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OCEAN ISLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — It’s called “Peace of Paradise,” but last night an Ocean Isle Beach house turned into the scene of a nightmare when its deck collapsed injuring 21 people.

According to the website HomeAway.com, the home at 83 Ocean Isle Beach Blvd. West dubbed “Peace of Paradise” rents for as much as $2,000 a night or $10,000 a week during the summer.

Brunswick County tax records show the home and deck were built in 2003. The property has a taxable value of nearly $1.9 million.

The rental listing says its six bedrooms sleep 19 people. Investigators say 25 people were on the deck just after 8 p.m. when it collapsed.

The home also includes a private pool and a sauna in addition to its ocean view.

The investigation into the deck collapse continues.

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  • Vog46

    Sleeps 19?
    25 people on the deck (a 33% increase over sleeping capacity)
    Is this still within the confines of design criteria for capacity?


  • RSimmons

    That deck is about 250 square feet so at 40psf live load it should easily hold 25 people without a problem. The deck joists were hanged on the girders/beams with joist hangers, The galvanized nails and hangers both are prone to corroding in salt air. I have seen hangers that looked like swiss cheese after just a few years. Much preferable to have joists resting on top of a girder/beam than having metal hangers supporting the load in a salt environment

  • Guest-o-matic

    Be damned if I’ll pay 10K a week for a beachfront hacienda and not have a few of my friends and family over!

  • Guestsfndi

    What are the restrictions on that beach for rental homes ? 6 bedrooms but 19 person capacity? When I rented my home at Holden beach it was 2 per bedroom MAX. Do they have septic systems? Thats is like a small hotel !! Someone needs to look into the regulations at that beach, this sounds odd.

  • Ralph

    Does renting a luxury home like this one entitle one to exceed the occupancy limits? and when exceeding those limits those occupants have an accident then the media gets to imply; that it happened because of the negligence of the owner. It appears that it may have happened as a result of the negligence of the occupants who overcrowded a residential deck. This is terrible for all involved and lets hope that everyone that was hurt recovers fully. Is there such a thing as an accident which happens and no one looks to cast blame in our litigious society?

  • Guest today

    Amen brother. Our society first looks at ‘whose can we blame’, never ‘where did I go wrong’? This is one of the reasons we are where we are… You’ll never learn from your mistakes if you never except that you made one…

  • Vog46

    Thats not what I said.
    I happen to agree with your sentiment – at $10K/week I’d invite everyone I know (to share expenses).
    I just find it odd that they account for 3 people per bedroom but for septic design they typically do something else.
    No, I suspect, after reading other blogs that someone took shortcuts that weren’t noticed. This throw the onus off the homeowners liability insurance a bit and throw it on the building inspector and construction company.
    Building inspector is a government official and cannot be sued,
    And NC is limiting damages against corporations too I believe.


  • Ang

    OIB is not on septic systems. It is city water & sewer.

    Not sure why the article is focusing on the rental rate of the home. For OIB, that rate is among some of the higher priced homes. But for around the country that is not a very high price. Try pricing out a ski vacation in Colorado. There are MANY houses that rent for more than $2000 per night. The highest I have seen so far is $7000 per night.

    It’s not that 25 people were standing all over the 250sf deck. As another commenter stated “25 people posing for a picture, You think they were all standing in the same location? My guess they were standing over a single girder which is held in place by a hanger NOT bolted it gave way. 25 people at say 135 lb per person that is a live load of 3375lb. Lot of weight for a single hanger.” Of course, that is all speculation about the girder and the hanger, but a very good point.

  • Guest2020

    The amount of the rent matters because…?


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