on Jun 27, 2012 03:29 PM • Views 2961
Media Contact: Carolyn Rickard
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SUNSET BEACH, N.C. (June 27, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has scheduled a ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of the Sunset Beach Boating Access Area in Brunswick County.

The ceremony is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, June 29, onsite at 101 Sunset Blvd. The new access area, which will be open to the public Friday, allows boaters to launch into the Intracoastal Waterway.

“We are grateful for our partnership with the town of Sunset Beach, which allowed us to build this boating access area,” said Erik Christofferson, chief of the Commission’s Division of Engineering Services. “This site will draw anglers, recreational boaters and wildlife watchers from across the state, as well as locals interested in spending a day on the water.”

Several years ago, the town and Brunswick County used grants to purchase property adjacent to the bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway where the new boating access area is located. The access area includes a 100-foot long floating dock with a single-lane launch ramp. The site also includes a 110-foot fishing pier and 37 parking spaces for vehicles with trailers.

“This is a significant achievement for our area because there aren’t enough boating access areas in the region, and the only one that had been in Sunset Beach was removed during the elevated bridge construction and not replaced,” said Gary Parker, Sunset Beach town administrator. “There are many boaters eagerly awaiting the opening of this one.”

The Commission paid for construction costs for the site with motorboat registration receipts.