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Hammocks Beach Plan Set to be Released

An initial management plan for Hammocks Beach State Park’s new 290-acre waterfront property will be unveiled on Feb. 23.

The plan, which was developed by Wilmington-based Sage Design, will be presented during a “drop-in” meeting at the visitors’ center at the park between 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

A representative, in an interview with the Carteret News-Times, would not address one of the biggest questions about the proposed plan: whether or not a boat launching facility will be a part of the park. Those in opposition of the ramp say it will destroy the tranquility of the park and the fragile ecosystems nearby.

Sage Design will use the public’s feedback from the draft unveiling to make changes to the plan. A final plan expected to be presented to the public in a meeting in the spring.

The firm will lay out recommendations for implementation of the plan, but the park and the state’s Division of Parks and Recreation is responsible for deciding how and when to pay for different aspects of the plan.

The public has been involved since planning began initially for development.  In September, the public filled out surveys and used maps to indicate what they would like to see in the park.

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