Courts Rule Harbor Free At Last

Marshallberg - The North Carolina Court of Appeals has ruled the Marshallberg Harbor free and open to the public. Property owners alongside the harbor sued for water access rights.

The courts ruled under the original agreement from when the Army Corps of Engineers dug out the harbor in 1957 it is to remain free and open to the public. People living in Marshallberg have built docks throughout the harbor and keep their boats there for free. Anyone can come and use the space and docks along the harbor.

Marshallberg Harbor Club members feared the courts would allow exclusive water rights the property owners and everyone would have to remove their boats and docks. The court ruled while property owners also have rights to the water so does the public at large. The final authority on how the harbor is used belongs to the Carteret County Commissioners.

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