The plan is to hopefully have the Trails End ramp built in conjunction with another new ramp project planned for the bottom of Fort Fisher, where the existing public ramp had fallen into disrepair.
Officials would like to start work this fall, avoiding prime fishing seasons when the ramps are active, and have the projects finished by the spring.
But getting all of the necessary permits, which have been applied for, could delay the start-up times.
Money, though, doesn’t appear to be a problem, with Wildlife providing the $104,000 to build the Trails End ramp.
Once finished, the facility will be handed over to the county to be maintained.
New Hanover bought the land at the end of Trails End Road for $4 million in 2007. That figure included $1 million in parks bond money.
The Fort Fisher ramp, which is located at the end of U.S. 421 below the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher and the N.C. Department of Transportation’s ferry terminal, is largely being funded through a $200,000 grant from the state’s Public Beach and Coastal Waterfront Access Program.
Date posted: July 30, 2009
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