PortandTerminal.com, January 31, 2020
MIAMI, FL – The United States Coast Guard has established a Super Bowl security zone in Biscayne Bay in Miami in the run-up to Sunday’s game when the Kansas City Chiefs will play the San Francisco 49ers at Hard Rock Stadium.
While there is no specific or credible threat to the Super Bowl, officials said they are on high alert.
“It is an extremely high risk and iconic American event. Security preparations are structured accordingly,”Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf
Among the security measures for the Super Bowl, Customs and Border Protection agents from Air and Marine Operations are patrolling the skies on Black Hawk helicopters. Coast Guard personnel are also boarding boats to do safety inspections and confirm that charters are legitimate.
At a press briefing held Jan. 24, USCG Sector Miami Commander Capt. Jo-Ann Burdian said a 24/7 security zone in Biscayne Bay would be in effect from 8 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, until 8 a.m. Monday, Feb. 3, the day after the Super Bowl.
U.S. Coast Guard boats with mounted M2-40 guns could be seen enforcing the transit restrictions, which require vessels to travel at steady speeds without stopping.
Meanwhile, at Port Miami agents have started looking out for drugs and contraband, including counterfeit Super Bowl souvenirs. On Thursday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) announced the seizure of more than 176,000 counterfeit sports-related items, worth an estimated $123 million (MSRP), through a collaborative enforcement operation targeting international shipments of counterfeit merchandise into the United States.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has said that it will confiscate drones from operators who violate the temporary flight restrictions (TFR) around the Super Bowl venues in Miami. Manned aircraft pilots and drone operators alike who enter the TFRs without permission could face civil penalties of up to $30,000 and potential criminal prosecution.
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