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Coast Guard Island: Visits and Tours?

Can civilians visit the base?

After catching the  on Coast Guard Island in June, I realized there is plenty I do not know about life on our island neighbor to the north.

Levi Read, Petty Officer 2nd Class, and a Coast Guard public affairs specialist, said he'd be willing to help collect answers to Alameda Patch questions. 

A reader asked: Maybe everyone knows this, but is the Island off limits to the public? It is right off the bike route and seems like a good place to bike, but I've been too intimidated to turn onto their bridge to even ask!

Read wrote back saying that Coast Guard Island is a fully operating military base and so people can not just wander on. "There are security procedures that are in place to keep the base secure," he wrote. 

He did say that the public is invited to some events on the Island, and that tours of the base and the Coast Guard cutters can be scheduled on a case-by-case basis for some special occasions and groups.

To request a tour, says Read, people can use the Coast Guard website, or call the public affairs office directly at 510-437-3325.

"We want to encourage the public to create chances to tour the base," said Read. "In particular, we would love to have kids from Alameda."

Earlier this month Read answered the question of .

Frances Montell July 26, 2011 at 04:50 PM
The Otis (elementary school) Dads Club took a tour of a Coast Guard cutter a few months ago, and it was one of the most popular Dads Club events.

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