On Aug. 4, 1790, President George Washington signed the Tariff Act which authorized construction of 10 vessels (also known as "cutters") to enforce federal tariff laws and to prevent smuggling in the United States.
Today,the Coast Guard is responsible for maritime safety, security, and environmental stewardship in U.S. ports and waterways. They protect and defend more than 100,000 miles of coastline and inland waterways. With over 56,000 members, a fleet of 243 cutters, 201 aircraft and over 1,600 boats, the Coast Guard is instrumental in protecting the lives and property of the residents of the United States. They patrol our coasts for drug smugglers, human trafficking and both domestic and international terrorism.
On an average day, the U.S. Coast Guard conducts 45 search and rescue missions; saves 10 lives; seizes 874 pounds of cocaine and 214 pounds of marijuana; investigates 35 pollution incidents; and screens 360 merchant vessels for potential security threats prior to arriving at U.S. ports. And that's just a handful of things they do to protect us on a daily basis!
We would like to extend our appreciation to all past and present members of the U.S. Coast Guard for keeping our Country safe.
County Manager's Office