Yes, they're once again trying to build a day dock in front of the seawall at Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park.
A little history: In 1993, then-state Rep. Billy Keyserling (now mayor) proposed the first day dock in front of the seawall, using a $60,000 state grant. A group of citizens who felt it was a foolish thing to do met with him at the park to speak out against it. At a later date, the present day dock was built at the west end of the marina.
Fast forward several years and you have a group of boaters asking Beaufort City Council to build a new dock in front of the seawall "closer to the restaurants." The fact that we have an obese society that needs to walk a block or two fell on deaf ears, but the opponents managed to squelch this misguided notion for a second time, thanks to some common-sense members of City Council.
Now it's 2012 and we have the Redevelopment Commission proposing once again that the city build a "minimum 250-foot" day dock in front of the seawall, along with a 3,000- to 7,000-square-foot building to house a water sports center to accommodate dry/racked kayaks and boats, etc., in the area of much-needed parking space.
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Citizens of Beaufort, wake up and speak up before our beautiful, historic city and the Waterfront Park are destroyed forever. Make your voices heard. Go to www.beaufortcivicinvestment.org to read/view the proposal. We must save the park.