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By: obxmini
8/20/2015 8:30 AM

Did anyone who reads this board attend this meeting?

I've posted a link to a very interesting and important issue about the serious shoaling problems.

And here is a partial quote from the article - which is very worthwhile reading.

"Boat captains are feeling the squeeze from the rapidly shoaling piece of the channel out of Hatteras Inlet in a way they haven't before.

In the last few weeks, conditions have rapidly deteriorated in an area between the South Ferry Docks on Ocracoke island and the Hatteras Inlet gorge a waterway that is desperately needed for boaters to get in and out of the inlet.

Fixing the problem is exacerbated by its location, which seems to be out of bounds of both state and federal responsibility to dredge and perhaps ability to get it done. Since the state ferry now uses a natural, although longer, channel, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is authorized to maintain only the Rollinson Channel – which includes much of the now unused shorter channel – the area falls into a regulatory no man's land.

"We are in a situation historically where we've never been before," said charter boat captain Ernie Foster, who is a member of the commission. "We are in uncharted territory. It's moving so dynamically that we're behind the curve."

Foster said the current situation is "catastrophic" to the economy of Hatteras Island. And, he and others note, it is also a threat to public safety."



www.islandfreepress.org/2...

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By: Squid Pro Quo
8/20/2015 9:56 AM

I know one Captain that attended the meeting but he doesn't post here. He said the outcome was not promising but thanked the Coast Guard for their presence at the meeting and assistance when required.

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By: obxmini
8/20/2015 2:50 PM

Thank you for responding Squid Pro Quo - and for sharing that bit of info.

I sure hope something real and good will come to pass sooner than later.

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By: Squid Pro Quo
8/20/2015 4:36 PM

Thank you for responding Squid Pro Quo - and for sharing that bit of info.

I sure hope something real and good will come to pass sooner than later.


Unfortunately, all mariners should be afraid. Not only might they need to enter the inlet to seek refuge from a storm, but the Coast Guard needs to get out of the inlet for rescue missions.
Blackbeard never had this problem! Arrr!

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