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Huntington imposes boating speed limit for July Fourth

Huntington Town Hall in Huntington is shown on

Huntington Town Hall in Huntington is shown on Friday,  Sept. 2, 2016. Photo Credit: Ed Betz

Town of Huntington officials will impose a 5 MPH boating speed limit in all of Northport Bay and Huntington Bay south from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. July Fourth to promote safety on the water.

It’s the town’s fifth year imposing the limit, spurred by a 2012 boating accident in which three children died off Oyster Bay Cove. The boat the children were on capsized on its way back to Huntington after a Fourth of July fireworks show.

The town partners with the U.S. Coast Guard, the Coast Guard Auxiliary, Suffolk County Police and local fire departments on the annual effort. The goal is to ensure people get safely to and from the two fireworks shows in Huntington — one sponsored by Asharoken Village and another presented by the Dolan family off of Cove Neck.

They will coordinate patrols and establish a security zone around the barge shooting fireworks in Asharoken. As has been done in the past, law enforcement boats will be strategically located throughout the area the help ensure an orderly dispersal, town officials said.

A map of the 5 MPH boating zones can be found here.

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