Carolina Beach, Kure Beach Continue To Keep Beaches Closed

Carolina Beach, Kure Beach Continue To Keep Beaches Closed

Carolina Beach, Kure Beach Continue To Keep Beaches Closed Featured

By / Local News / Monday, 20 April 2020 20:20

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

UPDATE: The Town's of Carolina Beach and Kure Beach will open their beach strands for exercise but no umbrellas or beach towels and social distancing of six feet must be observed. That will occur on Monday April 27th at 12 noon.

NEW HANOVER CTY - Wrightsville Beach opened their beach strand with restrictions last week. Kure Beach and Carolina Beach continue to prohibit people accessing the beach strand and public parking areas.

All three beach towns continue to promote social distancing amid the COVID-19 pandemic that to date has led to three deaths in New Hanover County with 69 reported cases of which 45 have recovered.

The Town of Wrightsville Beach opened ocean and sound side beach access points and beaches at 12:00 PM on Monday, April 20, 2020, subject to the following mandatory restrictions:

• With the exception of East Salisbury Street, all access points and beaches will be opened for individual, non-stationary exercise activities to include only walking, jogging, swimming, and surfing/water sports.
• Individuals participating in such exercise activities must follow strict social distancing measures.
• No exercise group shall have more than 10 people.
• Lifeguards will not be on duty.
• Sunbathing, sitting, fishing, games and all other activities will not be permitted on the beaches at this time.
• All beach equipment such as towels, blankets, chairs, tents, coolers, and umbrellas will not be allowed on the beaches at this time.
• Dogs will not be permitted on the beaches.
• Public restroom facilities will remain closed.
• All parks will remain closed, with the exception of walk-in tennis court use.
• All Town owned parking lots will remain closed to the general public.
• All public, on-street parking spaces are now closed to the public for any use except where allowed as part of this State of Emergency Declaration. This includes all on-street parking spaces that are not obstructed by cones, barricades or that have no parking bags on the meter. Towing will be strictly enforced.
• Town of Wrightsville Beach residents, with a current parking hang tag or tax decal, will be permitted to utilize public on-street parking only if they have no access to parking on their private property.
• Contractors, landscapers, and essential employees that wish to park in an onstreet parking space must purchase a parking pass from the Wrightsville Beach Parking Office located at 321 Causeway Drive in Wrightsville Beach. Office hours will be from 8am to noon on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. More information may be found at the Town’s website (www.townofwrightsvillebeach.com) or by calling (910) 256-5453. The Parking Office will only be selling contractors passes and will not be performing any other in-person business, such as, the sale of resident parking passes or tax decals.
• There will be limited public parking available for business-use. This parking will be located adjacent to those essential businesses only that have no on-site parking and that are open for business. This parking must strictly be used to access those essential businesses only and not to access the beaches. Parking enforcement will be active in these locations.
• Private parking lots may only be used in conjunction with parking for access to essential businesses that are open for business. In no event shall a private parking lot be used to park to access the beach.

Carolina Beach has not yet reopened their beach strand.

Short term rentals continue to be closed until rescinded by leaders in the three beach Towns.

Kure Beach extended their order for closure of short term rentals until April 29th, at which point they will revisit the issue.

Kure Beach Emergency Operations Manager David Heglar explained earlier this week, ""The beach strand is a major draw to our community – not just locally but regionally.  Day trippers from the hotspots of Charlotte, Raleigh and Durham, seeing pictures of people on Kure Beach will be encouraged to come here for a beach outing. As such, the Town must have specific plans in place to deal with visitors to the Town when it opens the beach. If public parking remains closed when the beach is opened as Wrightsville Beach has discussed is their plan – the Town needs to have specific plans on addressing illegal parking on public as well as private  property. Additionally, Wrightsville Beach currently has a private company, Lanier Parking that enforces their parking regulations. Town Council has directed the Police Chief to work with the Town Attorney and bring a plan to the Monday night meeting on how to enforce parking violations during the Emergency period. The recommendation is to compare parking violation fees to Carolina Beach and Wrightsville Beach – with Council to discuss raising them so that our parking violation fees are higher than other communities during this event."

He explained, "The Town Council is closely monitoring this situation and is making plans on how Kure Beach would open its beach strand when the local Public Health Authorities recommend relaxing the actions that have been taken to protect all of our access to health services.  The Council appreciates the many citizens who have expressed their concerns and opinions on the actions taken at this time.  Finally, the many donations to the local food bank both food and money demonstrate the character and charity of the citizens of Kure Beach.

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