Council approves $86k for Smith Creek kayak launch

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Submitted: Wed, 05/08/2013 - 3:32am
Updated: Wed, 05/08/2013 - 3:58pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington City Council approved more than $86,000 to provide a local match for a state grant to build a kayak launch on Smith Creek.

The city has received a $175,000 grant to develop a site on Smith Creek’s lower reach near the intersection of McRae Street and Cornelius Harnett Drive that will include a boardwalk and parking facilities.


  • Vog46 says:

    ‘Ol Vog is pleased to announce the opening of a new business venture Called KC Removal located near the proposed Kayak launch ramp on Smith Creek.
    Mayor Saffo officiated at the opening of this business by cutting the brown ribbon at the entrance to the facility which is a lean to housing a pressure washer.
    ‘Ol Vog was interviewed by the Press as to the purpose of the new business venture and the name.
    “Well, it’s kinda like this you see. The C F PEE EWWWWW A likes to spill crap into the ‘ol Smith Creek over yonder and people thought it would be great to go kayaking in there. Well, after paddling awhile yah gets to noticin’ that your kayak is beginning to stink and paint’s now stained. So, ol Vog decided hey why not pressure wash that “Kayak Crap” off their little paddle boats – hence the name Kayak Crap Removal Corporation. Heck that was supposed to be a yellow ribbon but they dropped it in the creek before the ceremony”

    In related news the Mayor announced there would be a fee to pay to launch the kayaks.
    As the news conference ended the “mayoral wind screens” were being removed and people heard Mayor “Poofy-Do” asking “Does my hair still look OK?”

    More news at 11……..


  • SurfCityTom says:

    get your corporation or LLC set up now before you pay new fees effective 07/01.

    Perhaps they could locate the studio for the public access station adjacent to the ramp. After all, many feel local government, and its pandering members, smell.

  • RSimmons says:

    I have been paddling on Smith Creek numerous times since the city built a launch at Archie Blue park. Smith Creek has about 6 miles of navigable water pretty much free of motor boat traffic and very little shoreline development. Putting another launch near the mouth is a great idea as that will provide close access to the backwaters and old rice paddies along the CFR between the mouth of Smith Creek and I-140. You can paddle in there for days.Great kayak fishing area.

    Glad to to see the city putting my money into parks and recreation.

  • Guest7969 says:

    THIS is the type of crap that burns me up with tax dollars being used!

  • Guest-o-matic says:

    This sounds like another government “toilet seat” design project! Kayaks are one man, maybe two man pea-pods that you hand carry to the water from your cartop! Why and what in the world is going to cost $86,000.00 to have a “kayak launch”? Gold plated water shoe drying stations? Automatic “kayak towing systems” to drag it on shore for ya?

    The City of Wilmington is hell-bent to spend and spend and spend in the most rediculous methods they can possibly come up with to provide the most useless public use areas possible!

    Saffo has to be huffing that hairspray he consumes for this kind of stuff to come to the public! Absolutely rediculous!

  • SurfCityTom says:

    the $86,000 is the City’s matching portion of the grant. The Feds are putting up the other half. of the $175,000 approximate cost to build.

  • Vog46 says:

    Legal Zoom works !!!!!
    I’ve also pre filled out my corporate bankruptcy paperwork too.
    I’m hoping for a government bailout….


  • Vog46 says:

    While I can appreciate a park and kayakers too – spending $86K of city money or $150K total (est) for a 2ND launch site on Smith creek seems absurd to me.
    Yes Archie Blue has basketball courts etc as well but I see no need for a second launch facility – not on a creek thats less than 6 miles long.
    To me this seems wasteful of parks and rec monies


  • SurfCityTom says:

    they will spend the money for a state of the art location for the public access tv transmitter

  • Vog46 says:

    Council and this Mayor’s record?
    They’ll put the transmitter right at the end of runway 24L at ILM airport.
    It will only be 700ft tall and planes can swerve around it.

    They will nickname it “The Berger Obstruction”


  • ChefnSurf says:

    So using the Slap-Stick-a-Matic equation method, Wilmington’s fearless “leaders” won’t see this as a spending $86K scenario, they’ll prefer to see this as a saving $89K scenario.

    Next thing you’ll see is them calling for an immediate emergency session to find some quick way of spending the $89K they just “saved”.

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