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NCDOT to launch repairs at Brown's Landing

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By Sharon Chance

Locals and tourists alike will find access to the Intracoastal Waterway much easier to navigate now that the North Carolina Department of Transportation is making plans to fill in and repair the Brown’s Landing site.

The site, located at the dead end of Stone Chimney Road SW (state road 1119), has long been a favorite spot for fishing or simply enjoying a view of the channel. Weather and time had created a hazardous pathway marked by two large holes.

“The state DOT has accepted responsibility for the site,” Brunswick County Manager Ann Hardy said Thursday, March 28.

DOT officials have cordoned off the area with yellow tape and placed orange traffic cones to warn visitors of the danger. Repairs are expected to begin in mid to late April, Hardy said.

The danger, left in the wake of significant erosion at the base of a wooden bulkhead, was recently brought to the attention of local officials.

The Landing is a popular spot for an easy day of fishing. It offers “the best view from the land in the county,” according to Bill Speight, who describes himself as “a concerned citizen.”

“It is virtually the only place other than the pier or surf where one can fish,” Speight said. He characterized the area as “a tragedy waiting to happen.

“Also it is an embarrassment to the area. Visitors who go there to fish or take in the scenery are most assuredly appalled at the condition. We are better than this.”
The poor condition of the site led to a month-long inquiry into whose jurisdiction the spot belonged. Beginning March 4, emails between county and state maintenance workers bounced from one to another. Ownership of the property, which is fenced off by a metal guardrail marking the end of the state-maintained road, was in question.

 

Sharon Chance is a staff writer for the Beacon. Reach her at 754-6890 or schance@brunswickbeacon.com.