FROM:           Dorchester County Council

DATE:            May 1, 2018

RE:  R “10” Beacon, Honga River

At the direction of the County Council, County staff have been working with the Department of Natural Resources and the Army Corps of Engineers to remedy the negative impact of the removal of the R “10” Beacon, Honga River, by obtaining the required permits from the Coast Guard to replace the marker. The original marker was removed by the Coast Guard at the end of 2017 due to the lack of maintenance dredging in the area by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The only solution was for the County to provide a private County owned R “10” beacon to replace this federal navigation aid.

Today, May 1, 2018, Dorchester County is pleased to report to the public that the  beacon by Wroten Island in the Honga River has been replaced with a County-owned and maintained marker. This replacement would not have been possible without assistance from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources staff who have worked with the County and federal partners in this endeavor and support from Mr. Henry Gootee who provided ground and boat support for the project.

The County Council would like to take this opportunity to express its appreciation for the efforts of by the Department of Natural Resources and Mr. Gootee for their help with this replacement for the benefit and safety of all boaters who use this area for both work and play.