Coast Guard Faces Budget Cuts

US Coast Guard


With the possibility of a hobbled Coast Guard on the Central Coast, local entities that have relied on the guard in the past may have to adjust their expectations.

“We utilize them but not on a routine basis,” said Sean James, the public safety superintendent for the California State Parks’ Monterey District.

“Monterey or Pacific Grove might put in a request where the Coast Guard is not available to respond,” said James.

There might be times when the State Parks’ rescue swimmers would be called in because a Coast Guard boat was not available. Water rescues in the Cannery Row, Point Pinos and Moss Landing areas benefit from the presence of the guard close by.

Coast Guard Faces Budget Cuts