- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 8, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A coastal state park will add almost 300 acres after top North Carolina officials agreed to buy the first 200 acres for $7 million.

A panel of statewide elected officials chaired by Gov. Pat McCrory agreed Tuesday to spend the money for 200 acres expanding Hammocks Beach State Park. The Onslow County park is made up of a trio of small islands with a visitor’s center and ferry terminal on the mainland near Swansboro.

The Conservation Fund plans to buy another 90 acres, which the state will acquire over the next three years.

The sale ends years of legal battles with the descendants and heirs of John Hurst, who created a trust during the segregated 1950s to build a beach resort on the land for black teachers and other vacationers.

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