Friday, June 14, 2013
It’s known as Goat Island, a roughly 30-acre land mass in the Sampit River between Front Street and East Bay Park. And it could possibly become a new attraction for mariners who live here or visit the area.
Georgetown City Administrator Chris Carter says $20,000 has been placed in the 2013-14 budget to pay for a plan for the property that will be presented to the owner, Jerry Blackmon of Charlotte. Carter said the possibility of some sort of development began when city leaders were talking to Blackmon about boats being abandoned on the island illegally. Carter said the big concern is the boats being blown around – and possibly onshore — during severe storms or hurricanes.
Blackmon said if the city comes up with an acceptable use for the property, he would consider donating about 20 acres to the city, according to Carter.
Carter said in order for the city to be able to keep abandoned boats ands other debris off the island, it needs littoral rights to the property.
Both Carter and Mayor Jack Scoville said whatever, if any, development takes place, will most likely be accessible by boaters only.
“I don’t see how that would be possible because of all the regulatory issues,” Carter said when asked if some sort of bridge or walkway could be built to connect the island to the mainland.
Scoville said he envisions some sort of short-term boat dockage along the shore of the island as well as a park with some picnic areas and nature trails.
“No matter what the plan is, it has to be approved by Mr. Blackmon,” Carter said, adding he is hoping for a meeting between the plan designer and Blackmon so everyone will be on the same page as the plans are created.
Carter said a designer will be hired if the $20,000 from Hospitality Taxes is not removed from the budget before it receives second reading approval on June 20.
By Scott Harper
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