Push to slow down boaters in Southport requires public input
BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Businesses like the Southport Marina, as well as the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and Brunswick County commissioners, want a No Wake Zone established along a portion of the Intracoastal Waterway in Southport.
According to documents from the US Army Corps of Engineers, the No Wake Zone would encompass approximately 3,000 feet of the ICWW, between marker 1A and 2A along the Southport waterfront.
“If something is not put in place to slow the boating public down someone is going to be seriously injured or even killed due to the speeds and congestion,” Chief Deputy Charles Miller wrote in a letter to the US Army Corp of Engineers. “We are doing everything legally possible to prevent anything from happening and respectively request the approval and implementation of a No Wake Zone.”
Over the summer, Brunswick County commissioners approved a resolution requesting the No Wake Zone.
Businesses also claim the wakes have caused damage to their docks, as well as to the boats that dock at the Southport Marina.
In 1993, the NC Legislature passed a bill that established a No Wake Zone in this section of the ICWW, but because this area is under the authority of the US Army Corps of Engineers, state law is pre-empted by federal authority.
The latest request wants the US Army Corps of Engineers to install No Wake Zone signs along the channel and enforce it.
The public is encouraged to comment for the next 30 days to consider and evaluate the impacts of the request.
The deadline to submit comments is February 28.
Comments may be mailed to Jim Medlock, of the US Army Corps of Engineers, Wilmington District, Wilmington, NC 28403.
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