Chatham Officials Look to Relocate Coast Guard from Fish Pier

US Coast Guard Boat

US Coast Guard Boat

CHATHAM – Town officials in Chatham are looking to relocate the Coast Guard from the fish pier’s north jog.

Chatham Harbormaster Stuart Smith said the current Coast Guard space at the pier is taking up valuable bulkhead space that could be used to offload commercial boats.

“The Coast Guard doesn’t really need the bulkhead space. They need floating docks,” Smith said. “So we have an opportunity perhaps to move them to the south end of the fish pier and get them out of the way of the unloading facilities.”

There is currently a public float on the south jog of the fish pier and Smith said they are looking at relocating the Coast Guard just south of that floating dock.

“It would be an improvement for the Coast Guard as well because they wouldn’t be transiting Lydia’s Cove per see when they are in an emergency response so they could be closer to where they need to get to which is typically Chatham Bar,” Smith said.

The Coast Guard’s current lease of the pier space expires next September, but Smith does not believe a move would occur before that time.

“There’s a fair amount of permitting involved in creating a structure like that,” Smith said. “The funding will be an issue and what sort of funding the Coast Guard may be able to contribute will be part of those discussions.”

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