Council Approves Conditional Zoning for the Proximity, Adopts Tree Ordinance & Received Lake Dredge Update

Council Approves Conditional Zoning for the Proximity, Adopts Tree Ordinance & Received Lake Dredge Update

Council Approves Conditional Zoning for the Proximity, Adopts Tree Ordinance & Received Lake Dredge Update

By / Local News / Friday, 19 November 2021 19:12

Carolina Beach Town Council held their regular monthly meeting last night. The evening kick-off with Councilman Barbee making a motion to table “Parking” that included a text amendment to address private parking lots and awarding a parking contract to Pivot Parking until the next workshop. This came as a surprise to those who attended previous meetings where the discussion of parking has been an urgency, Tim Murphy provided event updates that included this Saturdays Trash to Treasures Yard Sale at the Carolina Beach Lake, the Neon Bike Brigade on the 20th, Nollies Salsa Shred December 4th as well as Carolina Beach Parks and Rec Department’s events with Christmas by the Sea. Murphy also shared that Florida Man will wrap up filming in Carolina Beach at Town Hall December 1st.

Cape Fear Four LLC was back before council with yet request to conditional zoning change for the Proximity Project. During public comment Council heard the same concerns as in the previous meeting in the way of traffic, infrastructure, water supply and some asking council to table the project for the newly elected members. Representative with Cape Fear Four LLC assured the audience they have experts who are reviewing all of their concerns and they want to provide Carolina Beach with a viable development. After discussion the changes were voted in 4-1 with Councilman JoDan Garza the only, “nay.”

The next agenda item brought tree protection to the table. Council heard a proposal that requires one tree per 25 linear feet for proposed new construction or expansion. Mayor Pro Tem Healy made a motion to adopt the tree ordinance that was voted “for” unanimously.

Town Manager Bruce Oakley shared an unfortunate lake dredge update stating the lowest bid the received was a whopping $6.4 Million. The elevated cost was mostly due to having to carry spoils of the Island. Councilman Shuttleworth said after reviewing the bid that it was very complicated and that there was several line items that caused the bid to be so high and he encouraged staff to go back and review.

During the meeting, as a silent show of support Councilman Steve Shuttleworth placed a piece of paper with “Deb LeCompte” written on it in front of his desk placard. Council will discuss how to fill the vacant seat at the next meeting leaving some wondering how they will choose to fill it. In discussion with voters, most felt those who ran for council or even the next vote getter should be considered. Shortly after the election Councilman Barbee shared the following from his social media site, “I am getting a number of inquiries about how the new council will appoint someone to complete the last two years of my term. The process is very simple. Once the new council is sworn in on Dec 14, they will discuss. As your elected representatives they may use whatever process they desire to decide. It will take 3 of the 4 to agree on an appointee. There is no formal time limit, but it usually happens pretty quick. Let’s be patient. Two of the new council members have had less than 24 hours to digest their next steps.

Elections by their nature create divisions, bruised egos, and sometimes even some hurt feelings. If we are to achieve our goal of finding the best possible person, we need time for everyone to heal a bit and remember we are all on the same team.

I was asked if the candidates who came up short would be considered. I think they should be, along with other citizens who have served the town and have demonstrated knowledge and commitment. We need someone who complements the team.”

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