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N.C. Coastal Federation cruises the Northeast Cape Fear River, talks economic development

The North Carolina Coastal Federation plans to take several members of the public on special boat trips up the Cape Fear River Monday afternoon. (Source: WECT) The North Carolina Coastal Federation plans to take several members of the public on special boat trips up the Cape Fear River Monday afternoon. (Source: WECT)
CASTLE HAYNE, NC (WECT) -

The North Carolina Coastal Federation plans to take several members of the public on special boat trips up the Northeast Cape Fear River this week.

Mike Giles, an advocate for the federation, said that the purpose of the trips is to discuss the potential environmental impact of new industries coming to the area, as well as the importance of the river.

Giles said the groups will also talk about the current New Hanover County Special Use Permit as well as new environmental projects the federation is working on.

"We're gonna be taking them up the river, past the Titan Plant, up the island creek and show them what's special about this river," said Giles prior to the trip.

The federation staff member explained that the trip was about more than just seeing the sights along the waterway.

"We need to talk about how we can plan development on this river and still save the special places that make it so special," Giles said.

The federation will be making several trips up the Northeast Cape Fear River this week in an effort to garner support for the environment from different members of the public.

Several women from UNCW's Osher Lifelong Learning Center traveled up the river with the federation Monday.

"North Carolina is a gem and I think anything that threatens our environment here is something that we need to guard very closely against," said Lynn Gattone, one of the travelers.

Giles and other federation officials continued to voice their opinion that a proposed cement plant could be potentially harmful to the area. 

Giles said the environment would be better-suited for other types of business and that's what community members and stakeholders would want.

"They desire clean, hi-tech industry. They don't desire heavy industrial polluters. So at the same time we can attract industry to the river, the right kind of industry that will bring people, people desire that type of atmosphere and that type of environment," he said.

The Carolinas Cement company issued a statement in January saying it was still working with New Hanover County to obtain the permits necessary to start construction in Castle Hayne.

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