MANTEO, N.C. (AP) -- Dare County commissioners are about to tackle the task of unclogging the Oregon Inlet, a crucial waterway for charter fishermen and the local seafood industry.

The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk reportsthat Dare County Board of Commissioners chairman Warren Judge said the board has agreed on the need for a task force but hasn't committed money to the effort.

Judge said the county soon will begin work on next year's budget, and commissioners will consider funding and staffing help for the task force.

County spokeswoman Dorothy Killingsworth said commissioners may select the seven-member task force on Tuesday.

In December, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced efforts to clear the inlet had stopped because it was too shallow for dredges.


Information from: The Virginian-Pilot,

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