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OUR WATERWAYS

Our Waterways Section SOUTHWINDS has created this section to inform our readers about changes in our waterways. We are all in the midst of great change—through the conversion of many boating properties to condominiums, restrictions on anchorages, and other economic forces at work. Our coastal waters and our waterways belong to all of us, and all of us have a right to use them. These waters are not just for those who live on the water, and it is up to us boaters and lovers of these waters to protect that right. We hope that by helping to inform you of these changes, we will contribute to doing just that. We are looking for news and information on changes, land sales, anchorages, boaters’ rights, new marinas, anchoring rights, disappearing marinas, boatyards and boat ramps, environmental concerns and other related news. Contact Steve Morrell, editor@southwindsmagazine.com, or call (941) 795-8704.

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North Carolina Acts on Waterfront and Public Access Concerns With dwindling public access and disappearing waterfront businesses, North Carolina acted recently to try to stop the trend in a state that is known for its multitude of waterways and coastal areas. The state set up the Waterfront Access Study Committee, representing boating and waterfront issues, to study the problem and make recommendations to the state legislature. The group came up with 27 recommendations, some of which require legislation, while others only require agency rule changes or appropriations increases by agencies. There is concern among many in the state for the urgency of the matter, because property values have skyrocketed recently and if action is not taken soon, many properties that are working waterfronts will be lost to developers forever.

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