Pitching fits over pitching tents in Carolina Beach
CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — There was a heated debate in Carolina Beach tonight as the town council voted on proposed camping restrictions for Freeman Park.
By a 4-1 vote council approved new camping restrictions that would go into effect this year. Dozens of people turned out in opposition of the new restrictions. But that didn’t sway council’s support with some council members saying something had to be done about the massive crowds at Freeman Park on busy summer weekends.
The restrictions would take place April 1 through Sept. 30. They would limit the number of campsites, make reservations of campsites mandatory and keep tents off of the beach and near the dunes after 11 p.m.
Folks opposed to the restrictions left the meeting feeling defeated.
“It was just an even, across-the-board slap on the wrists no matter what. It’s still an 80-percent reduction in campsites, which means an 80-percent reduction in people who want to come out there in general,” said Scott Sink, who came out to show his opposition.
Carolina Beach Mayor Dan Wilcox was the only member of council to vote against the new restrictions. The council also included 12 emergency spots for people who may not know about the new restrictions but still want to camp.
The town manager says police would be able to use their discretion if folks did not have a reservation but were too drunk to drive to let them stay the night.