State orders property owners to remove fence at Freeman Park

Freeman Park (Photo: WWAY)

CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Freeman Park has been closed for the past several days after private property owners installed a fence that caused a safety hazard on the public beach.

The state has given private property owners, Freeman Beach LLC, in Carolina Beach’s Freeman Park until 5 p.m. Monday to remove a fence on the public beach, according to town officials.

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The town closed the park for all vehicle traffic Wednesday. This after a private property owner planted sea oats for dune restoration with fencing that encroaches on the historic public lanes used to access campgrounds. The town says the state has issued the property owner a violation.

The town says they will not be providing refunds for annual pass holders because of temporary vehicle closures.

Town Manager Michael Cramer made it clear in the Freeman Park committee meeting Thursday that he would reopen the park to vehicles as soon as the fencing was out-of-the-way of the lanes. He said hopefully the park will be ready to reopen for traffic, at the very latest, by Tuesday.

If the private property owner does not remove the fencing, the town says the state could take legal action to have the fencing removed off of the lane.