According to Kemp Burdette, executive Director of Cape Fear River Watch, it is legal to charter a boat to the lower Cape Fear Islands.
“You can legally charter a boat to the islands,” says Burdette said.
“If you were to be using a metal detector it is important that you first know if the island is public or private. There are several private and public islands as well as some that are both,” Burdette said.
Burdette’s main concern about metal detecting on public islands is the chance that a historic artifact might be found.
“If someone were to find an historic cannon on public property, the state may try to make the artifact public property,” Burdette said.
It is important to make sure to do your research on where you plan to be using the metal detector. Always know who the land belongs to and if you have or need permission to be on the property.
Date posted: May 14, 2013
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