McIntyre Pushes For Removal of Abandoned Structure at Mouth of Cape Fear

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Mike McIntyre, a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, has written the United States Coast Guard (USCG) requesting that they assist in the removal of the abandoned quarantine station at the mouth of the Cape Fear River.  This structure is an incredibly dangerous impediment to boaters in the area.

Congressman McIntyre stated, “Removing or adequately lighting this structure will save lives and improve boater visibility at the mouth of the Cape Fear River.  It is critical that we do all we can to protect those who are using our waters for recreation or business purposes.  This is a very serious safety issue, and it is important that a positive solution is found.” 

McIntyre’s letter to the USCG is below.

Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr.
United States Coast Guard, Commandant
2100 2nd St SW STOP 7238
Washington, DC 20593-7238

Dear Admiral Papp,

          I appreciate the opportunity to bring to your attention a very serious matter facing southeastern North Carolina and those accessing the Cape Fear River for work and for leisure. 

          I am seeking the assistance of the US Coast Guard in the removal, or lighting, of an abandoned concrete structure located on the Cape Fear River east of Southport, North Carolina.  The structure is all that remains of an abandoned quarantine station dating back to the late 1800’s.  This incredibly dangerous impediment has already caused boating accidents, resulting in serious injury and, in one case just a year ago, the death of a wife and mother.          

          The United States Coast Guard’s mission statement goal #1 is, “to provide reasonably free, safe, and unobstructed passage for waterborne traffic while considering the needs of land transportation.”  I request that in the interest of public safety and in honor of those that have already lost so much to the dangers of this impediment, that the USCG expeditiously aid in the removal of, or at a minimum, lighting of said structure. If, for any reason, the USCG is unable to oversee these changes, please provide guidance as to alternative ways to accomplish this goal.

           I am including a copy of a recent Wilmington Star News article detailing the tragedy caused by this hazardous abandoned structure.  I would appreciate any information or assistance that you can provide in an expedited manner, in hopes of avoiding any future tragedies.  Thank you for all that you do in defense of our great nation, and I look forward to hearing from you.