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Re: Lateral Marks
the direction for "returning" is north to south along the coast. So it's a lateral mark with respect to that direction. The number being 34 is also a clue as they increase while returning. going from "R34" to "R2" means they are not part of the same channel.
Actually, you can have returning marks from a town north of an inlet, a town south of an inlet and incoming from an inlet (and don't forget the occasional river that flows into the ACICW) all converging at one point. Add to that any temporary buoys the CG has put in place for shoaling, etc. and one that some shrimper might have knocked down, and caution is the watchword. Do not assume anything.
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