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Pender County's plan for boat ramp stalled

Pender County's plans to purchase a boat ramp in Hampstead is at a stand still. The county is hoping to purchase about seven acres along Lewis Road for a boat ramp and parking. Grant money from state agencies would pay for the ramp, but members of the Pecan Grove Homeowners Association filed a lawsuit against the county, claiming the sale would harm the easement's value. County commissioners came up with a Plan B to purchase five acres along Moore’s Landing Road. A ramp would benefit residents in the area traveling to either Wrightsville Beach or Surf City to put their boat in the water.

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Take care of what you've got...

While we're all trying to save money, can someone please explain to me why Pender County wants to buy acreage off Lewis Rd for a boat ramp, when they won't take care of the one they HAVE at the end of Watt's Landing Road? I keep hearing how much this will benefit locals, but if that was true, then why isn't the money allocated to easily FIX the existing boat ramp on Watt's Landing Road? Maintenance is a wonderful thing. Repave the end of the ramp so we don't have the 2 foot drop at the end where it broke off, maybe even a little dredging in the channel? Make wise use of your resources now, and I'll believe you can handle the big stuff when it comes through.

As Much

as it will pain me to see the increased traffic at the Surf City ramp, postponement of this purchase is the right thing to do in the current economic climate. Where the commissioners thought the money would come from escapes me.