event was hosted by Dare County, with refreshments provided by the
Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo Civic Association, and proposed preliminary
designs were on display for visitors to peruse. In addition, staff from
the NC Wildlife Resources Commission were available to answer
questions, and to collect feedback from the public via written comments
and verbal suggestions.
potential new boat ramp will be placed at the Rodanthe harbor, directly
north of the emergency ferry dock on the end of Myrna Peters Road. In
both proposed maps, the site will feature a double lane dock with a
center floating dock, which connects with the federal navigation
channel Blackmar Gut, and the ensuing Pamlico Sound.
exact location of the boat ramp is the same in both proposed plans, but
the main difference between the two options boils down to parking.
Draft Plan 1 of the scoping maps, the parking area would consist of 16
spaces for vehicles with trailers, which would be located just south of
the proposed boat ramp and the current emergency ferry dock. In Draft
Plan 2 of the scoping maps, the parking area would be adjacent to the
boat ramp itself, as well as Myrna Peters Road, with 14 total spaces
for vehicles with trailers.
one requires moving the stormwater basin, and one involves clearing
more of the wooded habitat,” said North Carolina Wildlife Resources
Commission (NCWRC) Facility Construction Engineer Sara Sherman.
Sherman and her NCWRC college, Section Chief of Engineering Gary
Gardener, were on hand to answer questions about the proposed ramp and
to explain the differences between the two, as well as the process
“It seems to be an even response so far [on preference],” said Sherman, “although a number of people have said to build both.”
addition to members of the public, which included business owners,
fishermen, and other locals with a stake in the success of the new boat
ramp, Dare County BOC members and staff were also in attendance to
gauge the public response.
have my own personal preference, but we’ll support whatever the public
wants and go from there,” said Dare County Board of Commissioners
Chairman Bob Woodard. “We’re very excited to see the [boat ramp] come
to fruition, and to work to make it happen. The locals need this
also amazed at the number of people here,” said Woodard at the crowded
open house. “It’s wonderful that so many people are coming to provide
their input, and are excited to see it built.”
land for the boat ramp was granted by Dare County, and the project is
being funded by the NCWRC. Once the public feedback is accounted for,
the NCWRC will present the preferred option to the North Carolina
Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) as well as other
organizations, like the Division of Marine Fisheries, to begin the
permitting process and / or ensure there are no concerns with the
proposed plans from various agencies.
we’ll keep whittling [the process] down until we have a feasible plan,”
said Gardner. “Then, once we have a formalized set of plans, we’ll
bring it back to the county and work on final permitting and funding.”
“The best case is that the ramp is a year out, assuming the permitting and funding is squared away,” he added.
while the anticipation for the new boat ramp is high, it will be at
least a year until all the permits and permissions are in place to move
forward. But the end result will be a much needed public NCWRC boat
ramp on the island – which will also be the first of its kind.
Island is sorely deprived of soundside access,” said Hatteras Jacks
store owner Ryan White, who attended the public open house. “…[and] the
sound is a great area for watersports, fishing and family fun.”
Click Here To View Proposed Boat Ramp Maps