Northport Police Chief Ric Bruckenthal recounted an incident in which a boat was pulled over for speeding in Northport Harbor on July 4 and said the yearly post-fireworks mass exodus needs to be better managed.
"The minute those fireworks end it is like the rats leaving a sinking ship. We terminated a voyage that night that could have been a very similar outcome to what happened to our West," Bruckenthal said at at the July 17 Village Board of Trustees meeting. "We had four adults and four kids on the wrong type of boat going way too fast."
Boating safety, particularly during the 4th of July when the urge to bend or break the rules seems to be strongest, has been at the forefront of discussion among officials since . Bruckenthal suggested that a no wake zone be created for the entire harbor and bay next July 4 to better control reckless operation.
Donald McKay, director of parks and recreation for the town of Huntington, was also at the meeting and said that Councilman Mark Cuthbertson is working on a public meeting planned for sometime in August to discuss boating safety among boaters, law enforcement, the Coast Guard, and others. The meeting was prompted in part by concerns over the upcoming Labor Day fireworks show for the .
"They're trying to bring everyone together to have everyone on the same page to coordinate the efforts," said McKay.
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