Tensions rise as floating home controversy continues in Carolina Beach

CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — It’s been about a week and a half since the floating home appeared in Carolina Beach, hoping to dock in the Carolina Beach Yacht Club Marina.

Oceana residents say the house has since installed two engines on the rear of the home.

The Town of Carolina Beach inspected the home on Monday and residents say while waiting on another inspection Tuesday the home made a move.

“We were waiting on the inspection and we saw them take it off the dock,” Oceana Owners Association President Olin Furr said.

Furr says the home was trying to make its way into the marina with the help of pontoon boats without approval from the town.

“They crank the motors, put them in reverse and tied another pontoon boat to it. They had three others that were helping it,” Furr said. “So they started easing it towards the marina and we saw it, so we starting meandering out to get our place on our dock.”

He says that’s when a pontoon boat tried blocking them from pulling up to the dock, bumping into a resident’s boat.

Furr says after the owners failed to get the home inside the marina, NC Wildlife was called alleging the Oceana residents were being dangerous.

Now NC Wildlife is reviewing the situation.

“Nothing that we did was aggressive towards them, they were aggressive towards us,” Furr said. “We just want this thing to get settled down. We don’t want anyone to get hurt. We just need the town to make this decision so we can all come to some kind of consensus on which way we’re gonna go.”

The Town of Carolina Beach says they are reviewing information and a decision should be made by Wednesday evening or Thursday afternoon.

WWAY has reached out to the floating home owner’s attorney for comment and we have not yet heard back.

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