Bill could set source for dredging funds

RALEIGH — A dedicated source of state funds for maintenance dredging of inlets along the coast could be on the way.

Sen. Harry Brown, R-Onslow, is the primary sponsor of a bill that would establish as a special revenue fund the Shallow Draft Inlet Dredging Fund. Money for the fund would come from proposed increases in North Carolina’s vessel registration and titling fees.

Brown said keeping waterways such as New River Inlet and Bogue Inlet navigable is important to the state’s economy, with recreational boaters, commercial vessels and fishermen among the many users.

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