MANTEO, North Carolina — Dare County commissioners have agreed to dedicate $1 million to dredge Oregon Inlet so that it can stay open for boats.
The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, Virginia, reported (http://bit.ly/1NYh14L) that commissioner Beverly Boswell says the money for the Army Corps of Engineers all but assures that the inlet will remain open. She says that's because a dredge will be available when it's needed.
Boat captains and others have pleaded with the county to pay for dredging for more than 20 years.
A 2014 study showed the waterway has an overall economic impact of more than $548 million annually. The study says that would rise to $1.6 billion if the inlet remains open at the preferred depth of 14 feet.
Commissioners approved the spending Thursday.
Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com