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Huntington Lighthouse music festival speed limit 5 mph

The band Fuzz performs on top of the

The band Fuzz performs on top of the lighthouse at the Lighthouse Music Festival in Huntington. (Sept. 1, 2012) Credit: Jin Lee

For the second consecutive year, the Town of Huntington will impose a 5-mph speed limit within a half-mile of the Huntington Lighthouse during the annual music festival on Saturday.

The speed limit will be in effect from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., in an effort to keep people safe during the event. The town is also establishing a safety zone around the lighthouse to keep vessels clear of the dock and rocks and to protect swimmers in the vicinity of the lighthouse, according to a statement from the town.

After an Oyster Bay accident on July 4, 2012, that left three children dead, Huntington enacted legislation authorizing the harbormaster’s office to establish 5-mph zones during aquatic events.

On Saturday, the Huntington Town harbormaster, working with the Suffolk County Police Department, the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and the Lloyd Harbor Village harbormaster, will step up patrols in the area of the festival, which is expected to attract 700 to 800 boaters, the statement said.

The town will have “rapid rescue recovery units” available, if necessary, and work in coordination with the Northport and Centerport Fire Departments on rescues. Law enforcement boats will also be stationed throughout the area “to help ensure an orderly dispersal after the event,” the town said.

“This event combines two signature Huntington recreational activities — boating and culture,” Huntington Supervisor Frank Petrone said. “We want to make sure that people enjoy both safely.”

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