navcen.uscg.gov. Their number is 703-313-5900.
All of those aids you see out there are federally protected and it is a crime to damage or hinder the proper operation of any aid. They are a great asset to the public. I have seen some people tied off to some of these markers. This is a no-no and a fine could occur for that.
I am cutting it short this week so I can write a little line about a Captain friend of mine who is in need of medical help. Gary has some things that need to be taken care of and the community is gathering around him to make it more comfortable for him.
There is a fund raiser at Troy Giles’ office, 5212 Padre Blvd., starting about 4 p.m. and going to 10.p.m. on Saturday. Lots of music and a silent auction will be held. Being the writer that I am, I would double check the times with Troy’s office or talk with Liz Money at Ship shape. Donations for the silent auction are still being accepted. Love ya, Gary.
As always, be safe and see you on the water. Or at least my boat.