Vital New Jersey inlet still a risky transit

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Mike Perry navigates the Great Egg Harbor Inlet with caution. Boating season will begin to pick up next month and the waterway - a crucial channel for local boaters to access the ocean - remains as dangerous as it was last year, Perry said.

"Everyone was under the impression the Coast Guard was going to do something about it," said Perry, the owner of the Harbour Cove Marine Services in Somers Point. "Nothing has been done and it's almost impossible to get through."

"It's a very nasty inlet," said John Bodin, operations manager for TowboatU.S., who also serves as the marine safety officer for Somers Point. "The best way I can describe it is driving down a road that leads to a brick wall. You are going to crash."

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