Gulf Intracoastal Waterway – Fort Walton Beach Barge Based Fireworks

Notice Number: 24-43

A temporary safety zone will be established for certain navigable waters of Santa Rosa Sound in Ft. Walton Beach, FL that will be enforced from 8:00 pm until 9:30 pm on May 17, 2024, with a backup/rain date of May 18, 2024. The safety zone is needed to protect mariners from potential hazards to include an increased volume of spectator craft associated with the Billy Bowlegs Fireworks Festival. The safety zone will be enforced within a 600' radius on navigable waters around the fireworks barge located at approximate position 30° 24' 2.57" N, 086° 36' 27.63" W.

Under the general safety zone regulations in subpart C of 33 CFR 165, no person may enter, transit through, or remain in the safety zone unless authorized by the U.S. Coast Guard. To seek permission to transit through, contact the U.S. Coast Guard on VHF-CH 16 during the enforcement period. Those in the safety zone must comply with all lawful orders or directions given to them by the U.S. Coast Guard.