Carolina Beach Opens Beach Strand, Kure Beach Lifts Some Restrictions

(Photo by Lynn Alexander, Freeman Park, Carolina Beach Facebook Group.) Yes. You can now head to the beach and enjoy the sun and the surf. Carolina Beach and Kure Beach have lifted restrictions on visiting the beach for recreation including spreading out a towel, putting up an umbrella and hopefully social distancing. (Photo by Lynn Alexander, Freeman Park, Carolina Beach Facebook Group.) Yes. You can now head to the beach and enjoy the sun and the surf. Carolina Beach and Kure Beach have lifted restrictions on visiting the beach for recreation including spreading out a towel, putting up an umbrella and hopefully social distancing.

Carolina Beach Opens Beach Strand, Kure Beach Lifts Some Restrictions Featured

By / Local News / Monday, 11 May 2020 01:13

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

NEW HANOVER CTY - The Towns of Carolina Beach and Kure Beach have lifted restrictions on short-term rentals and reopened their beach fronts.

According to Kure Beach Emergency Manager David Heglar, "Yesterday (My 11th), the council met to review the current status of the COVID-19 PANDEMIC and took the following actions. After reviewing the actions of other beach communities, the status of Public Health metrics locally and getting clarification from the Governor’s office regarding the travel and Stay at Home order the following actions were taken effective May 15, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. This continues Kure Beach on the path of returning to open operations."

Heglar explained, "The ban on Short Term Rentals is lifted. Parking restrictions on K ave, with the exception of marked spaces for curbside pickup, and restrictions on Atlantic Ave. are discontinued. Public Beach access parking will be opened at 50% capacity. Overnight parking at Public Beach accesses is not allowed and ticketing will be strictly enforced. Public parking West of Fort Fisher Blvd. will continue to be restricted. Parking is limited to MARKED Parking Spaces and the Town continues to employ a contract agency to ticket illegal parking."

Heglar explained public bathrooms on Atlantic Avenue will be opened with increased cleaning based on CDC recommendations.

He explained, "Any person who exhibits signs of the COVID-19 illness should be not be in public (per Public Health and the Governor’s guidance) and SHOULD NOT use public restroom facilities to protect Public Health. A timeline for future actions to be considered by the Town Council was presented at the May 11, 2020 meeting and I encourage citizens, property owners, and visitors to visit the Towns website www.townofkurebeach.org to view the currently expected future actions of the Town. This timeline is dependent on the continued progress on all metrics from New Hanover Regional Medical Center and the State of North Carolina."

He explained, "As the Town moves into the busy season, it is important that visitors are aware of the limitations and issues that continue to occur in the local area. While it would be logical to assume that at this point everyone is aware of the COVID-19 situation, please take the time to remind our visitors that there are changes in our Town just as there have seen changes in their home towns."

Heglar explained, "It continues to be critical at the personal level to protect yourself and your loved ones and to make good risk decisions for your family. The choices you and those you associate with have more to do with whether COVID-19 impacts you and your family than any governmental order. Choosing to go into a store that is crowded instead of coming back at a later time is a personal decision. Not staying 6 feet from others, or not wearing a mask when you go out, having a large party in your home with people that are going out in the community with no precautions, and many other personal decisions will determine how successful you and your family will be as well as how successful our region will be."

Heglar explained the Town Council will be closely monitoring this action and will be receiving reports from Police, Life Guards and parking enforcement contractors as well as monitoring the metrics identified by New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC) Public Health officials. Significant concerns from either of these areas would result in re-consideration of these actions by the Town Council.

He explained, "Please stay safe, and recognize that while our first responders are working and interacting with the public you can manage your risk and the risk of your family. Review the CDC, NC Department of Health & Human Services, and the New Hanover County websites for the actions that you can take to reduce your risk."

The Town of Carolina Beach lifted restrictions on short-term rentals, hotels and motels as well as reopening the beach strand and on Friday, they reopened Freeman Park for four-wheel drive vehicle access to the beach beyond the end of Canal Drive.

People drove out into the park over the previous weekend to enjoy a day at the beach and most were social distancing among each other.

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