Carolina Beach may waive surfing buffer near piers during special events

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CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — The owner of the Carolina Beach Fishing Pier wants to remove the required 500-foot buffer for surfers around the pier during special surfing events, according to documents for tonight’s Town Council meeting.

A restriction on all surfing activities near fishing piers was adopted by Town Council in 1984 and originally required a 300-foot buffer. In 1990, the town increased the buffer to 500-foot to fall in line with the buffer area for motorized activity.

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The town says safety is a primary concern with surfers and fishermen using the same waters. Pier buffer requirements in other beach communities range from 200 feet to 500 feet, and some of these communities offer exceptions to this buffer for special events and access.

The amendment would allow for surfing contests or other surf group activities to be within the 500-foot prohibited zone, if they make the request before they are approved for a special event permit.

The council meeting is at 6:30 p.m. in Town Council Chambers.