Vandemere Boating Access receives national ‘Outstanding Project Award’

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By Ron Christofferson, President
States Organization for Boating Access

PAMLICO COUNTY – Each year the States Organization for Boating Accesss (SOBA), based in Chicago, solicits nominations for outstanding boating access projects from our member states across America and its territories.

The Vandemere Boating Access project – located in Pamlico County in eastern North Carolina – received such a nomination from the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. This nomination was evaluated by the SOBA Executive Board using several criteria, including the use of sound engineering principles, innovative solutions to problems, cost effectiveness, and measures take to reduce long-term maintenance.


This particular project was infused with vision and a strong desire by the Town of Vandemere to make this into a reality.

It is my pleasure to announce this project has been selected to be nationally recognized by SOBA with the ‘Outstanding Project Award’ at our annual conference this August 28 – 31 in Anchorage, Alaska. As a function of our mission to support state boating access programs and the projects they undertake, SOBA’s annual conference is an important collaboration of the best and brightest in our profession.

Thanks to Sara Sherman, Professional Engineer, and all of her counterparts with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, and congratulations to the hard-working town officials and volunteers in the Town of Vandemere.

Thanks also to North Carolina and its communities for support of boating access, and for truly making a positive difference for the boating public.