Washington Waterfront Boat Slips Available For Holiday Weekend

Washington's waterfront is ready and waiting to welcome in Labor Day travelers, it just doesn't look like too many are on their way yet.

The dock master told us he's been expecting boaters but they haven't been showing up. Nat Gladding says no one has reserved a dock this year for the holiday weekend, something he hasn't seen in a long time.

"I’m seeing a little bit of change on boats coming up here, I think it's due to the economy."

If you'd like to reserve a dock call the Parks and Recreation Department at 252-975-9367 ext. 221.


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  • by boater Location: washington on Sep 26, 2009 at 08:20 PM
    The last time i went to washingtons waterfront I was stoped 3 times by the law. Its getting worse up there being hassled all the time
  • by LOVE Location: WASHINGTON on Sep 16, 2009 at 09:14 AM
    IF PEOPLE WOULD BE RESPONSIBLE WHEN OUT ON A BOAT AND NOT DRINK AND ACT A FOOL THEN YOU WOULD NOT BE BOTHERED BY ANYONE. MY FAMILY HAS GONE OUT ON BOATS FOR YEARS AND WE HAVE NEVER BEEN BOTHERED. THEY ARE DOING THIER JOBS.
  • by B Location: NC on Sep 3, 2009 at 05:52 PM
    I have lived in Washington my whole life, the simple fact is this,if you were born and raised here you do not count, they have turned our town into a yankee retreat and they do want the locals around!!!!
  • by Obama Snake Oil co Location: Washington on Sep 3, 2009 at 04:29 PM
    It is about the economy. I live close to 4 marinas in Washington and will tell you the boats are not going out. Until they see what the chosen one is going to do, they are not spending money. I know boaters are getting harrased but thank Bev for getting money for that. The docks are not in terrible conditions and building them was the best thing Washington has ever done. Downtown was dead big time. Now, there are new buisnesses moving in and setting up shop. I will agree the dockmasters that work there are rough in the way they handle people. They seem to forget they work for us, just like both of our houses and president. The one guy that wears the Austrailian outback hat actually locked me in the restroom parking lot and told me it was for boaters. Boaters don't use that parking lot, the city does and anyone can park there except Saturday mornings when the farmers market is open. Well, the boaters will return someday, not soon, wait till 2012.
  • by Whuppy Location: Washington on Sep 3, 2009 at 03:43 PM
    The lack of boaters at Washington's waterfront doesn't have anything to do with the economy. Boaters will user their boats and do without other luxuries just to be on the water. The absence of boaters is about harassment by Coast Guard, Wildlife, Sherif officers interference and the other restrictions by city of Washington, just to cater to a few. It's too bad that the local downtown merchants will suffer because of these actions.
  • by Poor Local Boy Location: Washington on Sep 3, 2009 at 02:08 PM
    I can't believe you would even post a story such as this. What did the City expect? I have been attending the Summerfest and many other down town activities since the eighties. After the past several years of harassment by law enforcement and foul treatment by all the folks thinking they have an entitlement to the waterfront because they have forty foot yachts, I have vowed that this past year was my last to attend Washington waterfront activities. Since the Fourth of July I have been boating "out of town". Sorry Washington, but enough is enough. I am done with downtown. My boat is only 24 ft. I guess not big enough to get a T dock.
  • by B Location: NC on Sep 3, 2009 at 01:49 PM
    I think you can thank NC wildlife, when you harass people they stop spending money!The tax payers payed for the boat docks and only have two or three to use, and if you do get lucky enough to use a dock that you helped pay for, the coastguard or NC wildlife will harass you to no end!!!!
  • by mike Location: Washington on Sep 3, 2009 at 01:13 PM
    I agree with Billy. I think that the dock master and city of Washington has probably made everyone mad, not to mention the law pulling every boater. Its a shame the common man can't pull up to the dock to spend money on main street without getting harassed by the dock-master. Great Job !!!
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Sep 3, 2009 at 12:08 PM
    Well, the wealthy boatowners are waiting to see how the chosen on will redistribute their wealth. This is just some more of that hopey changey thing. Fountain files chapter 11.....aparently, some of you forgot, you work for a wealthy man not a poor one.
  • by Billy Location: Choco on Sep 3, 2009 at 11:42 AM
    Whatever. I was shocked at what an eyesore the Washington waterfront has become. What used to be a pleasant walk is now a bunch of limited access boat docks. This town is losing all it's charm to try to make a profit on docks and ugly condos for out of towners. Yuck.
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