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Feedback Sought on Marina Upgrades

Oregon Inlet Marina. Photo: NPS

Cape Hatteras National Seashore and Oregon Inlet Marinas LLC are looking to replace vulnerable structures and conduct site improvements at the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center and the public can help develop strategies on these proposed upgrades. 

Comments about the marina at 98 N.C. 12 in Nags Head, adjacent to the National Park Service public boat ramp and U.S. Coast Guard Station Oregon Inlet can be submitted electronically by Jan. 10.

Oregon Inlet Marina is in the Bodie Island district of Cape Hatteras National Seashore, just north of the Marc Basnight Bridge. Oregon Inlet Marinas began in 2018 a 20-year lease with the National Park Service to manage Oregon Inlet Fishing Center, which has a 60-slip marina, seven buildings, about 7.4 acres of upland and submerged land, parking lots and fuel system for vessels and vehicles. 

The marina facilities and premises that support these services have not been substantially improved or updated in decades. The main marina building was constructed 1963-64. All of the buildings within the marina are in poor condition and vulnerable to storm surge and sea level rise. Additionally, the location of the marine fuel docks causes traffic congestion and safety hazards  The existing improved parking areas are inadequate to meet customer, visitor and employee needs. 

The National Park Service and Oregon Inlet Marinas want to replace the existing, deteriorating structures with modern, sustainable buildings adapted to sea level rise and storm surge, as well as make additional improvements to the premises, according to the National Park Service.

Draft strategies include replacing buildings with sustainable, energy-efficient and elevated buildings and existing marine fuel pumps with in-slip fueling and a transient fuel dock as well as formalize overflow parking area.

The following is the estimated project timeline:
  • Now through Fall 2020: conduct project planning and environmental compliance  
  • Fall 2020: begin construction and improvement projects
  • Early 2022: complete construction and improvement projects
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