Q. Snow’s Cut needs to be a no-wake zone. The walls of the cut are crumbling and receding. Is a no-wake zone currently being considered? If not, why not?
A. According to Henry Heusinkveld, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers public affairs specialist, “the U.S.A.C.E (the Corps) will not consider an application for boating restrictions on any navigable waters until the Wildlife Resources Commission has determined that it intends to enforce such restrictions.”
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission No Wake Zone coordinator, Betsy Foard, said an application must be submitted in order for it to investigate the need for a no-wake zone in Snow’s Cut: “Under our statutory authority, we may enact no-wake rules only to mitigate hazards to water safety,” she said. “Erosion is not a criterion we can use.”
Foard pointed out that the town of Carolina Beach or New Hanover County would be appropriate applicants. However, Snow’s Cut does not seem to be under either one’s jurisdiction.
Ed Parvin, the assistant town manager of Carolina Beach, said this: “If we could influence this decision, then we would certainly look into the issue.”
Date posted: April 1, 2013
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