AS A FOLLOW-UP to last month’s article on the US Coast Guard’s presence in Carteret County, it’s now official: Coast Guard headquarters in Washington, DC, has confirmed that Carteret County has been selected to formally become “A Coast Guard Community.”
Only one other location in the country – Camden County in southeast Georgia – is “A Coast Guard Community.” It received the honor on April 25, 2014.
Similar to Carteret County – with Coast Guard facilities at Fort Macon and Emerald Isle – Camden County has Coast Guard operations at Saint Marys and Kings Bay.
Cmdr. Javier Delgado of Coast Guard Sector North Carolina Field Office Fort Macon gave the good news to members of the Carteret County Board of Commissioners at its regular meeting on Aug. 17.
Additionally, Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft has sent notification to Carteret County Manager Russell Overman that the required federal approval (under Public Law 105-383) by the appropriate committees of the US Senate and the US House of Representatives has now been attained.
The next step in the process is for the Commandant to come to Carteret County to issue the formal resolution and proclamation. The event will be arranged by the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce.
The county’s application offered unique perspectives on the long-standing relationship between the communities and the Coast Guard operations.
For one, we also used to have “flying boats,” as they were called in 1920, when America’s first Coast Guard Air Station was built and opened in 1920 in Morehead City at Camp Glenn.
Morehead City was selected as the site “best suited to prove the worth of Coast Guard aviation” by being located in close proximity to the Graveyard of the Atlantic – where there would be more opportunities to locate vessels in distress … and to provide surveillance of rumrunners. The fleet contained six HS-2L Curtiss flying boats.
Camp Glenn is recognized with one of the NC Highway Historical Marker Program signs, located on Arendell Street in Morehead City, near the Crystal Coast Visitor Center.
(For the record, earlier this year on May 29, Elizabeth City became the 16th “Coast Guard City” in the country. Wilmington has been a “Coast Guard City” since July 2003 and was the fourth city in America to receive the designation.)
Mike Wagoner, President
Carteret County Chamber of Commerce