Town of Carolina Beach Set to Purchase Freemen Park for 7 Million

Town of Carolina Beach Set to  Purchase Freemen Park for 7 Million

Town of Carolina Beach Set to Purchase Freemen Park for 7 Million Featured

By / Local News / Monday, 29 November 2021 18:11

This past Friday Carolina Beach Town Council held a special meeting that immediately went into closed session and after a little over 25 minutes Mayor and Council reemerged where Mayor Leann Pierce made a motion that would end all pending litigations, facilitate future beach renourishment and sand placement from inlet dredging, allow for historic uses to continue and forever to preserve 300 acres of open space.

After 4 years of litigation the deal included purchasing the tracks for a total of $7,000,000 with a $500,000 down payment and the remaining balance being paid off within 7 years with 5% simple interest and no prepayment penalty. The motion was passed unanimously. Mayor LeAnn Pierce stated, “This afternoon Carolina Beach Town Council voted to purchase the remaining tracks of Freeman Park. This preserves 300 acres of open space and secures beach renourishment easements for future projects.  We will be in contact with the Freeman family to construct a monument in their honor to preserve the history of the Freeman’s.  It is our plan to partner with organizations such as UNCW Marine studies, masonboro.org and others to create educational pieces such as living classrooms, oyster farming,  kayak launches and walking trails.  This  ensures Freeman Park which borders the ocean, Intracoastal waterway and the Carolina Beach inlet as open space for all future generations to enjoy it’s beauty.”

Councilman Lynn Barbee shared this was not a decision I entered into lightly, he was cautious about entering into any agreements that would distract them from the infrastructure work we need, or any financial arrangements that would preclude that focus and he “didn't want any plan that put the cost on our property owners in additional tax increases.”

So what does purchasing Freeman Park accomplish for the town? First and foremost the 4 year legal battle is over saving tax payers tons of legal cost. 300 acres of open space, the town will eventually be able to include the area in its town ship and is a giant win for beach and inlet beach nourishment.

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