With South Ferry Channel Clear, Waterways Commission Turns Their Attention to the New Outer Banks Dredge
To the relief of Hatteras Inlet mariners, the new year is starting with clear passage on the South Ferry Channel and pending dredge work at the breakwater in Hatteras village, resolving two stubborn problems and providing an upbeat backdrop for the changing of the guard at the first 2019 meeting of the Dare County Waterways Commission on January 14.
After Chairman Dave May announced that he is stepping down and “moving on,” Steve “Creature” Coulter was unanimously elected to take the helm.
“He knows the water as good as anybody,” said member Fletcher Willey, referring to Coulter, a Hatteras charter boat captain.
Ernie Foster, also a Hatteras charter captain, was voted unanimously to serve as vice-chairman.
“Again, having a waterman is very important,” said member Danny Couch. “Ernie Foster has Hatteras in his veins.”
With the welcomed lull in Hatteras-related issues, the remainder of the Monday night meeting in Manteo was focused on concerns in other waterways, as well as hearing an update from Dare County Manager Bobby Outten on plans for the state dredge that will be based in the county.
Heather Coats, with the NC Division of Coastal Management, also gave a presentation to the commission detailing her newly-created position as Beach & Inlet Management Project Coordinator.
After showing slides that provided an overview on the coastal agency, Coats, who is based in the Wilmington office, told the panel that she will serve as the local government contact for state-related beach nourishment and inlet dredging issues.
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