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Carolina Beach votes to control beach structures

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CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) -- It's not that there were no restrictions in Carolina Beach, just that they were part of state polices and the town needed their own.

“It's coastal resource management, they manage the coast as a state, and they manage most of the beach and the dunes.” Carolina Beach Mayor Bob Lewis told us.

Enter Doug Kramer, as a home owner on Carolina Beach he did not like what he saw.

“When we saw large structures being built on the dunes we went to the to the town council and petitioned that an ordinance be adopted that would restrict the large structures on the dunes.” Kramer said.

Many residents spoke up at Tuesday night’s meeting and the town council agreed.

“Now were saying you need to be an average of 18 inches off of the dunes when you build a new walk way. Number two we are allowing up to 200 square feet of space.” Lewis explained.

The main restriction is height, nothing over hand rail height near the beach.

”What we are trying to say is if you have seating that's fine but to have some structure that's more art than anything it just obstructs views of other individuals along the beach.” Lewis stressed.

“I think it's going to get the job done, we are very happy with the town council, they agreed mostly with what we requested. We are very happy and we can go home happy tonight.” A smiling Doug Kramer said.

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this should have been done years ago..now almost to late