Pender County residents say no to public boat ramp
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.
Pender County has $3.8 million in grant money from the state for a public boat ramp. Most everyone agrees the area needs one. It is just a matter of where. Residents at one spot are determined not to have a public boat ramp in their neighborhood.
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