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May 3, 2014

Boater safety certification courses scheduled

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The Parker River channel markers will be installed before the end of April.

Boater safety courses:

The Newbury Harbormaster’s Office will host a Boater Safety Certification course instructed by the Massachusetts Environmental Police. This 5-day course is scheduled for May 8 and May 9; May 14 to May 16 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Triton Regional High School, 112 Elm St., Byfield. For more information, visit the Harbormaster link on the Newbury Police Department website.

Portable toilets have been delivered to the Town Landing and are open for public use. The Town Landing and parking areas are being cleaned and landscaped. The parking lot will be evaluated and reconfigured for maximum efficiency. A new bulletin board will be installed to keep the public posted of any important issues on the water.

The mooring field will be reconfigured for maximum efficiency during the boating season. Initially, mooring will be placed in the same spot as last boating season. The field will be reconfigured during the season as necessary. By re-configuring the mooring field, we are hoping to eliminate the mooring waiting list this season.

The office will make every attempt to keep each mooring in the same general area on the river. However, some moorings will need to be moved fifty feet or more. We will not move existing moorings to different sections of the river (i.e. a mooring will not be moved from the east side of the Parker River Bridge to the west side of the bridge).

The Harbormaster skiff has been repainted, marked and equipped for high visibility and emergency response. We are hopeful that a more suitable patrol boat will be purchased and outfitted during the boating season. The same assistant harbormasters will return this boating season. Several new assistant harbormasters will be hired as well. Often times, Police Officers will also patrol the river with Assistant Harbormasters.

Permitting questions can be directed to harbormaster@townofnewbury.org or 978-462-4440 ext. 122. All other questions can be directed to harbormaster@townofnewbury.org or by calling 978-462-4440 ext. 120.

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