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Manteo Gains Control of Shallowbag Bay

Boats Coastal Review Online

With recently passed legislation placing Shallowbag Bay within Manteo's corporate limits, the town now has jurisdiction over the anchoring and mooring of vessels and authority to deal with derelict boats.
'An abandoned sailboat is shown turned on its side in Shallowbag Bay in Manteo in 2017. Photo: Neel Keller/Outer Banks Sentinel Reprinted from Outer Banks Voice MANTEO — The North Carolina General Assembly unanimously passed legislation July 11 that places Shallowbag Bay within the town’s corporate limits here, giving the municipality authority to adopt and enforce ordinances regulating the scenic waters that wrap around the downtown district on Roanoke Island. For the town, that means it will now have jurisdiction over anchoring and mooring of vessels as well as the ability to better monitor and act on issues such as derelict boats, which plagued the municipality several years ago when two boats were left abandoned and unclaimed in nearby waters – one along the downtown’s waterfront and the other in nearby Doughs Creek. The legislation, House Bill 429 , was requested by town officials and introduced by Rep. Bobby Hanig, R-Dare. It was part of a bill that also authorized Hyde County to regulate the navigable waters within Silver Lake on Ocracoke Island. For Manteo’s part, the bill identified the waters from the northern tip of Ballast Point extending northwest to the southern tip of Baum Point, along with Doughs and Scarboro creeks, as part of the town’s corporate limits. Mayor Bobby Owens said that when the two abandoned boats became an unsightly part of the landscape back in 2017, some residents started a petition to have the boats removed. “They found out it wasn’t that easy. You don’t just go get someone to move a boat, and it was still hard because these were public waters,” the mayor noted. Because the boats were unclaimed, and the state’s Wildlife Resources Commission and Marine Patrol monitored and patrolled the waters extending three miles from shore, town officials found themselves having to jump through a number of bureaucratic hoops to have the vessels removed. Plus, Owens noted, “If a boat is adrift, it’s fairly easy to move. If it sinks, it’s the hardest thing to move.” It’s also rather costly, town officials discovered at the time. The predicament prompted the town to seek the local bill. “With this legislation, we will be able to move a boat much easier, and keep the beauty as best we can,” the mayor said. Town manager James Ayers said that derelict and abandoned boats can not only cause damage to the environment, but also present hazards to boaters and other users of Shallowbag Bay. He noted that the regulatory hurdles in 2017 caused months of delays. “But the new law will allow the town to streamline the process by which people and the environment can be protected from such hazards,” he said. With Shallowbag Bay now under the town’s jurisdiction, the municipality will also be able to adopt regulations addressing the types of activities permitted, speed zones, no-wake zones and the placement of navigational aids. Ayers said the development of regulations will include a robust community engagement effort. “The next step is to listen to the community and seek feedback,” noted Ayers. Among the opportunities to provide public input will be the regularly scheduled meetings of the Manteo Board of Commissioners on Sept. 4 and Sept. 18. The public is also being encouraged to send ideas and suggestions to a special email address at shallowbagbayregulations@manteonc.gov. This story is provided courtesy of the  Outer Banks Voice , a digital newspaper covering the Outer Banks. Coastal Review Online is partnering with the Voice to provide readers with more environmental and lifestyle stories of interest about our coast.'

Watch: Megapod of Dolphins Swim Alongside Boat, Dazzle Onlookers Off California Coast

Boats Geek.com

Southern California is one of the best places in the world to see huge megapods of dolphins, which can number in herds of up to 10,000. (Photo Credit: PeakMystique / iStock / Getty Images) The sight of one dolphin is exciting, but
'Southern California is one of the best places in the world to see huge megapods of dolphins, which can number in herds of up to 10,000. (Photo Credit: PeakMystique / iStock / Getty Images) \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t The sight of one dolphin is exciting, but hundreds of dolphins frolicking next to your boat is magical. Boaters in Southern California recently experienced a magical moment when a huge pod of dolphins — known as a megapod — swam alongside them for 25 minutes off the coast of Laguna Beach. Chuck Patterson was with friends on a 95-foot vessel when the dolphins, hundreds of them, suddenly appeared.   “They came out of nowhere,” Patterson told the Mercury News . “They looked like they were going down the coast and kind of hooked up with us to go up the coast. We were by ourselves the whole time. It was really cool.” Patterson shared footage of the stampeding megapod on Facebook, where it has received more than 350,000 views so far. “Absolutely amazing witnessing this huge pod of young dolphins marching up the coast off Laguna Beach today,” Patterson wrote on Facebook . “Mother Nature’s amazing wonders never disappoint.” On the video, Patterson’s excitement is audible. “Noooo way, they are going off! So sick!” he can be heard exclaiming as the dolphins kept speed with the boat, leaping out of the water in synchronized, acrobatic-like movements. While unusual, sightings of megapods, sometimes called “stampedes,” are not unheard of off Orange County’s coastline, the Orange County Register reported . Southern California is one of the best places in the world to see huge megapods of dolphins, which can number in herds of up to 10,000. The area has the greatest density of dolphins per square mile than anywhere on earth, according to Capt. Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari in Dana Point. More on Geek.com: Dolphin Dies After Being Impaled in the Head Off Florid Coast Watch: Humpback Whales Swim With Dolphins Off Irish Coast ‘Grieving’ Dolphin Captured on Video Carrying and Pushing Dead Calf Through Florida Waters'

Great White Shark Drags Fishing Boat Around San Francisco Bay After Video Captures Surprising Catch

Boats KTLA

Every morning for 10 years, Joey Gamez has hopped on a boat to take customers of his Golden State Sportfishing business on a San Francisco Bay excursion, a hobby-turned-business for the 42-year-old. On Saturday, he and a group of men were hunting
'Every morning for 10 years, Joey Gamez has hopped on a boat to take customers of his Golden State Sportfishing business on a San Francisco Bay excursion, a hobby-turned-business for the 42-year-old. On Saturday, he and a group of men were hunting for sevengill sharks, also known as cow sharks, off the coast of Alcatraz Island when they made a surprising catch, Gamez said in an interview Monday morning. The longtime fisherman documented the experience in an expletive-filled Facebook live video Saturday,  seen more than 40,000 times , with the backdrop of Alcatraz below hazy skies. Hours into the excursion, the men felt a strong tug at one of their lines with a salmon carcass as bait. It was unusual, Gamez said. He doesn’t normally have to pull his boat’s anchor out and follow a fish. Read the full story on LATimes.com .'

Search Continues For Missing Winona Boater, 63

Boats WCCO | CBS Minnesota

Crews have resumed their search Saturday for a 63-year-old Winona man who went missing after falling out of a boat near the Prairie Island spillway.
'MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Crews have resumed their search Saturday for a 63-year-old Winona man who went missing after falling out of a boat near the Prairie Island spillway. The Winona County Sheriff’s office says several agencies reported to a distress call Friday just before 7:30 p.m. Two people on a boat had fallen into the Mississippi River. A passing boat rescued one of them, but crews searched for the second passenger until 10:30 p.m. The search continued Saturday at 6 a.m., with multiple agencies combing the area. Law enforcement are urging people to stay away from the Prairie Island boat landing while the search is in progress.'