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More Waterfront Access on the Way

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By Catherine M. Welch

Wilmington, NC – The North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries is buying land in Hampstead and Sneads Ferry to turn into public waterfront access sites.

A surge in development along the coast left fishermen and recreational boaters with fewer places to get to the water. So two years ago the state committed to building 13 new access sites. The sites in Sneads Ferry and Hampstead are the last of these projects.

Division of Marine Fisheries spokeswoman Patricia Smith says maintaining a diverse shoreline helps boost local economies.

"It's also important to the commercial fishing industry; there are boat building industries, other types of industries. And you have to consider as well that recreational fishing is an industry in this state."

The Sneads Ferry access site at Wheeler's Creek will help shimpers get to deep water. The site in Hampstead will delivers boater access to the Intracoastal Waterway.

Construction isn't expected to begin until this summer.

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