Monday, April 27, 2009

Nautical Gateways (Part I: Marina del Sur)

Main, outer gateway at Marina del Sur. The gate is wide enough to allow passage of small utility vehicles that travel along the gangway between the marina store and parking lot. The marina store and office building was recently reconstructed following damage inflicted by a windstorm ("sudden non-storm-related wind event" according to the government folks) last summer.

Inner gate controlling access to slips at Marina del Sur, Elephant Butte Lake State Park, in southern New Mexico.

Left front view, Marina del Sur inner gate. This marina does not offer overnight slips or host night fishing, so night time traffic is limited to slip renters and marina personnel, with the outer gates secured at night but accessible to slip renters.

Right front view of inner gate at Marina del Sur. These gates use magnetic key cards for entry.

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At 8:36 PM, April 27, 2009, Blogger Carol Anne said...

Of course, technically speaking, even taking, let alone publishing, photographs of security installations such as these gates is a violation of Homeland Security regulations. The reasoning is that terrorists might see these pictures and analyze them for weaknesses in the system.

Of course, it seems doubtful that terrorists might wish to attack the marinas at Elephant Butte Lake.

At 6:37 PM, May 01, 2009, Blogger Gerald said...

No, these gates are visible from the public domain. In Lopez v U.S., the supreme court ruled that only security features inside federal buildings and properties could be restricted by HS legally. Also, the restrictions strictly speaking would only effectively be applicable to the publishing of the photos. Pretty much the interpretation of the constitution that is established allows you to take a photo of anything that can be seen by or from public domain. It's covered by a little clause called the First Amendment. Trust me on this one! ;)

At 6:38 PM, May 01, 2009, Blogger Gerald said...

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At 6:39 PM, May 01, 2009, Blogger Gerald said...

Also, I thought those gates were electronic rfid, not magnetic. Magnetic gates are easier to open.


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