Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Carolina Beach rescinds eminent domain notifications at Freeman Park

After months without any news from Freeman Park, the town held two closed door meeting this week to discuss the property.

Sea oats that were planted at Freeman Park have already been run over after fencing was removed Wednesday (Port City Daily photo/MICHAEL PRAATS)
Sea oats that were planted at Freeman Park. (Port City Daily photo/MICHAEL PRAATS)

CAROLINA BEACH — The Town of Carolina Beach Town Council has rescinded its decision to notify property owners at Freeman Park of its intentions to obtain their property, either voluntarily or through eminent domain. But council also made the motion to obtain easements through the properties in question for the purpose of beach nourishment projects.

The move comes months after the town initially notified property owners of its intent to buy the land from LLCs that have gathered large tracts of property on the North End of the island. The LLCs had installed ropes, plantings, and fence posts on the beach at Freeman Park prompting the closure of the park for several days.

Related: How we got here: Recent activity at Freeman Park is 10 years in the making

Town Council announced a special closed session meeting to discuss the property in question last weekend for Monday, and again on Wednesday for Friday’s meeting.

It is not yet known if the town still hopes to acquire the properties in question.

According to the Town Clerk Kim Ward, “Mayor Pro Tem Bridges made a motion that the Town of Carolina Beach take action to obtain easements necessary to engage in acquiring, constructing, reconstructing, extending or otherwise building or improving beach erosion control or flood and hurricane protection works either (i) by voluntary acquisition or (ii) by eminent domain pursuant to Chapter 40A of the North Carolina General Statues and other applicable law authorizing the Town to condemn and acquire an easement across the following tracts of land:

  Parcel ID#                                            Owner(s)                                  Deed Book & Page

R08500-006-990-000 Freeman Beach, LLC 5996-2735
R08500-006-008-000 B & F Enterprises of Calabash, LLC 5589-2181
R08500-006-007-001 Carolina Freeman, LLC 5947-2278
R08500-006-007-000 Carolina Freeman, LLC 5957-2314
R08500-006-006-000 Carolina Freeman, LLC 5957-2314
R08500-006-005-000 Carolina Freeman, LLC 6095-1836
R08500-006-003-000 DRDK, LLC 6101-457
R08500-006-002-000 Winnie Everett Futch Heirs     85-361

 


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