Construction crews in Carteret County are finishing up a
new waterfront landmark.
A life-size blue marlin sculpture went up in downtown Morehead
City on September 18, said Morehead City manager David Whitlow.
Crews are still testing the plumbing on the fountain,
which is expected to wrap up soon.
The city council approved the $1 million project on the
700 block of Shepard Street to add a focal point to the waterfront.
The centerpiece is an 18-foot tall bronze statue of the biggest
blue marlin ever landed, said Whitlow.
"I love it. I think it's a great centerpiece for downtown
Morehead. It speaks a lot to a lot of what Morehead and the waterfront is about
down here, with the Blue Marlin Tournament. I think it will hit home with a lot
of people," said Russell Lee Stephenson, a Morehead City visitor from Wilson.
Whitlow says the fountain and plaza are only the first
phase of the project. The second phase includes a larger, 6,000 square foot
deck and extra restrooms—for an additional two million dollars.