Carolina Beach, Kure Beach Reopen Beach Strands With Restrictions

(Photo by Jasmine Mckee) Carolina Beach Strand on Monday April 27th, the day Town officials reopened the beach for exercise limited to running, walking, swimming and other water sports like surfing. No standing, laying down, beach towels or umbrellas. (Photo by Jasmine Mckee) Carolina Beach Strand on Monday April 27th, the day Town officials reopened the beach for exercise limited to running, walking, swimming and other water sports like surfing. No standing, laying down, beach towels or umbrellas.

Carolina Beach, Kure Beach Reopen Beach Strands With Restrictions Featured

By / Local News / Wednesday, 29 April 2020 02:29

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

CAROLINA BEACH - Beach strands in New Hanover County are open; with restrictions. In short, you can walk, run, surf and swim, but you can't stand or sit on beaches in Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Wrightsville Beach. Also, parking restrictions are geared to discourage non-residents from visiting the area and crowding those beaches. All in an effort to curtail community spread of a virus that has proven it will kill many that it infects, and for those that don't show symptoms, they could be carriers to those who are more vulnerable due to underlying health conditions.

On Monday, April 27, 2020 at noon, all access points and beaches were opened in Kure Beach for individual, non-stationary exercise activities to include only walking, jogging, biking, swimming, and surfing/water sports. The beach strand was previously closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Individuals participating in such exercise activities must follow strict social distancing measures.

No group shall have more than 10 people (In accordance with Governor Cooper’s guidance on social distancing) 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. Public rest room facilities will remain closed.

All public, on-street parking spaces, and all Town owned parking lots 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 or barricades. Towing will be strictly enforced.

Town of Kure Beach residents with a current re-entry decal will be permitted to utilize public on-street parking and open Town parking areas, but must follow timed parking restrictions in designated areas.

There will be limited public parking available for business use. This parking will be located adjacent to those essential businesses only 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. Handicap parking will be available at the Kure Beach pier for placard handicap parking.

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. Violators of the restrictions will be subject to a charge of a class 2 misdemeanor, a $500 civil fine for each violation and towing of non-compliant vehicles.

If enough violations occur, the Town may close the beach again.

For more info, visit www.townofkurebeach.org

In Carolina Beach, the following restrictions will apply:
1) All public parking lots shall remain closed to the general public.
2) Public restroom facilities shall remain closed.
3) All beach access points and beaches will be open for pedestrian access with the following restrictions:
a. Only non-stationary exercise activities limited to walking, jogging, swimming, and surfing/watersports.
b. Individuals shall follow strict social distancing measures.
c. No exercise group shall have more than 10 people.
d. Lifeguards will not be on duty.
e. Sunbathing, sitting, games and all other activities will not be permitted on the beaches.
f. All beach equipment such as towels, blankets, chairs, tents, coolers, and umbrellas will not be allowed.
4) All parks will remain closed with the exception of walk-in tennis court use.
5) Freeman Park will remain closed to vehicular traffic.

These restrictions and prohibitions will remain in effect until such time as they are rescinded.

For Wrightsville  Beach, their restrictions are, 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.

Wrightsville Beach also has a $500 fine and a class 2 misdemeanor charge for violations.

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