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Duluth harbor restricted during Trump visit

The end of the dock on Max Taubert's 14-acres of property along Superior Bay offers a unique of the Aerial Lift Bridge and the coming and going of ships in the harbor. Bob King / rking@duluthnews.com

The U.S. Coast Guard announced that security restrictions will be in place on portions of the Duluth harbor on Wednesday afternoon as part of President Donald Trump's visit to Duluth.

The Coast Guard will enforce two security zones on northern and central portions of the harbor, including the Duluth ship canal, East Gate Basin and around the Blatnik Bridge. Enforcement times are subject to change and up-to-date information will be provided via broadcast notice to mariners over VHF channel 16, according to the Coast Guard.

All vessels are prohibited from entering or remaining in the security zones unless authorized by the Coast Guard or a designated representative. Vessels already at berth, moored or anchored while the zones are enforced don't have to depart the zones unless directed to depart by the Coast Guard. All vessels underway within the security zones while the zones are enforced are expected to depart the zone. Vessels who want to request authorization to enter a security zone may contact the Coast Guard via VHF radio on channel 16, according to the Coast Guard.

Trump is expected to arrive in Duluth about two hours before he plans to speak at a campaign rally at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Amsoil Arena. Prior to the rally, he's expected to attend a roundtable event at an undisclosed location on the Duluth waterfront.

Security Zone A will cover the northern harbor basin and will be enforced from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Zone A will also include all waters of the Duluth ship canal and extends 100 yards into Lake Superior from the breakwall lights. The Aerial Lift Bridge and the Minnesota Slip won't lift for commercial or recreational vessels while Zone A is enforced, according to the Coast Guard.

Security Zone B will cover central portions of the harbor and will be enforced from 4 p.m. until about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Zone B includes all water from Interstate Island, under the Blatnik Bridge and north to Security Zone A's border near the corner of Coast Guard Station Duluth dock. Mariners should remain south of the green "11" buoy, according to the Coast Guard.