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Carolina Beach Agrees To Lease Land For Parking Near Lake

The old car wash across from the Carolina Beach Lake was demolished Tuesday May 21. Last week the Town Council agreed in closed session to lease the property with an option to buy at a later date. The land will be used to provide public parking for events at the Carolina Beach Lake and beach access.

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

CAROLINA BEACH - The Carolina Beach Town Council voted at their June 11, meeting to enter into an agreement to lease property across from the Carolina Beach Lake to provide additional public parking in the area.
The property is located at the intersection of Lake Park Blvd and Woody Hewett Street. A long-time car wash that occupied the property was demolished last month.
The lake has become a popular venue over the last ten years hosting many events including the Chowder Festival, Sunday night Movies at the Lake, Farmer's Market, Island Day and others. As the popularity grew, so did an issue of lack of available parking. Earlier this year residents living in the area surrounding the lake expressed frustration to the Town Council. Complaints included people parking in their driveways, other people's children playing around under their homes, and a general sense of chaos as people parked whereever they could find a spot with little regard for property owners.
The primary area of concern was the narrow road Atlanta Avenue.
Following a closed session meeting on June 11, Mayor Bob Lewis said, "I'd like to make a motion to move forward with an agreement to lease with option to buy at the intersection of Lake Park Blvd and Atlanta Avenue where we have an opportunity for forty parking spaces." The address is 400 Woody Hewett Avenue. Lewis explained after the meeting, "Another example of good business decision was made at last week’s council meeting when we also approved the lease with option to purchase of a lot located in the 100 block of Lake Park Blvd. across from the lake (formerly a Car Wash) to make into a town parking lot.  Based on parking revenue projections we will generate about $12,000 in net new revenue from this parking lot while providing additional parking for various lake events and for beach access during the summer.  Once the option is exercised the lot will pay for itself in a little over 10 years."
A public hearing has been scheduled for July 16th at 6:30PM for amendments to the code book relating to outdoor performances, events allowances in the rights-of-ways and chapter 15, article 3 for obstructions. Concerning parking during events.