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Emergency funding approved for N.C. dredging

Emergency funding approved

for N.C. dredging

U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., secured $120,000 in emergency funding from the Army Corps of Engineers for a second dredging of New Topsail Inlet along North Carolina’s southern coastline.

The additional funding will allow this inlet “to continue to be an important component of the coastal economy,” McIntyre said in a statement.

McIntyre is co-chairman of the Congressional Waterways Caucus and a member of the Coastal Caucus. He had secured $187,000 last year for one dredge.

The announcement comes two months after federal authorities warned that they’d be unable to adequately maintain navigation channels on North Carolina’s southern coastline this year due to a lack of funding.

Earlier this year federal funding was secured to keep New River, Bogue and Carolina Beach inlets open this year. The inlets are used by recreational boaters, commercial fishermen and other smaller ocean vessels. Under normal circumstances, they must be dredged every three months or so to remain navigable, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The Corps of Engineers’ Wilmington district is responsible for maintaining federal navigation channels in the state.

The district normally gets about $800,000 a year for each shallow-draft inlet. In January the Corps of Engineers reported it expected to receive only enough money this year to dredge New River and New Topsail once, while no money was budgeted for Carolina Beach or Bogue.

The additional funding means crews can dredge all four twice before the end of the federal fiscal year in October.

Johnson, 76,

N.J. mariner, dies

Walter Fritz Johnson, Jr. of Johnson & Towers, a Mid-Atlantic marine engine and transmission dealer and servicer, died April 5.

Born August 17, 1928, and raised in Moorestown, N.J., Johnson was a member of Little Egg Harbor Yacht Club and an avid sportsman who hunted and fished all over the world on his beloved boat, J&T.

Following graduation from the General Motors Institute of Technology, he went into the business that his father founded in 1926, and took Johnson &

Towers from a small marine distributor of hardware and engines, to a multimillion-dollar business.

He is survived by his wife, two sons, a daughter, step-daughter, a brother, sister and 10 grandchildren.

Almost $10,000 raised

for conservation group

Nearly $10,000 was raised at a banquet held by the North Carolina Coastal Conservation Association to gain new members and collect donations through the sale of tickets, raffles, and live and silent auctions.

The money was raised from the auction of a 17-foot skiff donated by May-Craft, an E-Tec engine donated by Bombardier, and a galvanized trailer donated by Long Trailer Co. of Tarboro.

“Collaborative efforts between the producers of boating products and CCA is needed to combat pollution on our coast,” says Billy Byrd, East Carolina’s CCA chapter president. “The donations … help CCA gain the resources needed to put forth the greatest effort possible to conserve the marine environment.”

Promoting fishing

and boating in June

National Fishing and Boating Week returns June 4 to 12 this year.

The annual national effort by the nonprofit Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation promotes the joys of boating and fishing to people across the country.

The group’s mission is to increase participation in recreational angling and boating, and thereby increase public awareness and appreciation of the need for protecting, conserving and restoring this nation’s aquatic natural resources.

Cap on menhaden harvest

in the Chesapeake Bay

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission has taken action to cap the menhaden harvest in the Chesapeake Bay at 121,440 tons for the years 2006 and 2007.

Conservation advocates believe controlling the menhaden harvest is the key to ensuring the future health of the Bay.

The ASMFC also plans to collect data to shed light on several factors related to “local area depletion” in the Chesapeake Bay.

The Recreational Fishing Alliance and the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishermen’s Association want the ASMFC to take measures to stop the state of Virginia from allowing unrestricted menhaden purse-seining in the Chesapeake Bay.

Next, the ASMFC’s action will be presented to the public in a Public Information Document and public hearings will be held.

Design Alliance honors

designers of tomorrow

The Marine Design Resource Alliance, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the future of boating, announced the winner of its eighth annual Draw Kids Into Boating competition.

Christian Aponte, a 13-year-old from Burlington, N.C., won the 2004 prize — a $1,000 school supplies scholarship — with his drawing of a sleek offshore raceboat.

Each year elementary and middle-school students from across the country are encouraged to submit their drawing concepts to be judged by a panel of design experts. “Through this competition we are introducing young people and their families to the fun of recreational boating,” says MDRA president Peter Granata.

New chair for

CG Foundation

Ross E. Roeder has been elected board chair of the Coast Guard Foundation, a national non-profit organization. Roeder is chairman of the board of Smart & Final, Inc., a chain of warehouse stores in the West.

He earned a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State and a master’s degree in business administration from UCLA.He served as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Army and as president of the Board of Trustees at Michigan Technological University.

Roeder replaces James Caraway, a trial attorney, who served as chairman of the Coast Guard Foundation for the past three years.

The Coast Guard Foundation is a non-profit organization that supports the men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard and Coast Guard Academy.

Coast Guard athletics

get a financial boost

Dominion, one of the nation’s largest energy producers, recently donated $10,000 for the renovation of an athletic facility serving U.S. Coast Guard men and women at St. Inigoes Station in Maryland. Dominion is headquartered in Richmond, Va., and also has a facility located in Cove Point, Md.

The contribution covers the majority of material and construction costs for resurfacing the floor of a multipurpose athletic court used by Coast Guard men and women at the station for basketball and other sports activities.

Hampton, Va.,

public piers upgraded

A renovation of the transient slips at Hampton Public Piers in Hampton, Va., has been completed.

The facility, located on the lower Chesapeake Bay, now has 26 double slips that provide berthing for pleasure boats up to 110 feet. Dockside accommodations also have been upgraded, including 50-amp or twin 30-amp power pedestals, water and a pumpout facility.

Contractor for the project was Bellingham Marine of Bellingham, Wash. The company removed the existing piers and installed its own Unifloat concrete floating docks.

Beneteau announces

rendezvous schedule

The 2005 Beneteau owner’s rendezvous schedule for the East Coast kicks off with a June 10 to 12 rendezvous on Solomons Island, Md. The contact is Annapolis Yacht Sales,, (410) 267-8181.

A rendezvous will also take place July 15 to 17 in Mystic, Conn. The contact is Sailing Specialties,, (860) 536-4974.

The company will host 10 owner rendezvous events across the United States and Canada this year along with the support of dealer, owner and sponsor networks. Each event will last around two to three days, and feature educational seminars, on-the-water activities, theme parties, and lots of owner camaraderie.

Fishing tourney,

fund-raiser returns

Harbourgate Marina of North Myrtle Beach, S.C., will host the Sixth Annual Dixie Chicken “Funament,” a multispecies fishing tournament and fundraising event during Memorial Day Weekend, May 27 through 29.

The Funament is held in honor of Jim Caudle, an avid fisherman who died Jan. 20, 2000, and is named after Caudle’s boat, The Dixie Chicken, which was docked at Harbourgate Marina for more than a decade.

Proceeds from the Dixie Chicken Funament go toward the development of an artificial reef located a short distance off the Little River Inlet, and easily accessible to all fishermen.

The tournament features cash and prizes totaling about $50,000. For information, call (843) 249-1637.

Md. fishing licenses

are available online

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources this year is offering the state’s hunters and anglers the option of purchasing licenses online through DNR’s Web site,, or over the phone at (800) 918-2870. These new services complement the existing 320 retail vendors that will continue to sell licenses.

A service fee ($1 plus 2.5-percent of the subtotal cost plus mailing, if applicable) applies to licenses purchases from the Internet or by telephone.