NC's Largest Public Boat Launching Facility In The Works

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

It will eventually be North Carolina's largest public boat launching facility.

Carteret County Commissioners approved a million dollars for the project on the Bogue Sound of Emerald Isle.

The access will be operated by the state wildlife commission and admission is free.

The 4 million dollar project was a must according to town officials because it was the last usable tract of undeveloped land available.

They said they did not want the opportunity to slip away with public boating access disappearing in the area.

Plans include four ramps, 125 vehicle or trailer spaces and 19 single vehicle parking spaces.


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  • by Paul Location: Greenville on Aug 20, 2009 at 07:40 AM
    Go by any of the public boat ramps. You will not find them loaded down with rich people as you call them. It is the rich people who are paying for this project. Regardless of what you want to believe, the top 1% of tax payers pay the great majority of taxes collected. Also in case you did not know it, those that contribute the least demand the most from our tax resource. I am not rich but I do not sit around and wait for or expect the "government" to pass me any of that money some folks think grow on trees. On the other hand, it is nice to see something worthwhile done with some of the money. It is far better than a Tea Pot Museum or some unused sidewalk.
  • by Jay Location: Swansboro on Aug 20, 2009 at 06:03 AM
    I am by no means rich and will benefit from this facility. We are NOT going to stop them from doing what they want to do in Raleigh so I will take what we can get....lol
  • by Jackson Location: Deep Run on Aug 20, 2009 at 05:29 AM
    Bravo......The state is actually spending money on something that will generate revenue. Gas, Ice, Tackle, Beer, Tax for all of these, Good Job. Perdue obviously had nothing to do with this one. As a boater, unless you have $3500 a year or a place on the water it is getting tougher and tougher to find ramps to launch on the coast.
  • by GG Location: Greenville on Aug 20, 2009 at 04:07 AM
    I don't even own a boat but I think I have to applaud this one. Our representatives in Raliegh who are always taking, taking, taking from the masses should take heed of this one. I see this as giving something back to the public. I don't think the "rich" will benefit from this as they probably won't use it, this is for Joe Public to be able to launch his boat for the day. The "rich" already bought up and destroyed most of our fishing piers, so maybe this will help offset that somewhat. At least people with a boat can still enjoy our waters, that is until the Raliegh reps figure out how to start developing our waterways and selling them off into plots :)
  • by jj on Aug 20, 2009 at 02:19 AM
    4 million dollar project , and the state is laying off workers , and others are taking pay cuts and state services are being cut! but the state can waste money so some rich people have a free place to launch boat and park! come on people can u say "FRAUD WASTE AND ABUSE" the every one wonders why all the state leaders are under fbi investagations. i am sure some owed some a favor at us taxpayers expense!!!!! wake up people and stop useless spending of are hard earned money!!!
  • by Robbie Location: Washington on Aug 19, 2009 at 08:30 PM
    Beaufort County should step up and do the same. It's a shame there are no large public ramps near Broad Creek area. Let NCWRC take over Dinah's Landing, they will make it better.
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