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05/14/04

County Considers Buying State Park

Every year, 15 feet of beach erodes at Hunting Island State Park, taking away trees and park facilities. That's why Beaufort County leaders are considering purchasing the park to help with the erosion problems. They say they would use the profits from the park and reinvest the dollars in a needed $9 million beach renourishment program, instead of distributing the money to other state parks like the state does.

However, Hunting Island officials say it wouldn't solve all their problems. "What happens to the $100,000 or $200,000 needed to repair the light house, where does that come from?" asked the park's Ray Stevens. "What about the funding we need to renovate campsites and cabins? Where does that money come from?"

Hunting Island lost an expected $5 million in state funding a few months ago. Now, they're waiting to hear if they'll receive federal dollars to help with their renourishment program.

Reported by: Jaime Dailey, jdailey@wtoc.com

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