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Recreational Boats Banned Near Rockland Side Of Tappan Zee Bridge Construction

Tappan Zee Bridge as seen from Chopper 880 on May 13, 2014. (Photo by Tom Kaminski, WCBS Newsradio 880)

Tappan Zee Bridge as seen from Chopper 880 on May 13, 2014. (Photo by Tom Kaminski, WCBS Newsradio 880)

SOUTH NYACK, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — It has been in the works for some time, but now it’s official: No recreational boaters are allowed for a 2-mile swath on the Rockland County side near the new Tappan Zee Bridge construction.

As WCBS 880’s Sean Adams reported, the Coast Guard has approved the Hudson River safety zone, which will be marked by illuminated buoys.

The Rockland County Sheriff’s Department will have extra patrols on the Hudson.

Recreational Boats Banned Near Rockland Side Of Tappan Zee Bridge Construction

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Sean Adams reports

“See, the dangers come at night more so than during the day because you can’t see and everything looks the same when you’re out on the water at night,” said Rockland Sheriff Lou Falco.

One night last summer, a drunken boater crashed into a Tappan Zee construction barge, killing a bride-to-be and her fiance’s best man.

Fliers are being circulated around marinas with a map of the approved safety zone.

Recreational vessels can still use the regulated navigation area under the super structure, but must travel no faster than 5 knots and leave no wake.

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