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WATERFRONT ACCESS PROJECTS SOUGHT FROM N.C. SOUTHERN COAST
 
MOREHEAD CITY – N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries Director Louis Daniel is seeking additional applicants from the state’s southern coastal areas for the Waterfront Access and Marine Industry Fund.
 
Approximately $4.5 million remains in the portion of the fund that had been earmarked for projects in the southern coastal counties.
 
The state was unable to come to terms on two properties selected for purchase from original applicants: the Millis Seafood site in Sneads Ferry and the Greer/Matthews properties in Hampstead. DMF considered other sites in the southern district that met the original application deadline, but they either did not meet eligibility criteria, were priced above appraised value or are no longer for sale.
 
“We believe there are other properties and new opportunities for partnership that should be considered for funding that did not meet the original application deadline,” Daniel said. “We feel like the fairest and most transparent way to do this is to reopen the application process for all in the southern coastal district.”
 
For the purposes of this fund, the southern coastal district encompasses coastal waters south of the B. Cameron Langston Bridge at Emerald Isle (N.C. 58) to the South Carolina state line, including Onslow, Pender, New Hanover and Brunswick counties.
 
Applications for funding can be downloaded from the DMF Website at http://www.ncdmf.net/download/index.html or picked up at the DMF offices in Morehead City at 3441 Arendell St. Deadline for applications is 5 p.m. Aug.17, 2009. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.
 
Original applicants that wish to be reconsidered for funding must reapply.
 
The General Assembly created the $20 million WAMI fund in 2007 to provide, improve and/or develop public and commercial waterfront access. The DMF then set up a strategic plan to focus the funding on four areas: public docking facilities, public boat ramps, fishing access and other marine industry facilities.
 
WAMI is financed through Certificate of Participation bonds to be repaid by the N.C. Parks and Recreation Trust Fund. This type of funding requires the state must take ownership of any land or facility purchased or upgraded with this money.
 
For more information on the WAMI process, contact DMF State Grants Coordinator Bonnie Jones at (252) 808-8113 or Bonnie.B.Jones@ncdenr.gov.