Editorial: Military Fence In The Future For Kure Beach

By / Editorials / Wednesday, 26 November 2014 05:00

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

The Carolina Beach Town Council recently held a meeting with Col. Chris Hart from the Military Ocean Terminal at Sunny Point (MOTSU) regarding a planned greenway path and chain link fence topped with barbwire. Residents living in the Carolina Sands neighborhood voiced opposition to the proposal to locate the path behind their homes rather than farther away on the other side of a storm water pond. In addition, they were not happy about a lack of information on the prison style fence the military would require the Town to erect since the path is located on MOTSU property.
The MOTSU terminal is one of two large volume deep-water ammunition terminals in the continental United States. Operations are located on the other side of the Cape Fear River in Brunswick County and the "buffer zone" occupies a large portion of Pleasure Island encompassing land in both Carolina Beach and Kure Beach on the riverside of the Island. Residents were told in no uncertain terms there will be a fence erected in the future to secure the perimeter of the buffer zone bordering residential properties. In the case of the greenway, Col. Hart said the greenway path would equate to a fence located farther away from people's backyards. Without a path, the fence would be located closer to homes.
Hart informed the public that a fence will eventually be erected along their property border in both Carolina Beach and Kure Beach.
Since Kure Beach established some years ago their opposition to a proposed bike path connecting to a path in Carolina Beach, that will certainly mean residential homes in Kure Beach will at some point in the future encounter the same issue regarding a military, or prison, style fence running behind their homes.
Hart said in previous years the fence has been included in their plan for securing their property, but has not been a budgetary priority high enough on the list to be funded.
That may change in the future, and no specific timeline was available.
Kure Beach residents opposed to the idea of such a fence should begin lobbying their elected leaders early to get a better idea of the visual and potential impact on property values in order to voice their opposition.

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