The U.S. Coast Guard will hold a public meeting seeking comments on plans to create an anchorage for ships waiting to use the ports of Hampton Roads off of Cape Charles. While ships currently use the area for anchorage purposes, it became necessary to create the official anchorage area after the Navy, which controls the waters off of Lynnhaven indicated it needs the area for training purposes.
Currently Navy sailors coming home from months of deployment, often have to be shipped off to other locations for additional training. In an effort to improve morale which includes improving the family lives of Navy personnel, it was decided to try to offer as much training locally as possible so members can spend time at home between deployments.
The meeting will occur August 17 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Cape Charles Civic Center. The Coast Guard is seeking community input on the matter. Comments may be submitted in writing as well as at the meeting. You can submit comments at the federal e-rulemaking portal at http://regulations.gov using the code USCG-2015-1118. On line comments must be entered by August 28.