Saturday, March 2, 2024

Yes, new fencing was installed at Freeman Park, but no need to worry

Unlike the previous round of fence posts, these were installed by the town.

New ropes and posts have been installed in Carolina Beach's Freeman Park, but it is not the work of private property owners (Port City Daily photo/JOHANNA FEREBEE)
New ropes and posts have been installed in Carolina Beach’s Freeman Park, but it is not the work of private property owners (Port City Daily photo/JOHANNA FEREBEE)

CAROLINA BEACH — Visitors of Carolina Beach’s Freeman Park have no need to worry about the new ropes and posts placed on Freeman Park property. Unlike the fencing installed by private landowners in February, the new ropes and posts are part of the annual work performed by the town.

Town Manager Michael Cramer confirmed Thursday morning that the town was in the process of moving campsites and tapering travel lanes on the beach, something that happens every year.

As nature takes its course and erosion of the beach and the growth of the sand dunes, the town must adjust the location of campsites and the path of travel for vehicles.

According to recommendations from the state’s Division of Coastal Management, the campsites are recommended to be at least 10-feet off the toe of the sand dunes, and town staff is in the process of moving the sites seaward.

“We started at the far end in zone three, and now we are moving into zone 1 where we will create a traffic taper to taper people away from the campsites,” Cramer said.

The work just happens to come at a time that has caused anger and confusion by park visitors and pass holders, but it is something that happens every year, he said.


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