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Coast Guard planning to reinstall Longboat Pass navigational markers

U.S. Coast Guard plans to replace navigation markers removed during beach work dredging.

Longboat Key Town Manager Tom Harmer confirmed the U.S. Coast Guard plans to reinstall the navigational markers once dredging finishes up and a new survey of the bottom conditions can be completed. Olsen Associates’ website shows the dredging on the northern end of the island is set to complete the week of Aug. 23. The dredging is part of the town’s beach renourishment project.

The town and its contractors are not responsible for the removal of channel markers, according to Olsen Associates vice president Al Browder.

The U.S. Coast Guard is responsible for marking federally maintained waterways, according to U.S. Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Officer Tony Sciullo, who works at the Coast Guard's St. Petersburg station.