A proposal to expand a marina in North Carolina's oldest town has stirred up a decades-long debate about whether there should be growth there.
The Daily Reflector of Greenville reports the latest controversy in the town of Bath stems from a developer's plan to widen a boardwalk, add a stairway to the roof and extend three piers at the Quarterdeck Marina.
Opponents say the proposal would create congestion and pollution.
Others say the expansion is necessary to improve safety.
Both sides agree that the plan is the latest issue in a struggle between those who want growth and those who worry about altering the town's image and appeal.
Bath, created in 1705, is approximately 140 miles east of Raleigh.
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