DULUTH (AP) -- The Duluth Seaway Port Authority has sounded off in the noisy controversy over the city's foghorn.
Commissioners unanimously voted Wednesday, with one member abstaining, to send a letter to the Duluth City Council and Mayor Gary Doty calling for the foghorn to be sounded as it has in the past.
Last week, Doty vetoed a city council resolution that would have continued use of the foghorn between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. Doty has favored a plan to trim back the hours after complaints by residents that the old diaphone horn disrupts their sleep.
While most commercial vessels don't rely on the foghorn for navigational purposes, pilot boats and recreational boats with less sophisticated electronics still depend on it, said Davis Helberg, executive director of the port authority.
When the foghorn is not in use, the Coast Guard falls back on a less-powerful device, which port authority commissioner Thomas Clure called "a peanut whistle."
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