RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 15, 2017) —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is holding a public hearing on Feb. 28 to take comments on three no-wake zone rules in Perquimans and Pender counties.
The hearing, which begins at 10 a.m., will be held on the fifth floor of the Commission’s headquarters, located at 1751 Varsity Drive in Raleigh. Comments also may be submitted in writing through 5 p.m., on April 3, 2017, to firstname.lastname@example.org or to Betsy Haywood, N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission,1701 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1701.
Perquimans County has submitted a no-wake zone request for a portion of Yeopim Creek, shore to shore, at Heritage Shores North subdivision. Part of the creek is narrow with two sharp corners that restrict boaters’ ability to see oncoming traffic. This portion of the creek was the site of a fatal boating accident.
In Pender County, the Town of Topsail Beach requested an extension of the no-wake zone on the eastern side of Banks Channel within 100 yards of the waterfront at the Town of Topsail Beach, extending from 155 yards west of Bush’s Marina to a line perpendicular to Haywood Avenue. Town officials cite numerous boating safety hazards, including a narrow channel, fuel dock, boat ramps, a waterfront motel and marina, numerous piers, swimming areas and heavy vessel traffic.
Also in Pender County, the Town of Surf City has requested a no-wake zone in the channel known as Deep Creek along the town shoreline. The no-wake zone would begin at the channel intersection with Topsail Sound and end at Goldsboro Avenue. Town officials are requesting the no-wake zone, citing multiple hazards that include a narrow channel with fuel docks, a storage marina and commercial fish house, and a public boat ramp for commercial and residential boaters.
At the hearing, the Commission also will take comments on extension of a no-wake zone on Lake Chatuge requested by Clay County officials. The current no-wake zone would be extended from the area in the vicinity of the High Bridge on N.C. Highway 175 on Shooting Creek to include the entire creek, shore to shore, where it meets Lake Chatuge southeast of the bridge. Officials are requesting the zone extension because of numerous safety issues, including a narrow channel with underwater rock hazards, limited visibility near the bridge and boat wakes that pose swimming hazards.
Jodie B. Owen