From the October 20, 2015, Wilmington (NC) Star-News by Cammie Bellamy.
The North Carolina General Assembly debated the future of the New Inlet Dam for months. Now there is a provision in the budget for the removal of part of it, though it could stay open for years and possibly never removed.
The dam was built across the much-used by blockade-runners New Inlet to the Cape Fear River and Wilmington after the Civil War. Fort Fisher was built to guard New Inlet.
Discussion began in April for its removal of part of it south of Zeke's Island. The Senate Bill 160 was introduced by Senator Michael Lee, Republican, of New Hanover. It stalled in committee and ended up as funding for a study on its removal.
Any actual removal could not start until a study is completed.