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CB council votes down endorsement of bike week

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CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WECT) – The town of Carolina Beach is holding a special meeting Tuesday night to discuss several issues, including a proposal to host a Bike Week and an amendment to extend vendor permits to allow push carts on the beach.

Danny Swinson, a Carolina Beach citizen, requested that council consider hosting a Bike Week in Carolina Beach, but withdrew his proposal after a public outcry against it.

The concerns in the community centered around the congestion and potential crime associated with an event of this kind.  Council voted not to endorse bike week.

Swinson told us the event was not meant to be a replacement to the Myrtle Beach Bike Week, which has had problems with rowdy crowds in the past. Swinson said the event would have been more like Shallotte's Bike Week, which has become a refuge for bikers wanting to escape the hassle and crowds at Myrtle Beach's event.

Also on the council agenda:

Push Carts

Council voted to support an amendment that will now allow push cart vendors to sell their goods in Freeman Park.

More businesses wanted to reap the benefits of the ocean-front real estate with push carts.  Places like the Dive plan to expand their bar food business onto the beach, by using a push cart on the sand.

Town council members joked about the difficulties of pushing these carts in the sand. One councilman commented that he wondered if anyone who gets the permits this year will be back to reapply for one next year.

Surf Contest

Council approved a request by the Sandstone Surf and Kite Shop to hold a surfing contest on May 21, 2011 at the Sandpiper Lane beach access.

Wing Fling

Council members also formally voted on hosting this weekend's Wing Fling. The event will be held this weekend on Cape Fear Boulevard in Carolina Beach.

Mayor Joel Macon said there will be an increased police presence surrounding the event - just in case the event gets rowdy.

The event has had some trouble finding a location this year.

Organizers were recently turned down for an ABC permit to hold the event in downtown Wilmington.  Weeks before, they had been turned down by New Hanover County leaders to hold the event at Hugh McRae Park.

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