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Higher fees for boat registration could help fund effort to prevent shoaling at Oregon Inlet

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ELIZABETH CITY, North Carolina — An increase in boat registration fees could help battle the shoaling which limits travel through Oregon Inlet.

The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk reports (http://bit.ly/1tOrQfj) a spokesman for state Sen. Bill Cook says the higher fees mandated last year are expected to collect about $6 million annually for work on shallow waterways such as Oregon Inlet.

It would cost about $7 million annually to keep a dredge working in the inlet all year. Local businessman Harry Schiffman says the state would pay about $3.5 million from boat fees with a match from local resources.

Also, the state is negotiating with the U.S. Department of the Interior to trade land for about 600 acres around Oregon Inlet. The state could construct jetties and a sand bypassing system to protect the inlet on land.


Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com

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