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Pender County residents say no to public boat ramp

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Residents of the Moore’s Landing neighborhood in Hampstead gathered at Gary Webb's house Wednesday night, to learn about how a public boat ramp has been proposed in their backyards. "It would totally destroy our community. It would take a community that's residential waterfront, take 40 percent of it, and turn it into a parking lot and boat ramps," said Webb. Webb and Cole Porter have gathered signatures on a petition against a ramp in their community. "I can't even believe that the county commissioners would even entertain going into a residential neighborhood, tearing down three, million dollar houses, to put in a public boat ramp," Moore’s Landing resident Cole Porter said. The closest public ramps are in Wrightsville Beach and Surf City. Les Wyatt chooses to pay to use Scott’s Hill Marina. "I think more public ramps would be great," he said. But he understands the concerns of Moore’s Landing residents. "It is perfectly understandable. It is like a highway anytime you do anything for the public good." The other option on the table, which many people support, including commissioner David Williams, is a ramp on Lewis Road. The property owner had been in a lawsuit with a homeowner’s association, but said that has been resolved, and now it is up to the state to decide the best location. The Moore’s Landing residents sure hope it's not in their community. "It's just a nice peaceful area, and we want to keep it that way," Webb said. Pender County commissioners will discuss this topic at their August 3rd meeting. A big concern of some commissioners is that they will lose the grant money if they do not pick a location soon.

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do the Commissioners think the Grant Money comes from? Folks, regardless of where you live in Pender County, it comes from the tax dollars we pay. It's another form of asset redistribution. They lose the grant money if thy do not choose a spot. Big Deal. There's a ramp in Surf City. There are 4 free ramps off 210, 41 and 53 near I-40. How many are needed? One would think with budget cuts and educational concerns, this would not be high on the food chain.