Coast Guard to enforce 'security zone' around House Republican retreat

The U.S. Coast Guard will be enforcing a 500-yard perimeter around a waterfront hotel in Cambridge this week to protect an event for House Republicans.

House Republicans are expected to gather an annual retreat at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina on the Choptank River starting Wednesday. The security perimeter will begin at 3 a.m. Wednesday and remain until 1 p.m. Friday.

In addition to the 500-yard perimeter in the waters around the hotel, the security zone will also affect water traffic underneath the bridge that carries Route 50 over the river, the Coast Guard said.

Boats already at berth, moored or anchored within the zone when it is implemented will not have to move, the Coast Guard said, but entering or operating a boat within the zone will require authorization from the Coast Guard.

"Recognizing the temporary zone will affect mariners on the Choptank River; we have coordinated closely with our inter-agency and port partners to minimize impact," said Lt. Michael McGrail, a member of Coast Guard Sector Baltimore, in a statement. "We do this while still meeting security requirements for the Republican Issues Conference."

Those who want to request authorization to operate within the zone can call 410-576-2693 or use marine band radio via VHF-FM channel 16, the Coast Guard said.

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