Media Contact: Geoff Cantrell, Public Information Officer
RALEIGH, N.C. (June 30, 2010) – Renovations to the Sunset Harbor Public Boating Access Area have been completed, and the popular Brunswick County site is set to re-open to the public at noon on Friday, July 2.
The revamped N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission facility, located at 356 Riverview Drive, off Lockwood Folly Road, features a fishing pier, new boat ramps and fixed and floating docks. The improved parking lot also has expanded with more spaces.
The Waterfront Access and Marine Industry Fund, administered by the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, paid for additional property to expand the facility, which was the majority of the cost of this project, and some renovations. Vessel registration receipts funded the remainder of the renovations.
The N.C. General Assembly approved the $20 million Waterfront Access and Marine Industry Fund in 2007 as a way to pay for acquiring waterfront properties or developing facilities to provide or improve waterfront access for the public and marine industry.
“We are grateful that the funding was available to provide such a major upgrade to this coastal boating site,” said Erik Christofferson, chief of the Division of Engineering Services of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. “Ultimately, both the community, sportsmen and boaters will benefit from the improved access to our state’s coastal waters.”
“We are pleased to see this and other Waterfront Access and Marine Industry Fund projects moving forward,” said Division of Marine Fisheries Director Louis Daniel. “We look forward to continuing partnerships with the Wildlife Resources Commission to develop further sites in the future.”
For more information on boating in North Carolina, including an interactive map of Public Boating Access Areas, visit the boating page on www.ncwildlife.org.