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Kure Beach Greenway plan shot down

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A bump in the road for the proposed Greenway bike path between Carolina Beach and Fort Fisher, but it is not over there. Kure Beach town council members voted unanimously to let some air out of the tires for designers of the proposed Greenway bike trail. Despite rejecting plans for the proposed path, Mayor Mac Montgomery said the town fully supports the idea of a bike path, just not this one. “We are in favor of the bike path. We are totally and unanimously in favor of that. However, the proposed path that was presented at the last public hearing that runs behind the houses. The council felt that that was not the best path for it right now.” said Mayor Montgomery. Residents who live along the proposed path are happy to keep peace and quiet in their back yards. Dolores Cuozzo, a resident, said “We paid $4,000 extra for the land back here so that we would have privacy. And I love neighbors on either side but we love to see the greenery in the back.” With the bike path right behind their homes, many residents are concerned that it could cut down on their privacy, but they are not opposed to a path altogether. “I just didn't want it back here in our back yard, which would probably cause a lot of problems for a lot of people.”, said Cuozzo. Mayor Montgomery said the old proposal had many hidden trails, which raised concerns about the safety of travelers. “You could be walking or bicycling and fall in an area where no one may be able to see you for a long time.” said Montgomery. Residents, town Parks and Recreation, and a Greenway committee will all work to create another proposal which the town expects by the end of October. The trail would cost several million dollars and is currently without funding however, Mayor Montgomery said Greenway planners are hoping to receive grant money from organizations like the Parks and Recreation Department.

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NIMB

It'll be mighty hard to have a greenway going through the streets. It seems 421 already has bike lanes, but it sure would be nice to have a BIKE PATH through the woods along the western side of the island to ride and enjoy nature away from the traffic. Unfortunately, some snotty, newcomer yankees will always stand in the way of a better life for the rest of the island.