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Why the ferry is being blamed, in part, for erosion

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While the natural process of erosion is happening, construction crews are hard at work to stabilize the property nearby. While the natural process of erosion is happening, construction crews are hard at work to stabilize the property nearby.
The Bald Head Island Ferry makes multiple trips across the Cape Fear River every day. The Bald Head Island Ferry makes multiple trips across the Cape Fear River every day.

SOUTHPORT, NC (WECT) – The waterfront at Southport is taking on a different look these days.

While the natural process of erosion is happening, construction crews are hard at work to stabilize the property nearby.

Some town leaders say there is something unnatural causing the problem.

Every day, dozens of boaters take to the water. But there's one boat in particular that has caught the eye of politicians in Southport.

The Bald Head Island Ferry makes multiple trips across the Cape Fear River every day.

Mayor Robert Howard and Alderman Nelson Adams believe that the wake from the ferry is significantly larger than other boats. Town leaders believe part of their erosion problems can be attributed to the wake from the ferry coming in contact with the shoreline.

With help from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the city recently invested more than $150,000 for a shoreline improvement project surrounding the sewer lift station located at the base of Lord Street.

However, if the problem is not addressed, town leaders say more shoreline improvement projects could be on the way.

Public Services Director, Robert Tucker says the city may need to prepare to invest more cash if a solution is not found quickly.

"We believe the shoreline to be economically vital to the city. Loss of the shoreline would be negative. We'd lose our tourism base," said Tucker. "This is one of our primary key incentives and is very important to us moving forward."

Town leaders from Southport have invited officials from Bald Head Island to their next meeting in December. They plan to address the issue face to face and discuss possible solutions to the problem.

The Southport Board of Alderman meeting is scheduled for Dec. 12.

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