Media Contact: Carolyn Rickard, Public Information Officer
EMERALD ISLE, N.C. (April 13, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has completed construction on the Emerald Isle Boating Access Area and is opening the site to the public Friday afternoon, April 15.
The Emerald Isle Boating Access Area, on N.C. 58 between mile markers 17.5 and 18, has four launch lanes, parking for 112 vehicles with trailers and parking for 18 single vehicles. The town eventually plans to construct additional park amenities.
“We are grateful for this partnership with the Town of Emerald Isle that has allowed us to build this coastal region site,” said Erik Christofferson, chief of the Commission’s Division of Engineering Services. “The four launch lanes and ample parking will allow boaters from across the state more convenient access to Bogue Sound and the Intracoastal Waterway. We are grateful to all the partners that contributed to this project.”
The Wildlife Commission paid for the construction of the access area through funding from motorboat registration receipts. The Town of Emerald Isle purchased the land for the site, generating the $4.25 million necessary from the Commission, Carteret County, the N.C. Parks and Recreation Trust Fund, the N.C. Division of Coastal Management Public Waterfront Access Grant Program and sales of the N.C. Coastal Recreational Fishing License.
The Town and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will commemorate the opening of the site Friday morning during a grand opening ceremony scheduled for 11 a.m.
For more information on boating in North Carolina, including an interactive map of free, 24-hour boating access areas, visit www.ncwildlife.org. For more information on coastal boating, order a free copy of the North Carolina Coastal Boating Guide.