Council To Consider Purchasing Freeman Park Property

The Carolina Beach Town Council will consider purchasing 0 Freeman Park (Lot 6-B) during their Tuesday March 13th, meeting for $500,000 from the current owner Richard Burnette, Jr. of Jacksonville, FL. The Town currently manages the public-trust beach area as a park allowing four wheel drive vehicle access and reserved campsites. The Carolina Beach Town Council will consider purchasing 0 Freeman Park (Lot 6-B) during their Tuesday March 13th, meeting for $500,000 from the current owner Richard Burnette, Jr. of Jacksonville, FL. The Town currently manages the public-trust beach area as a park allowing four wheel drive vehicle access and reserved campsites.

Council To Consider Purchasing Freeman Park Property Featured

By / Local News / Wednesday, 07 March 2018 15:22

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

CAROLINA BEACH - The Carolina Beach Town Council will consider purchasing land at Freeman Park during their Tuesday March 13th, meeting for $500,000. The property address is 0 Freeman Park (Lot 6-B) and is currently owned by Richard Burnette, Jr. of Jacksonville, FL.

Freeman Park, located beyond the end of Canal Drive on the Northern End of Pleasure Island, is largely outside of the Town's jurisdiction. The Town owns the first 1,000 feet beyond of the end of Canal Drive. After that, individual parcels are privately owned.

Private properties west of the front of the dune line are considered private while any portion of a property located east of the front of the dune line is open to public use under State Law as a public-trust area. That includes the dry sand beach east to the high water mark. The wet sand beach belongs to the State of North Carolina.
The Town has authority to manage the public-trust beach as a park. That was granted to them by the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners some years ago.

There is a fee charged for camping and vehicle access to drive on the beach front within the park. The Town doesn't charge people a fee to walk into the park. They can only charge for four-wheel drive vehicle access.

The Town also has the authority under State Law to “regulate, restrict and prohibit” vehicles driving on the dry sand beach within the public-trust area.

The agenda item for the March 13th, meeting states, "As part of the Towns adopted 2017 - 2-22 Parks, Recreation and Open Space Master Plan the Town has a goal to provide for the protection, preservation, conservation of, and access to open space and green spaces.  It has come to our attention that property located at Lot 6B Freeman Park and identified as property R08500-006-004-000 has come available.  It is the Towns intent to purchase this property as open space."

On Tuesday March 6th, Town Manager Michael Cramer explained, "The property purchase price is $500,000 with a 10% earnest money."

On March 5th, Cramer sent an email to Richard Burnette, Jr. stating, "I wanted to let you know that the earnest money was wired to Mr. Hochuli this afternoon.  Council will vote on March 13th.  We can schedule closing following that meeting.  Thanks for all your help."

The Council has held closed sessions in recent months to discuss "0 Freeman Park".

Author

Super User

Super User

Carolina Beach North Carolina

Mostly cloudy
59°F
ENE at 15 mph /86%
Tuesday
51°F / 65°F
Wednesday
42°F / 56°F
Thursday
42°F / 54°F

 

Please publish modules in offcanvas position.