The Coast Guard released an interim rule today that modifies the security zone on the Potomac River adjacent to the Trump National Golf Club in Potomac Falls, Va. The rule reduces the overall length of the security zone and creates a 250-yard-wide transit lane near the Maryland shore. The rule took effect today.

The security zone prevents waterside threats and incidents while persons protected by the Secret Service are at the club. The 250-yard-wide transit lane provides passage for vessels through the zone near the Maryland shoreline with permission of the Captain of the Port (COTP) or designated representative. This rule continues to prohibit vessels and people from entering the security zone unless specifically exempt under the provisions in this rule or granted specific permission from the COTP Maryland-National Capital Region or designated representative.

The rule also governs activities of vessels and persons already in the security zone when activated. The security zone enhances the safety and security of persons while minimizing, to the extent possible, the impact on commerce and legitimate waterway use. Comments on the rule and related material must be received by the Coast Guard on or before June 19, 2019.

David Krapf has been editor of WorkBoat, the nation’s leading trade magazine for the inland and coastal waterways industry, since 1999. He is responsible for overseeing the editorial direction of the publication. Krapf has been in the publishing industry since 1987, beginning as a reporter and editor with daily and weekly newspapers in the Houston area. He also was the editor of a transportation industry daily in New Orleans before joining WorkBoat as a contributing editor in 1992. He has been covering the transportation industry since 1989, and has a degree in business administration from the State University of New York at Oswego, and also studied journalism at the University of Houston.