Boat owners are concerned that the start of charter fishing season may leave them high and dry because the Oregon Inlet is clogged with sand.
The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk reports the inlet is clogged because of storms from the north that generally push sand into the channel. Winds from the south tend to push the sand out.
The week, the Army Corps of Engineers said the channel under the Bonner Bridge connecting Hatteras Island and the northern Outer Banks is only about 2 feet deep and too shallow to dredge.
Charter fishing season typically begins Easter weekend. Fishing boat owners have a choice of detouring some 50 miles south to Hatteras Inlet or risk passing under a narrow span of the Bonner Bridge south of the marked channel.
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