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Hampstead residents moving closer to having local boat access

Pender County is a step closer to gaining local water access. People living in Hampstead and the surrounding area in Pender County currently must drive out of the way to Wrightsville Beach or Surf City to put their boat in the water. Pender County commissioners met last week to discuss purchasing a boat ramp off Lewis Road in Hampstead. The ramp would provide direct access to the intracoastal waterways, and save boaters a lengthy drive. They are in the process of asking wildlife to help fund the project.

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There are

already 2 Public Ramps, with ample parking, of Higyway 53. There is an additional ramp off Highway 210. These are free to use. If someone has a boat too large for any of these sites, they can afford the time to drive to Wrightsville Beach. In our current economic downturn, is there not a better use for the funds which will be required?

Boat Ramp

Please stop and think about the detriment that too many vehicles would cause for this area.


We have needed a ramp in this area for a long time. Forget going to WB in the summer, there is nowhere to park. I can only hope that they provide ample parking at this launch ramp.