Coast Guard may designate more Hudson River anchor sites

- A new proposal may soon change the scenic view along the Hudson River. Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano is just one of many officials against the Coast Guard's proposal to put 10 commercial shipping anchorages on the Hudson River between Yonkers and Kingston.

The Coast Guard is considering the proposal after receiving requests from the shipping industry. The proposal would allow commercial barges to tie to a dock and sit along developing waterfronts north of New York City.

Spano is leading the charge against the anchorage sites. He issued this petition called ban the barge as well as a graphic that lays out where the barges would be located 70 miles up along the Hudson.

Edward Kelly is the executive director of the Maritime Association, one of several groups, requesting the anchorage sites, said the request is a safety issue. He said this would allow ship traffic already in the Hudson to get to safe, designated areas to anchor.

Right now the Coast Guard is still in the preliminary stages of deciding whether or not to approve the sites.

People we spoke to believe the plan would only ruin what took decades to improve.

The proposal would not happen overnight. Public hearings would begin next spring. The Coast Guard is also seeking comments from the public via its web site.

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