Local coast guard officials call for river meeting

Published: Apr. 21, 2011 at 12:56 AM EDT|Updated: Apr. 21, 2011 at 2:35 AM EDT
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It's been an unusual spring for the Ohio River. Because it's stayed a high stage, and there have been several accidents, the local US Coast Guard office wants a meeting with several parties.

Lt. Rob Reinhart says he's already been in touch with BB Riverboats, Hooters Restaurant, The Beer Cellar, and various community governments about it. Reinhart says it just not clear who regulates what on the river.

"We want to come up with who's going to look at what, who's responsibility is that, is it a collective effort, is it going to fall to one agency, and how is that going to work," said Reinhart.

Over at the Showboat Majestic on the Cincinnati Public Landing, it's an idea management supports.

"If everybody needs more clarification about who's in charge of what, more power to them. I am never going to shy away from a discussion about safety on the river,"says Tim Perrino, the general management.

The meeting is tentatively planned for next Wednesday, depending on the river conditions. Coast guard officials say, it's not to get anyone in trouble, but to open up a dialogue.

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