CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WECT) - An announcement Tuesday reveals state and federal officials have reached an agreement which could help increase the number of boats allowed in the ocean.
Until now, agreements for maintenance dredging in shallow draft inlets and channels was an annual negotiation. But now state and federal officials have a long term agreement in place.
It allows dredging on federally authorized shallow-draft inlets and channels until September 2017. Officials say, the agreement was put in place due to certain inlets not being deep enough and wide enough for certain boats.
Local officials say the long term agreement will affect inlets in the Lockwood Folly, Topsail Beach, and Carolina Beach area.