Proposed changes to Freeman Park sparks heated conversation


CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Freeman Park in Carolina Beach may soon have some new rules and regulations. The Carolina Beach Town Council met Tuesday night to get the public’s input on the new proposal.

Dozens of people attended the public hearing. Many people WWAY spoke with are upset with the possible changes which sparked a heated debate.

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In the proposal, the town is considering getting rid of 58 campsites, removing trash cans, and porta-potties.

Also in the proposed changes, those who buy a day pass would need to leave by 9 p.m. or 11 p.m. as one of those times would be the new curfew.

No two-wheel or all-wheel drive vehicles would be allowed at the park anymore either.

Carolina Beach Mayor Joseph Benson said people dump food and fish cuts in the porta-potties making it a tough job for employees to clean up.

However, porta-potties would be available during the day.

Benson said the reason they would cut back on campsites would be to increase safety as part of the park is dangerous during high tide.

“There’s a safety angle to that and can first responders get out, that’s kind of that’s the gist or at least that’s a component of this proposal,” Benson said.

Benson said the meeting lasted until after midnight. He said the public was very much opposed to restrictions; however, most believed in more enforcement and increased education on the rules.

No action was taken on the matter yet because officials said they want more input.

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