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ONLY ON 3: Carolina Beach residents push for tougher rules to protect dunes

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CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) -- A deck in Carolina Beach has a some neighbors concerned. The group is now petitioning town council to put tougher regulations in place.

When looking for a place to call home, John Davis chose Carolina Beach because of its natural beauty.

"I picked Carolina Beach because of the great views, great beaches, the beautiful dunes," Davis said. "Now that the structure has gone up, I feel like that has all been compromised."

A deck in the 1000 block of Carolina Beach Ave. North has caught the attention of many neighbors in the area. They say it went up about two months ago.

"When it went up, that's when we did some investigating to see what the rules were," Rosemary Kramer said.

Much to their surprise, Carolina Beach does not have an ordinance in place that prevents construction like this on the dunes. That has neighbors concerned this deck will inspire others to build similar structures with roofs and arches.

"If we don't get something passed, these could go up all over the beach, and quite frankly, I'd lose any view I have," Davis said.

The group took their worries to the town's Planning and Zoning Commission, which recommended town council put a limitation on building on the dunes.

"We really want to maintain the beautiful environment of Carolina Beach," Kramer said.

If town council does not pass the proposed ordinance, Davis says he may have to make a change.

"I think not only me, but a lot of people would move out of the community," Davis said.

Supporters of the tougher regulations say town council will consider them at its August 13 meeting.

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Completely agree with Mr. Davis and Neighbors

I have seen this structure and it is horrible. The view from Mr. Davis's home is beautiful, then scan to the right and you see this ridiculous structure with a rooftop that serves no purpose other then to distract fromm the ocean beauty. I vote to stop building on ocean dunes - there is not much natural beauty left as it is....

Huge Supporter,
Stacy

Ugly.

Basically the deck is extremely unsightly with the useless archway terrace roof. I'm all for restricting dune access and destruction, especially for heinous decks like that one; but I know that any walkway will probably cause the same amount of dune destruction as an ugly deck. People will build a right of way regardless. Anyways, the main concert from the article seems to be from an aesthetics stand point, and not of the concert for environmental destruction. They are using an environmental pretense for complaining about their neighbors' ugly building. White people HOA type crap.

The structure that was built

The structure that was built has arches that serve no purpose. The goal should be to work as a community to simply control the construction that occurs from this point forward so that the entire oceanfront is not littered with these types of structures. The risk to the aesthetics of the views and the integrity of the dunes affects both property owners and vacationers. Although it is unlikely that any other homeowner would build something similar to the one that exists presently, guidelines to help direct property owners as to what is acceptable construction make sense.

Yeah?

Yeah? What about all the dunes that have been destroyed at all the beaches to make room for your homes? What about the fact - that once these views and beach were free to everyone - have now become your property?

Give me a break. Builders have been destroying the dunes for many years to make way for people like you that want to build on the beach.

You can't have it both ways sir!

For crying out loud!!!!

Get a grip! You're not "losing the view"! Having these decks on the dunes is not going to steer away tourism. Blah blah blah. The worst part of building on the dunes is the damage to the natural barrier...wait until a hurricane comes through, Your troubles will be over at least for a while. Because, after all, it's all about you.

Thank You!

Thank you for coming out in support of reason! We have been coming to this beautiful beach for years and agree that more damage is done by tourists and their kids and pets (and yes, I have both...)than the locals who live here. Who knows better how to preserve and protect their property than the homeowner? I was on the beach last evening and nearly had to come in because of the rank smell of cigarette smoke. That's something to be disgusted about- not this structure! We support the owners and kzpony on this one-

I 100% agree with the

I 100% agree with the article "For crying out loud" submitted by kzpony.
Homeowners in Carolina Beach appear to be against progress.
In my opinion,tourists' kids cause more damage to the dunes than a deck on the dune. There used to be signs depicting penalty/fine for damaging the dunes, but they are mostly buried. The blue garbage barrels are not tied down. During high winds, they roll and garbage is all over with drums in the ocean. New cigarette butt holders are installed, but they are always full. I have a hard time enjoying the beach as I end up cleaning garbage, telling people no dogs are allowed on the beach during the summer season and asking the kids to get off the dunes.
I do not know any beach community that allows overnight tents on the beach, has no parking meters and very little enforcement when it comes to parking.
There are also many houses that should be condemned.
In conclusion, there is much more to nitpick than a deck by the ocean.

Building on Dunes

Any structure has to approved and permitted by CAMA and Army Corps of Engineers. Any walkway from all the beach front homes to the water are regulated by these agencies and can also be removed should they want them removed. Don't know how big this deck is but no structure from the dune setback towards the water can be over 6' wide. Curious if they did get permits to build this. Calling CAMA in morning. Hope no permits so it has to be tore down and owners fined.!!

Building on dunes

guest28449 You are right i was wondering if i was missing something after all these years.This is another example of people doing what they want and no one enforcing the laws.Even the local inspection department should know this.Please update your post after contacting cama,with their response.

Building on dunes

Neither one of you know what you are talking about. Just a couple of low information busy bodies.....