Changing course: Kayak-launch project Becomes chamber effort

Published 2:07 am Sunday, April 12, 2015

The effort to build a kayak launch at the Havens Gardens boat ramps is now a project of the Washington-Beaufort County Chamber of Commerce Foundation, according to a city document.

The agenda for the City Council’s meeting Monday includes memorandum concerning the kayak launch. The memorandum indicates the foundation is seeking funds for the project from the Jonathan Havens Charitable Trust.

Previously, the city sought up to $10,000 funding from the Adopt-A-Trails grant program to build a kayak launch at the Havens Gardens site, and it was approved to receive a grant for that project. Before the city received the funds, those funds were no longer made available through the program to complete that project and other projects the grant program had approved for funding.

The foundation is working with the city’s parks and recreation division and other organizations such as the Blue Trail project to move forward with building the kayak launch. The boat ramps were renovated by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission several years ago.

The launch area would be an access point to the Tar-Pamlico Blue Trail and connect two existing trails.

In other business, the City Council will consider approving an agreement to allow SeaTow OBX (formerly SeaTow Pamlico) to use city docking facilities. The agreement covers the period from April 1 to March 31, 2016.

“During the past year, SeaTow OBX has been an invaluable resource to the Waterfront Docks Division, giving advice and assistance to the staff and boaters alike,” reads a memorandum from Rick Brass, the city’s dock master, to the mayor and council members. “Dock attendants have requested logs be removed from the docks on an average of once per month via worker order and other times when Larry Williams, (SeaTow OBX) owner, was on site.”

The council also will consider approving a new agreement concerning the docking of the Belle of Washington along the city’s waterfront. The proposed agreement is the same as the existing agreement between the city and the cruise/party ship’s owner.

The council meets at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the Council Chambers in the Municipal Building, 102 E. Second St. To view the council’s agenda for a specific meeting, visit the city’s web­site at, click “Government” then “City Council” heading, then click “Meeting Agendas” on the menu to the right. Then click on the date for the appropriate agenda.




About Mike Voss

Mike Voss is the contributing editor at the Washington Daily News. He has a daughter and four grandchildren. Except for nearly six years he worked at the Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va., in the early to mid-1990s, he has been at the Daily News since April 1986.
Journalism awards:
• Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service, 1990.
• Society of Professional Journalists: Sigma Delta Chi Award, Bronze Medallion.
• Associated Press Managing Editors’ Public Service Award.
• Investigative Reporters & Editors’ Award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Public Service Award, 1989.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Investigative Reporting, 1990.
All those were for the articles he and Betty Gray wrote about the city’s contaminated water system in 1989-1990.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Investigative Reporting, 1991.
• North Carolina Press Association, Third Place, General News Reporting, 2005.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Lighter Columns, 2006.
Recently learned he will receive another award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Lighter Columns, 2010.
4. Lectured at or served on seminar panels at journalism schools at UNC-Chapel Hill, University of Maryland, Columbia University, Mary Washington University and Francis Marion University.

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