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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-7th District) has joined a Wilmington man’s fight to get rid of an old concrete platform near the mouth of the Cape Fear River.

McIntyre, a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, has written the Coast Guard requesting they assist in the removal of the abandoned quarantine station in the river near Southport.

“Removing or adequately lighting this structure will save lives and improve boater visibility at the mouth of the Cape Fear River,” McIntyre said. “It is critical that we do all we can to protect those who are using our waters for recreation or business purposes. This is a very serious safety issue, and it is important that a positive solution is found.”

Last year Barbara Pierce died from injuries when the boat she was in hit the platform in the dark. Her husband is trying to raise awareness of it to get it removed.


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  • AJ

    The remains of the quarantine station have been around for longer than most of us have been alive and I realize the loss of any life resulting from a boating accident is something worthy of discussion. I however feel removing the stations remains would be money not well spent. I have been running the Cape Fear at all hours of the night and day my whole life and rarely ever come anywhere near the quarantine station since its so far removed from the center line of the channel. I do feel lighting it is a good idea as is lighting all of the day markers in the ICW which have much more boat traffic passing nearby. They too have been hit by unsuspecting boaters causing loss of life. The money saved from not demolishing all of that concrete at the quarantine station would go much farther lighting up the intracoastal waterway and would make the whole area much safer for boaters.

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