Coast Guard to enforce security zone around Democrats' retreat

Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina
(Handout photo)

The U.S. Coast Guard will be enforcing a security perimeter around a waterfront Cambridge hotel this week to protect a gathering of House Democrats.

House Democrats are scheduled to begin a retreat at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina, which sits on the Choptank River, on Wednesday. The Coast Guard's 500-yard "security zone" around the hotel will begin 3 a.m. Wednesday and last through Friday.


The Coast Guard did not say when on Friday the perimeter would be lifted, but a spokesman said it would be "most likely sometime in the afternoon or evening."

The perimeter will be the second of its kind outside the Hyatt this year. The Coast Guard enforced a similar perimeter last month for a House Republican retreat.

The safety precautions will "impact waterways traffic" both in the security zone in the Choptank and under the bridge that carries Route 50 over the river, the Coast Guard said.

Boats already berthed, moored or anchored in the security zone do not have to be removed.

Anyone who wishes to operate a vessel within the security zone must obtain authorization by calling 410-576-2693 or using marine band radio via VHF-FM channel 16, the Coast Guard said.