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."