#CoastalNotes - A new harbour patrol for the South Coast? That’s what Cork County Council is proposing in new measures to curb what’s being seen as a “free for all” along the county's lengthy coastline.
According to the Irish Examiner, draft bylaws are being drawn up that would place limits on speed limits in bays and areas for jet ski use, as well as impose berthing charges among the more than 200 harbours and piers on the Cork coast.
County Hall in Cork city is also expected to shortly announce recruitment for “harbour masters or harbour constables” with responsibility for piers not currently being regulated.
While the new regime would see stronger enforcement of laws against reckless vessel use inshore, it’s also envisaged that harbour constables would liaise with the Garda in cases of suspected drug trafficking through rural, unsupervised landing areas.
The Irish Examiner has more on the story HERE.