I don't understand why Seabreeze is such a big concern to those that dont know anything about its history except for what they've read.
I live in Seabreeze and i for one and trying to make a change and bring Seabreeze's life back.
WE SOLD YOU OUR BASEBALL FIELD (you build houses) AND WE SOLD YOU OUR BEACH (you now charge a fee to get on it) please leave what little we have left for us to enjoy.
OK my two cents: get the owners of all the properties together and ask them what they want. Maybe show them a few ways they can all benefit by building houses or businesses. What I dont see is a overall plan for the entire community.
Also I visit that area often and I dont see the crack houses people speak of. If drugs are being sold there it is no more than in Carolina beach or in downtown Wilmington and no more than in the neighborhood YOU live in. One of the local churches recently held an event down in Seabreeze. The class of Williston held an event there the weekend prior,so you folks need to check your facts. There are oneor two small buildings that seem to be in disrepair. Maybe the owner of those buildings need to be contacted and see what can be done about that.
Can you say FLOOD ZONE...
Maybe a bigger story about this property for WWAY should be that CAMA should visit Mr Freemans property, since he says he doesn't want any change to the neighboring lots with crack shacks that are in disrepair on them. He's practically filled in his entire waterfront lot with white sand and extended his property further into the waterway. He also has a massive 100 foot eye soar of a barge sitting on his pier and often it's pulled up on his lot with tractors going back and forth doing work. This ugly barge extends way beyond his CAMA foot print and encroaches on the adjacent riparian rights of the very people he is trying to stop from rezoning. I have never seen a CAMA permit posted for the activity and work constantly being done on his waterfront lot.
Maybe Mr Freeman doesn't want change because he doesn't want anyone to see what he's doing on his property?
@ nark1 Mr.Freeman does own a barge,check your facts.
The plan for the area was written 25 years ago and since that time the population has decreased according to the census. How can allowing 3 to 4 single family homes to be built harm the area? If this can be accomplished without any adverse problems to the connecting property owners then it should be approved. It will benefit the community.
Even in the economic boom of 2003-2008, SeaBreeze never made any economic sense to anyone that was willing to build a commercial enterprise on that property. B-2 zoning is the SeaBreeze property's worst enemy! The zoning is completely inappropriate for our adjoining residential neighborhoods of homes which are also zoned R-15. B-2 zoning serves no one in SeaBreeze (just look at it!) or in New Hanover County. The allowable types of B-2 uses are far more alarming than any low impact homes could ever be. No viable businesses could really even be built there anyway, since the base flood elevation level for any structure is required to be above 17 feet. Commercial enterprises don't work when they are located up multiple flights of stairs. Businesses also require water and sewer and it's not available to the SeaBreeze community unless New Hanover County uses our tax payer dollars to run it down the street. At least these people (who are trying to rezone the property) aren't asking for tax payer money, bonds or government grants for their project! The "history" some try to rally around and fondly recall, has unfortunately been fogged by 20-30 years of property blight and illegal drug activity.(just drive down the street and you'll witness it!). God bless these courageous people who want to help clean up the area and bring new occupied homes, opportunities and economic viability to an area that will NEVER see it's history renewed, without revitalization. I look forward to hopefully seeing a beautiful renewed SeaBreeze community some day soon. Good luck at the County meeting. You have my full support and the support of those within our neighborhood.
just a couple of years ago the county parks department was trying to get a grant for a park, boat ramp, dock. this area could be a great attraction and maintain its history with a little county help. great place for a shops and restaurants. it was zoned business when they bought it and should remain as is.
Seabreeze is special and is a place that needs to builded up with historical building showing the history of Seabreeze and how it all started. Make it a place where tourist can come and know how the people of Seabreeze lived, survived, and became a community of loved ones. I love my home and nothing can change that even if the old buildings are still standing, that is still history. Build it up and give it rememberance with happy times, whether you build a recreation park for the community or put up buildings that show the meaning of a beautiful community. Don't just throw it away, put houses on it, because then the world will never know the true meaning of Seabreeze.
I agree, there are a lot of memories of Seabreeze growing up there. The people that loved one another and watched out for each other. Meeting your future wife coming out of the store as the screen door slammed behind her, licking an ice cream cone, children skating on the pier while the juke box played. Any time a community is restored it brings in new business. If you want to see a community redone, come to Houston, TX and go to Fourth Ward, Third Ward and the Heights. It wasn't thrown away and is thriving.
There are nice homes on each side of Seabreeze and off of Seabreeze road, why shouldn't new homes be allowed to be built there? Why wouldn't people want to better the neighborhood and beautify the area instead of leaving all the rundown buildings and trash and garbage around?
As if there isn't enough "overbuilding " by greedy developers who eventually go"belly-up" , Please leave well enough alone!
In the end, big money & politics will win out, unfortunately, but I'd like to see it restored, with some new businesses, but kept mostly for its historic use.
Bring Seabreeze up to date...New homes and businesses along with some park or ornament which denotes its history. Everytime parties disagree the last resort is to make it a race issue . It's a money and tax income issue fo the Country. Clean up New Hanover County and bring it into the 21 century and maybe businesses will relocate here
Maybe i missed the article or whatever you read but,i didn't see or hear anything about race.Is it because the community doesn't want realtors to come in and built down there?Is it something like when communities don't want apartment housing built in there neighborhoods?
I think some of the County Commissioners are living in the past.
It has been zoned for business all this time and has done nothing but gone down hill.
There is a run down fish house that is a hazard, another lot that has some crazy looking fence, a burnt down building and a bunch of empty lots. If someone is willing to spend some money and do something with it, then why not let them.