Miami: CG Special Security For MTV

To ensure the safety of the participants and the boating public during the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards which will be held at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, the Coast Guard will activate temporary security zones in several Miami waterways which will go into effect 3 p.m. Sunday until 11 p.m. Sunday night.

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MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS PARADE COMES TO MIAMI

Coast Guard activates temporary security zones, will patrol and regulate parade route

MIAMI - To ensure the safety of the participants and the boating public during the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards which will be held at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, the Coast Guard will activate temporary security zones in several Miami waterways which will go into effect 3 p.m. Sunday until 11 p.m. Sunday night.

During this event, the Coast Guard will be regulating the MTV Video Music Awards Recipients Boat Parade. The parade will form near Causeway Island, Miami Beach, Fla., and proceed south into the Port of Miami's Main Channel. From there, it will go into the Miami Harbor turning basin and finally head west into the American Airlines Arena Marina Basin.

The entire parade route will be patrolled by the Coast Guard, as well as other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. Non-participant vessels are prohibited from entering the regulated areas, including the staging areas, parade route, and Arena basin. No anchoring or entry will be permitted in any of these areas without permission from the Coast Guard. No vessels will be allowed to stop or anchor in the Port of Miami's Main Channel due to the existing security zone restrictions in place for cruise ships. (Security zone in effect since Sept. 12, 2001.)

"We appreciate the patience and support of the commercial shipping industry, mariners and boating public during the awards," said Capt. Liam Slein, Deputy Commander, Coast Guard Sector Miami. "Although the temporary zones will restrict travel on the water, these zones are necessary to help ensure the safety of all those involved."

The Coast Guard reminds all boaters who are going out on the water to watch the boat parade to wear their lifejackets, carry a working VHF-FM radio, and boat responsibly.

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For more information contact:

Public Affairs U.S. Coast Guard District 7 Phone: (305) 415-6683 Fax: (305) 415-6685 909 SE 1st Ave. Room 954 Miami, FL 33131 d7publicaffairs@d7.uscg.mil