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Why does the Southport waterfront not have a no-wake zone?

Tim Hower

Here is a response from Betsy Haywood, the No Wake Zone Coordinator for N.C. Wildlife.

“I have attached a Google Earth map of Southport that shows the federal channel and setback points in red. You will notice just one small area in blue – that is the no wake zone at the marina that was permitted with the concurrence of the US Army Corps of Engineers. It is in the Intracoastal Waterway and is an exception. USACE will not allow any no wake zones within the federal channels, set back areas, and Intracoastal Waterway – the areas outlined in red. The Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway is a federal commerce lane. USACE does not allow regulation of boat speed there because it would impede interstate commerce by slowing vessel speed. Any no wake signs that you see on land along the ICW are not enforceable.”


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