Carolina Beach State Park boat ramp closed for the summer

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Posted by Debra Worley - email

CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WECT) - One of two boat ramps in Carolina Beach will be closed until next year, which could create a line before wading into the water.

Boater Bill Walker said he'll plan ahead before going out on the water this summer.

"It's just too much with the parking and waiting in line for an open ramp," said Walker.

Walker normally uses the ramp at Carolina Beach State Park, but it's closed for repair work.

"[We're] Taking out the old marina," said Terri Taylor, the superintendent of Carolina Beach State Park.  "[We're] re-dredging it, putting in new bulkheads, working on the boat ramp.

The state is spending $2.5 million to make those repairs, but many boaters question the timing.

"We don't understand how our government works sometime, but it would seem more logical to get that repaired during the off season rather than peek season for boaters," said Walker.

Taylor says it's been more than 20 years since improvements have been made to the marina.

"It's bad for everyone that wants to come out on pretty days to use it," said Taylor.  "However, it'll be nice once it's completed."

She says nearly 100 boaters use the ramp at the park on a busy weekend.

For boaters like Walker, that could mean some long lines on land before smooth sailing on the water.

Construction at the State Park Ramp is on hold while officials wait on a permit.  The project could last until spring 2010.

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