Carolina Beach Investigating A House, Barge Docked Over The Weekend

Carolina Beach Investigating A House, Barge Docked Over The Weekend

Carolina Beach Investigating A House, Barge Docked Over The Weekend Featured

By / Local News / Tuesday, 30 June 2020 01:39

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

CAROLINA BEACH - A house on a barge was pushed down the Cape Fear River to Carolina Beach last weekend. House boats/barges are not permitted in Carolina Beach.

Carolina Beach Planning Director Jeremy Hardison explained, "On Friday the town received a complaint about a house on a barge.  The town is investigating it with the ordinance that does prohibit floating homes and defines them as a house built on a floating platform without a means of propulsion. 

The town is in the process of determining if it is a registered vessel and does it have propulsion.   The town also, received a text amendment application by the same individual who filled out the complaint form to amend the definition of floating home."

Hardison explained that a local property owner submitted an application to amend the Town's Code of ordinances to further refine the language prohibiting homes on barges such as the one subject to the most recent actions.

Olin Furr, filed a complaint with the Town stating,"CB Ordinance 20-1139 10-4 11,A - The Town shall continue to prohibit the occupancy of Public Trust Waters by floating homes. CBYC... is public trust waters. 10-3 Definitions - Floating Homes means a house built on a floating platform without means of propulsion. We have pictures an video. There is no means of propulsion it s being towed."

That complaint was filed June 26th.

The same individual filed an application to amend the Town Code or Ordinances to address their concern with such floating homes.

The Town is working towards considering the request.

This is a developing story and we will bring you more details become available.

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